Kenan Tepe’s Massive Dataset

We are very pleased to announce the online publication of the second installment of the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project’s excavation data, images, and documentation.

The Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP), under the direction of Bradley J. Parker (University of Utah), was active in the Upper Tigris River Region of southeastern Turkey between 1998 and 2011. The online data publication in Open Context aims to be a complete accounting of all of the excavation records as well as all of the records of the subsequent analyses from the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project’s excavations at the site of Kenan Tepe in southeastern Turkey (www.utarp.org).

This data publication includes records and analyses from Areas A, B, C, D, E, G, H and I, with findings from Ubaid, Late Chalcolithic, Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, and Iron Age contexts. With the publication of these data we can now say that approximately 95% of the data from Kenan Tepe are published. The database includes more than 30,000 images, 1900 journal entries and 43,000 records of contexts and finds. These data complement other datasets from several other sites in the Near East also published in Open Context.

A final installment of the last 5% of the data, which includes issues that remain to be resolved and an accounting of analyses that are still underway, will be forthcoming later this fall. All the UTARP data are available free-of-charge, under liberal Creative Commons Attribution licensing conditions, at:

http://opencontext.org/projects/3DE4CD9C-259E-4C14-9B03-8B10454BA66E

Bulk down load of data can be obtained through Open Context’s GitHub repository. Additional options for downloading data tables as comma separated values (CSV) is forthcoming.

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