Saturday, March 31, 2012

Administrative Note

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Update 30 March 2012.  The feed worked on Friday, and was delivered to subscribers via Feedburner.  Those interested to see what they may have missed in the last few days can go directly to AWOL and scroll back through this week's additions.

Codex Bezae Online

Codex Bezae
Part of the Treasures of the Library Collection.
There are half-a-dozen ancient manuscripts which are the foundation of our understanding of the text of the New Testament writings. Among these stands the copy known since the sixteenth century as Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis. Any manuscript which has survived from antiquity is a marvel for this reason alone, and as we explore its pages, we have a rare opportunity to explore a little of the written culture of late antique Christianity. Although in the past century some remarkable papyrus manuscripts have been recovered from the sands of Egypt, their discovery has in general served more to highlight the significance of the parchment manuscripts than to diminish it.

Among this group, Codex Bezae occupies a unique place for several reasons. In the first place, as a bilingual manuscript, with a Greek text and a Latin version on facing pages, it provides a valuable insight into the reception of the Gospels and Acts in the western Christian tradition. The Latin version it contains is one of the small handful of manuscripts which are the most important witnesses to the development of a Latin version before Jerome's famous Vulgate of 382. Secondly, it provides a strikingly different form of text to that preserved in almost every other manuscript, and to the printed Greek text and the translations derived from it. These differences consist in the Gospels in frequent harmonisation of the text and in Acts in a free restyling of the text found best represented by Codex Vaticanus and reproduced in English translations...

Physical location: Cambridge University Library

Classmark: MS Nn.2.41
Subject: Bible. N.T.
Language(s): Greek and Latin
Uniform title: Bible. N.T.
Alternative title(s): Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis
Origin place: Possibly Beirut
Extent: 510 ff.
Support: Parchment
Ownership: Donated by Theodore Beza, 1581.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

News from the CDLI: Mellon-funded digitization of the Turin cuneiform collection

Mellon-funded digitization of the Turin cuneiform collection

We are pleased to announce the first results of a digitization collaboration between the Museo di Antichità di Torino (MAT, Superintendance of Archaeology in Turin) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported research project "Creating a Sustainable Digital Cuneiform Library (CSDCL)," under the general direction of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI - Los Angeles/Berlin).

Continuing the international collaboration dedicated to the digital capture, persistent archiving and web dissemination of major cuneiform collections in Europe and the Middle East, Laura Hawkins (Oxford University) and Bertrand Lafont (CNRS-Paris) were given access to the full cuneiform collection that is now kept in the MAT, consisting of approximately 800 tablets. With the generous support of the director of the Museo di Antichità, Gabriella Pantò and with the kind assistance of the staff, Hawkins and Lafont proceeded in September and October 2011 to scan the entire collection, including an existing archive of quite professionally done analogue photos; following post-capture processing of the raw images in Los Angeles, new image files have been posted to the CDLI website, and can be viewed directly through the project's search page or, with introductory text in English and Italian, at the MAT page. The initial phase of file postings included a set of images of obverse and reverse surfaces of nearly all objects that were created by the former Senior Curator of the collection, Giovanni Bergamini, listed in CDLI's MAT pages as detail shots; a second posting phase makes available the full CDLI fatcross renditions of text artifacts created in raw format by Hawkins and Lafont in Turin.

We hope that the MAT/CDLI web content will assist cuneiform specialists in the collation of existing publications (above all Archi-Pomponio, TCND [1990]; Archi-Pomponio-Bergamini, TCNU [1995]; and Archi-Pomponio-Stol, TCVC [1999]), and we are convinced that at the same time general access to images of all text-artifacts in curatorial and scholarly care, in conjunction with collated transliterations, will establish the broadest possible foundation for integrative research on all cuneiform inscriptions by the scholarly community.

For the Superintendance of Archaeology in Turin (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Piemonte e del Museo Antichità Egizie):
Gabriella Pantò, Direttore del Museo di Antichità
Matilde Borla, Archeologo direttore coordinatore specialista in egittologia
Giovanni Bergamini, Museum’s scientific consultant, Formerly Senior Curator

For the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative:
Bertrand Lafont, Co-Principal Investigator
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Open Access Journal: Bulletin de la Société préhistorique français

[First posted in AWOL 9 March 2011. Updated 29 March 2012]

Bulletin de la Société préhistorique français
eISSN - 1760-7361
Publié sans interruption depuis 1904, le Bulletin de la Société préhistorique française est la plus importante revue de Préhistoire française. Il publie des articles originaux de Préhistoire, depuis le Paléolithique jusqu’au premier Âge du Fer.

Available periods  :

1904-1963 - Bulletin de la Société préhistorique de France

1964-1977 - Bulletin de la Société préhistorique française. Comptes rendus des séances mensuelles

1964-1977 - Bulletin de la Société préhistorique française. Études et travaux

1978-2007 - Bulletin de la Société préhistorique française








Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Temples of the Bosporan Kingdom (In Russin)


Проект ориентирован на информационное обеспечение археологических исследований
с применением новых информационных технологий.
Работы проводятся при поддержке гранта РГНФ 
Мультимедийная информационная система: «Античные храмы  и святилища на территории Восточного Крыма и Таманского полуострова» 

News from the Database of Neo-Sumerian Texts (BDTNS)

The Database of Neo-Sumerian Texts (BDTNS) was listed in AWOL 19 January 2012.  It has recently been updated as indicated below [and see: See new texts since former update (July 2010)]:
The Database of Neo-Sumerian Texts (BDTNS) website has been renewed
( Some of the most relevant modifications

- The look of the website has changed, and some bugs have been fixed.
- 3708 new texts have been added to the catalogue, 653 of them in
- Thousands of transliterations have been revised.
- 150,000 bibliographical references have been checked. The kind of
edition is now specified, indicating whether it provides handcopy (H),
transliteration (T), translation (Ts), or pictures (P) of the text.
- A list of abbreviations has been added to the bibliography section.
- Transliterations, revision of transliterations, handcopies and
photos are always credited.
- A tool for sending suggestions or corrections has been added.

Texts from most recent publications (CUSAS 6, Fs. Hrushka) will be
added very soon.

All this work has been made with the collaboration of Palmiro Notizia
and Jonatan Ortiz Salas (programmer).

Manuel Molina
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
C/ Albasanz 26-28
28037 Madrid

Open Access Series: Trabalhos de Arqueologia

Trabalhos de Arqueologia: Série de estudos arqueológicos, de âmbito monográfico ou temático

These volumes are apparently no longer online in open access. If you find a new link, please pass it along in the comments.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Data at Open Context: Kenan Tepe

Publishing Kenan Tepe with Open Context
We’re very pleased to announce the publication of a significant portion of the Kenan Tepe excavations. Excavations at Kenan Tepe, directed by Bradley Parker (University of Utah) and co-directed by Lynn Swartz Dodd (University of Southern California), represent part of the investigations of the  Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP). UTARP organized major excavation and survey programs aimed at defining archaeological correlates of ancient imperialism, colonialism and culture contact in an area that was, for much of Mesopotamian history, a frontier zone between the centralized states of Mesopotamia and the much less centralized cultures of its Anatolian periphery.

This initial release of Kenan Tepe data in Open Context represents the first installment of data and includes all Area F records where UTARP team members excavated twenty-two trenches of various sizes and depths in an effort to illuminate remains dating to the Late Chalcolithic period and Early Bronze Age at the site. Excavation records from further areas will be added in the near future to Open context and will be followed by the print publication of several final report volumes in the next few years.

UTARP’s  Area F data from Kenan Tepe can be accessed at the Alexandria Archive Institute’s Open Context website.

Because the UTARP team had excellent data management, it was possible to more fully use many of Open Context’s features not commonly used in other projects. Archaeological documentation draws upon diverse structured data (esp. tabular data), less structured texts (diaries, journals), and media (drawings, photos, and other media types). The UTARP team kept excellent records and had very clear file-naming conventions that allowed us to link all of these different types of documentation together. This makes it easier to organize and navigate this large body of content. For example, one can follow links from top-plans to see day-to-day progress in excavation. See this example.

