Saturday, July 30, 2011

Newly Online from the Oriental Institute's Backlist: Alishar Hüyük

July 29, 2011
As part of its Electronic Publications Initiative the Oriental Institute Publications Office announces the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) publication of the seven titles below. These books were digitized as part of Stony Brook University's AMAR project by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image at the University of Pennsylvania:

For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Open Access Publications: Publications of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Many of the publications of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are available online in open access formats.

[Updated 29 September 2008 with the addition of links to digital versions of three more Gennadeion Monographs, the products of the ASCSA Digital Library project funded by the Operational Program "Information Society" of the 3rd Community Support Framework , and the series Corinth announced today by JSTOR]
[Updated 25 June 2009 with the addition of Bulletins of the School of Classical Studies at Athens]
[ Updated 12 October, 2009: This posting originated on the Ancient World Bloggers Group (AWBG), but will be updated at this location from now on. Updated 12 October, 2009 with the addition of the Histories of the American School of Classical Studies; updated 12 February, 2010, with the addition of Digital Library]
[Updated 20 June, 2010 with this link to Open Access enhancements of Athenian Agora Publications]

[Updated 29 July 2011 with the inclusion of the  Schliemann Diaries and other resources of  ASCSA Archival collections]
[Updated 2 August 2011 with Open Access Content and Enhancements to Hesperia]
[Updated 12 May 2014 with 57 Newly Open Access Ebooks from The American School of Classical Studies at Athens]

Histories of the American School of Classical Studies
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.
ISBN: 9780876619032
A History of the American School of Classical Studies, 1939-1980
Author: Lucy Shoe Meritt
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1984.
ISBN: 9780876619421


The Newsletter of the School, ákoue, is published by the ASCSA Development Office and sent free of charge to staff, alumni and other friends of the School approximately twice a year. No. 47 (2003)and the following issues are available.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports - American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2010-2011 through 2011-2012

Agora Picture Books

The primary purpose of the Agora Picture Book series is to enliven the experience of a visitor to the Athenian Agora, excavated by the American School since 1931. While drawing on the object and monuments that can be viewed on a visit to the site, these well-illustrated guides attempt to add some human color to the dry material remains. A number of the concise guides have become popular supplementary texts for undergraduate and graduate classes in classical civilization. Since 1998 the Picture Books have been published in color.

1: Pots and Pans of Classical Athens - by Brian A. Sparkes and Lucy Talcott
2: The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens - by Homer A. Thompson
3: Miniature Sculpture from the Athenian Agora - by Dorothy B. Thompson
4: The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
5: Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora - by Evelyn B. Harrison
6: Amphoras and the Ancient Wine Trade - by Virginia R. Grace
7: The Middle Ages in the Athenian Agora - by Alison Frantz
8: Garden Lore of Ancient Athens - by Dorothy B. Thompson and Ralph E. Griswold
9: Lamps from the Athenian Agora - by Judith Perlzweig
10: Inscriptions from the Athenian Agora - by Benjamin D. Meritt
11: Waterworks in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
12: An Ancient Shopping Center: The Athenian Agora - by Dorothy B. Thompson
13: Early Burials from the Agora Cemeteries - by Sara A. Immerwahr
14: Graffiti in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
15: Greek and Roman Coins in the Athenian Agora - by Fred S. Kleiner
16: The Athenian Agora: A Short Guide to the Excavations - by John McK. Camp II
16: The Athenian Agora: A Short Guide to the Excavations (Modern Greek) - by John McK. Camp II
17: Socrates in the Agora - by Mabel Lang
18: Mediaeval and Modern Coins in the Athenain Agora - by Fred S. Kleiner
19: Gods and Heroes in the Athenian Agora - by John McK. Camp II
20: Bronzeworkers in the Athenian Agora - by Carol C. Mattusch
21: Ancient Athenian Building Methods - by John McK. Camp II and William B. Dinsmoor Jr.
22: Birds of the Athenian Agora - by Robert D. Lamberton and Susan I. Rotroff
23: Life, Death, and Litigation in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
24: Horses and Horsemanship in the Athenian Agora - by John McK. Camp II
25: The Games at Athens - by Jenifer Neils and Stephen V. Tracy
26: Women in the Athenian Agora - by Susan I. Rotroff and Robert D. Lamberton
27: Marbleworkers in the Athenian Agora - by Carol L. Lawton

ASCSA Digital Library

Digital Library

The digital library [at] currently provides access to the archaeological data from the Athenian Agora and Corinth together with a selection of photographs from the Alison Frantz Collection. You can use the index of categories to the left to browse this data, or search using the toolbar above. Material which has been published is made completely available to the public. Material which is unpublished is only available to researchers who have already obtained the necessary permission to study the material in person.

Chronicle of Corinth Excavations
Camp, John McK., II; Mauzy, Craig (eds.). Agora Excavations
Davis, Jack L.; Vogeikoff, Natalia (eds.). The American School of Classical Studies at Athens: Links to the Past, Looking to the Future
Georgopoulou, Maria (ed.). Gennadius: The Vision and the Collection
Vogeikoff-Brogan, Natalia; Vassilis Spanos (eds.). Greece in the '20s & '30s: Through the Lense of Dorothy Burr Thompson

Athenian Agora Guide Books

The Athenian Agora: A Short Guide in Color
By John McK.Camp II
This colorful overview is intended primarily for visitors to the site, but also provides a useful introduction to the visible remains. After a brief history of the Agora, the principal monuments are described, and then the reader is taken on a counterclockwise tour around the site. The author is the current Director of Excavations at the Athenian Agora, and this guide therefore presents the most up-to-date information available. 48pp (Excavations of the Athenian Agora, Picture Book 16, revised 2003) ISBN: 0-87661-643-0

Download English Version PDF (5.8 MB)

Download Greek Version PDF (4.4 MB)

The Athenian Agora: A Guide to the Excavation and Museum

This new edition of the Agora guide takes account of the important recent excavations which have taken place since 1976, the year of publication of the third edition. In addition, this version has been directed specifically toward those actually visiting the site: it is somewhat more compact than its predecessor and the illustrations have been chosen to help the visitor recreate the site in his mind's eye. (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1990) ISBN: 960-7067-00-2

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Corinth Notes

These brief guides present concise descriptions of interesting discoveries at the site of Corinth, excavated by the American School since 1896. The existing numbers in the series focus on the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, the center of a healing cult situated on the lower slopes of the Acrocorinth mountain, and on the Asklepieion.

1: Cure and Cult in Ancient Corinth - by Mabel Lang
2: Demeter and Persephone in Ancient Corinth - by Ronald S. Stroud

Gennadeion Monographs

The Gennadius Library (known as “the Gennadeion") contains a large collection of volumes on various aspects of post-classical Greek culture and history. The Library’s archives are the repository of many more important photographs, manuscripts, documents, and special collections. The Gennadeion Monographs series exists to publish studies related to the collections of the library.

Four volumes of this series are available online:

The Venetians in Athens, 1687-1688, from the Istoria of Cristoforo Ivanovich
- edited by James Morton Paton

Schliemann's First Visit to America - edited by Shirley H. Weber

Chapters on Mediaeval and Renaissance Visitors to Greek Lands - by James Morton Paton
The Campaign of the Falieri and Piraeus in the Year 1827 - edited by C. W. J. Eliot

Isthmia (ISSN 0362-8108)

Situated on the most direct route from the Peloponnese to central Greece and Attica, as well as from Corinth to the Saronic Gulf, the panhellenic sanctuary at Isthmia preserves evidence of cult practices from at least the 7th century B.C. A Doric Temple of Poseidon was built ca. 465 B.C. and then rebuilt after a fire around 75 years later. The site was the center of a cult to the local boy-hero Palaimon in the Roman period and continued to function as a sanctuary into at least the 3rd century A.D. Its abandoned buildings were used as a quarry to build a set of Late Roman fortifications to defend the Isthmus. This series publishes excavations by both the University of Chicago and Ohio State University.

Two volumes of this series are available online:

IV: Sculpture I: 1952-1967 - by Mary C. Sturgeon
VII: The Metal Objects, 1952-1989 - by Isabelle K. Raubitschek


Excavations on the Cycladic island of Keos revealed a number of prehistoric sites, including the site of Ayia Irini on a peninsula at the northwest end. This site was occupied from Neolithic to Roman times, flourishing particularly in the Bronze Age when it was the location of a sanctuary. A large number of near lifesize figures were discovered there during excavations in the 1960s by the University of Cincinnati. This series is no longer published by ASCSA. Other volumes have been published by Philipp von Zabern Verlag.

One volume of this series is available online:
I: Kephala: A Late Neolithic Settlement and Cemetery - by John E. Coleman


Lerna, on the shore of the Gulf of Argos, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Greece, having been occupied with few interruptions over a period of some 5,000 years, from the 6th to the 1st millennium B.C. A simple Neolithic village became a more complex settlement in the Early Helladic period when the massive House of the Tiles was built. Destroyed by fire at the end of the period, it was covered by a tumulus in the Middle Helladic period. This series presents the results of excavations by John L. Caskey from 1952 to 1958.

All volumes of this series are available online.

I: The Fauna - by Nils-Gustaf Gejvall
II: The People - by J. Lawrence Angel
III: The Pottery of Lerna IV - by Jeremy B. Rutter
IV: The Architecture, Stratification, and Pottery of Lerna III - by Martha H. Wiencke
V: The Neolithic Pottery from Lerna - by K. D. Vitelli


These volumes present the definitive account of one of the masterpieces of Greek architecture, the grand entrance to the Athenian Akropolis designed in the 5th century B.C. by the architect Mnesikles. Written by a father and son team over a period of 80 years, the two books present a complete overview of the development of one of the monuments of western civilization. No further volumes are planned.

One volume of this series is available online:
II: The Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis II: The Classical Building - by William B. Dinsmoor and William B. Dinsmoor Jr., edited by Anastasia Norre Dinsmoor

The Temple of Apollo Bassitas

High in the mountains of Arcadia, the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae was built and rebuilt a number of times during the Archaic and Classical periods. According to the Roman traveler Pausanias, the architect was Iktinos, who was also responsible for building the Parthenon in Athens. Although the accuracy of this statement is uncertain, the temple remains one of the most spectacular and well preserved in Greece. This four-volume series, including large-scale plans, is based on a detailed study by University of Minnesota researchers. The series is complete.

All but the folio volume of plans are available online:
I: The Temple of Apollo Bassitas I: The Architecture - by Frederick A. Cooper
II: The Temple of Apollo Bassitas II: The Sculpture - by Brian C. Madigan
III: The Temple of Apollo Bassitas III: The Architecture: Illustrations - by Frederick A. Cooper

Some other publications of the ASCSA have been made available elsewhere:

Weber, Shirley Howard, 1883- / [1953] Voyages and travels in Greece, the Near East, and adjacent regions, made previous to the year 1801; being a part of a larger catalogue of works on geography, cartography, voyages and travels, in the Gennadius Library in Athens, in the Travels in Southeastern Europe collection at the University of Michigan Library.

Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Archaeological Institute of America., American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Boston: Cupples, Upham and co. [etc.], 1885-97, at the Making of America (MOA) collection at the University of Michigan Library.
The journal Hesperia, the series Hesperia Supplements and the series Athenian Agora and Corinth are available to institutional or individual licensees from JSTOR.

Hesperia Open Access

Open Access Content from ASCSA Publications
On occasion, the ASCSA Publications Office will post an article from Hesperia, a book chapter, or other material here for visitors to freely download and use:
“Celebrating 75 Years of Hesperia,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 1-20, by Tracey Cullen.
Download the PDF (2 MB)
“The Birth of Hesperia: A View from the Archives,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 21-35, by Jack L. Davis.
Download the PDF (1 MB)
“Byzantium and the Avant-Garde: Excavations at Corinth, 1920s-1930s,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 391-442, by Kostis Kourelis.
Download the PDF (1 MB)
“An Archer from the Palace of Nestor: A New Wall-Painting Fragment in the Chora Museum,” Hesperia 77 (2008), pp. 363-397, by Hariclia Brecoulaki, Jack L. Davis, Caroline Zaitoun, and Sharon R. Stocker.
Download the PDF (6 MB)
“Supplementary Images of the Archer Fragment: Addendum to ‘An Archer from the Palace of Nestor’,” Hesperia 77 (2008), by Hariclia Brecoulaki et al.
Download the PDF (1 MB)
“Hunting the Eschata: An Imagined Persian Empire on the Lekythos of Xenophantos,” Hesperia 78 (2009), pp. 455-480, by Hallie M. Franks.
Download the PDF (2 MB)
“Stone Age Seafaring in the Mediterranean: Evidence from the Plakias Region for Lower Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Habitation of Crete,” Hesperia 79 (2010), pp. 145-190, by Thomas F. Strasser, Eleni Panagopoulou, Curtis N. Runnels, Priscilla M. Murray, Nicholas Thompson, Panayiotis Karkanas, Floyd W. McCoy, and Karl W. Wegmann.
Download the PDF (5 MB)
“Catalogue of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza”, an appendix to “A Deposit of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza,” Hesperia 80.2 (2011), pp. 171-228, by Patrick M. Thomas.
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“Catalogue of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza”, an appendix to “A Deposit of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza,” Hesperia 80.2 (2011), pp. 171-228, by Patrick M. Thomas.
Access the Catalogue

Athenian Agora

I. Portrait Sculpture (66 MB)
II. Coins: From the Roman through the Venetian Period (18 MB)
III: Literary and Epigraphical Testimonia (51 MB)
IV: Greek Lamps and Their Survivals (64 MB)
V: Pottery of the Roman Period: Chronology (71 MB)
VI: Terracottas and Plastic Lamps of the Roman Period (43 MB)
VII: Lamps of the Roman Period: First to Seventh Century after Christ (81 MB)
VIII: Late Geometric and Protoattic Pottery: Mid-8th to Late 7th Centiry B.C. (53 MB)
IX: The Islamic Coins (13 MB)
X: Weights, Measures, and Tokens (54 MB)
XI: Archaic and Archaistic Sculpture (105 MB)
XIII: The Neolithic and Bronze Ages (108 MB)
XIV: The Agora of Athens: The History, Shape, and Uses of an Ancient City Center (138 MB)
XV: Inscriptions: The Athenian Councillors (73 MB)
XVI: Inscriptions: The Decrees (111 MB)
XVII: Inscriptions: The Funerary Monuments (100 MB)
XIX: Inscriptions: Horoi, Poletai Records, and Leases of Public Lands (43 MB)
XX: The Church of the Holy Apostles (32 MB)
XXI: Graffiti and Dipinti (16 MB)
XXIV: Late Antiquity: A.D. 267-700 (80 MB)
XXVI: The Greek Coins (66 MB)
XXVIII: The Lawcourts at Athens: Sites, Buildings, Equipment, Procedure, and Testimonia (52 MB)


I.6: The Springs: Peirene, Sacred Spring, Glauke (text and plates) (49 MB and 6 MB respectively)
III.1: Acrocorinth: Excavations in 1926 (7 MB)
III.2: The Defenses of Acrocorinth and the Lower Town (55 MB)
IV.1: Decorated Architectural Terracottas (9 MB)
V. The Roman Villa (59 MB)
VI: Coins, 1896-1929 (11 MB)
VII.1: The Geometric and Orientalizing Pottery (16 MB)
VII.2: Archaic Corinthian Pottery and the Anaploga Well (46 MB)
VII.3: Corinthian Hellenistic Pottery (25 MB)
VIII.1: Greek Inscriptions, 1896-1927 (11 MB)
VIII.2: Latin Inscriptions, 1896-1926 (10 MB)
VIII.3: The Inscriptions, 1926-1950 (44 MB)
X: The Odeum (29 MB)
XI: The Byzantine Pottery (83 MB)
XII: The Minor Objects (149 MB)
XIII: The North Cemetery (68 MB)
XIV: The Asklepion and Lerna (36 MB)
XV.1: The Potters' Quarter (37 MB)
XV.2: The Potters' Quarter: The Terracottas (44 MB)
XVI: Mediaeval Architecture in the Central Area of Corinth (40 MB)

Hesperia Supplements

1: Prytaneis: A Study of the Inscriptions Honoring the Athenian Councillors (20 MB)
2: Late Geometric Graces and a Seventh Century Well in the Agora (39 MB)
3: The Setting of the Periclean Parthenon (7 MB)
4: The Tholos of Athens and its Predecessors (33 MB)
5: Observations on the Hephaisteion (30 MB)
6: The Sacred Gerusia (8 MB)
7: Small Objects from the Pnyx I (28 MB)
8: Commemorative Studies in Honor of Theodore Leslie Shear (34 MB)
9: Horoi: Studies in Mortgage, Real Security, and Land Tenure in Ancient Athens (36 MB)
10: Small Objects from the Pnyx II (63 MB)
11: Fortified Military Camps in Attica (25 MB)
12: The Athenian Constitution after Sulla (34 MB)
15: The Lettering of an Athenian Mason (29 MB)
18: Lasithi: A History of Settlement on a Highland Plain in Crete (10 MB)

Heinrich Schliemann' Diaries are now online in facsimile at ASCSA.  So also are lareg numbers of documents and finding aids in the ASCSA Archives in the Gennadius and Blegen Libraries.

ASCSA Athens Photostream on flickr

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mediterranean Medieval Places of Pilgrimage

Egeria: Mediterranean Medieval Places of Pilgrimage
Network for the documentation, preservation and enhancement of monuments in the euro-mediterranean area.
Egeria is the name of the Christian pilgrim who traveled across the Eastern Mediterranean in the 4th century AD in order to visit and worship at the Holy Land and other important pilgrimage destinations in the region. The journey of the pilgrim Egeria and the concept of pilgrimage in general were the inspiration for the project
Mediterranean Medieval Places of Pilgrimage
Network for the documentation, preservation and enhancement of monuments in the euro-mediterranean area
Project “Egeria” is a Community Initiative Programme Interreg IIIB – Archimed 2000-2006. It is a project of inter-state cooperation, which involves twelve public and private, religious and secular institutions from eight states: Greece, Italy and Cyprus, as well as a large number of non-European states, such as Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. It is financed by ERDF funds and co-financed by national funds.
The project focuses on pilgrimage sites, the immovable and movable pilgrimage monuments that are interspersed in the Mediterranean landscape but also in time, from antiquity to the present. The main objective of the project is the establishment of a network of cooperation for the documentation, preservation, enhancement and promotion of pilgrimage monuments. This objective is accomplished through the various activities and products of the project. One of these products is the current website, which presents selected pilgrimage monuments and proposes cultural itineraries based on these monuments.

Open Access Journal: Anales de Antropología

Anales de Antropología
ISSN: 0185-1225
En 1964 se publicó el primer volumen de la revista Anales de Antropología, como órgano de difusión y comunicación científica a nivel nacional e internacional. En ella se difunden trabajos cuyo tema sea de interés mundial con énfasis en México y América. De acuerdo con su tradición editorial, en esta revista se publican trabajos científicos,ensayos críticos y teórico-metodológicos, así como reseñas bibliográficas de diferentes áreas de la Antropología: Antropología Física, Arqueología, Etnología, Lingüística. En la actualidad rescata un enfoque que, sin perder la perspectiva de la especialidad desde la cual se abordan los textos, sea interdisciplinario, o bien transdisciplinario.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Open Access Journal: History Studies

History Studies: International Journal of History
ISSN: 1309 4173 (Online)  1309 - 4688 (Print)
The History Studies (HS) is an international, peer-reviewed online history journal.  All submitted articles go through a rigorous double-blind review.

The HS is published three times a year.

The HS has a worldwide circulation. A limited number of each issue is printed and delivered to selected libraries.

The HS publishes academic articles, interviews, translations and book reviews.

The HS accepts papers in every geographical and historical period of history from the ancient times to present.  The editorial board members and referees of the HS have a wide range of expertise.  

The primary publication language of the HS is Turkish of Turkey.  The HS also accepts submissions in other Turkish dialects, in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

The official editor and owner of the History Studies is Osman KOSE but the journal is regarded as a joint periodical of all historians.  All the contributors, writers, editors and referees of the journal are historians.

The HS is a common meeting place of historians regardless of their area or period of concentration.

The HS has a guest editor system.  The HS aims to release a special issue at least once a year with a selected theme and a guest editor.  For guest editorship and special issue ideas please contact us at

The HS is an independent academic journal. It has no affiliation with an institution or an organization.
 Recent Issues:
History Studies Volume 3 Issue 1 - March 2011

In this issue, there will be 15 articles,3 book reviews and an assessment essay. The articles contain the subjects that cover Ancient History, The Seljuk State, The ottoman State and history of early period Republic of Turkey. We hope you will enjoy reading and make best use of the issue. This issue has been published in the guest-editorship of Prof. Dr. Dursun Ali Akbulut
HISTORY STUDIES Ortadoğu Özel Sayısı / Middle East Special Issue – 2010

We are happy to present you the Middle East special issue of History Studies. This special issue was preparered with the co-guest editorship of Professor Dr. William W. Haddad from California State University-Fullerton and Professor Dr. Mustafa Ozturk from Firat University. Twenty two articles, two book reviews and a commentary in this issue cover different aspects of the Middle East history from past to present. We hope you will enjoy reading them.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

A New Parthian Chronographic Document Online

Chronographic document concerning Bagayasha (BCHP 18)
The Bagayasha Chronicle, combined. Photos Bert van der Spek. BCHP 18: Bagayasha Chronicle, fragments A and B combined
(British Museum).
The Babylonian Chronographic document concerning Bagayasha ("Bagayasha Chronicle"; BCHP 18) is one of the historiographical texts from ancient Babylonia. It describes a punitive action by a Parthian prince against the city of Babylon, and its consequences. For a very brief introduction to the literary genre of chronicles, go here. The cuneiform tablets are
  • A: BM 35229+35518+35621 (Sp. II 792 + Sp. III 24+27)
  • B: BM 35189+46018+46216 (Sp. III, 295+81-7-6,464+81-7-6,678)
They can be found in the British Museum. On this website, a first reading is proposed by Bert van der Spek of the Free University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Irving Finkel of the British Museum.* Please notice that this is a preliminary edition. This web publication is intended to invite suggestions for better readings, comments and interpretations (go here to contact Van der Spek).

Open Access Books: Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns

[Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns was announced originally on 1 July 2011.  It was withdrawn to complete  copyediting, and then reissued 7/25/11 in its final form]

Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction 
Alan Lenzi, ed. 

Reprint with Corrections
Reading Akkadian prayers and hymns : an introduction / edited by Alan Lenzi.
p. cm. — (Society of Biblical Literature ancient Near East monographs ; v. 3)
English and Akkadian.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-58983-595-5 (paper binding : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-1-58983-596-2 (electronic
1. Assyro-Babylonian religion — Prayers and devotions. 2. Hymns, Akkadian. 3. Akkadian
language — Readers. I. Lenzi, Alan.
BL1620.A33 2011

has just appeared in the series:

The focus of this ambitious series is on the ancient Near East, including ancient Israel and its literature, from the early Neolithic to the early Hellenistic eras. Studies that are heavily philological or archaeological are both suited to this series, and can take full advantage of the hypertext capabilities of “born digital” publication. Multiple author and edited volumes as well as monographs are accepted. Proposals and manuscripts may be submitted in either English or Spanish. Manuscripts are peer reviewed by at least two scholars in the area before acceptance. Published volumes will be held to the high scholarly standards of the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente. The partnership between the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente was initiated under the auspices of SBL’s International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and represents the type of international scholarly exchange that is the goal of ICI. 

