ARMEP 1.0’s interactive map interface displays the find spots of about 6,700 ancient texts, all of which were written in the Akkadian and Sumerian languages and in cuneiform script. Most of these inscribed artifacts were discovered in modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, while others originate from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Although the texts range in date from ca. 2334 to 64 BC, most come from Neo-Assyrian times (744-612 BC). The dataset is derived from the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc) and it includes texts from the following projects: Inscriptions of Suhu online (Suhu; LMU Munich); Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo; LMU Munich); Royal Inscriptions of Babylonia online (RIBo; LMU Munich) Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP; UPenn and LMU Munich); and State Archives of Assyria online (SAA; formerly UCL, now LMU Munich).
Funding for the interface was provided by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München through LMUexcellent (Investionsfonds) and the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East (Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte), as well as by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The interactive map displays the find spots of about 6,700 inscribed artifacts, all of which bear cuneiform texts written in the Akkadian and Sumerian languages. To provide users with the best possible overview of the places where these rich and varied texts originate (or still exist today), the find spots are displayed as clusters when the map is initially loaded (or is reset). When a cluster is hovered over, the mouseover hover box shows the names of all locations. City/location clusters separate when one zooms in on that particular section of the map.
For an overview of the item(s) in a cluster, click on any cluster circle. The interface will load a dialogue box showing the “descriptor” (a text’s modern designation or primary publication), “genre” (the category of literature), and “period” (when the text was composed) of the available text(s). The order of each column can be sorted (alphabetically), in either ascending or descending order. The displayed information can be searched using the search filter. To get additional information on the find spot, click on the underlined name at the top of the dialogue box, in the area with the changing images.
To access the “Single Item” view of a text, click on the desired row in the “Cluster Overview” (described above) or a cluster circle with the number “1”. ARMEP will load a second dialogue box showing the text’s designation, provenience, language and script, genre, period (in which the text was written), ruler (during whose reign the text was composed), date (of composition), material (upon which the text was inscribed), (the type of) object, the text's author (if known) and a link to its edition (transliteration and translation) on Oracc (shown inside the red oval in the screenshot). Use the “Previous” and “Next” buttons to navigate between the “Single Item” views of the available texts.
Filtering by Metadata
All data can be filtered by ten metadata categories. This functionality can be accessed via the top bar. If two or more metadata categories are selected at once resulting data items must contain all of those. Within each metadata category multiple selections can be made. If so, valid data items may contain only of the selected fields. The metadata filter is connected with a logical “and” to the content filter.
Filtering by Content
All data can be filtered by four different categories of content (translations, transliterations, lemmata and signs). If tokens from multiple lists are selected then they interconnect with a logical “and” while tokens of the same category connect with a logical “or”. The content filter is connected with a logical “and” to the metadata filter.