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Archaeological-Historical Institutes, Centers, and Foundations

-Artemis A.W. and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. This is where I am teaching.

-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. 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: "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.

-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 Studies at Charles University, Prague.

-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.



Near Eastern Resources: Assyriological-Cuneiform Archives

-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 Text Archive at Leiden University: offers a growing collection of transliterated Sumerian texts. So far administrative texts of Old Sumerian, Old Akkadian and Ur III periods as well as royal inscriptions such as Gudea's Cylinders A, B, Statue A, C-AA, B, Gudea 1-99.

-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.

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

Martin Heidegger in the woods


Near Eastern Resources: Other

-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. There is also a useful ,a href="http://www.univie.ac.at/orientalistik/frame.html" target="new">bibliography there (from AfO 46ff). Many thanks to the collegues in Institut fur Orientalistik, Wien, who put these resources up for us.
-Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale: The International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology. The 2002 Leiden meeting was Ethnicity in Ancient Mesopotamia.
-Mesopotamia in the Era of State Formation: Workshop at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 1998; participated by Guillermo Algaze, Terry DAltroy,Marcella Fragipane, Hans Nissen, Holly Pittman,Susan Pollock,Mitchell Rothman, Glenn Schwartz, Gil Stein, Henry Wright.
-Land of Sumer and Akkad: Network of an Inter-University Attraction Pole on the History and Environment of the Mesopotamian Plain.
-Resources for Near Eastern Archaeology ArchNet: Internet resources related to archaeological sub-regions of the Near East.
-A Bibliography of Ancient Anatolia for the Years 1985 to 1994 based on the Newsletter for Anatolian Studies compiled by Billie Jean Collins.
-Resources for Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Sources for the Study of the Third Millennium BC Materials, maintained by Marco Bonechi. Very useful, author based bibliography of 3rd Millennium Greater Mesopotamia. Subject based index under construction.
-CANeW: Central Anatolian Neolithic e-Workshop: check out the up-dated C14 databases, site database, geo-archaeological maps and chronological charts.
-Mr. PJ Cowie's well-known and adorable ancientneareast.net. Be patient with this website. The section with links to sites and excavations is most useful. Never mind the typically heavy representation of Israeli and biblical archaeology in all sections.
-Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayinlari-Istanbul (Art and Archaeology Publications-Istanbul): titles in Turkish, English, German, and French.
-Project Dyabola: web based bibliographic search engine, or as its creators say: "Dyabola ist ein navigierbares, quellenorientiertes Text- und Bilderfassungssystem, das mit einem semantischen Netzwerk, einem Syntaxgenerator und einer Datenblattmaschine ausgerŸstet ist." I like that. To pass, Go through Road Down pass Mountains Brown Rough, there you go.
-Ottomanist.org: a portal for the Ottoman studies. It is "a web project to promote Ottoman studies. It aims to become an ever updating handbook and a discussion forum for Ottoman studies, with the participation of the Ottomanist community. " I would like to send my greetings and congratulations to Sukru Ilicak at Harvard.
-The Institute of Turkish Studies: a non-profit, private educational foundation devoted to supporting and encouraging the development of Turkish Studies in higher education.
-Stiftung Zentrum fur Turkeistudien: (Turkiye Arastirmalar Merkezi Vakfi) Institute at Duisburg-Essen University. Objectives of the center includes: "to promote German-Turkish relations and the level of knowledge and information about Turkey and Turkish migrants in Europe, to advance the cooperation between Turkey, Germany and other European countries and also to support research and public relations."
-Perseus Digital Library: "Perseus is an evolving digital library, ...to bring a wide range of [ancient] source materials to as large an audience as possible."
-Archaeobotany in the Near East: Naomi F Miller's webpage, which has excellent bibliographies of archaeobotanical reports of Near Eastern sites, such as Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.



Cartographic Material

-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 TŸbinger 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."
-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-NeoAssyrians 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 at calle.com: 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.



-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 journal: 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 darchŽologie 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. Volumes 14, 16, 17 (1997, 1999, 2000) are available in pdf.


