Excavations in an Antique Land
Author: Mogens Trolle Larsen
Category: Social Science
The Conquest of Assyria tells what must surely be one of the most romantic tales of archaeological endeavour. The great cities and ancient palaces of Mesopotamia had lain buried for over two millenia, and were all but forgotten, half remembered in the Hebrew Bible and Classical texts. This volume records the dramatic finds, the decipherment of the cuneiform system of writing and the rediscovery of a lost civilisation.
Spezialisierung, Organisation, Praxis
Author: Gerhard Holzer,Christine Ottner-Diesenberger,Petra Svatek
Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH
English summary: This volume endeavours to describe and comparatively discuss the formation of academic disciplines in Austria through their concrete research practice, focussing on the examples of music research, art history, geography, geology, ancient history and archaeology, oriental studies and historical research. Some of these disciplines deal with (historical) processes, some lie on the boundary between humanities and the natural sciences. This interdisciplinary approach seeks to make a contribution to research on 19th-century Austrian scientific practice that has also significantly shaped today's research landscape. German description: Der Band unternimmt den Versuch, die Ausformung wissenschaftlicher Disziplinen in Osterreich uber ihre konkrete Forschungspraxis zu beschreiben und damit vergleichend zur Diskussion zu stellen. Hierfur wurden exemplarisch die Musikforschung, Kunstgeschichte, Geographie, Geologie, Alte Geschichte und Archaologie, Orientalistik und die Geschichtsforschung in den Blick genommen: Einige der hier anvisierten Disziplinen nehmen (historische) Prozesse in den Blick, einige bewegen sich an der Grenze zwischen Geistes- und Naturwissenschaften. Im Rahmen einer interdisziplinaren Annaherung soll somit ein Beitrag zur Erforschung der osterreichischen Wissenschaftspraxis des 19. Jahrhunderts geleistet werden, die auch die aktuelle Forschungslandschaft deutlich gepragt hat.
Author: Reinhard Gregor Kratz,Hermann Spieckermann
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
Studien zur Kultursoziologie und Kulturgeschichte
Author: Richard Faber,Volkhard Krech
Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann
Category: Art and religion
A Merchant Colony in Bronze Age Anatolia
Author: Mogens Trolle Larsen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Social Science
The ancient Anatolian city of Kanesh (present-day Kültepe, Turkey) was a continuously inhabited site from the early Bronze Age through Roman times. The city flourished c.2000–1750 BCE as an Old Assyrian trade outpost and the earliest attested commercial society in world history. More than 23,000 elaborate clay tablets from private merchant houses provide a detailed description of a system of long-distance trade that reached from central Asia to the Black Sea region and the Aegean. The texts record common activities such as trade between Kanesh and the city state of Assur, and between Assyrian merchants and local people. The tablets tell us about the economy as well as the culture, language, religion, and private lives of individuals we can identify by name, occupation, and sometimes even personality. This book presents an in-depth account of this vibrant Bronze Age Anatolian society, revealing the daily lives of its inhabitants.
Publisher: De Gruyter
Category: Excavations (Archaeology)
The Journal of Oriental Archaeology is a new publication from the Oriental Section of the German Archaeological Institute. It combines the Section's two previously separate regional journals Baghdader Mitteilungen (Baghdad Transactions) and Damaszener Mitteilungen (Damascus Transactions) and extends them to present the Oriental Section as an interregional and interdisciplinary research unit. The journal appears annually and deals with the most recent international research on the Levant, Mesopotamia and the Arabian Peninsula. Languages of publications are German, English, and French.
Author: Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft
Category: Excavations (Archaeology)
internationale Zeitschrift für die Wissenschaft vom Vorderen Orient
Author: Ernst Friedrich Weidner
Category: Middle East
Story, History and Historiography
Author: Isaac Kalimi,Seth Richardson
In Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem, twelve scholars of the ancient world examine the histories, myths, and tales that formed around the Assyrian campaign of 701 B.C.E. over the course of more than a millennium of re-tellings.
Author: Gesine Palmer
Publisher: Vorwerk 8 Germanhy
Proceedings of the Nimrud Conference 11th-13th March 2002
Author: J. E. Curtis
Publisher: British School of Archaeology in
This book publishes 34 papers by international and Iraqi experts given at a conference on Nimrud at The British Museum in 2002. Excavations at the important Assyrian capital city of Nimrud have continued intermittently since 1845, culminating with the discovery in 1989-90 of the tombs of the Assyrian queens with astonishing quantities of gold jewellery. All aspects of the excavations and the various finds and inscribed material from Nimrud are considered in this volume, with particular attention being paid to the tombs of the queens and their contents. The evidence of inscriptions and the results of paleopathological investigation are brought together to identify the bodies in the tombs. There is much previously unpublished information about the tombs, and the jewellery is fully illustrated in eight colour plates. Finally, the significance of Nimrud as one of the greatest sites in the Ancient Near East is fully assessed.
