Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Antiquity À-la-carte Update

Antiquity À-la-carte 2.0
October 31, 2012 in News, Updates

Antiquity À-la-carte 2.0
The Ancient World Mapping Center is pleased to release version 2.0 of the Antiquity à la Carte application. Version 1.0 appeared in spring 2012 and served as a proof of concept for the mapping application. The application, engineered by Ryan Horne,
provides the user with a map base that can be populated by drawing on the collective databases of the Ancient World Mapping Center and the Pleiades Project. The new version, more fully featured, offers the user a range of new capabilities, including:
  • The option of saving data sets assembled using the application and that of uploading data to the map (.json).
  • Options for both printing and exporting the map created using the application; combining the export functionality with the ‘numbered features’ option provides an ideal template for a map-based quiz or examination.
  • Version 2.0 makes extensive use of linked data opportunities by connecting to the Pleiades Project and participating in the linked data initiatives of the Pelagios Project. For Pleiades community editors and members, editing of Pleaides can happen directly by means of this interactive feature of the application.
  • Version 2.0 offers an updated visual interface and site layout.
  • Version 2.0 allows other websites to communicate directly with the application using .json objects or text parameters in the url.
  • Version 2.0 allows the user to create a range of line work, polygons, and shading that then appear in the exported version.
These are but a few of the new features offered by Antiquity à la Carte 2.0. We encourage feedback from members of the community who use the application – your comments will help AWMC improve the application. Users can also become registered members of this site and thus be able to closely follow the discussion and receive word of further updates.
AWMC is especially grateful to the invaluable assistance provided by our colleague Joe Ryan of UNC ITS Research Computing.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Egyptology on Facebook

Egyptology on Facebook
More than 100 Facebook pages and groups dedicated to Egyptology—who knew there were so many?  If you are looking for amazing photography, formal and informal chats with Egyptologists, current and ancient news, or just a good place to hang out with like-minded people, this list should get you started.  Organized by subject and annotated.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Open Access Journal: The New Kingdom Memphis Newsletter

The New Kingdom Memphis Newsletter
The idea of issuing a newsletter dealing with excavations of the city of Memphis and its extensive necropoleis, and with research on New Kingdom Memphis in general, was born during a CNRS colloquium on Memphis et ses nécropoles au Nouvel Empire held in Paris from 9 to 11 October 1986. The first issue, produced by the late Alan Schulman, appeared two years later, but lack of funds (and of regular contributions) and the fact that the internet soon made a paper newsletter redundant meant that the newsletter turned out to be a short-lived affair. 

Since the three existing issues were dispersed privately among the small group of scholars directly involved in research on New Kingdom Memphis and Saqqara and not many libraries hold copies of them, these issues are made available here in pdf form. 

No. 1 (October 1988)

→ pdf Contents: A.R. Schulman, Introduction, 4–5.
A.R. Schulman, "Varia from the 1915–1923 Philadelphia Excavations, I", 8–22. ________________________________________________________________

No. 2 (September 1989)

→ pdf Contents: J. Malek, "New Kingdom Personnel in Teti Pyramid Cemeteries III: A Preliminary List", 4–7.
J. van Dijk, "A Preliminary List of New Kingdom Names and Titles from the EES-Leiden Excavations at Saqqâra (1982–1989)", 8–12. ________________________________________________________________

No. 3 (October 1995)

→ pdf Contents: G.T. Martin, "Reliefs and Architectural Fragments from New Kingdom Tombs in the Cairo Museum, principally from the Memphite Necropolis", 5–33.

Open Access Journal: Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum

[First posted in AWOL 4 November 2009. Updated 25 October 2012]

Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum
ISIS was the only scholarly organisation specifically established to study the chronology of ancient times. Its multidisciplinary approach - combining archaeology, textual analysis and scientific dating techniques - has revealed new and fascinating insights into the history of the ancient world.

It was founded in 1985 by a group of students and scholars of ancient history, and its related fields of study, who felt it was important to develop an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Man's ancient past.

