Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Digital Humanities

 Near Eastern Studies

In this talk I will introduce examples of "at-risk" textual archives from the ancient Near East. By exploring two ancient sites which have yielded large bodies of textual and material culture through illicit excavations, I will describe the latent archival organization found in the hoards of cuneiform tablets. Then, I will describe the computational methods that I and my colleagues have used to restore these archival boundaries within their respective corpora. These methods incorporate a combination of network analysis and ML classification models together with close reading for supervision. The result is a series of interactive color-coded network graphs, available for scholarly collaboration.

 dkisergo@berkeley.edu