An update from NEAF's Director, Prof. Dan Potts

Dan Potts has just spent a month as a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin where he worked with Jacob Dahl on the chronology and interpretation of the earliest written texts from Iran, the so-called Proto-Elamite or Susa III texts which date to c. 3000 BC.

This work is part of the Institute's longstanding involvement in a major project conducted in collaboration with the Free University of Berlin and UCLA aimed at editing the proto-cuneiform texts from Uruk and other sites in southern Mesopotamia.

Dan has also been involved in the Max Planck's project on the globalization of knowledge, looking in particular at early instances of globalization in the form of technology transfer and the spread of technical knowledge in realms such as metallurgy and agriculture.

He has also been invited to return to the Max Planck Institute for a year as a Visiting Professor under the aegis of the Topoi Excellence Cluster, an umbrella which brings together the research strengths of the Free University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Humboldt University and the German Archaeological Institute, harnessing the specialists in the ancient Greco-Roman and Near Eastern worlds at those institutions.

July 2008

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