Thursday, May 30, 2013

Il Progetto Caere Online

Il Progetto Caere

 Nel 1996 il Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) ha dato vita al Progetto Finalizzato Beni Culturali, allo scopo di promuovere la salvaguardia del patrimonio culturale nazionale, attraverso un'azione di tutela, valorizzazione e fruizione.

Nell'ambito di questa iniziativa l'Istituto per l'Archeologia Etrusco-Italica - a quel tempo diretto da Mauro Cristofani, prematuramente scomparso nel 1997 - ha proposto un progetto di ricerca dal titolo "Creazione di un modello di Sistema Informativo Archeologico e sua applicazione all'antica Cerveteri". Il cosiddetto Progetto Caere è nato con lo scopo di realizzare un sistema informativo archeologico per lo studio del territorio e del centro urbano dell'antica Cerveteri, dove l'Istituto conduce, fin dal 1982, regolari campagne di scavo e di ricognizione in collaborazione con la Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici dell'Etruria Meridionale.

In 1996 the Italian National Research Council (CNR) promoted a Special Project on the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage. Its aim was to foster the protection and exploitation of Italian national cultural patrimony, through knowledge, recording, restoration and conservation.

Under this initiative the Istituto per l'Archeologia Etrusco-Italica - at that time directed by Mauro Cristofani (1941-1997) - proposed a research project, which was subsequently approved. The title of the project is "Establishment of an Archaeological Information System model and its application to ancient Caere" (The Caere Project). Its purpose is to use an archaeological information system to study the ancient Etruscan town and territory of Cerveteri, where the Institute has been carrying out surveys and excavations since 1982 jointly with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Etruria Meridionale.
Caere in Pleiades Mandaic and Neo-Mandaic Texts and Resource Mandaic and Neo-Mandaic Texts and Resource
These pages represent a first step towards making resources on the Mandaic language freely available online. When completed, will include information on the classical dialect of Mandaic, the incantation texts, and the modern dialects of Mandaic (Ahwaz, Khorramshahr, and others). This information will consist of texts, recordings, an online lexicon, sketch grammars, a comprehensive and annotated bibliography, and links to other resources. The first addition to this site is a Mandaic-English and English-Mandaic lexicon, which can be accessed from the toolbar on the left.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Open Access Encyclopedia: Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia

[First posted in AWOL 17 June 2011. Updated 29 May 2013]

Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia
 The Coptic civilization is one of the most ancient civilizations still in existence, and has vibrant manifestations in Egypt and around the world.  Various aspects of Western civilization have their roots in, or are influenced by Coptic civilization and Egyptian Christianity.
An invaluable reference tool for Coptic Studies is The Coptic Encyclopedia (Aziz S. Atiya, ed. NY: Macmillan, 1991). This monumental work, with approximately 2800 entries written by 215 scholars, covers treasures of Coptic language and literature; Copto-Arabic literature; Coptic art, architecture, archaeology, history, music, liturgy, theology, spirituality, monasticism; and biblical, apocryphal, social, and legal texts. The encyclopedia was the fruit of years of effort on the part of its Editor-in-Chief, Aziz S. Atiya (1898-1988, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Utah), and its Principal Investigator, Lola Atiya (1917-2002, Doctor of Humane Letters). Donations by the Coptic communities in the Diaspora, a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1979 to 1990, along with numerous other sources, made the project possible.
In 2009 the Claremont Graduate University (CGU) School of Religion acquired the right to develop an updated and continuously expanding and evolving web-based version of The Coptic Encyclopedia. Since then, the Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia (CCE) has been gradually posting the articles of the 1991 Coptic Encyclopedia and will be continuously adding updates and new topics from the growing body of scholarship in Coptic studies at worldwide institutions. Again, the participation of the Coptic community in envisioning and funding this project was instrumental in the project coming to fruition. The partnership of CGU and the Coptic community is one of the missions of the Council for Coptic Studies at the CGU School of Religion. Please visit the Council’s website at

The progress of the CCE project depends on the strength and continuity of Coptic studies at CGU, the participation of scholars worldwide, and the availability of financial resources. It is a work in progress; please check back or subscribe to the RSS to see updates.

The CCE digital project student staff members include: Mary Ghattas, Prinny Miller, Sarah Morcos, and Ian Sundwall-Byers – all of CGU.
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And see also other collections relating to antiquity in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library

Archaeology Data Service / Digital Antiquity: Guides to Good Practice

[First posted in AWOL 15 May 2012. Updated 29 May 2013]

Archaeology Data Service / Digital Antiquity: Guides to Good Practice
This new and revised series of Guides to Good Practice have been produced as the result of a two-year collaborative project between the UK Archaeology Data Service and Digital Antiquity in the US. The project has encompassed important revisions of the existing six ADS Guides as well as the development of entirely new documents covering areas such as marine survey, laser scanning, close-range photogrammetry, digital audio and digital video. The project has involved previous Guides authors revising existing content alongside new authors, from both Europe and the US, also contributing to the development of the guides into new themes and areas. 

The project has been undertaken in collaboration with the Digital Antiquity initiative, a US-based project with the aim of enhancing the preservation of and access to digital records of archaeological investigations. A major aim of the Guides is to provide the basis for archaeological project workflows that will create digital datasets that can be archived and shared effectively by Digital Antiquity's tDAR archive and repository in the US and by the Archaeology Data Service in the UK. The development of the Guides involves close collaboration with teams in the US at both the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University. 

Other ADS projects have also fed into the revision and development of the Guides. ADS involvement in the European VENUS project has formed the basis of a guide focussed on marine survey. In addition, the incorporation of findings from the ADS Big Data project, together with the revision of the existing guide on aerial photography and remote sensing data, has seen a significant contribution to the guides from English Heritage funded projects. 

Previous versions of the ADS/AHDS Guides to Good Practice have been archived and are still available on the old Guides to Good Practice page.

Guides to Good Practice: Table of Contents#

The electronic publication of Oriental Institute Annual Reports is now complete

Announced 28 May 2013
The Oriental Institute Annual Report for years 1928, 1934, 1938-39, 1954-1959 are now available in the Acrobat Portable Document Format (pdf) . There are no Annual Reports for the intervening years. Links to its respective entries have been added to the homepages for numerous Institute archaeological and philological projects and departments. This completes the electronic publication of all Oriental Institute Annual Reports!

Oriental Institute Annual Reports 1928-1959
The print versions of the Oriental Institute Annual Report are available for members as one of the privileges of membership. They are not for sale to the general public. They contain yearly summaries of the activities of the Institute’s faculty, staff, and research projects, as well as descriptions of special events and other Institute functions.

For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

LAWDI 2013 Websites

LAWDI 2013 Websites

Drew University and New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) will host the Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) from May 30st to June 1st, 2013. The venue will be the Drew University campus in New Jersey. “Linked Open Data” is an approach to the creation of digital resources that emphasizes connections between diverse information on the basis of published and stable web addresses (URIs) that identify common concepts and individual items. LAWDI, funded by the Office of Digital Humanities of the National Endowment for Humanities, will bring together an international faculty of practitioners working in the field of Linked Data with twenty attendees who are implementing or planning the creation of digital resources. LAWDI’s intellectual scope is the Ancient Mediterranean and Ancient Near East, two fields in which a large and increasing number of digital resources is available, with rich coverage of the archaeology, literature and history of these regions. Many of these resources publish stable URIs for their content and so are enabling links and re-use that create a varied research and publication environment. LAWDI attendees will learn how to take advantage of these resources and also how to contribute to the growing network of linked scholarly materials. The organizers encourage applications from faculty, university staff, graduate students, librarians, museum professionals, archivists and others with a serious interest in creating digital resources for the study of the Ancient World. 
A list of websites associated with the participants the 2013 running of the Linked Ancient World Data Institute.

American Numismatic Society's MANTIS
Ancient World Mapping Center
The Ancient World Online
ASCSA Publications
Awld.js: A javascript library for Ancient World Linked Data, / awld-js
Beth Mardutho
DCMI Metadata Terms 
Digital library of late-antique latin texts
Dumbarton Oaks Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives
Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Seals Online Catalogue
ISAW Papers 
Körös Regional Archaeological Project (KRAP)
Open Context
ORACC: Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus
Penn Museum Collections Database
PerseusAlexander or Alexander the Paphlagonian
Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project,
Portable Antiquities Scheme
RAM3D - a digital archive of spatial data, imagery, and 3D visualizations
Severan Database Project 
Topographical Bibliography (Porter & Moss)
The Tumulus Mapping Archive
Yale Classics Library

and see also LAWDI 2013 Things to read

Interested persons near and far are encouraged to follow the twitter feed #lawdi

Open Access Journal: AnthroJournal

AnthroJournal: The Collegiate Journal of Anthropology
AnthroJournal is an open source journal of outstanding scholarly research papers and reports authored primarily by undergraduate and graduate college students. The content represents the results of extensive research undertaken by students during the course of their education. The material is free and open for public access, affording students with a global readership venue.  Content is acquired through student application and evaluated for quality before publication. See the "Paper Submission Procedure" tab at this website for instructions on how to apply. 

The Journal's first papers were published in the June and September, 2011 issues of Popular Archaeology Magazine.

Ancient History

Greek and Latin bilingualism beyond the upper class in the ancient Roman Principate

Greek and Latin bilingualism beyond the upper class in the ancient Roman Principate

Latin and Greek bilingualism during the ancient Roman Principate period was not the exclusive domain of the educated aristocracy. It was common across a broad spectrum of their society for various cultural and functional reasons.


The State That Never Was

The State That Never Was

Was the Indus Valley a state-level society?
Shell Fragmentation as an Indicator of Occupation Intensity at Shell-Bearing Sites: Narrows Inlet, British Columbia

Shell Fragmentation as an Indicator of Occupation Intensity at Shell-Bearing Sites: Narrows Inlet, British Columbia

The analysis of shell fragmentation across prehistoric or Paleo-Indian sites can tell us something about the nature and activity at those sites, a valuable tool to understanding the past.
Discussing Dark Age Greece: The Lost Community of Lefkandi

Discussing Dark Age Greece: The Lost Community of Lefkandi

This ancient site provides a unique window to understanding the less-known "Dark Ages" of ancient Greece.
Polychrome Pottery as Sociopolitical Tender in Pre-Columbian Maya Society

Polychrome Pottery as Sociopolitical Tender in Pre-Columbian Maya Society

The real value of Maya polychrome pottery far exceeds its beauty and craftsmanship.
The Tanning Industry of Medieval Britain

The Tanning Industry of Medieval Britain

Archaeological evidence shows that tanning, an essential part of the leather industry,was big in Medieval Britain.
Examining Class and Status of the Ancient Maya through Burial Analysis

Examining Class and Status of the Ancient Maya through Burial Analysis

How do archaeologists and anthropologists determine the class status of individuals in the ancient Maya world from their burial remains?

Getty Vocabularies - Linked Open Data

Getty Vocabularies
What is cinnabar? What is a rhyton? The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials. Compliant with international standards, they provide authoritative information for catalogers and researchers, and can be used to enhance access to databases and Web sites. The Getty Vocabularies grow through contributions. The vocabulary data is available for licensing and accessible free of charge below for more limited online use.
Catherine wheel or rose window? AAT is a structured vocabulary, including terms, descriptions, and other information for generic concepts related to art and architecture.
Mona Lisa or La Gioconda? CONA, a new vocabulary now accepting contributions, includes titles, attributions, and other information for art and architecture.
London or Londinium? TGN is a structured vocabulary, including names, descriptions, and other information for places important to art and architecture.
Titian or Tiziano Vecellio? ULAN is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, and other information about artists and architects. 
Getty Vocabularies as LOD: A project plan is under development for publishing the four Getty vocabularies as LOD successively, beginning with the AAT. It is anticipated that the data will be published as SKOSextended format under the ODC-BY 1.0 license. The current plan is to also continue providing the data as relational tables and XML. More details, along with information about the time line and status of this project, will be posted on the Vocabulary Program site.

Current status:

  • In 2011 we worked with Marcia Zeng to develop a mapping of AAT to SKOS extended
  • In late 2012 we began the ‘Getty Vocabularies as Linked Data’ project
  • We identified our namespace as
  • We worked with attorney to identify what type of CC license we are intending to use
  • We worked with an outside consultant to explore turning the mapping into published linked data
  • We are currently working on a prototype for AAT
Next steps:
  • Complete the prototype for AAT
  • Draft specifications for publishing AAT, TGN, ULAN, and CONA as Linked Open Data
  • Explore the possibilities for outsourcing some of the work
  • Begin the implementation
  • Our current target is to have AAT available as LOD sometime in 2013