OF DOCTORAL PROJECTS
IN INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS
dr hab. Rafał Koliński
Phone: + 48 61 829-1411
of the Ancient Civilisations of the Mediterranean
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
2012, I am also engaged in research on the historical chronology of Middle
Bronze Age Northern Mesopotamia based on the eponym lists discovered at
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.
interests focus on:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rijim, Iraq. The Middle Bronze Age Levels, British Archaeological Reports,
International Series 837, Oxford: Archaeopress 2000, XII+198 s.
dimatu of the Second Millennium BC, British Archaeological Reports,
International Series 1004, Oxford: Archaeopress 2002, XI+223 s.
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.
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 ???],
PAPERS (those papers and more could be read at: https://amu.academia.edu/RafalKolinski
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.
use of satellite imagery in an archeological survey in Iraqi Kurdistan,
in New World Archaeology, 9, 2015: 113-122.
Making Mitanni Assyrian, in: B. S. Düring (ed.), Understanding Hegemonic
Practices of The Early Assyrian Empire, [PIHANS 125], Leiden 2015:
The Mari Eponym Chronicle. Reconstruction of the Lay-out of the Text and
the Placement of MEC Fragment C, Anatolica 41, 2015: 61-86.
"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:
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.
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.
A. Sołtysiak, Preliminary report on human remains from Tell Arbid, Sector
P. Excavation seasons 2008-2010, Światowit IX (49), 2012: 49-66.
6 - a year of three intercalations, N.A.B.U. 2013/3 (43): 74-76.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iracki Kurdystan z perspektywy archeologa, in: A. Abbas (ed.), Kurdowie
i Iracki Kurdystan na przełomie XX i XXI wieku, Poznań 2009:
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.
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.
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.
"Sir Max Mallowan's Excavations at Tell Arbid, 1936", Iraq LXIX,
"The Upper Khabur region in the Second Part of the Third Millennium BC",
Forschungen 34/2, 2007: 342-369.
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.
GREATER ZAB ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECONNAISSANCE PROJECT
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
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. Adam Mickiewicz University Excavations in Sector P, (Spring
2010), Polish Archaeology in Mediterranean, vol. XXII, Reports 2010,
2013, ss. 433-60.
Tell Arbid. Adam Mickiewicz University Excavations in Sector P, (Spring
2009), Polish Archaeology in Mediterranean, vol. XXI, Reports 2009,
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.
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.
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).
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.
(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,
of the The British School of Archaeology in Iraq, "Sir Max Mallowan's
excavations at Tell Arbid in Syria, 1936, 2000-2001.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
OF DOCTORAL PROJECTS
social tartésica a través del ejemplo de la necropólis de Setefilla (Lora
del Río, Sevilla), Barcelona 2010.
Mickiewicz University and Universida Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2011. Reviewers:
prof. dr hab. Leszek Mrozewicz,
doctorate awarded in 2012.
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.
awarded in XII National Culture Centre concours for the best doctoral thesis
on the culture in 2016.
w sztuce starożytnego Bliskiego Wschodu (Calcatio gesture in the Near Eastern
funkcji i znaczenia bram asyryjskich w I tys. p.n.e. (Function and Meaning
of Gates in Assyria of the First Millennium BC).
Museum in Poznan/ Adam Mickiewicz University
Patterns in the North-Eastern Iraqi Kurdistan since 6th Millennium BC till
the Late Islamic Times.
wypraw do Puntu w czasach XVIII dynastii (Importance of the Punt-expeditions
during the XVIIIth Dynasty).
Mickiewicz University and Universite Sorbonne 4 (Paris)
w ikonografii i tekstach starożytnego Egiptu. Felidae in iconography and
texts of Ancient Egypt.
w Tebach. Architektura i wyposażenie grobowców tebańskich w czasach XXV
dynastii. Kushites in Thebes. Architecture and Equipment of Theban Tombs
of the XXVth Dynasty.
żelaza meteorytowego w kulturze starożytnego Egiptu. (Use and Function
of Meteorite Iron in Ancient Egypt).
IN INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS
International, Munich, 2015- (from 2016 - secretary)
Orient-Gesellschaft, Berlin, 1999-2015,
Institute for Study of Iraq (formerly: British School of Archaeology in
Iraq), London, from 1999
Association of Assyriology, Leiden, from 2005.