Denise Cocquerillat

Denise Cocquerillat was born in1918 and attended the l‘Ecole du Louvre where she concentrated in archaeology under Georges Contenau and André Parrot and wrote her dissertation on the arms and weapons depicted in the iconography of Mesopotamia. She was also a student of ancient languages —Hebrew, Assyro-Babylonian, and Sumerian. She then undertook the translation of cuneiform texts and became a director of research at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). She studied the cuneiform tablets of Warka (ancient Uruk), which she published and the legal texts of Babylonia of the second millennium BCE. Because it was not possible for women to join French expeditions she finally visited Iraq at the invitation of the German scholar, H. Lenzen to visit Iraq in 1960. She published her major work, Palmeraies et cultures de l’Eanna d’Uruk, Ausgrabungen der Deutschenforschungsgemeinschaft in Uruk-Warka 8. Until the end of her life she was impassioned researcher of Mesopotamia.

Author of biography: Agnes Spycket
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Keywords: André Parrot, archaeology, Assyro-Babylonian, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Denise Cocquerillat, cuneiform, Edouard Dhorme, Georges Contenau, H. Lenzen, Hebrew, Jean Nougayrol, iconography, Iraq, La masse d’armes dans l’iconographie mésopotamienne, l‘Ecole du Louvre , l‘Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Mesopotamia, Musée du Louvre, Orientalist, Palmeraies et cultures de l’Eanna d’Uruk, Ausgrabungen der Deutschenforschungsgemeinschaft, Raymond Jestin, René Labat, Sorbonne, Sumerian, Warka (ancient Uruk), World War II.

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Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists
Published by the University of Michigan Press, 2004