ISSN: 0393-0300

Vicino Oriente is the journal of the Sezione di Orientalistica (Section of Oriental Studies) of the Department of Sciences of Antiquity of Rome “La Sapienza” University.
VO is published yearly and deals with Near and Middle Eastern Archaeology, History, Epigraphy, extending its view on the whole Mediterranean with the study of Phoenician and Punic documents.
Purposes of the journal are: to host preliminary reports of excavations currently carried on by the Department in the Near and Middle East, Egypt and the Mediterranean; to report about and update the status of research projects in progress; to introduce PhD projects currently undergoing in the Department.
The journal publishes contributions of historical, archaeological, artistic, philological, philosophical, and religious disciplines in ancient Mediterranean, Asia, and Africa. Papers submitted to the Editorial Board are, of course, selected by the members of the Scientific Committee, all scholars of the Section of Oriental Studies of Department of Sciences of Antiquities at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Current Issue



L. Nigro - Bethlehem in the Bronze and Iron Ages in the light of recent discoveries by the Palestinian MOTA-DACH

V. Pisaniello - Parallel passages among Hittite-Luwian rituals: for the restoration of KUB 35.146

F. Spagnoli - Una testa di sileno in bronzo da Mozia

N. Chiarenza - Una matrice per terrecotte con sileno dall'Area sacra del Kothon a Mozia

G. Labisi - al-Fudayn: an Umayyad residence in Northern Jordan

P. Buzi - Early Christianity in the Fayyūm: the new contribution of archaeology

I. Materia - Preliminary notes on the ware depicted on the ceiling of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo

S. Autiero - Indian Ocean trade: a reassessment of the pottery finds from a multidisciplinary point of view (3rd Century BC-5th century AD)

M.M. Jamhawi - N. Al-Shakarchi - I. Al-Hashimi - Assessment of tourists' satisfaction in the downtown of Amman

Scavi e Ricerche

L. Nigro - C. Fiaccavento - M. Jaradat - J. Yasine - Archaeology from A to Z: Abu Zarad, an ancient town in the heartland of Palestine

L. Nigro - D. Montanari - M. Ghayyada - J. Yasine - Khalet al-Jam'a. A Middle Bronze and Iron Age necropolis near Bethlehem (Palestine)

L. Nigro - G. Ripepi - I. Hamdan - J. Yasine - The Jericho Oasis Archaeological Park - 2015 Interim Report. Italian-Palestinian Cooperation for protection and valorization of archaeological heritage

R. Francia - L'archivio di tavolette del complesso B-C-H di Büyükkale e l'organizzazione degli archivi reali ittiti. Considerazioni preliminari

V. Pisaniello - La collezione di tavolette del complesso B-C-H di Büyükkale

T. De Vincenzi - L'archivio di tavolette del complesso B-C-H sull'acropoli di Büyükkale

Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo

L. Nigro - Il nuovo allestimento del Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo della Sapienza

D. Montanari - Bollettino delle attività del Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo della Sapienza, anno 2015


A. Orsingher - E. PAPPA (2013), Early Iron Age Exchange in the West: Phoenicians in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic (Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series 43), Leuven - Paris - Walpole 2013, MA.: Peeters