The research project “Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives”, funded by the ALIPH Foundation and affiliated with the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) postdoctoral fellow for the period 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

Place of employment: Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej, 8000 Aarhus C. As the project is affiliated with UrbNet at AU Campus Moesgård, the successful applicant is also expected to spend some time in Højbjerg.

The position

The successful applicant is expected to take on a key role in researching and publishing Harald Ingholt’s digital archive, which consists of documentation images and notes on objects. The successful applicant will work within an already established and expanding team comprising a project director, postdoc researchers, research assistants and student helpers. We expect the successful applicant to integrate actively into this existing framework. Tasks include:

-Taking a lead role in digitising the archive

-Publishing research emerging from the project

-Assisting the project director in supervising research assistants and student helpers

-Facilitating processes in connection with funding applications

-Reporting to funding agencies


Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications:

-A PhD in classical archaeology or a related discipline (this is a minimum requirement)

-Language skills: English (spoken and written), German (reading), French (reading), Italian (reading), Latin, Ancient Greek, Semitic languages (at least ancient Aramaic), and skills within the field of ancient historical sources.

-Historiographical competences and the ability to work critically with ancient historical sources

-The ability to manage joint and collaborate research

-A methodological and structured approach to work

-Good organisational skills and excellent attention to detail

-Flexibility and the ability to prioritise

-Good time-management skills and the ability to meet deadlines

-Good interpersonal and collaborative skills

The application must be uploaded in English.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rubina Raja ([email protected]).

For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn ([email protected]).

About the project

The project Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives has three main objectives:
(1) To publish Ingholt’s archive digitally and make this archive publically accessible online in a searchable form, and to publish Ingholt’s excavation diaries, including a full assessment of the graves they document
(2) To assess the damage to and loss of Palmyrene cultural heritage based on the primary evidence collected in the unpublished archive and the diaries
(3) To reconstruct lost and damaged contexts based on the evidence collected in the archive.

The project is led by Professor Rubina Raja, who is one of the leading scholars of Palmyrene art and culture. As Director of the Palmyra Portrait Project, Rubina Raja has also organised several international conferences and two major exhibitions, published extensively on Palmyrene society and heritage, and, together with her team, collected over 4,000 portraits from Palmyra, of which more than a quarter are located in Syria and the remainder are dispersed around the world.

The project will have several long-term outcomes. Thanks to the information collected in the archive and the excavation diaries, and together with the research already conducted by the Palmyra Portrait Project in preparation for this project, it will be possible to recontextualise and recreate artefact assemblages that have been affected by the war in Syria. The project can furthermore help identify and trace looted antiquities. It will also be possible to reconstruct and situate the context of damaged and destroyed antiquities within the framework of Palmyrene archaeology. This will give the people of Palmyra access to lost heritage and contribute to reconstruction and redisplay efforts in the city. Since the material will be made searchable and open access, it will be possible for a range of individuals and institutions to perform further research with the published material. This will be a major step forward in documentation practice, since, in many documentation projects, data is not or cannot be made available on an open access basis.

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