Some of you may have noticed that for a while now, a different person than before has been aswering your IAA related questions. The reason for this is that Karin Beumer, who has been the IAA administrator for the past four years, has resigned because of a busy schedule. As of January 2016, the new IAA administrator is Erwin Dijkstra, a master student from the University of Leiden. He has been working hard to take over all of the administrative tasks of the IAA, and if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact him!
Only a few days to go, and the 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale will take place in Philadelphia, USA. From July 11th through July 15th, Philadelphia will be taken over by assyriologists from all over the world. The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Museum opf Archaeology and Anthropology will be our hosts this edition. This year’s theme will be ‘UR in the Twenty-First Century’, with a special sub-theme to address the ongoing disaster in Syria. The members of this years organizing committee are: Grant Frame, Joshua Jeffers, Holly Pittman, Lauren Ristvet, Steve Tinney, and Richard Zettler.
For this issue’s In the Spotlight, it was naturally decided that the IAA should turn it’s focus on professor Wilfred van Soldt. As you all know, professor Van Soldt hasbeen the IAA Secretary for many years, and is one of the IAA’s founding members. It is with regret that the IAA must announce that Van Soldt’s term as Secretary has come to an end, and that he will not be running for re-election.
This year’s IAA General Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 14th at 04:30 in the afternoon. Because of important events happening in the Near East and within the IAA itself, it is important that members attend as there will be discussion on important issues and a couple of issues must be voted on. Also, the IAA will be saying goodbye to some of their board members and new board members will be welcomed.
By Silvia Alaura, Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico (ISMA), CNR, Roma.
One of the ongoing research clusters of the GRISSO Project (Gruppo di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Storia degli Studi Orientali) is devoted to the Oriental studies in the epoch of ideologies. In the framework of this cluster, the following case study is being carried out by the present writer: Studien zur Entwicklung der Hethitologie in Deutschland in den 20er und 30er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts.
Investigations on Production Process of the Urartian Red Polished Pottery in the Light of the Old Pottery Traditions of Bardakçı Village – Van, Turkey
By Dr. Atilla Batmaz, Ege University-Department of Archaeology
Starting in 2014, an independent researchteam has been carrying out an ethno-archaeological and experimental project in the Bardakçı Village of Van, researching Urartian ‘red polished pottery’. The pottery, famous for its colour, is found in many Urartian fortresses. The highest-quality examples are found to have been produced in the basin of Lake Van: the centre of the ancient Kingdom. Quality seems to decline as one moves towards the outer limits of the Kingdom. Continue reading In The Field: Bardakçı Village
Note upfront! The IAA would like to ask everyone in teaching to inform their students of these awards and encourage them to hand in their work, in order to have as many entries as possible, and therewith maintaining as high a standard as possible.
As a new year is approaching, the IAA would like to remind its members to pay their annual membership dues. As of this month, members can find on the IAA website whether or not they are behind in payment, and if so, for how many membership years. Members that have not paid their membership for the running membership year, will be marked ‘inactive’. This does not mean that they are no longer considered to be a member, but it should remind them that membership payment is required in order to keep the Association alive.
If a member has not paid for over three years, their membership will be cancelled en their names will be removed from the website. If your name is not on the list, but you feel it should be, please do not hesitate to contact the IAA.
In 2015 and 2016 there are several exhibitions on the Ancient Near East worth visiting. Of course this list does not include all exhibitions. Are you missing something? Let us know and we will publish information in our next issue. Continue reading Current Exhibitions on the Ancient Near East