Wednesday, June 30, 2010

National Cultural Heritage Laws Online

UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws

In 2003, UNESCO devised an international solution to combat the illicit traffic of cultural property: the UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws.

By compiling on the Internet the national laws of its Member States, UNESCO offers all stakeholders involved (Governments, customs officials, art dealers, organizations, lawyers, buyers and so forth) a complete and easily accessible source of information. In the event of a legal question about the origin of an object (which may have been stolen, pillaged, or illegally exported, imported or acquired), it is useful to have rapid access to the relevant national laws.

The UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws allows the following to be consulted:

  • national laws currently in force related to the protection of the cultural heritage in general;
  • import/export certificates for cultural property (available on request);
  • official or unofficial translations of national laws and certificates;
  • contact details for the national authorities responsible for the protection of the cultural heritage;
  • addresses of the official national websites dedicated to the protection of the cultural heritage.

The database offers access to national legislation relating to the cultural heritage in general, in other words the laws on the following main categories of heritage:

  • cultural heritage:
    -tangible cultural heritage:
    ->immovable cultural heritage (monuments, archaeological sites, etc.)
    ->movable cultural heritage (paintings, coins, archaeological objects, etc.)
    ->underwater cultural heritage (shipwrecks, underwater cities, etc.

-intangible cultural heritage (oral traditions, performing arts, rituals, etc.)

  • natural heritage (natural sites, physical, biological or geological formations, etc.).

For more information, please see the list of international normative instruments for the protection of the cultural heritage (conventions, agreements, charters, codes, declarations, action plans, protocols, recommendations, etc.).

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Archival Archaeological Film: Gebel Moya Sudan 1912-1913

Film from The Wellcome Library's Moving Image and Sound Collection

A day at Gebel Moya, season 1912-13, pt 1 of 2
Scenes of everyday life, archaeological digging and communal sports and recreation at Gebel (or Jebel) Moya, an archaeological site in the Sudan, excavated by Sir Henry Wellcome between 1911 and 1914 as a public works project. Includes scenes of Sir Henry bicycling surrounded by Sudanese children, inspecting the excavations and consulting with archaeologists and officials. 2 segments.

A day at Gebel Moya, season 1912-13, pt 2 of 2
Scenes of everyday life, archaeological digging and communal sports and recreation at Gebel (or Jebel) Moya, an archaeological site in the Sudan, excavated by Sir Henry Wellcome between 1911 and 1914 as a public works project. Includes scenes of Sir Henry bicycling surrounded by Sudanese children, inspecting the excavations and consulting with archaeologists and officials. 2 segment
Wellcome's excavations were ultimately published as:

Jebel Moya
Author: Henry S. Wellcome, Sir; F. Addison
Publisher: [S.l.] : Oxford U.P. for the trustees of the late Sir Henry Wellcome, 1949.
Series: The Wellcome excavations in the Sudan.

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Newly Online at the Oriental Institute: Beyond the Ubaid

Beyond the Ubaid: Transformation and integration in the late prehistoric societies of the Middle East
Edited by Robert A. Carter and Graham Philip
Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 63
Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2010

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Beyond the Ubaid: Transformation and integration in the late prehistoric societies of the Middle East

Edited by Robert A. Carter and Graham Philip

SAOC 63.

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Originally coined to signify a style of pottery in southern Iraq, and by extension an associated people and a chronological period, the term "Ubaid" is now often used loosely to denote a vast Near Eastern interaction zone, characterized by similarities in material culture, particularly ceramic styles, which existed during the sixth and fifth millennia B.C. This zone extended over 2,000 km from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Straits of Hormuz, including parts of Anatolia and perhaps even the Caucasus. The volume contains twenty-three papers that explore what the "Ubaid" is, how it is identified, and how the Ubaid in one location compares to another in a distant location.

The papers are the result of The Ubaid Expansion? Cultural Meaning, Identity and the Lead-up to Urbanism, an International Workshop held at Grey College, University of Durham, 20-22 April 2006.

  • Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 63
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-885923-66-0
  • Pp. ix + 396; 147 figures, 11 tables
  • $42.95

Part 1: Theoretical Frameworks

  1. Deconstructing the Ubaid. Robert A. Carter and Graham Philip
  2. Local Identities and Interaction Spheres: Modeling Regional Variation in the Ubaid Horizon. Gil J. Stein
  3. More Thoughts on the Ubaid Period. Joan Oates
  4. The Halaf-Ubaid Transition: A Transformation without a Center? Philip Karsgaard
  5. Questioning the Halaf-Ubaid Transition. Stuart Campbell and Alexandra Fletcher
  6. The Dead Hand of Deimel. McGuire Gibson

