Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MEDINA: Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project

MEDINA: Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project
In May 2012, the research group of the Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche del Mondo Antico, directed by prof. Alessandra Avanzini, began the two-years project MEDINA - Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project.

This project was selected to be funded by the European Union in 2008 within the ENPI CBCMED programme - Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea Basin. 
This programme promotes the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential.

The main objective of MEDINA is to promote, through innovative means, the knowledge and dissemination of Phoenician and Nabataean inscriptions and artefacts preserved in the Beirut National Museum and in the Museum of Jordanian Heritage at Yarmouk University.  
In addition to managing the project's activities and progress, the University of Pisa équipe, within this project, will supervise the digital cataloguing of the inscriptions in Jordan and Lebanon, and will catalogue the South Arabian texts preserved in the Museo d'Arte Orientale of Rome. The objects catalogued in this collection will be able to be consulted in a specific section of the DASI web site.
During the first year of the project, the Pisa équipe has also the important task to train and teach students how to perform digital cataloguing. 

As MEDINA project aims to improve the communication means of the involved museums, new strategies will be studied by the University of Pisa, in collaboration with the Yarmouk University and architects expert in museology. A new space will be thought and realized where the neglected and silent artistic finds can be highlighted and revalued as main instruments of knowledge.
MEDINA brochure Newsletter No 1 - October 2012 Newsletter No 2 - February 2013

Conservation OnLine

Conservation OnLine: Resources for ConservationProfessionals
CoOL, an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.

Conservation Topics


Monday, April 29, 2013

New Ancient World Content in JSTOR

The following is a list of JSTOR content updates. More detailed information about titles and collections, along with delimited lists, may be accessed from the Archive Collections page.

And see also 
AWOL's full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World

Open Access Journal: The Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology

[First posted in AWOL 19 October 2009. Updates 28 April 2013]

The Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology
Print ISSN: 0076-8391
Online ISSN: 2162-0308
The Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology was a joint publication of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and the Department of the History of Art.
This journal features scholarly articles related to subjects of interest to both museums, particularly their collections, exhibitions, and fieldwork programs. Written principally by graduate students, faculty, and curators affiliated with the museums and the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, The Bulletin is peer reviewed and distributed internationally. Each volume includes accessions lists as well as several short essays on recent acquisitions or significant holdings. Issues are made available online six months after print publication.
Bulletin was published from 1978 to 2008. The archive of these issues will be permanently available on this website.

Open Access Journal: Croa: boletín da Asociacion de Amigos do Museo do Castro de Viladonga

Croa: boletín da Asociacion de Amigos do Museo do Castro de Viladonga
ISSN: 1575-0639
A importancia arqueolóxica e o interese histórico do Castro de Viladonga, así como a cantidade e calidade dos materiais aparecidos nas escavacións aquí feitas desde 1972, e a necesidade de investigalos e expoñelos no seu propio contexto, fixeron que en 1983 o Ministerio de Cultura crease o MUSEO DO CASTRO DE VILADONGA, nun edificio que fora construído nos anos setenta. O seu acondicionamento, instalación e montaxe tivo lugar en 1985-1986, e o Museo abriu ó público en novembro deste último ano. A partir de 1990 a súa xestión quedou transferida á Xunta de Galicia. Entre 1992 e 1994 fixéronse unhas importantes obras de reforma e ampliación coa construción dun novo edificio a continuación do xa existente, coa subseguinte dotación, nos anos posteriores, da infraestrutura e do persoal necesario para o desenvolvemento de todas as súas funcións museísticas e patrimoniais, ligadas ó propio xacemento castrexo e galaico-romano.

Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan trade between Occident and Orient

Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan trade between Occident and Orient
Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident is a four year (2009-2012) joint Syrian-Norwegian research project on the relationship between the ancient city of Palmyra and its hinterland. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Palmyra is situated at the oasis of Tadmor in the Syrian semi-desert, between the fertile valleys of the Orontes and the Euphrates. Through most of its pre-modern history, the village of Tadmor had a population ranging into the hundreds or thousands. In the first centuries CE the settlement grew into a city with an estimated population of 150.000 - 200.000, establishing it as one of the largest and most important cities of the Roman Empire in the mid-third century. A city the size of Palmyra depended on large quantities of water, food, fuel and building materials. In the ancient period most of these resources had to be secured within the distance of a few days travel. In the case of Palmyra, these surroundings were constituted by the precarious environment of arid steppes and mountains, inhabited by nomadic pastoralists both before and during the peak of Palmyrene urbanity. An important aim of our project is to understand how the oasis-city utilized its territory for agriculture, pastoralism, water harvesting, transport and defense. This is the subject of a joint Syrian-Norwegian archaeological survey between Palmyra and Isriyeh. The first season was conducted in 2008, and the survey will also cover pre-historic and Islamic periods...


