Digital Projects

The Book of the Dead in 3D

Leader: Rita Lucarelli

The aim of the Book of the Dead in 3D project is to explore the relationship between texts and their positioning on a magical object through building annotated 3D models of coffins displaying the texts and translations.

Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Lexical Texts

Leader: Niek Veldhuis

The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Lexical Texts publishes editions and translations of cuneiform lexical texts (word lists and sign lists) from all periods of Mesopotamian history with glossaries. DCCLT first went online in 2003. DCCLT is one of the founding member-projects of the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (ORACC) consortium and utilizes the tools and standards developed for ORACC by Steve Tinney. DCCLT has been supported by the NEH and by various other agencies.

Chorasmian Online

Leader: Adam Benkato

The goal of the Chorasmian Online project ( is to make as many resources as possible available online for the study of the Chorasmian language. This will include annotated bibliographies of published scholarly works, links to online material such as digitized manuscripts or publications, and occasional blogposts discussing aspects of Chorasmian. Chorasmian Online will also be home to an online dictionary of Chorasmian, building on the project first begun by Walter B. Henning in the 1960s, and continued by David N. MacKenzie in the 1990s, but never completed. The Chorasmian dictionary is being built in collaboration with ORACC.

Open Archive of Middle Persian Documents

Leader: Adam Benkato

The Open AMPD project is an online database and text edition aiming to include all Middle Persian documents (3rd-8th centuries CE) in collections around the world. The project is currently in development.

Berkeley Prosopography Services

Leaders: Niek Vieldhuis, Laurie Pearce

Berkeley Prosopography Services (BPS) is exploring and developing a prototype application to build prosopographical models that support research. The prototype focuses on a corpus of cuneiform tablets transcribed into Babylonian. For more information, see the project wiki pages. BPS was originally created at the University of California, Berkeley as a collaboration between the University's IST/Data Services group and the Near Eastern Studies Department.