The Archaeological Institute of America and the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies present an illustrated lecture:
The ‘Kingdom of Idols’: Recent Investigations at Tell Tayinat (Ancient Kunulua) in Southeastern Turkey
With Dr. Stephen Batiuk, Department of Middle and Near Eastern Studies, University of Toronto
All are invited.
This talk presents the latest results of the University of Toronto’s excavations at Tell Tayinat, ancient Kunulua (Biblical Calno), located in the North Orontes Valley in the southeastern province of Hatay in modern day Turkey, near ancient Antioch. The lecture will focus on the Iron II-III levels (9th to 7th Century) at the site, which record the changing fortunes of a Neo-Hittite Kingdom perched on the edge of the Assyrian Empire, and will explore how archaeological evidence from this Northern Levantine royal city can shed light on the local history of a region, while also providing insight into the cultural environment in which Biblical texts were written.