Dr Paul Collins & Professor Jacob Dahl
An investigation into Material, Colour, Image and Text on Old Babylonian and Kassite Cylinder Seals.
MRes| University of Birmingham| Distinction| Cuneiform and Ancient Near East Studies
BA (Hons)| University of Iowa| Cum Laude| Art History
BA (Hons)| University of Iowa| Cum Laude| French Literature
My research focuses on Old Babylonian and Kassite cylinder seals and the connections between image, text, material, and colour. I am also interested in digital approaches to Assyriology specifically image annotation and AI and the ways in which technology might be used to expand access to ancient artefacts and achieve a deeper level of comprehension of their significance.
Mesopotamian cylinder seals; Old Babylonian and Kassite periods; Relationships between image and text; Mesopotamian visual representation; Archaeology of the ANE.
Recent Conferences and Academic involvement:
“When Modern Collides with Ancient: Digital Technologies and Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals”, Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology, March 2023.
“The use of VASA in the data collection and image-tagging of Old Babylonian Cylinder Seals”, Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology, April 2022.
“The Queen of the Night – Authentic or Fake?”, Undergraduate Symposium, University of Iowa, September 2019.
“The Genii and the Tree of Life: Iconography in the Reliefs of Ashurnasirpal II”, University of Iowa, September 2018.
I contribute to the work of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative https://cdli.ucla.edu; am a research lead on the SIANE project https://custom-imaging.co.uk/siane/ and co-organise the Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (OPCA) https://oxfordassyriology.wordpress.com/. I am also the student representative of BANEA https://www.banea.org/.