Saturday, October 31, 2020

Yale Divinity Library's Guide to Free Resources on Religion

Yale Divinity Library's Guide to Free Resources on Religion
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Here you will find both links to free Internet sites dealing with topics related to Religion and Theology, as well as tips on how to effectively search the Internet and evaluate Internet sites. 
We also welcome your comments and suggestions, so please, tell us what you think!  And if you know of some good web sites, let us know.

Pre-modern Industrial Districts: Panel 3.12 Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World – Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Cologne/Bonn 2018

Pre-modern Industrial Districts

Michael Herdick , Angelika Hunold , Holger Schaaff (Hrsg.)

Panel 3.12 Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World – Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Cologne/Bonn 2018

 Pre-modern Industrial Districts

Das antike Steinbruch- und Bergwerksrevier der Osteifel wird seit 1997 vom Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum (RGZM) in Mainz und Mayen erforscht. Die Produkte – allen voran Mühlsteine aus Basaltlava, Baumaterial aus Tuffstein und Keramikgeschirr – wurden viele Jahrhunderte lang in weite Teile Europas exportiert.

Um dieses reichhaltige Bodenarchiv zur antiken Steinindustrie zu untersuchen und deren Rolle bei der römischen Okkupation und der Romanisierung nördlich der Alpen zu definieren, wurde ein umfangreiches Forschungsprogramm initiiert. Wesentliche Themen waren die Basalt- und Tuffsteinindustrie sowie das Wirtschaftszentrum Mayen. Die Keramikindustrie wird aus der Perspektive archäologischer Materialstudien, aber auch durch die experimentelle Archäologie untersucht. Weitere Studien widmeten sich den Voraussetzungen, unter denen sich der wirtschaftliche Aufschwung vollzog, insbesondere der Infrastruktur und der ländlichen Besiedlung.

Als Industrierevier von überregionaler Bedeutung erwies sich das Steinbruch- und Bergwerksrevier der Osteifel als hervorragende Fallstudie für die Erforschung vormoderner Industriereviere allgemein und ermöglichte die Ableitung eines Modelles zur Untersuchung antiker Industrien. Von besonderer Bedeutung für ihr Verständnis sind die Langzeitperspektive und ein ganzheitlicher Ansatz, der ökonomische und soziale Aspekte sowie die Siedlungsentwicklung berücksichtigt.

Michael Herdick ist Leiter des Labors für Experimentelle Archäologie (LEA) Kompetenzbereich Vulkanologie, Archäologie und Technikgeschichte des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie in Mainz und Mayen Forschung in Technik- und Wirtschaftsarchäologie.

Dr. Angelika Hunold ist Archäologin am Kompetenzbereich Vulkanologie, Archäologie und Technikgeschichte des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie in Mainz und Mayen; seit 1997 Forschung zu vormodernen Industrierevieren, speziell zur spätantiken Siedlungsentwicklung.

Dr. Holger Schaaff ist Archäologe und Leiter des Kompetenzbereichs Vulkanologie, Archäologie und Technikgeschichte des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie in Mainz und Mayen; seit 1997 Forschung zu vormodernen Industrierevieren, speziell zum Tuffsteinbergbau.

Angelika Hunold, Holger Schaaff
The Ancient Quarrying and Mining District between the Eifel and the Rhine – a Summary of Research
Sibylle Friedrich
Pottery Production for the European Market – the Roman Potter’s Workshops of Weißenthurm
Lutz Grunwald
Pottery Production for the European Market – the Roman and Early Medieval Potter’s Workshops of Mayen
Gregor Döhner, Michael Herdick, Anna Axtmann
Technical-Historical Comparison of Pottery Districts: Desiderata and Experimental Archaeological
Stefan Wenzel
Transport of Heavy Loads on Inland Waterways

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Veröffentlicht am 29.10.2020.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Podcast: Thin End of the Wedge

Thin End of the Wedge

Home to expert insights and the latest research, in language we can all understand

Welcome to the Thin End of the Wedge – the podcast where experts from around the world share new and interesting stories about life in the ancient Middle East. Everyone I talk to will be a world expert on the topic. We won’t talk to you like you’re stupid. But you won’t need any special training to understand what we’re talking about.

This is my personal project. I’m very excited to see it come to life. I fell in love with the history of the ancient Middle East as a teenager, and I’ve been lucky enough to make a career out of it ever since. I want to open this fascinating period of history to a much wider audience. Each episode I’ll talk to friends and colleagues, and get them to explain their work in a way we can all understand.

This podcast owes its origin to the difficult summer of 2020, when Covid-19 ravaged the world. Everything in my working life seemed to be being put on hold: talks, workshops, conferences, and even my own job. Meanwhile, colleagues in the Middle East started to arrange virtual talks. They were brilliant, and very well attended. We’re all now used to connecting over Zoom. These talks showed the appetite for digestible information about research on the ancient Middle East. They also highlighted how rarely Iraqi voices have been able to make themselves heard over the last few decades, and how easy it would be to improve on that situation now.

