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AHMA Colloquium - Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

Lecture | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

Adam Anderson, UC Berkeley

Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This is the second paper in a lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The event is co-sponsored by the AHMA Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Abstract: I introduce the Ur III (250,000 tot.; Drehem 15,000) and Old Assyrian (23,000 tot.; 10,000 published) texts as examples of large bodies of cuneiform tablets that were initially organized into archives in antiquity, but that because of illicit excavation, the archival organization of the tablets was lost. I then describe the computational methods that I and collaborators have used to restore groups of archives within their respective corpora. These methods incorporate a combination of network analysis and classification models together with close reading for supervision, which result in a series of interactive color-coded network graphs, available for scholarly interaction.