Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ROMURBITAL - an archaeological database of higher-order settlements on the Italian peninsula (350 BCE to 300 CE)

ROMURBITAL - an archaeological database of higher-order settlements on the Italian peninsula (350 BCE to 300 CE)

Jamie Sewell, 2015

These data-files are the product of a two-year research project (ROMURBITAL) to create an analytical database and GIS of 583 (proto-)urban centres on the Italian peninsula that existed between 350 BCE and 300 CE. The project was undertaken by Dr. Jamie Sewell as a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (Project No. 300969) at the Archaeology Department of Durham University between 2012 and 2014 (Scientist in Charge: Dr. Robert Witcher).
For a full description of the research aims, selection criteria and methodological development of the project, see the Internet Archaeology article: Sewell, J.P and Witcher, R. (2015). Urbanism in Ancient Peninsular Italy: developing a methodology for a database analysis of higher order settlements (350 BCE to 300 CE), Internet Archaeology 40.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Open Access Journal: World Heritage

World Heritage 
World Heritage is the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre. Featuring in-depth articles on cultural and natural World Heritage sites. The quarterly review is produced in English, French and Spanish.
n°77 - June 2015 Special Issue on Iraq
Cultural World Heritage sites are representative of the creativity and genius of humanity. While World Heritage belongs to everyone, and we share the responsibility to protect it, each site embodies the history, values, beliefs and skills of the people ...

National Latin Survey

National Latin Survey
Conducted by the Applied Linguistics & TESOL Program at Teachers College, Columbia University

The purpose of this study is to survey middle and high school students and teachers all across the United States and find out the many different reasons why people study and teach Latin.

Feel free to download the copies of the survey above and edit them to use with your own students and colleagues.

The survey was open from May 2013 - February 2014. It was primarily conducted online, using Qualtrics.

Open Access Journal: The Egyptian Journal of Environmental Change

[First posted in AWOL 12 November 2011, updates (with links to the Internet Archive)  29 June 2015]

The Egyptian Journal of Environmental Change
An international journal devoted to environmental change, and its effects on landforms, climate, ecosystems and human activities.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

de Gruyter Open: Vergil´s Political Commentary in the Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid

New in de Gruyter Open:

Open Access

Aims and Scope

In the book titled Vergil's political commentary in Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid, the author examines Vergil’s political views by analyzing the whole of the poet’s work. He introduces the notion of the functional model suggesting that the poet often used this instrument when making a political statement. New interpretations of a number of the Eclogues and passages of the Georgics and the Aeneid are suggested and the author concludes that Vergil’s political engagement is visible in much of his work. During his whole career the poet was consistent in his views on several major political themes. These varied from, the distress caused by the violation of the countryside during and after the expropriations in the 40s B.C., to the horrors of the civil war and the violence of war in general, and the necessity of strong leadership. Vergil hoped and expected that Octavian would establish peace and order, and he supported a form of hereditary kingship for which he considered Octavian a suitable candidate. He held Cleopatra in high regard, and he appreciated a more meaningful role for women in society. Vergil wrote poetry that supported Augustus, but he had also the courage to criticize Octavian and his policies. He was a commentator with an independent mind and was not a member of Augustus’ putative propaganda machine.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

African rock art image project

African rock art image project
Africa’s rock art is as diverse as the continent itself. In 2013, the African rock art image project team began cataloguing around 25,000 digital photographs of rock art from across Africa – originally from the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) – through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.
Combining a wide range of research from the British Museum, TARA and colleagues in Africa, the project is cataloguing and digitally preserving African rock art, ensuring global open access well into the future.

On these pages, you can explore the images catalogued so far by country,
and find out more through a series of themes. You can also find answers to some key questions about African rock art:

Northern / Saharan Africa

Open Access Journal: ARA News: The Association for Roman Archaeology

[First posted in AWOL 22 December 2010. Updated  27 June 2015]

ARA News:  The Association for Roman Archaeology
The Association for Roman Archaeology uses its membership income to promote the following objectives

  • To spread knowledge of Roman civilisation.

  • Research on Roman sites in the U.K.

  • Preserve our Roman antiquities.

  • Present Roman sites and collections.

  • Publish findings from all our active archaeological archives.

  • Our principal objective is to promote the advancement of the education of the public in the history and archaeology of the Roman period.

    The A.R.A. publish a fully coloured Newsletter annually, and we upload copies here on the website for people to view.

    The Newsletters on the website are available in PDF format, please clink on a link below. 

