5. Current Research in Cuneiform Palaeography 2

Organizers: Elena Devecchi (Università degli Studi di Torino) – Gerfrid G. Müller (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg / Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz) – Jana Mynářová (Charles University, Prague)


Wiebke Beyer (Universität Hamburg), „Old Assyrian texts“ – Armando Bramanti (Roma La Sapienza/CCHS - CSIC Madrid), „Early Dynastic Umma“ – Elena Devecchi (Università degli Studi di Torino), „Administrative texts from Kassite Babylonia“ – Sebastian Fischer (Freie Universität Berlin), „Hurrian texts from Emar“ – Zenobia Homan, (SOAS London) „Mittanian texts“ – Michael Jursa & Reinhard Pirngruber (Universität Wien), „Late Babylonian archival and literary tablets from Babylon“ – Gerfrid G. W. Müller (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg / Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz), „Hittite texts“ – Jana Mynářová (Charles University, Prague), „Amarna texts from the Northern Levant) – Mathilde Touillon-Ricci (British Museum), „Ur III texts“ – Klaus Wagensonner (Yale University), „An unpublished Old Babylonian sign list from the Yale Collection“ – Lisa Wilhelmi (Universität Heidelberg/Freie Universität Berlin), „Akkadian Texts from Hattusa“


In 2010, Dominique Charpin rightfully complained that “Unfortunately, the palaeography of cuneiform was underdeveloped for a long time, and in large measure still remains so” (Reading and Writing in Babylon, Cambridge, MA – London 2010, 78). Seven years later the situation has changed radically, as cuneiform studies have witnessed a growing interest in issues variously related to the broadly defined field of palaeography. We believe that the workshop “Current Research in Cuneiform Palaeography” we organized in 2014 at the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (whose proceedings appeared as Devecchi, E. – Müller, G.G.W. – Mynářová, J., eds., Current Research in Cuneiform Palaeography. Proceedings of the Workshop Organised at the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Warsaw 2014, Gladbeck: PeWe-Verlag 2015) contributed towards drawing attention to this field of investigation: rather than exhausting their potential, that first meeting and the proceedings sparked interest for palaeographic studies by providing case studies on diverse topics such as writing space, wedge order, quantitative analysis, text reconstruction, sign identification and palaeographic dating.

A group of twelve scholars already confirmed their interest in presenting their ongoing researches at a second workshop on “Current Research in Cuneiform Palaeography”. Their contributions will investigate palaeographic issues of cuneiform corpora from different periods and geographical areas, ranging from 3rd, 2nd and 1st millennium Mesopotamia (Bramanti, Beyer, Devecchi, Jursa – Pirngruber, Touillon-Ricci, Wagensonner) to the Late Bronze Age "peripheries" (Fischer, Homan, Müller, Mynářová, Wilhelmi). By bringing together scholars working on different cuneiform corpora the workshop will try to overcome the problem of focusing on specific geographical areas and/or chronological frameworks, typical for individual studies, through a discussion that will address issues concerning common terminology and standards in palaeographic description as well as concepts for structuring and handling palaeographic databases.

Contact: elena.devecchi@unito.it; Jana.Mynarova@ff.cuni.cz; ggwmueller@gmail.com