In the spirit of a new year (and a semester break), this site has lots of new content. Note the new Essays section with brief encyclopedia-style entries on topics related to Cappadocian art and architecture. The Architecture
section now includes gallery posts with photos of Cappadocian
monuments. These posts indicate alternate names and translations of the
monuments as well as their location (by valley or town). Additional
galleries will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks.
You may also notice updates to the Share and About pages (including rights information), and a “Suggested citation for this page” notice at the end of research-based posts.
The primary focus of the project is notice and comment on open access material relating to the ancient world, but I will also include other kinds of networked information as it comes available.
The ancient world is conceived here as it is at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, my academic home at the time AWOL was launched. That is, from the Pillars of Hercules to the Pacific, from the beginnings of human habitation to the late antique / early Islamic period.
AWOL is the successor to Abzu, a guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world, founded at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago in 1994. Together they represent the longest sustained effort to map the development of open digital scholarship in any discipline.