Sunday, December 27, 2009

British Internets to be archived

Good news reported in The Guardian:

New legal powers to allow the British Library to archive millions of websites are to be fast-tracked by ministers after the Guardian exposed long delays in introducing the measures.

The culture minister, Margaret Hodge, is pressing for the faster introduction of powers to allow six major libraries to copy every free website based in the UK as part of their efforts to record Britain's cultural, scientific and political history...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Harvard University Library Open Collections Program

[First posted June 8, 2009; I slamic Heritage Project addedDecember 21, 2009]

Through its Open Collections Program, the Harvard University Library is presenting new, virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories. For the study of the ancient world, the Expeditions and Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age provides access to field notes, letters, maps, photographs, and published materials relating to a range of worldwide expeditions from 1626 to 1953.

Archaeological projects in Expeditions and Discoveries are
  • Carnegie Institution/Peabody Museum Expeditions to Kaminaljuyú, Guatemala, 1935–1953
    Between 1935 and 1953, the Carnegie Institution of Washington excavated Kaminaljuyú and established it as one the most significant archaeological Pre-Columbian sites in Mesoamerica. Kaminaljuyú (meaning, in the Quiché language, "Hills of the Dead") grew from an agricultural community (ca. 2500 BCE) in the central highlands of Guatemala to become a large ceremonial site and political Maya capital that flourished until about 800 CE.

  • Harvard Expedition to Samaria, 1908–1910
    Harvard’s Committee on Exploration in the Orient designated the American archaeologist George A. Reisner to direct the University’s expedition to Samaria. With sponsorship from Jacob H. Schiff, the expedition was intended to excavate the site of Samaria (Sebaste), which was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Israel.

    Reisner located remains of the royal palace built by Omri and Ahab during the Israelite period, as well as remnants of buildings constructed during later periods of occupation by Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans. Noteworthy among the artifacts found were ostraca, or pottery fragments, depicting Hebrew-character inscriptions in carbon ink of Biblical names and memoranda of commercial shipments.
Islamic Heritage Project

Through the Islamic Heritage Project (IHP), Harvard University has cataloged, conserved, and digitized hundreds of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections. These rare—and frequently unique—materials are now freely available to Internet users worldwide. IHP is made possible with the generous support of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.

For the IHP, Harvard’s Open Collections Program (OCP) has produced digital copies of over 260 manuscripts, 270 printed texts, and 50 maps, totaling over 145,000 pages—with more items to be added in coming months. Users can search or browse online materials that date from the 13th to the 20th centuries CE and represent many

  • regions, including Saudi Arabia, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and South, Southeast, and Central Asia;
  • languages, primarily Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish; also Urdu, Chagatai, Malay, Gujarati, Indic languages, and several Western languages; and
  • subjects, including religious texts and commentaries; Sufism; history, geography, law, and the sciences (astronomy, astrology, mathematics, medicine); poetry and literature; rhetoric, logic, and philosophy; calligraphy, dictionaries and grammar, as well as biographies and autobiographical works.

Other collections represent botanical and zoological collecting expeditions.

Open Access Journal: e-Keltoi: Journal of Interdisciplinary Celtic Studies

e-Keltoi: Journal of Interdisciplinary Celtic Studies
ISSN: 1540-4889

The Center for Celtic Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee publishes the electronic journal e-Keltoi: Journal of Interdisciplinary Celtic Studies. The journal is an integral part of the Center's mission to promote and disseminate research and communication related to Celtic cultures, past and present, in the academic arena as well as for the general public. Web resources on Celtic Culture that are content-rich, reliable and current are rare, and are very much in demand. The journal provides free access to cutting-edge, peer-reviewed articles solicited to address specific themes from a range of cross-disciplinary and international perspectives. The goal is to make full use of the electronic medium in a way that cannot be equalled by print journals due to cost or formatting constraints: numerous full-color images per article; video and audio clips; links to other sites embedded in the text; etc. The Celtic world is an especially rich source of graphic images, material culture, and oral as well as performative traditions, all of which can be presented especially effectively in an electronic format.
Volume 1: Diaspora (most recent addition: July 9 2009)
Volume 2: Cultural Survival (most recent addition: June 12, 2009)
Volume 3: Gender (accepting submissions)
Volume 4: Nationalism (most recent addition: May 9, 2012)
Volume 5: Warfare (most recent addition: March 13, 2007)
Volume 6: The Celts in the Iberian Peninsula (most recent addition: January 6, 2008)
Volume 7: Cyber Celtic (most recent addition: June 15, 2008)
Volume 8: Religion and Ideology (most recent addition: October 24, 2012)
Book Reviews (most recent addition: November 13, 2012