    ARA Newsletter Number 14 Click here for pdf
    Seat of fire revealed at Colchester
    Part of Gloucester's Roman city wall goes on display
    Snippets: Chichester, Tivoli, Chester, Bradford-on-Avon, Chester,

    ARA Newsletter Number 15: August 2003 Click here for pdf

    Snippets: Brough, York, Goodmanham, Chester, Utrecht, London, Southwell, Colchester

    ARA Newsletter Number 16: March 2004 Click here for pdf

    Exciting Roman coin find
    Snippets: Hadrian's Wall, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Colchester, London, Pompeii, Higham Ferrers, Southwark, Llandeilo, Lincoln, Hertfordshire, Coberley

    ARA Newsletter Number 17: November 2004 Click here for pdf

    Changes in the Association's Publications
    Members day visit to Silchester
    Annual Dinner at Fishbourne
    Archaeological News Round-up: Broadstairs, Vindolanda,
    Lindsey Davis at Richborough
    Malton Museum; two goddesses unveiled at Malton Museum
    Archaeological News Round-up:Colchester, Abergavenny

    ARA Newsletter Number 18: November 2005 Click here for pdf part 1
    / part 2
    The Roman Centurian's Song _Rudyard Kipling
    Professional obituraries
    Archaeological News Round-up: Colchester; Rabbits in Roman Britain; Socks with Sandals; York burials; Vindolanda sculpture.
    The Jewry Wall, Leicester: Stuart Bailey
    A Greek Island Villa: Bryan Matthews
    The Big Roman Database: Rebecca Newman
    Timber building at Vindolanda
    The Roman Villa at Minori: Thomas F Morrison
    Tales from an Itinerant Traveller: Hardknot Roman Fort (Mediobogdum): Don Flear
    Anamur / Anemurium: David Pritchard
    The Puzzle of the Amphorae: CA Noons
    Traveller's Itinerary: Allen Farnworth
    Archaeological News Round-up: Leicestershire hoard; Staffordshire Patera

    ARA Newsletter Number 19: April 2007 Click here for pdf

    The Lost Mosaics of Bramdean, Hampshire
    Tales from an Itinerant Traveller: Roman Cyprus (part 1): Don Flear
    The Roman Settlement at Crab Farm, Dorset: Bryn Walters
    The Dodd's Brigantia Weekend Diary: Tim Dodd
    An Overview of Roman Essex: Bryn Walters
    Imperial Emblems found in Rome: Bryn Walters
    Spectacular Roman Sites around Lake Garda, Italy: Geoff and Glenis Long
    Members visit to Northern France: Geoff and Glenis Long
    Rare find in Leicester: Tom Bennett
    Archaeological News Round-up: Silbury Hill; Newchurch (Isle of Wight); Leicester Vine Street excavations; Lancaster bath house; Priapus statue at Vindolanda
    Professional obituaries

    ARA Newsletter Number 20: April 2008 Click here for pdf part 1
    / part 2
    Cologne to Eifel to Tongeren to Metz: Allen Farnworth
    Tales from an Itinerant Traveller: Roman Cyprus (part 2): Don Greenword (formerly Flear)
    Readers Letters
    Two Venue Curators retire
    Archaeological News Round-up: Early Roman coin found in Cornwall; Lupercal cave possibly found on the Palatine; Herculaneum wood and ivory thorne; Chichester
    excavations; House of Augustus, Rome; Aldborough, York coffin found; Lancaster Roman memorial stone found
    A Second Fort is Confirmed in Cornwall: Steve Hartgroves and John R Smith
    Chester's Roman Town: Peter Carrington
    Archaeology in the Park: Dan Garner
    Impressive Villas over the Bay of Naples: Geoff and Glenis Long
    Archaeological News Round-up: Vindoland brooch; Suffolk Villa excavations; Vindolanda statue base found
    Professional obituaries
    Malton Museum
    Archaeological News Round-up: Chester's amphitheatre; London tableware; Ewell cult centre; London Roman door; Corbridge road ramp;

    ARA Newsletter Number 21: February 2009 Click here for pdf

    Third Roman Fort found in Cornwall: Dr Chris Smart
    Tales from an Itinerant Traveller: Roman Cyprus (part 3: Don Greenword
    Professional obituaries
    Readers Letters
    Archaeological News Round up: Sagalassos, Turkey statue found
    ARA Visit to the Greek and Roman Sites of Libya in 2008: J and LT Webb
    Journey's End, short story: Howard Gibbs
    New Figured Mosaic found near Kemble, Glos: Anthony Beeson
    The Head in the River: Kevin Cooke
    Archaeological News Round-up: Arles, France bust found; Sea Mills, Bristol possible fort