Part 2: Identity and Material Culture

  1. Practices of Daily Life in Fifth-millennium B.C. Iran and Mesopotamia. Susan Pollock
  2. Figuring Out Identity: The Body and Identity in the Ubaid. Karina Croucher
  3. Ubaid Headshaping: Negotiations of Identity through Physical Appearance? Kirsi O. Lorentz
  4. A Snake in the Grass: Reassessing the Ever-intriguing Ophidian Figurines. Aurelie Daems
  5. The Term "Hajji Muhammad": A Re-evaluation. Harriet Crawford
  6. The Development of Wool Exploitation in Ubaid-period Settlements of North Mesopotamia. Hiroshi Sudo
  7. Ubaid Lithics Revisited: Their Significance for the Interpretation of Ubaid Society. Elizabeth Healey
  8. Buttress-recess Architecture and Status Symbolism in the Ubaid Period. Uwe Sievertsen

Part 3: Comparative Analyses and Regional Perspectives

  1. A Monumental Failure: The Collapse of Susa. Frank Hole
  2. Ubaid-Related-Related? The "Black-on-buff" Ceramic Traditions of Highland Southwest Iran. Lloyd Weeks, Cameron A. Petrie, and Daniel T. Potts
  3. Bakun-period Sites in Darre-ye Bolaghi, Fars. Barbara Helwing and Mojgan Seyedin
  4. The Emergence of Ubaid Styles at Tell Kurdu: A Local Perspective. Rana Özbal
  5. An Aspect of the Ubaid Intrusion in the Syrian Upper Euphrates Valley. Yayoi Yamazaki
  6. The Ubaid in the Balikh Valley, Northern Syria: Balikh Periods IV-V. Maria Giuseppina Trentin
  7. Networks of Interregional Interaction during Mesopotamia's Ubaid Period. Bradley J. Parker
  8. Exploring Social Organizational Aspects of the Ubaid Communities: A Case Study of Degirmentepe in Eastern Turkey. Bekir Gurdil
  9. Godedzor, A Late Ubaid-related Settlement in the Southern Caucasus. Christine Chataigner, Pavel Avetisyan, Giulio Palumbi, and Hans-Peter Uerpmann

For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see AWOL - The Ancient World Online - 2: The Oriental Institute Electronic Publications Initiative.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Update: The Oriental Institute Electronic Publications Initiative

I have updated AWOL - The Ancient World Online - 2: The Oriental Institute Electronic Publications Initiative

It is complete to date

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Open Access Journal: Journal of Art Historiography

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


[Originally posted 4/1/10, updated 6/23/10 with the CAA announcement about ProQuest]

ProQuest Takes over the Bibliography of the History of Art from the Getty Research Institute
The Getty Research Institute (GRI) has announced an agreement with ProQuest, an information-technology firm supporting global research, that will allow ProQuest to take over the indexing of the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), better known as the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). The agreement will not only provide a secure future for a resource considered central to the study of art history, but will also assure its continuing development and its accessibility to researchers around the world... [Read the rest]

...BHA was produced jointly by GRI and INIST until 2008. Thereafter, GRI continued producing records under the new name of IBA before budgetary constraints led to the difficult decision to discontinue its support earlier this year. At this time, GRI made IBA (as well as the historical data in BHA and RILA) freely available on its website, so the historical data would continue to aid researchers. Thomas Gaehtgens, GRI director, confirms that “we will continue to make the historical BHA and RILA data available on the website free of charge to researchers who access it.”

Following announcements to subscribers that the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) had been discontinued, the Getty Research Institute announced today [April 1, 2010]:

As of April 1, 2010, the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) will be available free of charge on the Getty Web site at Free Web access to BHA is an advantage not only to all traditional users of the database but also to such potential users as institutions in developing countries and independent scholars worldwide, who until now have been unable to afford access to the BHA. Since ending its collaboration with the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST)–CNRS in December 2007, the Getty has been searching for partners to continue the production and distribution of BHA. This process has been complicated, and with no suitable arrangement immediately available, the Getty decided to act on its commitment to the scholarly community by providing access to BHA directly from its own Web site.

BHA on the Getty Web site offers both basic and advanced search modules, and can be searched easily by subject, artist, author, article or journal title, and other elements. To search BHA, please visit, Note that the database search includes both BHA (covering 1990-2007) and the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), covering the years 2008 and part of 2009. The Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA), one of the predecessors of BHA, with records that cover 1975–1989, will be online by May 1.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

AIA Launches its New Website

The Archaeological Institute of America has launched its new Website.

