Friday, May 27, 2016

Mapping the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire

First posted in AWOL 24 April 2013, updated  27 May 2016]

Mapping the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire 
The project's Web-GIS is now live and accessible at
The aim of the project is to map the Jewish presence in the Byzantine empire using GIS (Geographical Information Systems).
All information (published and unpublished) about the Jewish communities will be gathered and collated.
The data will be incorporated in a GIS which will be made freely available to the general public on the world-wide-web.
Researchers and members of the public will be able to create maps according to their own specifications.
Chronologically, the project will begin in 650. This is soon after the Arab conquest of Egypt, Palestine and Syria when these regions, with their substantial Jewish populations, were permanently separated from the Byzantine empire. The end-date is fixed by the arrival in the region of large numbers of Jewish immigrants from Spain in 1492.
Geographically, the core areas of Asia Minor, the southern Balkans and the adjacent islands including Crete and Cyprus will be included for the entirety of the period, Byzantine Italy however, will only be covered down to the Norman conquest. Some smaller territories that were only briefly under Byzantine rule may be excluded.

Open Access Journal: Climate of the Past

[First posted in AWOL 16 April 2014, updated  27 May 2016]

Climate of the Past: An Interactive Open Access Journal of the European Geosciences Union
ISSN 1814-9324
eISSN 1814-9332

Climate of the Past (CP) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications and review papers on the climate history of the Earth. CP covers all temporal scales of climate change and variability, from geological time through to multidecadal studies of the last century. Studies focussing mainly on present and future climate are not within scope.
The main subject areas are:

  • reconstructions of past climate based on instrumental and historical data as well as proxy data from marine and terrestrial (including ice) archives;
  • development and validation of new proxies, improvements of the precision and accuracy of proxy data;
  • theoretical and empirical studies of processes in and feedback mechanisms between all climate system components in relation to past climate change on all space and time scales;
  • simulation of past climate and model-based interpretation of palaeo climate data for a better understanding of present and future climate variability and climate change.

Recent Papers

27 May 2016
Interannual and (multi-)decadal variability in the sedimentary BIT index of Lake Challa, East Africa, over the past 2200 years: assessment of the precipitation proxy
Laura K. Buckles, Dirk Verschuren, Johan W. H. Weijers, Christine Cocquyt, Maarten Blaauw, and Jaap S. Sinninghe Damsté
Clim. Past, 12, 1243-1262, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1243-2016, 2016
26 May 2016
Sulphur-rich volcanic eruptions triggered extreme hydrological events in Europe since AD 1850
Cristina Di Salvo and Gianluca Sottili
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-53, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 0 comments)
25 May 2016
The impact of the North American glacial topography on the evolution of the Eurasian ice sheet over the last glacial cycle
Johan Liakka, Marcus Löfverström, and Florence Colleoni
Clim. Past, 12, 1225-1241, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1225-2016, 2016
24 May 2016
Technical note: Estimating unbiased transfer-function performances in spatially structured environments
Mathias Trachsel and Richard J. Telford
Clim. Past, 12, 1215-1223, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1215-2016, 2016
20 May 2016
Palaeoclimatic oscillations in the Pliensbachian (Early Jurassic) of the Asturian Basin (Northern Spain)
Juan J. Gómez, María J. Comas-Rengifo, and Antonio Goy
Clim. Past, 12, 1199-1214, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1199-2016, 2016
20 May 2016
Palaeogeographic controls on climate and proxy interpretation
Daniel J. Lunt, Alex Farnsworth, Claire Loptson, Gavin L. Foster, Paul Markwick, Charlotte L. O'Brien, Richard D. Pancost, Stuart A. Robinson, and Neil Wrobel
Clim. Past, 12, 1181-1198, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1181-2016, 2016
18 May 2016
Maastrichtian carbon isotope stratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy of the Newfoundland Margin (Site U1403, IODP Leg 342)
Oliver Friedrich, Sietske J. Batenburg, Kazuyoshi Moriya, Silke Voigt, Cécile Cournède, Iris Möbius, Peter Blum, André Bornemann, Jens Fiebig, Takashi Hasegawa, Pincelli M. Hull, Richard D. Norris, Ursula Röhl, Thomas Westerhold, Paul A. Wilson, and IODP Expedition
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-51, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 1 comment)
13 May 2016
Environmental impact and magnitude of paleosol carbonate carbon isotope excursions marking five early Eocene hyperthermals in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming
Hemmo A. Abels, Vittoria Lauretano, Anna E. van Yperen, Tarek Hopman, James C. Zachos, Lucas J. Lourens, Philip D. Gingerich, and Gabriel J. Bowen
Clim. Past, 12, 1151-1163, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1151-2016, 2016
13 May 2016
A high-altitude peatland record of environmental changes in the NW Argentine Andes (24 ° S) over the last 2100 years
Karsten Schittek, Sebastian T. Kock, Andreas Lücke, Jonathan Hense, Christian Ohlendorf, Julio J. Kulemeyer, Liliana C. Lupo, and Frank Schäbitz
Clim. Past, 12, 1165-1180, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1165-2016, 2016
11 May 2016
Spatial climate dynamics in the Iberian Peninsula since 15 000 yr BP
Pedro Tarroso, José Carrión, Miriam Dorado-Valiño, Paula Queiroz, Luisa Santos, Ana Valdeolmillos-Rodríguez, Paulo Célio Alves, José Carlos Brito, and Rachid Cheddadi
Clim. Past, 12, 1137-1149, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1137-2016, 2016
10 May 2016
Sea ice and pollution-modulated changes in Greenland ice core methanesulfonate and bromine
O. J. Maselli, N. J. Chellman, M. Grieman, L. Layman, J. R. McConnell, D. Pasteris, R. H. Rhodes, E. Saltzman, and M. Sigl
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-49, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 0 comments)
09 May 2016
Sensitivity of Pliocene climate simulations in MRI-CGCM2.3 to respective boundary conditions
Youichi Kamae, Kohei Yoshida, and Hiroaki Ueda
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-50, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 0 comments)
04 May 2016
Effects of melting ice sheets and orbital forcing on the early Holocene warming in the extratropical Northern Hemisphere
Yurui Zhang, Hans Renssen, and Heikki Seppä
Clim. Past, 12, 1119-1135, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1119-2016, 2016
03 May 2016
French summer droughts since 1326 CE: a reconstruction based on tree ring cellulose δ18O
Inga Labuhn, Valérie Daux, Olivier Girardclos, Michel Stievenard, Monique Pierre, and Valérie Masson-Delmotte
Clim. Past, 12, 1101-1117, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1101-2016, 2016
29 Apr 2016
Technical note: The Linked Paleo Data framework – a common tongue for paleoclimatology
Nicholas P. McKay and Julien Emile-Geay
Clim. Past, 12, 1093-1100, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1093-2016, 2016
27 Apr 2016
The effect of greenhouse gas concentrations and ice sheets on the glacial AMOC in a coupled climate model
Marlene Klockmann, Uwe Mikolajewicz, and Jochem Marotzke
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-46, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 1 comment)
26 Apr 2016
A Late Pleistocene sea level stack
Rachel M. Spratt and Lorraine E. Lisiecki
Clim. Past, 12, 1079-1092, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1079-2016, 2016
26 Apr 2016
Local artifacts in ice core methane records caused by layered bubble trapping and in situ production: a multi-site investigation
Rachael H. Rhodes, Xavier Faïn, Edward J. Brook, Joseph R. McConnell, Olivia J. Maselli, Michael Sigl, Jon Edwards, Christo Buizert, Thomas Blunier, Jérôme Chappellaz, and Johannes Freitag
Clim. Past, 12, 1061-1077, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1061-2016, 2016
26 Apr 2016
Greenland warming during the last interglacial: the relative importance of insolation and oceanic changes
Rasmus A. Pedersen, Peter L. Langen, and Bo M. Vinther
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-48, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 1 comment)
25 Apr 2016
Changes in Holocene meridional circulation and poleward Atlantic flow: the Bay of Biscay as a nodal point
Yannick Mary, Frédérique Eynaud, Christophe Colin, Linda Rossignol, Sandra Brocheray, Meryem Mojtahid, Jennifer Garcia, Marion Peral, Hélène Howa, Sébastien Zaragosi, and Michel Cremer
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-32, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 4 comments)
22 Apr 2016
A 413-year tree-ring based April-July minimum temperature reconstruction and its implications on the extreme climate events, northeast China
S. Lyu, Z. Li, Y. Zhang, and X. Wang
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-38, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 2 comments)
21 Apr 2016
Climate change and ecosystems dynamics over the last 6000 years in the Middle Atlas, Morocco
Majda Nourelbait, Ali Rhoujjati, Abdelfattah Benkaddour, Matthieu Carré, Frederique Eynaud, Philippe Martinez, and Rachid Cheddadi
Clim. Past, 12, 1029-1042, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1029-2016, 2016
21 Apr 2016
Climate variability and long-term expansion of peatlands in Arctic Norway during the late Pliocene (ODP Site 642, Norwegian Sea)
Sina Panitz, Ulrich Salzmann, Bjørg Risebrobakken, Stijn De Schepper, and Matthew J. Pound
Clim. Past, 12, 1043-1060, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1043-2016, 2016
18 Apr 2016
Ocean carbon cycling during the past 130,000 years – a pilot study on inverse paleoclimate record modelling
Christoph Heinze, Babette Hoogakker, and Arne Winguth
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-35, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 1 comment)
15 Apr 2016
Major perturbations in the global carbon cycle and photosymbiont-bearing planktic foraminifera during the early Eocene
Valeria Luciani, Gerald R. Dickens, Jan Backman, Eliana Fornaciari, Luca Giusberti, Claudia Agnini, and Roberta D'Onofrio
Clim. Past, 12, 981-1007, doi:10.5194/cp-12-981-2016, 2016
15 Apr 2016
The influence of volcanic eruptions on the climate of tropical South America during the last millennium in an isotope-enabled general circulation model
Christopher M. Colose, Allegra N. LeGrande, and Mathias Vuille
Clim. Past, 12, 961-979, doi:10.5194/cp-12-961-2016, 2016
15 Apr 2016
The biogeophysical climatic impacts of anthropogenic land use change during the Holocene
M. Clare Smith, Joy S. Singarayer, Paul J. Valdes, Jed O. Kaplan, and Nicholas P. Branch
Clim. Past, 12, 923-941, doi:10.5194/cp-12-923-2016, 2016
15 Apr 2016
The link between marine sediment records and changes in Holocene Saharan landscape: simulating the dust cycle
Sabine Egerer, Martin Claussen, Christian Reick, and Tanja Stanelle
Clim. Past, 12, 1009-1027, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1009-2016, 2016
15 Apr 2016
The Last Glacial Maximum in the central North Island, New Zealand: palaeoclimate inferences from glacier modelling
Shaun R. Eaves, Andrew N. Mackintosh, Brian M. Anderson, Alice M. Doughty, Dougal B. Townsend, Chris E. Conway, Gisela Winckler, Joerg M. Schaefer, Graham S. Leonard, and Andrew T. Calvert
Clim. Past, 12, 943-960, doi:10.5194/cp-12-943-2016, 2016
15 Apr 2016
Sea ice led to poleward-shifted winds at the Last Glacial Maximum: the influence of state dependency on CMIP5 and PMIP3 models
Louise C. Sime, Dominic Hodgson, Thomas J. Bracegirdle, Claire Allen, Bianca Perren, Stephen Roberts, and Agatha M. de Boer
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-43, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 2 comments)
11 Apr 2016
Palaeo-sea-level and palaeo-ice-sheet databases: problems, strategies, and perspectives
André Düsterhus, Alessio Rovere, Anders E. Carlson, Benjamin P. Horton, Volker Klemann, Lev Tarasov, Natasha L. M. Barlow, Tom Bradwell, Jorie Clark, Andrea Dutton, W. Roland Gehrels, Fiona D. Hibbert, Marc P. Hijma, Nicole Khan, Robert E. Kopp, Dorit Sivan, and Torbjörn E. Törnqvist
Clim. Past, 12, 911-921, doi:10.5194/cp-12-911-2016, 2016
11 Apr 2016
Stable isotope and calcareous nannofossil assemblage record of the late Paleocene and early Eocene (Cicogna section)
