Rune Rattenborg

forskare i assyriologi vid Institutionen för lingvistik och filologi

Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3 H
Box 635
751 26 UPPSALA

Nyckelord: political economy economic history digital humanities archaeology landscape spatial humanities assyriology middle east geographical information systems

Mina kurser


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I received my BA (2009) and MA (2012) in Assyriology from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies of the University of Copenhagen. I subsequently took up doctoral research with the Department of Archaeology of the University of Durham, generously supported by a Durham Doctoral Scholarship (2012-2015) from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health. My work at Durham, conducted as part of the AHRC-funded Fragile Crescent Project, aimed at integrating textual and archaeological data in order to gauge the relative and absolute scale of political economies of Middle Bronze Age Northern Mesopotamia through a detailed study of cuneiform assemblages and archaeological survey indices from six specific locales.

Having received my PhD in Archaeology (2017), I spent a year in Berlin before obtaining a postdoctoral position with the ERC-funded Persia and Its Neighbours-project of the University of Durham in January 2018. Here, I worked with remote sensing of upland sites in northeast Iran. Since June 2018, I am a researcher with the project Memories for Life: Materiality and Memory of Ancient Near Eastern Inscribed Private Objects at the Department of Linguistics and Philology of the University of Uppsala, funded by the Swedish Research Council.

I am also an experienced field archaeologist, having participated in archaeological excavations in Jordan and Syria regularly since 2007. As a long-time instructor, and ultimately assistant director of the Islamic Jarash Project of the University of Copenhagen, I have written or co-authored multiple articles on the history and archaeology of northwest Jordan during the Late Antique and Early Islamic ages. Since 2017, I am assistant director of the Late Antique Jarash Project, also of the University of Copenhagen, directed by Louise Blanke.


My primary responsibility within the Memories for Life (M4L) project is to develop the database and framework for understanding and visualising information from the primary project catalogue in spatial data applications (GIS). As the M4L covers a uniquely broad historical and geographical spanning some 3,000 years of recorded history, data from the project is particularly well suited to develop the kind of wider comparative perspectives on ancient texts and landscapes that I have already been working with during my doctoral years. My work therefore also seeks to expand upon and further develop spatial humanities approaches to the cuneiform record and large-scale analyses of textual corpora from the ancient world more generally.


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