Tuesday, August 22, 2023

CDLI journals update

From Jacob Dahl by e-mail

We are very pleased to announce this general update about the CDLI journals.

You will find below a list of recently published articles, preprints, and notes that cover a broad range of topics. Continuing the tradition begun by Bob Englund, all text artifacts cited in these articles and notes are linked directly to the CDLI catalog.

This is particularly significant in the case of CDLB 2023:3, an article by Manuel Molina and Zsombor Földi clarifying the whereabouts of the vast majority of the cuneiform tablets published by Tohru Ozaki from the papers of Herbert Sauren. Behind this publication lies a great amount of painstaking cataloging work by the authors and working with CDLI staff (notably Émilie Pagé-Perron) correcting and updating the CDLI catalog. As anyone who has done any serious cataloging work on cuneiform tablets will no doubt understand, the devil is in the detail (see for example the entry for NISABA 33, 332 (P513514) a tablet today kept in the private collection of Adolph Schrijver, in New York, and numbered (15-021) 15-001, published as AbB 9, 130 by M. Stol in 1981, where it was given the museum number ‘Schrijver 119’ — M. Stol and F. R. Kraus had seen and transliterated the tablet in 1972, around the time when Sauren likely worked his way through the various collections of New York and Philadelphia, later published by Ozaki in NISABA 33), and we are thankful for studies such as CDLB 2023:3 which traces the publication histories of ancient artifacts and improves on our catalog — a catalog which we share freely with anyone interested through structured download from the website of the CDLI, or through our API (an API client is available on Github), and to which we invite people to contribute through our easy to use crowdsourcing interface. Similarly, we are grateful for articles such as Seri’s 2022 study “Cuneiform Texts in the Collection of the Jean and Alexander Heard Divinity Library, Vanderbilt University”, an article publishing the cuneiform texts in one of the many smaller collections housed in universities, seminaries and libraries across the US. Text editions are always welcome in the CDLI journals and we believe that the dense metadata that we can add to the articles through a complete catalog significantly adds value to these articles.

In this update, we also announce the publication of a significant addition to the debate on early numbers, a topic close to the heart of one of CDLI’s founders and original directors, Peter Damerow. In this article, CDLJ 2023:2, Peter McLaughlin and Oliver Schlaudt address some of the recent criticism of Damerow’s work, outlining its continued relevance and pointing out disagreements and differences in the interpretation of both of Damerow’s work and the development of the concept of abstraction.

The first article in CDLJ this year saw Barbara Cifola and Stephen Hughey propose a new understanding of a critical feature of Astrolabe B, prompting CDLI staff to add the core texts to the catalog of the CDLI.
We are also pleased to announce the relaunch of the CDLI Notes with a new co-editor, Rune Rattenborg (rune.rattenborg@lingfil.uu.se

) joining managing editor Émilie Pagé-Perron (emilie.page-perron@wolfson.ox.ac.uk). Due to the hiatus in publishing, and our ability to make previously published notes accessible, several notes appear here for the first time. I wish to draw particular attention to Bertrand Lafont’s note CDLN 2015:16, correcting the reading of the Ur III personal name, usually read puzur4-ha-ia3, to the correct puzur4-ha-li2, and the important implications for the dossier relating to this person this finding brings. I would also like to highlight the two notes by Parsa Daneshmand publishing inscriptions in the National Museum of Iran (2017:1 and 2).

Several other important articles have been published over the past 24 months in all journals of the CDLI, and we are currently processing a number of articles and notes for publication in the CDLJ, B and N.

