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Archaeology*: Inscriptifact

This guide highlights resources for researching archaeology.

West Semitic Research Project

InscriptiFact is produced under the auspices of the West Semitic Research Project, directed by Prof. Bruce Zuckerman, the Myron and Marian Casden Director and Professor of Religion and Linguistics at USC.   The WSRP began in the early 1980s to provide high-quality images of ancient texts that can be viewed by scholars around the world, and has since developed revolutionary techniques to photograph and examine such texts.

An Exquisite Mirror is an online exhibit featuring photographs from the WSRP Archive.

InscriptiFact Project


An image database of inscriptions and artifacts from the West Semitic Research Project at USC.

The InscriptiFact Project is a USC database designed to allow access via the Internet to high-resolution images of ancient inscriptions from the Near Eastern and Mediterranean Worlds. The target inscriptions are some of the earliest written records in the world from an array of international museums and libraries and field projects where inscriptions remain in situ.
Included are, for example,

  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia and Canaan
  • Papyri from Egypt
  • Inscriptions on stone from Jordan, Lebanon and Cyprus
  • Hebrew, Aramaic, Ammonite and Edomite inscriptions on a variety of hard media (e.g., clay sherds, copper, semi-precious stones, jar handles), and
  • Egyptian scarabs

These ancient texts represent religious and historical documents that serve as a foundation and historical point of reference for Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the cultures out of which they emerged.

The archive now contains over 250,000 images with more being added daily. The consortium continues to develop and apply the latest photographic and imaging techniques to create the most legible images of these texts found anywhere.

Click on the Instructions tab to download the InscriptiFact viewer and details on how to use the database.

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