CDLI Old Assyrian files

Inclusion in CDLI of Old Assyrian files

Members of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, supported in part by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation (project: Creating a Sustainable Digital Cuneiform Library), have collaborated with leading experts in Old Assyrian studies to coordinate the digital capture and web dissemination of Old Assyrian documents held in numerous public and private collections worldwide. These clay tablets, excavated in modern Turkey, record the 20th century BC dealings, personal and professional, of a set of traders from the distant capital city Assur, and have for many decades been at the center of an extended discussion of long-distance trade in the ancient world. In total, more than 4650 transliterations of Old Assyrian records were made available to CDLI by specialists in Old Assyrian research. The conversion of these legacy files to CDLI's ASCII Transliteration Format (ATF) required a substantial effort by project collaborators Jacob Dahl (Oxford), Bob Englund, Marjan Yahyanejad (both UCLA), and Steve Tinney (UPenn). We are acutely aware of the fact that, despite our work, these transliterations still contain a substantial number of errors, both those remaining from original files and those introduced through our automatic and manual text conversion. In particular, irregularly coded text preservation markers resulted, in conversion, in the designation as broken (with brackets [...]) of transliteration that is in fact preserved on the text. Further, the important word separators (small vertical wedges, designated in our files with the forward slash "/") had to be reconstituted after a conversion error, and some number may have been missed in correction. These errors will in time be removed by further collation with the original files, or by exploiting the increased online access to hand copies and to images of original tablets (below). But the now fairly consistent transliterations represent a substantial new set of research tools for specialists as well as for web users with general linguistic interests, and it would make no sense to us to withhold them from general web access due to the caveats we feel we should make to users.

In conjunction with the conversion and processing of transliterations and catalogue entries, CDLI staff and collaborators in Los Angeles, Berlin and Oxford have begun with the processing and posting of image data documenting the corpus. The inclusion in CDLI pages of available published hand copies of texts, and of images of original tablets, facilitates the ongoing transliteration and collation work of collaborators in this project. Line art copies are being processed by UCLA staff, while Jacob Dahl (Oxford) and Mellon postdoctoral associate Christina Tsouparopoulou (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) have imaged some numbers of original tablets. The full Old Assyrian digital files of CDLI (currently ca. 5550 entries) are viewable at, and we have put up a complete text file of available and converted Old Assyrian transliterations, together with sign and word lists, at; we note that Steve Tinney is preparing an updated RTF convertor for ATF files that will produce nicely formatted text processor (RTF) facsimiles of transliterations for use in publications.

Any assistance that AWOL readers can give us in scanning, or merely in gaining access to further Old Assyrian exemplars so that CDLI can perform their digital capture, would be greatly appreciated.

Robert K. Englund, University of California, Los Angeles
Jacob L. Dahl, Oxford University

Friday, December 18, 2009

Open Access Library: InterClassica

InterClassica: Investigación y Difusión del Mundo Griego y Romano Antiguo
InterClassica es un proyecto inaugurado en mayo de 2006. Tiene como fin la divulgación de contenidos correspondientes a distintos ámbitos del mundo Griego y Romano Antiguos. Se encuentra abierto a la colaboración de todo el que esté interesado en estos campos y pretende proporcionar información rigurosa para ser utilizada y compartida sin ningún tipo de obstáculo ni restricción dado que la educación, el conocimiento, la información y la comunicación esenciales para la cultura y el progreso de los seres humanos.
Biblioteca Séneca
Siglo XVI
Siglo XVII
De interés

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Ancient World Content in JSTOR

Multidisciplinary and Discipline-Specific Collections at JSTOR
The following journals have been added to the JSTOR archive. More detailed information about JSTOR titles and collections, along with delimited lists, can be accessed from JSTOR's Available Collections page

Archaeology Ireland (Ireland)
Release Content: Vol. 1, No. 1 (September, 1987) – Vol. 19, No. 4 (Winter, 2005)
Moving Wall: 3 years
Publisher: Wordwell Ltd.
ISSN: 0790-892X
Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society [1970- ] (Ireland)
Previous Title: Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society [1904-1969] (1393-2195)
Release Content: Vol. 1, No. 1 (July, 1904) – Vol. 17, No. 1 (1969); Vol. 17, No. 2 (1970) – Vol. 26, No. 1 (2005)
Moving Wall: 3 years
Publisher: County Louth Archaeological and History Society
ISSN: 0070-1327
Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland [1890- ] (Ireland)
Previous Title: The Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland
Previous Title: The Journal of the Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland
Previous Title: The Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society
Previous Title: Proceedings and Transactions of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society [1854-1855] (0790-6358)
Previous Title: Transactions of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society [1849-1853] (0790-634X)
Release Content: Vol. 1, No. 2 (1850) – Vol. 2, No. 2 (1853); Vol. 3, Nos. 1-2 (1854-1855); New Series, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1856) – New Series, Vol. 6, No. 1 (1867); Third Series, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-2 (1868-1869); Forth Series, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1870) – Forth Series, Vol. 9, No. 81 (October, 1889 – January, 1890); Fifth Series, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1890) – Vol. 133 (2003)
Moving Wall: 5 years
Publisher: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
ISSN: 0035-9106
Note: The content for Vol. 1, No. 1 (1849) will be released as soon as the issue becomes available to JSTOR. [1870-1889/1890] (0790-6382) [1868-1869] (0790-6374) [1856-1867] (0790-6366)

Updates for Current Issues Links

The following Current Issues Links have been added to the JSTOR archive.

Transactions of the American Philological Association (1974) (Arts & Sciences II)
Release Content: Vol. 136, No. 1 (Spring, 2006) - Vol. 139, No. 1 (Spring, 2009)
Moving Wall: 5 years
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 0360-5949

The Ancient World in JSTOR: AWOL's full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Open Access at the American Anthropological Association

AAA Provides Free Access to 85 Years of American Anthropologist and More
As part of our committment to broaden access to anthropological research, AAA is now providing free access to content from American Anthropologist, Anthropology News, Ethos,and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review that published before 1974...
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Monday, December 14, 2009

New Ancient World Content in JSTOR

Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica
Release Content:
Vols. 1966-2003 (No. 1 - New Series Vol. 75)
Moving Wall: 5 years
Publisher: Accademia Editorale
ISSN: 0033-4987

The Ancient World in JSTOR: AWOL's full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

ATLA Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative

ATLA Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative
The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative of the American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools is a repository of digital resources contributed by member libraries. The creation of CDRI was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation; it is now an ongoing ATLA program. The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.
Among the collections are:

Ancient Near East:

Friday, December 11, 2009

Open Access Journal: Diritto@Storia

Diritto@Storia: Rivista Internazionale di Scienza Giuridiche e Tradizione Romano
ISSN 1825-0300

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Open Access Journal: IUS ANTIQUUM

La rivista scientifica russa "IUS ANTIQUUM" pubblica i materiali sul diritto romano e la sua recezione non solo degli studiosi russi, ma anche dei romanisti occidentali ai fini di far conoscere più da vicino ai ricercatori nazionali i progressi della romanistica occidentale.

Le pubblicazioni comuni permettono di stabilire un contatto scientifico più stretto e fruttuoso tra gli studiosi russi e occidentali. Ai fini dell'introduzione nell'uso scientifico della Russia del numero maggiore possibile delle fonti sul diritto romano e sulla sua recezione in ogni numero vengono pubblicate delle opere dei giuristi antichi non tradotte prima.

Si invitano i giuristi e gli storici della Russia e degli altri paesi a inviarci i propri articoli, le recensioni e gli altri materiali per la pubblicazione nella nostra rivista
IUA ANTIQUUM is published by the Seminario di Diritto Romano, Università degli Studi di Sassari, which also publishes the following monographs in open access format:

Francesco Sini

Documenti sacerdotali di Roma antica

I. Libri e commentarii

Sassari, Libreria Dessì Editrice, 1983

pp. 234

6 lobrano2

Giovanni Lobrano

“Uxor quodammodo domina”

Riflessioni su Paul. D. 25.2.1

Sassari 1989

Bellum-1Francesco Sini

Bellum Nefandum. Virgilio e il problema

del “diritto internazionale antico”

Sassari, Libreria Dessì Editrice, 1991

pp. 304

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Open Access Journal: Mirator

ISSN 1457-2362
A multilingual electronic journal devoted to medieval studies

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Aegaeum Online

Some volumes of Aegaeum are available open access:

  • Aegaeum 22 (2001/épuisé) POTNIA. Deities and Religion in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 8th International Aegean Conference / 8e Rencontre égéenne internationale, Göteborg University, 12-15 April 2000, edited by Robert Laffineur and Robin Hägg : 1 volume, 496 pages, 108 planches hors-texte.
  • Aegaeum 18 (1998 / épuisé) Eric H. CLINE and Diane HARRIS-CLINE (eds), The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium, Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Symposium, Cincinnati, 18-20 April 1997, 1 volume, 363 pages, 33 planches hors-texte.
  • Aegaeum 12 (1995) POLITEIA. Society and State in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 5th International Aegean Conference / 5e Rencontre égéenne internationale, University of Heidelberg, Archäologisches Institut, 10-13 April 1994, edited by Robert Laffineur and Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier : 2 volumes, 674 pages, 75 planches hors texte.
  • Aegaeum 7 (1991) THALASSA. L'Egée préhistorique et la mer. Actes de la 3e Rencontre égéenne internationale de l'Université de Liège, Station de recherches sous-marines et océanographiques, Calvi, Corse, 23-25 avril 1990, édités par Robert Laffineur et Lucien Basch : 324 pages, 65 planches hors-texte.
  • Aegaeum 5 (1990) Aegean Seals, Sealings and Administration. Proceedings of the NEH-Dickson Conference of the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory of the Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin, January 11-13, 1989, edited by Thomas G. Palaima : 250 pages, 40 planches hors-texte.
  • Aegaeum 1 (1987)THANATOS. Les coutumes funéraires en Egée à l'âge du Bronze. Actes du colloque de Liège, 21-23 avril 1986, édités par Robert Laffineur.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Open Access Journal: Fornvännen

Fornvännen är Sveriges äldsta, största och ledande tidskrift då det gäller antikvarisk forskning och har Nordens största recensionsavdelning inom ämnet. Utgivningen startade 1906. I Fornvännen publicerar sig den skandinaviska arkeologins och medeltidsforskningens främsta experter. Fornvännens artiklar är skrivna på svenska, ibland också på danska eller norska, men från 1925 finns bildtexter och sammanfattningar på engelska eller tyska. I äldre årgångar förekommer det att artiklar på engelska eller tyska har en svensk sammanfattning. I senare årgångar får icke engelskspråkiga artiklar en summary på engelska. Läs mer om Fornvännens historia i artiklarna som vi länkat till nedan.

Fornvännen is the leading journal for antiquarian research in Sweden. It is also the oldest and most widely distributed journal, with the largest review section in the subject field in Scandinavia. Publication started in 1906. The leading Scandinavian experts in archaeology and Medieval research are published in Fornvännen.
The articles in Fornvännen are written mainly in Swedish, sometimes in Danish, Norwegian, English and German. From 1925 there are abstracts and picture headings in English or German. In later issues non-English articles are provided with a Summary in English.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Open Access Journal: Gallia

Créée par le CNRS, la revue Gallia est, depuis plus d’un demi-siècle, la grande revue de l’archéologie nationale, réputée pour la rigueur de ses textes et la qualité de ses illustrations. Gallia publie des dossiers et des articles de synthèse sur les découvertes et les recherches les plus signifiantes dans le domaine de l’archéologie en France. Son champ chronologique couvre la Protohistoire depuis le premier âge du Fer, l’Antiquité et l’Antiquité tardive jusqu’à la fin des royaumes mérovingiens. Son champ géographique correspond à l’ancien espace gaulois et comprend les Trois Gaules ainsi que les territoires immédiatement limitrophes qui participent à leur destinée. En ce sens, Gallia accueille des articles sur des sites ou des découvertes majeures en France mais aussi dans les pays voisins si leur intérêt concerne la Gaule en général.

