Sunday, January 31, 2016

Free online course: Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

Free online course: Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime 
Delve into the seedy underbelly of the art world, looking at smuggling, theft, fakes, and fraud, with this free online course.
The devastation caused by the trafficking of illicit antiquities and the theft of art has gained widespread public attention in recent years.
Confronted with the pock-marked “lunar landscapes” of archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria, freshly decapitated Buddha sculptures in Cambodia and empty frames on the walls of museums, we face a difficult question: how do we protect our heritage from theft, illegal sale, and destruction?
In Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime we will tackle this question together.

Shed light on the grey market for stolen art

On this free online course, taught by researchers from the University of Glasgow’s Trafficking Culture Project, you will gain a better understanding of:
  • the criminal networks that engage in antiquities trafficking and art crime;
  • the harmful effects that these phenomena have on communities and society as a whole;
  • and what scholars, police, and lawmakers are doing to protect our heritage.
By combining cutting-edge research in the fields of criminology, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, art history, museums studies, and law, we will shed light on the grey market for stolen art.

Learn how and why art is stolen, trafficked, found, and returned

In Week 1, we will track how ancient artefacts are looted from archaeological sites, trafficked across multiple international borders, and end up in the possession of some of the world’s most respectable museums and collectors.
In Week 2, we will learn about crimes of fine art: heists, fakes, and vandalism.
In Week 3, we will discuss the ethical, legal, and emotional issues associated with the return of stolen cultural objects.
Art and antiquities represent our collective cultural identity and crimes against art affect all of us. When an artefact is looted or an artwork is stolen, we have ALL been robbed. We must work together to protect our heritage before it is too late. Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime is a great first step.
If you want to find out more about the financial implications of art crime, have a look at this blog post from Meg Lambert: Does art crime pay? 5 stolen artefacts and what they sold for.


All learners are invited to this course. No prior knowledge is required.

Open Access Journal: Electronic Antiquity: Communicating the Classics

[First posted in AWOL 2 November 2009. Updated 31 January 2016.  n.b.  Founded in 1993, Electronic Antiquity is a Pioneering Open Access Journal]

Electronic Antiquity: Communicating the Classics
ISSN: 1320-3606
[Electronic Antiquity]

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Open Access Journal: Journal of Art Historiography

[First posted in AWOL 24 June 2010, updated 30 January 2016]

Journal of Art Historiography
ISSN: 2042-4752
The Journal of Art Historiography exists to support and promote the study of the history and practice of art historical writing. The historiography of art has been strongly influenced by traditions inaugurated by Giorgio Vasari, Winckelmann and German academics of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Consequent to the expansion of universities, museums and galleries, the field has evolved to include areas outside of its traditional boundaries.
There is a double danger that contemporary scholarship will forget its earlier legacy and that it will neglect the urgency and rigour with which those early debates were conducted. The earlier legacy remains embedded in ‘normal’ practice. More recent art history also stands in need of its own scrutiny. The journal is committed to studying art historical scholarship, in its institutional and conceptual foundations, from the past to the present day in all areas and all periods.
This journal will ignore the disciplinary boundaries imposed by the Anglophone expression ‘art history’ and allow and encourage the full range of enquiry that encompassed the visual arts in its broadest sense as well as topics now falling within archaeology, anthropology, ethnography and other specialist disciplines and approaches. It will welcome contributions from young and established scholars and is aimed at building an expanded audience for what has hitherto been a much specialised topic of investigation.
Besides articles, it will accept notes, reviews, letters, bibliographical surveys and translations. It will be published every June and December and include both peer-reviewed and commissioned contributions.
It will be the first contemporary journal dedicated specifically to the study of art historiography and its ambition is to make it the point of first call for scholars and students interested in that area. It is being supported by the Department of the History of Art at the University of Birmingham. In collaboration with Ashgate it also publishes Monographs in Art Historiography.

(Partially) Open Access Monograph Series: ROSAPAT - Rome "La Sapienza" Studies on the Archaeology of Palestine & Transjordan

 [First posted in AWOL 17 June 2014, updated 30 January 2016]

ROSAPAT - Rome "La Sapienza" Studies on the Archaeology of Palestine & Transjordan
ROSAPAT 08 (2012) L. Negro (ed.) Khirbet al-Batrawy III. Download All Rosapat 9 here (pdf file)

ROSAPAT 06 (2008): L. Nigro (ed.), Khirbet al-Batrawy II. The EB II city-gate, the EB II-III fortifications, the EB II-III temple. Preliminary report of the second (2006) and third (2007) seasons of excavations, 412 pp.
ISBN 978-88-88438-09-2 Download all ROSAPAT 6 here (PDF file)  
ROSAPAT 03 (2006): L. Nigro (ed.), An Early Bronze Age Fortified Town in North-Central Jordan. Preliminary Report of the First Season of Excavations (2005), 280 pp.
ISBN 978-88-88438-05-4 Download all ROSAPAT 3 here (PDF file) 
ROSAPAT 01(2005): L. Nigro (ed.), Tell es-Sultan/Gerico alle  soglie della prima urbanizzazione: il villaggio  e la necropoli del Bronzo Antico I (3300-3000), 224 pp.
ISBN 978-88-88438-02-3
Download all ROSAPAT 1 here (PDF file)

Open Access Journal: Arkeos : Revista Electronica de Arqueologia

[First posted in AWOL 21 March 2011. Updated  31 January 2016]

Arkeos : Revista Electronica de Arqueologia
ISSN: 1819-0421
Título de página
Arkeos, revista electrónica de arqueología, busca crear un espacio de debate de temas arqueológicos, análisis y sobre todo difusión de los estudios realizados por los estudiantes y egresados de la Especialidad de Arqueología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; a través de las convocatorias para la publicación se busca  incentivar la investigación en los jóvenes profesionales de la PUCP, así como el generar espacios críticos para la discusión y el intercambio de información.

Esta publicación tiene como meta captar la atención tanto del medio académico como del público no especializado. Se busca el acercamiento al público en general, con el objetivo de incentivar el interés en la práctica arqueológica debido a la importancia que ésta tiene en la educación, la defensa del patrimonio y la construcción de identidades, entre otros.

En el ámbito especializado, Arkeos busca crear redes de comunicación  e intercambio de información entre los estudiantes y profesionales de arqueología que desarrollan sus actividades en el medio local; además, dará a conocer en el ámbito internacional los avances y resultados de las más recientes investigaciones desarrolladas en el Perú por los profesionales de la PUCP.

Actualmente, los espacios de difusión, intercambio de información y debate de temas arqueológicos son pocos, y en la mayoría de estos casos llegan a un público limitado debido al alcance de las publicaciones. En algunos casos inclusive están concebidos para sólo un sector del público, sea éste especializado o no. Arkeos busca abarcar una mayor diversidad de intereses, y sobre todo hacer uso de las ventajas que ofrecen las ediciones electrónicas en cuanto a difusión y manejo de la información.
Arkeos se convierte además en herramienta para estimular la investigación y la publicación en los jóvenes estudiantes y profesionales de arqueología, complementando su desarrollo profesional.

Friday, January 29, 2016

ASCSA Digital Collections

[First posted in AWOL 12 February 2010, updated 29 January 2016]

ASCSA Digital Collections

Explore the collections of the American School of Classical Studies by using the sidebar on the left or the search box above.
To confine your search to a single collection, click on one of the links below.
Ambrosia: Union Catalog of Libraries
Corinth Excavations
Athenian Agora Excavations
Alison Frantz Photography
Dorothy Burr Thompson Photography
Archaeological Photographic Collection
Photographs from the Historical Archives
Ion Dragoumis Correspondence

Sign in to view unpublished material. Material that has been published is made completely available to the public. Material that is unpublished can be viewed only by researchers who have obtained the necessary permission to study the material in person.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Lepsius Denkmäler Online

 [First posted in AWOL 21 November 2010. Updated 28 January 2016]

Carl Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien
In den Jahren 1842 bis 1845 führte Carl Richard Lepsius im Auftrag seiner Majestät dem König von Preussen Friedrich Wilhelm IV. eine wissenschaftliche Expedition nach Ägypten durch. Die dort gewonnenen Ergebnisse wurden von ihm in dem großen Tafelwerk "Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien" zusammengefaßt, das in den Jahren 1849 bis 1859 erschien.

Das Tafelwerk umfasst 12 Bände, die in 6 Abteilungen unterteilt sind. Lepsius plante, diesen Tafeln einen erläuternten Text beizugeben und die nicht in das Hauptwerk aufgenommenen Zeichnungen und Inschriften in einem Ergänzungsband herauszugeben. Beide Pläne gelangten durch den Tod von Carl Richard Lepsius nicht zur Verwirklichung.

Die Herausgabe der erläuternden Texte übernahm deshalb Eduard Naville, die Ausarbeitung wurde Kurt Sethe übertragen, dem Regierungsbaumeister Borchardt für die architektonischen Abschnitte zur Seite stand.










