From June 30th until July 13th, Dr. Anne Goddeeris studied a number of cuneiform tablets in the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. The research stay took place in the framework of Work Package V, “History and Chronology” (supported via WP VI) of the Greater Mesopotamia IAP in which the KU Leuven participates and was additionally financed by the FWO-Vlaanderen.
In the museum, she studied legal and administrative texts from Nippur, the religious capital of Babylonia, dating from 1900-1700 BC. These archives, excavated by the Babylonian Expedition at the end of the 19th century, are dispersed over three collections, now kept in Istanbul (Turkey), Jena (Germany) and Philadelphia (US). The texts in Philadelphia have been collated, situated in their archival context and recorded with the Portable Light Dome system. In some cases, the PLD recordings of fragments of these texts could be joined with other fragments Anne recorded with the Portable Light Dome some years ago at Jena Universität, Germany. A wonderful example of virtual reconstructions of ancient artefacts which have been spread around the world in modern times.