Monday, April 30, 2012


The Osirisnet Project

Anyone who is seriously interested in the tombs of Ancient Egypt know the volumes of Bertha Porter and Rosalind Moss (Porter & Moss "). This remarkable work is not however illustrated, and can't be easily updated. Compared to their number, few tombs have been published with good iconography in colour, which is, in addition, necessarily limited in a paper edition. These rare publications are also often difficult to obtain, and expensive. To add, and it is an important element for reflection, that a good number of tombs haven't had the good fortune to be published in book-form, because they are too damaged, or don't include any spectacular scenes.

The aim of our project is to photograph or to gather photographs from the greatest possible number of tombs and mastabas, so as to cover them as completely as possible, the tombs and mastabas, known and less known, and to put them freely at the disposal of all on our site.

Thus the above quoted problems would be circumvented, and of the sometimes splendid but ignored monuments could, in full safety for them, being revealed to the world. We also try to achieve virtual restorations of damaged walls when the circumstances lend themselves of it. 

Tombs of the Pharaohs, Queens and Princes
Tombs of the Noblemen (Luxor)
Tombs of the Craftsmen at Deir el Medineh
Tombs of the Amarnian Period
Tombs of the Middle Kingdom in Asswan
Tombs of el-Kab
Tombs of el-Bersheh
Tombs of the Oases
Tombs of el-Kurru, Sudan
Mastabas : the tombs of the Old Kingdom (mainly Saqqara, but also Giza)
Monuments : various temples and monuments
Assorted documentation
Virtual Reality 3D Tomb Tours
See a full list of the published tombs, monuments, etc.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Web Conference: Ancient Civilization: Political Institutions and Legal Regulation

Ancient Civilization: Political Institutions and Legal Regulation
Dear Colleagues!

The Scientific & Educational Centre for Classical Studies at Yaroslavl State University (Russia) resumes acceptance of papers for the web-conference «Ancient Civilization: Political Institutions and Legal Regulation» which is currently conducted on the Centre’s website. The format of the event is a forum-like discussion of presented papers. All professors, PhD students and qualified scholars in Classical Studies are invited to participate.

  1. Giarelli L.Res publica Camunnorum”: a small Roman Republic in the Alps.
  2. Varga R.Constitutio Antoniniana. Law and Individual in a Time of Change.
  3. Filonik J. “Athenian Laws on Impiety – Some Notes on the Procedures.
  4. Zacharski M. “The Normative Aspect of the Concept of φύσις and the Origin of the Naturalistic Fallacy.


  1. Voloshin D. Gladiatorial Combats as Political Mass Spectacle and Instrument of “Social Training”.
  2. Gouschin V. Ephialtes versus Areopagus.
  3. Danilov E. Tranquility of the Soul in Interpretation of the Roman Citizens.
  4. Dementyeva V. Die Legaten-Proquästoren in der Römischen Republik am Ende 3. Jh. -1 Jh. V. Chr.
  5. Malyugin O. Administrative Division of Late Roman Britain and the Problem of the Province of Valentia in Anglo-American Historiography.
  6. Nefedkin A. Recruitment and Organization of Cavalry in Aetolian League.
  7. Nikolayev N. On Reconstruction of the Dedication Formula of the Olbian Molpoi
  8. Surikov I. What was the Name of the Supreme Government Body in the Democratic Athenian Polis?
  9. Frolov R. The Designations of the Roman Non-Voting Public Meetings in Livy’s Work: the contio and Its Derivatives
  10. Tsimbal O. The Theoric Board in the System of Athenian Financial Offices in the 4th Century B.C.
  11. Shmeleva L. The Formation of the ius fetiale in the Ancient Rome (8th-6th Centuries B.C.).

*While reading a summary, select «РУССКИЙ» in the top right corner of the page to see the full version of the paper in Russian

Thursday, April 26, 2012

W.D.E. Coulson Archives

W. D. E. Coulson Archives

Welcome to the website of the W.D.E. Coulson Archives and Library.

All of the material from the
Archives and the Library (Books and Off-prints) have been recorded in a database, which you can browse or search via the menu to the right.

This website also features pages with more detailed information about W.D.E. Coulson, the history of the archives donation, the project's sponsors and the contributors.

For more information on the international conference in memory of W.D.E. Coulson, please click here.

