Ebla (ancient Tell Mardikh) is an ancient city-state in North-West Syria, which flourished in the mid-third and early second millennia BCE. Since 1964, the “Italian Archaeological Mission to Syria” has been excavating the site, under the direction of Paolo Matthiae. Within the collapsed rooms of the royal palace, the excavators found ancient archives, made of thousands of cuneiform tablets, datable to the 24th century BCE.
The Ebla Digital Archives [ EbDA ] aims to provide a digital edition of the entire corpus of Ebla texts. It includes all documents published so far in the ARET series (“Archivi Reali di Ebla – Testi”) as well as in other monographs and journals. Compared with hard copy publications, the digital edition provides harmonized transliterations, corrections and numerous collations made over the years by the team of epigraphers who cooperate with the “Italian Archaeological Mission to Syria”.
The Ebla Digital Archives project provides scholars an students alike with an easy-to-use, yet powerful research tool for the study of the Ebla texts. Users may browse the documents individually, or query data in the most flexible way, thanks to one of the most advanced database implementation for the digital representation of cuneiform dicuments. An extensive, searchable, up-to-date bibliography of all Ebla material published so far complements the results.
A Project of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in collaboration with CNR - ISMA
The project is carried out within the framework of the Sinleqiunnini project. The text encoding system was originally designed by Giorgio Buccellati (member of the International Committe for the Study of the Ebla Texts), and then slightly modified in order to capture the full complexity of the Ebla evidence.
EbDA takes advantage of the good philological progress made over the years by several scholars, who kindly provided us with collations, corrections and suggestions. The list of contributors includes Alfonso Archi as chief epigrapher, Maria Giovanna Biga, Marco Bonechi, Amalia Catagnoti, Giovanni Conti, James Platt and Maria Vittoria Tonietti.
Erica Scarpa / Data entry supervisor and bibliography Mirko Surdi / Data entry Enrico Marcato, Francesco Bianchi, Stefan Feichtinger / Previous collaborators
EbDA is presently funded by the Italian Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) through a PRIN grant assigned to Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (PI: Lucio Milano), to Università degli Studi di Firenze and to Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico (CNR - ISMA).