Archaeological Projects

-The Gordion Archaeological Project at Gordion, Turkey: maintained by Richard C. Henrickson.
-Kerkenes Dag Project: Archaeological survey and excavations of an Iron age mountain-top settlement in the East-Central Anatolian plateau.
-Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (Proj. Dir.: Bradley Parker, University of Utah): Updated web site is here.
-Tell es Sweyhat project in North Syria. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology project.
-Hammam et Turkman, Upper Balikh, North Syria. Leiden University.
-Tell Sabi Abyad, Upper Balikh, North Syria. National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden.
-Catalhoyuk: Excavations of a Neolithic settlement in Anatolia.
-At the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is The Corinth Computer Project A GIS-based mapping project of the urban and rural landscapes of ancient Corinth.
-Umm el-Marra: Johns Hopkins University project at the Syrian site in Jabbul Plain. 3000-1200 BC.
-Fistikli Hoyuk: a Halaf period site in SE Turkey, excavated by Reinhard Bernbeck, Marie Marley, Sarah K. Costello, Susan Pollock.
-Tell Acharneh: a Bronze-Iron ages site in the Orontes valley, North Syria. Canadian archaeological project, directed by Michel Fortin and Lisa Cooper.
-Tell Chuera, North East Syria. A mid-third millennium Kranzhugel and a Middle Assyrian settlement. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Fachbereich Kunst-, Orient- und Altertumswissenschaften, Institut für Orientalische Archäologie und Kunst.
-Giricano hoyuk in Diyarbakir province, Turkey. Institut fŸr Vorderasiatische Archäologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitŠt MŸnchen. Directed by Dr. Andreas Schachner, as part of the Ilisu Dam Salvage projects in SE Turkey.
-Tell Bazi: Ausgrabungen im syrischen Euphrattal. Directed by Dr Berthold Einwag and Dr Adelheid Otto, Institut fur Vorderasiatsche Archaeologie in the University of Munich. Located 60 km S of Karkamis.
-Qatna: the Italian Expedition at Tell Mishrifeh/Qatna (Syria).
-Tigris Tunnel - Source of the Tigris: Assyrian rock reliefs at the sources of Birklin (Birkleyn) Cay, Eastern Turkey. Survey project directed by Dr. Andreas Schachner of the University of Munich.


Post-Doctoral Grants

-Cornell University Mellon Post-doctoral fellowship in Near Eastern Studies. Application deadline: October 21.
-University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Society of Fellows. "A multidisciplinary emphasis which gives the Fellows an opportunity to interact across disciplines and to expand their horizons and knowledge." Application deadline: October 3.
-University of Michigan Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities. Application deadline: January 5.
-University of Pennsylvnia Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Rodney S. Young Postdoctoral Fellowship in Classical Archaeology and Robert H. Dyson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Near Eastern Archaeology. Main purpose "to encourage the publication of the University of Pennsylvania Museum's excavations and/or archaeological collections". Application deadline March 1.
-American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Post-doctoral grants: including ARIT fellowships for post-doc research in Turkey and NEH/ARIT Post-doc fellowships, as well as others.
-ASOR: American Schools of Oriental Research: . Application deadline February 1.
-Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow. Deadline January 16. Specialization in any field of art history. Fellows teach one core course in western art or an equivalent course in the non-western core. Every award is for two years, with a salary of $45,000.
-Institute of Turkish Studies grant program. Deadline March 12. Includes Post-doc and Pre-doc summer travel grants, dissertation writing grants, and others. "The principal purpose of the grant program is to support and encourage the development of research, scholarship, and learning in the field of Turkish Studies in the US." Only for United States citizens and permanent residents who are currently affiliated with a university in the U.S.
-SSRC: Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowships (March 8, 2004).
-Resources in Art History for graduate students. "A Newsletter of Fellowships and other Opportunities for Art History Graduate Students" (April 21, 2004 Wednesday).
-Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts postdoctoral fellowship. Application deadline October 6.





"Duo sunt liquores humanis corporibus gratissimi: intus vini, foris olei." Pliny, Naturalis Historia, 14.150.
(There are two liquids most pleasing to human bodies: wine inside and olive oil outside.)

-The Olive oil source.
-5th International Symposium on olive growing. 27 September-2 October 2004, Izmir, Turkey. Organized by the International Society for Horticultral Science (ISHS); Ankara University, Ankara; Olive Research Insitute, Izmir; National Olive and Olive Oil Council, Izmir; National Society for Horticultral Science, Izmir. Contact person is Dr.Mucahit Taha Ozkaya, Convener (ozkaya@agri.ankara.edu.tr).
-Olea Europaea in desert tropicals.com or blueplanetbiomes.com or daleysfruit.com or museums.org or hear.org or arizona.edu or University of Nevada.