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Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-9100)
Matthew Thaddius Rutz (Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Digital Preservation of Archival Tablets from the Syrian Kingdom of Ugarit

A project to catalog 2,061 cuneiform clay tablets written in seven languages from the site of Tell Ras Shamra, ancient Ugarit, in modern-day Syria. The project would also transliterate and translate 1,887 tablets into English and make all catalog information, transliterations, and translations available online.

Digital Preservation of Archival Tablets from the Syrian Kingdom of Ugarit will catalog the archival clay tablets written in the cuneiform script excavated at the Syrian site of Tell Ras Shamra, ancient Ugarit (c. 1350รข??1185 BC) and make their contents freely accessible in digital form via The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative and Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus. These historical witnesses (letters, economic texts, legal contracts, records of state) document the daily life of a cosmopolitan Syrian city that flourished over three millennia ago, but they are now threatened by the ongoing crisis in Syria. The project will highlight museum registration information for all 2,061 archival tablets and transliterate (transcribe the cuneiform script into the Roman alphabet following scholarly conventions) and translate the 1,887 published texts. The catalog, transliterations, and translations will provide a complete digital record of these imperiled cultural artifacts.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$166,632 (approved)
$166,632 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2020