Prof. UAM dr hab. Rafał Koliński 

E-mail: kolinski@amu.edu.pl ........................................................................WERSJA POLSKA
Phone: + 48 61 829-1411

Department of the Ancient Civilisations of the Mediterranean

I was born on October 2, 1960 in Warsaw, Poland.  In 1979, after passing maturity exams at high school, I entered Warsaw University to study Near Eastern Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology. Two years later, I joined the Oriental Institute, first attending an Akkadian course, which later transformed into a full study program of Hittite. 
In 1985, I presented my M.A. thesis "Cultural monograph of the Western Anatolia during the Early Bronze Age" and obtained an M.A. degree in archaeology. 

Obligatory military service and a one-year-long stay in Egypt in 1988 forced me to suspend my studies in ancient Near Eastern  languages (Hittite and Akkadian). Consequently, I completed the studies at the second faculty in 1990 without obtaining any degree. 

As a student, I took part in Polish excavations in Bulgaria (Novae, in 1981 and 1983) and in Cyprus (Nea Paphos, in 1982) and in some fieldwork in Poland. Immediately after graduation, I joined the Polish Archaeological Mission in Iraq and participated in fieldwork at Tell Rijim under Professor Piotr Bieliński (two seasons, both in 1985) and at Nemrik 9 under Professor Stefan K. Kozłowski (in 1986), both of the Warsaw University. 

In 1987 I was awarded a scholarship of the Ministry of Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt. A twelve-month-long stay in Egypt in 1988 was a good opportunity to gain knowledge of the country, its culture and learn basic colloquial Arabic. During my stay in Egypt I took part in the excavations of the Polish Center of Archaeology at Marina, in Alexandria, as well as in reconstruction projects in Meidum and at the City of Dead in Cairo.

Back in Poland, my collaboration with the Polish Center of Archaeology continued. In October 1989 I was employed at the Warsaw office of the Centre at the University of Warsaw. My field of responsibility was setting up English and Polish versions of the freshly established bulletin of the Centre ("Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean"). During the following five years, I set up five installments of the bulletin, which, after a modest start, has evolved recently into a renowned international journal.

In 1994, I entered the postgraduate studies program at the Faculty of History in the University in Warsaw, reopened in that year after a long period of suspension. I have carried out research on the Middle Bronze Age settlement of the Upper Tigris valley, based on the results of the Polish fieldwork of the Eski Mosul Dam Project. The thesis was submitted in 1998 and I was attained my Ph. D. degree in November the same year. An abridged version of the Ph. D. thesis was published in 2000 as the first volume of the final reports on the results of Polish excavations at Tell Rijim (Tell Rijim, Iraq. The Middle Bronze Age Levels, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 837, Oxford). 

Since 1989, I have been a member of the Polish Archaeological Mission to Syria, led by prof. Piotr Bieliński, and during subsequent years I participated in numerous field seasons at Tell Abu Hafur (1989), Tell Djassa al-Gharbi (1990), Tell Rad Shaqrah (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995), and, most recently, at Tell Arbid (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002). I have been involved in the preparation of the results of these excavations for publication. The outcome of this work is 13 papers (10 in international journals) and several lectures given at RAI in Heidelberg (1992), Leiden (1993), Berlin (1994), Venice (1997) and Paris (2001), and at ICAANE in Paris (2002) and Berlin (2004).

After a short period of unemployment following the doctoral promotion, I was offered a post in the INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where studies in Oriental and Classical Archaeology were opened in 1999. In October 1999 I was employed as a Lecturer, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the archaeology of Egypt and Mesopotamia. My field of responsibility included the development of the profile of the newly opened studies and supervising its implementation. A specialist in Egyptian archaeology was employed in 2003, and consequently the scope of my teaching was limited to Western Asiatic cultures. In January of 2002, my second book was published ("Mesopotamian dimatu of the Second Millennium BC" British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1004, Oxford), and later that year I was awarded the "habilitation" degree. Since July 2005, I held a professorship at the Poznan University, first on a 5-year contract, and in July 2010 this contract was transformed into a tenure position. Presently I teach in the B.A and M.A. studies programme and have two graduate and six postgraduate students. The first of them has submitted his Ph.D. Thesis in November 2010, the second in July of 2014. Since 2003 I have tutored fifty three M.A. theses promoted.

In 2000, The British School of Archaeology in Iraq awarded me a grant to study the results of Sir Max Mallowan's excavations at Tell Arbid (a paper concerning the results of his dig was published in the Iraq Journal in 2007). A scholarship provided by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst allowed me to work on a project concerning the subsistence economy of the Northern Mesopotamia at the Freie Universität Berlin in the winter semester of 2002. Over the following years I was awarded seven research grants by the Committee of Scientific Research (presently Ministry of Science and Higher Education) of the Republic of Poland, supporting various scientific projects related to the economy and the culture of the Ancient Mesopotamia. 

In October 2003 I was invited by the Coalition Provisional Authority, South-Central Iraq  to Babylon, with the aim of preparing a report on the condition of the site and investigating the prospects of restoring archaeological activities there. The latter turned out to be premature, but a report on damage observed in Babylon has been submitted by me to the President of the State Board of Antiquities, Dr. Itimad al-Qayseri in December 2003. 

In 2006, I was invited to Salahaddin University at Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan), where a Cooperation Agreement was  signed between my university and Salahaddin University. This relationship proved to be fruitful, as I was invited to Erbil in 2011 to carry out a field school for young Iraqi archaeologists at the site of Kelek Mishik.

From 2008-2010, I directed my own field project at Tell Arbid, devoted to studying the post-Akkadian remains at Tell Arbid, financed by another grant of the Committee of Scientific Research. Some of the results worth mentioning include a discovery of a caravanserai dated to the 21 cent. BC, and of a settlement and graves of the 19-18 cent. BC. Interim reports on the results have been submitted to field chronicles edited both in Poland and in Syria, and I had the opportunity  of presenting on these results at the 7th ICAANE in London, and the  8th ICAANE in Warsaw http://archeo.amu.edu.pl/tellarbid/english.htm. My team is presently working on a preparation of the final report on the results of the project.

A study of plant remains from the Tell Arbid excavations by professor Krystyna Wasylikowa resulted in another research project aimed at establishing a C-14 chronology of the remains excavated at the site. The study, financed by a generous grant of the National Science Centre, has recently been submitted for publication. 

A major research project on the settlement history of Iraqki Kurdistan has been launched in 2012 on the basis of two subsequent grants awarded by the National Science Centre in 2012 and in 2015. The research, to be completed in 2018, will be based on the result of an extensive archaeological reconnaissance carried out on both banks of the Greater Zab river, c. 50 km. north of Erbil. The alloted research area (3 058 km2) has been investigated on the basis of satellite imagery, and surveyed in the field during five subsequent field seasons carried out from 2012-2015. http://archeo.amu.edu.pl/ugzar/indexen.htm 

The results of the fieldwork were presented at the scientific conferences in Athens (2013), Vienna (2016) and at invitaed lectures in Udine, Berlin, and Warsaw. The final publication of the results of the project is scheduled for 2018.
Since 2012, I am also engaged in research on the historical chronology of Middle Bronze Age Northern Mesopotamia based on the eponym lists discovered at Kanesh (Anatolia).


In my research I have benefitted from considerable field experience, extended periods of scientific activity and a knowledge of Akkadian which allows me to use written sources to a larger extent than many of my colleagues in the field. 