Project Description Primary People Keywords
Kenan Tepe The Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project’s Excavations at Kenan Tepe in Southeastern Turkey Bradley Parker, Peter Cobb Ubaid Period, Late Chalcolithic Period, Anatolia, Northern Mesopotamia, Middle Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Tigris River, Archaeology
Dhiban Excavation and Development Project [Forthcoming Project] Archaeology of an Early Bronze through Islamic settlement south of Amman, Jordan Benjamin Porter, Bruce Routledge, Danielle S. Fatkin, Katherine Adelsberger Archaeology, Jordan, Early Bronze Age, Iron Age, Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, geology, anthropology, tourism studies, history
Tal-e Malyan Zooarchaeology Zooarchaeology of Tel-e Malyan Melinda A. Zeder Zooarchaeology, subsistence, economy, Early Bronze Age, Iranian Plateau, Elamite, Anshan, Middle Elamite
Zooarchaeology of Medieval Emden Animal Bone Analysis in medieval Emden, Germany Jessica Grimm zooarchaeology, medieval, Lower Saxony, Germany, subsistence,
Chogha Mish Fauna Zooarchaeological observations from Prehistoric and Achaemenid levels at Chogha Mish, Iran. Levent Atici, Justin S.E. Lev-Tov, Sarah Whitcher Kansa Zooarchaeology, subsistence, economy, Early Bronze Age, Iranian Plateau, Elamite
Khirbat al-Mudayna al-Aliya Investigations of an Early Iron Age site in a semi-arid zone in west-central Jordan Bruce Routledge, Benjamin Porter pastoralism, economy, agriculture, Southern Levant, Semi-Arid, Kerak Plateau, Jordan, Iron I, Early Iron Age, subsistence
Dove Mountain Groundstone Analysis of groundstone finds from the Dove Mountain Project in the Tucson Basin Jenny Adams Southwest, Pioneer Period, Sedentary Period, Hohokam, Early Agricultural, Groundstone, Arizona, Archaeology
Bade Museum Tell en-Nasbeh Collection at the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology Aaron Brody Israel, Palestine, Southern Levant, Judah, Near East, Biblical Archaeology, Archaeology, Iron Age, 1st Millennium, 4th Millennium, Early Bronze, Town, Tomb, Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine
San Diego Archaeological Center Collections maintained by the San Diego Archaeological Center San Diego Archaeological Center historical archaeology, San Diego, California, Spanish colonial, Mexican, finds catalog, education, cultural resource management, archaeological collections
Presidio of San Francisco Ongoing investigations of El Presidio de San Francisco and other archaeological resources at the Presidio of San Francisco Presidio Archaeology Lab (Presidio Trust) historical archaeology, presidio, San Francisco, California, Spanish colonial, Mexican, US Army, education
Aegean Archaeomalacology Mollusk Shells in Troia, Yenibademli, and Ulucak: An Archaeomalacological Approach to Environment and Economy in the Aegean Canan Çakırlar Anatolia, Aegean, bronze age, chalcolithic, mollusks, Archaeomalacology, subsistence, economy, environment
Petra Great Temple Excavations Brown University Excavations at the Great Temple of Petra, Jordan Martha Sharp Joukowsky Religion, Hellenistic, Jordan, Roman, Roman Empire, Archaeology, Architecture, Nabateans, Nabatean, Petra
Iraq Heritage Program Overview of the Global Heritage Fund's conservation work in Iraq Global Heritage Fund, Alexandria Archive Institute Meopotamia, Cultural Heritage, Conservation, Assyria, Sumer, Babylonia, Documentation, Sumer, Archaeology, Iron Age, Early Bronze Age, Early Dynastic, World Heritage
Lake Carlos Beach Site, 1992 and 1996 Descriptions and provenience information for 7837 artifacts State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Minnesota State Parks Cultural Resource Management Program staff, State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation
Corneal Ulceration in South East Asia Epidemiology and Etiology of Corneal Ulcers in South India Mathuiah Srinivasan, John P. Whitcher ophthalmology, India, public health, infections disease, eye, public health, developing world
Harvard Peabody Mus. Zooarchaeology Harvard Peabody Museum Zooarchaeology Laboratory Reference Collection Richard Meadow, Levent Atici archaeology, reference collection, zoology, zooarchaeology, archaeology, specimen, bone
Hazor: Zooarchaeology Zooarchaeological observations for Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Hazor, Israel Justin Lev-Tov archaeology, Iron Age, Late Bronze Age, Near East, Excavations, Hazor, Biblical archaeology, subsistence
Hayonim: Micromorphology
Paul Goldberg archaeology, Mousterian, geology, Middle Paleolithic, Kebaran, Epi-Paleolithic, Israel, Levant, Micromorphology, Geology, Cave, Deposition
Geissenklosterle: Micromorphology
Paul Goldberg archaeology, Aurignation, geology, Upper Paleolithic, Europe, Germany
Pınarbaşı 1994: Animal Bones Analysis of faunal remains from prehistoric contexts at Pınarbaşı in central Turkey Denise Carruthers archaeology, Epi-Paleolithic, Neolithic, Near East, Anatolia, Turkey, zooarchaeology, Pinarbasi, 9th millennium, agriculture, foraging, hunting
Domuztepe Excavations Excavations of a Late Neolithic site in south-central Turkey Stuart Campbell, Elizabeth Carter Archaeology, Halaf, Neolithic, Near East, Excavations, Domuztepe, 7th millennium, Village

SAFE Website Relaunched

SAFE: Saving Antiquities for Everyone

SAFE is pleased to announce the relaunch of our web site (still and blog, now fully integrated as part of the site. All the posts (and corresponding comments) have transferred to this new site at Our web site has a new look, but the more important goal with this relaunch is to provide an easier user experience by bringing nearly 200 pages of content more upfront and visible. To present an easier platform for your participation many of the new pages have an area for comments. Frequent visitors to the previous site (that we launched in July 2003) will notice a reorganization of the material, addition of graphics, interactive tools, and easier access to our ever-growing social media presence. Blog posts are now put into categories. Take a tour of our new resources section where items can now be searched by topic, region and date. The news section on the home page has up-to-the-minute reports, and polls are now on their own separate page. These are a few of the new features; please peruse the site to make your own discoveries. Every piece of content has been reconsidered and displayed in a new way with these goals in mind; but if we missed anything please let us know. We think that our new site is an improvement, but it is your opinion ...(More ...)

Online Errata for Shechem III by Edward Campbell (ASOR Archaeological Report Series Volume 6, Boston, MA: ASOR, 2002)

Errata for Shechem III  by Edward Campbell (ASOR Archaeological Report Series Volume 6, Boston, MA: ASOR, 2002) can now be downloaded as a PDF file from the ASOR website. You will find it here.

Open Access Journal: e-conservation: The Online Magazine

e-conservation: The Online Magazine
ISSN: 1646-9283
The objective of the magazine is to offer a wide range of relevant subjects to its readers. The magazine will appear once every two months and will offer news, events, reviews, conference announcements, scientific articles on the latest technology and research, dissemination of current projects, case studies, international projects and many other subjects yet to come.