Facilities

The Jonathan and Jeannette Rosen Ancient Near Eastern Studies Seminar and Tablet Conservation Laboratory are located at 726 Univeristy Avenue, Room 103, Cornell University.

The Seminar Room houses the tablet collection and the David I. Owen Assyriological library. Here post-doctoral and other scholars work on recording and translating the tablets from Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform into modern languages; courses on the reading of the cuneiform languages of Sumerian and Babylonian are also taught here. The Seminar room is equipped with data projection and white board, and can accommodate several researchers and students.

Tablets are photographed, baked, cleaned, and desalinized in the connected laboratory. Here the conservator works with a digital photography station, electronically programmed kiln, soaking sinks, and a fume hood in order to stabilize fragile, four and five thousand year-old tablets and document their appearance before and after conserving and photographing them.