Explore Our New Website
June 21, 2010 | by AIA President C. Brian Rose

When the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) was established in 1879, the telephone was in its infancy and the radio was still a decade or more away. Inventors such as Bell, Tesla, and Marconi revolutionized how we communicated in the late 19th century, but even greater steps were made in the late 1930s, with the advent of television, and 1940s, with digital computers. During this time, the AIA reached out to the public through lectures and, beginning in 1948, with ARCHAEOLOGY magazine. But even then, the power of “new” media was apparent, for example in the popularity of the 1950s television series “What in the World?” featuring artifacts, curators, and celebrities.

Now when we talk of “new” media, however, we generally mean Web-based stories, audio files, video, and the like. The Web itself arose in the mid-1990s, soon after which both ARCHAEOLOGY and the AIA had established sites. Today, we are taking another step in bringing the ancient world to the public, and to professional AIA Members, as we re-launch the AIA website.

Our staff in Boston has spent many hours on this project, guided by Eti Bonn-Muller, the AIA’s Manager of Online Communications (and ARCHAEOLOGY’s Online Senior Editor) and Web Designer Amélie Walker of Castle Builder Design. We hope you will find the site more user-friendly than before and even more informative about AIA’s mission, programs, and Membership benefits. Please take some time to explore our new site—and let us know what you think: leave comments and suggestions below.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ancient World Journals in The African Journal Archive

The African Journal Archive

The African Journal Archive is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa, in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, providing access to a multi-disciplinary, multi-country digital archive of Africa’s research and cultural heritage contained in its journal literature.
The African Journal Archive is a project of Sabinet Gateway, a non-profit organisation promoting and supporting library and information services in Africa. The project is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. See Press Release of 8th June 2008.

Content relating to Antiquity includes:
Acta Classica
Acta Classica publishes contributions on any aspect of Classical Studies, but also considers submissions on Patristic and Byzantine themes, especially where they relate to Africa
Annals of the Natal Museum
The Natal Museum was established in 1904 by the Government of Natal, and since 1910 has been one of the National Museums of South Africa.

Research is undertaken in the fields of Arachnology, Archaeology, Entomology, Ethno-archaeology, Malacology and Mammology. The Annals of the Natal Museum has been published annually since 1906 and comprises the results of researchh done by staff members, associates and correspondents.

Journal for Semitics - Tydskrif vir Semitistiek 
The Journal for Semitics is published by the Southern African Society for Near Eastern Studies (SASNES).

The journal is published twice annually (first issue in 1989). The Journal for Semitics is an accredited journal of the Department of Education.

The aims of SASNES are to promote the study of and research on the Near East (including North Africa) in the spheres of language, literature, culture, religion, history and archaeology.
Old Testament Essays 
Old Testament Essays (New Series) is the academic journal of the Old Testament Society of Southern Africa (OTSSA) published since 1987. Its precursors were the individual proceedings that the OTSSA published after its meetings from 1959-1986 and the journal Old Testament Essays that was published by the Department of Old Testament at Unisa from 1983-1987.

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The Global Egyptian Museum

The Global Egyptian Museum

Supported by
Comité Internal pour l'Egyptologie (CIPEG)
Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-UNESCO)
Hosted by
Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritege (CULTNAT)

At a rough estimate, over 2 million objects from ancient Egypt are kept in about 850 public collections, dispersed over 69 countries around the world. This website aims to collect them into a global virtual museum, which can be visited at any time, from any place. The Global Egyptian Museum is a long-term project, carried out under the aegis of the International Committee for Egyptology (CIPEG).
The Basic Mode, currently showcasing 1340 highlights, is geared to the interested public. A glossary of more than 400 items explains Egyptian terms and themes. Many objects are provided with audio comments and 3D-movies.
The Advanced Mode, equiped with a powerfull search and data entry engine, opens up the full database - presently 14975 objects - to professionals and amateurs.
Kids! offers information for children at the age of 8-12 years in an interactive way.

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Open Access enhancements of Athenian Agora Publications

Versions of all the official publications of the Athenian Agora Excavations are available via the publications page of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and also via the Athenian Agora Excavations Project page.
The Project's versions are enhanced with links to records in the project databases, for instance, you can:

Search for Items Inside The Athenian Agora 1, Portrait Sculpture, by E. B. Harrison, 1953, and so on, though volume 34 of the series.
Likewise with the Agora related Hesperia Supplements, you can
Search for Items Inside Prytaneis: A Study of the Inscriptions Honoring the Athenian Councillors, by Sterling Dow, 1937, as well as with seventeen additional Hesperia Supplements.

See also: Open Access Publications: Publications of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

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Mertens-Pack 3 Online

Mertens-Pack 3

Le projet d'informatisation du fichier Mertens-Pack3 a débuté en 1999 et se déroule sous la coordination de Marie-Hélène Marganne, du Centre de Documentation de Papyrologie Littéraire. Sa réalisation est prise en charge par Denis Renard, au Centre Informatique de Philosophie et Lettres (CIPL) de l'Université de Liège. Le but de cette collaboration est de concevoir un logiciel qui permette de stocker et d'exploiter les riches informations réunies depuis une trentaine d'années pour la troisième édition du Catalogue des papyrus littéraires grecs et latins ou Mertens-Pack3.
Afin de visualiser correctement le texte grec contenu dans certaines notices, vous devez télécharger et installer la police Greek, disponibleici.

