Greater Mesopotamia

Greater Mesopotamia

Susa and Elam II

ActivitiesPosted by Jan Tavernier Thu, October 08, 2015 13:26:06

2nd Susa and Elam conference: History, Language, Religion and Culture

From 6 to 9 July 2015, an international conference took place at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). The conference was organised by Jan Tavernier, Elynn Gorris (Université catholique de Louvain) and Katrien De Graef (Universiteit Gent) had as main intention to bring together resarchers on Susa and Elam to discuss the ongoing research on this area in actual Southwest Iran.

Scholars from all over the world (Iran, Europe, USA, Australia, Japan) gathered to present their research in about 30 lectures. As such, one can believe that the conference was a success, both on the scientific and social level. Also various partners of the IAP project (Elynn Gorris, Jan Tavenier, Alexandre Tourovets, Rindert Janssens, Frieda Bogemans and Cecile Baeteman) gave a lecture.

The Proceedings will be published as a volume in the prestigious MDP series (Mémoire de la Délégation en perse).

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Mission in Turkey

Field WorkPosted by Jan Tavernier Wed, June 03, 2015 07:53:05

Scientific Mission in Turkey, 12-19/04/2015 (WP III: Historical Geography)

From 12 to 19 April 2015, a team of the Université catholique de Louvain (Jan Tavernier, René Lebrun, Agnès Degrève, Etienne Van Quickelberghe and Johanne Garny) has explored the ancient kingdom of Tarhuntassa, which corresponds nowadays with the region around the Turkish cities Silifke and Karaman. The aim of the mission was twofold. On the one hand, it aims at helping the researchers to find the exact localisation of the ancient capital Tarhuntassa. On the other hand, it sought to give the specialists a better understanding of the territorial extent of the ancient kingdom of Tarhuntassa.

Various 2nd Millennium sites were visited: Sirkeli (fig. 1), Gözlükule (ancient Tarsus), Yumuktepe (ancient Mersin; fig. 2), Kilisetepe, Kızıldağ (fig. 3-4), Karadağ and Meydancikkale (fig. 5-7). The focus was on their geographical environment and their possibility to “host” a large administrative centre. Next to that, some museums were also visited (Tarsus, Mersin, Silifke).

The various results that emanated from this mission will now be connected to the textual evidence of the kingdom of Tarhuntassa in order to extend our knowledge of this highly important 13th-century BC kingdom.

Unexpectedly, when visiting the beautiful site of Tatarlı Höyük (fig. 8-9), to the east of Adana, where excavations only started recently, the idea that this site could very well be the ancient town of Lawazantiya imposed itself. This will be further investigated as a sort of side-project.

Fig. 1: Relief at Sirkeli

Fig. 2: Yumuktepe

Fig. 3: Relief of Kartapu (Kızıldağ)

Fig. 4: Luwian inscription on the top of the Kızıldağ

Fig. 5: Monumental entrance of Meydancikkale

Fig. 6: Building at the site of Meydancikkale

Fig. 7: View on Meydanccikale

Fig. 8: Tatarlı Höyük

Fig. 9: Tatarlı Höyük

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Vocatio Award Elynn Gorris

NewsPosted by Jan Tavernier Thu, June 19, 2014 11:39:39

The UCL team is proud to announce that Elynn Gorris, one of our youngest IAP members, has received a vocatio Award 2013-2014 (10.000 €). With this award, she will attend 6 intensive language courses of modern Persian at the University of Tehran (9 months in total), which will allow her to read the recent investigations and archaeological reports of Iranian colleagues and integrate their results into her research on the Neo-Elamite kingdom.

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International Conference @ Louvain-la-Neuve

ActivitiesPosted by Jan Tavernier Mon, March 17, 2014 12:33:59

On Thursday 27 and Friday 28 February 2014, an international conference entitled “Topography and Toponymy in the Ancient Near East: Perspectives and Prospects” took place at the Oriental Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain. This conference, organized by the research group “Ancient Near Eastern Studies” of the aforementioned institute, was held within the framework of Work Package III (“Historical Geography”) of the IAP-Project 7/14.

The conference was organized in five sessions: “Water”, “The Lands”, “Routes”, “Fields” and “Methodological Approaches”. International and Belgian speakers (see programme) delivered interesting and qualitative contributions followed by profound discussions. The conference covered all regions of the Ancient Near East (Anatolia, Levant, Mesopotamia and Elam-Iran) as well as the 2rd and 1st Millennium. Proceedings of this conference will be published.

