Monday, January 31, 2011

Database of the Damage to Antiquites in Egypt

Egyptological Looting Database
The Egyptological Looting Database was established by Kate Phizackerley on 31st January 2011 to record known (or strongly suspected) details of sites looted during the popular Egyptian uprising of January and February 2011.  It was migrated into the main Egyptological site in January 2013 for preservation as an archive. The database is still occasionally maintained as news trickles in of sites, recoveries of artefacts and, mostly sadly, ongoing looting in some sites.  In February 2011, the Ministry confirmed that 2% of antiquities stored in museums and magazines were looted; countless more were dug up illegally and without record.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Oxford Journals Open

As JURN notes, Oxford journals are currently open.

Oxford Journals 
Titles relating to antiquity include
I'm unsure of the significance of this move or whether it will last, so I have not yet added these titles to
the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Open Access Journal: Wayeb Notes

Wayeb Notes
ISSN 1379-8286
The Wayeb Notes are intended to provide scholars with a platform for fast and uncomplicated dissemination of research results from all subdisciplines of Maya Studies. In comparison to other similar publications (e.g. Copan Notes, Texas Notes, Glyph Dwellers etc.), Wayeb Notes is oriented towards concise submissions. However, lengthy or full research papers are also welcome.

The publication of submitted research notes and papers in the Wayeb Notes series is subject to revision by the Wayeb Editorial Board.

The Wayeb Notes series shall reflect the multi-language character of European Maya research and shall give everyone the opportunity to publish research in their own language. Wayeb will therefore accept papers in all European languages for publication in the notes series, although we do ask authors to send us an additional short (250-500 words) abstract in English or Spanish, if their publication is not written in either of these two languages. We would like to stress, however, that research results published in languages with greater accessibility will have wider reception and distribution. Thus, although we accept submissions written in any European language, we would nevertheless like to encourage everyone to submit their papers in English or Spanish.

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Coming Soon: Open Access Journal: National Archive of Monuments Newsletter

National Archive of Monuments Newsletter
The first issue of the Newsletter of the Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments is in preparation and will soon be available.

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Portal of The National Archive of Monuments

National Archive of Monuments (Greece)
The Portal of The National Archive of Monuments was created within the framework of the project "Digitisation and Digital Documentation of the Collections of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture". It was funded 75% by the 3rd CSF - Information Society OP and 25% by National Participation.

The purpose of the Portal is to provide a range of digital services for the cooperation and the communication between the staff of the National Archive of Monuments and the local Services and Museums, aiming to a hiqh quality organisation and management of the digitisation work. The Portal also adds towards an extensive promotion of the Project and the dissemination of its results to the public.

Upon the conclusion of the project, the Portal of the National Archive of Monuments can be established as a permanent field to exchange experiences, view and knowledge in the discources of digitisation and electronic management of cultural content.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Open Access Journal: Asian Perspectives

Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific
Asian Perspectives is the leading peer-reviewed archaeological journal devoted to the prehistory of Asia and the Pacific region. In addition to archaeology, it features articles and book reviews on ethnoarchaeology, palaeoanthropology, physical anthropology, and ethnography of interest and use to the prehistorian. International specialists contribute regional reports summarizing current research and fieldwork, and present topical reports of significant sites. Occasional special issues focus on single topics.

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Open Access Journal: La Lettre de l’OCIM

La Lettre de l’OCIM (Office de Coopération et d’Information Muséographiques) 
La Lettre de l’OCIM est une revue professionnelle qui, depuis plus de 20 ans, s’adresse à tous les acteurs du milieu muséal. Tous les deux mois, elle présente l’actualité du milieu, notamment des institutions de culture scientifique et technique, et propose des articles de fond écrits par des spécialistes sur la muséologie et la muséographie. Elle est diffusée en France et à l’étranger. Pour vous abonner à la revue papier, rendez-vous sur le site de l’OCIM.

Derniers numéros

Numéros en texte intégral

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CLAROS: Virtual integration of digital assets on classical art

CLAROS: Virtual integration of digital assets on classical art 
CLAROS developed from discussions between European university research centres held in Oxford in 2000, but the concept dates back to the early 1990s, when the Beazley Archive participated in the EU R&D project RAMA (Remote Access to Museum Archives). The development of web technology has made it possible for RAMA's aspirations to be realised.

CLAROS is using Semantic Web data integration technologies and state-of-the art image recognition algorithms to bring classical art to anyone, any time, anywhere.  This is made possible thanks to a grant from the University of Oxford's Fell Fund (2008/9) and to collaboration with the OeRC, Image Bioinformatics Research Group (Department of Zoology, data web development), Visual Geometry Group (Department of Engineering Science, image recognition), and Beazley Archive (Faculty of Classics). In Cologne the Centre for e-Humanities has provided technical support. 