New from the Griffith Institute: watercolours and drawings by George Alexander Hoskins

The watercolours and drawings by George Alexander Hoskins in the Archive of the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford
Concept and direction: Jaromir Malek
Cataloguing and HTML editing: Ana I. Navajas, Tracy Walker, Nicola Harrington and Jaromir Malek
Initial cataloguing: Rosalind Moss
Proofreading: Alison Hobby and Elizabeth Fleming
Scanning: Jenni Navratil, assisted by H. Navrátilová
Coordination: Alison Hobby
This project has been sponsored by ASTENE (Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East) 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Open Access at the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

The appearance in the current issue (Volume 65 Number 3, May/June 2012) of Archaeology of AIA President Elizabeth Bartman's column From the President: Open Access, prompted me to go in search of what sorts of open access content the AIA is in fact providing to readers around the world.  The list which follows below -- and which is by no means complete -- does not seem to support President Bartman's statement that the AIA has "taken a stand against open access".  There have been some strongly worded public reactions to the statement in Archaeology.  Others, including one co-written by me, have been sent to the AIA with the explicit intent of encouraging dialog among members of the AIA, its governance, and the archaeological community at large.

Update:  On 30 September 2012 AIA President Elizabeth Bartman published a Letter from AIA President Elizabeth Bartman on Open Access clarifying her position "In an editorial in Archaeology magazine (May/June 2012), I made a statement that I want to clarify, about the AIA's position toward open access..."  I urge you to read it.

American Journal of Archaeology Open Access
The AJA regularly publishes free content that has been vetted and edited. Please follow the links below to download book and museum exhibition reviews, as well as supplementary content and images provided by our print-publication authors. Additional content published in the print journal is also available here for free download. Please enjoy.
 Book Reviews
 Museum Reviews
 Supplementary Content
 Image Galleries
 Print-Published Content

American Journal of Archaeology Resources for Student
Welcome to the AJA's section for students. It is meant to be an accessible starting point for research, a place to learn about a career in archaeology or about submitting your first academic article, or you can just browse our helpful, trusted links. If you would like to contribute to this section, please contact the AJA Director of Publishing.

General Archaeological Resources
 Academic Resources
 Careers in Archaeology
 Project Websites
 Archaeological Blogs
 Multimedia and Interactive

Archaeology's Interactive Digs
Follow online as ancient civilizations are unearthed. Get full access to frequently updated field notes, Q&A with archaeologists, personal journals, and more!
Crete: Zominthos Project
Explore the serenity of the highlanders on Minoan Crete
Johnson's Island: Unlocking a Civil War Prison
Join archaeologist David Bush beyond the "dead line" at Johnson's Island, Ohio. This year, our investigations are centered on Block 8 within the Prison Compound.
El Carrizal: Rescuing a Mesoamerican Site
Get in on the survey and excavation of El Carrizal, a Formative Period site in Veracruz, Mexico.
Past digs:
Sagalassos: City in the Clouds
We take you back to Sagalassos, a classical city perched high in the mountains of southwestern Turkey.
Hierakonpolis: City of the Hawk
Join us as we reveal more about the very dawn of Egyptian civilization and investigate early beer making!
Black Sea Shipwreck Research Project
Join Benjamin Goetsch and his team and their international colleagues as they finish excavation of the Pisa Wreck and begin a survey off the coast of Crimea.
Distilling the Past
Explore George Washington's post-presidential career as a whiskey distiller at Mount Vernon.
Revealing Ancient Bolivia
Return with archaeologists to Tiwanaku, the mysterious site high in the Andes.
Letters from Arizona
Join Forest Archaeologist Peter Pilles as he excavates Elden Pueblo.
Diving with the Dead
Editor Kristin Romey explores sacred Maya cenotes in the Yucatán.
In Vesuvius' Shadow
Join our search for the patricians and slaves who lived in Pompeii.
A Puzzle in the Petén
How did the Maya site of Waka' fit into the struggle between two superpowers?
Search for the Maya Underworld
Follow a special expedition to find untouched caves in the jungle of Belize.
Petra's Great Temple
Visit the ancient Nabataean city of Petra and watch as a Great Temple is rediscovered.
Beneath the Black Sea
Searching for shipwrecks off Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula
Brooklyn's Eighteenth-century Lott House
Uncover the buried past of a Dutch family living on the fringes of a burgeoning city.
Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin

Preparing for a Dig
Archaeological fieldwork is not the romantic treasure hunt sometimes seen in the movies. On the contrary, archaeology is a blend of scientific disciplines requiring methodological attention to procedure and detail.

Archaeological Tourism Guidelines
The AIA-ATTA Guide to Best Practices for Archaeological Tourism is now available.

Useful Websites
An Interactive Online Resource for Mediterranean, Classical, and Near Eastern Archaeologists
Fieldnotes is an interactive on-line newsletter of the Archaeological Institute of America, encouraging individuals and institutions to submit short articles, field reports, announcements, news items, and links to digital resources, which are relevant to the professional and academic membership of the AIA. Fieldnotes compiles current information on professional activities, academic and research institutions, and publications, while encouraging an on-line dialogue on research, fieldwork, teaching, and other issues in Mediterranean archaeology and related fields. Fieldnotes is a user-driven source of information about current trends in the discipline, as well as a venue for presentation and discussion of new directions in the field; methods and methodologies; and institutional funding, research programs, and teaching resources. Pages are additive and postings are updated weekly and permanently archived.
Placement Service
In addition to the AIA/APA Placement Service's Positions for Classicists and Archaeologists (see below), job listings are also posted on the AIA website by various institutions, projects, and CRM firms. In some cases jobs may be listed in both locations. You may post a job opportunty in archaeology or an allied field by clicking here.
AIA/APA Placement Service
The AIA/APA Placement Service assists members looking for positions and academic institutions with positions to fill through:

Positions for Classicists and Archaeologists is published in its entirety to all subscribers, and posted to the APA website, on or about the 15th of each month. (On or about the 1st of every month, email subscribers only are notified, in advance, of any position listings received at the APA Office during the last two weeks of the previous month.) The copy deadline is noon (Eastern Time) on the 13th of the month from January through August and noon (Eastern Time) on the 10th of the month from September through December. Listings may be emailed or faxed to: Placement Director, / 215-573-7874.

Live Stream Conference: Multiple Mediterranean Realities. Spaces, Resources, Connectivity

Adapted from a posting on Aegeanet
The conference "Multiple Mediterranean Realities. Spaces, Resources, Connectivity“ from 27th to 28th of April 2012 in Bochum, will be broadcasted via live stream.

For the live stream the Adobe Flashplayer is needed. It does not require further programs/applications.
After you followed the link you will be asked to register. Select the field “Als Gast eintreten” (enter as guest). Afterwards please enter your full name (fore- and surname), so that you can be integrated into the chat.

The live stream contents the current presentation (audio and video) and an additional window for the chat. Through this chat you can post questions after each presentation which can be addressed to the speaker through the host.

During the lunch breaks and after a day’s presentations the live stream will be interrupted. Therefore, you have to register again for the next section.

With very best wishes, 
Constance von Rüden
Zentrum für Mittelmeerstudien - Centre of Mediterranean Studies
Ruhr-Universität Bochum - University of Bochum
Konrad-Zuse-Str. 16
44801 Bochum

A new AJA search tool

The AJA has launched a new search tool for its published content. You can now find articles by geographic region, subject area, or keyword.

To find articles, field reports, newsletters, state of the discipline essays, notes, and forums published in the AJA from 2005 to the present, select a region on the map below or use the dropdown menus in the sidebar.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Gnomon is now available in English as well as German

Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank

The Gnomon Online database provides access to the complete journal "Gnomon" (since 1928) and the quarterly bibliographic appendix to "Gnomon" from 1990 onwards. The collection is augmented by the inclusion of the holdings of the Library of Eichstätt University in Classics, and, in addition, holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich with its unique collection of books published in Classical Studies ("Sondersammelgebiet 6, 12"). Further, the inclusion of some works of reference may be mentioned. 

From now on, the Gnomon Bibliographic Database is also available in an
English version (, including a
comprehensive English thesaurus. The database contains around 500000
entries with monthly updates comprising the latest reviews, monograph
studies, anthologies, and articles in periodicals.

The University of Chicago Library EOS (Electronic Open Stacks)

Electronic Open Stacks is a small but stable collection of scanned books made available before the existence of such projects as the Internet Archive and Google Books.

