Stephen J. Tinney


Clark Research Associate Professor of Assyriology, Near Eastern Languages & CivilizationsDirector, Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary ProjectAssociate Curator, Babylonian Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

215 898-7467

Room 231, Babylonian Section, University Museum


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.