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RZ-50606-06

St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA 19131-1308)
Bruce Wells (Project Director: November 2005 to present)

Neo-Babylonian Trial Procedure

The examination of several hundred Neo-Babylonian cuneiform tablets in order to analyze and describe the features of the trial court system operative in Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) during the 7th to 5th centuries BCE. (36 months)

This project will analyze and describe the features of the trial court system operative in southern Iraq during the 7th to 5th centuries BCE. This will entail the identification and examination of several hundred Neo-Babylonian cuneiform tablets, both published and unpublished. The analysis will utilize methods from Assyriology, legal history, and information technology. The final result will be a one- or two-volume work containing text copies, text editions, analysis of the texts’ legal content, and an enclosed CD-ROM with a searchable database to facilitate readers’ utilization of the collected legal-historical data. A free website will also be created with many of the tablets rendered in searchable Unicode encodings for cuneiform signs.

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Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$148,161 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 6/30/2008