Cybernetica Mesopotamica

A Balzan Foundation Research Project

IV. Work in Progress
Workshops

Meetings

Giorgio Buccellati – September 2022
Marco De Pietri – September 2022 to current

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2024

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January-June 2024

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June 27-29, 2024: Meetings in Beola

On June 27-29, 2024 (and also in the following week), a second meeting took place in Beola.
Marco De Pietri, Bernardo Forni Daria Lucini (working on the scanning, organization, and digital archiving of Tell Mozan's field books and other archival material), Jessica Scaciga attented the event, led by Prof. Giorgio Buccellati and Prof. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati.
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This meeting served as an updating about the work related to the Cybernetica Mesopotamica projects, specifically on the Urkesh website, further development on programs, and the various 4banks companion websites, particularly Mesopotamian Politics.

(In the picture, from left to right): Marco De Pietri, Jessica Scaciga, Bernardo Forni, Daria Lucini, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, and Giorgio Buccellati).

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May 10-11, 2024: Meetings in Beola

On May 10-11, 2024 Marco De Pietri, Bernardo Forni, Daria Lucini, and Jessica Scaciga participated in a Beola meeting organized by Prof. Giorgio Buccellati and Prof. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati.
The main aim of this meeting was mostly about program updating, scanning of original files from the field, and working towards finalizing the topical book on "CERAMICS".
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2023

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July-December 2023

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December 19-20, 2023: Meetings in Beola

On December 19-20, 2023 (and also in the following week), some meetings were held in Beola.
Marco De Pietri, Daria Lucini (working on the scanning, organization, and digital archiving of Tell Mozan's field books), and Jessica Scaciga participated in the meetings, directed by Prof. Giorgio Buccellati and Prof. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati.
The meetings focused on an update of the work related to the Cybernetica Mesopotamica project, in particular on the ceramics book of the Urkesh website, on the Urkesh Global Record (UGR), the various 4banks websites, and several publication and public outreach projects.

(In the picture, from left to right): above, Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Jessica Scaciga, Marco De Pietri; below, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Daria Lucini, Giorgio Buccellati).
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November 28, 2023: Meetings in Florence

On November 28, 2023, Dr. Hiba Qassar and Dr. Marco De Pietri met in Florence to discuss ongoing work on educational and public outreach aspects of the Cybernetica Mesopotamica project; more in detail, they discussed the re-organization of the "Education and Outreach" section of the Urkesh website, along with the possibility of creating a new section in the website dedicated to an inter-planar presentation of the Urkesh site to the youngsters.
On the same day in Florence, Dr. Qassar and Dr. De Pietri had a meeting with CAMNES for two specific purposes:
  1. to present them the Cybernetica Mesopotamica project, explaining our current work on the UGR, the 4banks cluster website, and the public outreach;
  2. to advance the possibility of organizing together an exhibit/event in Florence on the topic of public outreach in archaeology.

(In the picture, from left to right (clockwise): Hiba Qassar, Guido Guarducci, Stefano Valentini, Marco De Pietri).
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January-June 2023

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June 1-9, 2023: Conference and meetings in Damascus

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, and Federico Buccellati took part in the International Conference organized by the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus entitled The latest findings of Syrian archaeological research and earthquake effects, on June 4th and 5th, 2023 (see attached program). They also had several private meetings with Vice-President Dr. Najah Attar, the Italian Chargé d'affaires Dr. Massimiliano d'Antuono, the Apostolic Nunzio Card. Mario Zenari, the Qamishli based Bishop Msgr. Antranig Ayvazian, and a public meeting with President Bashar al-Assad and the First Lady Asma Fawaz al-Assad. There were also several professional meetings with the Director General of Antiquities and Museums, Nazir Awad; the Director of Excavations, Houmam Saad, and the Director of Museums, Dima Ashkar. Finally, there were several Urkesh related meetings with Yasmine Mahmoud and other young archaeologists interested in our project. ZH609_Damascus

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March 17, 2023: Meeting in Berlin with Yasmine Mahmoud

On March 17, 2023, Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Federico Buccellati, and Yasmine Mahmoud took the opportunity of being together in Berlin, to record a video and send it to the local collaborators in Mozan, expressing the closeness of their working bond despite the geographical distance. The video was very warmly received by all.