My interests focus on: 
 - The history and culture of Mesopotamia in the 2nd Millennium BC.  Towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC, writing grew in popularity, and in the following millennium it became even more popular. The extant texts reflect not only an institutional but also a private level of economy and society. This development provides a new and important body of evidence and is the basis for the main difference in available sources between the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC. 
- The subsistence economy of Northern Mesopotamia.  Numerous excavations in the northern part of Mesopotamia during the last three decades provided not only a flow of information on culture, but also on economy of ancient societies of the region. Research on paleobotanical samples, on animal bones, and more and more often used scientific analysis provided numerous new data to more precisely reconstruct the subsistence economy of Mesopotamian cities and villages. 
- Mesopotamian trade of the 2nd Millennium BC. Long distance trade was a must for Mesopotamians, living in a country deprived of resources, especially of metals, and of good quality wood and stone. They were transported to southern Mesopotamia as early as in the 6th millennium BC. Only by the 2nd millennium do rich archival sources allow a deeper insight into the organization of trade and of the whereabouts of merchants. 
- Iconological approach to the Mesopotamian art. Iconology provides a deeper understanding of art works, seeing them not only as simple products but putting them into a framework of changing social organization, ideology, religion, etc. This approach is to rarely applied to Mesopotamian art, mainly because of limited interest of the field among professional art historians. 


My publication record consists of two books published in English, three co-edited books, and 55 smaller contributions in English and, occasionally, in Polish (see the list included), as well as two reviews. Additional future publications are awaiting printing.


1.Tell Rijim, Iraq. The Middle Bronze Age Levels, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 837, Oxford: Archaeopress 2000, XII+198 s. 
2.Mesopotamian dimatu of the Second Millennium BC, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1004, Oxford: Archaeopress 2002, XI+223 s. 


1. with P. Bieliński, M. Gawlikowski, R. Koliński, D. Ławecka, A. Sołtysiak, Z. Wygnańska (eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, 30 April - 4 May 2012, University of Warsaw, 3 vols. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014.
2. with J. Prostko-Prostyński, W. Tyborowski (eds.), Awilum ša ana la maše, "A man not to be forgotten". Studies in Ancient Economy and Society Presented to prof. Stefan Zawadzki on Occassion of his 70th Birthday. [AOAT ???], Münster: Ugarit.

MAJOR PAPERS (those papers and  more could be read at:  https://amu.academia.edu/RafalKolinski )

