Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Personal Information:

Name: Sanna Pauliina Aro (-Valjus)

Date and place of birth: August 31, 1965 in Espoo, Finland

Contact Information: phone: +358-50-5247312

e-mail: sanna.aro-valjus@elisanet.fi

Civil status: married to Risto Valjus since 1993, two sons: Aamos (1999) and Jussi (2003)

Academic Preparation:

Ph.D. in Assyriology, Helsinki University, 22.12.1998.

Dissertation: TABAL. Zur Geschichte und materiellen Kultur des zentralanatolischen Hochplateaus von 1200 bis 600 v.Chr". Grade: "eximia cum laude approbatur".

Advisor: Prof. Simo Parpola

 

Magister Artium in Classical Archaeology and "Altorientalistik",

Ebehard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Federal Republic of Germany, 17.07.1992.

Concentrations: Classical Archaeology (12 terms); "Altorientalistik" (10 terms); "Vor- und Frühgeschichte" (8 terms).

M.A. thesis: Die Rolle der Euböer im Mittelmeerraum im 9. und 8. Jh.v. Chr.: Zur Problematik der Keramikfunde und der Chronologie". Grade: "sehr gut "

Advisor: Prof. Friedhelm Prayon

 

Teaching:

        Course “Lebanese archaeology”, 24 hours, Helsinki University, Department of Asian and African Studies, September-December 2005

        Lectures at “Suomenkielinen työväenopisto” in Helsinki 3x2 hours “Phoenicians and Etruscans in the Mediterranean world”.

        Lectures at the Senior University of Helsinki University,

        “Förflutna kulturer och arkeologiska fyndplatser i Turkiet” 3.2. 2005.

        “Kadonneita kulttuureita ja niiden löytöpaikkoja Turkissa” 8.2. 2005.

        Course "Syrian archaeology", 28 hours, Helsinki University, Department of Asian and African Studies, September-December 2002

        Study group "Introduction to Hittitology", 20 hours, Helsinki University, Department of Asian and African Studies, January-April 2002

 

Work Experience:

        Executive officer, Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (November 2002-January 2006)

        Group leader and scientific guide in an archaeological excursion to Lebanon 15.-21.5. 2006 organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East

        Group leader and scientific guide in an archaeological excursion to Syria 10.-23.5. 2004 organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East

        Group leader and scientific guide in a tour in Turkey arranged by Kon-Tiki Tours Ltd. 19-28.4. 2002.

        Post-doctoral researcher, Finnish Academy, 1.8. 2001- 31.7.2002

        Researcher: State Archives of Assyria, Centre of Excellence of the University of Helsinki 1.11. 1998-15.5.1999.

        Research assistant of Professor J.D. Hawkins (Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions), School of Oriental and African Studies, London (1998).

 

Professional Memberships:

        Förderverein Altorientalistik und Hilprecht-Sammlung Jena e.V. 2007-

        Suomen Itämainen Seura (Finnish Oriental Society) 1996-

        Suomen Klassillisen Arkeologian Seura (Finnish Society of Classical Archaeology) 1993- (board member 14.3. 1997-19.3.1999; President 18.3.1998-19.3.1999; Board member 22.3. 2000—18.3. 2001)

        British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara

        Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura (Finnish Literature Society) 2003-

 

Archaeological excavations in Tell el-‘Oreme (Biblical Kinneret) (2001), Kilise Tepe, Turkey (1995), Orvieto, Italy (1989; 1990) Fregellae, Italy (1987-1988)

 

Travel, Study and Research Abroad:

Periods of study and research in Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt (1988-2008).

 

Language Skills

Modern languages: -fluent (both written and spoken) in Finnish, Swedish, German and English - can read and speak French, Italian and Turkish

Ancient languages: Greek, Latin, Akkadian, Hittite, Hieroglyphic Luwian

 

Grants Received:

Koneen säätiö, Awarded November 2007& 2008, 40 000 euros

Alfred Kordelinin säätiö, Awarded November 2006 & 2007, 14 000 euros

Jenny ja Antti Wihurin säätiö, Awarded October 2002, 13 000 euros

Ella ja Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Awarded June 2000, 70 000 FM

Helsinki University, Awarded January 1998, 18 000 FM

Finnish Institute in Jerusalem, Awarded July 1996, 40 000 FM.

Hermann Rosenberg travel-grant of Helsinki University August 1993-August 1996.

Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Finnish Culture Foundation) Awarded February 1993,

34 000 FM

Positions of Responsibility:

Board Member of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME), 1999-Oct 2002;

March 2006-

 

Interests: Travelling, Literature, Gastronomy

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

 

Monographs

        S.Aro, Tabal. Zur materiellen Kultur und Geschichte des zentralanatolischen Hochplateus von 1200 bis 600 v.Chr. Dissertation Helsinki 1998.

        ISBN 952-91-0421-9

 

 

Articles in scientific publications

        "Art and Architecture" in: H. Craig Melchert (ed.), The Luwians, Handbook of Oriental Studies I, 68 (Leiden 2003) 281-337 & plates IV-XXIX. ISSN 0169-9423

 

 

Articles in scientific periodicals

        Assyriological Studies in Finland, together with Raija Mattila, Proceedings of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East 1/2007.

        "Keramikfunde als Hinweis auf die Euböer als Kulturvermittler zwischen dem Vorderen Orient und Italien", Hamburger Beiträge zur Archäologie 19/20, 1992/93 (1995), 215-234.

        "Die Kelchgefäße”, in: Orvieto. Tübinger Ausgrabungen in der Cannicella- Nekropole 1984-1990. Vorläufiger Bericht, Archäologischer Anzeiger 1993, 46; 77-81.

 

 

Entries and articles in scientific reference books

 

        Entries in: K. Radner (ed.), The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Vol. 1 (Helsinki 1998-1999):
s.v. Aat-abīša, p. 59
s.v. Ambaris, p. 99-100
s.v. Aš
itu, p. 141-142
s.v. Gugû, p. 427
s.v. Gūgu/Guggu, p. 427-428

 

        Articles in Suomen Kansallisbiografia (Finnish National Biography) Helsinki 2003-2007:
s.v. Eneberg, Karl Fredrik, in: Vol. 2 (Helsinki 2003) 583-584.
s.v. Salonen, Armas, in: Vol. 8 (Helsinki 2006) 638-639.
s.v. Sundwall, Johannes, in: Vol. 9 (Helsinki 2007) 433-435.
s.v. Tallqvist, Knut, in: Vol. 9 (Helsinki 2007) 603-604.

 

 

Reviews

        D. Bonatz, Das syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal. Untersuchungen zur Entstehung einer neuen Bildgattung in der Eisenzeit im nordsyrisch-südostanatolischem Raum (Mainz 2000), Die Welt des Orients 33, 2003, 273-279.

 

 

 

Works edited/ co-edited

 

        S. Aro & R.M. Whiting (eds.), MELAMMU 1: The Heirs of Assyria. Proceedings of the Opening Symposium of the Assyrian and Babylonian Intellectual Heritage Project Held in Tvärminne, Finland, October 7-11, 1998 (Helsinki 2000).

 

        The Proceedings of the Finnish Institute of the Middle East, following issues were edited:

 

1/2003

M. Ruuttunen: Kristilliset kirkot Lähi-idässä. (Christian communities in the Middle East)

1/2004

J. Frösén and Z.T. Fiema: Excavating The Monastery of St. Aaron: The Finnish Archaeological Project in Jordan.

2/2004

S. Münger, J. Pakkala and J. Zangenberg: Kinneret Regional Project: Tel Kinrot Excavations.

1/2005

J. Frösén and M. Hakkarainen, with contributions from T. Kantell and A. Nurminen: The Medieval Library of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria.

 

 

Scientific and popularizing articles in Finnish

 

        Lisää Atlantiksen löytöpaikkoja, FOSSA 3/2008, 21-22.

        Kuumana ja kylmänä – frakissa Kulttuurirahaston vuosijuhlaan 1953, Tammenlastuja 2/2008, 18-19.

        Myyttisen Atlantiksen löytäminen kiehtoo yhä, FOSSA 1/2006
(Mythical Atlantis and its Fascination)

        Uusia ulottuvuuksia roomalaisen keramiikan tutkimukseen, FOSSA 4/2003, 19-21.
(New Perspectives to the Study of Roman Ceramics)

        Skyfoksia ja tuhokerrostumia, FOSSA 1/2003, 8-11.
(Skyphoi and Destruction Layers)

        "Katoavaa kauneutta etsimässä. Arkaaisen ja klassisen kauden värit ja maalaustekniikat", Tekniikan vaiheita 3/1998, 8-13.
(In Search of vanished beauty: The Colours and Paintings of the Archaic and Classical Ages)

 

 

 

RESEARCH SUBMITTED AND IN PREPARATION

 

        Muinaisen Anatolian kansoja. Suomenkielinen tietokirja.
(Ancient Anatolian Peoples. Textbook in Finnish)

        Elämän krestomatia. Jussi Aron assyriologinen biografia.

        (The Chrestomathy of Life: An Assyriological Biography of Jussi Aro)

        s.v. Anatolian languages, entry for the Encyclopedia of Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter Berlin) (in print).

        s.v. Croesus, king of Lydia, entry for the Encyclopedia of Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter Berlin)

        s.v. Tabal, entry for the Reallexicon der Assyriologie und der vorderasiatischen Archäologie (DeGruyter Berlin)

        s.v. Tallqvist, Knut, entry for the Reallexicon der Assyriologie und der vorderasiatischen Archäologie (DeGruyter Berlin)

        Luwians in Aleppo?: Article for a Festschrift.

        Artistic Interaction Between Assyrian and North Syria Revisited: Article for a Festschrift for Prof. Simo Parpola to be published in Studia Orientalia (in print).

        Problems and Prospects in Arzawan Studies: Article for a Festschrift

 



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