David I. Owen Photo Archive

For five years (1969-1974) David I. Owen was an assistant curator and research associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and currently a Faculty Associate. During this time he photographed hundreds of Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform economic and literary tablets for his publications and for the publications of other scholars working in the Babylonian Section of the Museum. The majority of these photos were used by scholars to facilitate their research and publication but were often never published. Since the original photos are an important resource and record of these cuneiform texts, they have all been digitized by Owen's son, Ethan Kadiff Owen, who also created this web site where the photos may be accessed along with details of their respective publication records. In addition, numerous other photos have been added by Professor Owen and by Bendt Alster (Copenhagen). The site is a work-in-progress and additions to it are being made on a regular basis.