Further Reading

The Digitising Jemdet Nasr Project

Palmero Fernández, M. 2020 DSLR Digitisation of Colour Slides: The Digitising Jemdet Nasr 1988-1989 Project, Internet Archaeology 55. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.55.10

Jemdet Nasr Excavation Reports

Field, H. 1953. The Track of Man. New York: Doubleday, pp. 78–83, 173–9.

Langdon, S. 1927. Ausgrabungen in Babylonian seit 1918. Der Alte Orient 26: 3–75.

Mackay, E. 1931. Report on excavations at Jemdet Nasr, Iraq. (Field Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Memoirs I,3). Chicago: Field Museum.

Matthews, R. 1989. Excavations at Jemdet Nasr, 1988. Iraq 51: 225–48. doi: 10.2307/4200306

Matthews, R. 1990. Excavations at Jemdet Nasr, 1989. Iraq 52: 25–39. doi: 10.2307/4200315

Matthews, R. 1997. After the archive: Early Dynastic I occupation at Jemdet Nasr, Iraq. Al-Rāfidān 18: 109–17.

Matthews, R. 2002. Secrets of the Dark Mound: Jemdet Nasr 1926-1928. Warminster: BSAI.

Jemdet Nasr Project: Associated Publications

Matthews, R. and Richardson, A. 2019. Cultic resilience and inter-city engagement at the dawn of urban history: protohistoric Mesopotamia and the ‘city seals’, 3200-2750 BC. World Archaeology 50(5): 723–47. ISSN 0043-8243 doi: 10.1080/00438243.2019.1592018

Matthews, R. 1992a. Defining the style of the period: Jemdet Nasr 1926-28. Iraq 54: 1–34. doi: 10.1017/S0021088900002461

Matthews, R. 1992b. Jemdet Nasr: the site and the period. The Biblical Archaeologist 55(4): 196–203. doi: 10.2307/3210314

Matthews, R. 1993. Cities, Seals and Writing: Archaic seal impressions from Jemdet Nasr and Ur (=Materialien zu den frühen Schriftzeugnissen des vorderen Orients 2). Berlin: Mann.

Conference or Workshop Item

Matthews, R. and Richardson, A. (2017) Uruk and Ur in the city seal impressions, 3100-2750 BC: new evidence, new approaches. In: Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 63, 24-28 July 2017, Marburg, Germany.

Jemdet Nasr Period and Culture: Selection of Related Publications

Finkbeiner, U., and W. Röllig (eds.). 1986. Ǧamdat Naṣr: Period or Regional Style? Wiesbaden: Reichert.


Field, H. 1932. Human Remains from Jemdet Nasr, Mesopotamia. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 64(4): 967–70. doi: 10.1017/S0035869X00153766

Field, H., and Martin, R.A. 1935. Painted Pottery from Jemdet Nasr, Iraq. American Journal of Archaeology 39(3): 310–20. doi: 10.2307/498618


Englund, R.K., and Gregoire, J.–P. 1991. The Proto-Cuneiform Texts from Jemdet Nasr, I: Copies, Transliterations and Sign Glossary (=Materialien zu den frühen Schriftzeugnissen des Vorderen Orients 1). Berlin: Mann.

Langdon, S. 1928. The Herbert Weld collection in the Ashmolean Museum: pictographic inscriptions from Jemdet Nasr, excavated by the Oxford and Field Museum expedition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Langdon, S. 1931. New Texts from Jemdet Nasr. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 63(4): 837–44. doi: 10.1017/S0035869X00073469

Monaco, S. 2004. Revisiting Jemdet Nasr Texts: IM 55580+. Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin 2004:3.

Schmandt-Besserat, D. 1979. An Archaic Recording System in the Uruk-Jemdet Nasr Period. American Journal of Archaeology 83(1) 19–48. doi: 10.2307/504234

Political and Cultural Studies

Pollock, S. 1990. Political Economy as viewed from the Garbage Dump: Jemdet Nasr Occupation at the Uruk Mound, Abu Salabikh. Paléorient 16(1): 57–75. doi: 10.3406/paleo.1990.4519

Pollock, S. 1992. Bureaucrats and managers, peasants and pastoralists, imperialists and traders: Research on the Uruk and Jemdet Nasr periods in Mesopotamia. Journal of World Prehistory 6: 297–336. doi: 10.1007/BF00980430

Steinkeller, P. 1993. Early political development in Mesopotamia and the origins of the Sargonic Empire. In M. Liverani (ed.) Akkad, the First World Empire: Structure, Ideology, Traditions. Padova: Sargon, pp. 107–129.

Steinkeller, P. 2002a. Archaic city seals and the question of Babylonian unity. In T. Abusch (ed.) Riches Hidden in Secret Places: Ancient Near Eastern studies in memory of Thorkild Jacobsen. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, pp. 249–257.

Steinkeller, P. 2002b. More on the archaic city seals. NABU 2002: 30.