1. with J. Piątkowska-Małecka, The Animal Economy of People Living in the Settlement of Tell Rad Shaqrah (Syria), Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 24/1, 2016: 675-692.
2. The use of satellite imagery in an archeological survey in Iraqi Kurdistan, Contributions in New World Archaeology, 9, 2015: 113-122.
3. Making Mitanni Assyrian, in: B. S. Düring (ed.), Understanding Hegemonic Practices of The Early Assyrian Empire, [PIHANS 125], Leiden 2015: 9-32.
4. The Mari Eponym Chronicle. Reconstruction of the Lay-out of the Text and the Placement of MEC Fragment C, Anatolica 41, 2015: 61-86.
5. "XXth century BC in the Khabur Triangle region and the advent of the Old Assyrian Trade with Anatolia" in: D. Bonatz (ed.), The Archaeology of Political Spaces. The Upper Mesopotamian Piedmont in the Second Millennium BCE, [Topoi Studies of the Ancient World 12], Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014: 11-34.
6. Settled Space. Evidence for changes in Settlement Pattern of Northern Mesopotamia at the advent and at the turn of the Mitanni Era, in: E. Cancik-Kirchbaum, J. Eidem, N. Brisch (eds.), Constituent, Confederate, and Conquered Space in Upper Mesopotamia: The Emergence of the Mitanni State, [Topoi Studies of the Ancient World 17], Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014: 179-212.
7. Generation count at Tell Arbid, Sector P, in: H. Weiss (ed.), Seven Generations since the Fall of Akkad, Studia Chaburensia 3, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2012: 109-128.
8. with A. Sołtysiak, Preliminary report on human remains from Tell Arbid, Sector P. Excavation seasons 2008-2010, Światowit IX (49), 2012: 49-66.
9. Zimri-Lîm 6 - a year of three intercalations, N.A.B.U. 2013/3 (43): 74-76.
10. with K. Wasylikowa, The role of plants in the economy of Tell Arbid, north-east Syria, in the Post-Akkadian Period and Middle Bronze Age, Acta Palaeobotnica 53/2, 2013: 263-93.
11. The Mountain Sheep are Sweeter..., in: N. Laneri, P. Pfälzner, S. Valentini (eds.), Looking North. The socio-economic dynamics of the Northern Mesopotamian and Anatolian Regions during the Late Third and Early Second Millennium BC., Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2012: 237-251. 
12. War, Crisis and Illicit Trade: the Iraqi Lesson, in: L. Ramskjaer, A. Nyhamar, A. Chabiera, M. Aniszeski (eds.), Stop heritage crime, Warsaw: National Heritage Board, = Wojna, kryzys i nielegalny handel: lekcje z Iraku, w: L. Ramskjaer, A. Nyhamar, A. Chabiera, M. Aniszeski (eds.), Stop przestępczości przeciwko dziedzictwu. Dobre praktyki i rekomendacje, Warszawa: Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa 2011: 53-56. 
13. Between City Institutions and Markets: Mesopotamian Traders of the 2nd Millennium BC, in: L. Kagan et al. (eds.), City Administration in the Ancient Near East, Proceedings of the 53rd Rencontre Assiriologique Internationale, vol. 2.,  Babel und Bibel 5, 2010: 81-95.
14. Iracki Kurdystan z perspektywy archeologa, in: A. Abbas (ed.), Kurdowie i Iracki Kurdystan na przełomie XX i XXI wieku,  Poznań 2009: 153-59.
15. On the Organization of Assyrian Long Distance Trade, in: O. Drewnowska (ed.), Here and There, across the Ancient Near East. Studies in honour of Krystyna Łyczkowska, Warsaw 2009:  97-114.
16.with J. Piątkowską-Małecka, "Animals in the Steppe: Patterns of Animal Husbandry as a Reflection of Changing Environmental Conditions in the Khabur Triangle", in: H. Kühne, R. M. Czihon, F. J. Kreppner (eds.), Proceedings of 4th ICAANE, 29 March - 3 April, Freie Universität  Berlin, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2008, vol. 1: 115-127. 
17. z A. Reiche, "After the Fall of Assyria", in: D. Bonatz, R. M. Czihon, F. J. Kroeppner (eds.), Fundstellen. Gesamelte Schriften zur Archäologie und Geschichte Altvorderasiens ad honorem Hartmut Kühne, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2008: 51-59. 
18. "Sir Max Mallowan's Excavations at Tell Arbid, 1936", Iraq LXIX, 2007: 73-115. 
19. "The Upper Khabur region in the Second Part of the Third Millennium BC", Altorientalische Forschungen 34/2, 2007: 342-369. 
20. Old Assyrian or Old Babylonian? The Cultural Setting of Northern Mesopotamia at the Beginning of the 2nd Millennium BC, Palamedes. A Journal of Ancient History. Vol. 1, 2006: 33-54.

EXCAVATION/FIELDWORK REPORTS (http://archeo.amu.edu.pl/ugzar)


1. Upper Greater Zab Archaeological Reconnaissance, in: K. Kopanias, J. McGinnis, J. Ur (eds.), Archaeological Projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, The Directorate of Antiquities of Kurdistan 2015: 52. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:14022526
2. Insights into the Settlement History of Iraqi Kurdistan from the Upper Greater Zab Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, in: K. Kopanias, J. McGinnins (eds.), Archaeological Research of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Adjacent Regions, Oxford: Archaeopress. 2016: 163-72.

