The Digital Context of At-Risk Textual Archives
Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari
Adam G. Anderson [+]
University of California, Berkeley
Adam G. Anderson is the Academic Coordinator of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and a Data Science Lecturer and Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
By describing the case study of a large collection of Assyrian tablets, this chapter illustrates the benefits of digital curation and textual analysis for re-establishing the missing context of looted and unprovenienced ancient artifacts. It tackles the main theme of heritage at-risk from a different perspective than other chapters in the book. The author details the creation of an ontological structure for data analysis using digital curation methods combined with innovative machine learning and network analysis and visualization techniques. The result is an important new research tool for scholars focusing on reinterpreting ancient Assyrian cuneiform writing from unprovenienced texts.