Research teams

The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires investigates dialectical identity-building processes with three interlocking teams, focusing on methodologically diverse approaches.

  1. This team, headed by Saana Svärd, develops and uses the digital humanities approaches of social network analysis and language technology.
  2. This team, headed by Jason Silverman, tests and refines theoretical models from the social sciences for ancient evidence, integrating anthropological approaches to archaeology with sociological readings of textual and archaeological evidence.
  3. This team, headed by Antti Lahelma, investigates the impact of each empire on ancient local communities inhabiting the imperial fringes and provides a sustainable future for this heritage.