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Digital humanities and Assyriology: tools for an “online” history of the ancient Middle East

Digital humanities and Assyriology:  tools for an “online” history of the ancient Middle East
©CDLI/Ashmolean Museum Oxford
In coordination with the international assyriological program Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), the AssyrOnline project aims to explore and develop new trends for writing an “online” history of the ancient Near Eastern civilizations, that relies on the various sets of digital data accumulated over the last few years. This project seeks to better use the rich information of these datasets and thereby also to make them more accessible to researchers and the interested public.
 
In addition to cuneiform tablets, the project also seeks to incorporate seals and seal impressions left on various clay objects: together these two dataset underpin our knowledge of the civilizations of the ancient Near-East, but only one, cuneiform tablets has ever been the subject of targeted digitization. The work on seals is done in cooperation with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which keep two of the finest collections of Near-Eastern cylinder seals in the world.
 
Thus, by using tools and interfaces that are both innovative and simple (see our encyclopedic pages in Wiki format) and through an ongoing migration project of our resources to the Linked Open Data (semantic Web), the ultimate intention is to better highlight a particularly ancient and fragile cultural heritage, underrated and today under direct threat: that of the hundred of thousands of cuneiform documents, and the tens of thousand of seals and seal impressions, which date back to the origins of writing and History.

Internal cluster partners
Archeologies and Sciences of Antiquity (ArScAn, UMR 7041)
French National Library, Department of coins, medals, and antiquities
Maison Archeology and Ethnology, René-Ginouvès (MAE, USR 3225)

Associated partner
Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Project managers

Bertrand LAFONT , Head of the research team "Histoire et Archéologie de l’Orient Cunéiforme" , UMR 7041 Archéologies et sciences de l’antiquité (ArScAn)

Jacob DAHL , University of Oxford

Internal cluster partners

  • Archeologies and Sciences of Antiquity (ArScAn) - UMR 7041
  • French National Library (BnF)
  • Maison Archeology and Ethnology, René-Ginouvès (MAE) - USR 3225

Associated partners

Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk

Duration

6 years

Documents

Document

Program of the second workshop Assyronline
program_workshop2_oxford_1501.pdf ( pdf - 77.82 KB )

CDLI Wiki

Directly linked to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative and born with it, cdli:wiki is now a collaborative project of members of the French CNRS team ArScAn-HAROC (Nanterre), and staff and students in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, with contributors in several different countries, involved in researches in history of the ancient Near East.

 Directly linked to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative and born with it, cdli:wiki is now a collaborative project of members of the French CNRS team ArScAn-HAROC (Nanterre), and staff and students in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, with contributors in several different countries, involved in researches in history of the ancient Near East. The cdli:wiki is currently funded by the Cluster (LabEx) Pasts in the Present through the project AssyrOnline: Digital Humanities and Assyriology”.

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Bruno GOMBERT


Title:  PhD student
Institution:  Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


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Klaus WAGENSONNER


Title:  Researcher
Institution:  Freie Universität Berlin


Takes part in the project:  Digital humanities and Assyriology: tools for an “online” history of the ancient Middle East

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Cécile MICHEL


Title:  Senior research fellow, CNRS
Position:  Professor at the university of Hamburg (Germany)
Institution:  Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


Leader of the project:  The fabric of memory: Kültepe, a test laboratory for interdisciplinary research


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Philippe CLANCIER


Title:  Senior lecturer of Ancient history
Institution:  Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne , Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


Leader of the project:  De Nimrud à Rome : Découverte des bibliothèques antiques (NimRoD)


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Aline TENU


Title:  Research fellow, CNRS
Institution:  Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


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Christine PROUST


Title:  Senior research fellow, CNRS
Institution:  SPHERE, UMR 7219


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Nordine OURAGHI


Title:  Postdoctoral fellow
Institution:  Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


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Bertrand LAFONT


Title:  Senior Research Fellow, CNRS
Position:  Head of the research team "Histoire et Archéologie de l’Orient Cunéiforme"
Institution:  UMR 7041 Archéologies et sciences de l’antiquité (ArScAn)


Leader of the project:  Digital humanities and Assyriology: tools for an “online” history of the ancient Middle East

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Jacob DAHL


Title:  Associate Professor
Institution:  University of Oxford


Leader of the project:  Digital humanities and Assyriology: tools for an “online” history of the ancient Middle East