Heather D. Baker
Assyriology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies
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Conference papers


  • A Neo-Babylonian Plan of a Temple and its Captions: BM 68840+ Reconstructed (“Text and Image,” 61st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Geneva and Bern, 22–26 June 2015)
  • Looking for slaves in Assyria (workshop “Between Slavery and Freedom: Aspects of Manumission in the Ancient World. The Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome,” Edinburgh, 1 May 2015)


  • Gifts and bribes in 1st millennium BC Mesopotamia (“Governing Ancient Empires” – 5th International Conference of the Research Network “Imperium and Officium”, Vienna, 5–7 November 2014)
  • Communicating kingship: the Assyrian ruler and his people (workshop “The Legitimation of Autocracy in the Ancient World,” NYU Abu Dhabi, 2–3 November 2014)
  • “Go out, evil!” The Mesopotamian house as a setting for ritual activity (“Exploring Ritual in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean: Performance, Texts, and Material Culture,&rdqup; ISAW, New York, 16 May 2014)
  • The Babylonian temples: continuity, change, and politics (workshop “Xerxes and Babylonia: the cuneiform evidence,” Leiden, 16–17 January)
  • Neo-Assyrian Letters and Administration (American Philological Association annual meeting, session “The Power of the Written Word: Cross-Cultural Comparisons” presented by project leaders of the National Research Network “Imperium and Officium: Comparative Studies in Bureaucracy and Officialdom,” Chicago, 2–5 January 2014)


  • various short discussion papers (workshop “Living in the multicultural society of Iron Age Mesopotamia: the case of the Egyptians,” Castelen, Switzerland, 31 October–3 November 2013)
  • The historical topography of Neo-Babylonian and Hellenistic Uruk: archaeology and text in the study of urban form (“Uruk – Altorientalische Metropole und Kulturzentrum,” 8th International Colloquium of the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, Berlin, 25–26 April 2013)
  • Family structure, household cycle, and the social use of domestic space in urban Babylonia (Oriental Institute Symposium “Household Studies in Complex Societies: (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches,” Oriental Institute, Chicago, 15–16 March 2013)
  • Disordered states? Homeland security in the Neo-Assyrian empire (“Law and (Dis)order,” 59th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Ghent, 15{--}19 July 2013)
  • Land and power in Assyria (“Land and Power in the Ancient and Post-Ancient World” – 3rd International Conference of the Research Network “Imperium and Officium”, University of Vienna, 20–22 February 2013)


  • Doing business in Assyria: private, state, or a grey area? (19 July 2012, 58th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Leiden, Netherlands, 16-20 July 2012)
  • New approaches to the archaeology of the Babylonian household (9 June 2012, BANEA 2012 conference "New Directions in the Ancient Near East", University of Manchester, UK, 8-10 June 2012)
  • The spatial context of religious practice in first millennium BC Mesopotamia (1 May 2012, 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, University of Warsaw, Poland, 30 April-4 May 2012)
  • Slavery and personhood in the Neo-Assyrian empire (conference "Being Nobody? Understanding Slavery Thirty Years After Slavery and Social Death,” Brown University, 13–15 April 2012)


  • The anatomy of a Neo-Assyrian palace archive (26 November 2011, "Adminstration, Law, and Administrative Law" - 2nd conference of the NFN "Imperium and Officium - Comparative Studies in Bureaucracy and Officialdom," Vienna, 24-26 November 2011)
  • The image of the city in Hellenistic Babylonia (11 November 2011, conference "Shifting Social Imaginaries in the Hellenistic Period. Transforming Processes of Narrations, Practices and Images," Heidelberg, 10-11 November 2011)
  • The transmission of offices, professions and crafts within the family in the Neo-Assyrian period (5 June 2011, 57 Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Rome, theme "Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East," 4-8 July 2011)
  • Family, private property and the state in first millennium BC Mesopotamia (29 June 2011, ESF Exploratory Workshop "Dynamics Of Production And Economic Interaction In The Near East In The First Half Of The 1st Millennium BCE," Lille, France, 28–30 June 2011) [conference details]
  • 'I razed, destroyed and burned those cities': deliberate architectural destruction in the context of Assyrian imperial expansion and conquest' (conference on "The Politics of Architectural Destruction," NUI Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, 23–24 May 2011)
  • Crafts and the Mesopotamian city: specialisation and urban spatial organisation (8 January 2011, BANEA Annual Conference, University of East Anglia, UK, 6–8 January 2011)


  • Doing the king's work: perceptions of service in the Neo-Assyrian royal correspondence (11 November 2010, "Official Epistolography and the Language(s) of Power" [1st Conference of the NFN "Imperium and Officium: Comparative Studies in Ancient Bureaucracy and Officialdom"], Vienna, 10–12 November 2010)
  • The real meaning of tuppi (28 July 2010, 56 Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Barcelona, 26–30 July 2010)
  • Planning palaces, building empires: the role of the ruler in disseminating architectural forms in 1st millennium BC Mesopotamia (29 April–1 May 2010, 4. Treffen des Forschungsfeldes 4 des Cluster 3: Orte der Herrschaft, DAI, Rome)


