Preservation and Analysis                        of the Perlman/Asaro                       Archaeometry Archives         ...
NAA Laboratories
LBNL    Nuclear    Archaeology•   First-generation NAA lab.•   1968–1989 (NAA at LBNL)•   est. 10,000+ analyses•   Focus o...
LBNLArchives•   Sent to MURR in 2006•   Make these data usable by    the broader scientific    community•   Requires     •...
Compatibility of Data
Cuneiform Tablets        •     “[N] o attempt has been made..to              investigate the source of large numbers of   ...
Standards for Archaeometric         Data Preservation•   Digital and paper records•   Standardized metadata structures    ...
AcknowledgmentsS Drs. F. Asaro, M. Artzy, J. Yellin, R.E. Jones, B. Knapp, and   many others.
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Presentation at the 7th World Archaeological Congress, Dead Sea, Jordan. January 13-18, 2013

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Preservation and Analysis of the Perlman/Asaro Archaeometry Archives

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. NAA Laboratories
  3. 3. LBNL Nuclear Archaeology• First-generation NAA lab.• 1968–1989 (NAA at LBNL)• est. 10,000+ analyses• Focus on ceramics from: • Middle East • Mediterranean
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Compatibility of Data
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. AcknowledgmentsS Drs. F. Asaro, M. Artzy, J. Yellin, R.E. Jones, B. Knapp, and many others.

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