Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the College
Hervé Reculeau studies the environmental and social histories of the ancient Near East, with a particular focus on landscapes and the interaction between humans and their environment from the technical, historical, and socioeconomic points of view. Among his special interests are irrigation practices and devices, agricultural works and techniques, and the social settings of the Syrian and Upper Mesopotamian countryside, as well as their relationship to urban centers. He also investigates the human response to environmental change and how ancient conceptions of space impacted the spatial strategies of sedentary and nomadic groups in Upper Mesopotamia. He is in charge of editing some of the cuneiform tablets discovered at the ancient cities of Mari (Syria) and Aššur (Iraq).
Reculeau was awarded the 2013 Prix Saintour by the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, for his book Climate, Environment, and Agriculture in Assyria in the 2nd Half of the 2nd Millennium BCE.
An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure in Fontenay/Saint-Cloud (France), Reculeau holds a BA and MA in ancient history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as an MPhil and PhD in Assyriology from the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris.