Ancient Near East


Karen Radner — F. Janoscha Kreppner — Andrea Squitieri (ed.)
Exploring the Neo-Assyrian Frontier with Western Iran.
The 2015 Season at Gird-i Bazar and Qalat-i Dinka
Peshdar Plain Project Publications — Volume 1

With contributions of Mark Altaweel, Andrei Ašandulesei, Peter V. Bartl, Jörg Fassbinder, Christoph Forster, Jessica Giraud, Tina Greenfield, Zahra Hashmi, Jean-Jacques Herr, F. Janoscha Kreppner, John MacGinnis, Anke Marsh, Karen Radner, Andrea Squitieri, Adam B. Stone, Eleanor Barbanes Wilkinson

The Peshdar district is part of the province of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq. In its centre lies the Peshdar Plain, surrounded by the glorious mountainscape of the Zagros and bounded in the south by the valley of the Lesser Zab, which connects the region to the Assyrian heartland and Western Iran. The international and interdisciplinary Peshdar Plain Project was inaugurated in 2015 with the goal of investigating the region in the Neo-Assyrian period (9th to 7th century BC). It formed part of the Border March of the Palace Herald which served to negotiate relations with the adjoining client kingdoms in the Zagros, most importantly Mannea (south of Lake Urmiye), Ḫubuškia in the Sardasht Plain and Muṣaṣir in the Rowanduz Plain.
Work in 2015 focused on two closely connected sites in the small Bora Plain, a sub-unit of the Peshdar Plain: the tiny single-phase site Gird-i Bazar and impressive Qalat-i Dinka, looming on a rocky outcrop high over the river, both part of the Dinka settlement complex. This book presents the results of this first season of field work. Karen Radner offers an analysis of the historical geography of the region on the basis of the textual sources, including the private contract of 725 BC found at Qalat-i Dinka. Mark Altaweel and Anke March provide a geoarchaeological assessment of the Bora Plain while Jessica Giraud presents an evaluation of the Dinka settlement complex based on the results of the survey of the Mission archéologique française du Gouvernorat de Soulaimaniah (MAFGS). Jörg Fassbinder and Andrei Ašandulesei discuss the results of their geophysical survey at Gird-i Bazar and Qalat-i Dinka. The bulk of the volume is dedicated to the 2015 excavations at Gird-i Bazar, with contributions on the fieldwork by F. Janoscha Kreppner, Christoph Forster, Andrea Squitieri, John MacGinnis, Adam B. Stone and Peter V. Bartl. Tina Greenfield introduces the bioarchaeological sampling strategy. On the basis of the analysis of 666 diagnostic ceramic sherds from key find contexts and by drawing on parallels from the Assyrian heartland and western Iran, Jean-Jacques Herr presents a first assessment of the technical aspects, the fabrics and the shapes of the pottery excavated at Gird-i Bazar. Eleanor Barbanes Wilkinson, Andrea Squitieri and Zahra Hashemi present the small finds from the 2015 excavations.
In an appendix to the volume, Jörg Fassbinder presents the promising results of the 2014 magnetometer survey in Mujeser in the Soran district of the province of Erbil, the possible site of the capital of the kingdom of Muṣaṣir, a client state of the Assyrian Empire, and its famous Ḫaldi temple.
The research presented in this book throws light on a hitherto little known eastern frontier region of the Assyrian Empire. Gird-i Bazar is the first unequivocally Neo-Assyrian site to be excavated in the region. The occupation layers beginning to be uncovered there offer the rare opportunity to explore an Assyrian non-elite settlement. Its well stratified ceramic repertoire is of special importance as it allows us for the first time to synchronise the Western Iranian pottery cultures (with the key sites Hasanlu, Godin Tepe, Nush-i Jan and Baba Jan) with the Assyrian material of the 8th and 7th centuries BC.

128 pages, more than 60 colored pictures — content
30 x 21 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-20-1
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Elena Devecchi — Gerfrid G.W. Müller — Jana Mynářová (ed.)
Current Research in Cuneiform Paleography.
Proceedings of the Workshop organised at the 60ᵗʰ Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Warsaw 2014

In recent years cuneiform studies have witnessed a growing interest in issues variously related to the broadly defined field of palaeography. This led to the development of new methodologies and technologies as well as to the establishment of several projects devoted to the palaeographic analysis of cuneiform corpora from Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia and New Kingdom Egypt, spanning from the 3rd to the 1st millennium BC.This volume collects papers from scholars who had been working on topics such as writing space, wedge order, quantitative analysis, text reconstruction, sign identification and palaeographic dating, providing an updated overview on the present state of the art.

XIV + 198 pages — content
24,5 x 17,5 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-18-8
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Bernd Müller-Neuhof

Die frühneolithischen und urukzeitlichen Silex- und Obsidianindustrien aus Tell Sheikh Hassan
Ausgrabungen in Tell Sheikh Hassan, Band V.1
Edited by Friederike Bachmann

This publication assembles the flint and obsidian tools retrieved from occupation levels dating to the early Neolithic and the Uruk periods that were exposed by the German excavations in Tell Sheikh Hassan. It is the first monograph to present an assemblage of Uruk-time lithics including detailed descriptions of the function of the various tool types. The finds of the early Neolithic are presented in as much detail as there is proof that certain early Neolithic types were, at the time of the Uruk occupation, sought after, collected and put to use again. Another important result is the fact that, for several lithic tools dating to proto-dynastic times, the Egyptian origin could be ascertained - a first indication of Egyptian imports to the Uruk region.

140 pages, with 286 drawings and 20 color pictures — content
35 x 24,3 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN:  978-3-935012-17-1
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E. Cancik-Kirschbaum/N. Ziegler (ed.)

Entre les fleuves — I. Untersuchungen zur historischen Geographie Obermesopotamiens im 2. Jahrtausend v. Chr.
Berliner Beiträge zum Vorderen Orient, Band 20

With articles by Adelheid Otto, Aline Tenu, Nele Ziegler, Dominique Charpin, Grégory Chambon, Hervé Reculeau, Daniela Crasso, Hartmut Kühne, Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, Sabina Kulemann-Ossen, Jean-Marie Durand, Michaël Guichard, Adelina Millet Albà, Lionel Marti

The archaeological, philological and historic-systematical contributions in this volume are concerned with the cultural history of Upper Mesopotamia in the 2nd millennium BC; the focus is on questions of historical geography. The case studies analyse typical spatial structures such as the Khabur region as an area for settlement and for traffic. The contributions also take up the problems connected with the various sources, their kinds of information and the conditions accompanying the methodical access. It becomes obvious that, beyond questions of localisation and identification, historical geography must aim at a description of space as the primary condition of culture – making use of textual sources, archaeological findings and, more than ever, taking into account the possibilities of the reconstruction of environment and landscape.

388 pages, with 9 line drawings, 11 b/w-pict. and 25 maps — content
24 x 17 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-04-1
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ISBN: 978-3-935012-97-3
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Grégory Chambon
Normes et pratiques — L'homme, la mesure et l'écriture en Mésopotamie. I. Les mesures de capacité et de poids en Syrie Ancienne, d'Ébla à Émar.
Berliner Beiträge zum Vorderen Orient, Band 21

The book gives attention to cultural technics of calculating and metrology in ancient near eastern economic system administration in Syria of the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC. Merchants, representatives of institutions and administrations but also individuals were using metrological and arithmetical competences e.g. negotiation of resources, manufacturing processes, merchandises, etc. Some practices have left traces like archaeological artefacts or textes on cuneiform tablets.
The analysis of terminology and systematics of these practices in economic and administration texts is aimed at institutional, socio-economic and cultural heritage contexts of the metrology in cuneiform culture of knowledge. The study approaches a contribution to the history of material culture and to the discussion about the development of rational pragmatics in the Ancient Near East by the interaction of men, measure and writing.

200 pages, with 1 b/w-pict and 1 map — content
24 x 17 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-08-9
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Carmen Gütschow
Methoden zur Restaurierung von ungebrannten und gebrannten Keilschrifttafeln – Gestern und Heute.
Berliner Beiträge zum Vorderen Orient, Band 22

The topic of this work is the treatment of unburnt and burnt clay tablets. As practical case studies six cuneiform tablets were chosen that show typical damages to be found in museum collections. For a better understanding of the problems concerning such objects the characteristics of clay as material are shown up, especially those of calcareous clays. Important restoration measures are discussed, as for example the secondary burning of tablets in preparation of the subsequent reduction of salt.

152 pages, 36 col. tab. with 80 img. — content
24 x 17 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-09-6
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Shai Gordin (ed.)
Visualizing Knowledge and Creating Meaning in Ancient Writing Systems.
Berliner Beiträge zum Vorderen Orient, Band 23

International Workshop of the Research Group "Notational Iconicity", 24th-25th September 2010
Ancient writing systems employ logographic and logophonetic principles playing on the relationship between writing, script and scribal learning. The workshop proceedings published in this volume explore the way these relationships encode knowledge and meaning reflected in the social, historical and cultural mentalité of the early peoples of East Asia (China and Japan), Anatolia, the Aegean, Egypt and Mesoamerica. The meeting was organized in the FU Berlin on the fall of 2010 by the editor and Dr. Renata Landgráfová (now Charles University, Prague) in the frame of the DFG research training group 1458 “Notational Iconicity” (“Schriftbildlichkeit”) headed by Prof. Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum and Prof. Sybille Krämer.
The premise of our meeting was that script and the organization of texts can reveal how knowledge is transformed and transmitted among different social groups across time and space, and eventually standardized as written tradition. Its multidisciplinary approach follows recent trends in the attempt to arouse debate between scholars of disparate systems of writing – be it Cuneiform, Hieroglyphic or Linear in nature – and to discuss their elements independent of origin or cultural context. A broad perspective on ancient writing and its visual elements was established with the contributions delving into the aspects of generating knowledge and meaning (J. Janák, M. Weeden), categorizing knowledge (E. Boot, T. W. Kwan, H. Tomas), diffusion and transformation of knowledge (Sh. Gordin, R. Landgráfová) and rationalizing knowledge (E. Birk).

260 pages, with 73 b/w-pictures — content
24 x 17 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-11-9
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N. Ziegler/E. Cancik-Kirschbaum (éd.)

Entre les fleuves — II. D'Aššur à Mari et au-delà
Berliner Beiträge zum Vorderen Orient, Band 24

With contributions of Faysal Abdallah, Boris Alexandrov, Ilya Arkhipov, Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, Dominique Charpin, Jean-Marie Durand, Christoph Fink, Michael Guichard, Antoine Jacquet, Lionel Marti, Christophe Nicolle, Susanne Paulus, William Pethe, Reinhard Pirngruber, Walter Sommerfeld, Ahmed Taraqdji, Nele Ziegler

The contributions gathered in this volume are the result of the German-French research project HIGEOMES – “The historical geography of Upper Mesopotamia in the 2nd millennium BC: Interdisciplinary research” (ANR/DFG). The first part, “From Aššur to Mari,” covers the Sinjar, Khabur and Taurus regions, that is, the north of Upper Mesopotamia. The focus lies on spatial phenomena of political structures in the first half of the 2nd millennium BC, based on written sources or archaeological findings (contributions by D. Charpin, M. Guichard, A. Jacquet, C. Nicolle, J.-M. Durand & N. Ziegler). The second part, “Beyond Upper Mesopotamia,” considers regions at the borders or even outside of Upper Mesopotamia proper. The city of Akkade remains a point of reference, also in the second millennium. With regard to the ongoing discussion about the localization of the city of Akkade it seemed to make sense to bring the state of research concerning the written sources of the third to the first millennia up to date (contributions by W. Sommerfeld, N. Ziegler, S. Paulus, W. Pethe, L. Marti and R. Pirngruber ). The two texts from Tell Sakka are here edited for the first time and analysed as to their importance for a reconstruction of Suppiluliuma I’s military campaigns (contributions by F. Abdallah & J.-M. Durand, B. Alexandrov). The third part, “Toponymy and concept of space,” consists of essays by I. Arkhipov, E. Cancik-Kirschbaum and N. Ziegler. They treat questions of newly attributed place-names and of the linguistic grasp of large areas and of central structures in Old Babylonian and Middle Assyrian times (libbi mātim / libbi māti resp. libbi āli).

354 pages, with 2 drawings, 17 b/w-pictures and 7 maps — content
24 x 17 cm — Hardcover

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-13-3
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Nedal Haj Darwich
Götter und Mischwesen in Syrien und Westmesopotamien in der Frühbronzezeit.

The study covers the geographical space west of the “classical” theatre of early Mesopotamian cultures, a region so far not in the focus of science. The investigation is restricted to the 3rd millennium BC and aims at a comprehensive presentation of gods and demons on all genres of monuments.
Comparisons with monuments from other parts of Mesopotamia help to identify the individual motives as to their date and function.
In addition, the gods and demons are considered in their iconographic as well as textual and historical context.

302 pages, with more than 320, partly col. fig. — content

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-98-0
PeWe-Verlag 2010

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