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Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum (CSL)

Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum (CSL)
The Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum (CSL) is a collaborative project among scholars from a variety of disciplines with the main purpose of creating a digital library of Latin literature, spanning from the earliest epigraphic remains to the Neo-Latinists of the eighteenth century. Toward this end, we maintain an up-to-date catalogue of all Latin texts that are currently available online, making CSL a single, centralized resource for locating Latin literature on the internet.

In addition to serving as a gateway to texts on other sites, we are also actively working to expand the online corpus, providing hundreds of original Latin texts and translations. To ensure the overall quality of these resources, all submissions to the CSL are submitted to thorough proofing, but we ask our visitors to double-check our listings and alert us to any of the errors or omissions that inevitably remain. If you would like to help contribute to our project, please visit our submissions page for more information.

Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project

Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project
This site is dedicated to exploring the Forma Urbis Romae, or Severan Marble Plan of Rome. This enormous map, measuring ca. 18.10 x 13 meters (ca. 60 x 43 feet), was carved between 203-211 CE and covered an entire wall inside the Templum Pacis in Rome. It depicted the groundplan of every architectural feature in the ancient city, from large public monuments to small shops, rooms, and even staircases. For more information about the map itself, go to the Map page.

The Severan Marble Plan is a key resource for the study of ancient Rome, but only 10-15% of the map survives, broken into 1,186 pieces. For centuries, scholars have tried to match the fragments and reconstruct this great puzzle, but progress is slow--the marble pieces are heavy, unwieldy, and not easily accessible. Now, computer scientists and archaeologists at Stanford are employing digital technologies to try to reconstruct the map. In collaboration with the Sovraintendenza of the Comune di Roma, a team from Stanford's Computer Graphics laboratory has been creating digital photographs and 3D models of all 1,186 fragments. The next step is to develop 3D matching algorithms to "solve the map," and to build a fully searchable database of the fragments--a much-needed tool for archaeological research. To read about our aims and methods in detail, go to the Project page. To know who is involved, click on People.

This site presents 1,186 of the surviving fragments and 87 fragments known only from Renaissance drawings in a fully searchable database. Each entry includes digital color photographs and 3D models (download our viewer, for PCs only - sorry, Mac users), a search box, a description of the fragment, an analysis of its significance and a review of the scholarly literature. The team is also developing a viewer that will allow you to try to match fragments, and a slab map that reconstructs the known areas of the entire Plan. The full release of the database of all 1,186 known fragments is planned for 2004.

Our aim is to make this material accessible to specialists, students and the general public. The project is a joint effort between engineers from the Department of Computer Science, archaeologists from the Department of Classics at Stanford, and the Sovraintendenza of the City of Rome. We are still developing this site; please contact us with your comments through the People page.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Open Access Journal: Bulletin d’études orientales

Le Bulletin d’études orientales
ISSN électronique 2077-4079
Le Bulletin d’études orientales est consacré aux divers domaines qui touchent la civilisation du Proche-Orient à partir de l’époque islamique soit : histoire du Proche-Orient depuis la conquête arabe jusqu’à la 1re Guerre Mondiale ; archéologie d’époque islamique ; langue, littérature et linguistique arabe jusqu’à l’époque contemporaine ; philosophie arabe et islamologie ; histoire des sciences et des techniques. Les auteurs sont généralement des universitaires et des chercheurs. Les langues utilisées sont : le français et l’arabe, l’anglais et l’espagnol.

Derniers numéros

Numéros en texte intégral

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Another Pair of Open Access Journals

Rebuilding of the Classics newsletter
[In Japanese but with some content in English]

...Classical studies assure the role of collecting, preserving and investigating the distinguished spiritual activities of human beings, as preserved by the various traditions. The project “Towards a Reconstitution of Classical Studies” proposes that the scholars of the various fields of Classical studies engaged in such important activities should cooperate for the first time in history in order to reconstitute the realm of Classical studies...

a. Head investigator:
H. Nakatani (Kobegakuin Univ.)
b. Consulting Committee:
S. Ueyama (Prof. emeritus of Kyoto Univ.),
C. Nakane (Member of the Academy),
N. Fujisawa (Prof. emeritus of Kyoto Univ.),
J. Takasaki (President of Tsurumi Univ.)
c. Executing committee:
H. Nakatani (chairman; Indian Buddhism),
T. Ikeda (Chinese philosophy),
S. Sekine (Biblical Studies),
M. Tokunaga (Indian philosophy),
K. Uchiyama (Greek philosophy),
Y. Ejima (Indian Buddhism),
A. Kida (Japanese literature),
H. Nakagawa (French literature),
H. Marui (Indian philosophy),
M. Saito (Chinese literature).
d. Research groups:
About ninety scholars from Japanese, Chinese,
Tibetan, Korean, Biblical, Islamic, Indian, Iranian,
Greek and Latin studies.

Long Ranger. The Newsletter of the Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory. Formerly: Mother Tongue. The Newsletter of the Association for the Study of Language In Prehistory
ISSN 1087-0326
ASLIP was founded in 1986 to encourage international, interdisciplinary information sharing, discussion, and debate among biogeneticists, paleoanthropologists, archaeologists, and historical linguists on questions relating to the emerging synthesis on language origins and ancestral human spoken languages. According to the founder of ASLIP, Harold C. Fleming, "All known human spoken languages [probably] are genetically related to each other as descendants of the first invention[s]--Ur-Human or Proto-Language. One test of that is to show a taxonomy of human languages --convincing to linguists-- which makes possible a universal family tree and ultimately the reconstructions of major cultural events associated with the evolution of modern people. Another corollary is that the complex evolution of physical humans --population movements and shared mutations-- can be figured out and related to a universal family tree which can be dated and located to its roots. Finally, tests of these theories can be made through archaeological discoveries...

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Friday, December 4, 2009

3 More Open Access Journals

Before Farming, the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers
ISSN 1476-4261 online

Welcome to Before Farming, the journal designed for archaeologists and anthropologists researching hunter-gatherers past and present.

The online journal is quarterly, published by the Western Academic & Specialist Press.

Each year a paperback volume is published. This is a compilation of the previous year's online issues. Because it is not always possible to transfer all elements of the online version directly to print this volume is not an exact reproduction of the online version of the journal.

The first two online issues of Before Farming are free to view and download. Please note that although the format of these two issues is similar to later issues of the journal the title and scope of Before Farming has since changed. Formerly concerned with "the archaeology of Old World hunter-gatherers" the journal is now expanded to encompass "the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers" with no geographical or temporal restrictions. Please bear this in mind when perusing these issues.
Saudi Aramco World

Saudi Aramco, the oil company born as an international enterprise 75 years ago, distributes Saudi Aramco World to increase cross-cultural understanding. The bimonthly magazine's goal is to broaden knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their connections with the West. Saudi Aramco World is distributed without charge, upon request, to interested readers worldwide.
In print, Saudi Aramco World is published six times a year: January/February (JF); March/April (MA); May/June (MJ); July/August (JA); September/October (SO) and November/December (ND). From its launch in 1949 until the May/June 2000 issue, the magazine's name was Aramco World. The July/August 2000 issue was the first to carry the name Saudi Aramco World .

Studia Judaica

In 1995 a suggestion was made to establish the Polish Association for Jewish Studies, which would have as its main goal the consolidation and integration of scholars and institutions involved in Jewish Studies. In February 1996 the Polish Association for Jewish Studies (PAJS) was registered in Cracow. Statutory aims of PAJS are the promotion and popularization of scholarly research on Jewish history and culture, with particular attention to the history of the Jews in Poland, and the development of cooperation with Polish and foreign institutions and associations.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Newly scanned at the Oriental Institute: Medinet Habu IV

As part of its Electronic Publications Initiative and with the generous support of Misty and Lewis Gruber, the Oriental Institute Publications Office announces the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) publication of:

Earlier OI publications on Medinet Habu include:

Open Access Journal: Spuren der Jahrtausende

Spuren der Jahrtausende
Das Internet-Magazin Spuren der Jahrtausende ( der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission informiert über aktuelle Forschungen aus dem Bereich der vor- und frühgeschichtlichen sowie provinzialrömischen Archäologie.

