A Theoretical Framework for Stigmergetic Reconstruction of Ancient Text

Eugene Ch′ng, Andrew Lewis, Rolf Erlend Gehlken, Sandra I. Woolley

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Cuneiform script, an intellectual breakthrough 5,000 years ago, made recording information possible. Cuneiform is mankind’s first ever script, recorded and communicated using clay tablets for thousands of years across the entirety of the Ancient Near East. Remnants of the medium are now stored worldwide in many of collections and time required for the joining of the fragments using traditional methodologies means that the information recorded within these fragments will not be known in our lifetime. The research narrated in this chapter opens up a novel method for reconstructing the fragments, using nature-inspired approaches and new mobile digitising technology. It covers groundwork done to date for supporting a full-scale stigmergy reconstruction of cuneiform tablets and provides hypothetical scenarios within a theoretical framework for testing ‘in the wild’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
ISSN (Print)2195-9056
ISSN (Electronic)2195-9064


  • Collaboration
  • Complexity
  • Cooperative
  • Cuneiform
  • Fragments
  • Reconstruction
  • Stigmergetic
  • Stigmergy
  • Stimuli-response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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