Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

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Well-known in science fiction for tomb-raiding and mummy-wrangling, the archaeologist has been a rich source for imagining ‘strange new worlds’ from ‘strange old worlds.’ But more than a well-spring for SF scenarios, the genre’s archaeological imaginary invites us to consider the ideological implications of digging up the past buried in the future. A cultural study of an array of very popular, though often critically-neglected, North American SF film and television texts–running the gamut of telefilms, pseudo-documentaries, teen serial drama and Hollywood blockbusters–Excavating the Future explores the popular archaeological imagination and the political uses to which it is being employed by the U.S. state and its adversaries. By treating SF texts as documents of archaeological experience circulating within and between scientific and popular culture communities and media, Excavating the Future develops critical strategies for analyzing SF film and television’s critical and adaptive responses to post 9/11 geopolitical concerns about the war on terror, homeland security, the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq, and the ongoing fight against ISIS.

A cultural study of an array of popular North American science fiction film and television texts, Excavating the Future explores the popular archaeological imagination and the political uses to which it is being employed by the U.S. state and its adversaries.

Published on247 pages28 imagesISBN:9781786941190 (Hardcover) |eISBN:9781786948731 (PDF)

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Battling Babylon
Chapter 1: Manticore
Chapter 2: Stargate SG-1
Chapter 3: Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen Part 2: Of Artifacts and Ancient Aliens
Chapter 4: Ancient Aliens
Chapter 5: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Chapter 6: Smallville Part 3: Cyborg Sites
Chapter 7: Battlestar Galactica
Chapter 8: Prometheus Envoy Works Cited

(u)Mzantsi Classics: Dialogues in Decolonisation from Southern Africa

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An Open Access edition of this book will be available on publication on the Liverpool University Press and African Minds websites

Though Greco-Roman antiquity (‘classics’) has often been considered the handmaid of colonialism, its various forms have nonetheless endured through many of the continent’s decolonising transitions. Southern Africa is no exception. This book canvasses the variety of forms classics has taken in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and especially South Africa, and even the dynamics of transformation itself. How does (u)Mzantsi classics (of southern Africa) look in an era of profound change, whether violent or otherwise? What are its future prospects? Contributors focus on pedagogies, historical consciousness, the creative arts and popular culture. The volume, in its overall shape, responds to the idea of dialogue – in both the Greek form associated with Plato’s rendition of Socrates’ wisdom and in the African concept of ubuntu. Here are dialogues between scholars, both emerging and established, as well as students – some of whom were directly impacted by the Fallist protests of the late 20-teens. Rather than offering an apologia for classics, these dialogues engage with pressing questions of relevance, identity, change, the canon, and the dynamics of decolonisation and potential recolonisation. The goal is to interrogate classics – the ways it has been taught, studied, perceived, transformed and even lived – from many points of view.

Published on272 pagesISBN:9781802077469 (Paperback) |eISBN:9781802079135 (PDF)

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1 Nothing about us? Reflections on classics in southern Africa (Samantha Masters, Imkhitha Nzungu and Grant Parker)
2 Classical imagery and policing the African body (Ian Glenn)
3 Classics and colonial administration in Southern Rhodesia (Obert Mlambo and John Douglas McClymont)
4 Conversation with Christiaan Bronkhorst
5 Classics for the third millennium: African options after The Fall (Jo-Marie Claassen)
6 The liberatory potential of Latin studies: Stellenbosch University’s Latin Project (Reshard Kolabhai and Shani Viljoen)
7 Conversation with Chanté Bhugwanth
8 Responses to crisis: Cicero in Zimbabwe (Madhlozi Moyo)
9 Rethinking the commemorative landscape in South Africa after The Fall: A pedagogical case study (Samantha Masters)
10 Conversation with Amy Daniels
11 African port cities and the classics (Carla Bocchetti)
12 ‘Wilder than Polyphemus’: Towards a tragic poetics of the post-colonial consumption of symbols (David van Schoor)
13 Conversation with Nuraan Essop
14 Ovid in the time of statues (Grant Parker)

