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A souvenir from Nahur: a sample of “entanglement” in the reconstruction of the Mesopotamian past

María Dolores Casero Chamorro


A.0.76.25 is not a common booty label inscription. The original has yet to be found, but its remembrance is integrated into a larger text, VAT 16381, recorded on a clay tablet, where it is quoted in lines 21 to 24. The circumstances and context in which this inscription has been transmitted present some peculiarities which make it an excellent example for analysis from the agency theoretical perspective. The study will draw on the model of “entanglement” proposed by Hodder (2012) with regard to the interactions and relations of dependence between the human and object spheres. This will provide a better understanding of looted objects and their role in constructing the Assyrian identity, through their life and the layers of meaning they contained for Adad-nirari I and Tukulti-Ninurta I, the Assyrian kings that possessed them, used them and contemplated them


Entanglement theory; cultural memory; Adad-nirari I; Tukulti-Ninurta I; cedar column

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.2177-4218.v7i7p20-34

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