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Mesopotamia at Cambridge

Since the Second World War, Cambridge has been a leading centre for the study of ancient Mesopotamia. Cambridge-based projects are excavating at Tell Brak, Syria, and Kilise Tepe (both currently in publication phase) and Ziyaret Tepe, Turkey. 

The Cambridge emphasis has always been on exploiting the combination of archaeological and textual data that Mesopotamia offers, for in no other Old World civilization do we have a comparable opportunity to match a rich archaeological record with 3000 years of written documents from governments, temples, schools, legal systems and individuals. 

Undergraduate and M.Phil. teaching at Cambridge covers the languages (Akkadian and Sumerian) and literatures, the history and the prehistoric and the historic archaeology of Mesopotamia. For details, see the Undergraduate, MPhil and PhD pages.

Our PhD students' research has covered topics as diverse as domestic architecture, ceramic production, textile industry, political economy, Anatolian domestic religion, Sumerian bureaucracy, and settlement history in Syria, Yemen, and Turkey. Current staff and post-doctoral research projects treat themes of prehistoric conflict, early urbanism, and government practices.  See the Research page for further details.

For current staff, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students please see the People page. 

Kilise team 2012

The 2012 Kilise Tepe Project team, Turkey.