Most recently, my Marie Sklodowska-Curie project based at the University of Cambridge combines my interest in human-animal relations with a lifelong personal engagement with all things equestrian. The Spirited Horse: Human-equid relations in the Bronze Age Near East investigates human-animal relations in the ancient Near East, with equids (horses, donkeys and horse-donkey hybrids) as the main focus, and with an understanding of animals as social actors.
I joined the Tell Mozan team in 2011. My main work on the project includes:|
- The digital CERAMICS book with Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Cautlin Chaves-Yates, where we have carefully reviewed and updated the typological sequence. With Giorgio Buccellati and Bernardo Forni, we have also developed programmes to run the data and statistical analysis. This work has further included reviewing and incorporating ceramic assemblages from various unit books (A16, J1, J2, J3, OH2 especially). The book is now available on the urkesh.org website. We have also begun preliminary work on the GLYPTICS book.
- Updating and formatting the e-Library resources (Section Editor 2012-2017). The e-Library is a comprehensive record of publications and other types of dissemination related to Tell Mozan/Urkesh, along with relevant related publications. Most have been made freely available for download as pdf files.
- Creation and updating of video clips, with Rick Hauser (Section Editor). A selection of video and film clips illustrate various aspects of ancient Urkesh and the modern excavations at the site.
- Associate Editor on the companion website A Critique of Archaeological Reason. This website presents the theoretical and methodological background to the project, and is a companion to the printed monograph by Giorgio Buccellati. It is an extensive resource on theory and archaeology, including a large bibliography (with critical summaries), excerpts, reviews and thematic digital excursuses.
Recht, L. 2019. "Animals as social actors: Cases of equid resistance in the ancient Near East", Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 1-14.
Recht, L. 2018. "'Asses were buried with him': Equids as markers of sacred space in the third and second millennia BC in the Eastern Mediterranean", in Louis Nebelsick et al. (eds.), Sacred space: Contributions to the archaeology of belief, 65-94.
Recht, L. 2015. "Identifying sacrifice in Bronze Age Near Eastern iconography", in Nicola Laneri (ed), Defining the Sacred, 24-37.
Recht, L. 2014. "Tell Mozan Ceramics: Munsell Colours", Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde, August 2014, 12-46.
Recht, L. 2014. "Perfume, women and the Underworld in Urkesh: exploring female roles through aromatic substances in the Bronze Age Near East", Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology 2014/1, 11-24.