Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Open Access Journal: Revista de Estudios Histórico-Jurídicos

Revista de Estudios Histórico-Jurídicos
ISSN: 0716-5455
Revista de estudios histórico-jurídicos 
La Revista de Estudios Histórico-Jurídicos tiene el objetivo de difundir artículos originales e inéditos de investigación de historia dogmática, legislativa e institucional en los campos del Derecho romano y de la Historia del Derecho, especialmente de la tradición romanística europea e iberoamericana; y de Historia del pensamiento jurídico y político occidentales. También admite revisiones sobre el estado de una cuestión, y revisiones bibliográficas amplias, siempre que ofrezcan carácter crítico. La Revista no publica trabajos de contenido puramente filosófico, teórico, político o sociológico; tampoco si sean de mera divulgación, consistan en charlas o conferencias no reelaboradas bajo forma de artículos, u ofrezcan carácter de ensayo ("reflexiones", "observaciones", "consideraciones", "apuntaciones", "notas", etcétera)
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Open Access Journal: ETIAM - Revista Agustiniana de Pensamiento

ETIAM - Revista Agustiniana de Pensamiento
ISSN: 1851-2682

ETIAM es un adverbio latino que significa: aún, todavía, además, incluso, hasta, sí, de nuevo, antes bien. Los adverbios tienen como función “complementar la significación del verbo, de un adjetivo o de otro adverbio” (DRAE). Es nuestra intención cumplir con la revista ETIAM una función parecida, acompañando en la reflexión sobre la vida y la fe a los lectores, para posibilitar un ámbito de Estudio Teológico Interdisciplinar Agustiniano y Misionero.

ETIAM cumple en 2015 nueve ediciones ininterrumpidas y se prepara para convertirse en una publicación de edición tanto impresa como digital. Su Fundador y Director hasta el Vol. VIII Mons. Dr José Demetrio Jiménez, OSA ha dejado en manos del Vicariato “San Alonso de Orozco” y de esta su Biblioteca Vicarial, la tarea de continuar por la senda recorrida.

Se ha pensado para el Vol. IX y el Vol. X continuar con la opción fundacional e ir acercando a ETIAM las voces de pensadores locales y del exterior que desarrollen contenidos más cercanos al pensamiento y el obrar agustiniano, desde su aporte filosófico y teológico.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Lebanese Archaeology: A fragile rebirth

Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
One article in the issue is accessible in open access for three months
by Hanan Charaf

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Year End News from CDLI

As we near the end of the year, I'd like to report on a few additions to CDLI content and functionality that might be of interest to some in cuneiform studies and related fields. These additions resulted in large measure from the project Creating a Sustainable Cuneiform Digital Library (CSCDL)–phase 3, under the general management of CDLI at UCLA, and generously funded by the Mellon Foundation, by UCLA's Humanities Division (supported by its Center for Digital Humanities), and by Oxford University.

The first is a technical improvement achieved by Émilie Pagé-Perron of the University of Toronto. Her implementation of a CDLI search-renderer feed of an online viewer now accommodates the RTI images of cuneiform artifacts that Oxford co-PI Jacob Dahl and research associate Klaus Wagensonner (now at the Free University of Berlin) created, working in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum and the Louvre, and in smaller numbers in those of Oslo (Schøyen), Manchester (JRL) and Philadelphia (UPenn); Bruce Zuckerman's West Semitic Research Project at USC also imaged for us the Khorsabad reliefs of the Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago). These files currently document 2,279 surfaces of 1,085 individual artifacts—in 8,570,000 discrete jpg's. Our use of this online viewer, written by Gianpaolo Palma as a sub-initiative of the cultural heritage capture technologies being developed at the Visual Computing Lab of CNR-ISTI (Pisa), is described at <>. The viewer does not pretend to replace the higher-level capabilities of such powerful RTI viewers as InscriptiFact (WSRP) running on local workstations, but it does offer some of the strengths of RTI image files in a true online environment. In these, treated artifact surfaces are presented for immediate browser view; for instance, three artifacts at <,P345806,P416821>, a Sargon II lamassu in the OIM, an Ashmolean prism with Sumerian literary texts, and an Old Akkadian account from the Louvre, each hyperlink to several RTI images. Users may click on one of these links after "View RTI" above the entry thumbnail, and then on the light bulb found in the tool box at the upper left. Clicking, holding and moving your cursor round about the image determines the light source and raking angle, while the magnifying glass (or scroll ball/tracking pad in your mouse) allows you to enlarge the image up to and down from pixelation. It does not require as much practice as some of your Christmas toys to become expert at the use of this simple viewer. We are now discussing making the much more cumbersome full RTI files available for download to and viewing on local computers, using whatever full viewer users might have available to them.

