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Dr Magnus Widell Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in Assyriology Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

Biography

Personal Statement

Dr. Magnus Widell is a Senior Lecturer in Assyriology in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. He is supervising dissertations and teaching classes on cuneiform languages (Sumerian and Akkadian) and Mesopotamian history and archaeology.

Office: Room 212, 12 Abercromby Square

Personal Distinctions

  • Conference Paper: The Reconstruction of an Early Mesopotamian Archive (Invitation to Speak, British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology Annual Conference, Reading 2014)
  • Invited Lecture: Transactions and Writing in Ancient Sumer (Invitation to Speak, University of Oxford, Oriental Institute 2012)
  • Conference Paper: The Wedding of Sharrum-bani's Son (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Chicago 2012)
  • Conference Paper: Clay Tablets, Envelopes and Lots of Breaking News! (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool - Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, Management School, Centre for Archive Studies 2011)
  • Invited Lecture: Going Against the Grain! How to Understand Transactions and Receipts in Ancient ... (Invitation to Speak, Northeast Normal University - Changchun, Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations 2011)
  • Invited Lecture: Epigraphy and Experimental Archaeology: The Function of Writing in Early Babylonia (Invitation to Speak, Peking University, School of Oriental Literature 2011)
  • Conference Paper: Sheep and Goats in the Ur III Period (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Chicago 2011)
  • Invited Lecture: Archaeology and Administrative Procedures in Early Mesopotamia (Invitation to Speak, Northeast Normal University - Changchun, Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations 2010)
  • Conference Paper: Time and History in the Ur III Period (Invitation to Speak, Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Barcelona 2010)
  • Invited Lecture: The Case of the Tablet (Invitation to Speak, University of Wroclaw, Department of Archaeology 2010)
  • Invited Lecture: The Lunisolar Calendar of Ancient Mesopotamia in the Late Third Millennium BC (Invitation to Speak, University of Oxford, Oriental Institute 2010)
  • Invited Lecture: Early Chinese and Mesopotamian Calendars (Invitation to Speak, Northeast Normal University - Changchun, Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations 2010)
  • Discussant (Invited): Fragile Crescent Project: 2010 Workshop (Invitation to Speak, Durham University, Department of Archaeology 2010)
  • Invited Lecture: Tid och Calendaria i Forntida Mesopotamien (Invitation to Speak, Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History 2010)
  • Conference Presentation (Invited): Digitising Cuneiform Clay Tablets (Invitation to Speak, University of Oxford, Wolfson College 2010)
  • Conference Paper: My Manchurian Summer (Invitation to Speak, International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, London 2010)
  • Conference Paper: Trajectories and Adaptations in the Rain-fed Agricultural Zone of Upper Meso... (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the Qaternary Research Association, Oxford 2009)
  • Conference Paper: Water-based Transportation in Southern Mesopotamia in the Late Third Millennium (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology, Durham 2009)
  • Conference Paper: The Sumerian Love Song 'Shu-Suen A' Revisited (Invitation to Speak, Annual Chinese Academic History Research Meeting, Changchun 2009)
  • Invited Lecture: Chaos in Ancient Mesopotamia (Invitation to Speak, University of Cambridge, Trinity College 2009)
  • Invited Lecture: Sex, Love and Literature in Ancient Sumer (Invitation to Speak, Peking University, School of Oriental Literature 2009)
  • Invited Lecture: The Measurement of Time in Ancient Sumer (Invitation to Speak, School or Oriental and African Studies - London 2008)
  • Conference Paper: Who's who in A Balbale for Shu-Suen (Shu-Suen A) (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology, Liverpool 2008)
  • Invited Lecture: Chaos in Ancient Mesopotamia (Invitation to Speak, Chuo University - Tokyo, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 2008)
  • Invited Lecture: Some Reflections on Time Keeping in Early Babylonia (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool, School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology 2008)
  • Symposium Paper (Invited): Agriculture (Invitation to Speak, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto 2008)
  • Invited Lecture: Mesopotamia in the Late Third Millennium (Invitation to Speak, Peking University, Department of Oriental Studies 2007)
  • Conference Paper: The Sumerian igi-kar2 Revisited (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Antonio 2007)
  • Conference Paper: The Oxen of Umma (Invitation to Speak, Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Chicago 2006)
  • Conference Paper: Fields and Irrigation (co-authored with C. Hritz) (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology, Edinburgh 2006)
  • Conference Paper: Cultivated Plots and Administrative Fields in Ancient Babylonia (Invitation to Speak, Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu 2006)
  • Conference Paper: Calculating Economic Sustainability in the Ancient Near East (Invitation to Speak, Peking University 2006)
  • Poster Session: Modeling Ancient Settlement Systems in a Dynamic Environment (National Science Foundation (USA), Arlington 2005)
  • Conference Paper: Modeling Mesopotamia (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Philadelphia 2005)
  • Invited Lecture: Modeling Ancient Settlement Systems (MASS) (Invitation to Speak, University of Chicago, Oriental Institute 2004)
  • Conference Paper: Exchange(s) in the Ur III Period (2112-2004 B.C.) (Invitation to Speak, American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Antonio 2004)
  • Invited Paper: Reconstructing a Third Millennium BC City State... (co-authored with TJ Wilkinson) (Invitation to Speak, Santa Fe Institute 2004)
  • Conference Paper: The Calendar of Ur and its Political Significance (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Diego 2004)
  • Conference Paper: Text Based Modeling of Upper Mesopotamia (co-authored with D Schloen et al.) (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, Montreal 2004)
  • Invited Lecture: An Imperial Capital of the 21st Century B.C. Ur of the Chaldeans (Invitation to Speak, University of California - LA, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 2004)
  • Conference Paper: The Ur III Metal Loans from Ur (Invitation to Speak, Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, London 2003)
  • Conference Paper: "Inside" and "Outside" in the Ur III Administration (Invitation to Speak, Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society for Ancient Civilizations, Beijing 2001)

Administrative Roles

  • Academic Lead for Student Progression (HLC)

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