The full CLAROS system will be launched in Autumn 2010.
 ClarosWiki - technical information about ClarosWeb

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Monday, January 24, 2011

New (Partially) Open Access Journal: Popular Archaeology

Popular Archaeology
Popular Archaeology magazine is a 100% online periodical dedicated to participatory, or public, archaeology.  Unlike most other major magazines related to archaeology, no paper copies will ever be produced and distributed, so it will always be "green", and it will always be less costly to produce and therefore far less costly to purchase by premium subscribers (although regular subscriptions are always free).  Most of our writers and contributors are either professionals or top experts in their fields, or are individuals relating first-hand experiences; however, the magazine is unique among other archaeology-related magazines in that it makes it easy to invite and encourage members of the public (YOU) to submit pertinent articles, blogs, events, directory listings, and classified ads for publication.  As a volunteer or student, do you have a fascinating story to tell about an archaeological experience?  As a professional archaeologist, scholar, educator, or scientist, do you have a discovery, program or project that you think would be of interest to the world?  Do you have an archaeology-related service or item for sale? Would you like to have your archaeology-related blog post featured on the front page? ( Ad and specially featured item prices are lower than what you will find in any other major archaeology magazine).  Through Popular Archaeology, you can realize all of these things. Moreover, because the content is produced by a very broad spectrum of contributors, you will see more feature articles than what you would typically find in the major print publications, with the same content quality.   
As a community of professionals, writers, students, and volunteers, we invite you to join us as subscribers in this adventure of archaeological discovery.  It could open up a whole new world for you.

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Open Access Journal: Notes de Céramologie Syrienne

 n.b. [23 September 2013]: The Studia Orontica server  has been usurped. In the hope that it will re-emerge somewhere, somehow, when the war in Syria ends, I continue to maintain the links below as noted. Unfortunately the a version of the site in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine here does not include pdfs of the issues/

Original links:

Notes de Céramologie Syrienne
by Michel al-Maqdissi




Open Access Malqata

The blog iMalqata: A Michael C. Carlos Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art iSITE, presents the work of that project:
The Joint Expedition to Malqata is co-sponsored by the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Our work is done in co-operation with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.
The site of Malqata is located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the modern city of Luxor, about 430 miles south of Cairo. Egyptologists usually refer to Luxor as Thebes, one of its ancient names, and the west bank is often called western Thebes...

It also includes a useful set of reports of earlier expeditions:

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pleiades recruiting active participants

Tom Elliott writes at horothesia:

Adopt a place for Valentine's day

Pleiades places are looking for love and this year you can give it to them (it never hurts to get ready for Valentine's Day early). It will only take a few minutes of your time.

Here are some examples of things you could do (many of them quickly) to enhance the content in Pleiades:
Here are some ways you could use links to Pleiades to enrich content elsewhere on the web
Feel free to suggest other ways (with links to examples, where appropriate) in the comments.

How to get started

Are you a registered Pleiades user? If not, please visit the Pleiades Community page and follow the instructions there.

If you are a registered Pleiades user and you want to make a modification to a place resource:
  • log in
  • use the search box to find the place resource you're interested in changing
  • select "actions" ... "check out"
  • choose "parent folder" from the checkout dialog
  • select the "edit" tab
  • make and save your changes as many times as you like (you're working on a private copy of the original that only you can see)
  • once you're happy with the results, select "state: drafting" and change it to "submit for review"
  • the editors will review your suggested changes and be in touch via email if they have any questions ... otherwise they'll add your name to the "creator" or "contributor" field (as appropriate) and publish the changes so everyone can see them
Get stuck? 

Ask a question on the pleiades-community list, to which all Pleiades users are automatically subscribed.

Your Pleiades place is waiting for you!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mapping Buddhist Monasteries

Mapping Buddhist Monasteries

WARNING: This is a work in progress. Contents of this wiki site will be developed, verified and improved upon for several long months. Any of the data pages and maps (esp. details of doctrinal affiliations, place names, dates, and geographical coordinates) may change suddenly, as well as change several times in short succession.
Therefore, this work should not be depended on in any manner by other scholarly or popular projects until the current label 'work in progress' is removed from this site. - sg, tmc, lhp - Jan 2009.

20 most recently created pages

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Open Accesss Journal: Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli studi di Cagliari

Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli studi di Cagliari

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Monday, January 17, 2011

New from CEDOPAL

New from CEDOPAL Centre de Documentation de Papyrologie Littéraire
Dans le cadre de ses projets de recherches sur La médecine dans l'Égypte gréco-romaine  et La mise à jour du Corpus Papyrorum Latinarum, le CEDOPAL a le plaisir d'annoncer la mise en ligne des deux contributions suivantes:

Nomisma, Usage de la monnaie en Méditerranée orientale (Vème - Ier siècle avant J.-C., réseaux d’échanges locaux, régionaux, internationaux

Nomisma: Usage de la monnaie en Méditerranée Orientale
Nomisma , Usage de la monnaie en Méditerranée orientale (Vème - Ier siècle avant J.-C., réseaux d’échanges locaux, régionaux, internationaux  est un programme financé par l’Agence nationale de la recherche(ANR).

Dirigé par Marie-Christine Marcellesi, Professeur à l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, il aété réalisé au sein de  l’UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée (Antiquité classique et tardive).

