Tuesday, May 31, 2011

News from Perseus

Announcements

  • May 27, 2011: A new release of our source code is now available on SourceForge. Updated data and text files are also available here

  • May 23, 2011: Thanks to a grant from the Google Digital Humanities program, Perseus is pleased to publish TEI XML digital editions of Dio Chrysostom and Dionysius.
    Support from the Mellon Foundation has allowed us to add TEI XML digital editions for Jerome, Minucius Felix, and Tertullian.
    This release also includes fixes for line number displays in recently released texts, typos in Elegy & Iambus, the citation scheme in Athenaeus and entity voting errors.

  • April 14, 2011: Thanks to a grant from the Google Digital Humanities program, Perseus is pleased to publish a TEI XML digital edition of Diodorus. Support for the Cybereditions project from the Mellon Foundation has allowed us to add as well TEI XML digital editions for Curtius, Horace, Cicero, Ovid, Sidonius, Prudentius and Seneca the Elder.
    Thanks to support from the U.S. Department of Education and the Max Planck Society we have also been able to publish Edward William Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon.

Aigyptos Egyptological Bibliographical Database

AIGYPTOS is now part of the Online Egyptological Bibliography
Dear AIGYPTOS users,

Most of the AIGYPTOS records have now been imported into the Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB) and can be accessed there. The remainder will be revised and imported within the next couple of months. As it was in AIGYPTOS, a field specific structured search has now been implemented in the OEB, including database search by keywords (in English language).

The OEB provides its users with far more data, covering almost all Egyptological publications from the early 19th century to the present. However, since it must be largely self sustaining in the future, it has been designed as a pay site.

We like to thank you again for your support of AIGYPTOS and would be happy to welcome you at the OEB.

PD Dr. Martina Ullmann (München)
Dr. Andreas Hutterer (München)
Stefanie Hardekopf, M.A. (Heidelberg)

Pyramid Texts Online

Pyramid Texts Online
by Vincent Brown
Navigate through the site by means of the small plan of the tomb at the top of each page.

Any of the inscribed walls can be viewed individually by clicking on a wall.

Alternatively, the complete English translation or complete hieroglyphic version can be viewed.

Assyrian Empire Builders

Assyian Empire Builders: Governors, diplomats and soldiers in the service of Sargon II, king of Assyria
In the second half of the eighth century BC, Assyria was the most powerful state in the Middle East: regions far beyond the Assyrian heartland in the north of modern-day Iraq, demarcated by the triangle formed by the ancient cities of Assur, Nineveh and Arbail, were annexed as provinces to form an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf, from the fringes of the Arabian desert to western Iran and central Anatolia.


About 1,200 letters and letter fragments survive of the correspondence of king Sargon II (721-705 BC) with his governors and magnates. They were retrieved in the shape of the original clay tablets during excavations in the royal cities of Kalhu (modern Nimrud) and Nineveh (modern Mossul). This corpus of letters between a king and his high officials, the largest known from antiquity, gives first-hand insight into the mechanisms of communication between the top levels of authority in an ancient empire.


The four crucial edited volumes of this correspondence in the Assyrian and Babylonian dialects are:
  • S. Parpola, The Correspondence of Sargon II, Part I: Letters from Assyria and the West (State Archives of Assyria 1), Helsinki 1987
  • G. B. Lanfranchi and S. Parpola, The Correspondence of Sargon II, Part II: Letters from the Northern and Northeastern Provinces (State Archives of Assyria 5), Helsinki 1990
  • A. Fuchs and S. Parpola, The Correspondence of Sargon II, Part III: Letters from Babylonia and the Eastern Provinces (State Archives of Assyria 15), Helsinki 2001
  • M. Dietrich, The Neo-Babylonian Correspondence of Sargon and Sennacherib (State Archives of Assyria 17), Helsinki 2003
With the kind permission of the authors and the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, this project brings together translations and transliterations of all 1,200 of these texts, adding explanatory and supplementary materials in order to provide the historical context.

Assyrian Empire Builders and Knowledge and Power are portals to State Archives of Assyria Online

and are components of The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (ORACC).

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Searching Open Access Syriac eResources

Select Syriac eResources

A new tool allowing searches of the following resources:

Syriac Books

Syriac Journals

Syriac Manuscripts

General eBook Collections

Corpora

Databases

Email Lists

Other Resources

Friday, May 27, 2011

Meta: SPARC introduces Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index

SPARC introduces Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index
New resource helps streamline launch and operation of open-access
journals

For immediate release
May 26, 2011

For more information, contact:
Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org



Washington, D.C. – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today released a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of an open-access journal. Materials in the index will help libraries, presses, and other academic units on campuses as they work together to make the work of their researchers more widely available.


This new resource is launched in conjunction with the SPARC Campus-based Publishing Resource Center (http://www.arl.org/sparc/partnering), which delivers a guide to critical issues in campus-based publishing partnerships, case studies, a bibliography and resource list, an index of collaborative initiatives (operated in partnership with Columbia University Libraries), and access to the LIBPRESS online discussion forum (operated by the University of California). The Center is overseen by an editorial board representing library and university press staff who are actively engaged in creating and managing publishing partnerships.

The new index complements the rich existing resource center by pointing to relevant sections in existing open-access journal publishing guides and to sample journal proposals, policies, bylaws, and other documentation to help with planning, development, and collaboration issues. Topics covered include:
•                  New Journal Planning
•                  Journal Publishing Program Policies
•                  Governance
•                  Editorial
•                  Marketing & Promotion
•                  Technical Platforms
•                  Sustainability Planning


Relevant sections of existing open-access publishing guides, including those by David Solomon, Carol Sutton, Kevin Stranack, Jan Velterop, Howard Goldstein and Raym Crow, and others are indicated under each topic area.

By highlighting samples and best practices, the index will help give campuses the tools they need to develop and maintain long-term, successful open-access publishing ventures. “As campus-based publishing gets more ambitious in scope, it’s important to build on the successes and challenges of earlier initiatives and adopt best practices,” said Raym Crow, senior consultant at SPARC. “Ultimately, campus-based publishing can offer universities greater control over the intellectual products they help create. SPARC is pleased to provide another tool to support libraries and publishers in sustainable, professional, open-access publishing.”

Lee C. Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University, says faculty are beginning to consult librarians for advice on journal publishing options, including open-access models, and the SPARC site is a welcome resource. “We’re deepening our knowledge as quickly as possible, but it's a whole new area of expertise for most of us,” she said. “It will save us time and increase the probability that we can get to the right solution when advising our faculty on their best options.” 
The editorial board invites contributions from other campuses to help build this resource and expand the bibliography – especially with primary research papers on collaboration issues. “SPARC hopes this will seed an effort where people will give documents to share, making it a community hub,” said Crow. Members of the board and how to contact the managing editor with suggestions are detailed on the Center home page.

The Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index is available online at http://www.arl.org/sparc/partnering
SPARC
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.

Open Access Journal: L'Afrique explorée et civilisée

L'Afrique explorée et civilisée
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Open Archives of the Laboratoire Orient et Méditerranée

Le Laboratoire Orient et Méditerranée
Orient & Méditerranée est une Unité Mixte de Recherche, UMR 8167 en Sciences historiques, philologiques et religieuses, associant le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, l’Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 1 et l’École Pratique des Hautes Études




Archives ouvertes : la collection de l’UMR Orient et Méditerranée
Much (but not all) of the output of the Laboratoire Orient et Méditerranée is available in open access. Items accessible are marked by this icon:     fulltext access

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Open Access Journal: Cahiers d’Études du Religieux - Recherches interdisciplinaires (CER-RI - ISSN 1760-5776)

Cahiers d’Études du Religieux - Recherches interdisciplinaires
ISSN 1760-5776
Les Cahiers d’Études du Religieux - Recherches interdisciplinaires (CER-RI - ISSN 1760-5776) sont l’émanation des activités du Centre interdisciplinaire d’Études du Religieux (CIER) au sein de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Montpellier (MSH-M). Ils diffusent, dans des numéros thématiques, les communications présentées lors des différents séminaires.








Open Access Publications of TOPOI

[ First posted 7/14/10.  Revised and updated 1/26/13]

Excellence Cluster Topoi: The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations


Knowledge Transfer in Topoi
Topoi edits its research results for diverse publications and events for both the academic community and the general public. In addition to publications by Topoi researchers and the book series “Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World” (published by de Gruyter) information on the work done in the Cluster is presented in the monthly newsletter Neotopia and the quarterly magazine Raumwissen.

Sustainability and Availability of Knowledge

The Cluster has developed various models to make the research archive accessible and to secure it in the long-term. Topoi pursues a consistent Open-Access and IT strategy. In the area of Open Access, Topoi is implementing a pilot project and a model study concerning analog and digital book publication, in cooperation with the de Gruyter publishing house. Results obtained by Topoi researchers are documented and secured in various research databases.

Topoi Publications

Publications by Topoi researchers are stored in the Topoi Publication Database. Search by author, subject or keyword. You can access the database via this external link: publications.topoi.org.
Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 3

Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World

This publication series brings together contributions from all fields of classical studies, from pre- and early history and classical archaeology to ancient philosophy, theory of science and theology. Monographs and volumes which present the research results of the Excellence Cluster Topoi form a major focus of the series. Additional topics are currently being planned.
eTopoi

eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies

eTopoi is the bilingual online magazine of the Excellence Cluster Topoi and the Berliner Antike-Kolleg. It is available in Open Access, therefore the articles can be downloaded as pdf-files for free. eTopoi provides a forum for the knowledge exchange among all disciplines of ancient studies, ranging from Prehistory and Early History to Egyptology, from Middle East studies to Classical Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Theory of Science, Theology and other fields.

Raumwissen. The Topoi magazine

The Topoi magazine Raumwissen (The Knowledge of Space) provides high-quality coverage of research activities, vivid information, joyful elucidation.

Neotopia. The Topoi newsletter

Neotopia is the regular newsletter of the Excellence Cluster Topoi. It gives you brief information on upcoming and recent events, current projects, and new Topoi fellows.

Jenseits des Horizonts: Exhibition Catalogue

The exhibition catalogue conducts our exhibition “Jenseits des Horizonts” which ran out at the end of November. Now the free pdf version is avaible on this website. For more information please click the link below.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Open Access Journal: Mémoires de la Société des Antiquités de Cassel

Mémoires de la Société des Antiquités de Cassel
Bände
1.1780

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Open Access Journal: The Historical Revue / La Revue Historique

The Historical Revue / La Revue Historique
The Historical Revue / La Revue Historique is an annual refereed journal of historical research in the human sciences published by the Institute for Neohellenic Research (INR) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) since 2004.It was established as a medium of communication and exchange of ideas with colleagues around the world. We invite original papers and critical perspectives from a wide range of fields within Modern Greek studies, but are not limited to it. Our intention is to provide a medium of dialogue and reflection in the broad field of historical study in the human sciences. In the effort to intensify scholarly dialogue the INR has decided to take advantage of electronic publishing to provide open access to the full content of the journal. A fully electronic publication management system ensures a speedy process, and offers authors the ability to follow the progress of their manuscripts through the publication process. Revised manuscripts of accepted articles are published immediately upon submission of the final version. Each volume comprises the total of the articles published during the year. The print edition appears at the end of every year.  The Greek Documentation Center (EKT), also part of the NHRF, provides publication management and technical support for the electronic publication of The Historical Revue / La Revue Historique.

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Open Access Journal: Classical Studies Kyoto University

Classical Studies, Kyoto University
ISSN: 0289-7113 / 0289-7113

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Open Access Journal: Princeton Theological Review

The Princeton Theological Review

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Open Access Journal: Sitzungs-Berichte der Archäologischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin

Sitzungs-Berichte der Archäologischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin
Bände
1.Berlin, 1886
2.Berlin, 1886/87
3.Berlin, 1887
4.Berlin, 1887/88
5.Berlin, 1888
6.Berlin, 1888/89
7.Berlin, 1889


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Open Access Journal: Hallisches Winckelmannsprogramm

Hallisches Winckelmannsprogramm
Bände
Band 1: Heydemann, Heinrich: Zeus im Gigantenkampf, Halle, 1876
Band 2: Heydemann, Heinrich: Die Knöchelspielerin im Palazzo Colonna zu Rom, Halle/Saale, 1877
Band 3: Heydemann, Heinrich: Mittheilungen aus den Antikensammlungen in Ober- und Mittelitalien, Halle/Saale, 1879
Band 4: Heydemann, Heinrich: Verhüllte Tänzerin: Bronze im Museum zu Turin, Halle/Saale, 1879
Band 5: Heydemann, Heinrich: Satyr- und Bakchennamen, Halle/Saale, 1880
Band 6: Heydemann, Heinrich: Gigantomachie auf einer Vase aus Altamura, Halle, 1881
Band 7: Heydemann, Heinrich: Terracotten aus dem Museo Nazionale zu Neapel, Halle/Saale, 1882
Band 8: Heydemann, Heinrich: Alexander der Grosse und Dareios Kodomannos auf unteritalischen Vasenbildern, Halle/Saale, 1883
Band 9: Heydemann, Heinrich: Vase caputi mit Theaterdarstellungen, Halle/Saale, 1884
Band 10: Heydemann, Heinrich: Dionysos' Geburt und Kindheit, Halle/Saale, 1885
Band 11: Heydemann, Heinrich: Jason in Kolchis, Halle a.S., 1886
Band 12: Heydemann, Heinrich: Pariser Antiken, Halle, 1887
Band 13: Heydemann, Heinrich: Marmorkopf Riccardi, Halle/Saale, 1888
Band 14: Robert, Carl: Der Pasiphae-Sarkophag, Halle, 1890
Band 15: Robert, Carl: Scenen der Ilias und Aithiopis auf einer Vase der Sammlung des Grafen Michael Tyskiewicz: Festschrift zur Eröffnung des Archäologischen Museums der Friedrichs-Universität Halle-Wittenberg am 9. December 1891, Halle, 1891
Band 16: Robert, Carl: Die Nekyia des Polygnot, Halle a. S., 1892
Band 17: Robert, Carl: Die Iliupersis des Polygnot, Halle a. S., 1893
Band 18: Robert, Carl: Die Marathonschlacht in der Poikile: und weiteres über Polygnot, Halle a. S., 1895
Band 19: Robert, Carl: Votivgemaelde eines Apobaten: nebst einem Excurs über den sog. Ares Borghese, Halle a. S., 1895
Band 20: Robert, Carl: Roemisches Skizzenbuch aus dem achtzehnten Jahrhundert: im Besitz d. Frau Generalin von Bauer geb. Ruhl zu Kassel, Halle, a. S., 1897


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Open Access Journal: Aljaranda: revista de estudios tarifeños

Aljaranda: revista de estudios tarifeños
ISSN: 1130-7986

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Formal Launch of CLAROS

CLAROS launched its first public service on May 17th with a web-based explorer interface, and a data-oriented service.

Based at the e-Research Centre in Oxford, CLAROS is an international research collaboration to enable simultaneous searching of major collections of digital material about archaeology and art in university research institutes and museums. It contains material from a wide range of data partners, including the Beazley Archive, various digital archives in the Ashmolean Museum, the Arachne archive, the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, and the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, recording over 2 million objects, places, photographs, and people.


CLAROS is a resource discovery service, and its job is to provide cacheing, indexing, querying and visualization services. The working practice is one of federation. CLAROS ingests a catalogue of records from each data partner and amalgamates it into a single entity, but for more detailed information about a hit we return to the original web site of the partner. CLAROS data is modelled using RDF against the CIDOC CRM ontology, and can be accessed using an open SPARQL endpoint, as well as the powerful web site.


CLAROS is work in progress, with more data partners to come, and large amounts of work to be done on both internal linking, and linking to the wider semantic web. The first fruit of this will be completion of work to join up the places inside CLAROS with those in
geonames and Pleiades.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Open Access to Yale's Collections

Yale's Cross Collection Discovery (CCD)

Powered by Yale's Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure, Cross Collection Discovery (CCD) provides a way to search across Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video documenting people, places, and events that form part of Yale's institutional identity and contribution to scholarship. CCD virtually unites the collections of the University and allows discovery of related content held by different campus units. CCD supports broader dissemination of Yale's intellectual and cultural assets to the Yale community and the world.



