Curricula Vitae


Clemens Reichel

I.    Education

  • 1986-89: undergraduate education at University of Freiburg (Germany)

  • 1989-90: graduate student in archaeology and Assyriology at Institute of Archaeology and School of Oriental and African Studies (London); M.A. in archaeology awarded in 1990

  • 1991-2001: Graduate student in archaeology at the University of Chicago in Mesopotamian Archaeology

  • Ph.D. (University of Chicago); title of dissertation: “Political Changes and Cultural Continuity at the Palace of the Rulers in Eshnunna (Tell Asmar) from the Ur III Period to the Isin-Larsa Period (ca. 2070 - 1850 B.C.)”

II. Work Experience

  • 1990-91: Research Assistant at School of Oriental and African Studies (London) for the Concise Dictionary of Akkadian
  • 1995 - 2001: Research Assistant of the Oriental Institute Diyala Project
  • 2001 - : Research Associate / Project Coordinator of the Oriental Institute Diyala Project; Assistant Director of Hamoukar Excavations, Syria
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (University of Chicago), teaching Ancient Near Eastern History.
  • November 2002 - March 2003: work on reinstallation of Mesopotamian Gallery at the Oriental Institute (Daily Life, Raw Materials, Ancient Technologies, Weights and Measures)
  • April 2003 -    : Editor of the Oriental Institutes' Iraq Museum Database Project
  • April 2004 -    : Field Director, Hamoukar Expedition

III. Field Projects

1. Turkey:

  • Titrish Höyük (Karababa Basin, Southeast Turkey): excavation, directed by Guillermo Algaze (University of California, San Diego): August 1992, July - August 1993, July - August 1995
  • Amuq Basin (Antakya Province, Southeast Turkey): Survey with Tony Wilkinson,Sounding at Tell el-Judeidah (Oriental Institute / University of Chicago): October 1995
  • Hacınebi Tepe (Bireçik, Southeast Turkey): excavation, directed by Gil Stein (Northwestern University, Evanston): July - August 1997

2. Syria:

  • Balik Valley: Survey along the upper Balikh with Tony Wilkinson (Oriental Institute / University of Chicago): September 1992
  • Tabqa Survey (Lake Assad): Survey in northern Tabqa Region (Tell es-Sweyhat to Habuba Kabira) with Tony Wilkinson: September 1992
  • Tell es-Sweyhat (Tabqa Region): (Oriental Institute / University of Chicago): October 1992
  • Tell el-’Abd (Tabqa Region): (University of Tübingen / Germany): August - October 1993, August - October 1994
  • Tell Hamoukar (Eastern Jazirah): (University of Chicago / Oriental Institute): September–November 1999 (area supervisor); September / October 2001 (assistant director, surveyor and architect)

3. Jordan:

  • Aqaba / Ayla (Islamic City): excavation, directed by Donald Witcomb (Oriental Institute / University of Chicago): November - December 1993

4. Egypt:

  • Bir ‘Umm Fawakhir (Wadi Hammamat): topographical and architectural survey (Oriental Institute / University of Chicago): November - December 1997

IV. Awards, Fellowships

  • 1989/90      DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship (tuition and scholarship) to study at UCL and SOAS in London
  • 1991-95      Century Fellowship (tuition and scholarship) / University of Chicago
  • 1993/95      Ryerson Travel Grants (University of Chicago) for excavations and research in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt (July 1993 - February 1994)
  • 1999           George Walsh Award (Division of the Humanities of, University of Chicago) for the innovative use of computer technology within the Humanities
  • 1999           Helen Rich Travel Grant (University of Chicago) for excavation and research in Syria (August - November 1999)
    1999-2001  Provost’s Innovation Technology Award, University of Chicago (held with McGuire Gibson).
  • 2003           Provost’s Innovation Technology Award, University of Chicago (held with Gil Stein and Nicholas Kouchoukos)
    2003           Chicagoan of the Year (awarded by Chicago Magazine)
  • 2004           NEH grant for Diyala Project in “Revovering Iraq’s Past” Initiative

