Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MEDINA: Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project

MEDINA: Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project
In May 2012, the research group of the Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche del Mondo Antico, directed by prof. Alessandra Avanzini, began the two-years project MEDINA - Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project.

This project was selected to be funded by the European Union in 2008 within the ENPI CBCMED programme - Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea Basin. 
This programme promotes the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential.

The main objective of MEDINA is to promote, through innovative means, the knowledge and dissemination of Phoenician and Nabataean inscriptions and artefacts preserved in the Beirut National Museum and in the Museum of Jordanian Heritage at Yarmouk University.  
In addition to managing the project's activities and progress, the University of Pisa équipe, within this project, will supervise the digital cataloguing of the inscriptions in Jordan and Lebanon, and will catalogue the South Arabian texts preserved in the Museo d'Arte Orientale of Rome. The objects catalogued in this collection will be able to be consulted in a specific section of the DASI web site.
During the first year of the project, the Pisa équipe has also the important task to train and teach students how to perform digital cataloguing. 

As MEDINA project aims to improve the communication means of the involved museums, new strategies will be studied by the University of Pisa, in collaboration with the Yarmouk University and architects expert in museology. A new space will be thought and realized where the neglected and silent artistic finds can be highlighted and revalued as main instruments of knowledge.
MEDINA brochure Newsletter No 1 - October 2012 Newsletter No 2 - February 2013

Conservation OnLine

Conservation OnLine: Resources for ConservationProfessionals
CoOL, an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.

Conservation Topics


Monday, April 29, 2013

New Ancient World Content in JSTOR

The following is a list of JSTOR content updates. More detailed information about titles and collections, along with delimited lists, may be accessed from the Archive Collections page.

And see also 
AWOL's full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World

Open Access Journal: The Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology

[First posted in AWOL 19 October 2009. Updates 28 April 2013]

The Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology
Print ISSN: 0076-8391
Online ISSN: 2162-0308
The Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology was a joint publication of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and the Department of the History of Art.
This journal features scholarly articles related to subjects of interest to both museums, particularly their collections, exhibitions, and fieldwork programs. Written principally by graduate students, faculty, and curators affiliated with the museums and the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, The Bulletin is peer reviewed and distributed internationally. Each volume includes accessions lists as well as several short essays on recent acquisitions or significant holdings. Issues are made available online six months after print publication.
Bulletin was published from 1978 to 2008. The archive of these issues will be permanently available on this website.

Open Access Journal: Croa: boletín da Asociacion de Amigos do Museo do Castro de Viladonga

Croa: boletín da Asociacion de Amigos do Museo do Castro de Viladonga
ISSN: 1575-0639
A importancia arqueolóxica e o interese histórico do Castro de Viladonga, así como a cantidade e calidade dos materiais aparecidos nas escavacións aquí feitas desde 1972, e a necesidade de investigalos e expoñelos no seu propio contexto, fixeron que en 1983 o Ministerio de Cultura crease o MUSEO DO CASTRO DE VILADONGA, nun edificio que fora construído nos anos setenta. O seu acondicionamento, instalación e montaxe tivo lugar en 1985-1986, e o Museo abriu ó público en novembro deste último ano. A partir de 1990 a súa xestión quedou transferida á Xunta de Galicia. Entre 1992 e 1994 fixéronse unhas importantes obras de reforma e ampliación coa construción dun novo edificio a continuación do xa existente, coa subseguinte dotación, nos anos posteriores, da infraestrutura e do persoal necesario para o desenvolvemento de todas as súas funcións museísticas e patrimoniais, ligadas ó propio xacemento castrexo e galaico-romano.

Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan trade between Occident and Orient

Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan trade between Occident and Orient
Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident is a four year (2009-2012) joint Syrian-Norwegian research project on the relationship between the ancient city of Palmyra and its hinterland. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Palmyra is situated at the oasis of Tadmor in the Syrian semi-desert, between the fertile valleys of the Orontes and the Euphrates. Through most of its pre-modern history, the village of Tadmor had a population ranging into the hundreds or thousands. In the first centuries CE the settlement grew into a city with an estimated population of 150.000 - 200.000, establishing it as one of the largest and most important cities of the Roman Empire in the mid-third century. A city the size of Palmyra depended on large quantities of water, food, fuel and building materials. In the ancient period most of these resources had to be secured within the distance of a few days travel. In the case of Palmyra, these surroundings were constituted by the precarious environment of arid steppes and mountains, inhabited by nomadic pastoralists both before and during the peak of Palmyrene urbanity. An important aim of our project is to understand how the oasis-city utilized its territory for agriculture, pastoralism, water harvesting, transport and defense. This is the subject of a joint Syrian-Norwegian archaeological survey between Palmyra and Isriyeh. The first season was conducted in 2008, and the survey will also cover pre-historic and Islamic periods...


2011 survey
Preliminary report (136 kb PDF)
Historical period (28 mb PDF)
2009 survey
1. Introduction (24 kb PDF)
2. Historical period (5,3 mb PDF)
3. Prehistoric period (3,1 mb PDF)
2008 survey
Preliminary report (8,2 mb PDF)
Articles, theses, books
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Death or taxes : Choosing itineraries between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean in the mid-18th century". Academic Quarter 4, Spring 2012: 97-108 (external link).
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Trade and Christianity in the Indian Ocean During Late Antiquity". Journal of Late Antiquity 5 (1): 72-86 (external link).
Anfinset, Nils: "The formation of economic systems and social institutions during the fifth and fourth millennium BC", in Interweaving worlds. Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to 1st Millennium BC, eds. T.C. Wilkinson, S. Sherratt & J. Bennet, 2011. London, Oxbow Books: 145-157. (external link)
Finsås, Martine Solenes: Romersk Palmyra? Kvalitativ og kvantitativ analyse av romersk innflytelse påpalmyrenernes private identitet. Thesis for the MA-degree, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen. (external link)
Ruset, Hildegunn Maria Haanes: Pastoral Nomads on the Syrian steppe in the early Bronze Age: a study of burial monuments in the hinterland of Palmyra. Thesis for the MA-degree, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen. (external link)
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Kameler og kamelkaravaner i romersk kunst". Klassisk Forum 2-2011: 45-53. (external link)
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "The Persian Gulf or the Red Sea? Two axes in ancient Indian Ocean trade, where to go and why".World Archaeology 43 (3): 398-409. (external link)
Anfinset, Nils: Metal, Nomads and Culture Contact, Equniox. London. (external link)
Seland, Eivind Heldaas: "Palmyra – Karavanehandel og geopolitikk i romersk Syria". Klassisk Forum 2-2010: 54-69. (external link)
Anfinset, Nils and Jørgen Christian Meyer: "The Hinterland of Palmyra". Antiquity 84 (324), June 2010. (external link)
Anfinset, Nils, Jørgen Christian Meyer and Eivind Heldaas Seland: "Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident". Posters for the museum in Palmyra. (1,9 mb low-res PDF)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

PECL: Prototype d'Encyclopédie Céramologique en Ligne

See now here.

Library of Ancient Texts Online (LATO)

[First posted in AWOL 8 December 2009. Updated 25 April 2013]

Library of Ancient Texts Online (LATO)

The Library of Ancient Texts Online aims to be the internet's most thorough catalogue of online copies of ancient Greek texts, both in Greek and in translation. This is a site for all with an interest in the Classics. Very many texts from Ancient Greece are available on the world-wide web, at a variety of sites, in a variety of formats, and in a variety of languages. Some of the richest sites are massive endeavours such as The Perseus Project at Tufts University, or Project Gutenberg. Some visitors will already be familiar with these sites and others. (For links to some other sites, see the Abbreviations page.) However, even these sites lack many texts: some sites contain some comparatively obscure texts, others contain others. LATO helps to repair this situation by gathering a comprehensive set of links to those texts that are available free of charge. No texts are actually hosted on this site.

Links in LATO are organised by author, or, where authorship is uncertain, by the titles of texts. The aim is to make online copies of ancient Greek texts easily accessible to both scholars and to those with a general interest in ancient literature, to ancient historians and archaeologists, teachers and students.


Open Access Journal: Theban Mapping Project Progress Reports

Theban Mapping Project Progress Reports
Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project (TMP, now based at the American University in Cairo) has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes. With its thousands of tombs and temples, Thebes is one of the world's most important archaeological zones. Sadly, however, it has not fared well over the years. Treasure-hunters and curio-seekers plundered it in the past; pollution, rising ground water, and mass-tourism threaten it in the present. Even early archaeologists destroyed valuable information in their search for museum-quality pieces.

Today, however, we realize that the monuments of Thebes are a finite resource. If we fail to protect and monitor them, they will vanish, and we and our descendants will all be the poorer. The TMP believes that the first and most essential step in preserving this heritage is a detailed map and database of every archaeological, geological, and ethnographic feature in Thebes. Only when these are available can sensible plans be made for tourism, conservation, and further study.

During the last decade, the TMP has concentrated on the Valley of the Kings. Modern surveying techniques were used to measure its tombs. From the data collected, the TMP is preparing 3-D computer models of the tombs. And of course, the TMP is continuing its excavation of KV 5. For the TMP staff, sharing their work with the interested public is just as important as what they do in the field. This has been done through a series of publications and this growing website.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Open Access Journal: Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates

[First posted in AWOL 17 April 2911. Updated 24 April 2013]

Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates
The aim of the journal 'Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates' is to promote and enhance interest in the archaeological heritage of the United Arab Emirates. It aims to serve as a publication forum for those interested in the latest survey, excavation and research results from archaeological sites in the UAE. Volumes 1 to 5 of this journal were previously published by the former Department of Antiquities and Tourism, Al Ain, between 1976-1989.

Papers presented at this conference will be published in the journal, 'Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates - Volume 6', which will provide up-to-date documentation of the current status of archaeological research in the UAE.

Following the conference participants will have until the 15 May 2011 to submit the written version of their paper. This should not exceed a total of 5000 words (including the references), with a maximum of 10 figures or plates. We plan to carry out peer reviewing of all submitted papers which will then be published as Volume 6 of the journal, "Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates".

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol.1 (1976-77) - English & French version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol.1 (1976-77) - Arabic version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 2-3 (1978-79) - English & French version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 2-3 (1978-79) - Arabic version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 5 (1989) - Arabic & English version

 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Vol. 5 (1989) - Arabic & English version

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Studia Orontica Server Problem

The Studia Orontica server is unresponsive in April 2013 - fortunately there is a version of the site in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine here. Entries in AWOL for material at this server include:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Digital Turfan Archive

Turfanforschung: Digitales Turfan-Archiv

Die „Turfanforschung“ ediert Textzeugnisse, die in der Oase von Turfan und Umgebung in Ostturkistan (Autonome Region Xinjiang, VR China) gefunden wurden.

Manichäische Schreiber. Buchblatt aus Qočo; Fotostelle Museum für Asiatische Kunst Berlin
Die alten Kulturen an der Seidenstraße, zu der viele Völker und Glaubensgemeinschaften ihren Beitrag geleistet haben, treten in ihren eigenen Schrift- und Bildzeugnissen am klarsten hervor. Die vielfältigste und reichste Sammlung dieser Dokumente stammt aus der Oase von Turfan. Sie umfasst Textzeugnisse des Buddhismus, des Manichäismus und des Christentums sowie Dokumente des klösterlichen und wirtschaftlichen Alltags, Briefe und andere Texte in über 20 Sprachen und Schriften. Hauptaufgabe des Akademienvorhabens ist die Edition des türkischen und iranischen Teils der Berliner Turfansammlung.

Die Editionen werden in der eigenen Reihe „Berliner Turfantexte“ (BTT) veröffentlicht. Zur Schonung der Originale, der digitalen Bewahrung des Archivs und Bereitstellung der Texte im Internet wurde ein von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) finanziertes und in enger Kooperation mit der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin durchgeführtes Digitalisierungsprojekt initiiert: das Digitale Turfan-Archiv und daran anschließend IDP-Berlin, die deutsche Webpräsenz des „International Dunhuang Project“.
Gegenwärtig sind etwas mehr als 30.000 der 40.000 Fragmente der Turfansammlung digitalisiert. Eine enge Kooperation der Turfanforschungsstelle besteht mit dem von der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen getragenen Projekt „Katalogisierung der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland“. Darüber hinaus arbeitet die Turfanforschung mit zahlreichen Forschungseinrichtungen weltweit von den USA bis Japan zusammen.

Das Akademienvorhaben ist Teil des „Zentrums Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt" der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

neu: M 4 bis M 1900 siehe auch IDP Berlin
n neu: Christlich-Soghdische Texte auch in IDP Berlin
SHT neu: Sanskrittexte in IDP Berlin
SyrHT neu: Syrische Texte siehe IDP Berlin
TibHT neu: Tibetische Texte siehe IDP Berlin
THT neu: Tocharische Texte siehe IDP Berlin

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Indologica: Digitalisierte Werke auf dem Felde der Indologie

Indologica: Digitalisierte Werke auf dem Felde der Indologie
Digitalisierte Werke auf dem Felde der Indologie und verwandter Gebiete, die im Netz frei verfügbar sind
vorläufige Liste zusammengestellt von Peter Wyzlic unter Mitarbeit von Daniel Stender 2008-2010

Einleitende Bemerkungen

ACHTUNG: Neue Einträge finden sich jetzt nur noch in Indologica | Digitalisate! Monatliche Listen mit den Updates finden sich hier. Sie können auch über diesen RSS-Feed bezogen werden.

Dumbarton Oaks Resources for Byzantine Studies

Dumbarton Oaks Resources for Byzantine Studies: A collection of electronic resources created by Dumbarton Oaks and guides to online resources

Online Lead Seals Catalogue

The site of the ongoing project to catalogue the 17,000 Byzantine seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection.

Resources for Syriac Studies

An annotated collection of free and open source books, journals, and more related to the study of Syriac.

Bibliography on Gender in Byzantium

This resource started out as a bibliography on women in Byzantium, begun by Thalia Gouma-Peterson and maintained by Alice-Mary Talbot. Work on women’s history has recently been supplemented by studies on eunuchs, and a concern for masculinity, which together enable work on the Byzantine gender system.

Hagiography Database

Translations of Byzantine Saints' Lives

Graduate Programs in North America

Dissertations in North America

Byzantine Institute - Moving Image Collection

And see also :syri.ac: An annotated bibliography of Syriac resources online

Open Access Journal: The Journal of Biblical Studies

The Journal of Biblical Studies
ISSN: 1534-3057
Journal of Biblical Studies is an electronic journal dedicated to the field of Biblical Studies in general. Articles on any aspect of Biblical Studies (including: archaeology, linguistics, exegesis, history, and textual issues) are welcome, and contributions that challenge the traditional boundaries of Biblical Studies are  encouraged. We would also like to see articles that discuss the relationship between Biblical Studies and other disciplines.

JBS publishes standard scholarly articles (both full-length articles and shorter notes are equally welcome), project reports, and book reviews. In addition, the JBS home page will provide links to additional resources of interest to biblical studies, including archaeological field reports, primary sources, and links to other sites of interest.
The Journal of Biblical Studies was an early entry in the roster of online open access journals and an early casualty of unsustainable enthusiasm for the form.  It no longer exists at its own domain.  Luckily a full version of it remains accessible by way of the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive.

Monuments of the Cimmerian Bosporus

Monuments of the Cimmerian Bosporus
Polish-Ukrainian Project of Inter-Museum Research Cooperation

  1. National Museum in Warsaw (head of the project: A. Twardecki
  2. Federal Cultural and Historical Museum of Kerch (Crimea, Ukraine)
  3. “Demetra” Foundation (Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine)
  4. Belgorod State University, National Research Univerity (Belgorod, Russia)
  5. Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering (Warsaw, Poland)
  6. Ministry of Culture of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)
  7. Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine
The aims of the project are:
1. Academic cooperation
a) Preparing a catalogue of Greek inscriptions from the Kerch Museum (approx. 800 monuments; the first volume was published in 2009). Participants: Alfred Twardecki (MNW); Tatiana Matkovska (Kerch Museum), Siergiey Tokhtasiev (Petersburg)
b) Preparing a catalogue of Megarian bowls from the collection of the Kerch Museum (approx. 400 items; will be in print in 2010) Participants: Sabina Grzegrzółka (National Museum in Warsaw); Alla Kucherevska (Kerch Museum)
c) Further development of joint, Polish-Ukrainian research projects
2.Cooperation in conservation
a) Since 2005, art conservators from the Kerch Museum come to the National Museum in Warsaw on a regular basis for training internships, whereas conservators from the National Museum in Warsaw organize training workshops in Kerch (conservation of ceramic materials, stone)
b) Conservators' cooperation in establishing an archaeological park at Tyritake.
3. Cooperation in exhibiting 
a) An exhibition of the art of the Bosporan Kingdom at the National Museum in Warsaw. 
b) A long-term loan of the monuments of the Bosporan Kingdom to the National Museum in Warsaw as a part of the archaeological collaboration. 
c) An exhibition of a selection of oeuvres from the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw at Kerch
4. Cooperation in Publishing
Publications prepared under the auspices of the project (Greek inscriptions; Megarian bowls, exhibition catalogues) will be published concurrently in Russian (by Kerch) and in English (by Warsaw).
5. Archaeological collaboration
a) Archaeological investigations on the site of the Greek settlement of Tyritake.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Digital Supplement to The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context

Welcome to the Gurob Ship-Cart Model Digital Supplement
An open access digital supplement to Shelley Wachsmann's book The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context,
available at Texas A&M Press.   
If this is your first time accessing this supplement, please read this first and follow the plugin installation and navigation instructions.

If you have already read the instructions, successfully installed the plugins, and understood the virtual reality navigation process, then please select the appropriate button below to open the supplement.
PC Users MAC Users

Saturday, April 13, 2013

JSTOR News: Early Journal Content in the Internet Archive

450,000 Early Journal Articles Now Available
Internet Archive announces today the addition of over 450,000 journal articles from the JSTOR Early Journal Content collection. Early Journal Content is a selection of pre-1923 materials from more than 350 journals and includes articles in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and mathematics and other sciences. This content was digitized by JSTOR and is freely available through jstor.org, and it can now also be accessed and downloaded via archive.org.

Heidi McGregor from JSTOR said, “We’re happy to work with the Internet Archive to broaden access to the JSTOR Early Journal Content even further, offering people the ability to use it alongside other Internet Archive held collections.”

All 2 terabytes of the Early Journal Collection are available for bulk harvesting from the Internet Archive. Web search engines have been indexing the full-text contents of these materials already and, so far, people and robots have downloaded the articles over 400,000 times even before it has been announced. A data bundle including OCR text and metadata is also available from JSTOR’s Data for Research service for free downloading.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Open Access Journal: Hallesche Beiträge zur Orientwissenschaft

 [First posted 12/2/10, Most recently updated 12 April 2013]

Hallesche Beiträge zur Orientwissenschaft
ISSN 0440-1298