MemberHeather D Baker

…’s Work Study Program)
Nappahu: Digital Corpus of Neo-Babylonian Texts from the Nappahu Archive (on ORACC, in preparation)
Neo-Assyrian Bibliography (on Zotero)
PNAo: The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire Online (on ORACC)


Baker, H. D. 2017. Neo-Assyrian Specialists. Crafts, Offices, and Other Professional Designations. Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Vol. 4/I. Helsinki: Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project & Finnish Foundation for Assyriological Research.
Baker, H.D. &…

As an Assyriologist who has also trained in archaeology and gained considerable experience of Near Eastern excavation, my primary interest is in combining textual information and material culture in the study of Mesopotamian society and economy. I apply this approach to the study of the Babylonian city and to investigating house and household. I am currently PI of an international project, Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Languages (MTAAC), funded by SSHRC through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge. Research Interests My work focuses on the social, political and economic history and material culture of 1st millennium BC Mesopotamia, with a particular interest in Babylonian urbanism and the built environment, and in the Neo-Assyrian royal household. My research and publications cover the following topics:

  • urbanism and the built environment
  • religious architecture
  • house and household
  • integration of textual and archaeological data
  • Hellenistic Babylonia (especially the city of Uruk)
  • the Assyrian royal palace and household
  • onomastics and naming practices
  • prosopography
  • slavery
  • society and economy
  • political history
  • cuneiform archives and archival practices


  • 2014–present: Assistant Professor in Ancient Near Eastern History, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
  • 2009—2014: Senior Postdoc and PI of project “Royal Institutional Households in First Millennium BC Mesopotamia,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 2003–2009: Postdoc, START Project “The Economic History of Babylonia in the First Millennium BC,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 1999–2002: Research Associate, State Archives of Assyria Project, University of Helsinki; from July 1999, Editor-in-Charge of The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • 1993–1998: Editorial Assistant/IT Assistant (part-time), A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (a British Academy Major Research Project)
  • 1994–1995: Curator Grade G (part-time), Department of the Middle East, the British Museum
  • 1984–1989: Field Archaeologist employed on various excavation and post-excavation projects in England, Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq

MemberJonathan Valk


Forthcoming. Crime and Punishment: Deportation in the Levant in the Age of Assyrian Hegemony. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
Forthcoming. The Eagle and the Snake, or anzû and bašmu? Another Mythological Dimension in the Epic of Etana. Jo…

University Lecturer in Assyriology at Leiden University specializing in the social and economic history of the Ancient Near East and in the theory of collective identity.

MemberChristopher Jones

…t.” HyperAllergic, March 6, 2015.

Conference Presentations:

“Fragmentation, Leveling and a Lack of Effective Control: How Neo-Assyrian Kings Simultaneously Bolstered and Undermined Royal Authority in Babylonia and Beyond.” November 18-21, American Schools of O…

I am a Ph.D student in the Department of History at Columbia University specializing in the Neo-Assyrian Empire. My dissertation, titled “Power and Elite Competition in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 745-612 BC,” examines the careers of Assyrian provincial governors and other mid-level officials. Using several thousand official letters which survive from this period, as well as analytical tools borrowed from the fields of social network analysis, organizational communication, and leader-member exchange theory, I examine the social connections, status, and career progression of these officials. Understanding empire as a dynamic process enacting power relationships which are created and maintained through communication, I argue that the expansion of the Assyrian empire in the late eighth century simultaneously expanded the number of officials and made it more difficult for them to distinguish themselves. This resulted in an often-vicious competition for status, a decrease in effective communication, and less effective governance in the seventy years leading up to the empire’s collapse.

MemberDavide Nadali

…uation certificate in Near Eastern Archaeology with Prof. Paolo Matthiae – Grade: 110/110 cum laude (in 2002) with a thesis on the “Assyrian Armies of Sennacherib and Assurbanipal: Compositional Study of the depiction of the battles”.
PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology …
…iche di una battaglia in campo aperto, SMEA XLVI/1, pp. 59-78.
2005a The Representations of Foreign Soldiers and Their Employment in the Assyrian Army, in W. H. van Soldt (ed.), Ethnicity in Ancient Mesopotamia. Papers read at the 48th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, …

  • Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Antiquities, Faculty of Humanities.

MemberMark Weeden

…kkadian words for barley and the god Ḫaya. Welt des Orients 32. Pp. 77-107.

— 2010: Tuwati and Wasusarma. Imitating the behaviour of Assyria. Collon, D. and George, A.R. (eds) Iraq 72 (In Honour of the Seventieth Birthday of Professor David Hawkins). Pp. 39-62.

— 2011…

Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, SOAS, University of London

MemberCarly L. Crouch

I am currently David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where I teach and research in a number of areas relating to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Hebrew language and exegesis. My research focuses on the intersection of theology, ethics, and community identities, with a historical focus on the social and intellectual world of ancient Israel and a contemporary interest in the relevance of this work for twenty-first century ethics. I am especially interested in integrating insights from other disciplines, such as anthropology, refugee studies, and postcolonial theory, into biblical studies. This has led to monographs examining the intersection between creation theology and ethics in the conduct of war (War and Ethics), the social context of Deuteronomy’s distinctively Israelite ethics (The Making of Israel), and the relationship between oaths of loyalty to the Assyrian king and Deuteronomy’s emphasis on exclusive loyalty to God (Israel and the Assyrians), as well as a co-authored volume analysing scribal translation practice in the Iron Age (Translating Empire, with Jeremy M. Hutton). My current project incorporates trauma theory, social-scientific research on involuntary migration, and postcolonial theory to understand the consequences of the Babylonian exile on Israel and Judah, developing previous work on Israelite identity and theology and on the prophets. I also have interests in Genesis, the Psalms, and the prophets. My previous post was at the University of Nottingham (UK), where I directed the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology, bringing together biblical and historical scholars with systematic and philosophical theologians to address contemporary issues in theology and religious studies. I have held research fellowships at Keble College and St John’s College in Oxford and at Fitzwilliam College and Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge.

MemberJacob Lauinger



Peer-Reviewed Articles

2019 Literary Connections and Social Contexts: Approaches to Deuteronomy in Light of the Assyrian adê-tradition. Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 8: 87-100.
2019 Discourse and Meta-discourse in the Statue of Idrimi and Its Inscr…

Jacob Lauinger is an Assyriologist who focuses on Akkadian cuneiform texts of the first and second millennium B.C with an interest in peripheral (i.e. extra-Mesopotamian) dialects of Akkadian.  His research focuses on the social, legal, and economic history of the ancient Near East and, in particular, on approaching cuneiform tablets from both philological and archaeological perspectives in order to better define the social contexts in which they were written, used, and stored. In this regard, he is fortunate to serve as the epigrapher for three archeological excavations, Koç University’s Tell Atchana (Alalah) Excavations, the University of Toronto’s Tayinat Archaeological Project, and the Sirwan Regional Project’s Khani Masi Excavations.  His first book (Following the Man of Yamhad, Brill 2015) explored questions of land tenure and political territoriality at Middle Bronze Age Alalah, while his curreent book project focuses on the Satue of Idrimi from Late Bronze Age Alalah.

MemberFederico Buccellati

Federico Buccellati is a Near Eastern Archaeologist specializing in architecture, cultural heritage and digital humanities. He is the Field Director of the Mozan / Urkesh Archaeological Project and the Deputy Director of IIMAS, the International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies; he is also the General Editor of the Bibliotheca Mesopotamica and ARTANES series, published by Undena Publications. He received his PhD 2014 from the Goethe Universität (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and is currently a Research Associate at the Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany) within the department of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology. There he is the PI of the research project “The Mittani – Middle Assyrian Transition” funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.   H-index:  

MemberAysha W. Musa

…Track Changes, Issue 9, pp. 130-133.

Book Review: Sherry Lou Macgregor, Beyond Hearth and Home; Women in the Public Sphere in Neo-Assyrian Society’, Palestine Exploration Quarterly, Volume 14, pp. 256-260….

Aysha W. Musa is a fully funded fourth year PhD student with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and the School of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is working in the field of Gender and the Bible, focusing on Jael’s performances of gender in Judges 4 and 5. Aysha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is currently a coordinator for the Sheffield Gender History Group and an Academic Tutor for the Realising Opportunities outreach programme.