Monday, June 24, 2019

Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present

Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present
Editor(s)Altaweel, Mark; Zhuang, Yijie
PublisherUCL Press
SubjectsHumanities; Archaeology; Archaeology by period / region; Environmental archaeology; Industrial archaeology; Society & social sciences; Sociology & anthropology; Anthropology
Today our societies face great challenges with water, in terms of both quantity and quality, but many of these challenges have already existed in the past. Focusing on Asia, Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present seeks to highlight the issues that emerge or re-emerge across different societies and periods, and asks what they can tell us about water sustainability. Incorporating cutting-edge research and pioneering field surveys on past and present water management practices, the interdisciplinary contributors together identify how societies managed water resource challenges and utilised water in ways that allowed them to evolve, persist, or drastically alter their environment. The case studies, from different periods, ancient and modern, and from different regions, including Egypt, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Southwest United States, the Indus Basin, the Yangtze River, the Mesopotamian floodplain, the early Islamic city of Sultan Kala in Turkmenistan, and ancient Korea, offer crucial empirical data to readers interested in comparing the dynamics of water management practices across time and space, and to those who wish to understand water-related issues through conceptual and quantitative models of water use. The case studies also challenge classical theories on water management and social evolution, examine and establish the deep historical roots and ecological foundations of water sustainability issues, and contribute new grounds for innovations in sustainable urban planning and ecological resilience.
Keywordswater; technology; archaeology; water use; water sustainability
Number of pages332

Xerxes and Babylonia : The Cuneiform Evidence

Xerxes and Babylonia : The Cuneiform Evidence
Editor(s)Waerzggers, Caroline; Seire, Maarja
PublisherPeeters, Leuven
SubjectsHumanities; History; History: earliest times to present day; Ancient history: to c 500 CE
In the summer of 484 BCE Babylonia revolted against Xerxes, king of Persia. In recent years, a debate has crystallized around the nature of Xerxes’ response to this challenge. This volume continues and expands this debate. It collects nine essays on the cuneiform text corpus dated to the period before, during and after the revolts. This material enables the authors to evaluate the nature of Xerxes’ policies in the sphere of society, science, religion, law, administration and economy against the long-term history of the region. The contributions are by Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Johannes Hackl, Michael Jursa, Karlheinz Kessler, Mathieu Ossendrijver, Reinhard Pirngruber, Malgorzata Sandowicz and Caroline Waerzeggers.
SeriesOrientalia Lovaniensia Analecta
KeywordsXerxes; Babylonia; Persia; cuneiform texts; ancient history
Number of pages229
Collection(s)European Research Council (ERC)
GrantH2020 European Research Council - Persia and Babylonia - 682241


Cylleneus is a next-generation search engine for electronic corpora of Latin (and eventually Greek), which enables texts to be searched on the basis of their semantic and morpho-syntactic properties. This means that, for the first time, texts can be searched by the meanings of words as well as by the kinds of grammatical constructions they occur in. Semantic search takes advantage of the Latin WordNet 2.0 and is fully implemented, and thus is available for any annotated or plain-text corpus. Syntactic search functionality is still under development and is available for only certain structured corpora.


  • Semantic search: find words based on their meanings in English, Italian, Spanish, or French
  • Syntactic search: finds words based on the kinds of grammatical constructions they appear in
  • Fast: once a corpus is indexed, searches are nearly instantaneous
  • Sophisticated: query types can be combined into complex search patterns
  • Extensible: indexing pipelines can be created for nearly any corpus type
  • Free: completely open-source and redistributable

Open Access Journal: DigSight Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL4 October 2013, updates 24 June 2019]

DigSight Newsletter: Institute of Archaeology, Southern Adventist University

Current Issue

DigSight 32 

Past Issues

Arachne: Object database of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne

[First posted in AWOL 30 August 2010. Updated (version 3.9.3) 24 May 2019]

Arachne is the central Object database of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne, administrated by Reinhard Foertsch.

Arachne is intended to provide archaeologists and Classicists with a free internet research tool for quickly searching hundreds of thousands of records on objects and their attributes. This combines an ongoing process of digitizing traditional documentation (stored on media which are both threatened by decay and largely unexplored) with the production of new digital object and graphic data. Wherever possible, Arachne follows a paradigm of highly structurized object-metadata which is mapped onto the CIDOC-CRM, to address machine-readable metadata strategies of the Semantic Web. This »structured world« of Arachne requires high efforts in time and money and therefore is only possible for privileged areas of data. While on the ever-increasing range of new, digital born data in reality only a small effort-per-object ratio can be applied. It therefore requires a “low-threshold” processing structure which is located in the »unstructured world« of Arachne. All digital (graphic and textual) information is secure on a Tivoli Storage System (featuring long-term multiple redundancy) and distributed online through the Storage Area Network in Cologne via AFS.

