The IAA proudly presents the second issue of Mār Šiprim!

Since the first issue of Mār Šiprim, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our readers. Thank you very much for your support! For this second issue, we have tried our best to keep up with the first. It has been organized in the same way as before, through some recurring sections: In the Field, In the Spotlight, IAA-Initiatives and Recent Publications. On top of these themes, this issue contains three other articles. As usual, our stories originate from all over the world. Continue reading The IAA proudly presents the second issue of Mār Šiprim!


LEIDEN: Last Saturday, April 14th, the Dutch Symposium of the Ancient Near East (DUSANE) was held at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. It was the seventh DUSANE to be organized since its first edition in 2006. This symposium focuses on everything Near Eastern, from archaeology to assyriology. ‘DUSANE aims to highlight Dutch research on the Ancient Near East and brings together scholars, students and others interested in the Ancient Near East, in an interdisciplinary way’, as it was said in the programme-booklet. Every year, archaeology and assyriology students from the University of Leiden come together to organize this student initiative. Though it has become more difficult over the years to find students interested in organizing such an event, they have been able to put together a nice committee. Meliantha Lelieveld, Laurens Jansen, Sarah-Jayne Nogarede, Bernard Kemperman, Iris Houdijk and Twan Peters have sacrificed their precious time to give Dutch scholars and students a chance to present their research. Continue reading DUSANE VII

Save money on Rencontre entrance-fees and other information

Do not forget: the RAI 2013 is coming up! From July 15-19, you do not want to miss this opportunity to hear about the latest Assyriological findings and to catch up with old and new friends, so register online!

A word to the wise: those attending will be smart to sign up for an IAA-membership before registering for the Rencontre. IAA-membership only costs 20 euros or 10 euros for students, per year. Once you become an IAA-member, you will receive a 30 euro discount on your Rencontre-entrance fee, and students will see their bill deduced by 15 euros! Some easy math will tell you that you are able to earn money on this deal, so go to the IAA-website → IAA membership → how to join and sign up today! Continue reading Save money on Rencontre entrance-fees and other information

British Museum Blockbuster “Mesopotamia” Coming to the Royal Ontario Museum This Summer

Excitement has taken over Toronto. This summer more than 170 Mesopotamian artifacts from the British Museum will be landing at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). They are all part of the famous “Mesopotamia” exhibit, currently on a global tour. From Hong-Kong, via Melbourne and finally arriving in Toronto, the exhibit will be seen in three different continents attracting great attention in every part of the world. Together with the impressive Near Eastern collection permanently based at the ROM, it should already make for a great exhibit. But on top of that, the University of Philadelphia, Chicago’s Oriental Institute Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts will be lending Toronto some of their most prized possessions.

Seeing the ‘Ram-caught-in-the-thicket‘ from the Penn Museum at the ROM is a dream come true”, says associate-curator to the ROM, Dr. Clemens Reichel.

Continue reading British Museum Blockbuster “Mesopotamia” Coming to the Royal Ontario Museum This Summer

In The Spotlight: California

Dr. Niek Veldhuis, Researcher/Teacher, University of California, Berkeley

I will never forget the defense of my dissertation. I got through all right, but I have never been so nervous in my life!

Can you tell the readers something about yourself?

I grew up in the Netherlands, in a small town called Almelo, close to the German border. I studied Theology and Semitic Languages in Groningen and Nijmegen – it was a long-winded route, but eventually I wrote my dissertation on Old Babylonian education with Dr. Vanstiphout (or Stip, as we called him). Continue reading In The Spotlight: California

The New Vorderasiatisches Museum

By: Prof. Dr. Joachim Marzahn, head-curator of the Tablet Collection at the Vorderasiatisches Museum

Fig. 1Since the news was spread some time ago by Jack Sasson many may have heard that the Vorderasiatisches Museum Berlin has moved. Now it has two addresses: one address remains the Museum Island in Berlin (but now without mailbox), because the exhibition is still there and can be visited. For visitors and tourists nothing will change, but for visitors of the department, specialists etc. the following address is now important: Vorderasiatisches Museum, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 6, 10117 Berlin. Continue reading The New Vorderasiatisches Museum

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

Eulogy and In Memoriam for Victor Hurowitz

Delivered on January 21, 2013by Shalom M. Paul. Translated from Hebrew by Jeremiah Unterman and slightly adapted from the original by the author.

Victor, my dear friend, a great sorrow has fallen upon all of us. We bitterly lament and are distraught – the loss is overwhelming to us all: “Woe, my brother!” (1 Kings 13:30). You have gone to the next world before your time. Your sun should not have set so quickly. Continue reading Eulogy and In Memoriam for Victor Hurowitz