Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Open Access e-Book: Blogging Archaeology

Blogging Archaeology- The Book
Doug Rocks-Macqueen
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I have not posted for a little while and that is because I have been very busy editing and putting together an eBook- Blogging Archaeology. As I am typing this the SAA session on blogging and archaeology is happening. Chris has launched the book there (not sure if it worked but it is supposed to be a giant projected QR code with a link to the book) and I will do so on this blog.

I will make this short and sweet: read it! It is Open Access i.e. FREE to READ! The authors put in a lot of effort and, while I might be a little bit bias, I think it is an excellent book.

Download it here Blogging Archaeology

Chris has put together a really nifty way to view it magazine style-  http://www.digtech-llc.com/blogarch-ebook/

Virtual Cilicia Project

Virtual Cilicia Project
Surrounded by the steep Taurus and Amanus mountain ranges, the fertile alluvial plain of Cilicia Pedias in modern Turkey is a true treasury of important monuments from numerous ages. Hittite and Assyrian rock reliefs serve as representations of power at this connection between Anatolia and the Levant. Since it relies on Goggle Earth, the Virtual Cilicia Project is able to show you these monuments as well as the ruins of Bronze and Iron Age settlements like e.g. Karatepe with its world-famous carved orthostats in their natural environments. Follow the tracks of Alexander the Great, who made a sacrifice to Athena Magarsia at the northernmost point of Plain Cilicia, before he continued to the city of Mallos, which still has not been located despite numerous efforts. Be impressed by the well preserved ruins of the Hellenistic mountain fortress of Karasis, which is situated upon an inaccessible mountain summit and was only discovered as recently as 1994. Explore the hideouts of the dreaded pirates who terrorized the Mediterranean in the 1st century BC before being defeated by Pompeius Magnus, who forced many of them to settle in cities. Wander through Hierapolis, the residence of king Tarkondimotos, who had formerly been a pirate, but eventually was issued command of the region by Pompeius. Discover the foundations of one of the largest temples from the Roman Imperial Age and explore the extensive structures of Late Antique and Early Byzantine villages and settlements. Learn more about the Byzantine Period in Cilicia, the 5th/6th cent. AD existence of which is attested by the impressive remains of churches and fortifications at Anazarbos. Using the timeline integrated in Google Earth allows you to experience the historic development of settlement interactively and documents the gigantic castle building program, which surrounded the Taurus mountain ranges with massive fortifications during the time of the crusades (11th – 13th century AD). The Virtual Cilicia Project’s goal is to document the vast diversity of Cilicia’s history and to present this cultural heritage in the context of its ancient and modern landscape to the expert and the layman. We are continuously adding information on excavation sites and monuments as well as data concerning the landscape’s development, in order to make the understanding of this settlement chamber more accessible. Explore (Virtual) Cilicia – We are looking forward to your visit and your feedback!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Open Access Journal: Notae Praehistoricae

Notae Praehistoricae
ISSN: 0774-3327

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Homer Marginalia Contest ($1000 prize)

Identify mystery text, win $1000 

[Updated 5 May 2014]
The winner and the solution is announced

Contest to identify mystery script in rare edition of Homer’s Odyssey now closed 
A researcher has identified the script used for annotations in the 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey held by University of Chicago Library. We will announce the results in a few days.

Thanks to all the linguists, classicists, and other amateur detectives who responded to our call for assistance. We hope you enjoyed working on the puzzle.]
Example of Mystery Text
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Calling all historians of cryptography and stenography, Sherlockians (see “The Dancing Men”), and other amateur detectives!  The collection of Homer editions in the Special Collections Research Center – the  Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana(BHL) – includes a copy of the rare 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey that contains, in Book 11 (narrating Odysseus’s journey into Hades) handwritten annotations in a strange and as-yet unidentified script.  This marginalia appears only in the pages of Book 11 of the Odyssey; nowhere else in the volume.  Although the donor of the BHL is suspicious that this odd script is a form of 19th-century shorthand (likely French), he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date.
The donor of the BHL is offering a prize of $1,000 to the first person who identifies the script, provides evidence to support the conclusion, and executes a translation of selected portions of the mysterious marginalia.  In addition to the photographs in this post, the volume is available to consult in person in the Special Collections reading room.  Please visit the Special Collections website for information about requesting items to get started. The contest is open to all, regardless of University of Chicago affiliation. Please direct submissions to the contest, or questions, to Alice Schreyer, Assistant University Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences and Rare Books Curator, or Catherine Uecker, Rare Books Librarian.
Homer. Odysseia. Venice: Aldus, 1504. PA4018.A2 1504 vol. 2
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(Note that the unidentified script only appears on these two pages.)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Open Access Journal: Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni

Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni
ISSN: 0393-4136
"Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni perseguono nel loro campo speciale i fini della scienza e della cultura. Alla scienza storica contribuiscono facendo oggetto di storia la religione nel suo svolgimento. Alla cultura schiudono più larghi orizzonti, promuovendo una maggiore partecipazione del pensiero italiano alla conoscenza di forme e momenti di civiltà meno prossime e meno noti". (Raffaele Pettazzoni)

Il Dipartimento, fin dalla sua istituzione, pubblica la Rivista Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni (SMSR) che, fondata nel 1925 da Raffaele Pettazzoni, dopo aver momentaneamente sospeso la sua attività nel 1969 ed essere stata ripresa nel 1972 come "Religioni e Civiltà" e nel 1977 come "Studi storico-religiosi", ha riassunto lo storico e prestigioso titolo di SMSR nel 1983.

SMSR, che rientra tra le riviste di proprietà dell'Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", ospita saggi e articoli di affermati studiosi italiani e stranieri, pubblicati in varie lingue, ma al tempo stesso è aperta al contributo dei giovani che, per il loro impegno scientifico e la serietà della loro preparazione storico-religiosa, si sono distinti in particolare nell'ambito delle attività istituzionali del Dipartimento.

La rivista è giunta al volume n. 75 (2009) ed è disponibile presso la Biblioteca del Dipartimento

Friday, April 25, 2014

Persian.ology [On the Persepolis Archives]

Persian.ology: gate-keepers of (clay) dinosaur bones, the story of the discovery and recovery of the Persepolis (Parsa) administrative archives (Persepolis Fortification Archive and Persepolis Treasury Archive) in the early 1930s. (114 pages, about 62M)
By A. J. Cave, April 2014
persian.ology : gate-keepers of (clay) dinosaur bones is an informal look at the Persian Achaemenid Administrative Archives recovered from Pârsa (Persepolis), Iran, in 1930s

parts are taken from the books:

an idol-worshiper’s Guide to god-stan: a Trilogy in 7 Parts (2012)
Cyrus 0.9: Highlander (2013)
“the Road to Persiana”, persian.ology Magazine (2013)

Published in honor of the celebration of the lifelong achievements of Dr. Matthew Stolper, head of the PFA Project, Monday, 28 April 2014, at the Oriental Institute.

The smaller version (without couple of repeated sections on archives and administrative languages, about 11M) is posted here, and here.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

New from the Oriental Institute: Chicago Demotic Dictionary S

Chicago Demotic Dictionary S
CDD S. The Demotic Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Letter S. Words beginning with the letter S comprise the final letter of the CDD to be published. Kindly note that the final forms of the CDD letter files are being prepared for in print and online publication, along with supporting files (bibliography, text information, and number, month, and day words). The letter S occurs between the letters H and Sh (H with underline and Sh). I see that the letter S needs to be added under the Demotic characters for the letter S.

New Book from the Oriental Institute: Publications of the Oriental Institute, 1906-2014: Exploring the History and Civilizations of the Near East

Oriental Institute Communications (OIC), 26

Publications of the Oriental Institute, 1906-2014: Exploring the History and Civilizations of the Near East

Edited by Thomas G. Urban and Leslie Schramer

Publication of this volume commemorates the online distribution of all titles published by the Oriental Institute since its beginnings. All volumes are distributed online as Adobe Portable Document Format files (PDFs) and are available for complimentary download.

  • Oriental Institute Communications 26
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2014
  • ISBN: 978-1-61491-007-7
  • 28 pages
  • Gratis

And for an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see

Open Access to some things from Logos

Logos Bible Software, has among its produces, the following open access resources
Logos App: Includes over 60 free books
Noet App: Includes up to 18 free books with download and registration.

Introduction to Greek and Latin epigraphy: an absolute beginners' guide

Introduction to Greek and Latin epigraphy: an absolute beginners' guide
Where to start? *
Bibliographical guide: *
Handbooks and general introductions to epigraphy: *
The Organization of the field *
Publication: *
Collections and corpora *
Thematic collections: *
Greek and Latin corpora: *
Greek corpora *
The Greek world of Asia and Africa: *
Latin corpora: *
Small collections: *
Latin inscriptions *
Greek inscriptions: *
Heuristics *
Keeping up-to-date with Greek inscriptions: *
Keeping up-to-date with Roman inscriptions (Greek and Latin): *
Epigraphy and IT. *
Greek and Latin texts *
Imaging Projects *
Other Projects and useful websites *
Some technical information *
Critical signs: *
Latin abbreviations: *
Greek numerals: *
Modern abbreviations for epigraphical publications: *
Appendix1 a table of Greek numerals *
Appendix 2: Critical signs: Leiden system plus additions *

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG®) Updates

New Byzantine texts were added to the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae on 22 April 2014
0082 APOLLONIUS DYSCOLUS Gramm. (2 works)
2042 ORIGENES Theol. (1 work)
2873 EUSTRATIUS Presbyter Scr. Eccl. (1 work)
2921 THEODORUS Spudaeus Scr. Eccl. (1 work)
2938 GERMANUS II Scr. Eccl. (2 works)
2944 LEO VI SAPIENS Imperator Phil., Scr. Eccl. et Poeta (1 work)
3077 MICHAEL I CERULARIUS Scr. Eccl. et Theol. (1 work)
3079 Michael ATTALIATES Hist. (1 work)
3092 Nicephorus BLEMMYDES Phil. et Theol. (4 works)
3169 Joannes VI CANTACUZENUS (2 works)
3191 Theodorus METOCHITES Phil. et Polyhist. (2 works)
3197 Demetrius CYDONES Theol., Transl. et Philol. (1 work)
3213 Prochorus CYDONES Theol. et Transl. (1 work) 3
217 Nilus CABASILAS Theol. (2 works)
3248 Joannes CYPARISSIOTES Theol. (1 work)
3257 David DISHYPATUS Theol. (1 work)
3345 CALLISTUS I Patriarcha Scr. Eccl. et Orat. (3 works)
3346 Andreas CHRYSOBERGES Theol. (1 work)
4146 Maximus PLANUDES Polyhist. et Theol. (1 work)
4286 LEXICA SYNTACTICA Lexicogr. (1 work)
4288 LEXICON $AI(MWDEI=N& Lexicogr. (1 work)
4427 MARCUS Monachus Theol. (6 works)
4428 Neophytus PRODROMENUS Lexicogr., Theol. et Phil. (4 works) 4430 JACOBUS Monachus Theol. et Epist. (2 works)
4431 Georgius PELAGONIUS Theol. et Phil. (2 works)
5004 EPIMERISMI Gramm. et Schol. (1 work)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oriental Institute’s Integrated Database

Oriental Institute’s Integrated Database

This is an on-going project that aims to provide public access to information about the diverse research and object-based collections managed and cared for by the Oriental Institute.

Users now have the ability to view and download photographs of objects, associated movie files, and PDFs through the Oriental Institute's collection search. The homepage for the collection search is:


If you would like to browse some of the records with images and PDFs attached, here are a few links (after clicking the link, click on the title field of the record to get the details view and see all associated

1. Book with multiple PDFs

2. Object with 48 images

3. Object with 2 images

4. Object with 8 images

5. Book with image and PDF

6. Book with 1 image

7. Object with 226 images

8. Object with 2 images and 1 video

Open Access Publications: Giza Occasional Papers

 [First posted 8/6/09, updated 12/17/10, updated 22 April 2014]

Giza Occasional Papers
The Giza Occasional Papers are the preliminary reports on AERA’s field seasons at Giza.
Hard copies of Giza Occasional Papers are now available from Casemate Academics. PDF versions can be downloaded below.


Summarizing our 2009 Field Season, GOP 5 consists of 244 pages, 29 color plates and six large foldouts, including two isometric drawings, a profile drawing and three maps.
Click here to download GOP5 Click here to download Table of Contents
Foldout 1Foldout 2Foldout 3Foldout 4Foldout 5Foldout 6


Excavations (KKT)
Archaeological Science
Saqqara Laser Scanning Survey

Click here to download GOP 4 Click here to download Table of Contents


Capital Zone Walk-About 2006
2006 Geophysical Season at Giza
Giza Geomorphological Report
Giza Laser Scanning Project

Click here to download GOP 3 Click here to download Table of Contents


Area Clearing and Mapping
Excavations in 2005
Mapping Late Period Burials

Click here to download GOP 2 Click here to download Table of Contents


2004 Excavation
New Areas-Soccer Field
Wall of the Crow (N)

Click here to download GOP 1 Click here to download Table of Contents

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Open Access Backfiles: Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association (Open Access Backfiles)

Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association (Open Access Backfiles)
ISSN: 0065-9711
Iransactions of the American Philological Association (TAPA) is the official research publication of the American Philological Association (APA), a learned society of scholars of the culture and history of the Greek and Roman antiquity. As APA's flagship publication, TAPA reflects the wide range of research undertaken by classicists. Consequently, TAPA includes contributions across the broad spectrum of contemporary methodology from the most traditional to the most innovative.

  • 1922 (Vol. 53)
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And see also:
AWOL's full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World