2011 survey
Preliminary report (136 kb PDF)
Historical period (28 mb PDF)
2009 survey
1. Introduction (24 kb PDF)
2. Historical period (5,3 mb PDF)
3. Prehistoric period (3,1 mb PDF)
2008 survey
Preliminary report (8,2 mb PDF)
Articles, theses, books
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Death or taxes : Choosing itineraries between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean in the mid-18th century". Academic Quarter 4, Spring 2012: 97-108 (external link).
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Trade and Christianity in the Indian Ocean During Late Antiquity". Journal of Late Antiquity 5 (1): 72-86 (external link).
Anfinset, Nils: "The formation of economic systems and social institutions during the fifth and fourth millennium BC", in Interweaving worlds. Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to 1st Millennium BC, eds. T.C. Wilkinson, S. Sherratt & J. Bennet, 2011. London, Oxbow Books: 145-157. (external link)
Finsås, Martine Solenes: Romersk Palmyra? Kvalitativ og kvantitativ analyse av romersk innflytelse påpalmyrenernes private identitet. Thesis for the MA-degree, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen. (external link)
Ruset, Hildegunn Maria Haanes: Pastoral Nomads on the Syrian steppe in the early Bronze Age: a study of burial monuments in the hinterland of Palmyra. Thesis for the MA-degree, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen. (external link)
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Kameler og kamelkaravaner i romersk kunst". Klassisk Forum 2-2011: 45-53. (external link)
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "The Persian Gulf or the Red Sea? Two axes in ancient Indian Ocean trade, where to go and why".World Archaeology 43 (3): 398-409. (external link)
Anfinset, Nils: Metal, Nomads and Culture Contact, Equniox. London. (external link)
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Palmyra – Karavanehandel og geopolitikk i romersk Syria". Klassisk Forum 2-2010: 54-69. (external link)
Anfinset, Nils and Jørgen Christian Meyer: "The Hinterland of Palmyra". Antiquity 84 (324), June 2010. (external link)
Anfinset, Nils, Jørgen Christian Meyer and Eivind Heldaas Seland: "Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident". Posters for the museum in Palmyra. (1,9 mb low-res PDF)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Open Access Journal: LionBytes [Newsletter of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology]

LionBytes [Newsletter of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology]
The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, a research unit within the Department of Classics, founded in 2004, promotes teaching, research, and public service centered on the University of California excavations at Nemea, Greece and its surrounding region.
The Center fosters an environment of teaching and scholarly cooperation that is a model in the field of classical archaeology.  The Center is composed of the Nemea Excavation Archives, housed in 7125 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, and the Nemea Archaeological Center in Nemea, Greece, which is composed of the Bowker House complex (residences, common room/kitchen, storage areas and garden), the Thomas J. Long Study Room in the Nemea Archaeological Museum (office/drafting space, research library and archive of original excavation materials) and the Nemean land to which Berkeley holds scientific rights.

All the work and activities of the Nemea Center, including staff support, is financed solely through donations. If you are interested in making a donation please visit our “Donate” website for information.

 The Nemea Center maintains an occasional electronic publication designed to keep friends and supporters of Nemea connected to what is happening at the Center both in Berkeley and in Greece.

Most recent LionBytes: Fall 2012

LionBytes Back Issues

Thursday, April 25, 2013

PECL: Prototype d'Encyclopédie Céramologique en Ligne

See now here.

Library of Ancient Texts Online (LATO)

[First posted in AWOL 8 December 2009. Updated 25 April 2013]

Library of Ancient Texts Online (LATO)

The Library of Ancient Texts Online aims to be the internet's most thorough catalogue of online copies of ancient Greek texts, both in Greek and in translation. This is a site for all with an interest in the Classics. Very many texts from Ancient Greece are available on the world-wide web, at a variety of sites, in a variety of formats, and in a variety of languages. Some of the richest sites are massive endeavours such as The Perseus Project at Tufts University, or Project Gutenberg. Some visitors will already be familiar with these sites and others. (For links to some other sites, see the Abbreviations page.) However, even these sites lack many texts: some sites contain some comparatively obscure texts, others contain others. LATO helps to repair this situation by gathering a comprehensive set of links to those texts that are available free of charge. No texts are actually hosted on this site.

