Wikipedia:WikiProject Ancient Near East

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This WikiProject, WikiProject Ancient Near East, aims to organize an effort to expand and improve Wikipedia's coverage of the history of the ancient Near East and related topics. This page and its subpages contain suggestions and guidelines to help editors. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page. New members are always welcome; you can join at the recruitment page.

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Members of the project are welcome to add topics, articles or general areas relating to the ancient Near East to the list below if they consider them in need of more attention from the project at large. Please provide a motivation and the date in which you added a topic/article/area if you add to the list.

  • The chronology used in articles needs to be standardized to the middle chronology where applicable (or use the most commonly cited dates). Conflicting dates in other chronologies should also be provided, preferrably in a note or something to that effect to avoid clutter. Ichthyovenator (talk) 12:59, 13 August 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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  • A number of the early/prominent ANE articles were largely cribbed from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. We have been weeding that out over the years but there are still a few articles that are heavily infested. To my knowledge the main offenders are Babylon, Ur, Nippur, and Lagash, though there may be non-site articles equally problematic that I am unaware of. If someone felt inspired a good task would be to rewrite/reref the bad parts of one.Ploversegg (talk) 12:51, 31 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • We are starting to see the overuse of Tertiary Sources like "World History Encyclopedia" and "Encyclopedia Iranica". Tertiary Sources should always be a last resort. They are third hand information. Always strive for primary or even secondary sources first.Ploversegg (talk) 12:51, 31 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oriental Institute links[edit]

It appears that when the Oriental Institute recently changed its name (I know) their web site changeover broke some OI paper links. Some are ok, some are not. Oriental Institute Publication series appears to be all bad while Oriental Institute Communications work. I actually powered up and emailed them. Consider this a heads up about possible broken links and maybe having to do a ugly link fixing thing, hopefully not. Bonus - if you go to the new doc location [1] the download there just wedges.Ploversegg (talk) 17:59, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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