Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ebla Digital Archives update

Ebla Digital Archives update [Links added in AWOL]
The editors of EbDA (Ebla Digital Archives project) are pleased to announce another major update to their database, which now provides the digital edition of all texts published in the ARET (Archivi Reali di Ebla - Testi) series, as well as of selected MEE (Materiali Epigrafici di Ebla) volumes.

The new additions include:
ARET 16 = Catagnoti A. – Fronzaroli P. 2010, Testi di cancelleria: il re e i funzionari, ARET 16, Roma: Missione Archeologia Italiana in Siria

ARES 4 = Civil M. 2008, The Early Dynastic Practical Vocabulary A (Archaic HAR-ra A), ARESD 4, Roma: Missione Archeologia Italiana in Siria

MEE 12 = Waetzoldt H. 2001, Wirtschafts- und Verwaltungstexte aus Ebla. Archiv L. 2769 (= Materiali per il Vocabolario Sumerico 7), Roma: Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza"

In addition, the database features a new revised digital edition of ARET 3 (Archi A. - Biga M. G. 1982, Testi Amministrativi di Vario Contenuto, ARET 3, Roma: Missione Archeologia Italiana in Siria), and of ARET 12 (Mohammed L. – Catagnoti A. 2006, Testi amministrativi di vario contenuto, ARET 12, Roma: Missione Archeologia Italiana in Siria).

Besides transliterations of individual texts, the users will also find high definition photos of tablets published in the ARET 5 and 9 volumes. This feature, still in its beta phase, will be fully implemented in the forthcoming months.

Finally, a new interface is being tested in order to filter, cross-reference, and visually map data on user defined groups of tablet. The editors plan to have this feature ready by the end of the year, as the migration to the new software platform provided by CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) will be completed. English translations of selected Ebla tablets will also come with the new interface.

At present, EbDA not only provides the largest number of Ebla texts available on line, but also one of the most advanced search engine for cuneiform documents, thanks to the graphemic encoding of the transliterations and the support to regular expressions.

The Ebla Digital Archives project is based at, and funded by Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and is reachable at:

Lucio Milano Editor in Chief
Massimo Maiocchi Associate Editor
Francesco Di Filippo Software Designer
 And See Ebla Digital Archives in AWOL

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