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

  • Team 1 develops and uses the digital humanities approaches of social network analysis and language technology.
  • Team 2 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.
  • Team 3 investigates the impact of each empire on ancient local communities inhabiting the imperial fringes and provides a sustainable future for this heritage.