Thin End of the Wedge provides a platform for experts to share their knowledge and passion widely. I hope that colleagues, and especially students, will find it interesting. But this is not a course in ancient Mesopotamian studies. You don’t need to listen to the episodes in sequence, nor even to have listened to any of the others. I want non-expert listeners to enjoy these chats too.

Professors at prestigious universities have many opportunities to display their knowledge. They do have interesting things to say, so I will talk to them. But there are many other colleagues whose work is no less important or interesting. They are given fewer chances to have their voice heard. I want to focus on them.

Most of all, I want to help the voices of Middle Eastern scholars be heard more loudly. That’s relatively straightforward. I also want the knowledge generated about the ancient Middle East to be more easily accessible in the modern Middle East. Here’s where I need your help. I want to make the podcast available in Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages. That takes money that I don’t have. Please support Thin End of the Wedge and help make this history accessible to everyone.

SITH: Project Karnak

SITH: Project Karnak

Lancé en janvier 2013, le projet Karnak (CNRS - Labex ARCHIMEDE, ANR-11-LABX-0032-01, Programme « Investissement d’Avenir » – USR 3172 - CFEETK / UMR 5140, Équipe ENiM) a pour ambition d’organiser et de rendre accessible la documentation textuelle issue des temples de Karnak.

Ce projet d’édition des inscriptions des temples de Karnak est fondé sur un dépouillement exhaustif des documents et inscriptions collationnées sur l’original. Chaque document reçoit un numéro d’identifiant unique (KIU : Karnak Identifiant Unique) lors de l’intégration à la base de données. Toutes les informations relatives à un document (édition typographique, translittération, photographies, fac-similés, documents d’archives) sont accessibles à partir d’une notice unique.

Dans le cadre de ce programme, plusieurs index permettent d’accéder au contenu des inscriptions éditées (vocabulaire, éléments de titulatures royales, toponymes, ethniques et lieux de cultes, théonymes et désignations divines, anthroponymes).

Exploration chronologique


Index des inscriptions 

7 019 monuments, objets, scènes ou inscriptions
accessibles en ligne sur 10 561 uniques dans le projet Karnak.

Derniers documents accessibles en ligne dans le projet Karnak :


Workshops and Seminars: 23-26 November 2020: Metadata in Assyriology

 Metadata in Assyriology

The study of cuneiform texts in the 21st century CE is digital. Digital research environments now extend into virtually every aspect of scholarly workflows, encompassing not only the artefacts with which we are primarily occupied, but also metadata types covering a wide range of spatial, temporal, and referential information on cuneiform texts and their historical, archaeological, and museal setting. Geomapping Landscapes of Writing: Large-Scale Spatial Analysis of the Cuneiform Corpus is a three-year research project of the Department of Linguistics and Philology of Uppsala University, Sweden, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (grant number MXM19-1160:1). As part of our research programme, we wish to promote dialogue and development of common standards for basic metadata, thereby stimulating increased data interoperability between current and future projects. How are metadata collections, e.g. bibliographic, chronological, and geographical information devised, structured, and integrated with digital text catalogues? To what extent is data sharing and integration pursued? And how are common standards adopted, implemented, and maintained, if at all? Combining virtual presentations and informal discussion sessions engaging with three primary types of metadata, we are organising three afternoon sessions in late November 2020. These session aim to showcase current digital resources and research and to encourage exploration of future avenues for data integration and exchange within the field of cuneiform studies, broadly conceived. See details on individual sessions below for time, date, and how to register. 

Spatial Data, Spatial Analysis, and Historical Geography

Monday 23 November 16:00-19:00 (sign-in from 15:45) CEST
(The session will be held online and is open for everyone. Registration via this link)

The increasing ease with which digital spatial data frames can be implemented in archaeological and historical research has brought about a revolution in the application of spatial data to humanities research of recent years (Gregory and Geddes 2014; Bodenhamer, Corrigan, and Harris 2010). While Assyriology is certainly no stranger to geographical knowledge, the field lacks general spatial data repositories comparable to initiatives seen e.g. in classical history and in archaeology (Zerbini 2018; Horne 2020). Recent initiatives have sought to develop stand-alone GIS applications integrated with cuneiform online text catalogues, for example HIGEOMES ( and BDTNS ( or to make use of existing web mapping applications and digital historical gazetteers, such as ARMEP ( This segment invites researchers working with the generation of spatial data for cuneiform studies or methodologies for spatial data analyses to share and discuss approaches to the development and application of spatial data sets. Talks will be followed by a brief roundtable discussion for invited speakers. 

16:00-16:20 Nathan Morello (Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München)
ARMEP 2.0: The Map Interface of the Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities, Current Features and Future Perspectives

16:20-16.40 Shai Gordin (Ariel University)
Mesopotamian Ancient Place-names Almanac (MAPA) Project: Doing Historical Geography in the Age of Linked Open Data

16.40-17:00 Olof Pedersén (Uppsala University)
500,000,000 baked bricks – GIS and BIM analysis of archaeology and texts in Babylon

17:00-17:15 Break

17:15-17:35 Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum and Christian W. Hess (Freie Universität Berlin)
Hard Data, Fuzzy Geographies: Mapping the Middle Assyrian World in TexTelSem

17:35-17:55 Rune Rattenborg (Uppsala University)
An Open Access Index for the Geographical Distribution of the Cuneiform Corpus

17:55-18:15 Adam Andersson and Niek Veldhuis (DH Berkeley)
Sumerian Networks, UC Berkeley Data Science Discovery Project

18:15-18:45 Discussion (speakers)

Integration of Periodisations and Chronologies

Wednesday 25 November 16:00-18:00 (sign-in from 15:45) CEST
(The session will be held online, and consist of short presentations and a roundtable discussion. If you are interested in attending, please contact Gustav Ryberg Smidt for details)

Chronology is a quintessential cornerstone of historical and archaeological research, and so tools for the integration of chronologies from various projects are critical to the proper correlation of diverging schemes of dating and periodisation. Recent tools for chronological integration of archaeological periodization and artefact dating are now becoming available, for example the PeriodO gazetteer of historical and archaeological periods (, or the GODOT graph database for dated objects and texts (  None of these initiatives are associated with cuneiform online text catalogues, however. In light of the very complex questions arising from the interrelation of different relative, dynastical, and absolute chronologies (e.g. Pruzsinszky 2009), the lack of broader integration of chronological schemes is surprising, to say the least. This workshop section invites contributions and discussions of ways of integrating digital chronological indices and artefact data in Assyriology.

  • Adam Anderson (DH Berkeley)
  • Seraina Nett (Uppsala University)
  • Mirko Novak (Universität Bern)
  • Émilie Page-Perron (University of Toronto)
  • Rune Rattenborg (Uppsala University)
  • Maciej Wencel (Independent scholar)

Reference Collections and Linked Bibliographies

Thursday 26 November 16:00-18:00 (sign-in from 15:45) CEST
(The session will be held online, and consist of short presentations and a roundtable discussion. If you are interested in attending, please contact Gustav Ryberg Smidt for details)

The online world currently abounds with platforms and services for storing, managing, and integrating bibliographical reference data sets, also with respects to the study of the ancient world. A ready example of relevance to cuneiform studies is the Online Egyptological Bibliography ( maintained by the University of Oxford and the International Association of Egyptologists, which currently contains 149,000 bibliographical records. Despite the existence of several large repositories for digital bibliographical reference collections e.g. the Keilschriftbibliographie (, comprehensive integration of digital reference datasets and online text catalogues in Assyriology has so far been attempted only at a localised scale, notwithstanding the immense size that such databases may attain, for example ARCHIBAB ( ) or BDTNS ( By inviting perspectives from corpus- and project-based digital bibliographies, this workshop section aims to survey and discuss the nature of bibliographical reference databases in the field of Assyriology and to explore avenues for the integration of bibliographical and artefact data.

  • Adam Anderson (DH Berkeley)
  • Wiebke Meinhold (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen)
  • Manuel Molina (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
  • Seraina Nett (Uppsala University)
  • Georg Neumann (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Hans Neumann (Universität Münster)
  • Émilie Pagé-Perron (University of Toronto)
  • Rune Rattenborg (Uppsala University)
  • Michaela Weszeli (Universität Wien)


  • Bodenhamer, David J., John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris. 2010. The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
  • Gregory, Ian N., and Alistair Geddes, eds. 2014. Toward Spatial Humanities: Historical GIS and Spatial History. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
  • Horne, Ryan. 2020. ‘Beyond Lists: Digital Gazetteers and Digital History’. The Historian 82 (1): 37–50.
  • Pruzsinszky, Regine. 2009. Mesopotamian Chronology of the 2nd Millennium B.C. An Introduction to the Textual Evidence and Related Chronological Issues. Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean 22. Vienna: Österreichischer Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  • Zerbini, Andrea. 2018. ‘Developing a Heritage Database for the Middle East and North Africa’. Journal of Field Archaeology 43 (sup1): S9–18. 


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Open Access Journal: Anales de Historia Antigua, Medieval y Moderna

[First posted in AWOL 4 October 2018, updated 29 October 2020]

Anales de Historia Antigua, Medieval y Moderna
ISSN: 1853-1555 (en línea)
ISSN: 1514-9927 (impreso)

En 1948 apareció el primer volumen de la publicación, Anales de Historia Antigua y Medieval, como órgano del Instituto.

Su objetivo fue promover la investigación a través de la interpretación de fuentes y el replanteo de problemas historiográficos. Publicaron desde entonces investigadores nacionales y extranjeros, como Sánchez Albornoz, Heers, Fernández Galiano, de Ferdinandy, Imbelloni, Benito Ruano, Altheim, Kerenyi, Lozinski, Carlé, Guglielmi, Orduna, Bauza, etc. Durante largos años la revista contó con una dirección editorial formada por investigadores del propio Instituto.

En 1991, con la llegada de Carlos Astarita al cargo de director, se renueva el Consejo Directivo de la revista, se acuerda en un proyecto científico, y se establecen modificaciones de procedimiento, cambios que se tradujeron en el actual perfil de Anales...

Desde 2007 (volumen 40) ha comenzado a hacer sus aportes el Grupo de Estudios de Fuentes Paleográficas (dirigido por Rosana Vasallo), publicando trascripción de documentos.

A partir de 2009 el Instituto inicia el proceso de digitalización de sus volúmenes al considerar que la incorporación de nuevas tecnologías constituye una importante alternativa en las formas de transmisión del conocimiento. El acceso será gratuito desde el sitio de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Vol. 54 Núm. 1 (2020)



English edition of DAI Cairo's magazine "Archaeology in Egypt" now online!

English edition of DAI Cairo's magazine "Archaeology in Egypt" now online!

The 2019 special issue on the diversity of the DAI's research in Egypt is now available in English.

Last year, on the occasion of several anniversaries, the Cairo Department of the German Archaeological Institute published a special edition of its magazine "Archaeology in Egypt". This issue introduces the Institute’s 5-year research plan that addresses the topics settlement archaeology, communication in sacred spaces, as well as the cultural diversity and unity of Egypt. It also acknowledges the history of the Department with a special article by Susanne Voss about the reopening of the DAI Cairo after World War II.

The long-term excavations at the sites of Buto, Dahshur, and on Elephantine Island aid in the study of former settlement patterns and daily life of the people at that time. The formation of settlement areas within the regions of Aswan, the Fayum, and the north-western Nile Delta is also analysed on a macro-scale level, using methods of geoarchaeology and landscape archaeology.

Furthermore, studies concerning the Osiris cult at Abydos or the worship of king Sneferu at Dahshur deal with ritual space. Investigations into the development of tomb architecture and religious-funerary practices, undertaken by DAI projects at Thebes and the royal necropolis in Saqqara, make a crucial contribution towards the understanding of cultural forms of communication, as does the examination of epigraphic sources.

Finally, the various projects focussing on post-pharaonic periods in Egypt collectively aim to assess Egypt's perception of entity throughout times of sovereign and religious changes. These projects include studies on Hellenistic-Roman Egypt and papyrology in the Fayum, as well as on Christian-Muslim coexistence within the Coptic monasteries Deir el-Bakhît and Deir Anba Hadra, and the early Islamic cemetery in Aswan.


Worldwide Database of University Museums and Collections

Worldwide Database of University Museums and Collections
The Worldwide Database of University Museums and Collections is a project developed in 2001 by UMAC, the International Committee for University Museums and Collections of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), under the coordination of Dr. Cornelia Weber, Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany.
It results from the recognition that universities and, more generally, higher education institutions, have museums, collections and cultural heritage of scientific, artistic and historical significance, yet many remain poorly known by their communities and the general public.
For more information, visit the website of UMAC, the International Committee of ICOM for University Museums and Collections!


In 2016-2017, the Worldwide Database of University Museums and Collections went through considerable redevelopment aimed at introducing a new design, new functionalities and a more user-friendly interface. In April 2017, it was relaunched.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Open Access to Corinth Excavation Data

[First posted in AWOL 3 January 2910. Updated 28 October 2020]

Corinth Excavations Digital Archive
The archives from nearly continuous excavation spanning three centuries is vast and the links on this page provide on-line access to a portion of it. 
All Results (257,208)

MUDIRA: MUnich DIgital Research Archives

[First posted in AWOL 22 May 2013, update 28 October 2020]