V. Publications:

  • 1996        (+ E. S. Friedman) “Tell el-Judeidah 1995: The Amuq F and G horizons revisited,” in:  A. K. Yener et al., “The Oriental Institute Amuq Valley Projects, 1995,” Anatolica 22: 67 - 70 + figs. 5 - 9.
  • 1998        “Clay sealings and tablets from Tell Asmar: an ancient Mesopotamian palace reinvestigated,” Oriental Institute News & Notes Fall 1998: 1 - 5.
  • 1999        (contributions to) A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian, ed. by J. Black, A.R. George, and J.N. Postgate. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • 2001a         Political Changes and Cultural Continuity at the Palace of the Rulers in Eshnunna (Tell Asmar) from the Ur III Period to the Isin-Larsa Period (ca. 2070 - 1850 B.C.). Ph.D. Dissertation: University of Chicago.
  • 2001b        “Seals and sealings at Tell Asmar - a new look at an Ur III to Isin/Larsa Palace,” in Seals and Seal Impressions. Proceedings of the XLVe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Vol. II, edited by W.W. Hallo and I. J. Winter, 101-131. Bethseda, MD: CDL Press.
  • 2001c        (with McGuire Gibson) “Diyala Objects Publication Project,” Oriental Institute Annual Report 2000-2001: 30 - 35.
  • 2002a        “Administrative Complexity in Syria during the Fourth Millennium B.C.-- the Seals and Sealings from Tell Hamoukar,” Akkadica 123.1: 35-56.
  • 2002b        “Diyala Project,” Oriental Institute Annual Report 2001-2002: 31:38.
  • 2003a        “Appendix: Sealing Practice,” in Drehem Administrative Documents from the Reign of Amar-Suena by Markus Hilgert. Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications 121, pp. 603-24.
  • 2003b        “A modern crime and an ancient mystery: The Seal of Bilalama,” in Festschrift Burkhardt Kienast, ed. by Gebhard Selz. Alter Orient und Altes Testament 274, pp. 355-389.
  • 2003c        “Diyala Project,” Oriental Institute Annual Report 2002-2003:  44-50.
  • 2003d        “Iraq Museum Project,” Oriental Institute Annual Report 2002-2003:  73-80.
  • 2004a        “Diyala Project,” Oriental Institute Annual Report 2003-2004:  45-50.
  • 2004b        “Hamoukar,” Oriental Institute Annual Report 2003-2004:  82-90.
  • 2004c        “Iraq Museum Project,” Oriental Institute Annual Report 2003-2004:  106-114.
  • 2005          “Beyond Cataloguing Losses: The Oriental Institute’s Iraq Museum Database Project, University of Chicago,” Visual Resources 21.1 (March 2005): 93-113.

in press:

  • “Tabqa Site Gazeteer,” in T.J. Wilkinson (et al.) Tell es-Sweyhat I. Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications (submitted in 1997).

VI. Papers given at National and International Conferences and Symposia:

  • 1997     “An Interesting Group of Seal Impressions from Tell Asmar,” read at the 207th meeting of the American Oriental Society in Miami (March 1997).
  • 1997    “Changes in the Plain Levels of Babylonia and the Diyala Region from 6,000 BC onwards: A View from Excavated Sites,” read at the XLIVème Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale in Venice (July 1997).
  • 1998    “Seals and Sealings at Tell Asmar - a New Look at the Nature and Function of an Old Babylonian palace,” read at the 208th meeting of the American Oriental Society in New Orleans (March 1998).
  • 1998    “Seals and Sealings at Tell Asmar - a New Look at an Ur III to Isin/Larsa Palace,” read at the Symposium on Seals and Seal Impression, held at Yale during the XLVème Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (July 9, 1998).
  • 1999    “A modern crime and an ancient mystery: The Seal of Bilalama,” read at the 209th meeting of the American Oriental Society in Baltimore (March 1999).
  • 1999    “The Impact of Sedimentation and Deflation on the Mesopotamian Landscape Past and Present,” read at Waters of Babylon (Conference held at the Oriental Institute, 12/11/ - 12/13/1999).
  • 2001     “Text Archaeology and Sealing Practices at the Palace of the Rulers at Tell Asmar: A functional analysis of a Mesopotamian Palace,” read at the Annual Meeting of the American School of Oriental Studies in Boulder, CO (November 2001).
  • 2002    “Political Changes versus Cultural Continuity? The Case of Eshnunna between Ur III and Isin/Larsa,” read in the Ancient Near Eastern Seminar Series at Columbia University (February 2002).
  • 2002    “Administrative Complexity at Hamoukar during the Fourth Millennium B.C.-- a view from Seals and Sealings,” read at the Third International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) in Paris (April 2002).
  • 2002    “Eshnunna’s ‘Birth as a State’ - From Ur III Province to Independence,” read at the History Department of University College London, U.K. (May 2002).
  • 2002    “Seals and sealings at Hamoukar--more evidence for administrative complexity during the Fourth Millennium B.C. in Syria,” read at the Annual Meeting of the American School of Oriental Studies (ASOR) in Toronto (November 2002).
  • 2003    “Lost (and Found) Cultural Treasures of Iraq,” read at the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, Washington D.C. (August 7, 2003).
  • 2003    “Digitizing the Losses—the Oriental Institute's Iraq Museum Project,” read at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies in Toronto (September 2003).
  • 2004    “Beyond Catalogued Losses—the Iraq Museum Database Project at the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago),” read at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association in Seattle WA (February 20 2004).
  • 2004    “Seals and sealing practices at Hamoukar during the Late Chalcolithic period—local and inter-regional perspectives,” read at the Fourth International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) in Berlin (April 2004).
  • 2004    “From Paper Record to Webpage—the Diyala material as a test case for electronic data publication in archaeology,” read at Looted Past—Digitized Future? Workshop on Archaeology and Computers (Vienna, November 3-5, 2004).
  • 2004    “Beyond Catalogued Losses—the Iraq Museum Database Project at the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago)” (revised and updated), read at the Annual Meeting of the American School of Oriental Studies (ASOR) in San Antonio TX (November 2004).

    Created: December 15, 2004