Open Access Journal: Bulletin d’Archéologie Algérienne

Le Centre National de Recherche en Archéologie a été crée par décret exécutif le 22 décembre 2005. C’est un établissement public à caractère scientifique et technologique (EPST) sous la tutelle du ministère de la culture. Le CNRA a pour mission d’entreprendre des recherches et des études en archéologie et d’exploiter les différents résultats qui en découlent. Il participe également à des opérations d’archéologie préventive. developed by: CNRA

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Greek Tragedy and Modernist Performance: Hellenism as Theatricality

Greek Tragedy and Modernist Performance

Examines the centrality of Greek tragedy for modernist performance

  • Examines the centrality of Greek tragedy for modernist performance
  • Analyses how Hellenism becomes a mode of theatricality
  • Looks at the interface between theatricality and performativity
  • Revises the fraught relationships between tradition and innovation within modernism more generally
  • Examines modernist acting theories and the ways they engage with classical theories of acting
  • Examines modernist theories of puppetry and how they re-write classical theories of puppetry
  • Reads the modernist encounter with Geek tragedy as a re-staging of the ancient quarrel
  • Proposes a modernist aesthetic of Greek tragedy based on Hellenism as theatricality, that radically revises the philosophical discourses of tragedy so central for the project modernity from German Idealism onwards
  • This modernist approach to Greek tragedy is read as parallel to the development of Performance Studies and Reception Studies, contributing to a more experimental, open and democratic view of the classics and their contemporary relevance

This book examines the ways the encounters between modernist theatre makers and Greek tragedy were constitutive in the modernist experiments in performance. Through a series of events / instances / poses that engage visual, literary and performing arts, the modernist love/hate relationship with classical Greek tragedy is read as contributing to a modernist notion of theatricality, one that follows a double motion, revising both our understanding of Greek tragedy and of modernism itself. Isadora Duncan, Edward Gordon Craig, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, H. D, and Bertolt Brecht and their various, sometimes successful sometimes failed experiments in creating a modernist aesthetic in performing, dancing, translating, designing Greek tragedies, sometimes for the stage and sometimes for the page, are presented as radical experiments in and gestures towards the autonomy of performance. In the process the artists of the theatre themselves – the actor, the designer, the director, the playwright – are reconfigured and given a lineage and genealogy, through this modernist revision of tragedy and the tragic not as as a philosophical or philological tradition, but as a performance practice.

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  1. Introduction: ‘What’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba?’
  2. Isadora Duncan, Edward Gordon Craig and the Dream of an Impossible Theatre
  3. Poetic Drama: Theatricality, Performability and Translation
  4. H. D.: Feet, Hands and Hieroglyphs
  5. Epic, Tragic, Dramatic Theatre and the Brechtian Project
  6. Afterword: (No) More Masterpieces



Monday, February 27, 2023

Digging up the Bible? The Excavations at Tell Deir Alla, Jordan (1960-1967)

Margreet L. Steiner & Bart Wagemakers

This is the account of a remarkable excavation. It started with a modest dig on an unremarkable tell in Jordan. The name of the tell does not occur in the Bible, and no ancient town of any importance was to be expected under the rubble. The excavator Henk Franken had not yet made a name for himself within the archaeological community.

And yet, from 1960 onwards history was being (re)written at Tell Deir Alla. To discover the secrets of the tell, the expedition team defied cold, rain and stormy winds for months on end, sleeping in rattling tents and working long days on the tell and in the camp. And with success! A meticulous yet efficient excavation method was introduced, the already tenuous relationship between Bible and archaeology was further exacerbated, and the study of excavated pottery was given a scientific basis. The name Deir Alla became an international benchmark for modern scientific research, for prompt publication of the remarkable finds and for independent interpretation of the excavation results.

