Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Oriental Institute Tablet Collection

One of the first postings in this blog signaled the collaboration between the OI Tablet Collection and The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). That collaboration has progress to the point at which nearly 4000 inscribed objects in the OI collection are available via the CDLI.

The Oriental Institute Cuneiform Collection, University of Chicago
In these pages, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with its Curator Walter Farber, and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of nearly 4000 inscribed objects in the OI collection. The cuneiform tablets here were digitized, using either originals in Chicago or published hand copies following the standard conventions of the CDLI. The full catalogue of the collection, including transliterations and translations of the texts, and word and sign glossaries is currently under construction.

This Oriental Institute tablet (A 636) contains a letter written in the Old Akkadian period (ca. 2300 BC) in the city of Adab (click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).

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