Not to be confused with Nomisma  (a collaborative effort to provide stable digital representations of numismatic concepts and entities)

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Friday, January 14, 2011

New at ARTstor

A new collection at ARTstor relating to Antiquity

Judith and Holofernes (Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Trust) collection
[January 14, 2011]
Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Her Maidservant, c. 1612. Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence. © 2006, SCALA, Florence / ART RESOURCE, N.Y. ARTstor is sharing a new themed collection of approximately 300 images based on the Biblical story of Judith and Holofernes across many periods and a wide range of media, including the unprecedented publication of narrative sequences in stained glass, relief sculpture and book illustrations. Sponsored by a grant from the Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Trust, the collection complements the approximately 330 existing images in various other collections in the Digital Library that depict figures and events from the Old Testament's Book of Judith. According to the Book of Judith, the widow Judith saved the besieged city of Bethulia by decapitating the enemy general Holofernes, thereby enabling her Israelite countrymen to defeat the invading Assyrians. The powerful appeal to the visual imagination of the Judith narrative has inspired and challenged Western scribes, illustrators, draftsman, painters, and sculptors for two millennia. Judith was portrayed by both Dante in The Divine Comedy and Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales; medieval depictions of the narrative cycle may be found in stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and relief sculptures at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Rouen; Renaissance and baroque depictions of Judith abound, including works by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Donatello, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Giorgione, Andrea Mantegna, Michelangelo, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Paolo Veronese; and in the 20th century, the theme was treated by Austrian expressionists, French surrealists, and contemporary feminist and conceptual artists.
The Judith and Holofernes collection in ARTstor is part of a larger project –The Judith Project: Expanding the Boundaries of Disciplinarity Through Collaborative Scholarly Practice– initiated by the Trust to enhance scholarship on The Book of Judith through multidisciplinary collaboration and the application of technology. As part of this project, approximately 30 international scholars were selected by the Trust and an academic panel to participate in the Sword of Judith Conference held at the New York Public Library on April 17-18, 2008 (see K. Brine, E. Ciletti and H. Lëhnemann (editors), The Sword of Judith: Judith Studies across the Disciplines, Open Book Publishers, 2010). Participants presented their ongoing work for collaboration and exchange at the conference and subsequently continued their research in libraries and museums in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Research has been conducted on Judith as a subject in classical and baroque music and dance; the emergence of the theme of Judith in Yiddish literature; the resurgent interest in Judith in the 19th and 20th centuries; the relationship of The Book of Judith to the Jewish and Christian canons; the Mary/Judith typology; and the interpretation of Judith in Jewish, Christian, and secular literature, manuscript illuminations, and works of art. ARTstor and the New York Public Library jointly created a website and wiki to serve as a bibliographic reference tool and scholarly commons that will provide scholars with new avenues for creative multidisciplinary collaboration on the Judith theme. Both the wiki and the corpus of images in the ARTstor Digital Library are intended to persist beyond the formal conclusion of the project and be available for ongoing study and scholarship. 

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Open Access Journal: Ge-conservación

Ge-conservación: Publicación digital hispano-lusa de conservación y restauración
ISSN: 1989-8568
Ge-conservación is a periodical published by GEIIC (Grupo Español de Conservación/ Spanish Conservation Group of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) in association with the Duques de Soria Foundation. Its purpose is to contribute to the scientific development, dissemination and exchange of knowledge in the field of cultural heritage conservation and restoration. Its target readership is principally, but not exclusively, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries.

The journal will feature articles related to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage that offer the following:

  • the results of original academic research in any area of knowledge related to the conservation of cultural heritage.
  • details of conservation or restoration interventions that are of interest to the field because of the cultural significance of the asset in question, the results obtained or the novelty of the methodology employed.
  • opinion articles on theoretical aspects of the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
The journal aspires to be a critical tool and will give priority to interdisciplinary approaches and reasoned criteria and methodologies. It is open to all persons whose articles are in keeping with the publication’s objectives and characteristics.

In addition to a management team comprising the Directors and the Editorial Board, who will determine the general focus of the publication and the contents of each issue, the journal will also have a Scientific Committee made up of experts in different areas of conservation and restoration. Articles for publication will be peer evaluated anonymously. The journal will be open-access and, at least initially, published once a year.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Administrative Note

As of January 6 2011, AWOL has been online for two years.

AWOL Statistics

As of today, the number of email addresses subscribed to the feedburner email notification service is 2,037.  The subscriber list increases by about one hundred each month.

 AWOL went on line  January 6 2009.  Sine then we have had 271,774 page loads, from 159,891 unique visitors. 44,842 of these made more than one visit.

Since May 2010, Blogger has been keeping detailed statistics on usage of files hosted there. In that period the ten most frequently viewed pages have been:

17,142 Pageviews

2,493 Pageviews

1,154 Pageviews

815 Pageviews

527 Pageviews

506 Pageviews

492 Pageviews

471 Pageviews

438 Pageviews

430 Pageviews

Administrative notes with user statistics have been posted in March 2012, November 2011, October 2011July 2011, April 2011, January 2011December 2010October 2010, August 2010July 2010, May 2010, and  January 2010.

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