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.
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.
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 at http://9icaane.unibas.ch/, where you can find out more about posters, themes and workshops.
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!
A list of recent publications, from 2013 to May 2014. Sources: the University of Oxford and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO).
The application for the IAA Prize and the De Gruyter Dissertation Award have been closed. We are glad to inform you that many of you have sent in their articles and dissertations this year, so there might be some heavy competition!