Agnete Lassen

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Agnete Wisti Lassen (PhD, University of Copenhagen, 2012) is Associate Curator of the Yale Babylonian Collection, trained in the archaeology, history and art history of the ancient Near East. Her research area is the social and economic history of Mesopotamia and Anatolia in the 2nd millennium BCE and, in particular, glyptic studies and ancient textile. Her approach is interdisciplinary, and she works with visual culture, archaeological material and written sources. Lassen has taught classes on the ancient Near East at Yale University and University of Copenhagen and curated several exhibitions. She has received grants and awards, including the American Schools of Oriental Research’s Mesopotamia Fellowship, Yale University’s Kohut Fellowship and the Carlsberg Foundation’s post-doctoral Grant.    


2019     (ed.) Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights from the Yale Babylonian Collection. Yale Peabody Museum: New Haven, CT (edited with Eckart Frahm and Klaus Wagensonner, Yale University).

2019     “Gods and demons, Anatolia and Egypt: Obsidian sourcing of Mesopotamian amulets and cylinder seals using portable XRF,” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24, 978-992 [with Ellery Frahm and Klaus Wagensonner] DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.03.025

2019     “Preface,” in: A. Lassen, E. Frahm, and K. Wagensonner (ed.), Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights of the Yale Babylonian Collection, New Haven 2019, viii–xi [with Eckart Frahm and Klaus Wagensonner].

2019     “Food in Ancient Mesopotamia: Cooking the Yale Babylonian Culinary Recipes,” in Lassen, A., E. Frahm & K. Wagensonner (eds.) Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights from the Yale Babylonian Collection. Yale Peabody Museum: New Haven, CT, 109-125. [with Gojko Barjamovic, Harvard University; Patricia Jurado Gonzalez, Basque Culinary Institute; Chelsea Graham, Yale University; Nawal Nasrallah; and Pia Sörensen, Harvard University]

2019     “The Yale Babylonian Collection,” in Lassen, A., E. Frahm & K. Wagensonner (eds.) Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights from the Yale Babylonian Collection. Yale Peabody Museum: New Haven, CT, 3-11.

2017 “Image and Owner. Representations of Personal and Social identity in Early Near Eastern Seals,” in K. De Graef and A. Verhulst (eds.) Ancient Near Eastern Seals as Markers of Identity. (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East). Brill: Leiden. (peer review).

2017b  ‘The ‘Bull-Altar’: a representation of the god Assur?’ in: F. Kulakoğlu and G. Barjamovic (eds.) Proceedings of the Second Kültepe International Meeting, Kültepe 27-31 July 2015. (KIM 2). Brepols Publishers: Turnhout. (peer reviewed)

2017a  “Salisbury’s Seals, 160 Years Later: Two Neo-Assyrian Cylinders from AOS to YBC,” in K. Foster (ed.) Ex Oriente Lux et Veritas: Yale, Salisbury, and Early Orientalism. New Haven, CT, 75-78.

2016   Review of “M. Gleba & J. Pásztókai-Szeöke (eds.) Making Textiles in Pre-Roman and Roman Times: People, Places, Identities. (ATS 13) 2013” in American Journal Archaeology 120/1. DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1201.Lassen

2015   ‘Weaving with Crescent Shaped Loom Weights. An Investigation of a Special Kind of Loom Weight,’ in: E. Andersson Strand and M.-L. Nosch (eds.) Tools Textiles and Context. Textile Production in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age. (Ancient Textiles Series (ATS) 21). Oxbow: Oxford, 127-137. (peer reviewed)

2014   with Mogens Trolle Larsen ‘Cultural Interaction at Kültepe,’ in M. Kozuh et al. (eds.) Extraction and Control: Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper. SAOC 68. Chicago University Press: Chicago, 171-188. (peer reviewed)

2014a  ‘The Old Assyrian Glyptic Style. An Investigation of a Seal Style, its Owners and Place of Production,’ in L. Atici et al. (eds.) Current Research at Kültepe/Kanesh. An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Approach to Trade Networks, Internationalism, and Identity during the Middle Bronze Age. (JCSS 4). Lockwood Press, 107-121. (peer reviewed)

2014b  ‘Wool in Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Period.’ in: C. Breniquet and C. Michel (eds.) Wool Economy in the Ancient Near East. (ATS 17). Oxbow, Oxford. (peer reviewed)

2013   ‘Technology and Palace Economy in Middle Bronze Age Anatolia: The Case of the Crescent Shaped Loom Weight,’ in M.-L. Nosch and H. Koefoed (eds.) Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East: archaeology, epigraphy, iconography. (ATS 12). Oxbow: Oxford, 78-92. (peer reviewed)

‘Social Aspects of Textile and Textile Production in the Ancient Near East: Ethnicity and Dress in Middle Bronze Age Anatolia,’ in C. A. Giner, et al (eds.) Mujer y Vestimenta. Aspectos de la Identidad Femenina en la Antigüedad. Valencia, 2011: 23-31. (NP).

‘Tools, Procedures and Professions. A Review of the Akkadian Textile Terminology,’ in: Michel, C. and M.-L. Nosch (eds.) Textile Terminologies in the third to the first millennium BC in the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. (Ancient Textiles Series 8). Oxbow: Oxford, 2010: 270-280.

‘Wool trade in Old Assyrian Anatolia’. Jaarbericht “Ex Oriente Lux” 42 (2010): 159-179.

(w. Frangipane, M., E. Andersson Strand, R. Laurito, S. Möller-Wiering, M.-L. Nosch, A. Rast-Eicher):  ‘Arslantepe, Malatya (Turkey): Textiles, Tools and Imprints of Fabrics from the Fourth to the Second Millennium BCE’. Paléorient 35 (2009): 5-29.

‘What to weave – fashions and fabric in the ancient world’. Iris/1 (2008): 17- 18. (NP).

Associate Curator of the Babylonian Collection & Lecturer
120 High Street, SML, Babylonian Collection, New Haven, CT 06511