Minnen för livet: Materialitet och minne i forntida främreorientaliska privatpersoners inskrivna föremål
Tidsperiod: 2016-11-01 till 2019-12-31
Projektledare: Jakob Andersson
Budget: 6 000 000 SEK
The project proposes to produce a more complete understanding of ancient Near Eastern inscribed objects commissioned by private individuals using cuneiform writing betwen ca 2800 BCE–100 CE. The objects were set up for the sake of remembrance; most commonly in cultic contexts. The ambitious time frame and scope is without parallel in Near Eastern material and linguistic studies.In the early Near Eastern urbanities, people sought to establish a presence before gods, believed to reside in their temples, to ensure divine favour. The combined strengths of material objects and inscriptions lent permanence to the symbolic act of gift-giving, establishing lasting ties between humans and the divine. But the objects also underlined ties between people and thus helped in constructing and maintaining social and societal identities.The aim is to identify and highlight the personal perspective in inscribed objects commissioned by private individuals and the relationship- and value-creating potential that come to the fore in such objects. Objects are approached by means of a materiality profiling, combining analyses concerning, e.g., archaeological context, content and finish of the text, along with physical characteristics and production techniques.The project will result in two printed, open access volumes, comprising the project results and reworked presentations from a workshop, along with a handful of articles. An open access internet resource is also planned.