Lara Bampfield



Hertford College




Dr Paul Collins & Professor Jacob Dahl


Thesis Title:


An investigation into Material, Colour, Image and Text on Old Babylonian and Kassite Cylinder Seals.


Educational Background:


MRes| University of Birmingham| Distinction| Cuneiform and Ancient Near East Studies


BA (Hons)| University of Iowa| Cum Laude| Art History


BA (Hons)| University of Iowa| Cum Laude| French Literature


Research Interests:


My research focuses on Old Babylonian and Kassite cylinder seals and the connections between image, text, material, and colour. I am also interested in digital approaches to Assyriology specifically image annotation and AI and the ways in which technology might be used to expand access to ancient artefacts and achieve a deeper level of comprehension of their significance.


Mesopotamian cylinder seals; Old Babylonian and Kassite periods; Relationships between image and text; Mesopotamian visual representation; Archaeology of the ANE.


Recent Conferences and Academic involvement:


“When Modern Collides with Ancient: Digital Technologies and Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals”, Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology, March 2023.


“The use of VASA in the data collection and image-tagging of Old Babylonian Cylinder Seals”, Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology, April 2022.


“The Queen of the Night – Authentic or Fake?”, Undergraduate Symposium, University of Iowa, September 2019.


“The Genii and the Tree of Life: Iconography in the Reliefs of Ashurnasirpal II”, University of Iowa, September 2018.



I contribute to the work of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative; am a research lead on the SIANE project and co-organise the Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (OPCA) I am also the student representative of BANEA