Current issue


  • Ausgabe 2003
    Iatrus - Ein spätantikes Kastell an der unteren Donau
  • Ausgabe 2004
    Denkmäler für die Ewigkeit - Megalithforschungen in Vale de Rodrigo, Portugal
  • Ausgabe 2005
    50 Jahre Ausgrabungen im Oppidum von Manching
  • Ausgabe 2006
    "Die Trabantenstadt" Ausgrabungen in Lahnau-Waldgirmes
  • Ausgabe 2007
    "Der steinzeitliche Siedlungshügel von Okoliste
  • Ausgabe 2008
    "Steinzeit in der Wismarbucht

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Two Open Access Journals from University of Coimbra · Portugal

[Some open access content]
HVMANITAS 1 (1947)
HVMANITAS 2 (1948-1949)
HVMANITAS 3 (1950-1951)
HVMANITAS 4 (1952)
HVMANITAS 5-6 (1953-1954)
HVMANITAS 7-8 (1955-1956)
HVMANITAS 9-10 (1957-1958)
HVMANITAS 11-12 (1959-1960)
HVMANITAS 13-14 (1961-1962)
HVMANITAS 15-16 (1963-1964)
HVMANITAS 17-18 (1965-1966)
HVMANITAS 19-20 (1967-1968)
HVMANITAS 21-22 (1969-1970)
HVMANITAS 23-24 (1971-1972)
HVMANITAS 25-26 (1973-1974)
HVMANITAS 27-28 (1975-1976)
HVMANITAS 29-30 (1977-1978)
HVMANITAS 31-32 (1979-1980)
HVMANITAS 33-34 (1981-1982)
HVMANITAS 35-36 (1983-1984)
HVMANITAS 37-38 (1985-1986)
HVMANITAS 39-40 (1987-1988)
HVMANITAS 41-42 (1989-1990)
HVMANITAS 43-44 (1991-1992)
HVMANITAS 45 (1993)
HVMANITAS 46 (1994)
HVMANITAS 47 (1995)
HVMANITAS 48 (1996)
HVMANITAS 49 (1997)
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Open Access Numismatics: Nomisma

Nomisma is a collaborative effort to provide stable digital representations of numismatic concepts and entities, for example the generic idea of a coin hoard or an actual hoard as documented in the print publication An Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH). provides a short, often recognizable, URI for each resource it defines and presents the related information in both human and machine readable form. Creators of digital content can use these stable URIs to build a web of linked knowledge that enables faster acquisition and analysis of well-structured numismatic data.
Example URIs are:
See list of all id's assigned to date.
The current data has been contributed by researchers at the American Numismatic Society, British Museum, The University of Paris-Sorbonne Nomisma project, Yale University Art Gallery. Hosting for Nomisma is provided by the The American Numismatic Society.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

AWOL and ISAW News

As of this morning the number of email addresses subscribed to The Ancient World Online by way of the FeedBurner utility has passed six hundred. I'm pleased that so many of you find it useful enough to subscribe. I welcome your feedback in the form of comments on in individual posts, or directly.

I am considering ways to make the data presented here more bibliographically accessible. Here at the ISAW Library we are developing schemes to create MARC records for the open access resources for which such records are appropriate. I am also considering developing a publicly accessible Zotero bibliography parallel to AWOL.

For those of you who have not already seen it, I would like to draw your attention to the exhibition at ISAW which opened earlier this month.

The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000 – 3500 BC

November 11, 2009 – April 25, 2010

Open: Tues – Sun 11-6, Fri 11-8, Closed Monday
Free admission

See ISAW's own
Lost World of Old Europe Exhibition Website.

See also John Nobel Wilford's article in today's New York Times
A Lost European Culture, Pulled From Obscurity

and Michael Balter's November 24th article in Science: Origins
The Lost World of Old Europe: See It in New York