Author: Guy Bunnens
Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers
The Iron Age, i.e. the period between c. 1200 and 300 B.C., is a crucial period in Mediterranean and Near Eastern history. Syria especially saw one of the most flourishing moments of its history in the early first millennium B.C. New kingdoms emerged which developed an intense cultural life and took advantage of their geographical location to gain a dominant position in interregional relations. As a consequence, Syria became the main target of Assyrian expansion. It also became an intermediary between Asia and the Mediterranean world. Twenty-two essays, aiming to reflect essential aspects of on-going research, review major historical, archaeological and linguistic aspects of Syria in the Iron Age. Interaction between Neo-Hittites and Arameans, new forms of art, changes in political and social structures, linguistic conservatism and innovation, regional particularism, impact of Assyrian expansion are some op the topics dealt with in the volume.
the investigations of 'Edomite' archaeology and scholarly discourse
Author: Charlotte M. Whiting
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports
This study highlights a range of theoretical problems concerning Levantine Iron Age archaeology. Following the introduction, Chapter 2 provides the background for the study as a whole, tracing the archaeological study of the Iron Age southern Levant from the early nineteenth century to the present day. This highlights how and why archaeologists have changed their ideas about the narrative in question through time whilst also retaining a number of key ideas. Chapter 3 traces the archaeological study of 'Edomite' archaeology in the southern Levant in particular. Chapter 4 begins the critique of the key ideas and assumptions that underpin 'Edomite' archaeology by demonstrating that the individual historical sources used as evidence when discussing the 'Edomites' are not simply sources of factual information about the Iron Age. Chapter 5 takes a similarly critical approach to the methods of archaeological excavation, interpretation, and analysis used in south Levantine Iron Age archaeology. Chapter 6 completes the critique of the central ideas that form the basis of 'Edomite' archaeology by discussing the central tenets of archaeological theory concerning the relationship between material culture and identity that are required to support this idea. Chapter 7 outlines the methodology used in this study, which was designed to test whether specific ceramic types do in fact support the present interpretation of the late Iron Age southern Levant. The results of the analysis using this methodology are presented in Chapter 8. In Chapter 9 the implications of the preceding chapters are discussed and an interpretation of the evidence which does not rely on traditional problematic assumptions will be presented. Final conclusions are drawn in Chapter 10.
Arts & humanities
Author: Institute for Scientific Information (Philadelphia)
Author: David Mackenzie Wilson
Publisher: British Museum Publications Limited
`This is the story of the British Museum, the oldest and greatest publicly funded museum in the world'. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the museum in 2003, this book documents the enormous changes that have taken place to the building, its collection, its staff, and its role in society. Essentially a chronological history from the founding of the first collection upon the death of Sir Hans Sloane in 1753, through to the present day, David Wilson presents a detailed discussion of the setting up of the museum, its opening to the public, its educational and research functions and the collections that it houses from around the world. Discussing the benefactors, collectors, excavators, curators, the museum staff and administration, the public who visit the museum and the relationship between the museum and the government and other financial institutions, he shows how the British Museum remains the most respected and internationally recognised museum of its kind.
How Digital Tools Help Bridge and Transform Research, Education and Practice in Architecture : Proceedings of the Twenty First Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, October 11-14, 2001, Buffalo, New York
Author: Wassim Jabi
Category: Architectural design
Category: English literature
Author: Paul Collins
Publisher: British Museum Press
Between the ninth and seventh centuries BC the small kingdom of Assyria in northern Iraq expanded through conquest to dominate the region from Egypt to Iran. The power of the Assyrian kings was reflected in the creation of a series of magnificent palaces in which the walls of principal rooms and courtyards were lined with huge panels of alabaster carved with images of the monarch as priest, victorious warrior and hunter. Together, the sculptures constitute some of the most impressive and eloquent witnesses of the ancient Middle East. This book serves as a superb visual introduction to what are undoubtedly some of the greatest works of art from the ancient world, showcasing a series of specially taken photographs of the British Museum's unrivalled collection of Assyrian sculptures. These stunning images capture the majesty of the Assyrian king, his magnificent court and its protecting divinities, through individual panels or extraordinary, often overlooked details, such as incised embroidery on robes, the contours of flesh and musculature, the turn of a horse's head or the order within the apparent chaos of battle. An introduction sets the sculptures in their cultural and art-historical context. A brief history of Assyria and the royal palaces is followed by an overview of their discovery, reception and understanding. These are the earliest examples of complex narrative art, and their multilayered meanings occupied entire rooms in which the raw emotion and energy of animals and humans was captured with remarkable vitality. Many of these exceptional carvings rank among the greatest achievements in the history of art.