Monday, November 29, 2010

Open Access Journal: Balkanologie

Balkanologie: Revue d'études pluridisciplinaires
ISSN électronique 1965-0582
La revue Balkanologie a été fondée en 1997 par Patrick Michels et Yves Tomic.


Il s'agit d'une revue d'études en sciences humaines et sociales sur les Balkans couvrant la période du Moyen-âge à nos jours. Son orientation est pluridisciplinaire et son objectif est de contribuer à une meilleure compréhension du monde balkanique contemporain. 

Balkanologie a été lancée en 1997 grâce au concours financier de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy 20th Birthday to BMCR

Happy twentieth birthday to Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the mother of all open access journals in Ancient studies.

BMCR's 20th Anniversary posting

The first issue of Bryn Mawr Classical Review was released for internet distribution twenty years ago today. We thank our many colleagues who have joined in the editorial process, our very many colleagues who have reviewed for us, and our many, many readers and friends over the years. There were only a handful of "e-journals" back then, and the only journal in the humanities that is senior to us by a few weeks is Postmodern Culture. We are one of the oldest (if not indeed the very oldest) e-journals to offer complete "open access" (in the jargon that has evolved since), that is, we have made every word of our publication freely available over the net from the first day. We are particularly grateful to another (overlapping!) set of colleagues and friends who have helped produce and make use of our textbook series, Bryn Mawr Commentaries, on whose revenues BMCR depends for its free distribution. (When you assign a Bryn Mawr Commentary, in other words, you support BMCR.)
If you lift a glass in our honor on this anniversary, savor as you do the irony that this grave and senior pioneer of electronic publishing is devoted to chronicling and assessing the publication of the printed book. We do not prophesy the future, when e-books and p-books settle their relations with one another. But we persist.
James J. O'Donnell
Richard Hamilton
Camilla MacKay
Rolando Ferri

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Open Access Digital Library at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art
L’INHA a pour mission de développer l’activité scientifique et de contribuer à la coopération scientifique internationale dans le domaine de l’histoire de l’art et du patrimoine.
Il exerce des activités de recherche, de formation et de diffusion des connaissances.
The Bibliothèque numérique includes a wide variety of materials, including:

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Ancient world in JSTOR's new Current Scholarship Program

Current Scholarship Program
The Current Scholarship Program (CSP) makes current and historical scholarly content available on a single, integrated platform, providing a single point for librarians and end users around the world to access this content, and ensuring this content's long-term preservation. Faculty and students around the world will be able to access all licensed content on JSTOR — current issues, back issues, and a growing set of primary source materials from libraries — easily and seamlessly.
For the 2011 subscription year, 174 titles from 19 publishers are available via the Current Scholarship Program. Libraries may subscribe to current issues on a Single Title basis or assemble their own custom collections of single titles.
For both Single Title and Collections, JSTOR provides current issue access back to the Digital Availability Date for each title.  This date is defined as either: (a) the first online volume published that was also available for purchase by libraries from the publisher (e.g. not an aggregator), or (b) for titles not yet online, the year ahead of the moving wall. This date is fixed so a current subscription grows in content year after year for all subscribers.
In addition to current issues, libraries may subscribe to full runs of Single Titles (from Volume 1, Issue 1 to present) and Collections.
Titles in the 2011 JSTOR Current Scholarship Program release relating to the Ancient World include:


Classical Antiquity
University of California Press
ISSN: 0278-6656
EISSN: 1067-8344
The Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley


The Classical Journal
Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Inc.
ISSN: 0009-8353
EISSN:
Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Inc.
Classical Philology
University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 0009-837X
EISSN: 1546-072X
Current Anthropology
University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 0011-3204
EISSN: 1537-5382
Sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Isis: An International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 0021-1753
EISSN: 1545-6994
for the History of Science Society
Journal of Near Eastern Studies
University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 0022-2968
EISSN: 1545-6978
And see also The Ancient World in JSTOR the full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Manuscripts solicited for Ancient Near East Monographs / Monografías sobre el Antiguo Cercano Oriente (ANEM/MACO)

From SBL Forum

Why You Should Submit Your Manuscript or Proposal to the Online, Open-Access Ancient Near East Monograph Series
Many SBL Forum readers will have heard about a new online, open-access monograph series. It is called Ancient Near East Monographs / Monografías sobre el Antiguo Cercano Oriente (ANEM/MACO). This is one of several projects that have been spearheaded by the SBL’s International Cooperation Initiative. This new peer-reviewed series publishes volumes on any aspect of the ancient Near East from the Neolithic to the early Hellenistic eras, including works on ancient Israel and the Hebrew Bible. The open-access nature of the series means that it is globally available. Moreover, it publishes volumes in English and Spanish and some of its English volumes will be translated into Spanish to reach an even wider readership—the series is a joint project of the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente (CEHAO) of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. The same scholarly standards that apply to any SBL series apply to ANEM/MACO and it is led by an international editorial board comprised of both senior and junior scholars. The series is currently accepting proposals. As a member of the editorial board, my purpose in writing this brief essay is to encourage members of the SBL to submit their series-appropriate manuscripts or proposals.
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Special Issue of BMSAES: The Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead - Recent research and new perspectives
BMSAES, Issue 15: November 2010 
This issue contains 13 papers from the colloquium, The Book of the Dead - Recent research and new perspectives, held at the British Museum on 21–22 July 2009. The meeting brought together leading scholars working on aspects of the Book of the Dead. Several of their contributions have been influential in the development of the exhibition Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead  (4 November 2010 – 6 March 2011).
The papers presented here represent the majority of those that will eventually appear in a hard copy publication, though with more extensive use of colour than will be possible in that volume. Neal Spencer, Elisabeth O'Connell and Liam McNamara edited the papers, with the assistance of John Taylor.

Contents

Three funerary papyri from Thebes: New evidence on scribal and funerary practice in the Late Period
Burkhard Backes

The Book of the Dead as canon
John Gee

Creating borders: New insights into making the Papyrus of Ani
Bridget Leach and Richard B. Parkinson

The two funerary papyri of Queen Nedjmet(P. BM EA 10490 and P. BM EA 10541 + Louvre E. 6258)
Giuseppina Lenzo

The guardian-demons of the Book of the Dead
Rita Lucarelli

In the footsteps of Edouard Naville (1844–1926)
Barbara Lüscher

An intriguing Theban Book of the Dead tradition in the Late Period
Malcom Mosher, Jr.

Memphis–Thebes: Local traditions in the Late Period
Marcus Müller-Roth

The Book of the Dead Project: Past, present and future
Marcus Müller-Roth

Evidence of a master copy transferred from Thebes to the Memphis area in Dynasty 26
Irmtraut Munro

The Book of the Dead of Ankhesenaset (P. BNF Egyptien 62-88). Traces of workshop production or scribal experiments?
Chloe Ragazzoli

Book of the Dead documents from the New Kingdom necropolis at Saqqara
Maarten J. Raven

When a Book of the Dead text does not match archaeology: The case of the protective magical bricks
(BD 151)

Isabelle Régen


Monday, November 22, 2010

Codex Dresdensis Online

Codex Dresdensis - Mscr.Dresd.R.310
Just published online by the Digitale Bibliothek, Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
File:Dresden codex, page 2.jpg

Codex Dresdensis is a pre-Columbian Maya book of the eleventh or twelfth century of the Yucatecan Maya in Chichén Itzá

For more on such matters see Erik Boot's  MAYA GLYPH BLOG


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Online Exhibit: Before Pythagoras

Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian Mathematics
Since the nineteenth century, thousands of cuneiform tablets dating to the Old Babylonian Period (c. 1900-1700 BCE) have come to light at various sites in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). A significant number record mathematical tables, problems, and calculations. In the 1920s these tablets began to be systematically studied by Otto Neugebauer, who spent two decades transcribing and interpreting tablets housed in European and American museums. His labors, and those of his associates, rivals, and successors, have revealed a rich culture of mathematical practice and education that flourished more than a thousand years before the Greek sages Thales and Pythagoras with whom histories of mathematics used to begin.

This exhibition is the first to explore the world of Old Babylonian mathematics through cuneiform tablets covering the full spectrum of mathematical activity, from arithmetical tables copied out by young scribes-in-training to sophisticated work on topics that would now be classified as number theory and algebra. The pioneering research of Neugebauer and his contemporaries concentrated on the mathematical content of the advanced texts; a selection of archival manuscripts and correspondence offers a glimpse of Neugebauer's research methods and his central role in this “heroic age.”

