Olof Pedersén

Professor emeritus at Department of Linguistics and Philology

+4618-471 1969
Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3H

Postal address:
Box 635
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Professor emeritus in Assyriology is studying the different languages and cultures in the Ancient Near East which used Cuneiform writing. His research combines historical and archaeological material with Sumerian and Akkadian (Assyrian and Babylonian) texts in order to get new insights in the worlds oldest history. Research projects concerning the city Babylon.

I am interested in several central aspects of the written and material historical evidence in Ancient Near East and the relation between them.

Present research projects deal with Babylon seen in a broad historical, geographical, environmental, and cultural context. The archaeological and inscriptional evidence from the German and Iraqi excavations are used in order to create a new holistic interpretation of the city. A digital reconstruction of the city for all attested periods is in progress involving archaeological, textual, geographical, and hydrological data using architectural and GIS programs combined with inspections on the spot.

The archives and libraries with cuneiform texts excavated in Babylon have been surveyed. An ongoing detailed study deals with the large palace archive from Nebuchadnezzar II. I have supplied the basic digitized inventory for all types of objects for the Babylon-project in Berlin. A catalogue of Ancient Near Eastern sites with their placements on Google Earth has been developed and is being updated as the internationally most used tool for ANE geography.

Earlier research has focused on the oldest Assyrian capital Assur as well as treated general questions about ancient archives and libraries from the Ancient Near East.

Digital Model and Topographical Study of Babylon see www.lingfil.uu.se/research/assyriology/babylon/

Ancient Near East on Google Earth see www.lingfil.uu.se/research/assyriology/earth/

The Artefacts from the German Excavations in Babylon see www.lingfil.uu.se/research/assyriology/current-projects

Reconstruction and Publication of the Archive in Nebuchadnezzar's South Palace in Babylon see www.lingfil.uu.se/research/assyriology/current-projects

For completed research projects see www.lingfil.uu.se/research/assyriology/completed-projects

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