MUDIRA: MUnich DIgital Research Archives
MUnich DIgital Research Archives ist ein im Frühjahr 2012 gestartetes Gemeinschaftsprojekt des Instituts für Ägyptologie der LMU München und des Staatlichen Museums Ägyptischer Kunst München (SMÄK), in welchem die umfangreichen Bildbestände beider Institutionen zu Altägypten digitalisiert und zugänglich gemacht werden. In der ersten (auf 2 bis 3 Jahre angelegten) Projektphase werden etwa 30.000 als Kleinbild-Diapositive vorliegende Originalaufnahmen aus Ägypten sowie von Beständen ägyptischer Museen und Sammlungen professionell gescannt und im Rahmen einer durch die IT-Gruppe Geisteswissenschaften (ITG) der LMU erstellten Datenbank online präsentiert. Ziele des Projektes sind die Erleichterung des Zugangs zu den Bildern, die wissenschaftliche Aufbereitung der dazugehörenden Informationen sowie letztendlich der Erhalt der oftmals wissenschaftshistorisch bedeutsamen Abbildungen auf einem zeitgemäßen Speichermedium. Der UNI DIA Verlag hat zudem seine knapp 6.000 Bilder zu Altägypten in digitalisierter Form zur Verfügung gestellt. Diese Bilder sind bereits komplett bearbeitet und abrufbar. In einem zweiten Schritt soll dann die Glasplattensammlung des Münchner Ägyptologischen Instituts digitalisiert und aufbereitet werden.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Text of Leviticus: Proceedings of the Third International Colloquium of the Dominique Barthélémy Institute, held in Fribourg (October 2015)

The Text of Leviticus: Proceedings of the Third International Colloquium of the Dominique Barthélémy Institute, held in Fribourg (October 2015)

editor: Himbaza I.


The book of Leviticus is by far the most quoted in rabbinic literature such as the Mishna or the Talmud, while it has been marginalized in the Christian tradition. Nevertheless, scholars of both traditions have again become highly interested in it for some decades now. As shown by many recent publications, the book is thoroughly studied for textual, literary, historical and reception aspects.  
It has often been said and written that the text of Leviticus is stable in comparison to many other books of the Hebrew Bible, and that its Greek translation is quite literal. Yet, the text of Leviticus continues to raise questions, not only regarding its content and textual witnesses, but also its interpretation, history and reception. The third international colloquium of the Dominique Barthélemy Institute, held in Fribourg in October 2015, aimed to bring together some specialists of the text of Leviticus in order to advance research on its textual witnesses and the aforementioned topics.  
The articles collected in this book reflect the width of current research. They deal with the witnesses to the text of Leviticus in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Masoretic Text, the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Septuagint. They also study the book’s Hebrew editing; its relation to other books such as Joshua, Luke-Acts and Flavius Josephus; and the challenge of its translation, with a case study in French.

Le livre du Lévitique est de loin le plus cité dans la littérature juive, notamment la Mishna ou le Talmud, alors qu’il a été marginalisé dans la tradition chrétienne. Néanmoins, depuis quelques décennies, les chercheurs des deux bords se sont intéressés à ce livre. De nombreuses publications récentes montrent qu’il est étudié dans tous ses aspects textuels, littéraires, historique et dans sa réception. 
On a souvent affirmé que le texte du Lévitique est plus stable que celui de beaucoup d’autres livres de la Bible hébraïque, que sa traduction grecque est littérale, etc. Pourtant, ce texte continue de soulever des questions, non seulement en ce qui concerne ses témoins textuels, mais aussi son interprétation, son histoire et sa réception. Tenu à Fribourg en Octobre 2015, le troisième colloque international de l’Institut Dominique Barthélemy entendait rassembler quelques spécialistes du texte du Lévitique pour avancer dans la recherche sur ces différents sujets.  
Les études rassemblées dans ce volume reflètent le vaste champ de recherche sur ce livre biblique. Elles touchent à la manière dont le Lévitique apparaît dans les témoins textuels, notamment les manuscrits de la Mer Morte, le Texte Massorétique, le Pentateuque Samaritain et la Septante. Elles abordent également les défis de son édition hébraïque, ses relations avec d’autres livres comme Josué, Luc-Actes et Flavius Josèphe et enfin les enjeux de sa traduction française.

This book is published open access. It can be downloaded here.

And see Open Access Monograph Series: Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis

Archiv für Orientforschung: Register

Archiv für Orientforschung: Register

Seit Band 25 (1974-1977) bietet das Archiv für Orientforschung in fast jedem  Band unter dem Titel "Register Assyriologie" eine Bibliographie der neu erschienenen assyriologischen Fachliteratur und einen Index dazu, aufgeschlüsselt nach behandelten Realien, akkadischen und sumerischen Wörtern und Texten und Textstellen. Mittelfristig ist an eine Zusammenfassung des bisher publizierten Materials und eine Veröffentlichung in elektronischer Form gedacht.

Wir möchten an dieser Stelle alle Kolleginnen und Kollegen bitten, uns von an entlegenerer Stelle publizierten Arbeiten Sonderdrucke zukommen zu lassen, da uns angesichts des großen Zeitaufwandes, der mit der Kompilation des Registers verbunden ist, umfangreiche bibliographische Recherchen nicht möglich sind.