Highlights from the Exhibition

Photograph of the obverse side of tablet B 06063

University of Pennsylvania Museum B6063

This multiplication table was written by a student named Gan-Gal as a demonstration of his skill as a scribe. Click here to learn more.
Image by University of Pennsylvania Museum. All rights reserved.
Photograph of the obverse side of tablet YBC 7289

Yale Babylonian Collection YBC 7289

This famous tablet is a graphic witness that Babylonian scribes knew Pythagoras' Theorem and could calculate accurate square roots. Click here to learn more.
Image by West Semitic Research. All rights reserved.
Photograph of the obverse side of tablet Plimpton 322

Columbia University Plimpton 322

Plimpton 322 reveals that the Babylonians had a method of finding sets of three whole numbers such that the square of one of them is the sum of the squares of the other two, a classic problem in Number Theory. Click here to learn more.
Image by Christine Proust. All rights reserved.


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e-Science and Ancient Documents

e-Science and Ancient Documents 
The Image, Text, Interpretation: e-Science, Technology and Documents project (also known as eSAD: e-Science and Ancient Documents) aims to use computing technologies to aid experts in reading ancient documents in their complex task. The four year project, being undertaken at the University of Oxford with input from University College London, is funded under the AHRC-EPSRC-JISC Arts and Humanities e-Science Initiative, and will run until the end of 2011. 

The project will work on creating tools which can aid the reading of damaged texts like the stilus tabletsVindolanda. Furthermore, the project will explore how an Interpretation Support System (ISS) can be used in the day-to-day reading of ancient documents and keep track of how the documents are interpreted and read. A combination of image processing tools and an ontology based support system will be developed to facilitate experts by tracking their developing hypotheses.  

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New Open Access Journal: Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership

Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership
The Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (JBPL) is a refereed scholarly journal that aims to provide a forum for international research and exploration of leadership studies focused on the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

Representing the multidisciplinary fields of biblical, social-science, historical and leadership studies, the JBPL publishes qualitative research papers that explore, engage and extend the field of knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon of leadership as found within the contexts of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
To stimulate scholarly debate and a free flow of ideas, the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership is published in electronic format and provides access to all issues free of charge.
Volume 1, Number 1
Volume 1, Number 2
Volume 2, Number 1

Friday, November 12, 2010

Open Access Journal: Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte

Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
The trilingual Annual Review of Swiss Archaeology publishes the results from current research from various time periods. Furthermore, the most recent discoveries in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein are presented in short essays. Reviews and an up to date list of publications on archaeological research in Switzerland complete the volume. The annual has been running since 1908 and has since changed its name several times. „Jahresbericht der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte” (title of volume 1, 1908 to volume 29, 1937). „Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte” (title of volume 30, 1938 to volume 52, 1965). „Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte” (title of volume 53, 1966/67 to volume 88, 2005). Annual Review of Swiss Archaeology (title of volume 89, 2006 onwards).
Volume 53
1966-1967
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 54
1968-1969
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 55
1970
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 56
1971
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 57
1972-1973
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 58
1974-1975
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 59
1976
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 60
1977
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 61
1978
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 62
1979
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 63
1980
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 64
1981
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 65
1982
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 66
1983
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 67
1984
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 68
1985
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 69
1986
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 70
1987
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 71
1988
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 72
1989
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 73
1990
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 74
1991
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 75
1992
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 76
1993
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 77
1994
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 78
1995
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 79
1996
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 80
1997
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 81
1998
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 82
1999
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 83
2000
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 84
2001
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 85
2002
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 86
2003
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 87
2004
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia
Available Volume 88
2005
Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte = Annuaire de la Société Suisse de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie = Annuario della Società Svizzera di Preistoria e d’Archeologia



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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Coming Soon in Open Access: Orientalia Suecana

Orientalia Suecana
Orientalia Suecana is an international journal of Indological, Iranian, Semitic, Sinological and Turkic studies founded in 1952. As a rule one volume pro year or a double volume pro two years is issued. The journal is published with aid of grants from the Swedish Research council.

Further information about the journal is is available here, its history and plans for the future.
Volume 58 will be the last one published in traditional form. From 2010, the journal will be published online with open access.  [6/2/11:  See now here]

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