Stephen J. Tinney

Clark Research Associate Professor of Assyriology, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Director, Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project
Associate Curator, Babylonian Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Contact Information
215 898-7467
Office Location: 
Room 231, Babylonian Section, University Museum
Mailing Address: 

Room 231, Babylonian Section
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324

Ph.D., University of Michigan
Research Interests: 

Steve Tinney is focusing his efforts on bringing Sumerian online. The Penn Sumerian Dictionary will be much more than a list of Sumerian words and their English meanings. It will also be accessible through an English-language interface that will include grouping of words conceptually and by object-type. Because the word-definitions will link to examples of usage in the online collections of Sumerian texts, the Sumerian Dictionary will be a gateway to early Mesopotamian culture. The team plans to augment the Dictionary with essays on concepts, material culture and ethnographic matters to enhance its cultural function.