Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Papers of John Hansman and David Stronach

Papers of John Hansman and David Stronach

Scope and Content

These Papers are mainly concerned with excavations undertaken by David Stronach and John Hansman at Šahr-e Qumis in 1971 and 1976, and by David Stronach at Pasargadae in 1963. There is also the manuscript for Hansman's book, "Julfār, an Arabian Port", and more recent correspondence between Hansman and RAS Archivist, Nancy Charley.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Hansman graduated from the State University of Iowa and subsequently served with the U.S. Navy Submarine Staff Corps. From 1957-1960, he worked in the administration of an economic development program of the Kurdish region, Northeast Iraq. In Iraq, he had been introduced to archaeology when salvage excavating a 6000 year old simple burial site. During the early 1960s, he served two years on the administrative staff in Southwestern Iran. He moved to Britain during the mid-1960s to complete a PhD in archaeology at the School of Oriental Studies, University of London. His thesis required historical surveys of ancient cultural sites in adjoining areas of Southern Iraq and Iran. Following graduation in 1970, Hansman remained in Britain some 20 further years, researching and publishing papers on ancient Middle Eastern cultures and historical geography, while periodically revisiting those regions to excavate and carry out archaeological reconnaissance. His excavations include:
  • 1965 – Located Spasinou Charax. Capital of the small Parthian (Iranian) vassel state of Mesene (Characene) located on the Tigres river flood plain of Southern Iraq, a city that flourished ca. 129 B.C. – 220 A.D.
  • 1966 – Located Hecatompylos, Greek name of an early Persian settlement refounded by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C.; later Iranian Qumis, flourished second and first century B.C. as winter capital of the Parthian empire. Cultural debris of this now isolated site, which extends some 2.5 miles, contains eroded remains of large mud brick structures.
  • 1970 – Identified the site of Anshan, a royal capital of the Elamite civilization in South Iran; which flourished ca. 2300-1600 B.C.
  • During three seasons, Hansman served as co-director, under the British Institute of Persian Studies, at the Hecatompylos site. The last of these operations closed down after four weeks following outbreak, in 1979, of the Iranian revolution.
  • Over two seasons, he directed archaeological excavations at the medieval Islamic port site of Julfar on the Persian Gulf, in the United Arab Emirates.
In 1971-72, while based at London, Hansman organized an appeal for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Royal Asiatic Society. He also mounted an exhibition of the Society's history and co-organized a symposium of international scholars on un-deciphered and little understood ancient Asian languages.
In 1977 and 2002 Hansman was commissioned by the successive curators at Iolani Palace (former residence of the Hawaiian kings), Honolulu, to identify ceramic material recovered from utility trenches successively opened on the palace grounds. These pieces consisted mostly of sherds from a variety of formal dinner ware used in two older, smaller palace residences that occupied that property earlier in the 1800s.
In 1980 he was elected a Research Fellow at Clare Hall graduate college, Cambridge University. Hansman was decorated in 1983 by Shaykh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qasimi, ruler of Ra's-al-Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates, for excavations undertaken over-several-years at the early, port site of Julfar on the Persian Gulf.
Dr. Hansman is an affiliate of Clare Hall, Cambridge University; a Life Fellow, Society of Antiquaries and Fellow Honoris Causa, Royal Asiatic Society, all in the United Kingdom.
David Stronach (born 1931) is a Scottish archeologist of ancient Iran and Iraq. He is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an expert on Pasargadae. Stronach was educated at Gordonstoun and Cambridge University. During the 1960s and 1970s he was Director of the British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran. In the 1990s, he excavated several parts of Nineveh. His scholarship has earned him several honors and awards, including the invitation to deliver endowed lectures at Harvard and Columbia. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Archaeological Institute of America Gold Medal for "Distinguished Archaeological Achievement".
During his time in Iran, he met Ruth Vaadia (1937–2017), an Israeli archeologist who was also working in Iran, and married her. They have two daughters, The family left Iran at the time of the 1979 Iranian Revolution He became a professor at Berkeley in 1981 and retired in 2004.
Warwick Ball is an Australian-born Near-eastern archeologist. In the past 30 years, Ball has mainly excavated in Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Ball was formerly director of excavations at The British School of Archaeology in Iraq. He currently resides in Scotland.