The story of the excavations at Tell Deir Alla in the 1960s have never been told in any detail, and the excavation results have mostly been published in scholarly books and journals which are difficult to access. This book hopes to remedy that. It recounts the story of the first ten years of the project, from 1959 when funding for the project was sought, until 1969 when the first report was published. The first section describes the organization of the project before the expedition team went out into the field. The second part takes the reader to the actual field work and describes the occupation history of the tell. The story is illustrated by numerous photographs and plans, many of which are being published for the first time.

Ook verkrijgbaar in het Nederlands: We graven hier niet de bijbel op!

Paperback ISBN: 9789088908736 | Hardback ISBN: 9789088908743 | Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 182x257mm | 156 pp. | Language: English | 85 illus. (bw) | 30 illus. (fc) | Keywords: ancient Near East, tell excavations, Jordan, Henk Franken, Deir Alla 


Chapter 1. Excavating in Jordan
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The East Jordan Valley
Tell Deir Alla
The tent camp

Chapter 2. From theologian to archaeologist
From theologian to archaeologist
Tell es-Sultan: a source of archaeological inspiration
From Tell es-Sultan to Tell Deir Alla
Sailing his own course…

Chapter 3. This is how you organise a dig!
Start of the organisation in the homeland
The organisation in Jordan

Chapter 4. The pickaxe hits the soil
1960 – Start of the expedition
1961 – A difficult but successful excavation season
1962 – An intermediate season
1964 – Excavation of the temple
1967 – A new start

Chapter 5. The story of the inhabitants
Farmers in the Chalcolithic period
Trade in the Middle Bronze Age
Life around the Late Bronze Age temple
Bronze smiths in the Early Iron Age
A village on the crossroads
Mourning on the tell





Gender Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies

Edited by Julia Katharina Koch & Wiebke Kirleis

In which chronological, spatial, and social contexts is gender a relevant social category that is noticeable in the archaeological material? How can transformations in social gender relations and identity be recognized archaeologically? Is the identity of prehistoric people defined by gender? If so, what is the accompanying cultural context? What about gender equality among the scientists working in archaeology? In what degree are research teams, as well as their scientific approaches, biased today?

These and other burning questions are intensively discussed in this volume, which comprises 25 contributions presented at the international workshop ‘Gender Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies’, organised by the Collaborative Research Centre 1266 of Kiel University funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The workshop offered a platform to discuss a broad range of approaches on the inter-dependencies between gender relations and socio-environmental transformation processes.
Beyond a focus on the archaeology of women, gender archaeology offers a variety of possibilities to reconstruct the contribution of social groups differentiated e.g. by age, gender, and activities related to cultural transformation, based on the archaeological material. Thus, this volume includes papers dealing with different socio-economic units, from south-western Europe to Central Asia, between 15,000 and 1 BCE, paying particular attention to the scale of social reach. Since gender archaeology, and in particular feminist archaeology, also addresses the issue of scientific objectivity or bias, parts of this volume are dedicated to equal opportunity matters in archaeological academia across the globe. This is realised by bringing together feminist and female experiences from a range of countries, each with its own specific individual, cultural, and social perspectives and traditions.

The papers are organised along three central topics: ‘Gendering fieldwork’, ‘Tracing gender transformations’, and ‘Gendering and shaping the environment’. By gendering the archaeological discussion on transformation processes, the contributions aim to more firmly embed gender-sensitive research in the archaeological agenda, not just in Europe, but world-wide.

