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Brown University, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, and the Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies Providence, Rhode Island. These are my home institutions.

Middle East Studies at Brown University.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The New Library of Alexandria, the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library.

Koc University, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul. A research center with resident fellowships on the archaeology, history of art and architecture of Turkey.

Wissengeschichte der Architektur = Epistemic History of Architecture. Studies in the knowledge of building practitioners. Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Max Planck Institiute for the History of Science). Berlin.

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles.

Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey, Istanbul. The History Foundation is a non-governmental organization working in the public interest with the objective of developing and extending history consciousness in Turkey. It aims at enriching and lending a new content to the way in which people regard history and at encouraging the conservation of the historical heritage with a deep-rooted sensitivity and active participation of wide sections of the population.

TACDAM: Center for Research and Assessment of the Historic Environment at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. An interdisciplinary research center that currently initiates large scale archaeological projects, especially in the Ilisu-Karkamis Dam region, Southeast Turkey.

British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara. "Founded in 1948 and exists to support, promote and publish British research into the archaeology and related subjects (e.g. anthropology, geography, history, art history, literature and languages) of Turkey and the Black Sea region."

American Research Institute in Turkey: "a non-profit educational institution dedicated to promoting American and Turkish research and exchange related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social sciences."

Deutsches Archaologisches Institut, Abteilung Istanbul: "a scientific institution under the auspices of the German Foreign Office with its centre in Berlin and several sections within Germany and abroad. The institute undertakes archaeological excavations and scientific research and holds contact to international scientific affairs."

The Netherlands Historical and Archaeological Institute, Istanbul: "a non-profit making academic research institute based in Istanbul and is affiliated to the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), which is based at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatoliennes in Istanbul. Publishes Anatolia Antiqua.

Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology Kaman, Konya Province.

Netherlands Institute for the Near East at Leiden University, Netherlands: "privately established in 1939. The purpose of the NINO is to advance the branches of scholarship relating to the civilizations of the Near East. In particular these are archaeology, history, languages and culture."

Leiden University: Turkology Update Leiden Project: in Leiden University's Department of Turkish Languages and Cultures. Read here Turkish poetry in Dutch, Dutch poetry in Turkish!

Ottoman Archives in Istanbul (Basbakanlik Arsivi): catalog of documents on the web including fairly substantial summaries of the contents of each document. Within a month or so, they are also planning to put actual photographs of about 100,000 documents as the first step to putting the entire archive on the web.

Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies and Institute of Classical Archaeology at Charles University, Prague.

Czech National Center of Egyptology. "The primary aim of the Czech National Centre (further the Centre) is the creation of an institution with a professional potential, research specialisation and activities and material and technical resources to make possible a substantial development of Egyptological research in the Czech Republic for the upcoming years."

American Oriental Society. Founded in 1842, has Annual meetings around March, publishes the -Journal of the American Oriental Society (JAOS). The 2005 meeting was in Philadelphia, the city of "suspended ruins" (March 18-21).

European Association for Middle Eastern Studies: an academic exchange initiative concerning research on the Middle East, including the -Research Group on the Architecture of the Levant.

Archeoseismology and Paleoseismology for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Archeological Sites in the Middle East: a joint project on ancient earthquakes in the Middle East.


Ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology web resources -->Go to top


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AMAR: Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Site Reports at Stonybrook University

CNRS hosted OPEN archive of scholarly articles "Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société"

Ancient World Online Blog...

Emar Online Database- includes references to the texts from Emar and its vicinity found in the scholarly literature up to 2003.

Oriental Institute, Chicago Dissertations. Quite a few dissertations from Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago available fully online. Library acquisitions of the OI Library, and the online catalog of the Research Archives there.

Chicago Assyrian Dictionary. No need to wrestle with those heavy volumes anymore. All online.