    ARA Newsletter Number 22: September 2009 Click here for pdf

    Tales from an Itinerant Traveller: Roman Cyprus (part 4): Don Greenword
    ARA Information Technology and Communications
    Towns in Britain AD300-700 Conference Report: Rebecca Newman
    Archaeological News Round-up: Vindolanda road and granaries; Newcastle sarcophagi; Vindolanda Jupiter Dolchenus shrine;
    Book Reviews
    Roman Cyprus: Salamis and other Northern Sites: Nich Hogben
    Archaeological News Round-up: London millefiori bowl; Silchester Iron Age predecessor; Southwell, Notts possible Religious complex;

    ARA Newsletter Number 23: March 2010 Click here for pdf

    The great North Museum, Newcastle: Anne Woollett
    Archaeological News Round-up: Britain's oldest Roman coin; Rome Nero's banqueting house; South Shields / Arbeia fort excavations
    Romans, Police Cars and Football Fans; Incidents of Travel in Algeria: Rebecca Newman
    The Missing 90% in Roman Britain; Conference on the Romano-British Countryside 2010 report: Rebecca Newman
    Roman Displays at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester: Elizabeth Royles
    Alderney's Shore Fort: Nicholas Hogben
    Professor John Wilkes; ARA's Honorary President; an introduction: Grahame Soffe
    Archaeological News Round-up: Arbeia altar; Cameo glass vase; Nova Zagora, Bulgaria tomb.

    ARA Newsletter Number 24 Click here for pdf part 1
    / part 2
    A New Fort Discovered in Exeter: Tim Gent
    How were Roman villas glazed and vented?
    Spotlight on Trimontium Museum: Donald Gordon
    ARA goes digital
    Archaeological News Round-up: Suffolk lantern; Bury St Edmunds Priapus figure; Holbrook, Suffolk figure; Folkestone re-excavations; Frome coin hoard; Aberystwyth villa; Alton pendant.
    Roman Bath-house Discovered at Bax Farm, Kent: Brian Philip
    Roman Finds in Thanet, Kent: Gordon Taylor
    The Tale of the Emperor's Head
    Archaeological News Round-up: Herculaneum recent discoveries; Chedworth mosaic; Gloucester Roman wall; Hinton St Mary, Dorset mosaic; Caistor, Lincolnshire excavations; Papcastle, Cumbria; Woodchester Orpheus replica mosaic; Silchester recent finds
    Jordon, ARA study tour: John Bithell
    Archaeological News Round-up: Carlisle publication; Canterbury excavations, Musselburgh altars; York burial; Southwick villa
    A Walk Along Hadrian's Wall: A personal view : David Sleep
    Spotlight on Newport Villa, Isle of Wight: Nicholas Hogben
    Third Year of Excavations at Brading Villa
    Archaeological News Round-up: Combley Villa new display; Twekesbury Roman building
    Book Reviews

    ARA Newsletter Number 25 March 2011 Click here for pdf

    Romans on the Rhine: ARA Study Tour 2010: John Partridge
    Archaeological News Round-up: New Caligula statue at Nemi; Roman crop marks; Pompeii / Vesuvius website; 4th century paintings at Santa Tecla; Papcastle excavations; Vindolanda finds.
    Vaison La Romaine and Glanum: overlooked treasures of Roman Provence: Gareth Harney
    Folkstone Roman Villa: 2010 excavations: Keith Parfitt
    The Thurmaston Milestone: Stuart Bailey
    Spotlight on Museum of the Iron Age, Andover: Martin Elvery
    Archaeological News Round-up: Survey at Caerleon; Excavation at Caerleon; Nabatean wall paintings; Roman site beneath Kettleby; Hallaton Helmet; History of Rome Podcasts.
    The Mosaics of Sousse: cultural fashion in Roman Africa: Martin Elvery
    Book Review: The Frome Hoard
    Roman Spain: Ines Garcia and Bernie Spiegelhalter

    ARA Newsletter Number 26 September 2011 Click here for pdf

    Archaeological News Round-up: Maryport excavations: Vindolanda denarii.
    ARA Study Tour of Classical and Roman Libya, Nov 2009: Marigold Norbye
    Archaeological News Round-up: Colchester mosaic; Caligula statue at Nemi update; Herculaneum Roman sewage; Roman Doncaster excavations.
    Spotlight on Dolaucothi Mines: Gareth Harney
    Hadrian's Wall Update: David Sleep
    Novae and the Valetudinarium of Legio I Italica: John Bithell
    Re-evaluating the identification of Roman military hospitals: Patricia Baker
    Mithras in Scotland: spectacular new altars unveiled: Anthony Beeson
    Archaeological News Round-up: Rome's Tunnel of Wonders; Puddletown Roman road; York's station baths refound; Musselburgh cemetery; Pantheon's lighting. Latin Epigraphy: how to read and understand Roman inscriptions, Part 1: Marigold Norbye
    Archaeological News Round-up: New settlement near Exeter; Roman Sheffield; Caerleon excavations. South Warwickshire Roman Hoard: Martin Elvery
    Archaeological News Round-up: Venta Icenorum acquired for nation; Zejtun, Malta villa restoration. Recent ARA Grants

    ARA Newsletter Number 27 March 2012 Click here for pdf part 1
    / part 2

    Campaign to preserve Southwell Roman site: Bryn Walters
    ARA Study Tour of Jordan, 2011: Marigold Norbye
    RESCUE, the British Archaeological Trust; still campaigning after 40 years: Jude Plouviez
    Archaeological News Round-up: Roman Swiss-army knife; Arbeia Amphora; Lower Borrowbridge, Cumbria excavations; Corinium cemetery; Cirencester cockerel. Land of Eagles; Journeys in Roman Albania: Gareth Harney
    Romans in Commagene: Rebecca Newman
    Excavation at Charles Street, Dorchester: John Bithell
    Spotlight on Lunt Roman Fort: Martin Elvery From Julius Caesar to Claudius; the late Iron Age / Roman transition, Report on a conference at the university of Leicester 2011 Nov 5th: Stuart Bailey
    The Imagery of the Hallerton helmet; decoration depicting Roman victory revealed by restoration: Anthony Beeson
    Archaeological News Round-up: London mithraeum; Spanish mosaic damaged; Camelon, Falkirk Roman sandals; Londinium token; Latin Epigraphy: how to read and understand Roman inscriptions, Part 2: Marigold Norbye
    The Lost City of the Legion; preliminary excavations in Caerleon’s monumental suburb hint at great future discoveries: Anthony Beeson
    Ramblings of an Ancient Volunteer Archaeologist, digging through his memories: Michael C Looker
    Archaeological News Round-up: Southwark Roman bath

    ARA Newsletter Number 28 September 2012 Click here for pdf part 1
    / part 2

    A Visit to the Novium, Chichester s New Museum: Grahame Soffe
    The Jupiter Stone: a Romano-British sculptural treasure goes on display at the Novium: Anthony Beeson
    ARA Study Tour of Sicily: John Partridge
    Halstock Roman Villa, Dorset; a lost floor of opus sectile: Bryn Walters
    A Tale of Three Emperors; images of Roman defeat in Sasanian Iran: Ian Heritage
    Archaeological News Round-up: Lupa Capitolina Etruscan?; Tyne and Wear Hadrian's Wall community project; Birthplace of Augustus in Rome found; Rediscovery of statue of Mark Antony and Cleopatra's twins. Jublains; a provincial Gallo-Roman civitas: Marigold Norbye
    Archaeological News Round-up: Beau Street hoard; Walton, Peterborough new villa; Arch of Titus paint traces.
    Three treasures of Ancient Britain and Sweet Fanny Adams: Anthony Beeson
    Archaeological News Round-up: Maryport altar excavations
    Recent ARA Grants

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    Biblical Studies Online

    [First posted in AWOL 19 January 2014, updated 26 June 2015]

    Biblical Studies Online
    The goal of Biblical Studies Online is to provide both biblical scholars and the interested wider public with ease of access to quality biblical scholarship, as it comes available online.

    More and more biblical scholarship is being published open-access and online – not only in traditional book form, but in a variety of media, including videos and sound recordings. In addition there are many more free New Testament and free Old Testament materials available to read.

    Unfortunately, it is often difficult to locate these resources on the internet, and sometimes difficult for those less experienced with biblical scholarship to distinguish worthwhile material from that which is inaccurate or even grossly misleading. And when it comes to the Bible, there is no shortage of the latter to be found. For this reason, Biblical Studies Online offers a gateway for the dissemination and publicizing of worthwhile open-access, online biblical scholarship.

    To search for online Biblical Studies resources, please either click on the category in which you are interested, or use the search-box, in the column to the right.
    Biblical Studies Online is maintained by:

    Prof. James Crossley, University of Sheffield
    Dr. Deane Galbraith, University of Otago