Neo-Assyrian concepts of fortification

Sollee, Alexander Ericson (2014). Neo-Assyrian concepts of fortification (Unpublished). In: 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Warsaw. Warschau. 21.-25.07.2014.

The major cities of the Neo-Assyrian Empire were not only home to impressive palaces and temples, but they were also equipped with strong fortifications. The city walls were not only meant to keep out potential enemies, but by demonstrating Assyria’s power to any approaching person, they served an ideological purpose, as well. However, military efficiency was just as crucial, since, over its entire history, the empire repeatedly faced internal and external threats and could not have afforded to lose any of its urban centers which were essential to maintaining control over the various provinces or geographic regions associated with them. The study of Neo-Assyrian fortifications relies on evidence provided by archaeological excavations, the study of Assyrian reliefs and information from cuneiform texts. Even though these sources help us reconstruct the appearance of the town defenses, the question of why the individual fortification systems were built in a specific way cannot be addressed by these means alone. Remote sensing offers an opportunity to view the course and placement of the city walls within their topographical context. Furthermore, geographical information systems (GIS) offer a tool to illustrate the distribution of the strongly fortified Assyrian towns, thereby allowing us to recognize patterns and functions of regional fortification systems during the Neo-Assyrian period.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Near Eastern Archaeology

UniBE Contributor:

Sollee, Alexander Ericson


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Alexander Ericson Sollee

Date Deposited:

02 Mar 2015 11:37

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2015 11:37

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Neuassyrisch, Befestigungsanlagen, Assyrische Architektur


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