Paperback ISBN: 9789088908217 | Hardback ISBN: 9789088908224 | Imprint: Sidestone Press Academics | Format: 210x280mm | 502 pp. | Scales of Transformation 06 | Series: Scales of Transformation | Language: English | 114 illus. (bw) | 58 illus. (fc) | Keywords: academic fieldwork; gender archaeology; social archaeology; environmental archaeology; history of archaeology; Mesolithic; Neolithic; Bronze Age; Iron Age; Europe; South-west Asia; Central Asia 

Preface of the editors
Wiebke Kirleis and Johannes Müller

Julia Katharina Koch and Wiebke Kirleis

1. Gendering Fieldwork

Matters of gender in a prominent excavation by the German Archaeological Institute: Fieldwork and gender in the Kerameikos in Athens
Jutta Stroszeck

Women in the field: Preliminary insights from images of archaeology in Portugal in the 1960s and the 1970s. A first essay
Ana Cristina Martins

Gendered and diversified fieldwork classes in prehistoric archaeology? An examination of and a perspective on Bachelor study programs of German universities
Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann

‘Fieldwork is not the proper preserve of a lady’: Gendered images of archaeologists from textbooks to social media
Jana Esther Fries

2. Tracing gender transformations
2.1. In methodology

What is gender transformation, where does it take place and why? Reflections from archaeology
Marie Louise Stig Sørensen

Osteology defines sex and archaeology defines gender? Insights from physical anthropology
Johanna Kranzbühler

Gender in Linearbandkeramik research: Traditional approaches and new avenues
Nils Müller-Scheeßel

2.2. In burials

Changing gender perception from the Mesolithic to the beginning of the Middle Neolithic
Daniela Nordholz

Making the invisible visible: Expressing gender in mortuary practices in north-eastern Hungary in the 5th millennium BCE
Alexandra Anders and Emese Gyöngyvér Nagy

Copper Age transformations in gender identities
Jan Turek

Gender symbolism in female graves of the Bronze Age evidenced by the materials from the Lisakovsk burial complex of the Andronovo cultural horizon
Emma R. Usmanova and Marina K. Lachkova

Male gender identity during the Ural Bronze Age: On the way down?
Natalie Berseneva

Transformations in a woman’s life in prehistoric and archaic societies of the Scythians and the Kalmyks
Maria Ochir-Goryaeva

Tracing gender in funerary data: The case study of elite graves in the North-Alpine complex (Late Bronze Age to La Tène B)
Caroline Tremeaud

2.3. In cultural landscapes

Social manipulation of gender identities in Early Iron Age Latium Vetus (Italy)
Ilona Venderbos

Time- and space-related genders and changing social roles: A case study from Archaic southern Italy
Christian Heitz

2.4. In ritual and art

‘Shaman’ burials in prehistoric Europe: Gendered images?
Nataliia Mykhailova

Part-time females and full-time specialists? Identifying gender roles in ritual behaviour and archaeological remains
Andy Reymann

Beyond gender: Approaches to anthropomorphic imagery in prehistoric central Anatolia
Aysel Arslan

Art and gender: The case study of enamelling in continental Europe (4th-3rd century BCE)
Virginie Defente

3. Gendering and shaping the environment

Gender and the environment
Julia K. Koch and Oliver Nakoinz

The gender division of labour during the proto-Elamite period in late 4th millennium Iran
Rouhollah Yousefi Zoshk, Saeed Baghizadeh and Donya Etemadifar

Labour organisation between horticulture and agriculture: Two separate worlds?
Wiebke Kirleis

Change and continuity: Gender and flint knapping activities during the Neolithic in the Paris basin
Anne Augereau

The construction of space and gender in prehistory: An approach to the Chalcolithic walled enclosures of Iberia?
Ana M. Vale





Open Access Journal: Bulletin d’Archéologie Marocaine (BAM)

E-ISSN : 2820-6908 
ISSN Print : 0068-4015
Le Bulletin d’Archéologie Marocaine (BAM) est une revue annuelle spécialisée en archéologie et en sciences du patrimoine, y compris l’archéométrie et l’anthropologie. Publiée à partir de 1956 par le Service des Antiquités, elle passe sous la coupole de l’Institut national des sciences de l’archéologie et du patrimoine en 1987.
Le BAM comprend les rubriques suivantes : articles, notes, documents, chroniques de fouilles et comptes rendus d’ouvrages. Les contributions sont rédigées en arabe, en français, en anglais ou en espagnol.
Le BAM est une revue gratuite et en libre accès depuis 2020.

