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Prof. Dr. Adelheid Otto und Prof. Dr. Walther Sallaberger

"Feste in den frühbronzezeitlichen Stadtstaaten Mesopotamiens: Eine Synthese aufgrund keilschriftlicher und archäologischer Zeugnisse": Prof. Dr. Adelheid Otto und Prof. Dr. Walther Sallaberger, Dr. Paola Paoletti, Dr. Elisa Roßberger, Evelyn Kutzer, B.A., und Felix Seifert, B.A. (Archeology and Assyriology)

Academic Year 2016/17

For the first time, an interdisciplinary group is filling the position of Senior Researcher at the CAS: the Archeologist Adelheid Otto and Assyriologist Walther Sallaberger are writing a book together on the subject of "Festivals in the early Bronze Age city-states of Mesopotamia".

Festivals and festival cultures are an ideal source with which to comprehend the identity and social order, the religion and the values of the people of the third millennium BC. In constant dialogue between archeology, the science of material evidence, and the Assyriological investigation of the written evidence, Adelheid Otto and Walther Sallaberger bring together for the first time the findings of the two fields: cuneiform sources, which constitute both literary and documentary evidence, enter into correspondence with artifacts and pictorial evidence.

Working Group

The working group of Adelheid Otto and Walther Sallaberger during their time at the CAS will include Dr. Paola Paoletti, Dr. Elisa Roßberger, Evelyn Kutzer, B.A., und Felix Seifert, B.A. Die vier Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen werden sich als interdisziplinäre Gruppe den Teilbereichen der Feste widmen:

  • Dr. Paola Paoletti (Assyriology) will work on objects from the early Bronze Age made of gold and silver for temple offerings as well as on the practice of offerings at the Ishtar Kititum Temple in the ancient Babylonian period.
  • Dr. Elisa Roßberger (Near Eastern Archeology) will investigate cult festivals and the practice of offerings in the Ishtar Kititum Temple in Ishcali.
  • Felix Seifert (Assyriology) will write a paper on the basic materials, focusing particularly on the Chaîne opératoire of leather.
  • Evelyn Kutzer (Near Eastern Archeology) will produce a paper on music as a key component of ancient oriental festivals in the third millennium BC.

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