Kathryn Kelley

Kathryn Kelley holds a doctorate in Assyriology and masters in Cuneiform Studies from the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, and a BA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia's department of Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies. Her doctoral research examined designations for gender and age in the administrative accounts that make up the earliest writing in the ancient Near East—the proto-cuneiform and proto-Elamite texts (c. 3200-2900 BC). As a specialist of Proto-Elamite, one of the ancient world's last undeciphered scripts, she continues to research methods of decipherment, including interdisciplinary collaborative work applying Natural Language Processing methods to the corpus. Kathryn's research more broadly explores the textual and archaeological evidence for social organisation and inequality in early Mesopotamia. As a collaborator with the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) since 2010, she has digitized cuneiform tablets in museum collections, and as a research associate for the Oxford-University based project Seals and Their Impressions in the Ancient Near East, she obtained 3D and other images of thousands of ancient cylinder seals in European museum collections for online cataloguing.