TELL ARBID (http://archeo.amu.edu.pl/tellarbid)

1. Tell Arbid. Adam Mickiewicz University Excavations in Sector P, (Spring 2010), Polish Archaeology in Mediterranean, vol. XXII, Reports 2010, 2013, ss. 433-60.
2. Tell Arbid. Adam Mickiewicz University Excavations in Sector P, (Spring 2009), Polish Archaeology in Mediterranean, vol. XXI, Reports 2009, 2012, 531-551.
3. Badania IP UAM na Tell Arbid (północno-wschodnia Syria) w latach 2008-2009 (Excavations of INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY, Adam Mickiewicz University at Tell Arbid (NE Syria) in 2008-2009), Folia Praehistorica Posnaniensia, vol. XVI, 2011, 219-254. 
4. Tell Arbid. Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań Excavations in Sector P, Spring Season of 2008, Polish Archaeology in Mediterranean, vol. XX, Reports 2008, 2011, 301-317. 
5. Report on the Activities of the Polish-Syrian Mission to Tell Arbid, Governorate Of Hasake, Spring Season of 2009, w: A. Abdulrahman (red.) Chronique Archéologique en Syrie, vol. 5, Damascus: al-Basel Center for Archaeological Research, 2011, 85-96 (English part) and 195-200 (Arabic part).
6. Report on the Activities of the Polish-Syrian Mission to Tell Arbid, Governorate of Hasake, Spring Season of 2008, w: A. Abdulrahman (red.) Chronique Archéologique en Syrie, vol. 4, Damaszek: al-Basel Center for Archaeological Research, 2010, 111-19.


- Novae (Bulgaria - 1981 i 1983, student) 
- Nea Paphos (Cyprus - 1982, student). 
- Tell Rijim (Iraq – spring and fall 1985, archaeologist), 
- Nemrik 9 (Iraq - 1986, archaeologist), 
- Marina el-Alamein (Egypt - 1988, sector supervisor), 
- Kom el Dikka (Egypt - 1988, archaeologist), 
- Medum (Egypt -1988, preservation mission - archaeologist), 
- Mausoleum of Amir Qurqumas (Egypt - 1988; preservation mission - archaeologist), 
- Tell Abu Hafur (Syria -1989, sector supervisor), 
- Tell Djassa el-Gharbi (Syria - 1990, sector supervisor), 
- Tell Rad Shaqrah (Syria - 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, sector supervisor), 
- Tell Arbid (Syria - 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, sector supervisor), 
- Tell Arbid (Syria - 2008, 2009, 2010 - (project director),
- Kelek Mishik (Iraq – 2011, director), 
- Upper Greater Zab Archaeological Reconnaissance Project (Iraq – 2012-2016, project director)


1. Grant of the The British School of Archaeology in Iraq, "Sir Max Mallowan's excavations at Tell Arbid in Syria, 1936”, 2000-2001.
2. Postgraduate grant of the KBN (Committee for Scientific Research) nr 1H01G03412, "Górna dolina Tygrysu w środkowym okresie epoki brązu" (Upper Tigris Valley during the Middle Bronze Age), 01.1997-06.1998.
3. Research grant of the KBN nr 1H01G09612, "Mezopotamskie osiedla typu dimtu w 2 tys. p.n.e." (Mesopotamian settlements of the dimtu type in the 2nd Millennium BC), 01.-12.1999, project director.
4. Research grant of the KBN nr 1H01H02016, "Tell Rad Szakra, osada z III tys. p.n.e. w płn. Syrii. Opracowanie finalne wyników polskich badań archeologicznych 1991-1995" (Tell Rad Shaqrah, a 3rd Millennium Settlement in the North Syria. Analysis of the Results of Polish Excavations in 1991-1995), 01.1999-12.2000, head researcher.
5. Research grant of the KBN nr 1H01H03120, "Rolnictwo i hodowla w północnej Mezopotamii, 3000-500 p.n.e." (Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Northern Mesopotamia, 3000-500 BC), 03.2001-06.2003, project director.
6. Research grant of the KBN nr N109 044331/3637, "Wymiana towarowa w Mezopotamii w II tys. p.n.e. - od redystrybucji do wolnego handlu?" (Commerce and Exchange in the 2nd Millennium BC Mesopotamia: from redistribution to free market?), 10.2006-09.2007, project director.
7. Research grant of the KBN no N109 03632/3163, "Asyryjska placówka w Tell Sabi Abyad: architektura, organizacja przestrzeni i struktura społeczna osady z okresu późnego brązu" (An Assyrian Outpost at Tell Sabi Abyad: architecture, space organization and social structure of a Late Bronze Age settlement), 5.2007-11.2009, project director.
8. Research grant of the KBN no N109 3983 33, "Upadek, regres czy rozwój? Sytuacja osadnicza i kulturowa w syryjskiej Dżezirze u schyłku wczesnej epoki brązu" (Collapse, decline or development? Settlement and cultural changes in Syrian Jazireh at the turn of the Early Bronze Age), 12.2007-12.2010, project director.
9. Research grant of the National Centre of Science (NCN), program OPUS 2, no. 2011/03/B/HS03/01472 "Historia osadnicza irackiego Kurdystanu. Równina Aqrah - Bardarasz" (Settlement history of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Aqrah - Bardarash plain), 07.2012-07.2015, project director.
10. Research grant of the National Centre of Science (NCN), program OPUS 3, no. 2013/09/B/HS3/00628 "Radiowęglowe datowanie schyłku III I poczatku II tys. p.n.e. w północnej Mezopotamii" (Radiocarbon dating of the turn of the 3rd millennium BC in North Mesopotamia), 03.2014-02.2015, project director.
11. Research grant of the National Centre of Science (NCN), program OPUS 7, no. 2014/13/B/HS03/04872 "Historia osadnicza irackiego Kurdystanu 2" (Settlement history of the Iraqi Kurdistan 2”), 01.2015-12.2018, project director.



