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

Welcoming words by the International Association for Assyriology

By Piotr Michalowski, IAA President

The IAA is a young organization, but thanks to the work of dedicated organizers and members it is becoming stronger every year. Recent Rencontres have been a great success, with wonderful organization by local committees and ever increasing participation by new generations of scholars and students so that even in these hard times it seems that the future of our discipline looks bright indeed. We have implemented a number of new initiatives, including prizes and awards, and now we are bringing you a new way to keep in touch with various undertakings by the broader Assyriological community: the Newsletter. Continue reading Welcoming words by the International Association for Assyriology

By the Rivers of Babylon: New Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism from Cuneiform Texts

By Dr. Caroline Waerzeggers

Aim and team

This project, financed by the European Research Council, draws on recent advances in the study of cuneiform texts to illuminate the Babylonian environment of the Judean exile, the socio-historical context that gave rise to a transformative era in the history of Judaism known as the Second Temple period. Since September 2012, the project is hosted at Leiden University. The team consists of dr. Caroline Waerzeggers (PI), dr. Jonathan Stökl (post-doc), dr. Jason Silverman (post-doc), Tero Alstola (PhD student), Rieneke Sonnevelt (PhD student), Bastian Still (PhD student), Marlon van Wijk (student assistant). Continue reading By the Rivers of Babylon: New Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism from Cuneiform Texts

The NINO archeological project on the Rania Plain

By Jesper Eidem (Director, NINO)

In September-October 2012 The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) initiated a new archaeological project in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, focussed on the Rania Plain in Sulaimanyia Province. In a first instance the aim was to conduct new investigations at the site of Tell Shemshara, briefly excavated by Danish and Iraqi archaeologists in 1957-59. The site was subsequently inundated when the Dokan Dam was completed and was until recently inaccessible most of the year. The previous excavations retrieved important prehistoric evidence from the Hassuna period, and in a Level V palace two archives of cuneiform tablets from the early 18th cent. BC (published in J. Eidem, The Shemshara Archives 2. The Administrative Texts. Copenhagen 1992, and J. Eidem and J. Læssøe, The Shemshara Archives 1. The Letters. Copenhagen 2001). Continue reading The NINO archeological project on the Rania Plain

IAA Initiatives

The IAA is committed to help young Assyriologists all over the world to strengthen their potential in their chosen profession. For instance, there are currently two awards that you are eligible to win! With these awards come nice prizes in the form of grants and publications, so do not hesitate to send in your work! The prizes will be awarded during a special ceremony at the RAI 2013 in Ghent. Continue reading IAA Initiatives