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 Online resources for the study of Mesopotamian stamp and cylinder seals are difficult to come by, even though this small administrative tool has played a very substantial role in the development of writing, and in the smooth functioning of advanced ancient societies. Often seals come with incised legends naming the owner, his profession or educational standing, his patronymic and, looking up in the Mesopotamian hierarchy, his administrative affiliations. Online resources for the study of Mesopotamian stamp and cylinder seals are difficult to come by, even though this small administrative tool has played a very substantial role in the development of writing, and in the smooth functioning of advanced ancient societies. Often seals come with incised legends naming the owner, his profession or educational standing, his patronymic and, looking up in the Mesopotamian hierarchy, his administrative affiliations.
  
-The CDLI [[http://cdli.ucla.edu/projects/seals/seals.html|"Mesopotamian Seals"]] project is offered in order to bring attention to the limited text annotation files of the CDLI, as one of several avenues of research available for the study of seals, a sub-field more often treated by archaeologists and art historians than by philologists. The CDLI catalogue currently contains entries documenting ca. 32,450 Mesopotamian artifacts related to seals and sealing: 31,300 represent clay tablets, tags or other sealings, most of whose seal impressions included owner legends, and currently just 1,150 are physical seals; 5,370 more CDLI entries represent composites derived from seal impressions, and therefore the negatives of original cylinder seals now lost (see also R. K. Englund's contribution [[http://cdli.ucla.edu/pubs/cdln/php/single.php?id=000031|Seals and sealing in CDLI files]]). For information on the process of digitizing seals, see Klaus Wagensonner's presentation, {{:undefined:workshop_digitizing_wagensonner_2014.pdf|"digitising in the round"}}.  +The CDLI [[http://cdli.ucla.edu/projects/seals/seals.html|"Mesopotamian Seals"]] project is offered in order to bring attention to the limited text annotation files of the CDLI, as one of several avenues of research available for the study of seals, a sub-field more often treated by archaeologists and art historians than by philologists. The CDLI catalogue currently contains entries documenting ca. 32,450 Mesopotamian artifacts related to seals and sealing: 31,300 represent clay tablets, tags or other sealings, most of whose seal impressions included owner legends, and currently just 1,150 are physical seals; 5,370 more CDLI entries represent composites derived from seal impressions, and therefore the negatives of original cylinder seals now lost (see also R. K. Englund's contribution [[http://cdli.ucla.edu/pubs/cdln/php/single.php?id=000031|Seals and sealing in CDLI files]]). For information on the process of digitizing seals, see Klaus Wagensonner's presentation, {{:undefined:workshop_digitizing_wagensonner_2014.pdf|"digitising in the round"}}.  
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 +In 2019 a new website (in English and in French) devoted to seals and directly linked to the CDLI was launched, called [[http://sespoa.huma-num.fr|SESPOA (Sceaux et Empreintes de sceau du Proche-Orient ancien)]].
  
 ====Resources, Links, Bibliographies==== ====Resources, Links, Bibliographies====
  
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