The Ancient World Goes Digital

Case Studies on Archaeology, Texts, Online Publishing, Digital Archiving, and Preservation


The new volume of the CyberResearch series brings together thirty-three authors under the umbrella of digital methods in Archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Biblical studies.
Both a newbie and a professional reader will find here diverse research topics, accompanied by detailed presentations of digital methods: distant reading of text corpora, GIS digital imaging, and various methods of text analyses. The volume is divided into three parts under the headings of archaeology, texts and online publishing, and includes a wide range of approaches from the philosophical to the practical.
This volume brings the reader up-to-date research in the field of digital Ancient Near Eastern studies, and highlights emerging methods and practices. While not a textbook per se, the book is excellent for teaching and exploring the Digital Humanities.

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Vanessa Bigot Juloux is a PhD candidate at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris) and a researcher associate at the Institute of Archaeology & Siegfried H. Horn Museum (Andrews University, Michigan). Her research focuses on the anthropology of action, especially in political contexts.

Alessandro di Ludovico, Ph.D. (2007), Sapienza University of Rome, is research collaborator in Near Eastern Archaeology and co-director of the series “Atlante del Vicino Oriente Antico" (Rome). His research deals with perception and communication in the ancient Near East.

Sveta Matskevich, Ph.D. (2015), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a Digital Archivist at the Israel Antiquities Authority and a lecturer at the Digital Humanities Program at the University of Haifa.
Editors’ Note
Note on Phonology
List of Figures, Maps and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Maps and Toponyms Related to Ancient Settlements or Regionsl

Vanessa Bigot Juloux, Alessandro di Ludovico, Sveta Matskevich and Randall W. Younker

Part 1: Archaeology (Landscape, Archaeology and Artefacts)

1 Evaluating Ancient Arabia’s Trade Routes with Least-Cost-Path Analysis
Alexander Städtler

2 High-Resolution 3D Documentation of Archaeological Artefacts. A Copper-Alloy Object from Pyla-Kokkinokremos (Cyprus) as a Case-Study
Martina Polig, Sorin Hermon, Simon Jusseret, Giusi Sorrentino, Jan Driessen, Athanasia Kanta and Joachim Bretschneider

3 Interactive 2D and Multispectral Imaging on the Crossroads of Archaeology, Egyptology and Assyriology
Hendrik Hameeuw, Athena van der Perre and Vanessa Boschloos

4 Integrating Data, Creating Knowledge from Ancient West Asian Seals and Sealings: The DigANES/ACAWAI-CS Projects
Elisa Roßberger and Anna Kurmangaliev

Part 2: Texts

5 Fast(Text) Analysis of Mesopotamian Divine Names
Heidi Jauhiainen and Tero Alstola

6 Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Annotations of Ancient Texts: The Euporia System
Federico Boschetti, Luigi Bambaci, Angelo Mario del Grosso, Gloria Mugelli, Anas Fahad Khan, Andrea Bellandi and Andrea Taddei

7 The Wisconsin Palmyrene Aramaic Inscription Project: Its Digital Methods and Tools in Self-Critical Perspective
Preston L. Atwood and R. Jesse Pruett

8 Ancient Gods Going Digital: On the First Steps of the On-Going ERC Project “Mapping Ancient Polytheisms”
Élodie Guillon and Fabio Porzia

Part 3: Online Publishing, Digital Archiving and Preservation

9 Speedy, Sleek Searching: Building Boolean Text Search Engines for Bibles
Drayton C. Benner

10 Digitality and the Ebla Archives: Framing Online Research Tools for the Study of Early Cuneiform Texts in a Broader Methodological Discourse
Massimo Maiocchi and Lucio Milano

11 Getting LOADed: Practical Considerations, Tools and Workflows for Producing Linked Open Assyriological Data
Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

12 Integrating Spatial Data in the Ras Shamra Tablet Inventory
Miller C. Prosser

13 HUMOT: A Prosopographical Online Resource for Ancient and Late Antique History
Elena Gritti

14 Mapping the World of Theology
Sean Boisen

CyberResearch Glossary

General Glossary

Index of Authors and Researchers

Index of CyberResearch

General Index
This volume will interest scholars and students of the ancient Near East as well as digital humanities researchers across disciplines.
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