Monday, March 11, 2013

The Old Assyrian Text Project

[First posted in AWOL 4 October 2011. Updated 11 March 2013]

The Old Assyrian Text Project
Welcome to the portal of the Old Assyrian Text Project, a collaborative project designed to produce new editions of Old Assyrian archives and specialized studies of the Old Assyrian period. We intend to provide up-to-date information about the project itself and about Old Assyrian studies in general.
The project is sponsored by The Carlberg Foundation and involves a close collaboration between a group of scholars, at present Gojko Barjamovic, Jan Gerrit Dercksen, Karl Hecker, Thomas Hertel, Bert Kouwenberg, Guido Kryszat, Mogens Trolle Larsen,  Agnete Lassen, Cécile Michel, Nibal Muhesen, Xiaowen Shi, Ed Stratford and Klaas Veenhof.
At present the principal online resource of the OATP is:

Old Assyrian Prosopography Database
The Old Assyrian Text Project is an international scholarly network with the primary objectives to publish Old Assyrian texts (dated to c. 1900-1700 BCE) and conduct research in OA society (see the main OATP site for more information: The OATP has fostered a number of research projects and publications through the years and has been generously funded by the Carlsberg Foundation since 2000.

The OA Prosopograpy Project (OAPP) was conducted under the OATP by Thomas Hertel between the years 2009-2011. The current site ( presents a selection of data processed during the OAPP in the form of an online, searchable database of Old Assyrian texts and personal names, intended as a research tool for ANE studies.

The database currently includes ca. 34.000 personal name entries drawn from ca. 6200 texts out of a total of ca. 10.000 available texts. Queries of names provide hyperlinks to transliterations of published texts (UTF 8) that will open in a separate window. Transliterations of published texts are also available for download and query (beta).
The database is under ongoing development, and data and features will be updated regularly. Feel free to contact me with corrections and suggestions.

I thank the following scholars for making transliterations available to me in electronic form: G. Barjamovic, J. G. Dercksen, K. Hecker, G. Kryszat, M. T. Larsen, X. Shi and K. R. Veenhof.

Thomas Klitgaard Hertel, Ph.D. Assyriology, University of Copenhagen


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