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ADVANCED IMAGING FOR TABLETS IN CDLI COLLECTION

For nearly three weeks, experts from the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) have been recording items in the Schøyen Collection using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). This imaging technology reveals more surface information than can be obtained through standard physical examination. The process involves a large dome from University of Southampton with 76 cameras, scanning pictographic and cuneiform tablets with high definition images with a resolution of 600 dpi.

The Schøyen Collection joined the CDLI project by invitation eight years ago. CDLI is a joint project of the University of California, Max Planck Institute, Berlin, and the University of Oxford. So far over 400,000 tablets from 30 major museum collections have been scanned, including British Museum, Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg, Iraq Museum, National Museum of Syria, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Yale Babylonian collection, Harvard University, Cornell university NY, Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin, and the Louvre.

This improved scanning of the Schøyen tablets have been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Further information on www.cdli.ucla.edu and www.cdli.ox.ac.uk/wiki / CDLI Cuneiform Collections.

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