Friday, July 16, 2021

Jemdet Nasr field diapositives, 1988-1989

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The dataset consists of digitised copies of original Kodachrome diapositives taken during the 1988 and 1989 seasons of excavation at the site of Jemdet Nasr, located in southern Iraq (32.717°N 44.779°E). The excavation was carried out in 1988 and 1989 under the direction of Roger J. Matthews. The excavation was funded by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, of which Matthews was the director at the time. The diapositives include stills of fieldwork activity, archaeological features, objects in situ and after processing in the on-site laboratory, as well as images of local individuals building a traditional reed house and stills of sealing impressions taken by Matthews at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad (mainly dating to the 4th millennium BC). Due to the onset of the Gulf War in 1990, excavations were halted permanently and only preliminary reports were published of the two seasons. The purpose of the digitisation project is to allow for better integration of the material through open access publication and a dedicated website <>.

Alternative title: Digitising Jemdet Nasr, 1988-1989
Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Matthews, Roger and Palmero Fernandez, Monica
Rights-holders: Roger Matthews
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Date: 2021
Data last accessed: 15 July 2021
Metadata Record URL:
Organisational units: Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Keywords: Jemdet Nasr, Iraq, Archaeology, diapositives, DSLR scanning, DSLR digitisation, Kodachrome


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