SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Mark Weeden

MA (Oxon), MA, PhD (London)
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Mark Weeden
Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


The Palaeography of Cuneiform Transmission

Project Leader

Dr Mark Weeden
Email address:
+44(0)20 7898 4328
SOAS University of London
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Chair of the London Centre for the Ancient Near East

Editor in Chief of Handbook of Oriental Studies (Brill) - Ancient Near East.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Louise Jeffers, The Treatment of Deportees and Prisoners-of-War in Hittite Texts
  • Mathilde Touillon-Ricci, Individuality and identity in cuneiform: personalising economic documentation from the 21st and 20th centuries BCE
  • Seán Pieper, Assessing the Impact of Greco-Roman Texts on British and German Writers’ Perception of Iran in the Qajar Period
  • Zenobia Sabrina Homan , Mittanian Palaeography



Authored Books

Heinhold-Krahmer, Susanne and Hazenbos, Joost and Hawkins, J. David and Miller, Jared L. and Rieken, Elisabeth and Weeden, Mark (2019) Der Tawagalawa-Brief : Beschwerden über Piyamaradu : Eine Neuedition. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Weeden, Mark (2011) Hittite Logograms and Hittite Scholarship. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.


Fairbairn, Andrew S. and Wright, Nathan J. and Weeden, Mark and Barjamovic, Gojko and Matsumura, Kimiyoshi and Rasch, Ron (2019) 'Ceremonial plant consumption at Middle Bronze Age Büklükale, Kırıkkale Province, central Turkey'. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, (28) 3, pp 327-346.

Weeden, Mark (2019) 'Hittite-Ahhiyawan Politics as seen from the Tablets: A Reaction to Trevor Bryce's Article from a Hittitological Perspective'. Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici Nuova Serie, (4), pp 217-227.

Weeden, Mark (2018) 'The Good God, the Wine-god and the Storm-god of the Vineyard'. Welt des Orients, (48) 2, pp 330-356.

Weeden, Mark (2017) 'A Cuneiform Fragment from the 2016 Season at Büklükale, BKT 3: Part of a Diplomatic Text?'. Anatolian Archaeological Studies, (20), pp 17-21.

Weeden, Mark (2017) 'YH150318: A Pot-sherd Inscribed with Hieroglyphs'. Anatolian Archaeological Studies, (20), pp 13-15.

Weeden, Mark (2016) 'Hittite Epigraphic Finds from Büklükale 2011-14'. Anatolian Archaeological Studies, (19), pp 81-104.

Weeden, Mark (2015) 'The Land of Walastin at Tell Tayinat'. Nouvelles assyriologiques breves et utilitaires 2, pp 65-66.

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'After the Hittites: The Kingdoms of Karkamish and Palistin in Northern Syria'. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, (56) 2, pp 1-20.

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'Hiyeroglif Luvicesi: bir imparatorluğu aşan dil'. Aktüel Arkeoloji, (36), pp 64-71.

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'A Hittite Tablet from Büklükale'. Anatolian Archaeological Studies 18, pp 19-35.

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'A probable join to the "Kırşehir Letter"'. Anatolian Archaeological Studies, (18), pp 15-17.

Weeden, Mark (2012) 'KBo 18.117: A further join to the "Milawata Letter"'. Nouvelles assyriologiques brèves et utilitaires, (2012/3) 49, pp 63-67.

Weeden, Mark (2011) 'Spelling, phonology and etymology in Hittite historical linguistics, a review article on Kloekhorst, A. Etymological Dictionary of the Hittite Inherited Lexicon (Leiden: 2008)'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (74) 1, pp 59-76.

Taş, İlknur and Weeden, Mark (2011) 'ISTANBUL 2: a hieroglyphic fragment from Tabal in the Haluk Perk Collection'. Anatolian Studies, (61), pp 55-60.

Weeden, Mark (2011) 'Hittite Scribal Schools Outside of Hattusa?'. Altorientalische Forschungen, (38) 1, pp 116-134.

Weeden, Mark (2010) 'Tuwati and Wasusarma: Imitating the behaviour of Assyria'. IRAQ, (72), pp 39-62.

Weeden, Mark and Taş, İlknur (2010) 'A Stele of Prince Anaziti in the Yozgat Museum'. Journal of the American Oriental Society, (130) 3, pp 349-359.

Weeden, Mark (2009) 'The Akkadian Words for "Grain" and the God Haya.'. Welt des Orients, (39) 1, pp 77-107.

Hawkins, J.D. and Weeden, Mark (2008) 'The Hieroglyphic Rock Inscription of Malkaya: A New Look'. Anatolian Archaeological Studies, (17), pp 241-249.

