My research focuses on socio-economic, religious and cultural aspects of life in the Ancient Near East, and on the history of ideas in the area. My main focus is on 3rd BCE Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform texts mainly written on clay, and the combination of linguistic and archaeological source materials. The cuneiform cultures of the ancient Near East cover a time span of about 3300 years; roughly corresponding to 60 percent of written human history.
Keywords: religion cuneiform akkadian sumerian writing development language development ancient near east socio-economics name-giving
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I became PhD in 2012 on a work dealing with Sumerian and Akkadian personal names during the time periods of 2800–2200 BCE. Since 2006 I have taught beginners and advanced classes in Akkadian and Sumerian; as well as courses in the political and cultural history of the Ancient Near East. The classes in history and religion have regularly been combined with the study of ancient texts that shed light on specific phenomena. Some classes are taught over the internet or make use of internet resources. Internet coursework and pedagogy are of keen interest to me. In spring 2014 I assumed the responsibilities of Senior Lecturer in Assyriology.
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