Hervé Reculeau, University of Chicago

Assistant Professor Chicago, Illinois hreculeau@uchicago.edu

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Hervé Reculeau is a historian of Syria and Mesopotamia in the second millennium BCE. His research centers on the environmental and social histories of the ancient Near East, with a particular focus on landscapes and the interaction between humans and their environment from the technical, historic...

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Bio/Research

Hervé Reculeau is a historian of Syria and Mesopotamia in the second millennium BCE. His research centers on the environmental and social histories of the ancient Near East, with a particular focus on landscapes and the interaction between humans and their environment from the technical, historical, and socioeconomic points of view. Among his special interests are irrigation practices and devices, agricultural works and techniques, and the social settings of the Syrian and Upper Mesopotamian countryside, as well as their relationship to urban centers. He also investigates the human response to environmental change, and how ancient conceptions of space impacted the spatial strategies of sedentary and nomadic groups in Upper Mesopotamia. As an epigrapher, he is in charge of editing some of the cuneiform tablets discovered at the ancient cities of Mari (Syria) and Aššur (Iraq). Reculeau has authored several scholarly articles and books on these topics, and was awarded the 2013 Prix Saintour by the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, for his book Climate, Environment and Agriculture in Assyria in the 2nd Half of the 2nd Millennium BCE.

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