Introduction by Cécile Michel, IAA President

Dear colleagues, members of the IAA,

Cécile MichelAs you may know, on July 24 in Warsaw, during the general meeting of the International Association for Assyriology, I was elected as the new president of the Association for the next four years. I am extremely honored for the confidence placed in me. With the help and goodwill of all IAA members, I shall do my best to be worthy of this trust. Continue reading Introduction by Cécile Michel, IAA President

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

Interdisciplinary Conference: 1st Kültepe International Meeting

By Fikri Kulakoğlu and Cécile Michel.

Kültepe, the ancient city of Kaneš, is regularly excavated since 1948. Until 2005, excavations were directed by Tahsin Özgüç; he was assisted by Kutlu Emre, who worked at Kültepe for 59 years (2005-2013). Since 2006, excavations go on under the direction of Fikri Kulakoğlu. Kültepe has always been a very prolific site. It provided many artefacts and data for a wide range of disciplines. Moreover, almost every year the archaeologists find new Old Assyrian tablets. The total number of texts discovered at Kültepe, about 22 500, for the great majority in the lower town, places this site among the richest supplier of cuneiform texts from the whole Near East. Continue reading Interdisciplinary Conference: 1st Kültepe International Meeting

In The Spotlight: Copenhagen University

We are happy to announce that this issue of Mār Šiprim again features an interview with a researcher and a student from one university for our “In the Spotlight” section. In our two previous issues, we were unfortunately unable to publish this recurring item. We are very grateful to Dr. Nicole Brisch and Sophus Helle from the University of Copenhagen, to have answered questions about their academic lives and the ins- and outs of this University. Continue reading In The Spotlight: Copenhagen University

60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale

It has been over two months ago since already the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale was held in Warsaw, Poland. It has been a great edition, featuring a fantastic venue and interesting lectures. And of course, during the General Meeting on Thursday a new president and new board members were elected. More on the new IAA president and board members can be found in this issue of Mār Šiprim. Continue reading 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale

2014 Winners of Prizes and Grants

Since last year, the IAA and De Gruyter Publications have started two competitions to award promising young researchers: the IAA Prize and the De Gruyter Dissertation Award. Besides these two awards, there is also the Maureen Kovacs Fund, from which every year a financial donation towards a young researcher’s project is provided. The 2014 prize winners and the Maureen Kovacs Fund recipient have been announced during the General Meeting at the Rencontre in Warsaw. Continue reading 2014 Winners of Prizes and Grants

Please Provide your Correct Email Address

It has come to the attention of the IAA, that many email addresses which have been provided over the years by our members, are no longer in use. We would therefore like to ask everyone who has changed their address recently, or at least since they have become a member of the IAA, to provide us with their new contact information. IAA information on membership and other issues is sent out multiple times a year, and it is important that we are able to reach all of the members with these messages.

The new addresses can be sent to:

Thank you all in advance!