What was DigANES?

The aim of the DigANES-project was to develop a “Concept for the Digitization and Labeling of Ancient Near Eastern Seals and Sealings”. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and carried out at the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, it was successfully completed in November 2017. Data entry continued during 2018 and 2019 with a focus on Babylonian second millennium BCE seals and sealings. The full DigANES-project report is available here.

Supported by Adelheid Otto, director of the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology, Elisa Ro├čberger and Anna Kurmangaliev were in charge of the project. Over the years, we were assisted by a dedicated group of student assistants.

The database and Linked Open Data concept developed for DigANES will be implemented now in the “Annotated Corpus of Ancient West Asian Imagery: Cylinder Seals” (ACAWAI-CS). We thank all contributors to DigANES for their great work! It will proof essential for the years of digitization and semantization of West Asian imagery that lie ahead of us.


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