  • Accommodating the family: house size, household complexity and “working from home” (9 July 2009, 55th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Collège de France, Paris, 6-9 July 2009; theme “Family in the Ancient Near East: Realities, Symbolisms, and Images”)
  • The Babylonian cities: investigating urban morphology (Topoi workshop “Urban Topology as a Reflection of Society. Language, Image, Archaeology,” 18-19 June, Berlin)
  • Temple and city in Hellenistic Uruk: sacred space and the transformation of Late Babylonian society (ESF exploratory workshop “Redefining the Sacred: Religious Identity, Ritual Practice, and Sacred Architecture in the Near East and Egypt, 1000 BC - AD 300,” University of Oxford, 19-21 March 2009)
  • Dwelling in southern Mesopotamia: new perspectives from ancient Uruk (14 March 2009, symposium on “Dwelling in Temporal Perspective,” Institute of Advanced Study and Department of Archaeology, Durham University)


  • Mind your step: access and exclusion as representations of power and control (23 July, 54e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Würzburg, Germany, 20-25 July 2008)
  • Modelling urban form and urban development: quantitative data in the study of the Babylonian cities (17 July 2008, START Project symposium “Too much data?,” Vienna, 17-19 July 2008)
  • Family, household and neighbourhood structure in Hellenistic Babylonia (9 May 2008, Conference on “Cross-Cultural Approaches to Family and Household Structures in the Ancient World,” Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, 9-10 May 2008)


  • Beyond planning: how the Babylonian city was formed (27 July 2007, 53e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Moscow & St Petersburg, 23-28 July 2007)


  • Reconstructing ancient Babylon: problems and prospects (18 October 2006, Internationale Tagung “Kulturelles Erbe und Neue Technologien,” Workshop 11 “Archäologie & Computer”. Workshop 2, How to Publish “Old” Excavations With New Technologies 2, Vienna, 18-20 October 2006)
  • Babylonian city walls in a historical and cross-cultural perspective (18 July 2006, 52nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale on the theme “Krieg und Frieden im Alten Vorderasien”, Münster, Germany, 17-21 July 2006)
  • Towards a reconstruction of the urban environment in first millennium BC Babylonia (6 April 2006, 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Madrid, Spain, 3-8 April 2006)
  • Unbuilt space: a question of land use in the Babylonian cities of the first millennium BC (7 January 2006, British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 5-7 January 2006)


  • The social dimensions of Babylonian domestic architecture in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods (29 September 2005, conference on “The World of Achaemenid Persia,” The British Museum, London, 29 September – 1 October 2005) [abstract]
  • Characterising urban space and comparing neighbourhoods: the Babylonian cities in the first millennium BC (22 July 2005, 51st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, USA, 18-22 July 2005)
  • Streets and alleys in the Babylonian cities of the first millennium BC (8 January 2005, British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology Annual Conference, Oxford, England, 7-8 January 2005)


  • Neo-Babylonian Housing and the Use of Space in the City (2 July 2004, START Project Symposium, Vienna, Austria, 1-3 July 2004)


  • Continuity and change between the Neo-Babylonian and the early Achaemenid period from the perspective of the Babylonian private archival tablets (18 August 2003, “The First International Conference on Ancient Cultural Relations Between Iran and Western Asia,” Tehran, Iran, 16-18 August 2003)


  • The Neo-Babylonian private archives: what was written, what was kept? (3 July 2002, 48th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, University of Leiden, 1-4 July 2002; in special session to mark the retirement of G. van Driel)


  • The use of writing in the Neo- and Late-Babylonian periods (23 March 2001, Symposium for the Fifth Millennium of the Invention of Writing in Mesopotamia, Baghdad, Iraq)
  • Divine elements in Neo-Babylonian name-giving (4 January 2001, British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology Annual Conference for 2000, Liverpool, England)


  • (with Professor F. Joannès [CNRS, Paris] and Professor M. Stolper [Oriental Institute, Chicago]) Mettre en ligne les textes babyloniens (16 December 2000, Conference on “Histoire achéménide et bases de données sur Internet,” Collège de France, Paris)


  • (with C. Wunsch) Neo-Babylonian notaries and their use of seals (10 July 1998, 45th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, session on Seals and Seal Impressions, Yale University)


  • Neo- and Late-Babylonian prebend texts (20 September 1996, British Museum symposium on “Ancient Mesopotamian Finance,” The British Museum, London)


  • Neo-Babylonian burial practices (December 1992, international conference on “The Archaeology of Death in the Ancient Near East,” University of Manchester)

last updated: 9 October 2015