The Papers cover a range of material which were organised mainly according to their archaeological site thus:
  • JH/1 - Pasargadae
  • JH/2- Correspondence
  • JH/3 - Šahr-e Qumis - drawings
  • JH/4 - Šahr-e Qumis - notes and articles
  • JH/5 - Šahr-e Qumis 1976 notebook
  • JH/6 - Julfār manuscript
  • JH/7 - Correspondence with Royal Asiatic Society Archivist

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the archivist. nc@royalasiaticsociety.org The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID

Open Access Journal: Archeomedia - Rivista di Archeologia On-line

[First posted in AWOL 11 October 2015, updated 30 Apr 2019]

Archeomedia - Rivista di Archeologia On-line
ISSN: 1828-0005
ArcheoMedia è una rivista ad abbonamento gratuito, per le persone che si interessano di archeologia. La redazione è composta da soci Mediares Sc, Società di Servizi per la Cultura, con il supporto di “collaboratori esterni”. ArcheoMedia è uno strumento di aggiornamento sulle novità archeologiche.

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Monday, April 29, 2019


Caplice, Richard I., and Daniel C. Snell. 2002. Introduction to Akkadian. Roma: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico.  

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Lecture series on the Gods of Old: the Mythology of Ancient Iraq

Lecture series on the Gods of Old: the Mythology of Ancient Iraq

Delivered at SOAS. London Centre for the Ancient Near East, banealcane.org

Gods Of Old 1: Andrew George, Introducing the Mythology of Ancient Iraq

The Digital Muṣḥaf Project: A Project to Visually Reconstruct Dispersed Qurʾānic Fragments

The  Digital Muṣḥaf Project: A Project to Visually  Reconstruct Dispersed Qurʾānic Fragments
The Digital Muṣḥaf Project aims to create a database of images of early Qurʾānic fragments from dispersed muṣḥafs or codices of the Qurʾanic text and, as far as possible, virtually re-create the original codices so that they are available for scholars and the public in one place together with descriptions and metadata.
There is an ever-growing scholarly interest in Qur’anic Studies in the East and the West. The newly founded International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is but one manifestation of this. In particular there is an interest in early Qur’anic fragments from a number of points of view including those of chronology, textual criticism, art history, palaeography, and codicology. There may be a number from the high-hundreds to as many as a figure in the low-thousands of fragments from early muṣḥafs from the 7th to 10th centuries C.E., scattered throughout the libraries of the world, the exact figure is not known, and although Whelan (1990), Dutton (1999) and others have done valuable work in identifying fragments belonging to the same muṣḥaf, much work remains to be done.
For this Pilot Project, the team decided to focus on a single muṣḥaf, namely the codex discussed by Estelle Whelan (Writing the Word of God, Part I, p. 116-118 ) of which 344 folios are known to be dispersed throughout various libraries. We have given this Codex the rubric Digital Muṣḥaf 1 (DM1). Please refer to Appendix 1 for details of currently known fragments.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Lecture Video Archive

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Lecture Video Archive

The following lectures were presented by the School during the academic year (October–April) and earlier. They are listed in order of presentation, most recent first. All lectures run approximately 60 minutes unless otherwise noted. 
The ASCSA is able to share videocasts of presentations in Cotsen Hall to a worldwide audience thanks to the generosity of the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, Mr. Lloyd E. Cotsen and Mrs. Margit Cotsen, and Alexander E. Zagoreos.
September 2017 - present  Click through for earlier lectures.

March 2019

"Up from Slavery: The Extraordinary Story of John Wesley Gilbert, First African-American Student of the American School, 1890-91"

Annual Archives Lecture
John W.I. Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara
March 21, 2019

"The Genetic History of Plague: On the Doorstep to the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean"

Annual Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture
Johannes Krause, Max-Planck Institute
March 14, 2019

"Ο Ρόλος των Ελλήνων στη Διαμόρφωση της Σύγχρονης Αιγύπτου 19ος-20ος αιώνες"

Αλέξανδρος Κιτροέφ, Haverford College - Πενσυλβάνια
March 12, 2019

February 2019

"Bleeding Bodies, War & Collective Trauma in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon"

Angeliki Tzanetou, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
February 22, 2019

"Hunting Heroes: Recent Excavations in the Athenian Agora"

John McK. Camp, Randolph-Macon College
February 14, 2019

January 2019

"20 Years in Crete: The Impact of the INSTAP East Crete Study Center"

Tom Brogan, INSTAP East Crete Study Center
January 17, 2019

"My Family and Other Animals: Pets in Ancient Greek Art"

Tyler Jo Smith, University of Virginia
January 17, 2019

December 2018

"Όστρακα and Οστρακισμός: New Discoveries in the Athenian Agora"

James Sickinger, Florida State University
December 13, 2018

"Subsequent Medeas: Reperformance and Spectatorship of Greek Tragedy"

C.W. Marshall, University of British Columbia
December 6, 2018

November 2018

"Shoot the Messenger: Waiting Wives and False Reports in Greek Tragedy"

Erika Weiberg, Florida State University
November 29, 2018

"The Glittering Sound of Imperial Violence: The Music for the Feast of the Exaltation on the Cross of Hagia Sophia"

Bissera V. Pentcheva, Professor of Art History, Stanford University
November 29, 2018