On behalf of the entire CDLI team, and with particular thanks to the team behind the journals (Managing Editor Laura Hawkins now assisted by Ellen Ryan),


CDLJ https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdlj

2023:2 McLaughlin & Schlaudt - The Creation of Numbers from Clay: Understanding Damerow's Theory of Material Abstraction (https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdlj/2023-2)

2023:1 Cifola & Hughey - A New Perspective on the List of Rising and Setting Stars in Astrolabe B

2022:2 Seri - Cuneiform Texts in the Collection of the Jean and Alexander Heard Divinity Library, Vanderbilt University

2022:1 Homburg, Zwick,Bruhn & Mara - 3D Data Derivatives of the Haft Tappeh Processing Pipeline

CDLB https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdlb

2023:3 Molina &Földi -Identification of the Cuneiform Tablets Published in Nisaba 33

2023:2 Kreitzscheck - Two More Dūr-Abiešuh Tablets: A Beer Account and a Letter From the Online Antiquities Market

2023:1 Sulaiman - Two Unpublished Cuneiform Tablets Among the Texts Preserved in the Hama Museum(https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdlb/2023-1

CDLP https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdlp

The CDLP is delighted to offer five new publications and three publication updates:

25.0 Kleb - Geometrische Konstanten und griechische Mathematiktheoreme auf altbabylonischen Keilschrifttafeln - Eine Darlegung anhand von 7 Beispielen
24.0 Liu - Prosopographical Statistics. Appendix of the article “Prosopography of individuals delivering animals to Puzriš-Dagan in Ur III Mesopotamia,” Akkadica 142/2, 2021, pp. 113-142
23.0 Kleb - Der Nachweis eines systematisch vorhandenen und genutzten dimensionslosen Funktionswertesystems als Vorgänger unserer heutigen trigonometrischen Funktionen, rund 1500 Jahre vor Hipparchos
22.0 Huber - Third Millennium BC Chronology and Clock-Time Correction
21.0 Brunke - On Systems of the Second Degree — Some Thoughts (and a Lot of Pictures)
13.3 Huber - Early Linguists
13.2 Huber - Early Linguists
3.1 Foxvog - Elementary Sumerian Glossary (revised 2022)

CDLN (Cuneiform Digital Library Notes) https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdln
We are happy to announce that Cuneiform Digital Library Notes is back online. and with a new co-editor, Rune Rattenborg (rune.rattenborg@lingfil.uu.se
) joining managing editor Émilie Pagé-Perron (emilie.page-perron@wolfson.ox.ac.uk). Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that notes, though edited, are not peer-reviewed and are meant to roll out information as quickly as possible to the scholarly community. Prospective authors are encouraged to consult the updated submission guidelines on cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/postings/199 and to contact the editors for advice on how to prepare and submit manuscripts for publication.

We are pleased to announce the following notes published online so far in 2023:

2023:5 Kleb - 270 valid triples below, between and above the lines 1-15 of Plimpton 322
2023:4 Abaslou & Zamani - Two brick inscriptions from ‘Shah-e Cheragh’ shrine
2023:3 Zamani & Abaslou - Two cylinder Seals from Ur III in Arak
2023:2 Bakhtiari - A new edition of four inscriptions from the Persepolis Fortification Seals Corpus
2023:1 Rattenborg - Gone west: Revisiting the cuneiform tablet of Thunder-Rolling-Down-the-Mount

We would furthermore draw attention to notes published in the last few years, as a number of these have not previously been available online:

2020:1 Kozuh - A Unique Herd Inspection Text in the LAUSD Collection from the Reign of Neriglissar
2019:1 Peterson - Two Fragmentary Old Babylonian Nippur Inheritance Divisions From the Reign of Samsuiluna
2018:2 Arbøll & Rattenborg - Two Old Akkadian administrative tablets from Danish auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen
2018:1 Dahl & Kelly - A note on cataloguing cylinder seals: including weight
2017:2 Daneshmand - Inscriptions of Darius I in the National Museum of Iran
2017:1 Daneshmand - Inscriptions of Ur-Ningirsu II and Igi-hatet in the National Museum of Iran
2015:16 Lafont - Puzur-hâli, Puzur-hammi, *Puzur-Haya


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