Dr Jonathan Tenney
Jonathan Tenney uses the methodologies of philology and social science to analyse archaeological evidence and cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq, Iran, and Syria).
Jonathan Tenney’s academic interests include:
- Akkadian and Sumerian languages
- Historical demography of Mesopotamia
- Settlement and environment
- Comparative slavery
- Religious and political ideologies in Mesopotamia.
- BA, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
- PhD, University of Chicago.
Awards and prizes
- Outstanding Dissertation Prize by The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq, 2009.
Jonathan Tenney is an Assyriologist specialising in the archaeological and documentary evidence from Mesopotamia. He has written extensively on the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age of Babylonia.
His past research has considered Babylonian population dynamics and socio-legal institutions, urbanism in southern Babylonia, the exchange of knowledge and text from Babylonia to Assyria, and the development of state ideologies. His current work considers the materiality, processes, and social maps used in the composition of bureaucratic records and the epistemological methodology Assyriologist's use to study them.
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Publications, links and resources
Please visit Jonathan Tenney’s faculty page for a selection of his key publications to date.