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Greater Mesopotamia

Recording Tablet Collection Ghent University

Activities Posted on Mon, December 03, 2012 13:55:51

University of Ghent (Belgium) keeps some 45 cuneiform tablets that
originate from the Susa excavations (chantier A). One of the IAP project goals sketched in Workpackage VI is to allow the
in house expertise on imaging Mesopotamian heritage to be used by partners
outside the network to facilitate research in Greater Mesopotamian studies. In that regard, on
November 29 and 30 this small collection was scanned with the Portable Light
Dome equipment.

It will
allow prof. Katrien De Graef and her team at Ghent to tackle the content of
these documents and shed new light on the history of Susa, in particular into
the Old Babylonian period to which most of the tablets in this collection date.

New Visualization Systems Cuneiform Studies

Activities Posted on Wed, September 26, 2012 16:08:53

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)