(In the picture, from left to right: Yasmine Mahmoud, Federico Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Giorgio Buccellati).
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March 7-9, 2023: Meeting in Milan (Y. Mahmoud and M. De Pietri)

Yasmine Mahmoud and Marco De Pietri met in Milan for three days (March 7-9, 2023) and had productive working sessions together.
In particular, they had an extensive discussion about the work that M. De Pietri is currently doing on the "Roster" (in the "Grammar" of the Urkesh website), the website urkesh.org, and the other websites. They also discussed the work that Y. Mahmoud is doing for the digital book of J4, especially the part related to the missing photographic documentation.
The report of this meeting (written by Y. Mahmoud) can be found in the "reports" section.
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March 6-31, 2023: Meetings in Berlin

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati spent the month of March in Berlin, working with Federico Buccellati on the Cybernetica Mesopotamica Project. Among other items, they discussed the implementation of an important new aspect of the project: a separate domain on glyptic analysis, which would revisit two projects started in the early phases of the project, relating to Old Babylonian and Old Assyrian glyptics.
The report of this meeting (written by G. Buccellati and M. Kelly-Buccellati) can be found in the reports section.
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March 3, 2023: Meeting at UCLA (G. Buccellati, M. Kelly-Buccellati, F. Buccellati, M. Stancavage, J. Walker)

On March 3, 2023, Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Federico Buccellati had a meeting at the UCLA (in the Mesopotamian Lab at the Cotsen Institute) together with Mary Stancavage and James L. Walker. The meeting mainly focused on the ongoing work on the UGR (the "Urkesh Global Record").
The report of this meeting (written by Mary Stancavage) can be found in the reports section.

(In the picture, from left to right: Giorgio Buccellati, Federico Buccellati, Mary Stancavage, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati).
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January-March 2023: Meetings at UCLA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati spent two full months on extensive activities related to the Cybernetica Mesopotamica project, and were joined at the end by Deputy Director Federico Buccellati. They worked closey with IIMAS Associate Director Mary Stancavage.
A report of these meetings (written by G. Buccellati and M. Kelly-Buccellati) can be found in the reports section.

(In the picture, from left to right; first row: Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Giorgio Buccellati, Federico Buccellati, Mary Stancavage; second row: three UCLA's students).
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2022

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July-December 2022

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Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 2022: Extended meetings in Berlin with Deputy Director F. Buccellati and other members of the team

The Directors and Deputy Director of the Cybernetica Mesopotamica project, Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, had a series of intensive meetings in Berlin to define in detail the nature of the cyb-mes.net website.
They also met with Dr. Yara Moualla, a member of our research team, to discuss implementation of the outreach program at Mozan and in Syria in general.
They met further with the mother and sister of Dr. Yasmine Mahmoud: Yasmine could not join us from Damascus, but we were able to discuss pertinent matters with her mother and sisters, and to give her mother supplies to bring back to Damascus.
The report of these meetings (written by Giorgio Buccellati) can be found in the reports section.
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September 24-26, 2022: Meeting with L. Recht in Graz after the Melammu Symposium

A meeting has been held in Graz (Austria), after the 15th Symposium of the Melammu Project, between Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, and Laerke Recht, about future developments of the urkesh.org and the Critique of Archeological Reason (CAR) websites.
For further information on this meeting, see the related report.

(In the picture, from left to right: Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Laerke Recht).
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June 28, 2022: Working on the UGR at the UCLA Lab (A12)

Mary Stancavage (IIMAS Research Associate) has been working on A12, the ābi, for the UGR (Urkesh Global Record). Mary spent two days with James L. Walker (IIMAS and AVASA Research Associate), UGR expert, learning all the 'secrets' of writing and running programs. The work is still 'in progress' but can be found on the Urkesh website at this link.

(In the picture, from left to right: James Walker, Mary Stancavage).
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