Ancient Cultures

Assyriology

Assyriology revolves around the literature, religion and economics of ancient Mesopotamia in the period from approximately 2600–200 BCE, and is based primarily on texts written in the two main languages of the day, Sumerian and Akkadian. Researchers are currently working on a temple archive excavated in the city of Nippur in Iraq and on the early kingdoms and particular aspects of Mesopotamian religious history, e.g. rituals and their economic significance.

Native American Languages and Culture

The focus of the research is on the culture, language and history of the Mesoamerican cultural area (Central and southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize) in the period from about 1200 BCE to 1700 CE. Current research activities and topics include writing and iconography in Central Mexico, Mayan texts from Belize and Guatemala from the classical period, colonial art from Mexican churches and monasteries, as well as objects from the National Museum of Denmark’s American collections.

Near-Eastern Archaeology

Near-Eastern Archaeology conducts research into the archaeology, culture, environment and history of Egypt, the Levant (Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon), Anatolia (Turkey), Mesopotamia (Iraq), Iran and the Arabian Peninsula from the first hunter-gatherers to the classical period (20,000 BCE to 400 CE). Based on theoretical questions about the study of material culture, the focus is on a range of significant themes in human social life over thousands of years, including topics such as domestication, agriculture, animal husbandry and the formation of rural communities, towns, states and empires. Current research activities include the development of agriculture, food and rituals as well as cultural heritage questions.

Egyptology

Egyptology research at ToRS is rooted in the philological and archaeological traditions and focuses on literature, socio-economic history and material culture. Current projects include the publication of written sources (primarily hieratic and demotic papyrus) from The New Kingdom (approximately 1500–1000 BCE) and from the Greek-Roman period (approx. 332 BCE – 395 CE), as well as archaeological excavations of royal tombs in El-Kurru (Sudan).

Research centres and projects

Researchers

Name Title Job responsibilities Phone E-mail
Aarslev, Rasmus Johan PhD Fellow Assyriology   E-mail
Ahadi, Golnaz PhD Fellow Near Eastern Archaeology +4535326718 E-mail
Boeg Thomsen, Ditte Postdoc American Indian Studies +4535328293 E-mail
Brisch, Nicole Associate Professor Assyriology +4551300763 E-mail
Christensen, Marie Elisabeth Berg PhD Fellow Near Eastern Archaeology +4535331073 E-mail
Citlahua Zepahua, Gabriela International Researcher American Indian Studies   E-mail
Dann, Rachael Jane External Researcher Near Eastern Archaeology +4521179773 E-mail
Darabi, Hojjat Postdoc Near Eastern Archaeology +4535334676 E-mail
Dietz, Søren Affiliate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +4521521550 E-mail
Frandsen, Paul John Associate Professor Emeritus Egyptology   E-mail
Haddow, Scott Donald Marie Curie Fellow Near Eastern Archaeology +4593516043 E-mail
Hagen, Fredrik Norland Professor Egyptology +4551300094 E-mail
Hansen, Magnus Pharao Assistant Professor American Indian Studies +4523477826 E-mail
Helmke, Christophe Associate Professor American Indian Studies +4551302945 E-mail
Jörgensen Lindahl, Anne PhD Fellow Near Eastern Archaeology   E-mail
Kerner, Susanne Associate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +4551302871 E-mail
Kinzel, Moritz External Researcher Near Eastern Archaeology +4551303310 E-mail
Larsen, Mogens Trolle Associate Professor Emeritus Assyriology   E-mail
Middeke-Conlin, Robert William Marie Curie Fellow Assyriology +4535336474 E-mail
Mortensen, Peder Affiliate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +4551303239 E-mail
Muhesen, Nibal External Researcher Near Eastern Archaeology   E-mail
Nielsen, Jesper Associate Professor, Deputy Head of Department American Indian Studies +4551302421 E-mail
Otaegui, Amaia Arranz External Researcher Near Eastern Archaeology   E-mail
Pedersen, Patrick Nørskov PhD Fellow Near Eastern Archaeology   E-mail
Richter, Tobias Associate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +4551302859 E-mail
Rosén, Frederik Ferdinand Affiliate Associate Professor Cultural heritage   E-mail
Ryholt, Kim Professor Egyptology +4551300126 E-mail
Schiødt, Sofie Postdoc Egyptology   E-mail
Skuldbøl, Tim Boaz Bruun Affiliate Associate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +4551303532 E-mail
Thuesen, Søren Thue Associate Professor Greenlandic and Arctic Studies +4540186202 E-mail
Yeomans, Lisa Associate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +4527121701 E-mail