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Rattenborg, R. (2020). Administrative Texts: Allotments of Clothing for the Palace Personnel: Archive L. 2769: Archi, A. (2018). Archivi Reali Di Ebla. Testi 20. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-447-11020-4. xvi + 330 pp., 48 plates. Hardback. €128. [Review].
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Administrative Texts: Allotments of Clothing for the Palace Personnel: Archive L. 2769: Archi, A. (2018). Archivi Reali Di Ebla. Testi 20. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-447-11020-4. xvi + 330 pp., 48 plates. Hardback. €128.
2020 (English)In: ISSN 0075-8914Article, book review (Other academic) Epub ahead of print
Keywords
Ebla, Early Bronze Age, cuneiform
National Category
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-407520 (URN)10.1080/00758914.2020.1745521 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-03-25 Created: 2020-03-25 Last updated: 2020-03-25
Rattenborg, R. (2019). Cuneiform Site Index (CSI): A Gazetteer of Findspots for Cuneiform Texts in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cuneiform Site Index (CSI): A Gazetteer of Findspots for Cuneiform Texts in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East
2019 (English)Data set, Primary data
Abstract [en]

This index contains primary spatial, toponym, attribute, and external link information on approximately two hundred and fifty locations across the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East where texts written in cuneiform and derived scripts have been found. The index has been prepared by Rune Rattenborg as part of Memories For Life: Materiality and Memory of Ancient Near Eastern Inscribed Private Objects a research project based at Uppsala University and the University of Cambridge financed by a Research Project Grant from the Swedish Research Council (grant no. 2016-02028). The intention is to continuously update this index to provide an easy digital geographical reference for Assyriologists, Near Eastern Archaeologists, and other researchers with an interest in the cuneiform script. New download versions will appear regularly. Time permitting, we will aim to expand the index to contain also basic periodisation and bibliographical information for easy reference, along with quantitative data.

Keywords
cuneiform, GIS, historical geography, artefact provenience
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Assyriology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-407992 (URN)
Note

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Available from: 2020-04-02 Created: 2020-04-02 Last updated: 2020-04-02
Rattenborg, R. (2019). Ved Asiens porte: Udgravninger på Tapeh Kheibar, en oldtidshøj i Zagrosbjergene. Sfinx, 42(3), 4-11
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ved Asiens porte: Udgravninger på Tapeh Kheibar, en oldtidshøj i Zagrosbjergene
2019 (Danish)In: Sfinx, ISSN 0105-7618, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 4-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: , 2019
Keywords
Iran, Archaeology, Iron Age
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392945 (URN)
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2020-02-27Bibliographically approved
Rattenborg, R. (2018). A Clay Tablet, a Spreadsheet, and a Spy Satellite Walk Into a Bar:: Building Data Sets for Large-Scale Statistical Analysis from Administrative Cuneiform Texts. In: : . Paper presented at 64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, University of Innsbruck 16-20 July 2018, Austria.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Clay Tablet, a Spreadsheet, and a Spy Satellite Walk Into a Bar:: Building Data Sets for Large-Scale Statistical Analysis from Administrative Cuneiform Texts
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The increasing digitisation of the cuneiform corpus has unleashed an array of exciting computational methods for philological and historical research, ranging from standard text markup and tagging to large-scale data mining, formal network analysis and 3D-imaging and automated translation. Interrelating and ordering more diverse nodes of information for substantive, computer-aided historical research remains cumbersome, however, as it often requires more interpretive efforts at the interface between analogue text and digital rendering. Yet the coupling of the primary text and relevant information not present in the text itself, not to mention the insights that cuneiform specialists themselves can bring to the formative stages of data generation, certainly holds huge potential for taking digital humanities applications to cuneiform sources even further.Starting from a preoccupation with quantitative data as found in administrative cuneiform texts, this paper will first provide a review of previous attempts at converting and using data from this particular type of document in computer-aided analyses (e.g. Kerestes 1982, Stepien 1996, Jaworski 2008, Tenney 2011) and highlight obstacles in the initial interpretation and conversion of information from the text into a suitable digital format. Secondly, I present and discuss in more detail a versatile data structure for the ordering and querying of quantitative and qualitative data from administrative cuneiform texts, capable of maintaining the level of factual resolution found in the original text while at the same time allowing for large-scale dynamic analyses of a wide range of variables, and compatible both with statistical analyses and integration with GIS (Rattenborg 2016). Finally, I draw up some key areas of interest for future large-scale comparative and diachronic analyses of this type of documentation, and demonstrate the potential of large-scale exploratory data analyses as applied to the presented data set.

National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Assyriology; Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357142 (URN)
Conference
64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, University of Innsbruck 16-20 July 2018, Austria
Available from: 2018-08-13 Created: 2018-08-13 Last updated: 2019-01-02Bibliographically approved
Rattenborg, R. (2018). Configuring Mesopotamia: Regional Signifiers and the Many Locations of the ‘Land Between the Rivers’. In: Susanne Grunwald, Kerstin P. Hofmann, Daniel A. Werning, Felix Wiedemann (Ed.), Mapping Ancient Identities: Methodisch-kritische Reflexionen zu Kartierungspraktiken (pp. 147-166). Berlin: Edition Topoi
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Configuring Mesopotamia: Regional Signifiers and the Many Locations of the ‘Land Between the Rivers’
2018 (English)In: Mapping Ancient Identities: Methodisch-kritische Reflexionen zu Kartierungspraktiken / [ed] Susanne Grunwald, Kerstin P. Hofmann, Daniel A. Werning, Felix Wiedemann, Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2018, p. 147-166Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [de]

Es mag überflüssig erscheinen, sich erneut mit der genauen Bedeutung des Begriffs ‚Mesopotamien‘ zu befassen. Die auf der Hand liegende Bedeutung der griechischen Wörter mésos (‚mitten‘, ‚zwischen‘) und potamós (‚Strom‘, ‚Fluss‘) verhindert meist eine nähere Beschäftigung mit dem Ursprung und der vermeintlich offensichtlichen heutigen Verwendung des Wortes ‚Mesopotamien‘. Doch regionale Begriffe sind nicht statisch. Sie werden nicht nur durch physische Grenzlinien definiert, sondern vielfältige Merkmale. Ich untersuche hier die wechselnden Bedeutungen des Begriffs ‚Mesopotamien‘ für das Einzugsgebiet von Euphrat und Tigris vom 2. Jahrtausend v. Chr. bis heute und komme zu dem Ergebnis, dass die heutige Vorstellung von ‚Mesopotamien‘ in der Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs entstanden ist und damit nur wenig zu tun hat mit neutralen Quellenhinweisen auf die ferne Vergangenheit.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2018
Series
Berlin Studies of the Ancient World
Keywords
Middle East, First World War, Historical Geography, Mesopotamia, Orientalism, Region
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Assyriology; Archaeology; Geography; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373612 (URN)10.17171/3-55-9 (DOI)978-3-9816384-7-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-15 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved
Rattenborg, R. (2018). Forget About Mesopotamia:: Untangling the Many Locations of the ‘Land Between the Rivers’. In: : . Paper presented at 64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, University of Innsbruck, Österrike, 16-20 July 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forget About Mesopotamia:: Untangling the Many Locations of the ‘Land Between the Rivers’
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Assyriology; Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357143 (URN)
Conference
64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, University of Innsbruck, Österrike, 16-20 July 2018
Available from: 2018-08-13 Created: 2018-08-13 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved
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