The Laboratory of Assyriology (Labassi) was born in 1999
on the initiative of prof. Claudio Saporetti at the Department
of Historical Sciences of the Ancient World of the University
of Pisa, with the task of investigating some specific aspects
of mesopotamian civilization and of elaborating them digitally
with the aid of the most up-to-date technological devices.
Labassi takes up, harvesting its ten-year experience, Project
ALTAN ("Linguistic Analysis of Assyrian and Nuzian Texts")
and "Cybernetica Mesopotamica", both operating
in Italy and abroad in the 70s and 80s, and Project AEC ("Electronic
Analysis of Cuneiform writing"), active at the University
of Pisa from 1987, which undertook, first in Europe, the
digitalization of akkadian sources.
From the year of its foundation, Labassi has focused its
attention on the study of the civilization of the Diy¡la
and particularly of the Kingdom of Ešnunna during the
Old Babylonian period (XX-XVIII century BCE), both from a
historical-philological and an archeological point of view.
In 2003 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs entrusted prof.
Saporetti, as director both of the Centre for Diy¡la
Studies of the Geo-Archeology Association and of Labassi,
with the task of digitally cataloguing the cuneiform texts
of the Iraq Museum of Baghdad, as the italian contribution
to the preservation of the iraqi cultural heritage, put in
jeopardy during the last war. The work, actually operative
from 2005, enlists the contribute of ENEA for virtual reproduction
of the clay tablets in 3D (Project kima labirišu).
The Laboratory, thanks to the profitable cooperation both
of scholars of the mesopotamian civilization and of information
technology experts, has kept up-to-date with regard to the
development of the application of information sciences to
the field of humanities, and means to offer its fruitful
contribute for a better enjoyment of the cultures of the
Ancient Near East by means of information technology.
Besides the operational and voluntary contribution of students
of the University of Pisa, Labassi benefits from fundings
from the University and from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs