Welcome to Archives in Context. This is an outreach initiative of the ERC project "Persia and Babylonia: Creating a New Context for Understanding the Emergence of the First World Empire". On this website, we give you a tour of different facets of our research: from cuneiform tablets to the workings of the Persian Empire. From the formation of an archive to its abandonment, destruction and rediscovery. From ancient record keeping to 3D archaeology and social network analysis. Join us on our search!
Archival practices in ancient Babylonia
Several modern and ancient factors contributed to whether ancient records have reached us.
Photography and Assyriology have met in many other ways. For the last century-and-a-half, they have grown together, feeding and learning from each other. Funny enough, despite its hi-tech aura Photography is actually the elder brother in this symbiotic relationship. Both came to light in the mid-19th century and were developed by technological and scientific breakthroughs brought about by several Victorian-era polymaths.