 Abkürzungsverzeichnis des Registers

Monday, October 26, 2020

Assyrian Archive

Assyrian Archive

First of all, a big thank you to all of the supporters of Assyrian Archive on Twitter and Instagram! Your likes, retweets, and thank you DM’s have encouraged me to turn this small side-project into something much larger. The support I’ve received from Assyrians all over diaspora and across four different languages, has been really inspiring. A special thank you to those individuals from France, Russia, Belgium, and Brazil who reached out and sent me old photos of their families and villages. The Assyrians who live in these countries have their origins in towns and villages that are often overlooked during discussions about Assyrian history in the English-speaking part of the world. Rest assured that the stories from those photos will be told.

What began as a simple quest to learn more about my grandmother’s childhood in the 1930s ended up as a mission of discovery as I could not stop finding books about the near-fanciful livelihood of Assyrians from the 1800s in the mountains and valleys of Hakkari. With an ever-growing list of old and out-of-print books to read, it occurred to me to create a list to keep track. But the rate at which I was finding these books surpassed the rate at which I could read them. And so, what began primarily as an interest in family history morphed into a project of collection, collation, and contextualization.

New Open Access Journal: E-Strata Newsletters

E-Strata Newsletters

Welcome to the a new Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society new initiative – the E-Strata Newsletter.

In its pages, you’ll find a fascinating mix of information, including archaeological news, interviews with archaeologists, reports on recent publications and links to useful online resources. Something for everyone!

A great deal of time and planning has gone into putting this together and we gratefully thank our Honorary Secretary, Dr Sean Kingsley, for designing and editing E-Strata.

AIAS members get special, early-bird access to E-Strata, which is emailed out at the time of publication.

E-Strata issue 01, 2020

E-Strata issue 02, 2020

See AWOL's full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies




Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Library of Digital Latin Texts

The Library of Digital Latin Texts

"Biblioteca medicea laurenziana interno 01" by I, Sailko. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons -

Anyone with access to a networked computer and some knowledge of Latin can publish texts on the Internet, in the sense of making a text publicly available, but many Latin texts currently online lack a critical apparatus, the hallmark of a reliable, scholarly edition. Those that do have a critical apparatus usually lack the backing of a scholarly publisher and the legitimation that comes from review by one’s peers.

Although editorial practices differ among scholars working on classical, medieval, and humanist texts, our user studies have demonstrated that there is general agreement that a viable digital format specifically for critical editions and commentaries of Latin texts, combined with a legitimate forum in which to publish them, would advance the field of Latin studies.

Accordingly, the mission of the DLL's Library of Digital Latin Texts is to provide standards, practices, and policies for creating, publishing, and working with born-digital critical editions of Latin texts from all eras.

About the LDLT

The Library of Digital Latin Texts is published by the DLL on behalf of the following learned societies:

Under this partnership, the DLL maintains the platform, infrastructure, and encoding guidelines for the series; the organizations listed above oversee the process of receiving proposals for new editions, submitting them for peer review, and making decisions regarding publication.

LDLT editions are published as databases encoded in Extensible Markup Language (XML) according to the Guidelines for Encoding Critical Editions for the Library of Digital Latin Texts. The LDLT's encoding guidelines are a customization of the guidelines published and maintained by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).

The platform for publication of the official, canonical version of an LDLT edition is a version-controlled code repository. Editions are published on an open basis so that the data will be freely available for reuse.

Recognizing the fact that some editors will not want to learn XML just to publish their editions in the LDLT, we are developing procedures for automating most, if not all of the tasks related to encoding. The goal is to allow editors focus on the task of editing. They might need to consult with DLL staff regarding the encoding of unique characteristics of their texts, but otherwise preparing an LDLT edition should be similar to preparing one for a traditional series in print.

Read more about the concept of an edition as data in this section on textual criticism and this blog post about the LDLT.

The LDLT Reading Room

Although XML documents are supposed to be human-readable, most readers will not want to experience LDLT editions in that format. That is why the DLL maintains the official LDLT Reading Room, an online application that makes editions available in a familiar, interactive web interface. The LDLT Reading Room includes the following features:

  • Integration with Alpheios Reading Tools for morphological and lexical analysis at the click of a button;
  • Interactive critical apparatus, allowing reader to evaluate variant readings in situ;
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The Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogues Website

 [First posted in AWOL 7 February 2016, updated 24 October 2016]

 The Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogues Website 

The main goal of the The Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogues website is to display the world of synagogues from the Land of Israel for the scholar, student and layperson.  This website provides information such as bibliographical references, geographical location, photos, plans and brief descriptions of ancient synagogues from the Roman and Byzantine periods in the Land of Israel.  It also presents information on selected historically significant synagogues from the Middle Ages through the beginning of the 20th century.  This site will be constantly updated including the latest relevant research news and scholarly works. A search of bibliographical references is currently in preparation.

Public structures in the Land of Israel dating as early as the beginning of the 1st century BCE have been identified by excavators, surveyors and researchers as synagogues. This region contains the largest concentration of identified ancient synagogues in the world.  The number of identified ancient synagogues reaches a peak in the Roman and Byzantine periods, mainly from the 3rd through 7th centuries CE, and decreases during the 7th through 10th centuries with the collapse of the Jewish population. From the Middle Ages to the early modern period, the size of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel was relatively limited, and usually perceived as secondary to the major thriving Jewish communities in the diaspora. The relatively few synagogues, which were established and functioned in the Land of Israel during this period, had a significant social and spiritual status. From the beginning of modern times, the number of synagogues serving the different Jewish communities grew gradually to over 500 by 1948, and were diverse in terms of their appearance, social significance and liturgical nature.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Open Access Journal: Египет и сопредельные страны - Egypt and Neighbouring Countries

Египет и сопредельные страны - Egypt and Neighbouring Countries
ISSN: 2686-9276
"Egypt and Neighbouring Countries" is an online peer-reviewed quarterly academic journal founded in 2016 and since then published by the Centre for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (CES RAS). The journal has open access policy.

The journal aims at presenting interdisciplinary research on the history, archaeology, languages, and culture of Ancient and Medieval Egypt, as well as of the countries of the Middle East and the Mediterranean in the context of their interaction with Egypt.

We welcome articles and shorter notes, including but not limited to: research articles, reports of expeditions and other fieldwork; publications of written sources and material objects; surveys of museum and private collections; papers concerned with the restoration of historical and cultural objects and the preservation of historical and cultural heritage; reviews of academic literature; obituaries; and reports of academic conferences, workshops, and other events.

The journal publishes annual reports of the scientific activities of CES RAS. It is targeted at researchers, students, as well as members of general public interested in the history of the Ancient World and the Middle Ages.

The journal is non-commercial, and all publications are accepted on non-commercial basis, free of charge. Full-text versions of the articles are available on the journal's website.
«Египет и сопредельные страны / Egypt and Neighbouring Countries» – электронный рецензируемый научный журнал, учрежденный и издаваемый Центром египтологических исследований РАН с 2016 г. Издание имеет междисциплинарный характер и предназначено для публикации оригинальных исследовательских статей, посвященных проблемам истории, языков и культуры Древнего и средневекового Египта, а также стран Ближнего Востока и Средиземноморья в контексте их взаимодействия с Египтом в различные исторические эпохи.

Журнал также открыт для публикации научных отчетов археологических, эпиграфических и других экспедиций; письменных и материальных источников; обзоров музейных и частных коллекций; материалов, связанных с вопросами реставрации памятников истории и культуры и сохранения историко-культурного наследия; рецензий на научную литературу; информации о научных событиях. Кроме того, в журнале публикуются ежегодные отчеты о научной деятельности ЦЕИ РАН. В состав целевой аудитории журнала входят профессиональные исследователи, аспиранты и студенты вузов, а также все интересующиеся историей Древнего мира и средневекового Ближнего Востока.

Журнал выходит четыре раза в год. Как некоммерческое научное издание, он предполагает публикацию рукописей исключительно на некоммерческой основе. Полнотекстовые версии статей представлены в свободном доступе на сайте журнала.

Издание входит в БД «Российский индекс цитирования» (РИНЦ).

Ниже представлены Свидетельство о регистрации средства массовой информации и Положение о научном рецензируемом электронном журнале «Египет и сопредельные страны / Egypt and Neighbouring Countries», всесторонне регламентирующее функционирование данного издания.

A. A. Belov
Istoriia razvitiia parusnoi osnastki drevneegipetskikh korablei s nachala dodinasticheskogo perioda (ok. 5300 g. do n. e.) do nachala epokhi Drevnego tsarstva (2686 g. do n. e.) [Evolution of rigging of Ancient Egyptian ships from the beginning of the Predynastic period (c. 5300 BC) to the beginning of the Old Kingdom (2686 BC)] — P. 1–22
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V. P. Golikov
Sinii tsvet v Egipte [The blue colour in Egypt] — P. 23–31
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I. Yu. Miroshnikov, E. Yu. Chepel, Ya. A. Shavrin
Papirusy iz sobraniia Muzeia istorii Permskogo universiteta: predvaritel'nye rezul'taty izucheniia [The papyrus collection of Perm State University: an overview and prospects for future research] — P. 32–44
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O. V. Orfinskaya
Tekstil'nye tekhnologii Egipta: syr'evaia baza [Raw materials in Egyptian textile industry] — P. 45–68
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V. I. Yarmolovich
Okruglye svetloglinianye gorshki VI–IV vv. do n. e. iz Memfisa (Egipet): morfologiia, datirovka i areal [Rounded pots of 6th–4th c. BCE from Memphis (Egypt): morphology, dating and distribution] — P. 69–93
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Terrakotten aus Pergamon: Tonfiguren und -objekte aus der Wohnstadt am Südhang der Akropolis und von weiteren Fundorten