Other additions to CDLI are in the realm of content:

To begin, <> displays, in groups of 2,000 entries per scroll view, the now full Louvre catalogue completed as a component of the Agreement of Scientific Cooperation signed by the Louvre and UCLA in March 2013 (<>, and see <>). In a collaborative effort among Louvre staff and Klaus Wagensonner, then at Oxford, this initial full inventory of Louvre cuneiform artifacts resulted in a total of 12,550 entries, of which some 4,300 remain, so far as we see, unpublished. Wagensonner has, further, added nearly 1,000 new fatcross image files for online view (<>), including large numbers of unpublished Ur III accounts and receipts, significant witnesses of Sumerian literary texts, and the DP tablets heretofore only available in the 1913 hand copies of Allotte de la Fuÿe. Through this initiative, and following the drive of Jacob Dahl, the proto-Elamite texts from Susa have achieved the photographic documentation that so evidently deserve (<>). Quite frankly, it is difficult to overstate the importance to the research of archaic Iran that is represented by the quality of images presented at <>—not so much the dumb images really, as the text annotation that they facilitate.

<> are a final set of new British Museum images, also nearly 1,000 in number. These are largely the result of digital camera photography done by staff working under Jonathan Taylor, Assistant Keeper of the Museum's Middle East Department, during CSCDL phase 2 and deposited as raw files at CDLI/UCLA for final fatcrossing. More than half of these entries are currently listed as unpublished; we are, as ever, grateful for any feedback from specialists that would assist us in the many text identifications we have certainly missed.

<> is the now complete set of cuneiform text artifacts located in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, Toronto. ANE Curator Clemens Reichel has kindly allowed us to make public, here, images of all located artifacts, including ROM's 460+ unpublished 2nd and 1st millennium texts. Permission to publish these texts should be arranged through Dr. Reichel. For an overview of the collection, see <>.

In the past year, we have added substantial numbers of fatcrosses of tablets in the collection of the Princeton Theological Seminary <>. UCLA graduate student Michael Heinle has recently undertaken CSCDL's final capture mission to the PTS, and is processing our archival images to complete work on their 2,900 texts. We were, unfortunately, not given permission to access the largely unpublished Princeton University Library collection of some 1,250 cuneiform texts.

Now finally, those whose interest in proto-cuneiform has never flagged will have noted that the ongoing conflict in and around Baghdad shelved the final volumes in the ATU series planned for Iraq National Museum texts, while at the same time heavy numbers of Late Uruk texts have become available to research in the aftermath of the two US-led wars against Iraq. Faced with the unlikelihood of achieving a completed paper publication of proto-cuneiform artifacts from Uruk, Hans Nissen determined that all such data created in preparation for those volumes (ATU 8-9), as well as all records of proto-cuneiform artifacts generally, should be made available online so as to facilitate ongoing and future research. CDLI, as successor host to the online components of ATU, has therefore endeavored to gather and process for web dissemination all available proto-cuneiform documentation, regardless of the origin of such data. As a modest homage to Nissen's Archaische Texte aus Uruk project, to his personal commitment to all facets of Uruk excavations, and as a living extension of the ATU series, we completed in the past months a score generator of all pertinent archaic lexical lists published in ATU 3. Clicking on Q000002 under the first entry at <>, for instance, brings up the composite version and all currently known Late Uruk witnesses to the list known as Archaic Lu2 A (the notorious Professions List; click on "Download transliterations" to see the exact form of such transliterations with score-generating tags), while clicking on "score" brings up the same texts in the full-score version taught to all Sumerology students in Germany (and entering the Oracc pages of Niek Veldhuis’ DCCLT site, for instance at <>). These scores include the numerous new witnesses in the Norwegian Schøyen collection, and are a part of a growing number of such compendia entering CDLI pages at <>.

Bob Englund
Director, CDLI

Graduate Students of the American Oriental Society

Graduate Students of the American Oriental Society
Welcome! This website is the hub for members of the American Oriental Society (AOS) who are currently graduate students or who have graduated recently. Being a graduate student or recent alumna/us is a vulnerable position in any field, but the fields represented by AOS are often quite small, making support and resources difficult to find. With this website, we aim to provide you with a community within AOS to help you navigate your field, connect with your peers, and aid your transition from student to scholar. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Notebooks of W.G. Lambert Online

 Image of part of Lambert Folio 9034, the first page of Notebook 2
W. G. Lambert (1926-2011) was an Assyriologist who spent much of his research time transliterating and copying cuneiform tablets in museums, especially the British Museum. His Nachlass included eight notebooks filled with handwritten transliterations of Babylonian and Assyrian texts. The notebooks contain more than five thousand transliterations, spread over nearly fifteen hundred pages. They are an astonishing record of sustained first-hand engagement with cuneiform tablets.
The pages of these eight notebooks have been numbered, scanned and indexed by Lambert's academic executor. They are placed online at ORACC as an open-access resource. It should be borne in mind that the transliterations are first drafts. Lambert invited a few colleagues to browse his notebooks during his lifetime but he did not write them for widespread distribution. The transliterations are therefore not to be taken as definitive, nor should any inaccuracies therein be held against their author.

Lambert's notebooks are made available here so that present and future scholars can use them to advantage in their own research. It is hoped that users of the notebooks will be encouraged by his example not to rely unhesitatingly on the work of a colleague but to visit museums and read cuneiform tablets at first hand. Should it be necessary nevertheless to quote the notebooks' contents, the recommended style is "Lambert Folio" followed by page number, e.g. K 9208 (Lambert Folio 9578).

Downloadable Files

Notebook 1 part 1: Lambert Folios 8897-8956 Notebook 1 part 2: Lambert Folios 8957-9029 Notebook 2: Lambert Folios 9034-9124 Notebook 3: Lambert Folios 9128-9379 Notebook 4: Lambert Folios 9393-9545 Notebook 5 part 1: Lambert Folios 9546-9676 Notebook 5 part 2: Lambert Folios 9677-9804 Notebook 6 part 1: Lambert Folios 9807-9939 Notebook 6 part 2: Lambert Folios 9940-10089 Notebook 7 part 1: Lambert Folios 10090-10208 Notebook 7 part 2: Lambert Folios 10209-10330 Berlin notebook: Lambert Folios 18381-18401 Index: Lambert Notebook Index

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Open Access Journal: Medicina Antiqua

Medicina Antiqua
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The Medicina Antiqua Essays are short, authoritative, up-to-date treatments of specific topics in Graeco-Roman medicine and medical thought, with suggestions for further reading or WWW browsing. Several of these essays have been prompted by questions sent to AM/MA, and we welcome suggestions for additional essays. If you would like to contribute an essay, please e-mail me with your proposed topic.

Archaeological remains as a source of evidence for Roman Medicine (pdf) by Dr Patricia Baker (Canterbury, University of Kent).
Hellebore (Helleborus niger) by W. Jeffrey Hurst and Deborah J. Hurst.
Rue (Ruta graveolens) the second in the Hursts' series.
Hemlock (Conium maculatum L.) the third in the Hursts' series.
Poisons, Poisoning, and Poisoners in Ancient Rome by Francois P. Retief & Louise Cilliers.
Hippocrates: The "Greek Miracle" in Medicine by Ann Ellis Hanson.
Dreams in Ancient Medicine by Lee T. Pearcy.
Galen: A Biographical Sketch by Lee T. Pearcy.

Ancient Medical E-Texts

English Translations


Hippocratic Corpus (housed at the Classics Text Archive at M.I.T.)
On the Elements According to Hippocrates
, by W. J. Lewis.


Online Editions

An abridged but hypertextual and searchable edition of the medical texts in Mary R. Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant, Women's Life in Greece and Rome, from Diotima. Electronic publication of several important editions of Hippocrates from the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Médecine. Go to "Histoire de la médecine," then to "Publications électroniques."

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Roman Imperial Coin Concordance: Roman Imperial Coin Crowd Sourcing

Roman Imperial Coin Concordance: Roman Imperial Coin Crowd Sourcing
This project has been formulated by Daniel Pett (British Museum) and Ethan Gruber (American Numismatic Society) to aid with the assignation of Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) identifiers. 

At the time of writing, the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) database holds details for over 200,000 Roman coins. Many of these fall into the Imperial coinage category. In August 2016, the facility was introduced to integrate with Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) and tie the two resources together. This relies on the PAS records being assigned a standardised identifier, and has presented a computational problem that can possibly be solved by Human interaction with automatically generated results.

In this project, you will be presented with a coin from the PAS database which has potential matches to RIC identifiers drawn from OCRE and matched by computational methods by Ethan Gruber using the RDF triplestore created by Daniel Pett. Each coin has up to 4 matches and we would like contributors to choose the most likely match, or if an exact match is impossible, to indicate that this is the case. We hope that the tutorial explains exactly how to proceed.

Once 5 people have checked and attributed the coins, we'll consolidate data and then update the PAS database which will then populate the ANS OCRE platform with PAS examples.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

University of Southampton Portus Project

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Directed by Simon Keay, the Portus Project is guided by two main objectives.  Firstly, it seeks to build a better understanding of Portus itself, as well as its relationship to Ostia, Rome, and the rest of the Mediterranean.  Secondly, it aims to develop techniques that will enhance the ways in which highly complex classical sites can be investigated and recorded, and evaluate the impact of those techniques. Used in combination, non-destructive survey, open area excavation, and the computer graphic representation of excavated and graphically-simulated Roman buildings are key components to achieving these objectives.

New in the open access series Antichistica: Commensality and Ceremonial Meals in the Neo-Assyrian Period

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ACTUALITÉS: Décembre 2015
 Depuis septembre 2015, le serveur utilise la version 14 du logiciel 4eDimension («4D»), sans que cela ne change quoi que ce soit pour les utilisateurs Web. 

Le projet ARCHIBAB a obtenu des crédits de l'Université de recherche PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) dans le cadre de son appel d'offres «Arts et Humanités numériques» 2015. Nous avons ainsi pu traiter et mettre en ligne les photos inédites des 263 tablettes des Mari publiées dans ARM 26/2 (les microfiches publiées dans l'ouvrage contenaient surtout des copies). 

La table BIBLIO compte désormais 4585 fiches, avec références à un total de 32551 textes intégralement publiés. 

La table TEXTES compte désormais 18142 fiches, soit 56% du corpus. Rappel: la version mise en ligne des textes ne reproduit pas seulementl'édition telle quelle (quand elle existe): on trouve souvent des éditions améliorées (nouvelles interprétations, collations, etc.), y compris pour les nouveautés. 

 Nouveautés (40 textes) 
  • Durand Semitica 57, 2015 (1 texte: A.375 [DC]) 
  • Marti Semitica 57, 2015 (1 texte: M.5296 et 1 “télé-joint” à FM 10 81 [DC et AJ]) 
  • Chambon Semitica 57, 2015 (1 texte: CUNES 48-12-146[DC]) 
  • Stol Anatolica 41, 2015 (1 texte: YBC 11041 [DC]) 
  • Charpin Mémoires de NABU 17, Paris, 2015 (1 texte: A.2202 [DC]) 
  • Clevenstine CDLN 2015/9 (1 texte [DC]) 
  • Rositani SEL 31, 2014 (33 étiquettes du BM [DC]) 
  • Donbaz Mél. Özgen, Ankara, 2014 (1 texte [DC])

Travail rétrospectif (200 textes) 
  • De Graef, ATS 17, 2014 (7 textes [collations de DC au British Museum]). 
  • ShA 2, 1992 (146 textes, N. Ziegler et DC) 
  • AlT (36 textes d'Alalah réédités par J. Lauinger, Following the Man of Yamhad, CHANE 75, 2015 [J. Lauinger, B. Alexandrov et A. Jacquet]) 
  • Veenhof Mél. Larsen, 2004 (4 textes [DC]) 
  • Mohammad Akkadica 123, 2002 (7 textes de Shishin, DC) 
  • Autres textes variés (AJ)

Open Access Journal: Explorator

 [First posted in AWOL 8 August 2011, updated 22 December 2015]
EXPLORATOR has over a decade of experience bringing you the best of the world of archaeology/ancient history every week. Various on-line news and magazine sources are scoured on a daily basis for news of the ancient world (broadly construed: practically anything relating to archaeology or history prior to WWI or so is fair game) and they are delivered to your mailbox free of charge every Sunday morning!
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Open Access Journal: SPAL. Revista de Prehistoria y Arqueología de la Universidad de Sevilla

SPAL. Revista de Prehistoria y Arqueología de la Universidad de Sevilla
ISSN: 1133-4525
La revista Spal. Revista de Prehistoria y Arqueología de la Universidad de Sevilla recibe su nombre del topónimo más antiguo atribuido a Hispalis, Isbilya o Sevilla, la ciudad en cuya universidad nace. La revista tiene una periodicidad anual y es publicada por el Secretariado de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla ubicado en c/ Porvenir nº 27, 41013 Sevilla, 95 448 7443.

Spal fue fundada en 1992 con el propósito básico de servir de vehículo para la difusión de las investigaciones realizadas en el campo de la Arqueología desde la Universidad de Sevilla. Aunque nunca ha perdido un especial interés por las investigaciones relativas a la Prehistoria y la Arqueología andaluzas, progresivamente ha ido abriéndose a toda la comunidad científica nacional e internacional y ampliado los objetivos temáticos. En estos 20 años de vida de Spal se han editado 21 números, en los que se han publicado 290 artículos, que constituyen básicamente investigación original, y 16 reseñas. A día de hoy la revista ha obtenido un reconocido prestigio como foro de difusión y debate científicos y logrado un reconocimiento que ha llevado a su indexación en ISOC y en Anthropological Literature, clasificada en el grupo B de CIRC y a quedar encuadrada en el primer cuartil de las revistas del Área de Humanidades (3ª de 88), según los índices IN-RECH y RESH. Este reconocimiento científico de Spal no habría sido posible sin la generosidad de más de 500 autores y la labor poco visible y altruista de numerosos investigadores de reconocido prestigio que han colaborado tanto en los diferentes órganos de gestión de la revista como actuando de revisores de los originales.

Resúmenes y Textos Completos

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Two new volumes in the ANCIENT NEAR EAST MONOGRAPHS Series

Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire
edited by Jason M. Silverman and Caroline Waerzeggers, ANEM 13, 2015
download paperback hardback
Epigraphy, Philology, and the Hebrew Bible: Methodological Perspectives on Philological and Comparative Study of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Jo Ann Hackett
edited by Jeremy M. Hutton and Aaron D. Rubin, ANEM 12, 2015
download paperback hardback

For all published volumes in the series and the full editorial board, see here.

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Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk

Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk
Why a Red List for Libya?          
The instability and violence that Libya experienced in recent years have put its cultural heritage under tremendous stress and high risk. The threat of systematic damage to cultural heritage sites is of great concern. The losses endured are leading to the historical impoverishment of a country with an exceptionally rich cultural heritage. The slow but steady disappearance of Libya’s cultural witnesses of the past has rendered evident the need for immediate action that will help protect them.
ICOM, thanks to the support of the US Department of State, is publishing the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk to help law enforcement officials as well as art and heritage professionals identify objects originating from Libya that are protected by national legislation and international agreements and instruments, and at risk of being illicitly traded.
The purpose of the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk is to ensure the right of future generations to this heritage. To this aim, ICOM, in close cooperation with a team of national and international experts, has identified and presented here the types of objects from Libya that the current market trends are exposing to the greatest risks.

Red Lists Database