About the Program
The earliest historical documents from Anatolia were recorded on clay in a dialect of Akkadian known as Old Assyrian, by Assyrian merchants trading in Anatolia in the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000-1750 BCE). The archives of the Hittite Empire preserve documents in Hittite and Akkadian that date to the Late Bronze Age (c.17th-12th centuries BCE). In the subsequent Iron Age, the Assyrian Empire expanded into Anatolia and left records shedding light on Anatolian history.
The program aims to develop the skills necessary to explore these earliest historical records of Anatolia. The aim is to equip the students with:
• a basic knowledge of the Hittite and Akkadian languages
• a basic knowledge of the cuneiform script
• the ability to follow scholarly editions of cuneiform texts using primary Assyriological and Hittitological resources
The program is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students without prior knowledge. (See: Requirements)
Date: July 16th – August 9th 2019
• The program will offer Hittite and Akkadian language classes at an introductory level. (see: Tentative Syllabus &Schedule)
• Classes will be conducted four days a week (Monday–Thursday) and participants are expected to attend all the classes.
• Fridays and weekends will be reserved for homework, workshops, and research.
The program will feature three intensive workshops:
• Introduction to Luwian
In this three-day intensive workshop, students will learn the basics of Luwian grammar and epigraphy.
• Cuneiform Epigraphy Workshop
In this workshop on cuneiform epigraphy, students will learn how to prepare autographs (hand drawings) and digital drawings of cuneiform tablets. The workshop will take place at the Cuneiform Tablet Archives of the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, where students will have the opportunity to work on original clay tablets.
• Cuneiform Tablet Workshop
In this workshop students will learn how to make a clay tablet, wooden stylus, and inscribe clay tablets of their production with sentences they have translated into Hittite and Akkadian.
• The program will also feature Dr. Nancy Amelia Highcock (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge) as a guest lecturer this year. In the past years, program had the privilege to feature Dr. Mark Weeden, Prof. Ignacio Márquez Rowe, Prof. Barbara Alexandra Böck, and Assoc. Prof. Eva von Dassow.
• All course materials will be provided electronically. Dictionaries will be available at ANAMED’s study hall reserved for participants.
Certificates and transcripts
• ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please be in touch in a timely manner with the coordinators.
● Participants are expected to stay in the ANAMED dorms. The classes also take place in the same building.
● Lunch is included 4 days a week. Students receive vouchers to be redeemed at a restaurant nearby.
• Airfare and visa arrangements and expenses are each participant’s own responsibility.
• Tuition for Summer 2019 is $3000 USD. It includes accommodation at ANAMED, all course materials, lunch four days a week, all expenses of field trips and full access to the ANAMED Library.
• Scholarships will be given based on need and merit. (In order to be considered for the scholarship, you can indicate your wish by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.)