Archaeologies of Text: Symposium Presenters

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Matthew W. Stolper [email]

Keynote Presentation

Broken Window on the Persian Past: Crises of the Persepolis Fortification Archive

Matthew W. Stolper (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1974) is Professor of Assyriology and John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies in the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Professor Stolper has worked primarily on Achaemenid Babylonian texts and secondarily on Elamite history and texts. As the director of the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project, his efforts are now focused on Achaemenid Elamite and Achaemenid Aramaic administrative records excavated by the Oriental Institute in 1933 at Persepolis, the imperial residence in the Persian homeland, to be published in electronic and conventional forms.

Timothy P. Harrison [email]

Temples and Tablets: Articulating Neo-Assyrian Imperialism at Tell Tayinat

Timothy P. Harrison (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1995) is a Professor in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto. Professor Harrison is the Director, Tell Madaba Archaeological Project (Jordan); Director, Tayinat Archaeological Project (Turkey); and serves as the President of American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).

Nicholas P. Carter [email]

Space, Time, and Text: What Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Can Tell Us about Ancient Maya Landscapes

Nicholas Carter (MA, University Texas, Austin; BA, Our Lady of the Lake University) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. His interests include Mesoamerican Archaeology and Language

Matthew T. Rutz [email]

Using the Best Models: Situating Mesopotamian Divination in the Archaeological Record

Matthew T. Rutz (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2008) is an Assistant Professor of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University. Professor Rutz works in the field of Assyriology, the interdisciplinary study of texts written in the cuneiform writing system from ancient Mesopotamia, traditionally the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (present-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey). He specializes in the languages and cultures of this region with an emphasis on Akkadian (Babylonian/Assyrian) and Sumerian documents from the latter half of the second millennium BCE, the social and political history of Late Bronze Age Syria, Babylonian literary and scholastic texts from the site of Nippur (Iraq), ancient Mesopotamian intellectual and religious history, and the study of ancient texts as archaeological objects.

Scott Bucking [email]

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Dynamics of Archaeological and Epigraphic Landscapes from Coptic Egypt

Scott Bucking (Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1998) is an Associate Professor, Department of History, DePaul University. Professor Bucking’s interests include the archaeology of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean (especially Egypt); literacy and education in the ancient world; papyrology; early Christianity (especially Egyptian monasticism) and Greek, Latin and Egyptian (Coptic) literature.

Bruce E. Zuckerman [email]

Texts Unbound: The Impact of Digital and Other Technologies on the Study and Presentation of Ancient Texts

Bruce E. Zuckerman (Ph.D., Yale University, 1980) is a Professor of Religion, University of Southern California. Professor Zuckerman is the director of a number of projects including the University of Southern California Archaeological Research Collection; Director, West Semitic Research Project; Director, InscriptiFact Project; Myron and Marian Casden Director, Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. He is perhaps best known as the founder of the West Semitic Research Project.

Adam Smith [email]

Distinguishing Scribes and Quantifying Productivity: Results from an Electronic Transcription and Analysis of a Corpus of Late Shang Divination Records

Adam Smith (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University; Mellon Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. Adam’s dissertation and his ongoing research concern the emergence and evolution of the Chinese writing system during the late second and first millennia BC, and the early literate activities with which it was associated.

Eleanor Robson [email]

Tracing Networks of Cuneiform Scholarship with Oracc and Google Earth

Eleanor Robson (D.Phil., Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 1995). Reader in Ancient Middle Eastern Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge; Co-Director, The Geography of Knowledge in Assyria and Babylonia; Vice-Chair, British Institute for the Study of Iraq. Dr Robson is the author or co-author of several books on Mesopotamian culture and the history of mathematics, most recently Mathematics in Ancient Iraq: A Social History (Princeton UP, 2008). In 2003, she won the Lester R. Ford Award of the Mathematical Association of America for her work on Plimpton 322, a clay tablet of great importance to understanding Babylonian mathematics.

Lisa Anderson [email]

Ancient Relationships, Modern Intellectual Horizons: The Practical Challenges and Possibilities of Encoding Greek and Latin Inscriptions

Lisa Anderson (Ph.D., Brown University, 2009) is the fomer project manager of the U.S. Epigraphy Project, Brown University. Currently Dr. Anderson is a part-time assistant editor, Journal of Roman Archaeology, and a Curatorial Assistant for the Bronze Catalogue, Harvard Art Museums, Boston, MA.

Heidi K. Wendt [email]

Ancient Relationships, Modern Intellectual Horizons: The Practical Challenges and Possibilities of Encoding Greek and Latin Inscriptions

Heidi K. Wendt is a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies (Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean), Brown University. Heidi Wendt completed an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at Brown and an MTS at Harvard Divinity School where she also completed substantial coursework in Roman art history and archaeology. Her program is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on the second and third-century cults of the Roman Empire, including early Christianity. Heidi is interested in relationships between Roman and provincial religions, particularly, in Roman strategies for negotiating the ‘foreign’ ritual practices and spaces with which they came into contact through imperial expansion. She has participated in archaeological projects throughout Italy, Greece, and Turkey.

Morag M. Kersel [email]

WikiLeaks, Text and Archaeology: The Case of the Schøyen Incantation Bowls

Morag M. Kersel (Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2006) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, DePaul University; formerly Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University. Professor Kersel is a co-director, The Galilean Prehistory Project (Israel); Co-Director, “Follow the Pots” Project (Jordan).

Christopher A. Rollston [email]

Forging History: Means and Motives from Antiquity to Modernity

Christopher A. Rollston (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1999) is currently the Toyozo Nakarai Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Studies at Emmanuel School of Religion, a graduate seminary of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Professor Rollston was educated as a critical historian, a philologist of ancient Near Eastern languages, with Northwest Semitic epigraphy, Hebrew Bible, textual criticism, Syro-Palestinian archaeology, Second Temple Jewish Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls as his strongest emphases. He works in more than a dozen ancient and modern languages, especially the biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), as well as Ugaritic, Phoenician, Akkadian, Ammonite, and Moabite. He is the editor of the scholarly journal MAARAV, has published widely in the field of epigraphy, and co-chairs the Epigraphy Sessions at the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Patty Gerstenblith [email]

Do Codes of Ethics on Publication of Undocumented Texts Promote Legitimacy?

Patty Gerstenblith (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1983) is a Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul College of Law. Professor Gerstenblith is director of the Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law and founding president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. She also serves as senior advisor to the International Arts and Cultural Property Committee of the ABA Section on International Law and served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property (1995-2002) and as a member of the United States Cultural Property Advisory Committee (2000-2003) in the U.S. Department of State.

John F. Cherry [email]

Publishing Undocumented Texts: Editorial Perspectives

John F. Cherry (Ph.D., Southampton University, 1981) is the Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology and Professor of Classics, Brown University. Professor Cherry’s teaching, research interests, and publications, are eclectic, and reflect a “mixed” background in Classics, Anthropology, and Archaeology, as well as educational training on both sides of the Atlantic, and archaeological fieldwork experience in Great Britain, the United States, Yugoslavia, Albania, Italy, and (especially) Greece, Armenia, and (currently) Montserrat.


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