To go to the digital table of contents of any given volume click on its call number.
Alexander, Christine. Greek Athletics. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925.
Allen, Thomas George. Egyptian Stelae in Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1936.
Aryeh Leib ben Samuel, Zevi Hirsch, 1651-1731. Sefer She'elot u-teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh ... Nai'i Vit: Yisra'el b. Moses, 496 [1735 or 1736].
Banks, Edgar James. Bismya or The Lost City of Adab. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1912.
Bracciolini, Poggio, 1380-1459. Orationes in Laurentium Vallam. With: Leonardo Bruni (Aretino), Epistola ad Baptistam de Malatestis; and Plutarch, De liberis educandis [De educatione puerorum], translated from Greek into Latin by Guarino Veronese. Italy. [ca. 1485].
Budge, E. A. Wallis and L. W.King, editors. Annals of the Kings of Assyria. London: Harrison and Sons, 1902.
Champollion le Jeune. Grammaire Egyptienne. Paris : Typographie de Firmin Didot Freres, 1836.
Contenau, G. Umma sous la Dynastie d'Ur. Paris: Librairie Paul Geuthner, 1916.
Dalman, Gustav and Duncan Mackenzie. Palestine Exploration Fund, 1911. London : Harrison and Sons, 1911.
Dawkins, R. M. The Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia at Sparta. London: MacMillan and Co., Limited, 1929.
Harrison, Jane Ellen. Themis: A Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1912.
Jondet, Gaston. Les Ports Submergés de L'ancienne Île de Pharos. Paris : Typographie de Firmin Didot Freres, 1836.
Joseph II, Emperor of Austria. Judenverordnung. Vienna, 1782.
Korte, Alfred and Gustav Korte. Gordion Ergebnisse der Ausgrabung im Jahre 1900. Berlin: Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer, 1904.
Lefebvre, Gustave. Le Tombeau de Petosiris. Premiere Partie: Description. Le Caire: L'institut Francais D'archeologie Orientale, 1924.
Lefebvre, Gustave. Le Tombeau de Petosiris. Deuxieme Partie: Les Textes. Le Caire: L'institut Francais D'archeologie Orientale, 1923.
Lefebvre, Gustave. Le Tombeau de Petosiris. Troisieme Partie: Vocabulaire et Planches. Le Caire: L'institut Francais D'archeologie Orientale, 1924.
MacAlister, R. A. S. and J. Garrow Duncan. Excavations on the Hill of Ophel, Jerusalem 1923-1925 . London: Harrison and Sons, 1926.
Mackenzie, Duncan. Excavations at Ain Shems (Beth-Shemesh) . London: Harrison and Sons, 1914.
Montet, Pierre. Scènes de la Vie Privée dans les Tombeaux Égyptiens de L'ancien Empire. Paris: Strasbourg University, 1925.
Osten, Hans Henning von der. Ancient Oriental Seals in the Collection of Mr. Edward T. Newell. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1934.
Petrie, W. M. Flinders. With Chapters by Cecil Smith, Ernest Gardner, and Barclay V. Head. Naukratis. London: Trübner and Company, 1886.
Petrie, W. M. Flinders. Illahun, Kahun and Gurob. 1889-90. London: David Nutt, 1891.
Petrie, W. M. Flinders. Kahun, Gurob, and Hawara. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, and Co., 1890
Platner, Samuel Ball A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome. London: Oxford University Press, 1929.
Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476. Kalendarium magistri Joannis de monteregio viri peritissimi. Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 1489.
Ridder, Alfred de. Catalogue des Vases Peints de la Bibliothèque Nationale. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1901.
Schaal, Hans. Griechische Vasen aus Frankfurter Sammlungen. Frankfurt am Main: Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt A.-G., 1923.
Sethe, Kurt. Die Altaegyptischen Pyramidentexte nach den Papierabdrücken und Photographien des Berliner Museums. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung, 1908.
Sethe, Kurt. Die Altaegyptischen Pyramidentexte nach den Papierabdrücke n und Photographien des Berliner Museums. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung, 1910.
Smith, G. Elliot. Catalogue Général Antiquités Égyptiennes du Musée du Caire: The Royal Mummies. Le Caire: Imprimerie de L'institut Français D'archéologie Orientale, 1912.
Steinschneider, Moritz, 1816- 1907. Jüdische Schriften zur Geographie Palästina's (X-XIX. Jahrh.) Jerusalem: A. M. Lunez, 1892.
Thompson, R. Campbell. The Reports of the Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon in the British Museum, vol. 1. London: Luzac and Co., 1900.
Thompson, R. Campbell. The Reports of the Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon in the British Museum, vol. 2. London: Luzac and Co., 1900.
Thureau-Dangin, F. Les Cylindres de Goudéa. Paris: Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1925.
The William Rainey Harper Memorial Library. Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1973.
Winnefeld, Hermann. Die Villa des Hadrian bei Tivoli. Berlin: Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer, 1895.
S. C. Woodhouse. English-Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language. London: G. Routledge & Sons, 1910.
Woolley, C. Leonard and T. E. Lawrence The Wilderness of Zin (Archaeological Report). London: Harrison and Sons, 1914.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Administrative Note

