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Collections in DASI

A new section focused on museum collections is available in DASI

The DASI project is continuing the task that began with the MENCAWAR Project and the CASIS Project of digitizing and making available to scholars the South Arabian inscriptions preserved in several collections around the world, with a special attention to the still unpublished items.

More than 200 South Arabian inscriptions and artefacts preserved in different museums of the USA and Europe were inventoried and digitized in the last year by the DASI team, by virtue of the agreements for international cooperation with the Harvard Semitic Museum and the Peabody Museum of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Babylonian Collection of the Department of Near Eastern Civilizations of the Yale University (USA) and the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale in Rome (Italy).

The objects catalogued increase the already consultable DASI collections of the British Museum and of nine Yemeni museums: the National Museum of Aden, the University Museum of Aden, the Zinjibar Museum of Abyan governorate, the Museum of Baynūn, the Regional Museum of Dhamār, the University Museum of Dhamār, the Ibb Museum, the Military Museum of Ṣanʿāʾ and the University Museum of Ṣanʿāʾ.

The new Collections page in the DASI website is intended to gather the virtual collections of epigraphic and an-epigraphic South Arabian items of each museum – organized in three main sections of European Museums, Yemeni Museums and USA Museums – thus providing access to a total of nearly 1,500 items.