Das sogenannte Ägypter-Archiv von Assur (N31) : Archäologische Bemerkungen zum Komplex N 31A+D

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Wasmuth , M 2021 , ' Das sogenannte Ägypter-Archiv von Assur (N31) : Archäologische Bemerkungen zum Komplex N 31A+D ' , Advances in Ancient, Biblical, and Near Eastern Research , vol. 1 , no. 2 , pp. 31–79 . https://doi.org/10.35068/aabner.v1i2.825

Title: Das sogenannte Ägypter-Archiv von Assur (N31) : Archäologische Bemerkungen zum Komplex N 31A+D
Alternative title: The So-Called Archive of the Egyptians in Assur (N31) : Archaeological Comments on the N 31A+D Complex
Author: Wasmuth, Melanie
Contributor organization: Fakultetens gemensamma
Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE)
Date: 2021-10
Language: deu
Number of pages: 49
Belongs to series: Advances in Ancient, Biblical, and Near Eastern Research
ISSN: 2748-6419
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35068/aabner.v1i2.825
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/341298
Abstract: The contribution discusses a detail of the documentation history of the excavations undertaken by the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft at Assur in 1908. Its concern is the archaeological documentation of the so-called archive(s) of the Egyptians, which – in the view of the author – needs urgent correcting as it has created an interpretational dynamic that is based on problematic premises. The enormous merits of Pedersén’s fundamental 1985/86 study on the archives and libraries from Assur notwithstanding, the suggested mixing of tablets from what he introduced as ‘archive’ N31A and N31D is not born out by the excavation documentation. I showcase in my contribution the evidence for explicit observation of Middle and Late Assyrian strata including tablet finds from either stratum in both excavation areas (eA7II and eE6V) as well as indications for area-internal mixing of the Middle and Late Assyrian tablets. This is a much more likely explanation for the presence of Middle and Late Assyrian tablets in the find complexes Ass. 13319 (N31A; eA7II) and Ass. 13058 (N31D/M7; eE6V) than a cross-area mix in the excavation house. The correction has major implications also on a socio-cultural level, as it shows that the documentation of the financial, administrative and juridical activities of the Egyptians living in Assur was spread at least over four different living quarters across the town.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
excavation documentation
Assur N31
archive
expat communities
7th c. BCE
disambiguation
documentation history
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion
Funder: Academy of Finland
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