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Mesopotamian Research at Cambridge

Mesopotamia at Cambridge



Current Excavations and Excavation Reports 


Kilise Tepe

Archaeological research at the mound of Kilise Tepe in southern Turkey, at the western limit of the Assyrian empire in "Rough Cilicia". The final excavation season was in 2012 and the project is now engaged in publishing its results.


Tell Brak

Archaeological research at Tell Brak in the Upper Khabur plain of northeastern Syria has recovered evidence for one of the world's first cities and earliest civil wars.


Ziyaret Tepe

Archaeological research at Ziyaret Tepe, a Neo-Assyrian provincial capital, 60 km east of Diyarbakir in the upper Tigris region of southeastern Turkey.

Tell Brak Pots                  Excavations 2010            


Current book projects

The rain, the wheat and the trick

A new theory about Ea's message to the Babylonian Flood hero, as reported in Gilgameš Tablet XI.  The study ranges across a wide span of subjects, including narratology, Mesopotamian religious faith, demon types, lexicography, and divine names.  Author: Martin Worthington.  Expected date of completion: 2018.

Questions and Etiquette in the Akkadian world

An exploration of sociolinguistic aspects of questions (who asked them and who doesn't, and why) in Akkadian literature and letters. Author: Martin Worthington.  Expected date of completion: 2019.

The Poor Man of Nippur and Other Essays on Babylonian Literature

A collection of literary-critical essays on 'minor masterpieces' of Babylonian literature, analysing them in both philological and narrative terms, and asking new questions of them.  Author: Martin Worthington.  Expected date of completion: 2020.

A Grammar of Neo-Assyrian

A descriptive grammar of Neo-Assyrian, the official language of the Assyrian Empire from c. 1000 to c. 600 BC, drawing on all published sources. Author: Martin Worthington.  Expected date of completion: 2025.


Previous Projects

This research project studied the scholarship of Assyria and Babylonia by editing the contents of four ancient libraries as the Corpus of Ancient Mesopotamian Scholarship (CAMS), and by analysing their changing socio-political contexts.

The Bulletin of Sumerian Agriculture