Quarryscapes Project: conservation of ancient stone quarry landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Archbase: a site for archaeological data. Linked there is the The Cotsen Advanced Seminar on the Archaeology of Mobility Nomads in the Old and in the New World where one can download the videos of presentations. The book is forthcoming (Dec 2007) from the Cotsen Institute, with the title "Archaeology of Mobility: Old World and New World Nomadism" edited by Hans Barnard and Willeke Wendrich (ISBN-10: 1-931745-49-8). Also there is Ancient apprenticeship round table that took place at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Salt Lake City, 2005.

Zenon Database. Bibliographic database by German Archaeological Institute on archaeology and the ancient world.

Knowledge and Power. Textual sources for the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

E-tact: electronic Translations of Akkadian Cuneiform Texts.

A concise dictionary of Akkadian: web version of the book, edited by Jeremy Black, Andrew George, and Nicholas Postgate, with the assistance of Tina Breckwoldt, Graham Cunningham, Marie-Christine Ludwig, Clemens Reichel, Jonathan Blanchard Smith, Junko Taniguchi and Cornelia Wunsch.

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative: A joint project of the University of California at Los Angeles and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. "The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) represents the efforts of an international group of Assyriologists, museum curators and historians of science to make available through the internet the form and content of cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3200 B.C., until the end of the third millennium."

Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project: at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. To download the shelf list of the Tablet Room, click here. And this is the Babylonian section of the University Museum.

The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature: based at the University of Oxford. Its aim is to make accessible, on the internet, over 400 literary works composed in the Sumerian language in ancient Mesopotamia during the late third and early second millennia BC.

Sumerian Lexicon by John A Halloran, Los Angeles.

ETANA: Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives: An electronic publishing project for the study of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East.

Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia project in the University of Toronto. Founded in 1978, the goal of the RIM Project is to initiate to produce the standard editions of Mesopotamian texts.

Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project: an ambitious project to collect all published and unpublished Neo-Assyrian texts into an electronic database.

The Casco Bay Assyriological Institute initially organized to advance knowledge of the history, culture,and languages of the ancient Near East. Here you can also have access to the Digital map of the Ancient Near East.

Catalogue of Hittite Texts: an effort to augment Emmanuel Laroche'a "Catalogue des textes hittites" (1971).

Hethitologie Portal Mainz: very useful.

Magic and divination in the Neo-Assyrian period: a selected bibliography by Lorenzo Verderame.

Abzu: The Enki Shrine at the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago): A fabulous index for Ancient Near Eastern resources on the internet.

Achemenet.com: a fascinating source for Achaemenid and related Ancient Near Eastern studies material, Pierre Briant.

Register Assiriologie: abbreviations for journals and major publications in Near Eastern studies, an excerpt from Archiv fur Orientforschung 48/49 (2001/2002), compiled and edited by M. Jursa and M. Weszeli in collaboration with E. Bleibtreu (archaeology), H. Hirsch, H. Hunger and G. J. Selz.

Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale: The International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology. The 2006 Münster meeting was Krieg und Frieden im Alten Vorderasien; The 2007 Russia meeting was Language in the Ancient Near East in Moscow and City administration in the Ancient Near East in Saint-Petersburg.


General archaeological, ancient art historical web resources, projects -->Go to top


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The QuarryScapes Project: conservation of ancient stone quarry landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Speculum Romanae Magnifcientiae Digital Collection. Antonio Lafreri was a master printmaker and publisher in sixteenth century Italy, and his Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae offers a number of engravings of Rome and Roman antiquities. The University of Chicago Library happens to have a copy of this work which they have recently digitized and placed online here for the general public. It's a remarkable collection, and all told visitors can look through 994 prints which depict major monuments and antiquities in Rome. After reading a brief introduction to the work, visitors should click on over to the "Itineraries". Here they will find mini-exhibitions designed by scholars that will allow them to travel through the collection based on a theme, location, collection, or artist. Among their number are a tour of the Belvedere Cortile (an outdoor garden space) and the Castel Sant'Angelo, which is one of the largest buildings in Rome. The site concludes with a collection of related links and information about the technical processes used to create the site.