Claudia Agnini, David J. A. Spofforth, Gerald R. Dickens, Domenico Rio, Heiko Pälike, Jan Backman, Giovanni Muttoni, and Edoardo Dallanave
Clim. Past, 12, 883-909, doi:10.5194/cp-12-883-2016, 2016
11 Apr 2016
Spring temperature variability over Turkey since 1800 CE reconstructed from a broad network of tree-ring data
Nesibe Köse, H. Tuncay Güner, Grant L. Harley, and Joel Guiot
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2015-195, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 3 comments)
08 Apr 2016
The climate reconstruction in Shandong Peninsula, northern China, during the last millennium based on stalagmite laminae together with a comparison to δ18O
Qing Wang, Houyun Zhou, Ke Cheng, Hong Chi, Chuan-Chou Shen, Changshan Wang, and Qianqian Ma
Clim. Past, 12, 871-881, doi:10.5194/cp-12-871-2016, 2016
07 Apr 2016
Constraints on ocean circulation at the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum from neodymium isotopes
April N. Abbott, Brian A. Haley, Aradhna K. Tripati, and Martin Frank
Clim. Past, 12, 837-847, doi:10.5194/cp-12-837-2016, 2016
07 Apr 2016
Sea surface temperature variability in the central-western Mediterranean Sea during the last 2700 years: a multi-proxy and multi-record approach
Mercè Cisneros, Isabel Cacho, Jaime Frigola, Miquel Canals, Pere Masqué, Belen Martrat, Marta Casado, Joan O. Grimalt, Leopoldo D. Pena, Giulia Margaritelli, and Fabrizio Lirer
Clim. Past, 12, 849-869, doi:10.5194/cp-12-849-2016, 2016
07 Apr 2016
Late Pleistocene to Holocene climate and limnological changes at Lake Karakul (Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan)
Liv Heinecke, Steffen Mischke, Karsten Adler, Anja Barth, Boris K. Biskaborn, Birgit Plessen, Ingmar Nitze, Gerhard Kuhn, Ilhomjon Rajabov, and Ulrike Herzschuh
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-34, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 4 comments)
06 Apr 2016
Revisiting carbonate chemistry controls on planktic foraminifera Mg /  Ca: implications for sea surface temperature and hydrology shifts over the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum and Eocene–Oligocene transition
David Evans, Bridget S. Wade, Michael Henehan, Jonathan Erez, and Wolfgang Müller
Clim. Past, 12, 819-835, doi:10.5194/cp-12-819-2016, 2016
06 Apr 2016
Summer-temperature evolution on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East, during the past 20,000 years
Vera D. Meyer, Jens Hefter, Gerrit Lohmann, Ralf Tiedemann, and Gesine Mollenhauer
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-21, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 0 comments)
06 Apr 2016
Chemical composition of soluble and insoluble particles around the last termination preserved in the Dome C ice core, inland Antarctica
Ikumi Oyabu, Yoshinori Iizuka, Eric Wolff, and Margareta Hansson
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-42, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 2 comments)
06 Apr 2016
Wind regimes during the Last Glacial Maximum and early Holocene: evidence from Little Llangothlin Lagoon, New England Tableland, eastern Australia
James Shulmeister, Justine Kemp, Kathryn E. Fitzsimmons, and Allen Gontz
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-41, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 3 comments)
05 Apr 2016
Model simulations of early westward flow across the Tasman Gateway during the early Eocene
Willem P. Sijp, Anna S. von der Heydt, and Peter K. Bijl
Clim. Past, 12, 807-817, doi:10.5194/cp-12-807-2016, 2016
01 Apr 2016
Solar modulation of flood frequency in central Europe during spring and summer on interannual to multi-centennial timescales
Markus Czymzik, Raimund Muscheler, and Achim Brauer
Clim. Past, 12, 799-805, doi:10.5194/cp-12-799-2016, 2016
31 Mar 2016
Terrigenous material supply to the Peruvian central continental shelf (Pisco, 14° S) during the last 1000 years: paleoclimatic implications
Francisco Javier Briceño-Zuluaga, Abdelfettah Sifeddine, Sandrine Caquineau, Jorge Cardich, Renato Salvatteci, Dimitri Gutierrez, Luc Ortlieb, Federico Velazco, Hugues Boucher, and Carine Machado
Clim. Past, 12, 787-798, doi:10.5194/cp-12-787-2016, 2016
30 Mar 2016
The WAIS Divide deep ice core WD2014 chronology – Part 2: Annual-layer counting (0–31 ka BP)
Michael Sigl, Tyler J. Fudge, Mai Winstrup, Jihong Cole-Dai, David Ferris, Joseph R. McConnell, Ken C. Taylor, Kees C. Welten, Thomas E. Woodruff, Florian Adolphi, Marion Bisiaux, Edward J. Brook, Christo Buizert, Marc W. Caffee, Nelia W. Dunbar, Ross Edwards, Lei Geng, Nels Iverson, Bess Koffman, Lawrence Layman, Olivia J. Maselli, Kenneth McGwire, Raimund Muscheler, Kunihiko Nishiizumi, Daniel R. Pasteris, Rachael H. Rhodes, and Todd A. Sowers
Clim. Past, 12, 769-786, doi:10.5194/cp-12-769-2016, 2016
30 Mar 2016
Extreme flood events reconstruction during the last century in the El Bibane lagoon (Southeast of Tunisia): A Multi-proxy Approach
A. Affouri, L. Dezileau, and N. Kallel
Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-40, 2016
Manuscript under review for CP (discussion: open, 1 comment)

