Ur of the Chaldees: A Virtual Vision of Woolley’s Excavations

By: Jonathan Taylor, Curator at the British Museum and Birger Helgestad, Project Curator

The Ur project is a dynamic new collaboration between the British Museum  and the Penn Museum. It started in July 2013 with $1.28 million lead support from the Leon Levy Foundation. The project takes the successful cooperation of the 1920’s–1930’s excavations at Ur into the twenty-first century, digitally reunifying the remarkable finds from that site in a state-of-the-art online facility. All finds from Ur in our collections are being documented and photographed, and the original excavation photographs, archives, plans, and other documents are being digitised. These data will be made freely available in an open neoteric database that will preserve the complete finds and records in digital formats for posterity. Continue reading Ur of the Chaldees: A Virtual Vision of Woolley’s Excavations

New IAA Website

The International Association for Assyriology is proud to announce the launch of their new website! Please visit and wander through the pages, again filled with everything Assyriology. All information that used to be on the old website, has been transferred to the new one, but in a (we hope) more clear and compact state. The improved interface makes it easier to find what you are looking for and the new server allows a more streamlined appearance. Continue reading New IAA Website

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

RAI 2014 Reminder!

Those of you who have been reading the previous issues of this newsletter couldn’t have missed it, but just to make sure: do not forget that the RAI 2014 is coming up!

Some quick information: The 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from the 21st to the 25th of July under the theme “Fortune and Misfortune”. Continue reading RAI 2014 Reminder!

Awards and Funding

IAA Prize and the De Gruyter Dissertation Award

A year has passed since the IAA started some new initiatives, in the form of the De Gruyter Dissertation Award and the IAA Prize. Last year’s winners, Tobias Scheucher with his dissertation and Gabriella Spada and Erik van Dongen with their articles written after their Ph.D.’s, have set the bar high for our new candidates. But fortunately, the this has not discouraged any of you. In fact, the amount of applicants has increased this year! For the IAA Award, twelve Ph.D.’s have sent in their articles, and the IAA has received ten entries for the De Gruyter Dissertation Award. Application is now closed. Continue reading Awards and Funding