Warrior Culture in Early Mesopotamia: Developments in Late Early Dynastic and Akkadian Khafajah

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40 Willcocks, Wilson Hall 1017

Public Lecture: Warrior Culture in Early Mesopotamia: Developments in Late Early Dynastic and Akkadian Khafajah by Arthur Stefanski, PhD Candidate

Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies

Abstract: Excavations in the 1930’s at the site of Khafajah, located east of modern Baghdad, revealed archaeological levels from the 3rd millennium BC. Inscribed objects show that the latest levels date to the reigns of the Akkadian kings Rimush and Naram-Sin. Numerous archaeological correlates for warfare suggest that a development of warrior culture took place at Khafajah from the late Early Dynastic period to the Akkadian period. Fortifications were built and improved, and weapons proliferated in the assemblage and began to be included as grave goods, giving insight into their symbolic role within warrior identity.

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