Vol. 27 (2022)


Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer


Rosalia Gallotti, Abderrahim Mohib, David Lefèvre, Jean-Paul Raynal
Robert Sala-Ramos, Hassan Aouraghe, Hamid Haddoumi, Juan-Ignacio Morales, Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo, Carlos Tornero, Aïcha Oujaa, María Soto, Mourad Farkouch, El Mahdi Aissa, Abderrahmane El Atmani, Mathieu Duval, Lee Arnold, Martina Demuro, Hugues-Alexandre Blain, Pedro Piñero, Florent Rivals, Francesc Burjachs, Andoni Tarriño, Claudia Álvarez-Posada, Mohamed Souhir, Palmira Saladié, Sila Pla-Pueyo, Juan Cruz Larrasoaña, Steffen Mischke, Juan Marín, Elena Moreno-Ribas, Arturo De Lombera-Hermida, Raül Bartrolí, Diego Lombao, Gala García-Argudo, Iván Ramírez, Celia Díez-Canseco, Sonja Tomasso, Isabel Expósito, Ethel Allué, Noureddine Hajji, Hicham Mhamdi, Hind Rhosne, Ángel Carrancho, Juan José Villalaín, Jan van der Made, Antoni Canals, Alfonso Benito-Calvo, Jordi Agustí, Josep María Parés, M. Gema Chacón
Saïd Hinaje, Lahcen Gourari
Marcel Otte
Yasmina Chaïd Saoudi, Kahina Roumane-Amri, Abdelkader Chaïd, Thomas Perrin, Walid Azzoug, Badredine Sitouah, Saïda Kasri, Sylia Sehila, Mustapha Meghraoui
Lenka Varadzinová, Ladislav Varadzin, Petra Brukner Havelková, Isabelle Crevecoeur, Elena A. A. Garcea
Sergio Almisas Cruz, Mohamed Souhir, Hassan Aouraghe
Yasmina Damouche, Hayette Berkani, Iddir Amara
Jean-Loïc Le Quellec
Michel Barbaza, Mohssine El Graoui
Yves Gauthier
Laurent Auclair, Abdelhadi Ewague, Benoît Hoarau
Samia Ait Ali Yahia
Matilde Arnay, Jared Carballo, Efraín Marrero, Alejandra C. Ordóñez, Rosa Fregel, Paloma Vidal, Hacomar Ruiz, Ithaisa Abreu, Sergio Pou, Jacob Morales, Carlos García, Alberto Lacave, Elías Sánchez, Emilio González
Ramón Cebrián-Guimerá, Mª del Carmen del-Arco-Aguilar, Mercedes del-Arco-Aguilar
Hanen Dagdoug, Mohamed Raouf Karray, Eric Fouache
Wafa Ben Dhia-Belhouchet
Charles N´zi Dibié
Inga Merkyte, Søren Albek



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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Open Access Journal: Κριτικές Μελέτες για την Πολιτιστική Κληρονομιά - Critical Studies in Cultural Heritage

ISSN: 2944-9839
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Οι Κριτικές Μελέτες για την Πολιτιστική Κληρονομιά είναι διεπιστημονικό περιοδικό ανοιχτής πρόσβασης με αξιολόγηση και απευθύνεται σε ερευνητές και επαγγελματίες της διαχείρισης της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς.

Στόχος του περιοδικού είναι η δημοσίευση πρωτότυπων μελετών από το ευρύτερο πεδίο των σπουδών στην πολιτιστική κληρονομιά. Οι Μελέτες ενθαρρύνουν τον διάλογο σχετικά με το περιεχόμενο (εντοπισμός, ταύτιση, ερμηνεία, αξιολόγηση νοηματοδότηση κ.ά.) αλλά και το πλαίσιο (νομοθεσία, διοίκηση, οικονομία, τοπικές κοινωνίες, τόπος, χώρος, μνήμη, ταυτότητα, τοπία κ.ά.) της διαχείρισης της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς στη θεωρία και την πράξη.

