Work Package VI of the Greater Mesopotamia IAP deals on Imaging and
Technology. In this regard, the IAP partners organized on 13 and 14
September 2012 an international Seminar on ‘New Visualization Systems
within Cuneiform Studies. Opportunities and Hazards’. For the digital
registration of cuneiform tablets and several other types of
archaeological objects, such as seal impressions or coins, the IAP
partners have built up experience since years with the so-called PTM
technology. In particular, the KU Leuven team has scanned hundreds of
tablets and objects and prepared publications based on these images and
wrote papers dealing on the used technologies. WP VI of our IAP aims to
consolidate this and expand its use on the archaeological collections of
the RMAH, the UCLouvain, KU Leuven and other additional collections or
objects from archaeological excavations. During the last decade, several
other research groups around the world have experimented also with
similar techniques with as test objects cuneiform tablets.

Based on this background and in regard to the IAP partnership
with CDLI we organized this Seminar at the KU Leuven department of ESAT
and the RMAH department of Antiquities. Researchers working with PTM,
RTI and 3D modeling within Cuneiform Studies at Southampton, Oxford,
Heidelberg, Leuven and Brussels were asked to join this series of
lectures, demonstrations, discussions and workshops to scope on the
possibilities these techniques allow, the benefits they have proven
scholars in the field of Assyriology and analyze the results they
deliver. During two these two days at Leuven and Brussels, the
participants (invited scholars, graduate students, doctoral students,
postdocs, professors and managers in the heritage sector) were both
introduced to what the technologies are about and took the opportunity
to approach them critically.

Workshop on RTI-technology by James Miles (University of Southampton)