FIEC / CA 2019
15th Congress of the Fédération internationale des associations d'études classiques and the Classical Association annual conference 2019

Hellenic Society and Roman Society

Saving Ancient Treasures for the World

 Wednesday 3 July 2019

The Beveridge Hall, Senate House

University of London

Malet Street / Russell Square

London WC1E 7HU




10.30   Doors to Beveridge Hall open


11.00   Welcome – Professor Tim Cornell (President, Roman Society)


Chair and respondent: Dr Jonathan Tubb


11.10   Issam Al Hajjar (Syrian Heritage Archive Project, Berlin): A digital archive supporting the Syrian heritage


12.00   Professor Eleanor Robson (UCL): The human dimension: supporting the intellectual and social infrastructure of heritage in conflict and beyond


1.00     lunch


Chair and respondent: Dr Jen Baird


2.00     Dr John Curtis (CEO Iran Heritage Foundation): The destruction, preservation and restoration of cultural heritage in Iraq


3.00     Colonel Matthew Bogdanos (Chief, Antiquities Trafficking Unit, NY District Attorney’s Office): ISIS & Al-Qaeda: Their Destruction of Cultural Heritage


3.45     tea


Chair and respondent: Dr Andrew Burnett


4.15     Professor Roger Bland (formerly Keeper of Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory, British Museum): A licence to loot or archaeological rescue? The Portable Antiquities Scheme in England and Wales


5.00     Panel Discussion – Chair: Dr Philip Kay


6.00     Closing words – Professor Judith Mossman (President, Hellenic Society)


Admission is free, and includes lunch, and tea in the afternoon.

Tickets for attendance must be obtained in advance by online registration:


The Societies thank the Institute of Classical Studies for its assistance in staging this conference, and Mr Christian Levett, owner of Minerva magazine, for his generous support.