Wednesday, December 22, 2010

News from CDLI: Arizona State Museum cuneiform collection in CDLI

Arizona State Museum cuneiform collection in CDLI 
The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, in partnership with the Arizona State Museum (ASM) in Tucson, Arizona--established in 1893 by the Arizona Territorial Legislature, the ASM  is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the American Southwest--is pleased to announce the addition of new digital content to its web offerings. 
In early December of this year, UCLA staff member Jared Wolfe scanned 117 ASM tablets, and further processed the tablet surface images according to CDLI's "fat-cross" standards. The majority of the text artifacts in the collection were published in hand copy and transliteration by David I. Owen & Ewa Wasilewska ten years ago (JCS 52, 7-53); earlier publications are, with this effort, complemented with an additional 20 heretofore unpublished texts. The entire ASM collection can be accessed here. We note that during his stay in Tucson, Mr. Wolfe was kindly given imaging access to the small private collection of Prof. Anne Kilmer; the five texts, published in part by Daniel Foxvog in 1993-1994 (ASJ 15, 79 and JCS 46, 11), may be viewed here.
This imaging and image processing was made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is part of the on-going mission of CDLI to ensure the long-term digital preservation of ancient insc-riptions on cuneiform tablets, and, in furtherance of cuneiform research, to provide free global access to all available text artifact data. 
For the CDLI and the ASM: 
Robert K. Englund, UCLA
Michael Jacobs, Archaeological Collections Curator, ASM

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