Professor emeritus in Assyriology is studying the different languages and cultures in the Ancient Near East which used Cuneiform writing. His research combines historical and archaeological material with Sumerian and Akkadian (Assyrian and Babylonian) texts in order to get new insights in the worlds oldest history.
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I am interested in several central aspects of the written and material historical evidence in Ancient Near East and the relation between them.
Present research projects deal with Babylon seen in a broad historical, geographical, environmental, and cultural context. The archives and libraries with cuneiform texts excavated in the city have been surveyed. A special study deals with the palace archive from Nebuchadnezzar II. A digital reconstruction of the city for all attested periods is in progress involving archaeological, textual, geographical, and hydrological data using architectural and GIS programs. Active participent within the Babylon-project in Berlin. A catalogue of Ancient Near Eastern sites with their placements on Google Earth has been developed and is being updated as the internationally most used tool for ANE geography.
Earlier research has focused on the oldest Assyrian capital Assur as well as treated general questions about ancient archives and libraries from the Ancient Near East.
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