New book by Tina Greenfield and colleagues

Very proud of Tina Greenfield, a staff member of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Early Bronze Age SSHRC PG. Just received this invitation about her new book that she coedited.

Dear all,

You are warmly invited to a book launch for the newest volume in the McDonald Monographs Series.

“The Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire” edited by John MacGinnis, Dirk Wicke and Tina Greenfield

6.30-7.30pm on Friday 6th May at the McDonald Institute.

RSVP to Emma Jarman (

Book cover

About the book:

The Assyrian empire was in its day the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Building on the expansion of the Middle Assyrian state in the late second millennium BC, the opening centuries of the first millennium witnessed a resurgence which led to the birth of a true empire whose limits stretched from Egypt to Iran and from Anatolia to the Persian Gulf. While the Assyrian imperial capital cities have long been the focus of archaeological exploration, it is only in recent decades that the peripheral areas have been the subject of sustained research. This volume sets out to synthesise the results of this research, bringing together the outcomes of key investigations from across the empire. The provincial archaeology of the empire is presented in a new light, with studies of the archaeological imprint of Assyria in present-day Israel, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. A wide range of methodological and interpretive approaches are brought to bear on the data. Analyses of environmental zones and ecofactual datasets, material culture and architectural traditions, the permeation of literacy and the use of para-literate systems form the platform for innovative and integrative evaluations and lead to a new appreciation for the diversity of local responses to the Assyrian expansion.

About the authors:

John MacGinnis is based in the Middle East Department of the British Museum and is a Research Affiliate of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research; his research focuses on the archaeology and epigraphy of Mesopotamia of the first millennium BC.

Dirk Wicke holds the chair for Near Eastern Archaeology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M. He studied in Münster, London and Mainz; his major research interests are minor arts and crafts in the Iron Age.

Tina Greenfield is a Research Associate in Anthropology and Co-director of the Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Lab of St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. She also teaches at the University of Winnipeg, and is a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Cambridge McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research; her research focuses on the political economy of early states and empires through the study of animal remains (Zooarchaeology).


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