:: ZUSATZINFOS        
 .: PROJEKT         

 .: LEBENSLAUF        

 .: DENKMALWERK        

 .: LITERATUR        

Numismatische Bilddatenbank Eichstätt

Numismatische Bilddatenbank Eichstätt 

Die Numismatische Bilddatenbank Eichstätt (NBE) stellt eine breite Auswahl antiker Münzen in hochauflösenden Digitalphotographien zur Verfügung. 

Die Kooperation einiger wichtiger Auktionshäuser (s. unten) ermöglicht den Aufbau einer virtuellen Sammlung auch wertvollster Münzen, die in dieser Auswahl in keiner realen Universitätssammlung und wohl auch nur in sehr wenigen Museen und Münzkabinetten zu Studienzwecken zur Verfügung stehen. Die NBE-Münzen sind bequem über mehrere Register recherchierbar. Für die Typenbeschreibung wurden die jeweiligen Standardcorpora benutzt. 

Hinsichtlich Umfang, Auswahl der Stücke und Bildqualität ist die frei zugängliche Numismatische Bilddatenbank Eichstätt derzeit einzigartig und stellt eine wichtige Ressource für Forschung und Lehre dar:
  • "Sie ist gerade vorbildlich für eine sinnvolle Anwendung von Neuen Medien im wissenschaftlichen Alltag." (Tatiana Tchekmareva für H-Soz-u-Kult/Clio online)
  • "Von hohem praktischen Nutzen" (Gudrun Gersmann in GWU 53 (2002), S. 373).
Den Ausgangspunkt für die Numismatische Bilddatenbank Eichstätt bildete die Münzsammlung am Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Diese Münzen werden ergänzt durch die Sammlung des Seminars für Klassische Philologie der Universität Erlangen sowie die Sammlung des Seminars für Klassische Archäologie der Universität Regensburg. Prof. Dr. Severin Koster danke ich für die Erlaubnis, die Erlanger Münzen in die Bilddatenbank aufzunehmen. Prof. Dr. Burkhardt Wesenberg und Prof. Dieter Salzmann ermöglichten die Erfassung der Regensburger Sammlung und die Benutzung des unveröffentlichten Kataloges. 

Die historisch bedeutendsten Münzen der NBE stammen nicht aus Universitätssammlungen. Die Auktionshäuser Gorny & Mosch (München), Leu Numismatics (Zürich), Münzen & Medaillen (Basel), Numismatica Ars Classica (Zürich/London) sowie Numismatik Lanz (München) haben die Erlaubnis gegeben, Münzen aus ihren Beständen in die Numismatische Bilddatenbank Eichstätt aufzunehmen. 

Das Copyright für alle Photos liegt beim Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt; die Bilder - im JPEG-Format - stehen interessierten Benutzern für nichtkommerzielle Zwecke (z. B. als Materialien für Lehrveranstaltungen oder wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungen in Zeitschriften) zur freien Verfügung, soweit die Herkunft der Bilder aus der NBE ausgewiesen wird. 

Anregungen, Fragen und Kritik sind bitte zu richten an Jürgen Malitz.

Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt Online Preprints

Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt
ISSN: 0065-9991
EISSN: 2330-1880
The Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt (JARCE) was established in 1962 to foster research into the history, languages, social systems, and archaeology of the Egyptian people. The journal welcomes article submissions on all periods and aspects of Egyptian civilization. JARCE publishes articles in English, French, or German.
The following published papers are now available online as preprints (i.e., prior to their appearance in an issue of the print journal). 
Aug 17, 2015
An Egyptian Mummy of the Late Old Kingdom in the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Peter Lacovara, Salima Ikram, Bob Brier, Margaret Leveque and Renée Stein
Abstract | PDF (375 KB) | PDF Plus (346 KB) 
open access
Aug 17, 2015
Third Time's the Charm? A Document from the Reign of Claudius and the Councillor Priests, Redux
Andreas Winkler
Abstract | PDF (509 KB) | PDF Plus (439 KB) 
open access
Aug 17, 2015
A Family of Thirteenth Dynasty High Officials: New Evidence from South Abydos
Kevin M. Cahail
Abstract | PDF (1490 KB) | PDF Plus (1116 KB) 
open access
Aug 17, 2015
Royal Funerary Equipment of a King Sobekhotep at South Abydos: Evidence for the Tombs of Sobekhotep IV and Neferhotep I?
Josef Wegner and Kevin Cahail
Abstract | PDF (2461 KB) | PDF Plus (1788 KB) 
open access
Aug 17, 2015
Naqada IId: The Birth of an Empire Kingship, Writing, Organized Religion
Jack A. Josephson and Günter Dreyer
Abstract | PDF (1104 KB) | PDF Plus (985 KB) 
open access
Aug 17, 2015
Alone before the God: Gender, Status, and Nefertiti's Image
Jacquelyn Williamson
Abstract | PDF (942 KB) | PDF Plus (890 KB) 
open access
Aug 17, 2015
Prince Mohammed Ali after the July Revolution 1952 and the Journey of Searching for the Lost
Enas Fares Yehia
Abstract | PDF (254 KB) | PDF Plus (249 KB) 
open access
Aug 17, 2015
George T. Scanlon 1925–2014
Iman R. Abdulfattah
Citation | PDF (187 KB) | PDF Plus (183 KB) 
open access
Dec 19, 2014
Book Reviews

Citation | PDF (166 KB) | PDF Plus (166 KB) 
open access

26th International Congress of Papyrology Proceedings Online

Actes du 26e Congrès international de papyrologie

Schubert, Paul Henri

Genève : Droz, 2012

(Recherches et rencontres ; 30)

ISBN: 9782600016124

Sur le pourtour de la Méditerranée antique, le papyrus servait de support d'écriture pour la rédaction de documents de la vie courante ; on y copiait aussi les oeuvres des poètes et des prosateurs. Les dizaines de milliers de textes qui nous sont ainsi parvenus ne constituent qu'une faible part de la production totale de l'époque. Ils sont le plus souvent écrits en grec, et proviennent d'Égypte. D'autres langues sont aussi représentées : égyptien, latin ou encore arabe ; on a également retrouvé des papyrus en Syrie, en Israël, en Grèce et en Italie. L’étude de ce matériel appartient aux papyrologues, chargés de déchiffrer, commenter puis expliquer les papyrus. Le 26e Congrès international de papyrologie qui s’est tenu à Genève en 2010 a permis de constater la variété des approches pratiquées dans le monde. Le lecteur trouvera dans ce volume aussi bien des articles rédigées par des savants de grand renom que des travaux produits par ceux qui pratiqueront la papyrologie de demain.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Digital Roman Heritage: Digital Roads to the Literary, Artistic and Physical Legacy of Rome

Digital Roman Heritage: Digital Roads to the Literary, Artistic and Physical Legacy of Rome
Welcome to the virtual home of Digital Roman Heritage, an international research collaboration network that brings together Digital Humanities initiatives with regard to the physical, artistic and literary legacy of Rome. The main aims of this network are to share best practices, and to facilitate the digital linkage between projects from various disciplines related to the city and symbol of Rome.
To this purpose the network
  1. hosts this web portal to present projects and activities
  2. meets regularly to discuss collaboration
  3. applies for grants to further data exchange.

This portal offers links to PROJECTS, RESOURCES, TOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS that are related to the Roman Legacy.

4D Research Lab Amsterdam

Digitizing Visual Memories in Architecture and Cityscapes
American Academy of Rome – Resources
Links to useful research databases, maps & GIS and other online resources with regard to Rome
Ancient World Mapping Center

Interdisciplinary Research Center promoting cartography, historical geography, and geographic information science within the field of ancient studies

Aquae Urbis Romae

Interactive cartographic history of the waters of the city of Rome


Central Object database of the German Archaeological Institute and the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne


A framework for linguistic annotation and curation


Integrates existing archaeological research data infrastructures


Database, treasure trove and toolbox for those interested in the History of Culture

Basilicas and Papal Chapels

Brings together practical and historical information on the Papal churches in Rome

Census of Antique Works Known in the Renaissance

Database of antique monuments known in the Renaissance, together with related texts and images

Challenging Testaccio

Research and Valorisation Project on the Roman neighbourhood of Testaccio


Software to enable distant reading of a text corpus and platform to enable a team to annotate


Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire

Descriptio Romae WebGIS

WebGIS of Rome based on maps in the Catasto Gregoriano, etchings by Piranesi and Vasi and archival documents


Digital Library of Late-antique Latin texts annotated according to TEI-XML standards

Digital Augustan Rome

Digital successor to the published book and maps of Mapping Augustan Rome

Digital Classicist Wiki

A hub for scholars and students interested in the application of humanities computing to research in the ancient and Byzantine worlds

Digital forma urbis

Digital Reconstruction of the Severan Marble plan of Rome

Digital Latin library

A resource for scholars and readers of Latin texts of all eras and genres

Digital Roman forum

Digital model of the Roman Forum as it appeared in late antiquity

Digital Sculpture Project

3D technologies applied to the capture, representation and interpretation of (ancient) sculpture

Digitale Topographie der Stadt Rom

Website of the AIS ROMA-project (Archaeological Information System Roma)


The Europeana Network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy

(GAP) Google Ancient Places

Discovery and usability of textual references to ancient world places


An interface for exploring and reading texts that reference ancient places


A digital geography for Latin literature


Geographical database of over eight million placenames


Database of the History of Dutch art and culture in Rome


Integrating Arachne and Perseus


Geospatial analysis of Herodotus’ Histories

Homer Multitext

Presents the textual transmission of the Iliad and the Odyssey in a historical framework


Information Technology Laboratory of the Italian ‘i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali’


A multilingual classification system for cultural content

Keys 2 Rome

A unique international exhibition that has launched simultaneously in Rome, Sarajevo, Alexandria and Amsterdam

Lacus Curtius

Website on Roman Antiquity, with many photos, texts, and resources

Lasciva Roma

Crowdsourcing Project to lemmatize and annotate the Latin semantic field of sexuality

Lateran Project

Research project into the scavi beneath the S. Giovanni in Laterano

Latin OCR

Training data and tools to optimize OCR process of Latin texts

Latin wordnet

Lexical database of Latin language

Linking Evidence

Interactive database of written and visual evidence concerning medieval and early Renaissance Rome


Interactive database of digitized books from the Bibliotheca Herziana, with a focus on the city of Rome

Mapping Notes and Nodes in Networks

Exploring potential relationships in biographical data and cultural networks between early modern Amsterdam and Rome, by linking various datasets

Mapping the Via Appia

Analysis and reconstruction of the 5th and 6th miles of the Via Appia by means of a 3D Geographic Information System

Mapping Visions of Rome

Annotates, connects and visualizes (humanist) Latin poetry about the city and symbol of Rome
Memorata Poetis
A search engine which is both lexical and multilingual, semantic and thematic.

Monumenta Rariora

The reception of antique statuary in collections of engravings

Musisque Deoque

Digital Archive of Latin Poetry


A web-based data management, network analysis & visualisation environment

Nolli Map

A digitized version of the map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli (ca. 1692-1756)

OmnesViae: Roman Routeplanner

A reconstruction of the Tabula Peutingeriana with internet technology

Open Street Map

Community driven open licence map of the world


The Stanford Geospatial network Model of the Roman world

Orbis Latinus online

A digitized version of the Orbis Latinus by Graesse (1909) (Lexicon of medieval and early modern Latin geographical names)

Ostia Antica

Website dedicated to Ostia, the harbour city of ancient Rome

Pede certo

Digital Latin metre: program for the automatic analysingof Latin verses


Enables linked Ancient Geodata in Open Systems


A gazetteer of period definitions for linking and visualizing data

Perseus (Tufts)

Digital Library of Classical and Renaissance Texts

Perseus (Chicago)

Perseus Projects Texts loaded under PhiloLogic

Plan de Rome

Virtual reconstruction of Rome based on the scaele model by Paul Bigot (1870-1942)


A community-built gazetteer and graph of ancient places

Poeti d’Italia in lingua latina

Digital archive of Latin poetry by Italian poets from the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Roma Interactive

Website dedicated to the history and sites of Rome

Rome 320 AD

An application that blends graphics, narratives, videos and breathtaking 3D animations

Rome Reborn

3D models illustrating the urban development of ancient Rome


Interactive database of collections of the ancient genre of Wisdom Literature

Speculum Magnificentiae Romanae

Digital collection of Antonio Lafreris’ Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae


Spatial Information Laboratory of VU University Amsterdam


Tool for stylometric analysis of texts in different languages


Tool for intertextual analysis of Greek and Latin texts


Interdiscplinary portal of papyrological and epigraphical resources

UCLA RomeLab

Multidisciplinary research group using the physical and virtual city of Rome as point of departure

Vatican Exhibit

Virtual exhibition of material from the Vatican Library, dedicated to Renaissance Rome

Community-driven archaeological atlas of classical antiquity, inspired by and modelled after Wikipedia

Views of Rome

Interactive digital tool based on Pirro Ligorio’s 1561 map of ancient Rome

Virtual Rome

Digital model of Rome as it appeared c. AD 315

Virtual World Heritage Laboratory

Bringing 3D technologies to humanities research


Virtual Museum Transnational Network


Interactive information system for the humanities, with a focus on Rome