This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about books and electronic resources for Ancient Near Eastern Studies, including ebooks, ejournals and databases.
Oxford has the best collection for printed books on Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the British Isles and also offers access to a growing collection of ebooks on this subject. The physical books are held by the Sackler Library as well as the Bodleian Library, and anyone studying or researching Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Oxford should expect to make use of both libraries.
Apart from these two major research libraries, Wolfson College Library holds the Jeremy Black Collection in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. It welcomes qualified students and researchers to consult the collections during library staff hours.
More information on finding books on Ancient Near Eastern Studies can be found on the Books page.
The full range of Ancient Near Eastern Studies journals, in print and, where available, in electronic format (eformat), can be searched via SOLO or the eJournals A-Z. Below are a few of the top journals for Ancient Near Eastern Studies but you can find a longer list on the Journals page of this guide.
Oxford subscribes to many bibliographic databases. They can be used to locate journal articles, conference proceedings, books, patents, images, data and more. Below, you can find a few key databases, and many more are listed in the databases page of this guide.
Whilst collections and resources are focused on the Bodleian Libraries' collections, the following online library catalogues can be useful for locating copies in collections in the UK and Ireland as well as in collections worldwide:
EAMENA - Our Culture Our Future is the current exhibition about archaeological and cultural heritage sites in Iraq put together by the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa Project based of the University of Oxford. This online exhibition consists of 12 downloadable banners around three themes. The first group introduces remote sensing and the work of the EAMENA project and the CPF training. The second group highlights the heritage and history of each individual country. The final group provides information about potential and current threats to heritage and highlights how these might be mitigated.
This termly Newsletter informs you about upcoming lectures, news, people, funding deadlines and student activities, all related to Assyriology at The University of Oxford.
Ashmolean Museum - The Ashmolean’s Ancient Near Eastern collections are among the finest in the world, ranging in date from the earliest farming communities of the tenth millennium BC to the spread of Islam in the seventh century AD, and including the second largest collection of cuneiform tablets in the UK. An overview of the recently refurbished gallery is given by its curator Paul Collins.
Griffith Institute - The Griffith Institute provides vital resources for the study of the history and culture of ancient Egypt and the Near East, which may be accessed directly, or online.
Oriental Institute - The OI is home to the University's Faculty of Oriental Studies.
Pitt Rivers Museum - Founded in 1884 the Pitt Rivers Museum houses the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. The Photographs of Arabia by Wilfred Thesiger are preserved in the Pitt Rivers Museum.