Friday, July 31, 2009

Open Access Publication: The Demotic Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Letter H2

The Demotic Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Letter H2
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the publication of a new title, available exclusively online.

The Demotic Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Letter H2.

Kindly note that CDD H2 (h with under dot) is the first of five letters to be released this summer. Soon to follow are CDD W, P, M, and Sh. The final three letters, CDD 'I, S, and T, will be released at the conclusion of the project. Thereafter, a printed copy of the CDD is scheduled to be published, which will include the twenty-four letters and all the supporting documentation.
Letters completed to date include:

Completed LettersDownload
PrologueDownload PDFTerms of Use
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YDownload PDFTerms of Use
BDownload PDFTerms of Use
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LDownload PDFTerms of Use
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TJDownload PDFTerms of Use
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Atlas database of exhibits

LOUVRE Atlas database of exhibits

Simple search | Advanced search | By room | By department | Recent acquisitions
The Atlas database covers all the works exhibited in the museum - some 30,000 items.

Internet users, like museum visitors, will find the usual explanatory texts that accompany museum exhibits, compiled under the authority of the museum curators.
New images are currently being added to the database, which is constantly updated.

The Atlas database currently contains some 30,000 works - 98 % of the museum's exhibits, distributed throughout the museum's departments as follows:

Near Eastern Antiquities: some 5777 works
Islamic Art: some 1283 works
Egyptian Antiquities: some 4851 works
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: some 6099 works

Decorative Arts: some 6613 works
Sculptures: some 1764 works
Paintings: some 3507 works
Prints and Drawings: some 113 works
Medieval Louvre and History of the Louvre: some 136 works

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tracings made in various Theban tombs by Norman and Nina de Garis Davies

Tracings made in various Theban tombs by Norman and Nina de Garis Davies, and others

Some 1,000 sheets of tracings made in various Theban tombs by
Norman and Nina de Garis Davies sometime between 1920 and
1940, now in the Archive of the Griffith Institute, will be made
available on the Institute's website.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Open Access Book: From Babylon to Baghdad: Ancient Iraq and the Modern West

From Babylon to Baghdad: Ancient Iraq and the Modern West
(Press Release) July 22, 2009 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Announcing the release of From Babylon to Baghdad: Ancient Iraq and the Modern West, a free e-book published by the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS). This latest publication from BAS comes at a time of great concern for Iraq’s cultural heritage on the part of the archaeological community, which is outlined in a recent UNESCO report assessing the damage incurred to ancient sites and museums during the course of the Iraq war.

From Babylon to Baghdad: Ancient Iraq and the Modern West examines the relationship between ancient Iraq and the cultures of modern Western societies. This collection of articles, written by scholars who are the authorities on their subjects, details some of the ways in which ancient Near Eastern civilizations have impressed themselves on our Western culture. It examines the evolving relationship that modern scholarship has with this part of the world, and chronicles the present-day fight to preserve Iraq’s cultural heritage.

The four-article collection is comprised of the following:

“The Genesis of Genesis: Is the Creation Story Babylonian?” by Victor Hurowitz of Ben Gurion
University, examines the relationship between Mesopotamian mythology and the Judeo-Christian creation story.

“Backwards Glance: Americans at Nippur,” by Katharine Eugenia Jones, recounts the adventures—and misadventures—of the first American archaeological expedition to the region.

“Europe Confronts Assyrian Art,” by Mogens Trolle Larsen of the University of Copenhagen, explains what Europeans first thought of the art and artifacts that began to arrive in the West from the excavations of ancient Mesopotamian sites.

“Firsthand Report: Tracking Down the Looted Treasures of Iraq,” by reservist Colonel Matthew
Bogdanos, head of the military-led coalition of law enforcement agencies called the Joint Inter-Agency Coordination Group, chronicles the efforts to retrieve the priceless artifacts looted from the Baghdad Museum in April 2003, following the fall of Baghdad to U.S. forces.

This free e-book is available for download at For more information, please visit the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Web site or contact Sarah Yeomans at
1.202.364.3300 ext. 221.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Smell of Books (with apologies in advance)

Smell of Books
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But all of that is changing thanks to Smell of Books™, a revolutionary new aerosol e-book enhancer.

