The Assyriologist Cécile Michel is Director of Research at the CNRS in the Archaeology and Sciences of Antiquity Laboratory (Nanterre), and serves as a professor at the University of Hamburg (Germany). She was president of the International Association for Assyriology (2014-2018). A decipherer of cuneiform tablets from Upper Mesopotamia and Anatolia that date from the second millennium BCE, she conducts research on ancient economies, commerce and society, the history of women and gender, everyday life and material culture, historical chronology and geography, education, and the practice of writing and arithmetic calculation. In addition to publishing numerous scientific works and articles, she is highly committed to the transmission of knowledge to young (and not so young) people. (Le tour du monde des écritures, Les écritures cunéiformes et leur déchiffrement, Histoire de déchiffrements, Les débuts de l’histoire; and a film: L’écriture cunéiforme, écrire et compter.)
About this blog
This blog came into being as a wake-up call to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria. With the destruction of ancient sites, monuments and museums that shelter the relics of ancient Mesopotamia, it is in fact our own past which is irretrievably lost. In order to help us to better understand what links us to the ancient Near East, this blog will present the discoveries and advances made through research in the field of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology. Assyriology, a historical discipline based on the decipherment of cuneiform texts (i.e. in the shape of a wedge), makes it possible to address a wide range of topics, including society, law, literature, technical issues, economics, handicrafts, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, art, and so on.
Welcome to the blog that aims to help you discover three thousand years of the Near East’s history — a history with multiple, highly complex roots.
The archaeologists have returned to the south of Iraq and have discovered an ancient harbour
Photo: The Italian Mission at Tell Abu Tbeirah
Notwithstanding the serious security issues they face, in the last few years archaeologists have resumed their work in the south of Iraq. Their...
The cultural heritage of Iraq and Syria: the present condition of sites and the measures that must be taken to secure them
On the occasion of the most recent Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (International Assyriology Meeting), held last month in the Swiss cities of...