CCD is part of the Yale Digital Commons (YDC), a collaborative framework for developing services to support the lifecycle management and use of Yale's digital assets. The service harvests, aggregates, and indexes information about digital and nondigital collections managed by different campus units. Users can search all of these collections from a single publicly accessible website and be redirected to the unit where the content is held for more information.



The first phase of CCD has focused on developing and implementing an architecture for metadata aggregation and dissemination. Future work will address developing CCD as a platform for the Yale community to engage with each other around Yale's collections. An important part of this effort will be assessing the service and identifying how to make it more usable and useful for teaching, learning, research, and dissemination.



CCD is built on top of open source tools, platforms, and standards, including Apache Solr, VuFind, OAICat, OAI-PMH, CDWA-Lite, Darwin Core, Dublin Core, and MARCXML. Programmatic access to metadata is available to campus developers via standard APIs and to the general public via OAI-PMH. Contact odai@yale.edu for more information.
Selected categories for searching











Collection
Coins and Medals (34217)
Ancient Art (17758)
Asian Art (6602)

Emerging Online Resources: Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions

Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions

Clues for new medicines are hidden in old books reporting centuries of therapeutic experiences and practice. We trace these documents worldwide, decipher and interpret their texts, and repurpose their information for new scientific research.
The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is a research centre at the interface of science, medicine, and the humanities, which bridges past and present, and inspires fresh investigations and innovative research strategies for tomorrow’s health care.

Soliciting your participation in the Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project


Announcing the
Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

Our Goal: To provide an online destination for students and scholars seeking bibliographies about the ancient world.  In the modern academy, sometimes too much information is as thorny a problem as too little. The Ancient World Open Bibliographies seeks to provide annotated bibliographies on specific subjects that serve as an introduction to students or to scholars exploring a new area of research.  We will also link to existing open-access bibliographical resources online.

Open Access: The project is currently hosted at a dedicated wiki (http://ancientbibliographies.libs.uga.edu/ ), with duplication using the (free) bibliographic citation management software Zotero (see our group library here: http://www.zotero.org/groups/ancient_world_open_bibliographies ).  It is open access and covered by a Creative Commons license.
Scope: Geographically, we cover Europe, Asia, and Africa. Temporally, we cover prehistory through ca. 700 CE. Right now the project is richest in Classical, Near Eastern, and Egyptian Studies, but we welcome broader contributions within our scope.

How Can You Help? 
  1. Create an annotated bibliography on a topic of your expertise.
  2. Contribute an existing bibliography you have assembled on a topic – perhaps one you use for your own work, or distribute to students.
  3. Add a link to an existing online bibliography you use.
  4. Encourage your colleagues and students to participate by creating and sharing their own bibliographies; for example, consider whether the creation of an collaborative annotated bibliography would work as a class assignment.

Bibliographies or links can be emailed (see contact info below) or feel free to edit the wiki, adding a link or a new page (see details on how to do the latter at http://ancientbibliographies.libs.uga.edu/wiki/How_To_Contribute ). Emailed bibliographies in most formats will work: .doc, .pdf, .ris or other export from EndNote/Refworks/Zotero/etc.

Questions, or Want to Contribute?  Visit the wiki or blog or contact Phoebe Acheson (University of Georgia Libraries, pacheson@uga.edu ) or Chuck Jones (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, cejo@uchicago.edu ).
This flier is available at http://tinyurl.com/AWOBflier

Monday, May 16, 2011

News from the CDLI: Mellon-funded digitization of the Strasbourg cuneiform collection

Mellon-funded digitization of the Strasbourg cuneiform collection
We are very pleased to announce a digitization collaboration between the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg (BNUS) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported research project "Creating a Sustainable Digital Cuneiform Library (CSDCL)."


Under the general direction of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI - Los Angeles/Berlin), this international collaboration is dedicated to the digital capture, persistent archiving and web dissemination of major cuneiform collections in the US, Europe and the Middle East. The 476 cuneiform artifacts of BNUS represent a significant archive of texts in a major European collection. In August 2010, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science postdoctoral associate Ludek Vacin initiated the general capture of the collection; following fatcross-processing and cleaning of the raw images in Los Angeles, these files have now been posted to the CDLI website, and can be viewed here, with introductory text in English and French. Mr. Vacin has in the past month completed his capture of BNUS cuneiform, and in the next weeks the fatcrosses of those texts will be added to their line art images already posted to our pages.

