Jacob L. Dahl
Asscoiate Professor of Assyriology; Fellow of Wolfson
Faculty / College Address:
I am a specialist of the pre-Classical cultures and languages of the Near East. I have written on early Babylonian socio-economic history, early Near Eastern writing systems, and Sumerian literature. I work on the decipherment of proto-Elamite, the last undeciphered writing system from the ancient Near East with a substantial number of sources (more than 1600 tablets divided between the Louvre Museum and the National Museum of Iran). Initially inspired and influenced by archaic cuneiform from Mesopotamia, proto-Elamite was a very short-lived writing system (ca. 3100 - 2900 BC) used across much of what today constitute the Islamic Republic of Iran.
As a co-PI of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative <http://cdli.ucla.edu> I seek to document and safeguard Mesopotamia’s contribution to our shared world history by making its ancient records available freely online.
- late 3rd millennium BC administrative history, publication of 350 texts in Oslo
- joint publication (on-line) of ca. 300 Ur III texts in Aleppo National Museum, Syria, with Dr Bertrand Lafont (CNRS, Paris)
- joint publication (on-line) of ca. 90 Ur III texts in the Institut Chatolique de Paris, with Dr Bertrand Lafont
- publication of ca. 150 proto-Elamite texts and fragments in the Louvre
- re-edition of ca. 1000 proto-Elamite texts and fragments in the Louvre
- proto-Elamite sign-list
- edition of new proto-Elamite texts from Iran with colleagues from Teheran University
- History and Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
- Akkadian and Sumerian texts, all levels
- “Early Writing in Iran”. In Potts, D.T., Oxford Handbook of Iranian Archaeology (Oxford University Press) (2013), 233-262.
- (with M. Hessari and R. Yousefi) “The proto-Elamite tablets from Tepe Sofalin”. Iranian Journal of Archaeological Studies 2/1 (2013), 57-73.
- (with Cameron A. Petrie and Daniel T. Potts) “Chronological Parameters of the Earliest Writing System in Iran.” In Petrie, C.A. (ed.), Ancient Iran and its Neighbours: Local Developments and Long- range Interactions in the 4th Millennium BC. (2013), 353-378.
- “Frühe Schrift im Iran”. In N. Crüsemann et al. Uruk 5000 Jahre Megacity: Begleitband zur Ausstellung "Uruk--5000 Jahre Megacity" im Pergamonmuseum--Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (2013), 202-203.
- “The proto-Elamite seal MDP 16 no 198”. CDLN 2013:2.
- (with Béatrice André-Salvini) “L’écriture proto-élamite: la numérisation à l’aide du déchifrement des premières écritures”. In Grande gallerie: le journal du Louvre 2013/2, 28-29.
Boards and Committees:
- Member of the Steering Board of the British Association for the Ancient Near East (BANEA)
- Editor of CDLJ (http://cdli.ucla.edu/pub.html)
- co-Principal Investigator of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (http://cdli.ucla.edu)
- Principal Investigator of the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/)
- Moudhy al-Rashid (Mental Illness and Mental Health in Ancient Mesopotamia)
- John Nicholas Reid (The Evolution of Slavery and Labour Practices in Early Mesopotamia from Uruk to the Fall of Babylon in the Longue Durée)