The Elektronische Handbuch der Keilschriftexte aus Mari (EHKM) is a database created as part of a doctoral project that collects and systematises the primary and secondary literature on the extensive text corpus from ancient Mari.

Place-name sign near Mari (modern: Tell Hariri). Photo: Altorientalisches Institut
Place-name sign near Mari (modern: Tell Hariri). Photo: Altorientalisches Institut

The ancient city of Mari (modern: Tell Hariri) on the middle Euphrates was one of the most important political centers of the Old Babylonian period. The archives discovered there produced around 17,000 texts, of which around 9,000 have been published. The Electronic Handbook of Cuneiform Texts from Mari (EHKM) was created in Leipzig between 2007 and 2011 in order to cope with the almost unmanageable amount of publications and secondary literature. As part of her doctoral work, Brit Kärger took it upon herself to create the 10,000-entry table with the help of numerous assistants at the institute. The project was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which provided funds within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center 586 "Differenz und Integration". In 2014 the handbook was updated again. The information collected has also been incorporated into the ARCHIBAB project of the Collège de France.

Research Projects

Supplement to the Akkadian Dictionaries

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Reallexikon der Assyriologie

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Akkadian Noun Patterns

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Grammar of Neo-Assyrian

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Landsberger Archives

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