Ancient Near East
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- ARCHIBAB Database hosted by the Archives Babyloniennes (Paris). Gives access to over 2000 documents (most with transcripts) from Ur, Mari, Nippur etc. (in French). You need to “accept terms and conditions”
- A-Z of archaeological sites in Israel Index of excavations in Israel ranging from Akko to Zippori, and from prehistory to the Crusader era. Click on the links to view descriptions, photographs of the sites and finds
- A bibliography of Semitic linguistics (1940-2012) Digital version of a traditional bibliography compiled by Dr. Gregorio del Olmo Lete (University of Barcelona). It covers a range of Semitic languages from ancient Akkadian and Ugaritic, through Ethiopic to modern languages such as Hebrew and South Arabic.
- Encyclopedia of the Hellenic World Covers Asia Minor, the Black Sea area and Constantinople / Byzantium from ancient times and includes articles, bibliographies, a directory of related web-links and an historical interactive atlas with audio-visual material.
- Hethitologie Portal Mainz Expanding gateway to academic websites of information on all aspects of Hittite and ancient Anatolian studies, including links to many other relevant websites (in German)
- ORACC (Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus) Created by the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at Berkeley and Cambridge University to draw together websites, project data and online texts relating to cuneiform studies. Includes:
- Research Archives of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago - Acquisitions List OIC is one of the premier libraries for the study of the ancient Near East. The Acquisitions List is available from 2007 onward. Lists from 2000-2002 are archived at Oriental Institute Research Archives Acquisitions Lists.
- Ritual and ceremony in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East: a classified bibliography (1970-1998) Traditional bibliography compiled by Dr K.C. Hanson reflecting his personal research interests in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Ugarit and ancient Israel. No links to full text
- SEAL Project (Sources of Early Akkadian Literature) Provides a detailed catalogue of over 300 Akkadian and bilingual texts from Old Akkadian to the Middle Babylonian / Middle Assyrian periods. The catalogue is arranged thematically and is completely searchable
- UCLA Research Guides: Ancient Near East and Egypt A selection of resources for the Ancient Near East and Egypt.
- Virtual Religion Index: Ancient Near East A portal to internet resources on ancient Near Eastern religions, from the Religious Studies Department at Rutgers University (New Jersey).
Assyrian Empire builders
Focusing on the correspondence between Sargon II of Assyria (721-705 BC), his predecessor Tiglath-pileser III (744-727) and their governors and magnates, this resource gives historical background to the cultures and the personalities of ancient Assyria, with bibliographic listings (a large number of which link to full-text) as well as reproducing Sargon’s correspondence. This is a joint co-operation between the University of Cambridge, UCL and the University of Pennsylvania, and is linked to the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus project (State Archives of Assyria) at the University of Helsinki.
CCMAwR: Critical Catalogue of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals
Hosted by the University of Würzburg, this is an ongoing project to allow researchers to locate and study details of various cuneiform tablets concerned with anti-witchcraft rituals, including transcriptions where available
Background information on how to use the resource and some related links are also supplied by AWOL (Ancient World Online)
- AWOL (Ancient World Online) Directory to open-access historical texts on the Ancient World: includes late antiquity, Byzantium, early Church history, Syriac and Coptic studies, history of medicine.
- A-Z Open Access journals on Ancient Studies
- Cuneiform Digital Library Database hosted by UCLA, bringing together over 250,000 digitized texts of cuneiform writings from various museums and institutions in Europe and America, dating from 3500 BC to the end of the pre-Christian era
- ETANA (Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archives) Database of digitized out-of-copyright texts plus some open-access resources on ancient Near Eastern studies. Currently contains over 350 titles. Option to create personal user account
- Internet Sacred Text Archive: Ancient Near East Open access material on sacred texts, and translations of the texts themselves, including versions of Gilgamesh and The Descent of the Goddess Ishtar into the Lower World
- Melammu Project: digital library (University of Helsinki) Resource on the diffusion of Mesopotamian culture from ancient times to the rise of the Islamic empire comprising open-access works (mainly articles and chapters) plus online dictionaries, a bibliography and a key-word searchable database
Oriental Institute (Chicago) : open-access publications
Link to open-access back catalogue titles from OIC. Includes the Assyrian and Hittite dictionaries and a range of monographs, bulletins and archaeological reports
(via AWOL )
Propylaeum-DOK (Digital Repository: Ancient Near Eastern Studies)
Hosted by the University of Heidelburg, Propylaeum - DOK aims to provide a platform for the publishing, indexing and long-preservation of documents in the field of classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. It offers members of the academic community worldwide the opportunity to publish their texts (monographs, articles, lectures) under terms of Open Access in electronic format on the Internet. Articles and chapters from prominent journals and published books can be viewed and downloaded. Content is fully searchable. As well as ANE studies (over 400 entries), there is also a small collection in Byzantine Studies .
From the AMAR: Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Site Reports via AWOL - Volumes 1-7 of the Ugaritica monograph series detailing excavations and research on Ugarit, the Hurrians, Akkadian, cuneiform inscriptions and the Ras Shamra excavations, among other topics
Organisations and other Libraries
- British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) Aims to bring together professionals and non-professionals with an interest in the archaeology, languages and history of the ancient Near East
- British Museum Showcases the world’s cultural and artistic heritage from pre-history to artefacts of the 21 st century. View detailed bibliographic records and photographs of thousands of items from the collection
- London Centre for the Ancient Near East Based at SOAS, with the aim to establish London as a centre for the study of ancient near eastern civilizations and to establish a network of academic interest in the region