Michał Krueger
Estructura social tartésica a través del ejemplo de la necropólis de Setefilla (Lora del Río, Sevilla), Barcelona 2010. 
Adam Mickiewicz University and Universida Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2011. Reviewers: prof. dr hab. Leszek Mrozewicz, 
European doctorate awarded in 2012. 

Marta Sankiewicz
Ikonografia Hatszepsut i Totmesa III w świątyni Hatszepsut w Deir el-Bahari jako odbicie relacji między współwładcami, Poznań 2014. Reviewers: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Niwiński, prof. dr hab. Joachim Śliwa; summa cum laudae.
Thesis awarded in XII National Culture Centre concours for the best doctoral thesis on the culture in 2016. 

Post-graduate students:

Anna Prosto-Prostyńska
Gest calcatio w sztuce starożytnego Bliskiego Wschodu (Calcatio gesture in the Near Eastern Art).
Adam Mickiewicz University 

Łukasz Bartkowiak
Analiza funkcji i znaczenia bram asyryjskich w I tys. p.n.e. (Function and Meaning of Gates in Assyria of the First Millennium BC).
Archaeological Museum in Poznan/ Adam Mickiewicz University

Joanna Mardas
Settlement Patterns in the North-Eastern Iraqi Kurdistan since 6th Millennium BC till the Late Islamic Times.
Adam Mickiewicz University

Filip Taterka
Znaczenie wypraw do Puntu w czasach XVIII dynastii (Importance of the Punt-expeditions during the XVIIIth Dynasty).
Adam Mickiewicz University and Universite Sorbonne 4 (Paris)

Malwina Brachmańska
Felidy w ikonografii i tekstach starożytnego Egiptu. Felidae in iconography and texts of Ancient Egypt.
Adam Mickiewicz University 

Marta Kaczanowicz
Kuszyci w Tebach. Architektura i wyposażenie grobowców tebańskich w czasach XXV dynastii. Kushites in Thebes. Architecture and Equipment of Theban Tombs of the XXVth Dynasty.
Adam Mickiewicz University 

Mateusz Napierała
Znaczenie żelaza meteorytowego w kulturze starożytnego Egiptu. (Use and Function of Meteorite Iron in Ancient Egypt).
Adam Mickiewicz University 


RASHID International, Munich, 2015- (from 2016 - secretary)

Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft, Berlin, 1999-2015,

British Institute for Study of Iraq (formerly: British School of Archaeology in Iraq), London, from 1999

International Association of Assyriology, Leiden, from 2005.


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