Edited Books or Journals

Weeden, Mark and Ullmann, Lee Z., (eds.), (2017) Hittite Landscape and Geography. Leiden: Brill. (Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East).

Book Chapters

Weeden, Mark (2020) 'Hurrian in a Tablet from Tigunanum'. In: Cammarosano, Michele and Devecchi, Elena and Viano, Maurizio, (eds.), talugaeš witteš : Ancient Near Eastern Studies Presented to Stefano de Martino on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday. Münster: Zaphon, pp 469-488.

Weeden, Mark (2020) 'The "Influence" of Sumerian on Hittite Literature'. In: Hasselbach-Andee, Rebecca, (ed.), A companion to ancient Near Eastern languages. Hoboken: Wiley, pp 505-520.

Weeden, Mark (2020) 'Back to the 13th or 12th Century BC? The SÜDBURG Inscription at Boğazköy-Hattuša'. In: De Martino, Stefano and Devecchi, Elena, (eds.), Anatolia Between the 13th and the 12th century BCE. Turin: LoGisma, pp 473-496.

Süel, Aygül and Weeden, Mark (2019) 'A Silver Signet-Ring from Ortaköy-Sapinuwa'. In: Bolatti Guzzo, Natalia and Taracha, Piotr, (eds.), "And I Knew Twelve Languages" A Tribute to Massimo Poetto on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Warsaw: Agade Bis, pp 661-668.

Weeden, Mark (2019) 'Les hiéroglyphes anatoliens'. In: Blanchard, Vincent, (ed.), Royaumes oubliés : De l’empire hittite aux Araméens. Paris: LienArt.

Matsumura, Kimiyoshi and Weeden, Mark (2019) 'Büklükale in the Hittite Period'. In: Süel, Aygūl, (ed.), Acts of the IXth International Congress of Hittitology, Çorum, 08-14 September 2014. Çorum: T.C. Çorum Valiliği, pp 533-566.

Süel, Aygül and Weeden, Mark (2019) 'Mrs Woman (?): A Busy Hittite Lady from Ortaköy. Possible Evidence for the Hittite Word for "Woman"'. In: Süel, Aygül, (ed.), Acts of the IXth International Congress of Hittitology, Çorum, 08-14 September 2014. Çorum: T.C. Çorum Valiliği, pp 983-1004.

Weeden, Mark (2019) 'Remarks on the Syllabaries of Alalah VII and IV: Arguments for an Archival Approach to the Study of Cuneiform Writing'. Keilschriftliche Syllabare - Zur Methodik Ihrer Erstellung. Berlin: PeWe-Verlag, pp 129-153.

Weeden, Mark (2018) 'Hieroglyphic Writing on Old Hittite Seals and Sealings? Towards a Material Basis for Further Research'. In: Ferrara, Silvia and Valério, Miguel, (eds.), Pathways into Script Formation in the Ancient Mediterranean. Rome: Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, pp 51-74.

Mark, Weeden (2018) 'The Construction of Meaning on the Cuneiform Periphery'. In: Wissa, M., (ed.), Scribal Practices and the Social Construction of Knowledge in Antiquity, Late Antiquity and Medieval Islam. Leuven-Paris-Bristol, CT: Peeters, pp 33-60.

Weeden, Mark and Ullmann, Lee Z. (2017) 'Introduction'. In: Weeden, Mark and Ullmann, Lee Z., (eds.), Hittite Landscape and Geography. Leiden: Brill, pp 1-13.

Süel, M. and Süel, A. and Sipahi, T. and Weeden, Mark (2017) 'Central East: Archaeology. Alacahöyük, Eskiyapar, Ortaköy, Maşathöyük'. In: Weeden, Mark and Ullmann, Lee Z., (eds.), Hittite Landscape and Geography. Leiden: Brill, pp 50-57.

Matsumura, Kimiyoshi and Weeden, Mark (2017) 'Central West: Archaeology'. In: Weeden, Mark and Ullmann, Lee Z., (eds.), Hittite Landscape and Geography. Leiden: Brill, pp 106-118.

Hawkins, J. David and Weeden, Mark (2017) 'Kizzuwatna and the Euphrates States: Kummaha, Elbistan, Malatya Philology'. In: Weeden, Mark and Ullmann, Lee Z., (eds.), Hittite Landscape and Geography. Leiden: Brill, pp 281-294.

Süel, Aygül and Weeden, Mark (2017) 'Central East: Philology'. In: Weeden, Mark and Ullmann, Lee Z., (eds.), Hittite Landscape and Geography. Leiden: Brill, pp 200-208.

Weeden, Mark (2017) 'Tabal and the Limits of Assyrian Imperialism'. In: Heffron, Y. and Stone, A. and Worthington, M., (eds.), At the Dawn of History, Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of J.N. Postgate. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, pp 721-737.