P-Base Photography database by Dick Osseman.

Harris Matrices


Journals -->Go to top


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Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale...

Revue archéologique

Geoarchaeology - "Geoarchaeology is an interdisciplinary journal published six times per year (in January, March, May, July, September and November). It presents the results of original research at the methodological and theoretical interface between archaeology and the geosciences and includes within its scope: interdisciplinary work focusing on understanding archaeological sites, their environmental context, and particularly site formation processes and how the analysis of sedimentary records can enhance our understanding of human activity in Quaternary environments."

Abgadiyat: a scientific refereed journal issued by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Calligraphy Center, aiming at publishing the recent discoveries and trends in calligraphy, writing and inscriptions throughout the ages.

Assyriological journals on the web: Duncan Melville's compilation (associate professor of mathematics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY). See also his page on Mesopotamian mathematics.

Journal of Near Eastern Studies: The University of Chicago Press. Editor: Robert D. Biggs.

Near Eastern Archaeology: the publication of the American Schools of Oriental Research, formerly Biblical Archaeologist.

Archiv fur Orientforschung: in Institut fur Orientalistik, Universitat Wien.

Journal of Cuneiform Studies: presents technical and general articles on the history and languages of the ancient Mesopotamian and Anatolian literate cultures.

Akkadica: The Periodical of the Assyriological Foundation Georges Dossin.

Antiquity: international journal of archaeology.

Anatolia Antiqua: Revue internationale d'archeologie anatolienne, published by l'Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatolienne since 1988. Table of contents here on line.

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Duke University Press. Articles are online.

Insight Turkey: published by Ankara Center for Turkish Policy Studies.

Instituto de Estudios Islámicos y del Oriente Próximo.

Egyptology-E-journals and digitized papers by Michael Tilgner.


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Digital map of the Ancient Near East: "a cooperative endeavor of the Casco Bay Assyriological Institute and the State Archives of Assyria Project with the help of the Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients. The Helsinki Atlas of the Near East in the Neo-Assyrian Period, published in July, 2001, is a first precipitate of this project. Work is now underway to expand coverage from the Neo-Assyrian period, starting with the Old Babylonian period." This page seems to have gone out of business. The link does not work anymore. Sorry.

Map of the Assyrian Empire: by the State Archives of Assyria (Simo Parpola et. al.), Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project. This is an old (1987) publication which was scanned and put on the web by the Neo-Neo-Assyrians of our day.

Satellite images of Turkey, Syria and Iraq, up to 250m/pixel resolution, free, in the MODIS Rapid Response System: "provides rapid access to MODIS data globally, with initial emphasis on 250m color composite imagery and active fire data."

ECAI: Electronic cultural atlas initiative. See especially the Iraq page. "ECAI IRAQ is a temporal-spatial portal into existing digital resources about history, cultural sites, archaeological excavations and heritage preservation initiatives. Users can access these information sources using interactive, time-enabled thematic maps."

Global Gazetteer: locate any settlement in the world (including villages and hamlets) on GIS-based maps. Extremely useful website, with toponym index based on countries, and administrative regions.

University of Texas at Austin's Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection has a variety of useful historical maps.

GIS Data Depot: world-wide GIS data, downloadable free or at minimum cost.

Ancient World Mapping Center: at the University of North Carolina. Barrington Atlas was published by this group.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.


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Wenner Gren Foundation grant programs for anthropological research. Application deadline November 1 and May 1.

American Research Institute in Turkey fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Application Deadline November 1. Also National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowship for Research in Turkey administered through ARIT.

Henry Merrit Wriston Fellowship fo accomplished Junior faculty at Brown.

National Geographic grant applications for field projects.

British Institute of Archaeology, Ankara grants.

Fulbright fellowships.

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