Publication MS PLD, conference paper

A. Van der Perre, H. Hameeuw, V. Boschloos, L. Delvaux, M. Proesmans, B. Vandermeulen, L. Van Gool, L. Watteeuw 2016: Towards a combined use of IR, UV and 3D-Imaging for the study of small inscribed and illuminated artefacts, in: Homem P. M. (ed.), Lights On … Cultural Heritage and Museums!, Porto, 163-192.

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Publications (late 2015) in Near Eastern Studies

Publications in Near Eastern Studies which used PLD-technology:

With the white light Portable Light Dome

HAMEEUW H. 2015: Mesopotamian Clay Cones in the ancient Near East Collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History, in: Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Bruxelles 48 (2013), 5-48.

VAN DER STEDE V. 2015, Une statuette d’orant des MRAH, in: Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Bruxelles 48 (2013), 49-56.

HAMEEUW H., GORRIS E., TAVERNIER J. 2015: Written on Mud: Some more Brick Inscriptions from Mesopotamia, in Akkadica 136, 89-101.

With the multispectral Portable Light Dome

VAN DER PERRE A., HAMEEUW H. 2015: Multispectrale beeldvorming: de Romeinse mummieportretten van de Fajoem, in: L. Delvaux en I. Therasse (ed), Sarcofagen. Onder de sterren van Noet, Brussel, 164-165.

VAN DER PERRE A., HAMEEUW H. 2015: La création d’images multi-spectrales: les portraits romains du Fayoum, in: Delvaux, L. and I. Therasse (ed.), Sarcophages. Sous les étoiles de Nout (2015), 164-165.

Using PLD images for the publication of Seleucid stamp seal impressions

HAMEEUW H. & VAN OVERMEIRE S. 2015: The Seleucid Bullae from Uruk in the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, in: Mesopotamia 49, pp 113-142, pl 5-13. (article on

The Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH ) Near Eastern collections contain six large Seleucid bullae. These originate from the city of Warka (Uruk), where German archaeological teams began excavating in 1902, with systematic digging starting in 1912/1913 and lasting until 2002. Seleucid bullae were found in several rooms around the Bit Rēš sanctuary and they are now the property of museums world-wide. On the RMAH bullae, H. de Genouillac notes in a publication on a Sumerian-Babylonian vocabulary: «Ce beau “syllabaire” provident d’une trouvaille faite à Ouarka au printemps 1912 et comprenant 17 tablettes de présages et une centaine de contrats de l’époque des Séleucides, Il a été acquis par le Musée de Bruxelles avec divers spécimens de la même découverte.». Among them are most probably eight legal cuneiform documents and the six bullae presented here; as such, they all received successive collection numbers in the RMAH museum register.

3 recent publications (late 2014) in Near Eastern Studies

Below 3 recent publications (late 2014) in Near Eastern Studies which used PLD-technology:

BOSCHLOOS V., HAMEEUW H. & VAN QUICKELBERGHE E. 2014: Scarabaei Chananaei Lovanienses: Middle Bronze Age ‘Hyksos’ Seal-Amulets in the University Museums of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Res Antiquae 11. (article on

GODDEERIS, A. & HAMEEUW H. 2014: Een Trans-atlantische Hereniging. Interactieve Opnames Reconstrueren een Oud-Babylonische Erfenisoorkonde, Phoenix 59/2, 67-78. (article on

BOSCHLOOS V., DEVILLERS A, GUBEL E., HAMEEUW H., JEAN C., VAN GOETHEM L., VAN OVERMEIRE S. & OVERLAET B. 2014: The Ancient Near Eastern Glyptic Collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History Reconsidered, Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire 83, 23-43. (article on

2014: Report on Portable Light Dome in Cuneiform Studies

Hendrik Hameeuw 2014: Portable Light Dome System, from registration to online publication within the hour: status quaestionis Portable Light Dome project for cuneiform documents

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Reflectance imaging has proven its value over the past decade. Thanks to this imaging technique cultural heritage artefacts can now be studied and presented in ways which were/are inconceivable with established digital photography. Research centres and users groups all over the world have experimented with the approach. Cuneiform studies in particular have benefited from these new possibilities. Throughout the development of this technology clay tablets with inscribed text and impressed seals were recorded with different methods in the reflectance imaging arsenal.

This report, a status quaestionis, gives a overview of the accomplishments of the Portable Light Dome system over the last years within the field of Cuneiform Studies and it confronts the approach with other imaging technique common for that field.