Work Package VI of the Greater Mesopotamia IAP deals on Imaging and Technology. In this regard, the IAP partners organized on 13 and 14 September 2012 an international Seminar on 'New Visualization Systems within Cuneiform Studies. Opportunities and Hazards'. For the digital registration of cuneiform tablets and several other types of archaeological objects, such as seal impressions or coins, the IAP partners have built up experience since years with the so-called PTM technology. In particular, the KU Leuven team has scanned hundreds of tablets and objects and prepared publications based on these images and wrote papers dealing on the used technologies. WP VI of our IAP aims to consolidate this and expand its use on the archaeological collections of the RMAH, the UCLouvain, KU Leuven and other additional collections or objects from archaeological excavations. During the last decade, several other research groups around the world have experimented also with similar techniques with as test objects cuneiform tablets.
Based on this background and in regard to the IAP partnership with CDLI we organized this Seminar at the KU Leuven department of ESAT and the RMAH department of Antiquities. Researchers working with PTM, RTI and 3D modeling within Cuneiform Studies at Southampton, Oxford, Heidelberg, Leuven and Brussels were asked to join this series of lectures, demonstrations, discussions and workshops to scope on the possibilities these techniques allow, the benefits they have proven scholars in the field of Assyriology and analyze the results they deliver. During two these two days at Leuven and Brussels, the participants (invited scholars, graduate students, doctoral students, postdocs, professors and managers in the heritage sector) were both introduced to what the technologies are about and took the opportunity to approach them critically.
Workshop on RTI-technology by James Miles (University of Southampton)