Conference Proceedings

ASTENE organises conferences biannually to allow for a coming together of those with an interest in early travel and early travellers in Egypt and the Near East. These conferences are popular events, attracting attendees from around the world and the society disseminates the research presented at these gatherings by publishing a selection of the papers after each conference. These proceedings are presented below.

For more information on ASTENE’s biennial conferences, click here.

(Last conference)

Thirteenth Biennial ASTENE Conference

University of York and National Railway Museum, York, 12th-15th July, 2019.


Proceedings to be published in 2021.

Twelfth Biennial ASTENE Conference

University of East Anglia and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, 21st – 24th July, 2017.


Proceedings published as: (2019) Journeys erased by time: The rediscovered footprints of travellers in Egypt and the Near East. Oxford: Archaeopress. 

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Eleventh Biennial ASTENE Conference

Exeter University, Exeter, 17th – 20th July, 2015


Proceedings published as: (2017) Lost and Now Found: Explorers, Diplomats and Artists in Egypt and the Near East. Oxford: Archaeopress. 

Lost and now found

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Tenth Biennial ASTENE Conference

Aston University, Birmingham, 12th – 15th July, 2013

Proceedings published as: (2015) Every Traveller Needs a Compass: Travel and Collecting in Egypt and the Near East. Oxford: Oxbow Books.


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Ninth Biennial ASTENE Conference

St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 15th – 18th July, 2011 

Proceedings published as: (2013) Souvenirs and New Ideas: Travel and Collecting in Egypt and the Near East .Oxford: Archaeopress. 


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Further proceedings coming soon.

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