From the inception of our collaboration, BNUS viewed this effort as an opportunity to make available its complete cuneiform collection to the world-wide community of web researchers and informal learners. The BNUS/CDLI web content will assist cuneiform specialists in the collation of existing publications (above all Frank, StrKT [1928]; Schneider, AnOr 1 [1931]; and Charpin & Durand, DCS [1981]), while at the same time general access to images of all text-artifacts, in conjunction with collated transliterations, establishes the broadest possible foundation for integrative research by the scholarly community. We are confident that our adherence in this collaboration to the principles of open access expressed, for instance, in the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities" promulgated by the German Max Planck Society, best serves all in the Humanities, but particularly in the fields of dead language research so dependent on access to source materials for their work. In opening to world-wide inspection cuneiform collections such as that located in Strasbourg, we join other cultural heritage and research institutions in the CSDCL partnership who believe that humanists must make every effort to fulfill their curatorial responsibilities to permanently archive, and to make available to the public all artifacts of shared world history that are in their
immediate, or indirect care.

For the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg:
M. Albert Poirot
Administrateur
Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg

For the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative:
Bertrand Lafont
Co-Principal Investigator, CDLI
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Jürgen Renn
Executive Director
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Babylonian Calendar Converter

The Babylonian Calendar
Introduction


The Babylonian calendar was a lunisolar calendar based on the lunar phases which was used in Babylon and surrounding regions for administrative, commercial and ritualistic purposes.


It consisted of twelve lunar months, each beginning on the evening (i.e. after sunset) of the first observed (or computed) lunar crescent after the astronomical new moon.


The year began around the spring equinox and in order to keep the calendar in step with the seasons, an intercalary month was inserted at (semi-)regular intervals. At first the intercalary months were inserted at irregular intervals, based on the observed discrepancies between the calendar and the seasons, but after about 590 BCE a regular intercalation scheme consisting of seven intercalary months in a 19-year cycle was adopted.

Babylonian Calendar Converter (626 BCE to 75 CE)


The following calendar converter is based on the tables of the Babylonian calendar published in 1956 by Parker and Dubberstein and is valid from 626/25 BCE, the year before the accession of Nabopolassar, until 75/76 CE, i.e. year 386 of the Seleucid Era (SE). Outside this interval, the converter will give erroneous results.


Note that years before 1 CE are given in astronomical notation, i.e. 0 = 1 BCE, –1 = 2 BCE, etc.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Open Access Journal: Mesolithic Miscellany

Mesolithic Miscellany is the only serial publication dedicated to the archaeology of Mesolithic Europe. It is, and has always been community-led and responded to the needs of Mesolithic scholars.

Mesolithic Miscellany was set up in 1980 by T. Douglas Price, University of Wisconsin. It was a newsletter, published twice-a-year, that aimed to include virtually any information of relevance to the European Mesolithic.

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Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 18.1 December 2006  1959k v. 6 5 May 2011 07:53 Pat Hadley
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Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 18.2 July 2007  1153k v. 1 17 May 2011 05:41 Pat Hadley
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Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 19.1 March 2008  1870k v. 2 5 May 2011 07:41 Pat Hadley
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Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 19.2 April 2009   2446k v. 2 5 May 2011 08:33 Pat Hadley
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Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 20.1 September 2009   1886k v. 2 5 May 2011 08:34 Pat Hadley
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Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 20.2 December 2009  1318k v. 2 5 May 2011 08:34 Pat Hadley
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Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 21.1 September 2010  3291k v. 2 5 May 2011 08:34 Pat Hadley
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Mesolithic Miscellany volume 21.2 May 2011  3270k v. 1 30 May 2011 04:23 Nicky Milner

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Die Ausgrabungen bei Hopferau am Hopfensee: Dr. Stefanie Berg-Hobohm and Carmen Liebermann M.A. (German version of article from Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 18.1)  49k v. 3 5 May 2011 08:34 Pat Hadley
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Large version of figure 4 from Friesack 4 Typo-Chronology (Birgit Gehlen: Mesolithic Miscellany Volume 18.2)  98k v. 2 17 May 2011 07:31 Pat Hadley