Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens - Open Meeting 2009

The ASCSA has published a videocast and transcript of the March 13, 2009 Open Meeting of the School, presentated in Cotsen Hall on the campus in Kolonaki Athens.

The Director of the ASCSA, Jack Davis, summarized the accomplishments of the departments of the School and its sponsored and affiliated excavations, followed by Thomas Brogan, Director of the INSTAP Study Center in East Crete. Dr. Brogan discussed the tastes and smells of Minoan Crete, as revealed by recent excavations at three sites.

Jack Davis' presentation discussed Excavation and Survey projects at:
The Athenian Agora
and the five projects which were affiliated with the School in 2008: a new survey at Plakias in the Rethymnon district of Crete; continuing excavations at Koutsoungila-Kechries in the Corinthia, at Mt. Lykaion in Arkadia, and at Mitrou in East Locris; and survey and architectural studies at Korphos in the Corinthia.
Shorter reports on publication, study for publication, and conservation at older excavations throughout Greece included: Isthmia Museum, Nemea, Samothrace, Gournia Survey, and the Azoria Project

Tom Brogan's presentation included discussion of Mochlos, Papadiokambos, and Chrissi Island.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

One off Journal Issues: French archaeology abroad

Occasionally issues of journals where one might not normally think to look produce thematic issues of interest. Availablity online makes them much more discoverable. A case in point:

Numéro 5 // novembre 2001
of La revue pour l’histoire du CNRS is a special issue entitled Des laboratoires à l'étranger. Its contents include an interesting set of articles on French archaeological missions:

Girolamo Ramunni

Ève Gran-Aymerich
L’archéologie française à l’étranger
Méditerranée, Afrique et Proche-Orient (1945-1970). Vers un nouvel équilibre

Catherine Nicault
Le CNRS dans l’« Orient compliqué »
Le Centre de recherche français de Jérusalem

Nicolas Grimal
La mission permanente de Karnak

Other one off journals in AWOL are here, here, here, here, here, here, here

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) web site survey

Dear CDLI Contributors and Users:

The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) began working with the UCLA Library in 2007 to ensure long-term digital storage and preservation of and enhanced access to digital content offered through the CDLI Web site ( This collaboration has been supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

As part of the effort to enhance access to this digital collection, the UCLA Library would like to better understand the current strengths and weaknesses of the CDLI Web site, as well as learn more about the audience of the CDLI content. Please assist us by completing a short survey available at The survey is 10 short questions and takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

We appreciate your help as we work to improve the CDLI Web site. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please contact UCLA Librarian Sharon Shafer at sshafer [at]

Best regards,

Elizabeth McAulay and Sharon Shafer
UCLA Library

Monday, March 2, 2009

Serving the Word & The Sources of Biblical Narrative

After a hiatus of nearly four years, one of my old favorite blogs, Serving the Word: The Hebrew Bible and related matters ancient and modern, through the lenses of philology, anthropological linguistics and political theology, has come back to life. In a posting this morning, "The first source-critical Bible goes online", Seth Sanders discusses Tzemah Yoreh's new open access project
The Sources of Biblical Narrative:
This could be a watershed in the history of Bible criticism: the first online source-critical presentation of the Hebrew Bible, through II Samuel 5, went up this weekend.