ISIS has published research on the great cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East including Egypt and Nubia; Canaan, Philistia and Israel; Phoenicia and Syria; Assyria, Babylonia, Elam and Persia; Anatolia; Cyprus, Crete and Greece; and Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. Fields of study have included Egyptology; archaeology; astronomical retrocalculation; textual analysis; dendrochronology; carbon dating; pottery; jewellery, goldwork and metalworking technology.

The Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum (JACF) is the journal of the Institute. In its time it was the only academic publication dedicated to the study of old world chronology: a high quality, award-winning journal, heavily illustrated with diagrams, charts and photographs to enhance the arguments put forward by the contributors.

Volume Index
1987 1988 1990 1991 1992 1993 1995 1999 2002 2005

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Administrative: Open Access Week 2012

 This is Open Access Week 2012

AWOL is approching one million page views (992,605 as of today, to be exact), and has now surpassed 5200 subscribers by email, three and a half years after I deployed that function.  I'm gratified that such a large number of you find AWOL interesting enough to voluntarily add another piece of email to your busy queues.

You may follow AWOL directly via News Feed (user count not easy to discover), via Feedburner (this are the ca. 5200 email subscribers - a thousand more than six months ago), on Facebook (881 likes),  or on Twitter @ISAWLibrary (522 followers).  You can also follow AWOL on Google+.

AWOL' s Alphabetical list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies currently includes 1223 titles. We reached the 1000 title benchmark one year ago.

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:

I invite you to make use of the full suite of Online Resources from ISAW currently available from ISAW and its collaborators under the terms of open licenses:
Ancient World Digital Library Book Viewer
The first fruits of an effort to accelerate and enhance access to the emerging global library of digital publications on the ancient world, the AWDL Book Viewer lets users read and search digitized copies of previously printed scholarly materials. In addition to page images of many digitized volumes, AWDL currently hosts an online version of Roger Bagnall and Giovanni Ruffini. (2012) Amheida I. Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 1: Texts from the 2004–2007 Seasons.
Ancient World Image Bank
View and download over 2,000 free digital images of sites and objects from the ancient world, contributed by ISAW faculty, staff and friends.
Ancient World Online
Find out about all the latest online and open-access material relating to the ancient world, regardless of where it's published.
Learn about the objects and cultures featured in ISAW's public exhibitions at 15 East 84th Street in New York. Even though these exhibitions eventually close or move on to other locations, the websites for them remain, providing permanent access to images, maps and other materials.
ISAW Papers
ISAW Papers is an open-content scholarly journal that publishes article-length works on any topic within the scope of ISAW's scholarly research.
Search and browse over 50,000 ancient Greek and Latin documents preserved on papyrus and other materials. Images, texts, translations and descriptions contributed by scholars and institutions around the world. Get the latest project news via the Digital Papyrology Blog.
Planet Atlantides
News aggregators for ancient studies. This site gathers together news, commentary and other posts from a variety of blogs and sites around the web and provides the aggregate in an easy-to-read web page as well as in a variety of web feed formats.
Use, create and share information about ancient places, spaces and geographic names. Over 30,000 places registered (and growing). Get Pleiades Project News here.
Social Media
You can follow ISAW on TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn,, Google+, or (via one of our web feeds) in your favorite feed reader or aggregator.

I  also 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.  I'm particularly interested if you can surface other interesting bookplates of scholars of antiquity.

As always, comments - online or offline - about AWOL are welcome.

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

Atlas Préhistorique de la Tunisie Online

Atlas Préhistorique de la Tunisie 
at the Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunisie
 Two additional fascicles are available at the digital library of the École Française de Rome
Atlas préhistorique de la Tunisie. 1. Tabarka. 1985.
Atlas préhistorique de la Tunisie. 2. Bizerte. 1985.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cunliffe, A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect is now linked to the TLG texts

R.J.CUNLIFFE: A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect
R. J. Cunliffe, A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect was published by Blackie and Son Limited, London, Glasgow, and Bombay in 1924. Compared to the lexicon by G. A. Autenrieth (A Homeric Dictionary, NY 1895) which has been available in searchable form online for some time, Cunliffe has broader coverage of the Homeric vocabulary, fuller grammatical information and extensive examples of vocabulary usage which makes it particularly suitable for hypertext rendering.
The TLG version is the first fully searchable online rendition of Cunliffe’s lexicon. All entries and text references are linked to the TLG texts allowing users to look up quickly the passages cited in the dictionary.
Cunliffe's lexicon was digitized and automatically converted to XML with scripts developed by Nick Nicholas. Nishad Prakash was responsible for the database and search mechanism of the site. Maria Pantelia oversaw the general editing and the integrity of the data. (Click here for a list of Corrigenda.)
For more information see reviews (both available through JSTOR)
A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect by Richard John Cunliffe
Review by: A. Shewan
The Classical Review
, Vol. 38, No. 7/8 (Nov. - Dec., 1924), p. 208
A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect by Richard John Cunliffe
Review by: Samuel E. Bassett
The Classical Weekly
, Vol. 19, No. 5 (Nov. 9, 1925), p. 39

AJA Editor's Picks (Open Access)

The American Journal of Archaeology Editor's Picks
The Editor-in-Chief invites you to read these free print-published articles.
You can also tell us your favorite articles.

Pledges of Empire: The Ara Pacis and the Donations of Rome
Diana E.E. Kleiner and Bridget Buxton

The Persian and Carthaginian Invasions of 480 B.C.E. and the Beginning of the Classical Style: Part 1, The Stratigraphy, Chronology, and Significance of the Acropolis Deposits
Andrew Stewart

The Persian and Carthaginian Invasions of 480 B.C.E. and the Beginning of the Classical Style: Part 2, The Finds from Other Sites in Athens, Attica, Elsewhere in Greece, and on Sicily; Part 3, The Severe Style: Motivations and Meaning
Andrew Stewart

Technologies of Memory in Early Sasanian Iran: Achaemenid Sites and Sasanian Identity
Matthew P. Canepa

Parthian Influence on Vaulting in Roman Greece? An Inquiry into Technological Exchange Under Hadrian
Lynne C. Lancaster

Mycenaean Pottery from Pylos: An Indigenous Typology
Julie Hruby

Civilization Under Construction: Depictions of Architecture on the Column of Trajan
Elizabeth Wolfram Thill

Si quis hic sederit: Streetside Benches and Urban Society in Pompeii
Jeremy Hartnett

False Fronts: Separating the Aedicular Facade from the Imperial Cult in Roman Asia Minor
Barbara Burrell

The Casualties of War: The Truth about the Iraq Museum
Matthew Bogdanos

Death, Prestige, and Copper in Bronze Age Cyprus
Priscilla Schuster Keswani

The Parthians in Augustan Rome
Charles Brian Rose

Stratagems, Combat, and "Chemical Warfare" in the Siege Mines of Dura-Europos
Simon James

Archaeology and the Anxiety of Loss: Effacing Preservation from the History of Renaissance Rome
David Karmon

Greek Towers and Slaves: An Archaeology of Exploitation
Sarah P. Morris and John K. Papadopoulos

Variations on a Theme: Dual-Processual Theory and the Foreign Impact on Mycenaean and Classic Maya Architecture
Joshua A. Englehardt and Donna M. Nagle

Making Nations from the Ground Up: Traditions of Classical Archaeology in the South Caucasus
Lori Khatchadourian

Photographing Dura-Europos, 1928–1937: An Archaeology of the Archive
J.A. Baird

Redistribution in Aegean Palatial Societies
Edited by Michael L. Galaty, Dimitri Nakassis, and William A. Parkinson

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Online Exhibition: Roads of Arabia

Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Over the last forty years... archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia have been uncovering sites across the peninsula, revealing an ancient past for which there is scant literary testimony and hitherto no tangible evidence. This exhibition, Roads of Arabia, can open all our eyes, as it includes well over three hundred objects that date from prehistoric times to the birth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. It offers, then, a window on the peninsula’s pre-Islamic past and on the axis of the entire Muslim community, the Holy Shrine of the Ka`ba in Mecca.
Mysterious stone steles, monumental statues of humans, haunting gold masks, and bronze statuettes of Roman gods testify to Arabia’s rich and complex history before the coming of Islam. None of the works had been seen outside of Saudi Arabia until 2010, when the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre organized the first exhibition of the material. Other venues in Europe included the CaixaForum in Barcelona, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. We at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are delighted to be the first US venue for Roads of Arabia, and also to serve as the organizer of its North American tour.
The objects selected for Roads of Arabia demonstrate that the Arabian Peninsula was not isolated in ancient times. Arabia acted as the conduit for the spices and incense from its southern coast and the Horn of Africa that supplied the temples and royal courts of the Middle East and the Mediterranean. This lucrative trade encouraged the development of a network of oases linked by caravan trails that traversed the peninsula, which was thus connected to the great metropolitan centers of the Ancient Near East—Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Iran—and the Greco-Roman world. Many of the excavated sites reveal a cultural efflorescence, with objects imported from abroad and objects created locally that witness the strength of local and regional ideologies and aesthetics...

Dendara XIII-XV Online

Sylvie Cauville,
Dendara XIII, Pronaos G’ (Façade), 2007

Sylvie Cauville,
Dendara XIV,1, Pronaos G’ (Parois intéreures), 2007

Sylvie Cauville,
Dendara XV,1, Pronaos G’ & I’, 2008

Friday, October 19, 2012

La carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques, Tunisie

La carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques : feuilles 1/50 000
Responsable Scientifique et Administratif : Mustapha KHANOUSSI Responsable NTIC : Ali DABBAGHI
1. Nature: Projet présidentiel
2. Références 
- décision du Conseil Ministériel Restreint sous la présidence de son Excellence le Président de la République du 21 Juillet 1991.
- décret n°1443-1992 du 03 août 1992
. Cadre général
Malgré la diversité des projets d'inventaire dès la fin du XIX ème siècle, il n'y a pas encore un inventaire général et exhaustif des sites archéologiques, des monuments historiques et du patrimoine vernaculaire.
4. Contenu
La carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques a vu ses objectifs clairement précisés par le décret n°1443-1992 daté du 3 août 1992 : Article premier. – Il est institué une carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques en terre et en mer dans le but d’établir l’inventaire général des lieux et édifices qui constituent une partie du patrimoine culturel national. Article 2. – Pour le recensement des sites et des monuments, il sera procédé à l’établissement et à l’impression des documents suivants :
- carte au 1/50 000e comportant la localisation des sites
- plan au 1/2000 comportant la localisation des monuments et des tissus urbains traditionnels.
- fichier comportant une description des sites et des monuments, une évaluation des superficies, une couverture photographique et, dans la mesure du possible, une enquête foncière préliminaire. »
5. Buts
- élaboration d'un outil efficace pour mieux gérer le patrimoine et garantir sa protection et sa sauvegarde.
- élaboration d'un outil d'aide à la décision pour l'aménagement du territoire.
- Élaboration d'un outil constituant un premier palier de la recherche scientifique.
6. Etat d'avancement du projet
 * les sites archéologiques :
- 16 feuilles à l'échelle 1/50000e accompagnées des cahiers édités dans le cadre de la Carte Nationale des Sites Archéologiques et des Monuments Historiques
- 11 feuilles à l'échelle 1/50000e : (33 feuilles à l'échelle 1/25000 e) carte archéologique informatisée dans le cadre du Projet IPAMED.
* les monuments historiques et le patrimoine vernaculaire :
- 19 plans à l'échelle 1/2000e édités sans cahiers.
7. Estimation des travaux
a. Les sites archéologiques : 152 feuilles à l'échelle 1/50000e accompagnées par des cahiers.
b. Les monuments historiques et le patrimoine vernaculaire : 100 plans à l'échelle 1/2000 e avec ses cahiers.
8. La durée estimée : 5 ans de 2007 à 2011.
And see also: