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Ceramologist, specialist in the Ancient Near East M/F

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General information

Reference : UMR8210-MELFAL-001
Date of publication : Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2 728 € and 3 880 € gross per month depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


The ceramic production found in Mesopotamia and dating from the Ancient Bronze to the Middle Bronze Age has been extensively studied from a typological and morphological point of view, in order to define chronological sequences. On the other hand, the functional aspects of ceramic vessels (jars, bowls, containers...) have generally been neglected by research. The ANR/DFG MesopOil project, which studies the operating chain of oil and fats in Mesopotamia, from production to consumption, is particularly interested in these functional aspects.
The person recruited must be a specialist in ceramology. His/her mission will be to identify the shapes of oil vessels in archaeological assemblages from Ancient to Middle Bronze, studying their morphology, metrology and archaeological contexts. He/she will work in close collaboration with philologists who process epigraphic data, in order to cross-reference archaeological and philological information concerning the distribution, storage and consumption of oil.


- A systematic determination of the volume of the identified containers will be carried out using the royalty-free "Pot Utility" program developed within the framework of the ARCANE project. The data obtained from these analyses will be compared with quantitative data from the texts as well as with old technical terms describing the containers used for the storage, transport and use of the oil.
- A systematic study of published ceramic assemblages from the Late Early Bronze Age and the Middle Bronze Age, especially from key sites in the Middle Euphrates (Mari), Upper Mesopotamia (Chagar Bazaar), Central and Southern Mesopotamia (Sippar, Tello, Kiš and Ur) and the Diyala Valley will be carried out.
- In addition, the ceramic collections of Ur and Chagar Bazaar in the British Museum, those of Uruk in the Heidelberg Museum and those of Tello and Kish in the Louvre Museum will be analysed. In particular, an analysis of lipid residues will be carried out with Philipp Stockhammer of the Department of Archaeogenetics of the LMU University of Munich.
- The results will be published in a joint article in a leading scientific journal on the archaeology of the Ancient Near East.
- In addition, the main results will be integrated into the final monograph of the project.


- The person recruited must have strong skills in the morphological and stylistic study of Early and Middle Bronze ceramics and have a good knowledge of the publications on this subject.
- In addition, he/she should have experience in archaeological field excavations and in working with ceramic materials in museums.
- She must be able to work regularly in a team, be open to interdisciplinary research and be able to work independently.
- A good knowledge of new technologies in the field of archaeology is also desirable.

Work Context

The person recruited will work in the structures of the ANHIMA research team (UMR 8210) at Campus Condorcet. He or she will have at his or her disposal an office and transportable computer equipment (laptop).

The research center UMR8210 - ANHIMA (CNRS, EPHE, EHESS, University Paris 1, University of Paris), one of the most important in the Ile-de-France region in the field of Ancient Sciences, is located in recently renovated premises (2004) of the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), Galerie Colbert, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris. Since 2019, the laboratory also has some premises on the Condorcet Campus in Aubervilliers. It brings together more than 70 teacher-researchers and permanent researchers, about sixty doctoral students, as well as about ten research support staff. It houses a very rich (nearly 65,000 documents) and very busy specialised library, which can accommodate 60 readers.

Constraints and risks

The person recruited will be required to visit museums (Louvre Museum, Heidelberg Museum, and possibly the British Museum).
He or she will take part in working meetings of the project members, in Paris or Munich (twice a year).

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