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Greater Mesopotamia

Susa and Elam II

Activities Posted on 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).

Mission in Turkey

Field Work Posted on Wed, June 03, 2015 07:53:05

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

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

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

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

Vocatio Award Elynn Gorris

News Posted on 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.

International Conference @ Louvain-la-Neuve

Activities Posted on 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.


27 février / Thursday 27 February

09h00-09h15: Accueil
/ Reception


Prof. V. Yzerbyt, Prorecteur à la
Recherche of the Université catholique de
Prof. P. Hiligsmann, Dean of the Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres.
Prof. J. den Heijer, Président of
the Centre d’Etudes Orientales – Institut
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

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

Water for Nippur: The Location of the Sumundar Canal

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

Waldo ?

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)

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)

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)

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

Pause-café / Coffee Break

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

et son terroir à l’époque des

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

et toponymie de la Phrygie Parorée

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

Assyrie et Anatolie : La topographie du pays d’Isuwa

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

28 février / Friday 28 February

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

10h15-10h30: Accueil
/ Reception

Elynn Gorris (Université catholique de Louvain) & Greta Van Buylaere (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)

on the Road to Hara(n)

Pause-café / Coffee Break

Alexandre Tourovets (Université catholique de Louvain)

Assyrians in the Zagros : Problems concerning the localisations of

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

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

12h20-14h00: Lunch

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

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

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

Pause-café / Coffee Break

Session 5: Président de session/Chair : Guy Labarre

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

on Neo-Assyrian Practices of Naming Places

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

Ariassos et Pergé, deux toponymes anatoliens. Hypothèses et tentatives

Conclusion / Concluding remarks (René Lebrun)

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

Toponymes et ethnonymes du Yémen : permanences et