Jan 5, 2023

Turkish Researchers Use AI to Read Cuneatic Hittite Tablets

For the first time, 1,954 ancient Hittite tablets are being read with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) thanks to a project implemented in Türkiye. When the translation part is completed, the cuneatic clay tablets will be put on display for the public in the Hittite Digital Library scheduled to open soon.

The first phase of the project, which was initiated to read, scan and digitize the Hittite cuneiform tablets in the inventory of the Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and the Çorum Museum, has been completed. Within the framework of the project carried out in cooperation with Ankara University and the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums, this unsurpassed project will help researchers to easily analyze the historical documents of thousands of years, accelerating the deciphering the process

Photographing them in high resolution and scanning them with 3D technology, 500 of the Hittite cuneiform tablets were translated at the beginning of the project. According to the testing, the AI’s success ratio was 75.66%. The data obtained from the deciphered tablets will be shared with the scientific world by Hittitologists. In addition, when the AI finishes conducting all of the studies, the information obtained from the tablets will be shared in a digital library, making it available to Hititologists and history enthusiasts.

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