For all those interested in Near Eastern Archaeology
The problem with using royal inscriptions as historical sources is their inherent bias. The interests of the king drive the narratives of royal inscriptions. Yet this essential feature reveals their underlying concept of history. In royal inscriptions, historical thought is defined by the life and experience of the king. This article will present…[Read more]
The Samaria Ostraca contain a subset of receipts that record wine shipments from what were evidently royal vineyards. But this particular group of ostraca has been largely overlooked in the study of the Northern Kingdom, probably resulting from the fact that not all of the ostraca were published in the editio princeps. This article presents a new…[Read more]
Caitlin Chaves Yates deposited “An Admirable Scheme”: The Symbiotic Relationship of Archaeology and Art at the Met in the 20th century in the group Near Eastern Archaeology on Humanities Commons 11 months, 2 weeks ago
While the Met expedition to Ctesiphon, Iraq was in the field in winter of 1931/1932 they received word that Winlock, an archaeologist from the Egyptian department, a department to which some of the Ctesiphon staff belonged, had been promoted to the director of the Museum. Around the same time the Near Eastern Art department was being formulated as…[Read more]
Heather D Baker deposited House size and household structure: quantitative data in the study of Babylonian urban living conditions in the group Near Eastern Archaeology on Humanities Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
The aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between dwelling size, household structure and social status in urban Babylonia during the first millennium BC.
This paper examines the relationship between house and household in first-millennium BC Babylonia, drawing on both textual and archaeological evidence. It builds on previous research by the author which has focused on elucidating the Babylonian terms for parts of the house and correlating these with architectural forms, based on comparison with…[Read more]
A short note on a 2012 find from Göbekli Tepe – a seated figurine with an animal on its shoulder.
Oliver Dietrich deposited Göbekli Tepe – ein exzeptioneller Fundplatz des frühesten Neolithikums auf dem Weg zum Weltkulturerbe in the group Near Eastern Archaeology on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
A short history of work at Göbekli Tepe and an overview of the UNESCO Worls Heritage List nomination process.
An extensive preliminary report on Göbekli Tepe´s Enclosure H – in German.
Oliver Dietrich deposited A Decorated Bone ‘Spatula’ from Göbekli Tepe. On the Pitfalls of Iconographic Interpretations of Early Neolithic Art in the group Near Eastern Archaeology on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
In 2011 a special object was discovered at Göbekli Tepe in one of the excavation trenches in the tell´s northwestern depression. The artefact was described preliminarily as a ‘spatula’ made from a rib bone. It measures 5.3 x 1.9 x 0.3 cm and carries a carved depiction that is only partially preserved. The image is unclear, however the upper part…[Read more]
Caitlin Chaves Yates deposited Beyond the Mound: Locating Complexity in Northern Mesopotamia during the ‘Second Urban Revolution’ in the group Near Eastern Archaeology on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
I investigate the organization of urban activities in Early Bronze Age cities of Northern Mesopotamia. I combine evidence from archaeological survey, magnetometry, and excavations to demonstrate that cities were broadly integrated in terms of function and use of space: inhabitants in outer cities, lower towns, and extramural areas all pursued a…[Read more]