Now you can finally enjoy reading e-books without giving up the smell you love so much. With Smell of Books™ you can have the best of both worlds, the convenience of an e-book and the smell of your favorite paper book.

Smell of Books™ is compatible with a wide range of e-reading devices and e-book formats and is 100% DRM-compatible. Whether you read your e-books on a Kindle or an iPhone using Stanza, Smell of Books™ will bring back that real book smell you miss so much.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Open Access Book: A history of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1882-1942, an intercollegiate project

A history of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1882-1942; an intercollegiate project.
Author:Louis E Lord
Publisher: Cambridge, Pub. for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens [by] Harvard Univ. Press, 1947.
Description: xiv, 417 p. illus. 23 cm
ISBN: 9780876619032

The following is the text of the history of the ASCSA between its foundation and 1942, written by Louis E. Lord. It was first published on behalf of the School in 1947 by Harvard University Press. A scanned PDF (43.2 MB) of the whole volume, complete with page numbers and images, is available for free download. The book (ISBN 9780876619032) is out of print. Because the text below was rekeyed from a printed copy, please be alert for errors. If you spot errors, we would be grateful if you could let us know.


Chapter I: The Founding of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Chairmanship of John Williams White of Harvard University, 1881–1887

Chapter II: The Chairmanship of Thomas Day Seymour of Yale University, 1887–1901

Chapter III: The Chairmanship of James Rignall Wheeler of Columbia University, 1901–1918

Chapter IV: The Chairmanship of Edward Capps of Princeton University, 1918–1939

Appendix I: The First Year of the School at Athens, by Harold N. Fowler

Appendix II: How I Became a Captain in the Greek Army, by Walter Miller

Appendix III: Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1882–1940

Appendix IV: Publications of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1882–1941

Appendix V: Special Endowment Funds of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Appendix VI: Directory of Trustees, Managing Committee, Faculty and Students,1882–1942

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New Open Access Book: The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies

The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies, Volume 1.
The Foundations of Research and Regional Survey in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia

Adam T. Smith, Ruben S. Badalyan, Pavel Avetisyan
With contributions by Alan Greene and Leah Minc
Oriental Institute Publications, Volume 134
Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-885923-62-2
Pp. xlvi + 410; 72 figures, 82 plates, 7 tables
Until recently, the South Caucasus was a virtual terra incognita on
Western archaeological maps of southwest Asia. The conspicuous absence
of marked places — of site names, toponyms, and topography — gave the
impression of a region distant, unknown, and vacant. The Joint
American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient
Transcaucasian Societies (Project ArAGATS) was founded in 1998 to
explore this terrain. Our investigations were guided by two overarching
goals: to illuminate the social and political transformations central to
the region’s unique (pre)history and to explore the broader intellectual
implications of collaboration between the rich archaeological traditions
of Armenia (former U.S.S.R.) and the United States.

This volume provides the first encompassing report on the ongoing
studies of Project ArAGATS, detailing the general context of
contemporary archaeological research in the South Caucasus as well as
the specific context of our regional investigations in the Tsaghkahovit
Plain of central Armenia. The book opens with detailed examinations of
the history of archaeology in the South Caucasus, the theoretical
problems that currently orient archaeological research, and a
comprehensive reevaluation of the material bases for regional chronology
and periodization.

The work then provides the complete results of our regional
investigations in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, including the findings of the
first systematic pedestrian survey ever conducted in the Caucasus.
Thanks to the results presented in this volume, and Project ArAGATS’s
ongoing excavations in the area, the Tsaghkahovit Plain is today the
best-known archaeological region in the South Caucasus. The present
volume thus provides archaeologists with both an orientation to the
prehistory of the South Caucasus and the complete findings of the first
phase of Project ArAGATS’s field investigations.

To order the printed book, in North America contact The David Brown Book
Company, PO Box 511, Oakville, CT 06779, Toll Free: 1-800-791-9354, Fax:
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