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Cuneiformists, Assyriologists, and Sumerologists continue the traditions of the ancient dubsars (scribes) of ancient Nippur. They have much to tell us about the history, culture, and languages of the lands of Sumer and Akkad that had their center in Nippur. These scholars, who devote their lives to the discovery and explanation of our most ancient roots, have formed societies to encourage, assist, and challenge their academic labors. Have you considered joining their enthusiastic and disciplined quest to illuminate the ancient lands of Sumer and Akkad shrouded in darkness for millennia?

Here are some societies to which Dubsar has made the commitment of membership. You can visit these societies on the internet yourself to see if you should make your own commitment to support and follow the interesting research being carried out on behalf of the ancient Sumerians, Akkadians, Amorites, Eblaites, Gutians, Elamites, Kassites, and Arameans, not to mention numerous interesting western groups.

Learn from Nippur's archaeological experts here!

Archaeologists have moved a lot of dirt at Nippur as they have brought back to the light its past walls, houses, streets, temples and documents. The University of Pennsylvania sponsored the first series of excavations. After a period of inactivity, their team was joined by other institutions. Eventually, work at the site was taken over by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Here are some of the published results.

The early excavations under the direction of Peters, Haynes and Hilprecht

Between Hilprecht and Gibson The passing of the directorship of the Nippur excavations in 1972 to McGuire Gibson of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago was a significant event. His skill and insight as an archaeologist and student of human culture, his commitment to publishing results, and his ability to draw together a team of qualified colleagues to work with him have all immensely enhanced our knowledge and understanding of the great ancient city of Nippur.

Learn from the language experts!

Modern dubsar's (Cuneiformists, Assyriologists, Sumerologists) have discovered many interesting details about Nippur's citizens and their ways of life. Look for these resources to enlighten you on the thinking and goings-on both in and around ancient Nippur. Some of these books are printed in limited numbers and may only be available at large university libraries. You can also wander over to the Cultural Annex of the Reading Room for more information on Sumerian and Akkadian language and culture.

Kingship on Display: Royal Inscriptions. Kings inscribed their names, piety, and accomplishments on all sorts of objects, such as bricks, cones, door-pivots, statues, etc. These texts, that we designate royal inscriptions, provide information on the ideology and activities of these ancient kings.

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This page was edited on 29 March 1999. If you have cuneiform questions or comments, please email Dubsar, the Cuneiform Scribe. If I do not respond promptly, the vendor supplying Fortune City's email service may be eating your mail for lunch. In that case, you can give a shout over to Dubsar's Sand Dune to get my attention. Thanks! � Erasmus Compositor, P.O. Box 25958, Baltimore, MD 21224.