Metadata View

To make ATAE and its numerous subproject a little more user friendly, we have customized the metadata frame of the Item View (see the image below) so that more information about the texts included in this subproject are accessible to ATAE users. This page will give a brief overview of the information now provided in the metadata frame of the Item View.

General Information Links

This section contains four links:


The text designation is displayed in the dark green background. This is generally the publication abbreviation (here, "StAT 3" for "Studien zu den Assur-Texten 3") and the text number within that publication (with leading zeros).


The numbers section displays the following information (when known):

The collection, accession, and excavation numbers follow CDLI formatting. For example, K 982 (=SAA 17 010) displays as K 00982 (with two leading zeros). Leading zeros are also used for the primary publications. Thus, ABL 0833 for ABL 833.


The provenance section contains general information about the find spot of the text, if known. The metadata included here is:

The Archive information is generally based on Pedersén, Archives and Libraries in the Ancient Near East 1500-300 B.C., with a few additions and sub-divisions.

Object Details

The object details section contains information about the object and material support upon which the text is inscribed. Ninety-nine percent of the texts included here are written on clay tablets. The other one percent generally comprises clay envelopes, bulla, and tags. Moreover, additional information about whether or not a tablet is impressed with (a) seal(s) or fingernail mark(s) is included here, including the name of the owner(s) of the seal(s). The metadata included in this section is:

Text Details

The text details section contains general information about the text itself. The metadata included here is:


The date section includes the following information, when known:

The "Dated" metadata information has four options: (1) yes, when the object bears a complete date; (2) yes, but partially preserved, when the date is damaged; (3) yes, but completely destroyed, when it is (fairly) certain that the object originally was dated but now missing (due to the fragmentarily nature of the clay object); and (4) no, when the object was not dated at the time it was inscribed.

For yes and yes, but partially preserved, the Metadata View will display the ancient date. 'Short' and 'long' dates are (generally) given for these texts. The 'long' date records the information as it appears on the object, while the 'short' date converts the information into the format YEAR-MONTH-DAY. Months in the 'short' date are always given in upper case Roman numerals. For example, the date of StAT 1, 001 [/atae/P514460] is 661-V-21 (Abu 21st, eponymy of Arbailāyu). The Mesopotamian month names and their modern equivalents are:

I  Nisannu  March–April VII  Tašrītu  September–October
II  Ayyāru  April–May VIII  Araḫsamna  October–November
III  Simānu  May–June IX  Kislīmu  November–December
IV  Duʾūzu  June–July X  Ṭebētu, Kanūnu  December–January
V  Abu  July–August XI  Šabāṭu  January–February
VI  Ulūlu  August–September XII  Addaru  February–March
VI₂  Intercalary Ulūlu   XII₂  Intercalary Addaru

For yes, but completely destroyed and no, the Metadata View might display a proposed date, if one has been suggested (and included in the ATAE catalogue). All suggested dates are placed between parentheses. For example, the proposed date of CTN 1, 07 [/atae/P224682] is (791–778) is its date is completely destroyed, but can be conjected from dated "Wine Lists" from Kalhu (modern Nimrud).

Note that the information provided for the "reign" is based solely on the information given for the "(proposed) date." For example, for the texts edited in SAA 17 [saao/saa17], the reign information will be Sargon II (721-705), Sennacherib (704-681), or Sargon II (721-705) or Sennacherib (704-681), since this is the suggested scholarly date of those pieces of royal correspondence.


When additional bibliography is included, those publications will be listed under the bibliography section.


At present, one view of the text is possible: Print text, which allows users to print the transliteration and translation of the text.

The ATAE catalogue has forty-six searchable fields. These are: accession_no, ancient_author, ancient_buyer, ancient_creditor, ancient_debtor, ancient_seller, archive, astron_date, atae_attribution, cite_as, collection, composite_witness, credits, date, designation, dialect, display_name, excavation_no, external_id, findspot_square, fingernails_number, genre, has_date, id_text, language, last_mod_by, last_modified, long_date, material, museum_no, object_type, period, pleiades_id, primary_publication, project, provenience, regnal_dates, ruler, script, script_remarks, script_type, seal_mark_type, seal_owner, sealed_marked, seals_number, subgenre.

You can search any of these fields in the ATAE pagers by using the Oracc Search window.

You can search the entire database or a specific field. To search the entire catalogue, enter catalogue: into the Oracc Search bar and the search criteria. For example, catalogue:Khorsabad.

NOTE: If your search comprises more than one word, then use an underscore (_) instead of a blank space between the words. For example, catalogue:Sargon_II_or_Sennacherib.

If you want to only search one field, enter the field name (without the underscrores) plus : and then the search criteria. For example, ancientauthor:Nabu-bel-šumati; ancientauthor:Nabu-bel-szumati (with sz instead of š) and ancientauthor:Nabubelszumati (with sz instead of š and without hyphens) will also return results.

Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Metadata View', Archival Texts of the Assyrian Empire (ATAE), The ATAE Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2021 []

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