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Jan Gerrit Dercksen

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. J.G. Dercksen
Telephone
+31 71 527 2912
E-mail
j.g.dercksen@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Jan Gerrit Dercksen is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Fields of interest

The history of Mesopotamia and Anatolia, especially during the early centuries of the second millennium BC, the Old Assyrian and Old Babylonian periods. Within this broad field, my particular interest is the economy of Assyria and Babylonia. The focus of my research is on the Old Assyrian period (key-word:  Kültepe) and together with other scholars sharing a passion for Kültepe I form the  Old Assyrian Text Project Group. I am currently engaged in preparing the publication of an archive excavated in Kültepe (Kt c/k Ali-ahum). 

Since 2010, I am directing the research programme ‘Immigrant-Related Change in the Ancient Near East’, funded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). This programme investigates the effects of migration in Mesopotamia and Anatolia during the Old Assyrian/Hittite period (post-doc Dr  Willemijn Waal), the Old Babylonian period (PhD student Drs Rients de Boer), and the Neo-Assyrian period (post-doc Dr Jeanette Fincke).

 

CV

Education 
1996: PhD in Assyriology, Leiden University 
1987: Doctoral degree in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Assyriology), Leiden University 

Employment 
2002-present: Lecturer in Assyriology at Leiden University. 
2000-2001: Post-doc researcher at University of Copenhagen (CNI). 
1996-2000: post-doc researcher Leiden University.

 

Key publications

  • Dercksen, J.G. (2004). Some elements of Old Anatolian society in Kanis. In Dercksen, J.G. (Ed.),  Assyria  and beyond : studies presented to Mogens Trolle Larsen.  (pp. 137-177). Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Osten.
  • Dercksen, J.G. (2005). Again on Old Assyrian tuzinnum.  Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, 2, pp. 39-39.
  • Dercksen, J.G. (2005). Metals according to documents from Kültepe-Kanish dating to the Old Assyrian Colony Period. In Yalcun, Ü. (Ed.),  Anatolian Metal III. Der Anschnitt, Beiheft 18.  (pp. 17-34). Bochum: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum.
  • Dercksen, J.G. (2005). Die Stadt Assur als Wirtschaftsmacht. In Meyer, J.-W. & Sommerfeld, W. (Ed.),  2000 v. Chr.  Politische, wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Entwicklung im Zeichen einer Jahrtausendwende.  (pp. 155-169). Saarbrücken: Saarbrücker Druckerei und Verlag.
  • Dercksen, J.G. (2006). Adad is king. The Sargon text from Kültepe.  Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux, 39, 107-129.

 

Teaching

Courses in the Akkadian language and its main dialects (Old, Middle and Neo-Assyrian and Old and Neo-Babylonian), history and economy of Mesopotamia. 

  • Introduction to Akkadian 
  • Standard Babylonian literary and historical texts 
  • Old Assyrian 
  • Middle Assyrian 
  • Neo-Assyrian 
  • Old Babylonian letters and historical and juridical texts 
  • History of Mesopotamia 


PhD supervision
Rients de Boer, The Effects of the Amorite Migration to Mesopotamia (started 2010) (with Wilfred van Soldt)

 

Grants and awards

Grant from NWO Vrije Competitie Geesteswetenschappen for the four-year (2010-2014) programme “The Impact of Migration: Migrant-Related Change in the Ancient Near East” (€ 600,000).  

Administration and service to the profession 
Secretary, Examining board of the research master-programme Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Civilisations. 
Member, Examining board of the BA programme OCMW. 

Editor Ancient Near East of the  Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 
Co-editor of the  Jaarbericht Ex Oriente Lux 
Co-editor of the series  PIHANS published by the  Nederland Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, Leiden

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Assyriologie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.05d

Contact

  • Atwood P.L., Boer R. de, Kouwenberg N.J.C., Lisman J.J.W., Potts D.T., Radner K., Squitieri A., Ameen A., Rohde J., Yawar P., Herr J.-J., Salih H., Petchey F., Hogg A., Gratuze B., Raheem K.R., Potts H.B., Raven M.J., Greco C., Vesco P. del, Weiss L., Aston B.G., Scheers A.-J., Warner N., Roeten L.H., Roos J.C., Veenhof K.R. & Dercksen J.G. (2019), JEOL Member of editorial staff Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux .editorship of journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2019), Jona en Assyrië, Schrift. Tijdschrift over de bijbel 51(4): 11-17.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2018), Review of: Vatandoust A., Parzinger H., Helwing B. (2011) Early Mining and Metallurgy on the Western Central Iranian Plateau. The first five years of work, Archäologie in Iran und Turan, Bibliotheca Orientalis 74(5/6): 663-665.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (2018), Review of: Garner J. (2013) Das Zinn der Bronzezeit in Mittelasien II. Die montanarchäologischen Forschungen an den Zinnlagerstätten., Archäologie in Iran und Turan, Bibliotheca Orientalis 74(5-6): 666.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (2017), Language and writing in Nineveh. In: Petit L.P., Morandi Bonacossi D. (Eds.) Nineveh the great city. Symbol of beauty and power. Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities no. 134 Leiden: Sidestone Press. 201-204.book chapter
  • Dercksen J.G. (2017), New evidence for beeswax during the Old Assyrian Colony Period and the Ur III Period. In: Kulakoglu F., Barjamovic G. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Second Kültepe International Meeting. Subartu no. 39 Turnhout: Breepols. 105-116.book chapter
  • Dercksen J.G. & Boer R. de (Eds.) (2017), Private and State in the Ancient Near East; Proceedings of the 58th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Leiden 16-20 July 2012. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.editorship of book
  • Dercksen J.G. (2017), Zinn (tin). A.I. Philologisch. In Mesopotamien.. In: Streck M.P., Bramanti A., Fechner J., Greiner M., Heigl S., Morello N. (Eds.) Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie. no. 15 Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter. 301-304 [entry in reference work].other
  • Dercksen J.G. (2016), An Old Assyrian reference to Susa, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2016(2): 66.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2016), Kaspam lasqul "let me weigh out the silver": Mesopotamian and Anatolian weights during the Old Assyrian Colony period. In: Kleber K., Pirngruber R. (Eds.) Silver, Money and Credit. A tribute to Robartus J. van der Spek on the occasion of his 65th birthday. no. 128 Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten. 11-22.book chapter
  • Dercksen J.G. (2016), The use of DAH in an Old Babylonian account text, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2016(4): 151-152.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. 2015 (Six texts with new and rare toponyms from the house of Ali-ahum (Kt c/k), published in: Albayrak I., Erol H., Cayir M. (eds.), Cahit Günbatti'ya Armagan. Studies in Honour of Cahit Günbatti, Ankara 2015; 49-58).article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G., Subartu 2015; 47-58 (Kulakoglu C. and Michel C. (eds.), Proceedings of the 1st Kültepe International Meeting. Studies Dedicated to Kutlu Emre.).article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2015), The goddess who was robbed of her jewellery. Ishtar and her priest in an Assyrian colony, Anatolica : Annuaire International pour les Civilisations de l'Asie Anterieure 41: 37-59.article in journal
  • Zehnder Th. (2014), (book review) [Die hethitischen Frauennamen, Katalog und Interpretation] (translation: Dercksen J.G) Review of: Zehnder Th. Die hethitischen Frauennamen, Katalog und Interpretation, 109(3): 196-199.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (2014), Handelaars van voor de Zijderoute. De Assyrische kooplieden in Anatolië en de studie van het Oudassyrisch in Nederland. In: Kaper O.E., Dercksen J.G. (Eds.) Waar de geschiedenis begon. Nederlandse onderzoekers in de ban van spijkerschrift, hiërogliefen en aardewerk. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten. 105-118.book chapter
  • Dercksen J.G. (2014), The Old Assyrian trade and its participants. In: Baker H.D., Jursa M. (Eds.) Documentary Sources in Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman Economic History. Methodology and Practice. Oxford and Philadelphia: Oxbow Books. 59-112.book chapter
  • Kaper O.E. & Dercksen J.G. (Eds.) (2014), Waar de geschiedenis begon. Nederlandse onderzoekers in de ban van spijkerschrift, hiërogliefen en aardewerk. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten.editorship of book
  • Kaper O.E. & Dercksen J.G. (Eds.) (2014), Waar de geschiedenis begon, Nederlandse onderzoekers in de ban van spijkerschrift, hiërogliefen en aardewerk: Uitgave naar aanleiding van het 75-jarig bestaan van het Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, 1939-2014. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten.editorship of book
  • Dercksen J.G. (2013), Review of: Arkhipov I. (2012) Le vocabulaire de la métallurgie et la nomenclature des objets en métal dans les textes de Mari, Archives royales de Mari, Babel und Bibel 7: 353-369.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (2013), Member of editorial staff Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 44.editorship of journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2011), Weeks, months and years in Old Assyrian chronology, Applied Medical Informatics 68(3/4): 233-243.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2011), From ore to artefact: metals in Kanesh. In: Kulakoglu F. (Ed.) Anatolia's Prologue, Kültepe Kanesh Karum, Assyrians in Istanbul. Kayseri: Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality. 110-115.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2011), The barley of life, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2011: 17-17.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2011), The exchange of sacrificial gifts among Old Assyrian merchants. In: Düring B.S. (Ed.) Correlates of Complexity. Leiden: NINO. 59-67.book chapter
  • Dercksen J.G. (2011), The seal of Bel: sealing practices and Babylonian religious motifs in the Seleucid period Leiden: NINO.book
  • Dercksen J.G. (2010), Anitta and the Man of Purushanda. In: Dönmez S. (Ed.) DUB.SAR E.DUB.BA.A Studies Presented in Honour of Veysel Donbaz. Istanbul: Ege. 71-75.book chapter
  • Dercksen J.G. (2010), Member of editorial staff Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 42.editorship of journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2010), Mineral resources and demand in the ancient Near East. In: Forlanini M. (Ed.) La natura nel Vicino Oriente antico. Milano: Centro Studi del Vicino Oriente. 43-75.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2009), Member of editorial staff Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 41.editorship of journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2009), Member of editorial staff JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT 52.editorship of journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2009), Sattel, Reallexikon der Assyriologie 12(1/2): 90-93.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2008), Anatolia and the Jazira during the Old Assyrian period. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut van het Nabije Oosten.book
  • Dercksen J.G. (2008), Observations on land use and agriculture in Kanes. In: Michel C. (Ed.) Old Assyrian Studies in Memory of Paul Garelli. Leiden: NINO. 139-157.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2008), Subsistence, surplus and the market for grain and meat at ancient Kanesh, Altorientalische Forschungen 35(1): 86-102.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2008), The Assyrian colony at Kanesh. In: Wilhelm G. (Ed.) Hattuša-Bogazköy. Das Hethiterreich im Spannungsfeld des Alten Orients. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. 109-124.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2008), The colophon of Kültepe Eponym List G, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2008(3): 71-72.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2007), Boekbespreking Review of: Chavales M.W. (2006) The Ancient Near East. Historical Sources in Translation, Applied Medical Informatics 64: 320-325.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (2007), Die altassyrischen Handelsabgaben in Nordmesopotamien und Anatolien im 19.-18. Jh. v. Chr. in Verträgen und Praxis. In: Klinkott H., Kubisch S., Müller-Wollermann R. (Eds.) Geschenke und Steuern, Zölle und Tribute. Antike Abgabenformen in Anspruch und Wirklichkeit. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill. 188-211.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2007), On Anatolian loanwords in Akkadian texts from Kültepe, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 97: 26-46.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2007), Ving Sargon een gazelle of een caféhoudster? Een vermeende parodie over koning Sargon van Akkad uit Kültepe, Phoenix : bulletin uitgegeven door het Vooraziatisch-Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 53: 23-30.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2006), Adad is king. The Sargon text from Kültepe, Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 39: 107-129.article in journal
  • Demareé R.J., Heerma van Voss M.S.H.G., Dercksen J.G., Veenhof K.R. & Dijkstra M.J. (2006), Member of editorial staff Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 39.editorship of journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2005), Again on Old Assyrian tuzinnum, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2: 39-39.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2005), Die Stadt Assur als Wirtschaftsmacht. In: Meyer J.-W., Sommerfeld W. (Eds.) 2000 v. Chr. Politische, wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Entwicklung im Zeichen einer Jahrtausendwende. Saarbrücken: Saarbrücker Druckerei und Verlag. 155-169.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2005), Metals according to documents from Kültepe-Kanish dating to the Old Assyrian Colony Period. In: Yalcun Ü. (Ed.) Anatolian Metal III. Der Anschnitt, Beiheft 18. Bochum: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum. 17-34.conference paper
  • Demareé R.J., Heerma van Voss M.S.H.G., Dercksen J.G., Veenhof K.R. & Dijkstra M.J. (2004), Member of editorial staff Jaarbericht van het Vooraziatisch Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 38.editorship of journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2004), Old Assyrian Institutions. Leiden: NINO.book
  • Dercksen J.G. (2004), Old Assyrian utharum "characteristic, mark" and lu uthurum "it surely was a sign", Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 1: 8-9.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2004), Some elements of Old Anatolian society in Kanis. In: Dercksen J.G. (Ed.) Assyria and beyond : studies presented to Mogens Trolle Larsen. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Osten. 137-177.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (Ed.) (2004), Syria and beyond: studies presented to Mogens Trolle Larsen. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten.editorship of book
  • Dercksen J.G. (2003), A new OA text from Kültepe about mules, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2: 52-52.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (2003), Boekbespreking Review of: Faist B.I. (2001) Der Fernhandel des assyrischen Reiches zwischen dem 14. und 11. Jh. v. Chr., JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT 46: 540-543.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (2002), Boekbespreking Review of: Michel C. (2001) Correspondance des marchands de Kanis au début du IIe millénaire avant J.-C., Archiv für Orientforschung 48/49: 196-198.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (2002), Boekbespreking Review of: Hecker K., Kryszat G. (1998) Kappadokische Keilschrifttafeln aus den Sammlungen der Karlsuniversität Prag, Archiv für Orientforschung 48/49: 183-196.book review
  • Soldt W.H. van, Dercksen J.G., Krispijn T.J.H. & Kouwenberg N.J.C. (Eds.) (2001), Veenhof Anniversary Volume, Studies presented to Klaas R. Veenhof on the Occasion of his Sixty-fifth birthday. Leuven: Peeters.editorship of book
  • Dercksen J.G. (2003), Kultureller und wirtschaftlicher Austausch zwischen Assyrern und Anatoliern (Anfang des zweiten Jahrtausends v. Chr.). In: Blum H., Faist B., Pfälzner P., Wittke A.-M. (Eds.) Brückenland Anatolien? Ursachen, Extensität und Modi des Kulturaustausches zwischen Anatolien und seinen Nachbarn. Tübingen: Attempto Verlag. 35-44.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (2000), Institutional and private in the Old Assyrian period. In: Bongenaar A.C.V.M. (Ed.) Interdependency of Institutions and Private Entrepreneurs (MOS Studies, 2). no. 87 Instanbul: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten. 135-152.conference paper
  • Dercksen J.G. (1999), Old Assyrian finance. In: Dercksen J.G. (Ed.) Trade and finance in ancient Mesopotamia. Leiden: NN. 99-112.book chapter
  • Dercksen J.G. (1998), Boekbespreking Review of: Michel C. (1998) Tablettes paléo-assyriennes de Kültepe, volume 1 (Kt 90/k), Archiv für Orientforschung 44/45: 333-339.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (1998), recensie Review of: Bilgig E. (1998) Ankara Kültepe Tabletleri 1-2; Ankaraner Kültepe-Texte 3, JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT 41: 220-224.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (1997), Boekbespreking Review of: Ulshöfer A.M. (1997) Die altassyrischen Privaturkunden, Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 92: 502-508.book review
  • Dercksen J.G. (1997), Handel in het oude Mesopotamië, ICA Nieuwsbrief november: 23-29.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Dercksen J.G. (1997), Rijk worden in Turkije: Assyrische kooplieden in Kanisj, Phoenix : bulletin uitgegeven door het Vooraziatisch-Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 43(3): 154-167.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Dercksen J.G. (1997), The silver of the gods. On old Assyrian ikribu, Archivum Anatolicum 3: 75-100.article in journal
  • Dercksen J.G. (Ed.) (1997), Trade and finance in ancient Mesopotamia. Leiden: NN.editorship of book
  • Dercksen J.G. (7 March 1996), The Old Assyrian Coppertrade in Anatolia, Istanbul (PhD thesis). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Veenhof K.R.PhD thesis

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