In the Field: The Survey of Koya

Cinzia Pappi brings news from the field: her survey of Koya in Iraqi Kurdistan has uncovered many interesting possibilities in a region previously thought to be ‘an empty frontier between empires’. Not only that, but her survey project includes also a teaching program at the University of Koya, where students learn basic archaeological methods and the use of GIS.

The Archaeological Survey of Koi Sanjaq/Koya (Iraqi Kurdistan): Scientific Investigations and Teaching Programs

By Cinzia Pappi

Roughly two hours southeast of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, nestled between the modern districts of Sulaimaniya, Erbil, and Kirkuk, lies the region of Koi Sanjaq/Koya. This rough triangle of about twelve hundred square kilometers is hemmed in from the east by the rising chains of the Zagros piedmont, on the south by the Lower Zab as it descends from the Raniya plateau towards the Tigris and the Assyrian plains.

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In The Field: Bardakçı Village

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

In the Field: ICAANE 2016

From April 25, 2016 to 29 April, 2016, the 10th ICAANE will be held in Vienna, Austria at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. ICAANE, the International Congresses on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East are organized every two years by the scientific community of scholars working on and in the Near East and studying therein material and environmental evidence from the most remote phases until the Islamic period within a multidisciplinary approach. Continue reading In the Field: ICAANE 2016

In the Field: Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria

Investigating the Origins of Imperialism at Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria

By: Merel Brüning, research assistant to Dr. Bleda Düring

In 2011, Dr. Bleda Düring of the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, obtained a European Research Council Starting Grant for his project “Consolidating Empire – Reconstructing Hegemonic Practices of the Middle Assyrian Empire at the Late Bronze Age Fortified Estate of Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria, ca. 1230 – 1180 BC”. Continue reading In the Field: Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria

In The Field: Late 4th millennium Uruk

Size Matters: A Study of Monumentality and Bigness in Late 4th m. BCE Uruk/Iraq

by: Felix Levenson, Freie Universität Berlin (email)

The following paper will present a short abstract of the work I will be conducting for my PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in collaboration with the Excellence Cluster Topoi and the DAI (German Archaeological Institute).

My doctoral dissertation will try to re-evaluate the traditionally used term of ‘monumentality’ in West-Asian Archaeology by contrasting it with the concept of ‘bigness’, thereby showing that size does in fact not matter for monumentality. By the term ‘bigness’ in architecture I mean large or extra-large structures without any notion of their social function.

In my thesis I will argue against the general use of the term ‘monumentality’ for big buildings, as is traditionally the case in West-Asian archaeology. Continue reading In The Field: Late 4th millennium Uruk

9th ICAANE in Basel, Switzerland

Interested in finding out more about the excavation of the sources we so desperately need? You are in luck, because the 9th ICAANE, the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, is coming up. The University of Basel, Switzerland, will this year host the congress, from the 9th of June to the 13th. ICAANE is organized once every two years, so do not miss out on this opportunity! Information on the congress can be found in this article, provided by the organization and of course online, where you can find out more about posters, themes and workshops. Continue reading 9th ICAANE in Basel, Switzerland

In The Field: The Satu Qala Project

By: Cinzia Pappi

Since 2010, a combined team from the University of Leiden, the University of Leipzig, and the Salahaddin University of Erbil has been conducting excavations at Satu Qala, the ancient city of Idu (van Soldt 2008). The fieldwork continued in 2013 in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania with a study season to examine all the excavated materials now stored in the archaeological museums of Erbil and Koya. The work was, of course, made possible through the generous support of the General Directorate of Antiquities of the Kurdish Regional Government, the Directorate of Antiquities of Erbil and of Koya, and the Erbil Civilization Museum. The project was supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Continue reading In The Field: The Satu Qala Project

In The Field: A PhD Abroad

This issue, we have taken a somewhat different approach to the “In The Field” section than you have been getting used to. As we were reminded, not just the interaction with other fields such as Archaeology falls under the “In The Field”-category. Travelling to universities and interacting within projects are all part of the hands-on approach that is a part of Assyriology. Therefore, we have asked one PhD student to give some information on what it is like to be working abroad, within a large project. Continue reading In The Field: A PhD Abroad

In The Field: Qasr Shemamok, Kurdistan, Iraq

By: Olivier Rouault and Maria Grazia Masetti-Rouault,

A French archaeological Project in Qasr Shemamok, Kurdistan, Iraq

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Map of Northern Mesopotamia, with position of Qasr Shemamok.

Qasr Shemamok (Fig. 1), a large site covering more than 70 hectares, is well-known in the landscape of Iraqi Kurdistan. It is situated about 30 km southwest of Erbil, close to the village of Tarjan on the road to Gwer and to the Tigris bank. Formed by a steep tell, an acropolis more than 30 meters higher than the plain, and a lower tell limited by urban walls, it is surrounded by a much larger anthropic surface marked by different ancient occupations. Continue reading In The Field: Qasr Shemamok, Kurdistan, Iraq