cuneiform on the web (USA Today 20020521)

From: Markus Scherer (
Date: Wed May 22 2002 - 13:07:56 EDT

USA Today ran a story yesterday on efforts to get cuneiform tablets published on the web "in dictionary, photographic and 3-D forms":

It mentions an encoding effort (which I am sure was mentioned on this list). See URL below.

An inset provides URLs:

The University of Birmingham Cuneiform Database Project ( has a number of cuneiform images and explanations.

The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (early-cuneiform details efforts to bring photos of the earliest cuneiform tablets, 120,000 in all, to the Web.

The Initiative for Cuneiform Encoding ( describes efforts to codify how cuneiform symbols are translated into modern fonts.

Other efforts are under construction; some are useful only to working scholars. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers a helpful cuneiform
explanation site for teachers at


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