The Kramer Institute of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
The Kramer Institute of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies was founded at Bar-Ilan University in 1980 by Pinchas Artzi, Jacob Klein, Aharon Skaist and Amnon Altman.
The Institute operates under the aegis of the Department of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Languages in the Faculty of Jewish Studies. Its present members are associated with various departments: Hebrew & Semitic Languages, Bible Studies, Land of Israel Studies & Archaeology and Jewish History, and are engaged in research on a wide range of topics pertaining to the ancient Near East.
The Institute is comprised of the Samuel Noah Kramer (z”l) Research Library (building 410, room 021), where Assyriology classes and lectures are held, and the Institute Office (building 410, room 211), where the Institute's cuneiform tablet collection is held. In collaboration with the Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ISAANES), the Institute helps plan Assyriological conferences and the annual lecture series of the Assyriology Laboratory (Assyriolab).