Inscriptions from CT.NH.YU.YUAG

The Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest university or college art museum in North America. Founded in 1832, the Gallery specializes in early Italian painting, African sculpture, and modern art but includes also a substantial collection of more than 13,000 artifacts from the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world, including many drawings or facsimiles of graffiti from the Roman military camp at Dura-Europus on the Euphrates (Syria), which was excavated in the 1920s and 1930s by teams of archaeologists from the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and Yale University under the leadership of Franz Cumont and Mikhail Rostovtzeff.

The more than 15,000 objects from Dura held by Yale University are dispersed among three collections in New Haven, including those of the Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (papyri), as well as the Yale University Art Gallery. These materials are being coordinated and aligned by the International (Digital) Dura-Europus Project (IDEA), which is using Linked Open Data "to reassemble and recontextualize" archaeological data from Dura.

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