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I teach classes on Mesopotamian culture and history, as well as introductory and advanced seminars on Akkadian.

My research focus is on the Old Babylonian period, which is basically the history of the Middle East between ca. 2000 and 1600 BCE.

Within this period I am interested in:

-the transition from the Ur III to the Old Babylonian period and the social changes it brought

-the Mari archives

-the Amorites

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  1. From the Yaḫrūrum šaplûm Archives: Three Unpublished Texts in Leiden (with a contribution by K.R. Veenhof), forthcoming in Bibliotheca Orientalis 73, 590-612
  2. From the Yaḫrūrum šaplûm Archives: The Administration of Harvest Labor Undertaken by Soldiers from Uruk and Malgium (with a contribution by G. Colbow). Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 106/2, 134-178.
  3. Two New Royal Old Babylonian Letters: one from Apil-Sîn and one from Samsu-iluna. Orientalia 85 (2015, 153-160) .
  4. Marad in the Early Old Babylonian Period: its Kings, Chronology and Isin’s influence. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 65 (2013), 73-90.
  5. An Early Old Babylonian Archive from Malgium? Journal Asiatique 301.1 (2013), 19-25.
  6. Cuneiform Documents from Various Dutch Collections (with J.G. Dercksen and Th.J.H Krispijn). Jaarbericht Ex Oriente Lux 44 (2012-2013), 169-188.
  7. Measuring Barley with Šamaš in Old Babylonian Sippar. Akkadica 134/2 (2013), 103-116.


  1. Ea and Damkina, the gods of Malgium in diaspora, NABU 2016/92.
  2. Online edition of eighty-three Old Babylonian letters from Ur in the Archibab database (with M. Stol), www.archibab.fr.
  3. Old Babylonian Letters from UET 5 in the Archibab Database. NABU 2016/5.
  4. From the NINO collections: the Administration of a Multicultural Military Colony (Annual Report NINO and NIT 2013-2014), 16-21.
  5. Notes on an Early Old Babylonian Treaty. NABU 2014/76.
  6. De Oud-Babylonische stad Lagaba. Phoenix 59.3 (2014), 27-38.
  7. Another New King of Malgium: Imgur-Sin, son of Ili-abi. NABU 2013/73.
  8. An Old Babylonian Funerary Cone from the De Liagre Böhl Collection (Annual Report NINO and NIT 2012), 42-47.
  9. De Oud-Babylonische Mari Archieven: een Introductie. Phoenix 57.3 (2012), 86-106.
  10. An Old Babylonian Herding Contract from the De Liagre Böhl Collection. (Annual Report NINO and NIT 2011). Leiden: NINO, 36-39.
  11. Une mîšarum du roi Sumu-Yamutbal? NABU 2012/10.
  12. Membre de la cohorte du roi -Suite. NABU 2011/18.
  13. Membre de la cohorte du roi, « lú ka-keshda lugal-la » a l'époque paléo-babylonienne tardive. NABU 2010/78.


  1. Proceedings of the 58th RAI in Leiden: Private and State (as editor together with J.G. Dercksen, to be published 2016-2017, Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake, Indiana)
  2. Amorites in the Early Old Babylonian Period (Ph.D. thesis 2014).

Book Reviews

  1. Charpin, D., 2015: Gods, Kings and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia, RA 110, 190
  2. Garfinkle, S., 2012: Entrepreneurs and Enterprise in Early Mesopotamia. A Study of Three Archives from the Third Dynasty of Ur. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2016 (forthcoming).
  3. Kärger, B., 2014: Leben in der amurritischen Welt. Nomaden und Sesshafte im Reich von Mari im 19. und 18. Jahrhundert vor Christus, Bibliotheca Orientalis 2016 (forthcoming).
  4. Ziegler, N. and Cancik-Kirschbaum, E. (eds.), 2014: Entre les fleuves –II d’Aššur à Mari et au-delà. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2016, 120-122.
  5. Vacín, L. (ed.), 2011 : Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Memory of Blahoslav Hruška. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2015, 124-125.
  6. Rouault, O., 2011: Terqa Final Reports No.2: Les textes des saisons 5 a 9. (Bibliotheca Mesopotamica 29). Journal of Near Eastern Studies 2014, 121-122.
  7. Shehata, D., Weiershauer, F. en Zand, K.V. (eds), 2010: Von Göttern und Menschen: Festschrift für Brigitte Groneberg. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2013, 757-758.
  8. Radner, K. en Robson, E. (eds), 2011: The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2012, 259-260.
  9. Eidem, J., 2011: The Royal Archives from Tell Leilan. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2012, 539-547.
  10. Tanret, M., 2010: The Seal of the Sanga. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2011, 593-598.
  11. Richardson, S.F.C., 2010 : Texts from the Late Old Babylonian Period. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2011, 598-606.
  12. Faivre, X., Lion, B. en Michel, C. (eds), 2009 Et il y eut un esprit dans l'Homme. Jean Bottéro et la Mésopotamie. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2011, 335-338.
  13. Richardson, S.F.C. (ed), 2010: Rebellions and Peripheries in the Cuneiform World. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2011, 268-270.
  14. Veenhof, K.R. en Eidem, J., 2008 : Mesopotamia, the Old Assyrian Period. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2010, 116-123.
  15. Tunca, Ö. en Baghdo, A. (eds), 2008 : Chagar Bazar (Syrie) III. Bibliotheca Orientalis 2009, 633-636.

Newspaper articles

  1. “Ook de kennis over Iraks erfgoed is straks verloren”, Trouw 28 March 2015.
  2. “Ook geroofd erfgoed moet je bestuderen”, Volkskrant 27 July 2015.
  3. Interview “IS beschouwt antiquiteiten als grondstof”, Volkskrant 12 October 2015.


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Research Output 2017 2017


de Boer, R., 14 Dec 2017, In : Revue d'Assyriologie et d'Archeologie Orientale. 111, 1, p. 25-64 40 p.

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