Monday, December 18, 2017

ARMEP: Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities

ARMEP: Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities
ARMEP 1.0’s interactive map interface displays the find spots of about 6,700 ancient texts, all of which were written in the Akkadian and Sumerian languages and in cuneiform script. Most of these inscribed artifacts were discovered in modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, while others originate from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Although the texts range in date from ca. 2334 to 64 BC, most come from Neo-Assyrian times (744-612 BC). The dataset is derived from the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc) and it includes texts from the following projects: Inscriptions of Suhu online (Suhu; LMU Munich); Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo; LMU Munich); Royal Inscriptions of Babylonia online (RIBo; LMU Munich) Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP; UPenn and LMU Munich); and State Archives of Assyria online (SAA; formerly UCL, now LMU Munich).
ARMEP is a collaboration between LMU Geschichte and LMU Center for Digital Humanities. It was developed by David and Tobias Englmeier (2017) under the supervision of Christian Riepl and Stephan Lücke and in consultation with Jamie Novotny and Karen Radner, as well as with Oracc’s creator Steve Tinney (University of Pennsylvania). Textual metadata and contents were curated by Novotny.

Funding for the interface was provided by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München through LMUexcellent (Investionsfonds) and the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East (Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte), as well as by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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