AWOL Statistics

As of today, the number of email addresses subscribed to AWOL's feedburner email notification service is 4,255.  The subscriber list increased by more than three hundred in the past month.

You may follow AWOL directly via News Feed, via Feedburner, on Facebook,  or on Twitter @ISAWLibrary.  Experimentally you can also follow AWOL on Google+.

AWOL' s Alphabetical list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies currently includes 1144 titles. We reached the 1000 title benchmark at the end of September 2011.

AWOL went on line  January 6, 2009, and I have posted 1952 entries all told.  Since then we have had 677,596 page loads, from 418,616 unique visitors. Of these 116,538 found AWOL useful enough to come back for more.

The following graph charts the growth of traffic on AWOL over its lifetime:

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

For those who might be interested, I invite you to amuse yourself by browsing through Bookplates of Scholars in Ancient Studies. If any of you have additions, corrections or comments on that, please do get in touch with me.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

ISAW Papers 3 (Preprint 19 April 2012): Rome and the Economic Integration of Empire

ISAW Papers 3 (Preprint 19 April 2012)

n.b. [5 November 2012]: is now the permanent URL for ISAW Papers 3.  It is no longer in preprint status.

n.b.  This is not a permanent URL.  Following the preprint period, the  permanent URL will be accessible through:
ISAW Papers
ISSN: 2164-1471

This pre-print is available at the URI as part of the NYU Library's Ancient World Digital Library in partnership with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW). More information about ISAW Papers is available on the ISAW website. Please note that both the specific content and appearance of this article may change prior to final publication.

©2012 Gilles Bransbourg
Creative Commons License

The final version will be published at:

ISAW Papers 3 (Forthcoming)

Rome and the Economic Integration of Empire

Gilles Bransbourg *
Abstract: The modern economist Peter Temin has recently used econometrics to argue that the Roman grain market was an integrated and efficient market. This paper gathers additional data and applies further methods of modern economic analysis to reach a different conclusion. It shows that the overall Roman economy was not fully integrated, although the Mediterranean Sea did create some meaningful integration along a few privileged trade routes. Still, it is not possible to identify pure market forces that existed in isolation, since the political structures that maintained the Empire strongly influenced the movement of money and trade goods.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nubische Altertümer im Netz

Nubische Altertümer im Netz 

Diese Seite und die dazugehörigen Bilder der Objekte aus der Studiensammlung des Lehrbereichs Ägyptologie und Archäologie Nordostafrikas des Instituts für Archäologie sind im Rahmen des Projekttutoriums "Nubische Altertümer im Netz" (SS04 & WS04/05) an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin entstanden. Ziel war es, die von Prof. Steffen Wenig verwalteten antiken Stücke zu digitalisieren und so zu präsentieren, dass sowohl Laien als auch Forscher mit der entstehenden Datenbank arbeiten können. 

Zuerst wurden grundlegende Fähigkeiten im Projektmanagement und Webdesign vermittelt. Darauf aufbauend konnte dann das Design dieser Homepage erarbeitet werden. In der nachfolgenden Arbeit mit den Stücken konnten wir auf eine von Dr. Petra Andrassy erstellte Datenbank zurückgreifen. Die Informationen aus dieser Datenbank wurden dann mit den von Sara Bock und Sandro Schwarz fotografierten und ins Medienportal hochgeladenen Bildern verknüpft. Gleichzeitig wurden Informationstexte zur Sudanarchäologie verfasst und in html-Seiten eingebunden. 
An dieser Stelle wollen wir einigen Menschen danken, ohne die es nicht möglich gewesen wäre, das Projekt erfolgreich zu beenden. 

Prof. Frank Kammerzell (wissenschaftlicher Betreuer)
Prof. Steffen Wenig
Dr. Petra Andrassy
Daniel Werning M.A.
Dr. Mathias Lange
Dr. Baldur Gabriel