Links in LATO are organised by author, or, where authorship is uncertain, by the titles of texts. The aim is to make online copies of ancient Greek texts easily accessible to both scholars and to those with a general interest in ancient literature, to ancient historians and archaeologists, teachers and students.


Open Access Journal: Theban Mapping Project Progress Reports

Theban Mapping Project Progress Reports
Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project (TMP, now based at the American University in Cairo) has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes. With its thousands of tombs and temples, Thebes is one of the world's most important archaeological zones. Sadly, however, it has not fared well over the years. Treasure-hunters and curio-seekers plundered it in the past; pollution, rising ground water, and mass-tourism threaten it in the present. Even early archaeologists destroyed valuable information in their search for museum-quality pieces.

Today, however, we realize that the monuments of Thebes are a finite resource. If we fail to protect and monitor them, they will vanish, and we and our descendants will all be the poorer. The TMP believes that the first and most essential step in preserving this heritage is a detailed map and database of every archaeological, geological, and ethnographic feature in Thebes. Only when these are available can sensible plans be made for tourism, conservation, and further study.

During the last decade, the TMP has concentrated on the Valley of the Kings. Modern surveying techniques were used to measure its tombs. From the data collected, the TMP is preparing 3-D computer models of the tombs. And of course, the TMP is continuing its excavation of KV 5. For the TMP staff, sharing their work with the interested public is just as important as what they do in the field. This has been done through a series of publications and this growing website.

Roundup of Past Oriented Library Acquisitions Lists Online or by Email

[Originally posted 9/27/10, Most recently updated 24 September  2014]

It used to be fairly common for specialized library collections to produce periodic Acquisitions Lists.  Mostly these were circulated in print, informally.  Some institutions have made the transition to email distribution, and others to digital. I'm gathering links here to them and to other useful open access periodic bibliography projects. Not everything listed here is up to date, but all of them are useful.  I'll be grateful to hear of others and will happily include them in the list.  Please leave a comment.

The American Numismatic Society Library, Recent Acquisitions

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens produces these:
The Acquisitions List of the Research Archives, The Oriental Institute

The ABIA Project (Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology)

Bibliothèque des Sciences de l'Antiquité (Lille, France), Listes d'acquisitions

The British Museum: Ancient Egypt and Sudan Library Acquisitions Lists

Bryn Mawr Classical Review: Books Available for Review

The Burnam Classical Library at the University of Cincinnati, Recent Acquisitions

Egypt Exploration Society Library

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Library Acquisitions Lists

Joint Library of the Hellenic & Roman Societies / Institute of Classical Studies Library

KeiBi online: Die Keilschrift-Bibliographie im Netz 

Neuerwerbungen der Heidelberger Sondersammelgebiete
Hinweis Ägyptologie
Hinweis Klassische Archäologie
Hinweis Kunstgeschichte bis 1945
Hinweis Südasien
Neuerwerbungsliste/New Acquisitons, Vorderer Orient einschl. Nordafrika, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle (ULB Halle)

Sackler Library (Oxford)

Tables of Contents for Journals for newly received journals at the James P. Boyce Centennial Library, Souther Baptist Theological Seminary

Wilbour Library at the Brooklyn Museum

Are there others you use online? Leave a comment and let me know.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Open Access Journal: Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates

[First posted in AWOL 17 April 2911. Updated 24 April 2013]

Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates
The aim of the journal 'Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates' is to promote and enhance interest in the archaeological heritage of the United Arab Emirates. It aims to serve as a publication forum for those interested in the latest survey, excavation and research results from archaeological sites in the UAE. Volumes 1 to 5 of this journal were previously published by the former Department of Antiquities and Tourism, Al Ain, between 1976-1989.

Papers presented at this conference will be published in the journal, 'Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates - Volume 6', which will provide up-to-date documentation of the current status of archaeological research in the UAE.

Following the conference participants will have until the 15 May 2011 to submit the written version of their paper. This should not exceed a total of 5000 words (including the references), with a maximum of 10 figures or plates. We plan to carry out peer reviewing of all submitted papers which will then be published as Volume 6 of the journal, "Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates".

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol.1 (1976-77) - English & French version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol.1 (1976-77) - Arabic version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 2-3 (1978-79) - English & French version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 2-3 (1978-79) - Arabic version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 5 (1989) - Arabic & English version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 5 (1989) - Arabic & English version

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Studia Orontica Server Problem

The Studia Orontica server is unresponsive in April 2013 - fortunately there is a version of the site in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine here. Entries in AWOL for material at this server include:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Digital Turfan Archive

Turfanforschung: Digitales Turfan-Archiv

Die „Turfanforschung“ ediert Textzeugnisse, die in der Oase von Turfan und Umgebung in Ostturkistan (Autonome Region Xinjiang, VR China) gefunden wurden.