Terrakotten aus Pergamon: Tonfiguren und -objekte aus der Wohnstadt am Südhang der Akropolis und von weiteren Fundorten

Sven Kielau 
Titelbild für Terrakotten aus Pergamon: Tonfiguren und -objekte aus der Wohnstadt am Südhang der Akropolis und von weiteren Fundorten

Über dieses Buch

Dieses Buch liegt in zwei Teilen vor: Textteil und digitales Supplement.

In den Jahren 1973–1993 wurden im Rahmen der Stadtgrabung in der Wohnstadt Pergamons auch rund 5.400 Terrakottafragmente ausgegraben, die in der Mehrzahl vermutlich als Hausinventar gedient haben und überwiegend aus der hellenistischen Epoche und der römischen Kaiserzeit stammen. 1030 thematisch äußerst vielfältige Stücke wurden für den Katalog dieser Arbeit ausgewählt. Für die Einordnung der nun komplett und ausführlich vorgelegten Stadtgrabungsterrakotten wurden viele ältere und neuere Terrakotten aus anderen Grabungen in Pergamon in die Betrachtungen einbezogen. So enthält der Band eine Übersicht über die Themen und Kontexte der bekannten pergamenischen Terrakotten. Um auf Vergleichen basierende Datierungsvorschläge nachvollziehbar zu machen, wurde ein chronologischer Apparat erstellt. Die in der Stadtgrabung gefundenen Terrakotten sind Ausdruck einer regen städtischen Produktion und Nachfrage. Die Göttermutter (Kybele) ist die am häufigsten abgebildete Gottheit, gefolgt von Aphrodite- und Erosdarstellungen und Bildern des dionysischen Themenkreises (Dionysos & Thiasos, Schauspieler, Theatermasken). Wichtige Gottheiten wie Asklepios und Athena, denen die größten und bedeutendsten Heiligtümer in der Stadt geweiht waren, waren in der wohnstädtischen Koroplastik (und darüber hinaus) ein auffällig nachrangiges Thema. Insgesamt überwiegen die Darstellungen von Frauen, Männerfiguren waren viel seltener. Unter den Tonobjekten bilden die Protomai verschleierter Frauen und größere und kleinere dionysische Maskenobjekte markante Gruppen. Für die Terrakotten der Stadtgrabung konnte eine
Reihe von Vergleichsstücken aus anderen Regionen ermittelt werden, von Myrina über Athen bis Unteritalien. Besonderes Augenmerk liegt in diesem Buch auf den überaus engen Verbindungen zur Sepulkralkoroplastik Myrinas.


  • Vorwort des Herausgebers
  • Vorwort und Danksagung
  • 1 Abkürzungsverzeichnis
    Literatur – Eigene und pergamonspezifische Abkürzungen
  • 2 Einleitung
    Material und Arbeitsmethode – Der archäologische Kontext – Andere Terrakotten aus der Stadtgrabung
  • 3 Andere Terrakotten aus Pergamon und der näheren Umgebung
    Vorbemerkung – Terrakotten aus Wohnhäusern? – Terrakotten aus Heiligtümern – Terrakotten aus Gräbern – Terrakotten aus diversen bzw. unklaren Kontexten – Terrakotten mit der Fundortangabe »Pergamon« in Sammlungen und Museen
  • 4 Chronologischer Apparat
    Einleitung – Chronologie pergamenischer Koroplastik: Fixpunkte und Hinweise – Chronologie verwandter Koroplastik und anderer Kleinkunst: ausgewählte Fixpunkte und Hinweise – Römisch-kaiserzeitliche Frisuren
  • 5 Thematische und typologische Diskussion
    Einleitung und Überblick – Göttermutter (Kybele) 1–45 – Aphrodite bzw. weibliche Figuren, wenig oder nicht bekleidet 46–81 – Artemis: jugendliche Jägerin mit Fackel 82–91 – Athena 92–99 – Ariadne, Mänade und Verwandtes (weiblicher Thiasos) 100–106 – ...
  • 6 Zusammenfassungen
    Technische Beobachtungen – Matrizengleiche Stücke, Serien, Werkstätten – Beziehungen der pergamenischen Koroplastik zur Koroplastik anderer Städte – Weitere Ergebnisse
  • 7 Katalog 1–1030
  • Indices
  • Abbildungsnachweis
  • Summary of the results from the discussion of types and themes
  • Türkçe Özet
  • Tafeln