This series is the ideal place to publish for authors and editors who wish their work to be widely read. Works published in the series are (and will remain permanently) open access. This ensures the widest possible readership for these works.
Published Volumes:
Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction  .
Alan Lenzi, ed.
Centro y periferia en el mundo antiguo: El Negev y sus interacciones con Egipto, Asiria, y el Levante en la Edad del Hierro (1200-586 a.C.).
Juan Manuel Tebes
El Intercambio de Bienes entre Egipto y Asia Anterior: Desde el reinado de Tuthmosis III hasta el de Akhenaton
Graciela Gestoso Singer

Sunday, July 24, 2011

ARK: The Archaeological Recording Kit

ARK: The Archaeological Recording Kit
ARK (The Archaeological Recording Kit) is a web-based ‘toolkit’ for the collection, storage and dissemination of archaeological data. It includes data-editing, data-creation, data-viewing and data-sharing tools, all of which are delivered using a web-based front-end. 

It is designed to be adaptable to any digital or paper-based recording system, so does not dictate what or how the archaeologist records at a given site. Rather it provides a framework, an interface and a set of pre-fabricated digital tools for archaeological recording and data dissemination according to the unique needs of any given project.

Based on industry standard data technologies (Apache/MySQL/PHP), ARK is completely opensource and standards-compliant.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

New in JSTOR: British School at Athens

Multidisciplinary and Discipline-Specific Collections at JSTOR
The following journals have been added to the JSTOR archive. More detailed information about JSTOR titles and collections, along with delimited lists, can be accessed from JSTOR's Available Collections page

The British School at Athens Studies
Coverage: 1995-2007 (Vols. 1-15)
Moving Wall: 3 years What is the moving wall?
JSTOR Discipline(s): Archaeology, Classical Studies
ISSN: 2159-4996

Journal Description

The Studies series of the British School at Athens publishes a range of material beyond the excavation reports which are the focus of the Supplementary Volumes.   They consist mainly of BSA-led conference reports or Festschriften for BSA members, both of which embrace a wide range of content, from the mesolithic to mediaeval periods.   In addition two volumes present authoritative accounts of pottery production at Knossos on Crete in the Bronze Age and in the Greek and Roman periods.

The British School at Athens. Supplementary Volumes 
Coverage: 1966-2007 (Nos. 3-41)
Moving Wall: 3 years What is the moving wall?
JSTOR Discipline(s): Archaeology, Classical Studies
ISSN: 1464-0813

Journal Description

The Supplementary Volumes, originally Papers, of the British School at Athens primarily consist of full publication of excavations carried out by members of the School or under its auspices, over the last one hundred and ten years.   Earlier volumes are devoted to a range of other topics, such as the techniques of Greek sculpture and the papers of George Finlay, an influential British figure in the early history of the modern Greek state.    The main body of the series covers excvations carried out at Lefkandi on the island of Euboia, in the Cyclades and on Crete, especially Knossos, during the whole of the sites lengthy history.   Places beyond modern Greece are also to be found, Smyrna in Turkey and Butrint in Albania.   All volumes are richly illustrated.
The British School at Athens. Supplementary Papers
Coverage: 1923-1957 (Nos. 1-2)
JSTOR Discipline(s): Archaeology, Classical Studies
ISSN: 2045-4112

The Ancient World in JSTOR 
AWOL's full list of content in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE)

Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE)
The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) is a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts. Out of the box, TILE 1.0 supports the following tools and functionality:

  • Image markup tool

    Annotate regions of an image by drawing rectangles, polygons, and ellipses, apply labels to selections, and manually create links between sections of an image and transcript lines.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New from the Griffith Institute

New from the Griffith Institute

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    Some Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls

    Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, in memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider
    In July 2006, the Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, in memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider opened to the public. It is situated in the new Shrine of the Book complex at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

    The aim of the Center is to introduce visitors to topics related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical manuscripts, the Second Temple Period, archaeological excavations at Qumran, and the architecture and symbolism of the Shrine of the Book, by broadening their knowledge and providing them with the tools necessary for further research. In addition, the Center intends to develop informal educational programs, as well as databases, computer programs, and artistic means related to the topics mentioned above.

    We are currently digitizing the manuscripts and the archaeological collection on display at the Shrine of the Book. At this stage we are pleased to present the first two scrolls online: the entire Temple Scroll, and the Great Isaiah Scroll. This project was envisioned and funded by George Blumenthal, the Center for Online Judaic Studies. We look forward to developing this project further with additional scrolls to be digitized in the near future.

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    New Book from The Oriental Institute: Bir Umm Fawakhir, Volume 2: Report on the 1996-1997 Survey Seasons

    Announced today:

    OIC 30.

    Bir Umm Fawakhir, Volume 2: Report on the 1996-1997 Survey Seasons

    By Carol Meyer, with contributions by Lisa Heidorn, Alexandra A. O'Brien, and Clemens Reichel

    Bir Umm Fawakhir is a fifth-sixth century A.D. Coptic/Byzantine gold-mining town located in the central Eastern Desert of Egypt. The Bir Umm Fawakhir Project of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago carried out four seasons of archaeological survey at the site, in 1992, 1993, 1996, and 1997; one season of excavation in 1999; and one study season in 2001. This volume is the final report on the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
    The goals of the 1996 and 1997 field seasons were to complete the detailed map of the main settlement, to continue the investigation of the outlying clusters of ruins or "Outliers," and to address some specific questions such as the ancient gold-extraction process. The completion of these goals makes the main settlement at Bir Umm Fawakhir one of the only completely mapped towns of the period in Egypt. Not only is the main settlement plotted room for room and door for door, but also features such as guardposts, cemeteries, paths, roads, wells, outlying clusters of ruins, and mines are known, and some of these are features not always readily detectable archaeologically.
    This volume presents the pre-Coptic material; a detailed discussion of the remains in the main settlement, outliers, and cemeteries; the Coptic/Byzantine pottery, small finds, and dipinti; as well as a study of ancient mining techniques.
    • Oriental Institute Communications 30
    • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2011
    • ISBN-13:978-1-885923-71-4
    • ISBN-10:1-885923-71-6
    • Pp. xxviii + 220; 53 figures, 108 plates, 1 table
    • Softbound 9.00" x 11.75"
    • $49.95

    Table of Contents

    • Abbreviations
    • List of Figures
    • List of Plates
    • Table
    • Acknowledgments
    • Bibliography
    • Chapter 1. Introduction. Carol Meyer
    • Chapter 2. Pre-Coptic Remains. Carol Meyer and Lisa Heidorn
    • Chapter 3. Main Settlement 1996 and 1997 Surveys. Carol Meyer
    • Chapter 4. Outliers. Carol Meyer, with contributions by Lisa Heidorn, Alexandra A. O'Brien, and Clemens Reichel
    • Chapter 5. Cemeteries and the Question of Religion. Carol Meyer
    • Chapter 6. Pottery from the 1996 and 1997 surveys. Carol Meyer and Lisa Heidorn
    • Chapter 7. Small Finds and Dipinti. Carol Meyer
    • Chapter 8. Ancient gold Mining, Miners, and Ore Reduction. Carol Meyer
    • Chapter 9. Conclusions. Carol Meyer
    • Appendix A. 1996 and 1997 registered objects
    • Appendix B. Main settlement Room Sizes
    • Appendix C. Outliers 12 and 13 Buildings
    • Index
    • Plates 1-107

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