Manichäische Schreiber. Buchblatt aus Qočo; Fotostelle Museum für Asiatische Kunst Berlin
Die alten Kulturen an der Seidenstraße, zu der viele Völker und Glaubensgemeinschaften ihren Beitrag geleistet haben, treten in ihren eigenen Schrift- und Bildzeugnissen am klarsten hervor. Die vielfältigste und reichste Sammlung dieser Dokumente stammt aus der Oase von Turfan. Sie umfasst Textzeugnisse des Buddhismus, des Manichäismus und des Christentums sowie Dokumente des klösterlichen und wirtschaftlichen Alltags, Briefe und andere Texte in über 20 Sprachen und Schriften. Hauptaufgabe des Akademienvorhabens ist die Edition des türkischen und iranischen Teils der Berliner Turfansammlung.

Die Editionen werden in der eigenen Reihe „Berliner Turfantexte“ (BTT) veröffentlicht. Zur Schonung der Originale, der digitalen Bewahrung des Archivs und Bereitstellung der Texte im Internet wurde ein von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) finanziertes und in enger Kooperation mit der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin durchgeführtes Digitalisierungsprojekt initiiert: das Digitale Turfan-Archiv und daran anschließend IDP-Berlin, die deutsche Webpräsenz des „International Dunhuang Project“.
Gegenwärtig sind etwas mehr als 30.000 der 40.000 Fragmente der Turfansammlung digitalisiert. Eine enge Kooperation der Turfanforschungsstelle besteht mit dem von der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen getragenen Projekt „Katalogisierung der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland“. Darüber hinaus arbeitet die Turfanforschung mit zahlreichen Forschungseinrichtungen weltweit von den USA bis Japan zusammen.

Das Akademienvorhaben ist Teil des „Zentrums Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt" der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

neu: M 4 bis M 1900 siehe auch IDP Berlin
n neu: Christlich-Soghdische Texte auch in IDP Berlin
SHT neu: Sanskrittexte in IDP Berlin
SyrHT neu: Syrische Texte siehe IDP Berlin
TibHT neu: Tibetische Texte siehe IDP Berlin
THT neu: Tocharische Texte siehe IDP Berlin

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Assyriological Abbreviations List: Archiv für Orientforschung

Archiv für Orientforschung: Gesamtabkürzungsverzeichnis
Gesamtabkürzungsverzeichnis, Liste 1 und Liste 2, für Register Assyrologie (Stand:XII 2012)
 Other online material from AfO
AfO 52
Tabelle I  zu N. Wassermann, The Distant Voice of Gilgameš ... AfO 52 (2011), p. 2 finden Sie hier als PDF.
Die Antwort von J.A. Halloran auf die Rezension von G. Zólyomi (AfO 52) zu J.A. Halloran, Sumerian Lexicon. A Dictionary Guide to the Ancient Sumerian Language, Logogram Publishing, Los Angeles 2006, finden Sie hier als PDF.
Gesamtabkürzungsverzeichnis, Liste 1 und Liste 2, für Register Assyrologie (Stand:XII 2012)
AfO 50
Die Rezension zu J. Tropper, Ugaritische Grammatik (AOAT 273), Ugarit-Verlag, Münster 2000 von D. Pardee (AfO 50) finden Sie hier als PDF.

Friday, April 19, 2013

GapVis: Google Ancient Places

[First posted in AWOL 9 November 2011. Updated 19 April 2013]



Map view Sparkline view
GapVis is an interface for exploring and reading texts that reference ancient places. It includes maps and data visualizations that show what locations are referred to a different points in the narrative and allows you to dig into the details to learn more.

Book Summary

The Summary view gives you a big-picture perspective on what places are referenced in the book and where they appear in the narrative structure.

Reading View

The Reading view offers an interface for reading the text, including a narrative timeline and a map of recently-referenced places.

Place Detail

The Place Detail view provides deeper information about a particular geographic location, including a network map of related places based on narrative co-reference

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Indologica: Digitalisierte Werke auf dem Felde der Indologie

Indologica: Digitalisierte Werke auf dem Felde der Indologie
Digitalisierte Werke auf dem Felde der Indologie und verwandter Gebiete, die im Netz frei verfügbar sind
vorläufige Liste zusammengestellt von Peter Wyzlic unter Mitarbeit von Daniel Stender 2008-2010

Einleitende Bemerkungen

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