Autumn Lecture Series, London


The long-running research seminar series run by the London Centre for the Ancient Near East has devoted its autumn lectures in 2015 to the Near Eastern antiquities held by the Schøyen Collection.

Five lectures under the series title ‘News from Norway’ were delivered by international scholars from the team entrusted with the Collection's publication. The aim was not only to draw the attention of academics and scholars to the extraordinary wealth of the Collection's cuneiform tablets and incantation bowls, but also to demonstrate how the new knowledge that these antiquities contain is changing our understanding of ancient Mesopotamia.

The lecture series was convened by Professor Andrew George of SOAS, where the lectures are being held. He also gave the first lecture ‘The Schøyen Collection’s cuneiform tablets: Changing how we understand the second millennium’. Four other lectures followed:

  • Cornelia Wunsch on ‘Tablets of Judean exiles in the Schøyen Collection’
  • Jacob Dahl (Oxford University) on ‘The Ur III tablets in the Schøyen Collection’
  • Konrad Volk (University of Tübingen) on ‘The Sumerian literary texts in the Schøyen Collection’
  • Siam Bhayro (Exeter University) on ‘The Aramaic magic bowls in the Schøyen Collection and their importance for the study of late antique Mesopotamia’


Note to Editors:

The Schøyen Collection crosses borders and unites cultures, religions and unique materials found nowhere else. The Collection, based in London and Oslo, contains over 20,000 significant manuscripts of major cultural importance and is an important part of the world’s heritage.

There is no public collection that has the Schøyen Collection’s unique array of manuscripts from all the greatest manuscript hoards, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Cairo Genizah of Hebrew MSS, The Oxyrhynchus hoard of classical papyri, The Dishna Biblical papyri, The Nag Hammadi Gnostic papyri, the Dunhuang hoard of Buddhist MSS, and many others. Nor is there one with such a variety, geographically, linguistically and textually, and of scripts and writing materials, covering so a great span of time — 5,000 years of history.