Bertrand Lafont

Assyriologist, Historian of ancient Mesopotamia

Director of Research at the CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research, Paris)

email: bertrand.lafont@mae.cnrs.fr

Address (office):
IMaison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie R. Ginouvès
CNRS UMR 7041, casier 17
21, allée de l’Université
92001 Nanterre, France
 
Telephone: +33 (0)1 4669 2452

Curriculum vitae:

  • PhD in Ancient History (1981, University of Paris I-Sorbonne).
  • Habilitation conferred to research direction (1996).
  • Former Member of the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul (1981-1983).
  • Former Scientific Director of Archaeology and Ancient History at the IFPO (French Institute of the Near East) (2003-2008).
  • Co-Principal Investigator of the project CDLI (Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, Los Angeles, Berlin, Oxford); chief editor, Cuneiform Digital Library Preprints (2015ff.).
  • Director of the CNRS Research Team HAROC (Histoire et Archéologie de l’Orient Cunéiforme), CNRS UMR 7041, Nanterre.

Current Research:

  • My research focuses on the history of the ancient Near East during the 3rd and 2nd millennium B.C., in particular on the various aspects of the transition from the civilization of the Sumerians to that of their immediate successors in Syria and Mesopotamia: the Amorrites.

Selected publications:

  • Archives administratives de Mari, I = Archives Royales de Mari XXIII, ERC, Paris, 1984; co-authored with G. Bardet, F. Joannès, D. Soubeyran et P. Villard.
  • Tablettes cunéiformes de Tello au Musée d'Istanbul, I et II, Publications de l'Institut néerlandais de Stamboul (PIHANS 65 et 77), Leiden-Istanbul, 1989 et 1996; en collab. avec F. Yildiz.
  • Archives épistolaires de Mari, I = Archives Royales de Mari XXVI/2, ERC, Paris, 1989; co-authored with D. Charpin, F. Joannès et S. Lackenbacher.
  • “Sumer : institutions, économie, société,” article “Sumer” II/1, in Supplément au Dictionnaire de la Bible 72, Paris, Letouzey & Ané, 1999, pp. 124-204.
  • “Relations internationales, alliances et diplomatie au temps des royaumes amorrites. Essai de synthèse,” Amurru 2, Paris, ERC, 2001, pp. 213-328.
  • “The Army of the Kings of Ur : The Textual Evidence,” Cuneiform Digital Libra­ry Journal 2009/5.
  • “Introduction au sumérien", Lalies, Actes des Sessions de Linguistique et de Littérature ENS-CLELIA 31, 2011, pp. 95-176.
  • “Contribution de la documentation cunéiforme à la connaissance du 'Très Long Mur' de la steppe syrienne,” Paléorient 36, 2011, pp. 73-89.
  • Cuneiform Texts Primarily from Iri-Sagrig/Al-Šarraki and the History of the Ur III Period. Nisaba 15 (co-authored with D. I. Owen, H. Brunke, D. R. Frayne, W. Heimpel, A. Kleinerman, G. Rubio, and C. Woods). Bethesda, MD: CDL Press, 2013.
  • “Game of Thrones: the Years when Šu-Sin Succeeded Amar-Suen in the Kingdom of Ur” (in press).
Version: 1 September 2015