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Media: Sumerian Dictionary Project/Article

Submitter: Karen S. Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ccms.ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: USA Today 21 May 2002

The five-thousand-year-old cuneiform writing system used starting around
3200 B.C. by Babylon, Chaldea, and other civilizations of Mesopotamia, is
going online in dictionary, photographic and 3D forms, and a team led by
Sumerian-language expert Steve Tinney of the University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is translating cuneiform into
English online (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~melindag/psdmain.html). The work
is being partly supported by grants from the National Endowment for the

Karen Steffen Chung
National Taiwan University

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Issue Number: 13.1444
Date Posted: May 22, 2002

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