Open Access Journal: The American Schools of Classical Studies at Athens Newsletter [formerly: ákoue: Newsletter of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens]

[First posted in AWOL in 2008. Updated 27 May 2016]

The American Schools of Classical Studies at Athens Newsletter [formerly: ákoue: Newsletter of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens]
The Newsletter of the School, ákoue, is published by the ASCSA Development Office and sent free of charge to staff, alumni and other friends of the School approximately twice a year.
Spring 2016
Winter 2016
December 2012

Supplemental stories:
School Members of 2011-12 Report on a Productive Year
Managing Committee Makes Appointments
Class of 2012-13: Exploring the Greek World Far and Wide

Spring 2012 (No. 66)
Fall 2011 (No. 65) Spring 2011 (No. 64)  Fall 2010 (No. 63)  Spring 2010 (No. 62)  2009 Edition (Nos. 60, 61)  2008 Edition (No. 59)  2007 Edition (double-issue, Nos. 57, 58)  Fall 2006 (No. 56)  Winter/Spring 2006 (No. 55)  Winter/Summer 2005 (Nos. 53, 54)  Summer 2004 (No. 52)  Winter 2004 (No. 51)  Summer 2003 (No. 50)  Winter 2003 (No. 49)  Summer 2002 (No. 48)  Winter 2002 (No. 47)

Material Text Culture Blog

[First posted in AWOL 8 March 213, updated 26 May 2016]

Material Text Culture Blog
ISSN: 2195-075X
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