BANEA exists to bring together professionals and non-professionals with similar interests, to distribute and exchange information about recent developments in the field, and to make such information available to a wider public.

These aims are achieved by various means. An annual newsletter, which will generally contain brief reports on current British fieldwork in the region, information on universities and museums with relevant departments, news about exhibitions, new books, research in progress and grants, is distributed to all members.

The University of Oxford is proud to host the annual meeting of the British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA). The event will take place on 9–11 January 2020 in the Ashmolean Museum and nearby college venues.

The conference is organized around the theme ‘Critical Debates in the Archaeology of the Middle East’. 

The organizers of the BANEA 2020 conference in Oxford are pleased to announce a drinks reception on the evening of 09 January 2020 in the Ancient Egypt and Sudan Gallery in the Ashmolean Museum, sponsored by the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East. The reception will be open to all conference delegates and will follow the plenary panel discussion titled: "The relationship between archaeology and heritage in the Middle East", also to be held in the Ashmolean.