Preservation and Analysis of the Perlman/Asaro Archaeometry Archives
Preservation and Analysis of the Perlman/Asaro Archaeometry Archives Matthew T. Boulanger1,2 Michael D. Glascock1 1Archaeometry Laboratory, University of Missouri Research Reactor 2Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri7th World Archaeological Congress SThe Dead Sea, Jordan • January 13th-18th, 2013
LBNL Nuclear Archaeology• First-generation NAA lab.• 1968–1989 (NAA at LBNL)• est. 10,000+ analyses• Focus on ceramics from: • Middle East • Mediterranean
LBNLArchives• Sent to MURR in 2006• Make these data usable by the broader scientific community• Requires • Digitization • Preservation and curation • Distribution• Archives contain < 50% of data, > 80% of data located through collaborators
Cuneiform Tablets • “[N] o attempt has been made..to investigate the source of large numbers of tablets on the basis of their raw materials.” (Goren et al. 2011) • ca. 250 analyzed at LBNL • Data published for only 30 (12%) • Perhaps earliest textual evidence for trade, exchange, and cultural contact in the Middle East Sumerian tablet from Tell Telloh (Girsu) Analyzed by the Berkeley laboratory Image courtesy of CDLI (http://cdli.ucla.edu)
Standards for Archaeometric Data Preservation• Digital and paper records• Standardized metadata structures • Context and descriptions of specimens • Details on analytical protocol and methods• On-line data-sharing portals • Data-distribution policy • Sustained commitment and cooperation
AcknowledgmentsS Drs. F. Asaro, M. Artzy, J. Yellin, R.E. Jones, B. Knapp, and many others.