"Continuity and Change in the Dramatic Festivals of Early Roman Greece, 2nd-1st c. BCE"

Mali Skotheim, University of Wisconsin
Co-sponsored with the Roman Seminar
November 8, 2018

"Celebrating the 550th anniversary of George Castriot Skanderbeg’s death"

Dr. Machi Paizi-Apostolopoulou, Research Director Εmerita, Institute of Historical Studies, National Hellenic Research Foundation
Dr. Dorian Koçi, Director of the National Historical Museum of Albania
November 6, 2018

October 2018

“Crete in the Ice Age. Clever Seadogs and Gullible Deer”

Thomas Strasser, Providence College
October 19, 2018

“Oropos and the Messy Margins of the Attic Polis”

Jessica Lamont, Yale University
October 04, 2018

May 2018

"Diving into the Wreck - The Antikythera Mechanism, Lord Byron_s Last Days, Tear Gas in the Lyceum, a Poetry Reading"

Dr. Scot McKendrick, Head of Western Heritage Collections, British Library
May 2, 2018

April 2018

37th Annual Walton Lecture

“English Collectors of Greek Manuscripts at the British Library: Lord Guilford and Anthony Askew”

Dr. Scot McKendrick, Head of Western Heritage Collections, British Library
April 24, 2018

“The Later Colts of Corinth Revisited: Current Status of a Numismatic Study”

Lee L. Brice, Whitehead Professor ASCSA
April 19, 2018

March 2018

“Found in Τranslation”

A panel discussion with Karen Van Dyck, Alicia E. Stallings and Fr. John Raffan.
Haris Vlavianos - moderator of the discussion
March 27, 2018

“Geo-ethnoarchaeology: Ethnography and microscopic study of modern sites as an interpretative tool for archaeological research”

Dr. David Friesem, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, UK Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel
March 27, 2018

“A Silver Service and a Gold Coin? Recontextualizing Silver Vessels in the Getty Museum”

Justin St. P. Walsh, Chapman University
March 22, 2018

Athens Open Meeting 2018

March 9, 2018

"Making a Byzantine Holy Land- The Impact of Monastic Activity in the Mazi Plain, Attica"

Fotini Kondyli, University of Virginia
March 6, 2018

"Diachronic Survey on the Borders of Attica: The Mazi Archaeological Project"

Sylvian Fachard, Mellon Professor, ASCSA, Alex Knodell, Carleton College, Kalliope Papangeli, Ephorate of West Attica
March 1, 2018

February 2018

"The Road to Piraeus: Athenian Realien and Plato’s Republic"

Geoff Bakewell, Whitehead Professor, ASCSA
February 22, 2018

January 2018

"Συρία. Ιστορία, άνθρωποι, μνημεία"

Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου, Γιώργος Μαγγίνης, Μαρία Φακίδη & Ντόρα Μηναΐδη
January 23, 2018

December 2017

"The Myth and Cult of Opheltes at Nemea"

Jorge Bravo, University of Maryland
Decenber 14, 2017

“Why are Scientists Afraid of ED-XRF Analysis in Art and Archaeology?”

Prof. Sariel Shalev (The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa)
***2017-2018 Fitch Wiener Labs Seminar Series***
Decenber 5, 2017

November 2017

"The Best Way to Send Knowledge is to Wrap it Up in a Person"

Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Doreen C. Spitzer Archivist ASCSA
Annual Archives Lecture co-organized with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece
November 30, 2017

"70 Χρόνια Fulbright στην Ελλάδα «Παιδεία και Ανάπτυξη» "

Γιάννης Στουρνάρας, Ευαγγελία Κουνέλη, Δημήτρης Α. Σωτηρόπουλος
November 15, 2017

"Hadrian’s Forgotten Heir: A New Portrait of Aelius Caesar from Eva-Loukou"

Marco Galli, La Sapienza, Rome
November 9, 2017

"The Enigma of Cappadocia"

Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania
November 7, 2017

October 2017

"Con que soavità… Με πόση γλυκύτητα"

Επέτειος των 450 χρόνων από τη γέννηση του Claudio Monteverdi
October 31, 2017

"The Prospect for Ancient Proteins in Archaeology"

Annual Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture 2017
Matthew Collins, University of York - University of Copenhagen
October 24, 2017

"Public Sacred Space, Private Votive Portraits: The Case of the City Eleusinion in Athens"

Sheila Dillon, Duke University
October 19, 2017

September 2017

"Democracy Forum: Then & Now: Women, Immigration, Democracy"

Mary Lefkowitz, Geoffrey Bakewell, Sheila Dillon, Jenifer Neils
September 15, 2017

"Learning from Myth: The Case of the Trojan Horse"

Mary Lefkowitz, Wellesley College
September 14, 2017