Weeden, Mark (2017) 'Before Hittitology - The First Identifications of the Hittites in England'. The Discovery of an Anatolian Empire/Bir Anadolu İmparatorluğunun Keşfi. A Colloquium to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Decipherment of the Hittite Language (November 14th and 15th, 2015; Istanbul Archaeological Museum - Library). Istanbul: Türk Eskicag Bilimleri Enstitusu Yayinlari, pp 120-129.

Weeden, Mark (2016) 'Hittite Scribal Culture and Syria: Palaeography and Cuneiform Transmission'. In: Shibata, Daisuke and Yamada, Shigeo, (eds.), Cultures and Societies in the Middle Euphrates and Habur Areas in the Second Millennium BC – I Scribal Education and Scribal Traditions. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 159-193.

Hawkins, J.D. and Weeden, Mark (2016) 'Sketch History of Karkamish in the Earlier Iron Age'. In: Wilkinson, T.J. and Peltenburg, E. and Wilkinson, E.B., (eds.), Carchemish in Context. The Land of Carchemish Project, 2006-2010. Oxford; Philadelphia: Oxbow Books, pp 9-21.

Weeden, Mark (2014) 'State Correspondence in the Hittite World'. In: Radner, Karen, (ed.), State Correspondence in the Ancient World: From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 32-64.

Weeden, Mark (2014) 'Anatolian Hieroglyphs: Logogram vs Ideogram'. In: Gordin, Shai, (ed.), Visualizing Knowledge and Creating Meaning in Ancient Writing Systems. Berlin: PeWe-Verlag, pp 81-100.

Peker, Hasan and Weeden, Mark (2014) 'Some Hieroglyphic Fragments from the 2011 Season at Karkemish'. In: Marchetti, Nicolò, (ed.), Karkemish An Ancient Capital on the Euphrates. Bologna: Ante Quem, pp 132-136.

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'Names on Seals, Names in Texts. Who Were These People?'. In: Mouton, Alice and Rutherford, Ian and Yakubovich, Ilya, (eds.), Luwian Identities. Culture, Language and Religion Between Anatolia and the Aegean. Boston; Leiden: Brill, pp 73-86.

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'Poetry and War among the Hittites'. In: Kennedy, Hugh, (ed.), Warfare and Poetry in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris, pp 73-98.

Weeden, Mark (2012) 'Assyro-Mittanian or Middle Assyrian?'. In: Devecchi, E, (ed.), Palaeography and Scribal Practices in Syro-Palestine and Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, pp 229-251.

Weeden, Mark (2011) 'An Inscription from Urartu'. In: George, Andrew, (ed.), Cuneiform Royal Inscriptions and Related Texts in the Schøyen Collection. Bethesda, Md.: CDL Press, pp 193-198.

Weeden, Mark (2011) 'Adapting to New Contexts. Cuneiform in Anatolia'. In: Radner, Karen and Robson, Eleanor, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 597-617.

Weeden, Mark (2010) 'A Hittite Seal from Kaman-Kalehöyük'. In: Singer, Itamar, (ed.), ipamati kistamati pari tumatimis. Luwian and Hittite Studies Presented to J. David Hawkins on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, pp 249-255.

Book Reviews

Weeden, Mark (2018) 'Review of: Current Research in Cuneiform Palaeography. Proceedings of the Workshop organised and the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Warsaw 2014. Edited by Elena Devecchi, Gerfrid G. W. Müller, and Jana Mynářová. Gladbeck: PeWe-Verlag, 2015.'. Journal of Near Eastern Studies, (77) 1, pp 122-125.

Weeden, Mark (2015) 'Review of E. Rieken "Einführung in die hethitische Sprache und Schrift" Ugarit-Verlag, Münster 2012.'. Bibliotheca Orientalis, (71) 3-4, pp 497-500.

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'Blood Expiation in Hittite and Biblical Ritual'. The Expository Times, (124) 5, pp 252-253.

Weeden, Mark (2012) 'Review of H. Marquardt, Hethitische Logogramme. Funktion und Verwendung. (DBH 34, Wiesbaden, 2011).'. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, (102) 2, pp 347-350.

Weeden, Mark (2012) 'Review of G. Barjamovic 'A Historical Geography of Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Colony Period'. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2011'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (75) 3, pp 559-560.

Weeden, Mark (2012) 'Review Article: A Hittite Trio'. Antiquity, (86) 333, pp 924-927.

Weeden, Mark (2011) 'Review of Nicholas Postgate and David Thomas (eds), 'Excavations at Kilise Tepe 1994–98. From Bronze Age to Byzantine in Western Cilicia'. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and London: British Institute at Ankara, 2007'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (74) 2, pp 312-315.


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