Contents of Arachne:

Coptic Dictionary Online

Coptic Dictionary Online
The Coptic Dictionary Online aims to make it easy to look up Coptic words in all dialects and supply freely accessible translations in English, French and German, via human and machine readable interfaces. To learn more about using this dictionary, check out our quick how-to guide.
This project was made possible through the help of the following:

Lexicon preparation

The new Comprehensive Coptic Lexicon is a combination of two parts: the BBAW Lexicon of Coptic Egyptian of the project Strukturen und Transformationen des Wortschatzes der ägyptischen Sprache at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, Germany, which includes etymologically Egyptian lexemes of Coptic, and the DDGLC Lexicon of Greek Loanwords in Coptic of the project Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic at the Ägyptologisches Seminar, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Both projects are led by Prof. Tonio Sebastian Richter. The following people mainly contributed to compiling the lexical data:
  • Dylan M. Burns (DDGLC)
  • Frank Feder (BBAW, AdWG)
  • Katrin John (DDGLC)
  • Maxim Kupreyev (BBAW)
  • Mathew Almond, Sina Becker, Marc Brose, Sonja Dahlgren, Julien Delhez, Anne Grons, Joost Hagen, Jakob Höper, Mariana Jung, Elisabeth Koch, Lena Krastel, Frederic Krueger, Jan Moje, Franziska Naether, Anne Sörgel, Nina Speranskaja, Gunnar Sperveslage, Vincent Walter, Alberto Winterberg.
Each lexicon entry has a stable Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (TLA) ID no.
TEI XML compliant data files of the lexica are published under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license at DOI 10.17169/refubium-2333.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

New Open Access Monograph Series: Quaderni di Layers

Quaderni di Layers
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 Quaderni di Layers is a series of monographic volumes, furnished with ISBN, published online and linked to the homonymous journal

Quaderni di Layers 2 - Archeologia urbana a Cagliari. Scavi in Via Caprera 8 (2014-2015)

Edited by Dario D’Orlando, Federica Doria and Laura Soro
ISBN 978-88-3312-007-2

Quaderni di Layers 1 - Le tracce del passato e l'impronta del presente. Scritti in memoria di Giovanni Lilliu

Edited by Riccardo Cicilloni e Mauro Perra
ISBN 978-88-3312-006-5

See AWOL's Alphabetical List of Open Access Monograph Series in Ancient Studies

Open Access Journal: Phasis: Greek and Roman studies

Phasis: Greek and Roman studies
ISSN: 1512-1046 (print)
ISSN: 2346-8459 (online)

Founded in 1999, PHASIS is an academic journal published annually by the Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In 2015, PHASIS became a peer-reviewed journal.
PHASIS publishes original contributions in all areas of Greek and Roman Studies, including literature, history, languages, philosophy, religion, art, and archaeology.  The journal also welcomes submissions on the reception of the ancient world.
PHASIS publishes articles in English, German, and French.

Full Issue

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Table of Contents


Alberto Bardi
Vassiliki Kella
Jacob L. Mackey
Konstantinos Stefou

No 1 (1999)

Open Access Journal: Eteokrētika

[First posted in AWOL 28 February 2017, updated 22 June 2019]

ISSN: 2227-7773 
Mit ETEOKPHTIKA erscheint in Österreich erstmals ein wissenschaftliches Periodikum, das sich fachlich übergreifend gezielt mit Kreta und der Ägäis beschäftigt. Die Beiträge verschiedener Autoren zu Themen aus ihrem Forschungsbereich sind so aufbereitet, dass sie dem Anspruch der wissenschaftlichen Publikation genauso gerecht werden wie dem Informationsbedürfnis am Gegenstand interessierter, aber wissenschaftlich nicht spezialisierter Leser. Inhaltliche Schwerpunkte sind Berichte der Verfasser zu deren Forschungsvorhaben und Forschungsergebnissen, kritische Stellungnahmen und Diskussionsbeiträge zu Forschungsfragen sowie insbesondere die Dokumentation der wissenschaftlichen Aktivitäten von ETEOKPHTH

Friday, June 21, 2019


Le polythéisme grec comme objet d’histoire

Leçon inaugurale prononcée le jeudi 7 décembre 2017

Le polythéisme grec n’est pas une simple juxtaposition de divinités, mais il est fait de leurs interactions à différentes échelles – locale, régionale, panhellénique. De précieuses moissons documentaires – combinant sources littéraires, épigraphiques, archéologiques, iconographiques – en ont profondément renouvelé l’étude et l’ont constitué en objet pertinent pour comprendre les sociétés anciennes dans une perspective tant historique qu’anthropologique. La religion grecque étant profondéme...

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Note de l’éditeur

Cet ouvrage a été réalisé avec la chaîne d’édition structurée XML-TEI Métopes développée par le pôle Document numérique de la Maison de la recherche en sciences humaines (MRSH) de l’université Caen-Normandie.
  • Éditeur : Collège de France
  • Collection : Leçons inaugurales | 274
  • Lieu d’édition : Paris
  • Année d’édition : 2018
  • Publication sur OpenEdition Books : 20 juin 2019
  • EAN (Édition imprimée) : 9782213709727
  • EAN électronique : 9782722604933
  • Nombre de pages : 64 p.

Azoria Project Archive Online

Azoria Project Archive
The Azoria Project Archive is a collection of original documents and publications generated from fieldwork and research of the Azoria Project, an excavation of the Department of Classics and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Azoria is an Early Iron Age and Archaic site (ca. 1200-500 B.C.E.) in eastern Crete in the Greek Aegean, originally explored by Harriet Boyd Hawes for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 1900. Subsequent work at the site (the Azoria Project) has been conducted annually since 2001, including phases of topographical survey (2001) and excavation (2002-2006; 2013-2017). Site conservation, and study and publication have been carried out since 2003. The documents in this collection comprise an archive of original field notes, excavation notebooks, stratigraphic sections, manuscript drafts, publications, artifact catalogs, and illustrations (plans, drawings, maps, and photographs) produced by this research project.

 Azoria Publications
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