2016 Grant Recipient
Hartmut Walter Kühne was educated as a Near Eastern Archaeologist by Anton Moortgat, Kurt Bittel, and Rolf Hachmann. He began his career as field archaeologist in Central Anantolia (Boghazköy) and then moved to Lebanon (Kamid e-Loz). A crucial turn towards broad interdisciplinary horizons and methodical approaches was evoked while employed in the “Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients” (TAVO) under the direction of Wolfgang Röllig that also initiated an engagement in the Habur region of Syria. Conceived as a joint venture between the Universities of Berlin, Tübingen, and the Museum of Deir ez-Zor, he developed the excavation of Tell Sheikh Hamad to an interdisciplinary project reconstructing the palaeo-environmental setting of the Assyrian city of Dur-Katlimmu and the Aramaean and Parthian-Roman city of Magdalu/Magdala in a long term project covering 35 years (1978-2013). Beyond archaeology he loves to be with his family and takes an interest in literature, theater, visual arts, and music. Recently Dr. Kühne became engaged in the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of Syria.