Critical Studies in Cultural Heritage is an interdisciplinary peer reviewed and open access journal addressed to researchers and professionals in cultural heritage management.

The aim of the journal is to publish original research from the broad spectrum of studies in cultural heritage. CSCH encourage conversations regarding the content (location, identification, interpretation, values assessment, meaning etc.) but also the context (legislation, management, economics, local communities, location, space, memory, identity, landscapes etc.) of cultural heritage management in theory and in practice.




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AMAR Migration

"These digital collections of cultural heritage are currently undergoing changes. All resources are now available in our new repository platform under the collection title, “CDM Migration.” Check the Libraries' digital projects page for the most up-to-date information"

AMAR is mgrating to Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Reports (AMAR) [586]


Saturday, February 25, 2023

Open Access Journal: Euphrosyne: Journal for Classical Philology

Print ISSN: 0870-0133  
Online ISSN: 2736-3082

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Open Access Journal: Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin

[First posted in AWOL 26 June 2017, updated  25 February 2023]

Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin
ISSN: 2410-0951
The Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin (ISSN 2410-0951, since 2015) has succeeded the Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Newsletter as the main organ of the European network in Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies.
It is a peer-reviewed international journal, published on-line (under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license) and on paper as print-on-demand.
It is dedicated to the vast variety of issues concerned with the research into the oriental manuscript traditions, from instrumental analysis, to codicology and palaeography, to critical text editing, to manuscript preservation, to the application of digital tools to manuscript research. The geographical focus is the Mediterranean Near East, with its wide array of language traditions including, though not limiting to, Arabic, Armenian, Avestan, Caucasian Albanian, Christian Palestinian Aramaic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Slavonic, Syriac, and Turkish.

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Christian Oriental Colophons: towards a Structural Analysis, ed. Paola Buzi

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Articles and notes

Research projects

Conference reports

  • pp. 257-259Recipes and Recipe Books Across Manuscript Culture, Hamburg (online), 12–13 April 2021 (Red.) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11544
  • pp. 260-261Editing the Greek Psalter, Göttingen, 1–3 December 2021 (Red.) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11546
  • pp. 262-263Scribal Identity and Agency: Scribes at Ugarit and Ancient Rome, Medieval Christianity and Islam, Monasticism in Ethiopia and Tibet, Oxford (online), 16–17 December 2021 (Red.) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11548
  • pp. 264-270New Light from the East: Linguistic Perspectives on Non-Literary Papyri and Related Sources, Ghent, 2–4 February 2022 (Red.) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11550
  • pp. 271-275Living Bodies of Texts: Organising a Literary Corpus in the Middle Ages. The Corpus Nazianzenum and the Corpus Dionysiacum, Göttingen, 27–29 April 2022 (Red.) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11552
  • pp. 276-278Mixing Languages and Scripts: Material from Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Hamburg, 19–20 May 2022 (Red.) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11554
  • pp. 279-286Bibles and Scholars: a Tribute to Paul Kahle and Gérard Weil, Aix-en-Provence, 9–12 June 2022 (Élodie Attia) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11556
  • pp. 287-289Illuminating the Eastern Christian World: Manuscripts, Illuminators and Scribes, Hamburg, 30 June–1 July 2022 (Red.)
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11558
  • pp. 290-292Middle and Mixed Arabic: A Typology of Genres and Intended Recipients, Bratislava, 20–23 September 2022 (Zuzana Gažáková) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11560
  • pp. 293-295Identifying Models and Copies on the Basis of Material Evidence: At the Intersection Between Manuscript Studies and Philology, Hamburg, 10–11 November 2022 (Red.) 
    DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.11562