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Dr. Louise Quillien


01 Jul 2017 ‐ 31 Jul 2017

HAROC-ArScAn Laboratory
Maison de l'Archéologie et de l'Ethnologie
21 allée de l'Université
92023 Nanterre Cedex

I am Dr. in Assyriology, specialized in the History of 1st millennium BC Babylonia, and of the reading of cuneiform texts from this period. I am specialized in history of technics and material culture and I did my PhD on "Textiles in Mesopotamia, 750-500 BC".


The purpose of my researches at the Berliner Antike-Kolleg is to prepare a forthcoming interdisciplinary project on material culture in Mesopotamia, focussing on crafts related to textile making and on the questions of timeframe (manufacturing time and life-cycle of the objects). This project links archaeology and epigraphy, in an interdisciplinary perspective. I am planning to work on cuneiform tablets of the Vorderasiatisches Museum, and to look for textile imprints on tablets. I also wish to work with Pr. Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum at the Institut für Altorientalistik of the Freie Universität and to present my results in seminars. My research project enters in the thematic "The textile Revolution" A-4 and "Economy/Oikonomia" B-3 of the Excellence Cluster Topoi and my stay would be an opportunity to creates links with the projects of my laboratory in Nanterre, France.

Fields of Research

History of Mesopotamia, textiles, history of material culture, craft, technics, economic history.

Curriculum Vitae

Associate member of the laboratory ArScAn-HAROC (Nanterre, France)



PhD, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University: "Textiles in Mesopotamia, manufacturing technics, exchanges and social meanings, 750-500 BCE." under the supervision of Francis Joannès.


2016 – 2017

Teaching at Paris IV Sorbonne University

2012 – 2015

Teaching at Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University

Organization of workshops and conferences:


Co-organization, with Kalliope Sarri, of a workshop at the ICAANE, on the topic "Textile Workers, skills, labour and status of textile craftspeople between Prehistoric Aegean and Ancient Near East", with the support of the GDRI ATOM  (Ancient Textiles from the Orient to the Mediterranean).


Co-oganization, with Terri Tanaka, of a workshop on Identity in Mesopotamia, Sources and Methodology, under the supervision of Pr. Niek Veldhuis (UC Berkeley) and Cécile Michel (CNRS), with the support of the France-Berkeley fund.

Membership of collective research projects:

Since 2014

Member of the Achemenet project, lead by F. Joannès and D. Agut.

Since 2015

Member of the European project of GDRI ATOM, Ancient Textiles from the Orient to the Mediterranean, lead by Cécile Michel.



L. Quillien, "Invisible Workers, The Role of Women in Textile Production During the 1st Millennium BC Mesopotamia" in: B. Lion/C. Michel (Eds), The Role of Women in Work and Society (in the Ancient Near East) (Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records 13; Berlin 2016) 473–493.


L. Quillien, "Le manteau pourpre de Nabuchodonosor: circulations économiques de la laine de couleur pourpre en Mésopotamie au Ier millénaire av. J.-C.", in: Hypothèses 2014 (2015) 105–118.


L. Quillien, "Flax and Linen in the First Millennium Babylonia BC: the Origins, Craft Industry and Uses of a Remarkable Textile", in: C. Michel/M.L. Nosch (Eds.), Prehistoric, Ancient Near Eastern and Aegean Textiles and Dress, an Interdisciplinary Anthology, (Ancient Textiles Serie 18; Oxford 2014) 271–298.


L.Quillien, "Túg-LUM-LUM = túg-guz-guz ; a new interpretation of the 'guzguzu' garment in first millennium BC Mesopotamia", in: NABU 2013/1 (2013) 21–25 [online on SEPOA].