Sincere thanks for the smooth organisation of this conference go to the Organizing Committee consisting of Prof. Dr. J. Tavernier, Prof. Em. R. Lebrun, Dr. A. Tourovets, Dr. Ch. Lebrun, Dr. J. De Vos, A. Degrève, E. Gorris and E. Van Quickelberghe.


Jeudi 27 février / Thursday 27 February

09h00-09h15: Accueil / Reception

09h15-10h00: Introduction

Prof. V. Yzerbyt, Prorecteur à la Recherche of the Université catholique de Louvain.
Prof. P. Hiligsmann, Dean of the Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres.
Prof. J. den Heijer, Président of the Centre d’Etudes Orientales – Institut Orientaliste.
A. Devillers & Prof. J. Tavernier, Introduction to the IAP Project « Greater Mesopotamia: Reconstruction of its Environment and History ».

Session 1: Les Eaux / Water (Président de session / Chair : René Lebrun)

10h00-10h30: Kathleen Abraham (KU Leuven)

Perennial Water for Nippur: The Location of the Sumundar Canal

10h30-11h00: Karel Van Lerberghe (KU Leuven)

Where’s Waldo ?

11h00-11h20: Pause-café / Coffee Break

11h20-11h50: Guy Labarre (Université de Franche-Comté ; laboratoire ISTA)

Les cités riveraines des lacs pisidiens Askania (Burdur) et Limnè (Eğridir)

11h50-12h20: Stéphane Lebreton (Université d’Artois)

Réflexions sur les hydronymes d’Asie Mineure

12h15-14h00: Lunch

Session 2: Les Régions / The Lands (Président de session/Chair : Alexandre Tourovets)

14h00-14h30: Eric Gubel (RMAH)

La topographie historique de la plaine du Akkar : bilan provisoire

14h30-15h00: Danièle Michaux-Colombot (Académie d’Orléans)

Locating the country Meluḫḫa mentioned in cuneiform sources and identifying it with that of MḎ3 from Egyptian sources

15h00-15h30: Julien De Vos (Université catholique de Louvain)

La localisation du pays de Qedy/Qode : Une évidence à réévaluer

15h30-15h50: Pause-café / Coffee Break

15h50-16h20: Laurent Colonna d’Istria (Université de Liège) et Sébastien Rey (Université de Liège)

Mari et son terroir à l’époque des šakkannakū

16h20-16h50: Hadrien Bru (Université de Franche-Comté ; laboratoire ISTA)

Topographie et toponymie de la Phrygie Parorée

16h50-17h20: Etienne Van Quickelberghe (Université catholique de Louvain)

Entre Assyrie et Anatolie : La topographie du pays d’Isuwa

19h00: Dîner / Dinner (Il Doge, Louvain-la-Neuve)

Vendredi 28 février / Friday 28 February

Session 3: Les Itinéraires / Routes (Président de session/Chair : Mikko Luukko)

10h15-10h30: Accueil / Reception

10h30-11h00: Elynn Gorris (Université catholique de Louvain) & Greta Van Buylaere (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)

Elamites on the Road to Hara(n)

11h00-11h20: Pause-café / Coffee Break

11h20-11h50: Alexandre Tourovets (Université catholique de Louvain)

The Assyrians in the Zagros : Problems concerning the localisations of toponyms

11h50-12h20: Gian Pietro Basello (L’Orientale - University of Naples)

Administrative Topography in Comparison: Overlapping Jurisdictions in the Acropole Tablets from Susa and in the Persepolis Fortification Tablets (6th Century BC)

12h20-14h00: Lunch

Session 4: Les champs / The Fields (Président de session/Chair : Gian Pietro Basello)

14h00-14h30: Anne Goddeeris (Universiteit Gent / KU Leuven)

The Fields of Nippur

14h30-15h00: Katrien De Graef (Universiteit Gent)

In Susa’s Fields. On the Topography of Fields in Old Babylonian Administrative Documents from Susa

15h00-15h20: Pause-café / Coffee Break

Session 5: Président de session/Chair : Guy Labarre

15h20-15h50: Mikko Luukko (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)

Observations on Neo-Assyrian Practices of Naming Places

15h50-16h20: Lauriane Locatelli (Université catholique de Louvain)

Ariassos et Pergé, deux toponymes anatoliens. Hypothèses et tentatives d’interprétation

16h20-16h40: Conclusion / Concluding remarks (René Lebrun)

17h00: Conférence inaugurale d’Oriental Lecture Series. Prof. Christian Robin (CNRS Paris)

Toponymes et ethnonymes du Yémen : permanences et changements

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