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HD-50067-07

CUNY Research Foundation, Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY 11210-2850)
H. Arthur Bankoff (Project Director: 11/16/2006 to present)

Cuneiform Forensics - 3D Digital Analysis of Cuneiform Tablet Production

Digital laser scanning and three-dimensional quantification, as well as the creation of digitally-generated models, of ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets.

The Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center and the Brooklyn College Digital Morphology Laboratory are applying for funding from the NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Program to investigate the feasibility of using laser scanning and 3D quantification and analysis of the cuneiform signs on a series of ancient Near Eastern tablets as a pilot study (1) to determine whether specific ?hands? can be identified ; (2) to investigate whether the same technology and research design can be used to match unconnected tablet fragments and to determine whether or not they are parts of the same text; (3) to reconstruct and compare the seals on the tablets and, (4) to reproduce exact larger-scale replicas of tablets and seals in epoxy resin for study and exhibit.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,850 (approved)
$29,850 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2007 – 9/30/2008