The Yale Babylonian Collection will undergo a series of changes intended to enhance its use and conservation, and to expand access to one of the world’s leading assemblages of cuneiform tablets and other ancient Near Eastern artifacts.
The changes, announced May 12 by Yale University Provost Benjamin Polak, will better integrate the collection — a standalone entity since it was founded more than a century ago — into the university’s cultural heritage landscape. To that end, it will become formally affiliated with the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, though it will retain its name and identity as a distinct collection within the museum’s Division of Anthropology, Polak said.
Affiliating the collection with the Peabody will allow access to the world-class network of experts, facilities, and other resources that supports Yale’s museums and libraries, including conservation and storage facilities as well as security expertise, and digitization capability, Polak said.
Other plans include improving the collection’s online catalog, expanding access to digital images of collection material, and carrying out a conservation assessment.