At the Fringes of the First Worl Empire. The Sargonic Domination (2335-2193 B.C.) of Susa and Western Iran: New Historical and Methodological Perspectives.

01 November 2020 → 31 October 2023
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Archaeology of Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Americas
    • Ancient history
    • Middle Eastern history
    • Middle Eastern languages
Mesopotamia Sargonic dynasty (2335-2193 B.C.) Social Network Ana Sumerian Textual Encoding Akkadian Assyriology History of Ancient Near East Cuneiform Writing Old Akkadian period Paleography Digital Humanities Elam Elamite First World Empire
Project description

The main goal of the project is to systematically investigate the presence of the Sargonic dynasty (2335-2193 B.C.) in the ancient city of Susa (mod. Šuš, Khūzistān, Iran) and the role that this city played as a strategic point at the eastern part of the First World Empire, i.e. the Old Akkadian empire. The topic is of fundamental importance since it will shed light on the first contacts between Mesopotamia stricto sensu and the most eastern areas of civilization at the dawn of the Elamite history. The lack of modern editions of the cuneiform sources and the archaeological information scattered among several publications have discouraged scholars to study this essential page of ancient history. Both epigraphical (cuneiform tablets, sealings, seals, etc.) and archaeological data (available on reports, plans, notes, personal diaries, etc.) will be taken into consideration in order to obtain a historical reconstruction as complete as possible. The project will provide a modern (and indispensable) edition of the textual sources. In particular, textual evidence will be analyzed under a multidisciplinary and exclusively new approach within the field of Digital Humanities: textual encoding, social network analysis, 3D modeling, and RTI. The results collected will be harmonized in order to create a future reference work, in terms of both content and methodology, for all scholars who are involved in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies.