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Nadia discusses her work on the Iraqi antiquities market of the late 19th and early 20th century. She focuses on two remarkable figures from the trade. Ibrahim Gejou was perhaps the most significant dealer used by European and American collectors. Ferida Antone Shamas is less well-known, but still a fascinating character. Who were they? What was their role in the trade? And what was their motivation?3:24 the network: Ibrahim, Ferida and Budge10:51 the letters, and Svoboda's diaries15:10 Ferida21:28 Ibrahim26:09 relations between Ferida and Ibrahim28:39 Nadia's inspirationNadia's blog post, February 2022Nadia's blog post, May 2022Nadia's blog post, July 2022Magali Dessagnes' thesisSvoboda Diaries ProjectMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_podPatreon:
Julian looks back over his career. He explains how he developed his interests, and his unusual path into the field. He discusses some key moments: from the excavations at Nimrud, to discoveries in museum collections, and his own excavations at Tell Taya. Who influenced him? What does he think about how things are done? Plus news of his latest work. 3:03 approach to history5:30 origins of interest8:25 archaeological experience13:58 community in Baghdad17:44 PhD life20:43 first job26:26 on the Nimrud excavations33:25 Tell Taya37:12 museum discoveries44:49 displaying Assyrian sculptureMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_podPatreon:
 Farouk offers his personal story. He describes his family background, his early life, and details of his career. He explains how he became interested in ancient Iraq, and the many people who influenced and helped him develop his career. We learn about life in Iraq during the 20th century, and how political changes affected one man's journey. 3:14 introduction. Rawa6:33 family background15:01 interest in history19:36 after graduation27:33 early career34:51 student life37:40 teachers41:31 PhD46:05 return to Iraq51:17 discovery of the Sippar temple library58:40 trouble in Baghdad1:00:05 Suleimaniyah Museum1:06:02 thoughts about the futureMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_podPatreon:
Davide recently returned from a season of work at Tell Surghul in southern Iraq. He discusses the site and his team's work there. How did they choose the site and what did they want to achieve there, and what are their results so far? Why is excavation important anyway? He explains what an archaeological team looks like today, what they do, and what happens once the excavations are over. He also offers his thoughts on current discussions around how foreign teams should work in Iraq. 2:53 Tell Surghul7:13 choosing a site9:17 project goals13:25 results so far16:49 the excavation team20:07 a typical day25:47 why excavation?31:11 conservation/preservation35:38 making the future betterDavide's university pageDavide's Academia pageDavide's TwitterThe 10-point list of suggestions for decolonising excavations permitsMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Saana introduces us to the Centre of Excellence in Helsinki. She explains the new tools her team is developing to help us understand the meaning of Akkadian words. How can they help cuneiform specialists? And how can they make cuneiform resources more accessible to other specialists?3:45 The Centre of Excellence6:38 team goals11:44 what digital Akkadian tools can do19:50 why two tools?23:23 sources and consequences26:29 what might the future hold?ANEE:'s university pageFear in Akkadian pdfMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
History isn't just about great men. Tonia introduces us to the complicated family life of King Shulgi. Who were his wives? Did they live in a 'harem'? How did he control his empire while managing the ambitions of his many sons?2:43 the Ur III period and king Shulgi5:47 Shulgi's family9:19 Shulgi's children13:01 Shulgi's motivation14:37 the 'harem'17:47 the court21:35 agency of the wives25:56 impact of Shulgi becoming a god27:32 royal deaths Tonia's university pageTonia's Academia pageTonia's email: tonia.sharlach [at] okstate.eduMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Tim introduces us to a dynasty that ruled over Babylonia during one of the periods of its greatest influence. Where did they come from? What were their achievements? And what is their legacy?  2:29 who were the Kassites?4:57 where did they come from?9:20 Kassite achievements18:04 characteristic Kassite material culture23:13 where to see Kassite objects24:57 where to find out more28:49 Tim's own researchTim's Academia pageMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Amir al-Zubaidi is Director of Nasiriyah Museum, and now SBAH Director of Archaeology for Dhi Qar province. He introduces us to Nasiriyah Museum, and discusses both his achievements so far and his dreams for the future. What interests the people of Nasiriyah, and what role does heritage play in civic life there? This is the first in an experimental mini-series where we hear the thoughts of colleagues who are doing important work in Iraq. Yet while their work may be well known in Iraq itself, few in the UK or the wider western world know anything about it. This may be partly because of the nature of the specialist’s position, or the low level of Arabic language skills in the west. With the help of interpreter Zainab Mizyidawi, Amir was interviewed in Arabic and the results have been translated into English. This episode was made possible through the generous support of the London Centre for the Ancient Near East. 4:31 Nasiriyah Museum9:39 visitors11:42 audience engagement15:55 goals19:59 what interests people21:07 role of heritage in Nasiriyah 23:20 role of foreign teams24:40 life as director of archaeology 29:49 priorities and challenges30:55 hopesMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
The abundance of records from Babylonia between the 6th and the 4th century BC shows us how justice functioned. Why was the trial process so intimidating? How could you avoid it? And what happened if you couldn't?3:05 how we know5:01 where crime happened7:58 motives9:35 white collar crime11:01 law enforcement15:53 trials18:07 judges22:28 where courts met23:49 access to justice26:01 trials32:38 torture34:29 an eye for an eye?Małgorzata 's Academia page Małgorzata's ResearchGate pageMałgorzata's book at Zaphon pressMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Tiffany introduces us to Urartu, Assyria's great neighbour and rival. What can we learn from its network of fortresses? And how can deep maps and digital storytelling help us engage people with our work?3:48 Urartu and the Urartians9:36 Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project 12:56 the fortress network15:16 fire beacon stations18:42 digital storytelling20:50 deep maps23:16 community engagementMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
It's back to school season. So it's story time. In this special episode, we hear the stories of how our guests became interested in the ancient Middle East.Music by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:  
András discusses the medical conditions that showed themselves through heat of some kind. 'Heat' could affect many different body parts, for various reasons. Which medicinal ingredients were used to cure 'heat' and why? András also gives an introduction to his latest work on 'glosses' in medical texts, and what the broader significance of the different types is. 2:51 about Mesopotamian medicine5:19 fever in the ancient texts9:52 how to catch a fever12:08 how to cure a fever20:57 why lizards? 22:03 strange ingredients23:12 glosses in medical textsAndrás' university page:ás' Academia page:ás' ResearchGate page: by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Stefania introduces us to one of the dominant figures of early assyriology--Austen Henry Layard. She guides us through the archival sources that put his famous publications in context, and reveal the man behind the legend. 3:03 Why was Layard famous?5:34 Why study Layard?7:50 Layard's cuneiform skills 9:24 The sources and what we learn from them15:08 Are the archives everything or just a selection?16:42 Do the archives agree with his publications?18:48 Stefania's publicationsStefania's Academia Stefania's university page Music by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Elynn introduces the historical geography of the Neo-Elamite kingdom. What do we know about the borderlands and their role in Assyrian-Elamite relations? Why don't we know where so many places are, and why is that so significant? 2:32 who were “the Elamites”?5:24 the Elamite language, writing, and texts 7:33 about the Elamite kingdom 10:21 relations with Elam's neighbours11:50 the borderlands and Elamite-Assyrian relations15:36 on Elamite identity 16:28 where are the places mentioned in the texts?21:16 about the harbours25:16 matching up names with sites on the groundMusic by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
While the pandemic keeps us apart, colleagues are working hard to find ways to organise virtual conferences. The 67th RAI is hosted by Turin this July. Elena Devecchi and Stefano de Martino explain what to expect this year, and what it means to Turin to host a RAI now. Walther Sallaberger explains the IAA's role in coordinating the RAIs. 
Sophus explains the most famous piece of literature from ancient Iraq: the Epic of Gilgamesh. He guides us through the many meanings that have been found in it, from antiquity to the present day. Why does it fascinate us, and what can it offer us?2:21 about the Gilgamesh Epic6:38 what Gilgamesh meant in antiquity9:39 meanings in the modern world15:51 what Gilgamesh has meant for Iraqis in particular22:21 Sophus’s new book, and a reading from his translation by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Reinhard reveals the wealth of information recorded in the so-called "astronomical diaries". The astronomical component was, and still is, a valuable resource. But there is so much more. The diaries document fascinating historical details, help us understand the Babylonian economy, and offer remarkable details about the ancient environment. 2:32 introduction to astronomical diaries5:40 what do the diaries say?10:37 who wrote them?12:21 why were they written?13:47 why are they important?16:23 relation to other texts19:19 what they tell us about the Babylonian economy22:21 what they tell us about the environment25:21 computer aided analysisReinhard's Academia page: Music by Ruba HillawiWebsite: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: wedgepod@gmail.comTwitter: @wedge_pod Patreon:
Müge introduces us to the Hittites and their artistic world. We focus on kings, and why there are so few depictions of kings in human form. What do they look like? What are they communicating and who to? What does it tell us about the relationship between human and divine worlds? 3:45 nature and scope of Hittite art7:22 who is it for?10:49 relation to other ancient Middle Eastern traditions12:41 why are there so few representations of kings in human form?15:37 individuality or timeless kingship?18:25 what does the king look like? 21:03 portraits or generic forms?22:22 relation between human and divine worlds23:55 can we identify historical events in art? Müge's university page:üge's Academia page: by Ruba Hillawi Website: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: Email: Twitter: @wedge_pod  Patreon: 
Adelheid, Nicolò, and Ingolf explain about the ICAANE. Why was it started, and how did it become what it is today? What does it take to organise an ICAANE? What lessons were learned from the recent, virtual ICAANE? And what can we expect from future ICAANEs? What can be done to make them more inclusive? Adelheid:2:49 About ICAANE5:10 Scope of ICAANE8:11 Who runs it?10:22 Logistics of in-person ICAANE Nicolò14:21 Significance of ICAANE16:20 Logistics of virtual ICAANE23:17 Successes of virtual ICAANE Bologna Ingolf27:17 Why is ICAANE always in Europe?28:55 What can we expect from ICAANE 2023 in Copenhagen?34:10 Inclusion, and the future of ICAANE Access to ICAANE 12 Bologna lectures: ICAANE 12 Bologna website: OrientLab YouTube channel: Music by Ruba Hillawi Website: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: Email: Twitter: @wedge_pod  Patreon: 
The world’s first Assyrian museum opened in 1847 in Paris, at the Louvre. Since then, the Louvre has curated one of the most important collections of antiquities from the ancient Middle East. What is the modern approach to curation there? Ariane discusses the curatorial role, from displays, research, combatting illegal antiquities, heritage protection, and partnerships with colleagues and institutions in the Middle East.   2:29 what a curator at the Louvre does 4:12 display at the Louvre12:28 how research fits in15:50 acquisitions and combatting illegal antiquities 20:40 Louvre’s activities in the Middle East25:50 about the department of Ancient Near Eastern Antiquities 30:01 what the future might hold at the Louvre  Ariane in the news: On the Louvre website: Louvre on Twitter: Louvre on YouTube: ALIPH:  Music by Ruba Hillawi  Website: http://wedgepod.orgYouTube: Email: Twitter: @wedge_pod  Patreon: 
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