The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, started in 1986, is a long-term undertaking to
- collect all published and unpublished Neo-Assyrian texts into an electronic database, Corpus of Neo-Assyrian (CNA), and maintain the database as a research tool;
- use the CNA database to publish up-to-date critical text editions of texts written in Neo-Assyrian in a series of volumes organized by text genre (SAA);
- produce a journal as a medium for the publication of new texts and studies relating to the Assyrian Empire or Assyria in general (SAAB);
- publish a series of monographic studies based on the texts published in the SAA series or other sources on various topics related to Assyria (SAAS);
- publish a series of facsimile cuneiform texts, for both classroom and general research use, based primarily on the texts from Assurbanipal’s library (SAACT);
- publish a series of critical text editions of literary texts based primarily on cuneiform texts from Assurbanipal’s library (SAALT);
- publish a complete name book and who was who of the Neo-Assyrian empire based on the CNA database and supplementary materials (PNA);
- create a toponym database that can be used to generate a Digital Map of the Ancient Near East. This project is being carried out with the collaboration of The Casco Bay Assyriological Institute and the Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients;
- create and publish a dictionary of the language used in the Neo-Assyrian period attested in the texts in the CNA database as an (Assyrian-English-Assyrian Dictionary).
The Project held an international symposium, “Assyria, 1995”, September 7-11, 1995, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and an exhibit, “Nineveh 612 BC”, opened at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, on September 8, 1995, in conjunction with the symposium.
In July 2001, The Project, In conjunction with the Institute for Asian and African Studies and the University of Helsinki, hosted the 47th Rencontre Assyriolgique Internationale, the International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology, in Helsinki.
The Project was funded principally by the Academy of Finland and the University of Helsinki from 1986 to 1996. From January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2001, the Project was a Centre of Excellence of the University of Helsinki. Since January 1, 2002, the Project has had no source of funding. The Project has cooperation agreements with the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, the British Museum, and the Suomen Itämainen Seura.
In cooperation with the The Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies of the Higher Education Academy and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities of the University of Cambridge and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Project has made available on the web transliterations and translations of all texts published in the SAA volumes so far at the Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire Website, the Assyrian Empire Builders Website, and the State Archives of Assyria Online Website.
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SAACT 7 (3/2010)
SAACT 6 (3/2010)
SAAS 19 (3/2008)
SAACT 5 (12/2007)
Assyrian-English-Assyrian Dictionary (12/2007)
SAAS 18 (6/2007)
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