1. Recherche simple

Exécuter sur cette page une requête sur l'un des critères proposés.

Page de requête

2. Recherche combinée

Sur cette page il est possible d'associer plusieurs critères pour affiner le résultat.

Page de requête

3. Recherche sur tous les textes d'un auteur, ses attributions et citations

Recherche sur un auteur

4. Genres et bibliographies disponibles

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

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

L’Année épigraphique (Arts & Sciences VIII)
Release Content: Année 1888 (1889) – Année 1999 (2002)
Moving Wall: 7 years
Publisher: Presses Universitaires de France
ISSN: 0066-2348

Historical Archaeology (Arts & Sciences VI)
Release Content: Vol. 1 (1967) – Vol. 40, No. 4 (2006)
Moving Wall: 3 years
Publisher: Society for Historical Archaeology
ISSN: 0440-9213

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

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Friday, June 11, 2010

New Data at Open Context: Khirbat al-Mudayna al-Aliya

Khirbat al-Mudayna al-Aliya: Investigations of an Early Iron Age site in a semi-arid zone in west-central Jordan

Khirbat al-Mudayna al-'Aliya (KMA hereafter) is located on the eastern edge of the Karak Plateau in west-central Jordan, approximately 19 km northeast of the modern town of al-Karak (UTMG: 773.4/464.5; Palestine Grid: 233.0/76.8). The settlement is approximately 2.2 hectares in size and is positioned on a promontory overlooking the juncture of the Wadi al-Mukhayris and the southern extension of the Wadi al-Mujib. Archaeological investigations at the settlement were conducted between 1994 and 2004, comprising five seasons of mapping and excavation on various scales (Routledge 2000; 2004: 96-108; 2008; Routledge and Porter 2007). The settlement is positioned in a semi-arid zone, falling between the 100 and 300 mm isohyets, and therefore receives only the minimum amount of precipitation needed to practice rain-fed agriculture. The yellow Mediterranean and yellow steppic soils surrounding the settlement make agricultural production difficult compared to those settlements surrounded by Red Mediterranean soils to the west. Far below the settlement, lush riparian zones are found at the bottom of the canyons where run-off precipitation and perennial aqueducts refuel stream systems that eventually drain into the Jordan Valley. This persistent water source fosters a microclimate of wild fauna and flora that is ideal for hunting and gathering subsistence routines.

KMA is one of a number of early Iron Age settlements subsisting in semi-arid zones of west-central Jordan. Several settlements share a similar architectural pattern: a series of Levantine pillared buildings with adjacent walls form an oval or elliptical ring around a central courtyard that was either left empty or contained additional buildings. At KMA, portions of several buildings were excavated (See Routledge 2000 and Routledge 2004: 87-113 for discussions of these buildings.)

Ceramic vessel evidence and radiocarbon dates help determine that KMA was founded in the early 11th century BCE, occupied for a short time, and then abandoned in the late 11th or early 10th centuries. Four radiocarbon dates from burned silo rooms in two houses cluster very consistently. Short-lived barley and reed samples have calibrated two sigma (95.4%) confidence intervals of 1115-926 CAL BC (OXa-18966); 1115-925 CAL BC (OXa-19016) and 1108-913 CAL BC (with the 93.5% confidence interval being 1056-913 BC; OXa-19017). The one roof beam assayed has a two sigma interval of 1209-997 CAL BC (OXa-18967). If one accepts the stratigraphic evidence that KMA was only occupied for a short period of time, then these dates support an 11th century construction date for the houses and an abandonment linked to burning the stored barley in the 11th or tenth century B.C.E. These Oxford AMS dates using the InCal 04 atmospheric curve supersede the problematic beta-counted dates from Université Laval published in Routledge 2000: 47-48, Fig. 8.

The ceramic vessel evidence presented here is only a selection (n=54) of diagnostic forms from the 2000 excavation season. These vessels were studied in Porter’s dissertation (2007). Information reported here is the object catalog number, form, building number, provenance information, diameter, fabric colors and treatment information, when necessary. Additional diagnostic vessels will be added when their analysis is complete. The faunal evidence presented here includes descriptions for all excavated identifiable bones. The evidence from the 1998 and 2000 excavation seasons were analyzed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History Archaeobiology Laboratory, while the 2004 season was analyzed at the Department of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology, University of Mainz, Germany. Somewhat different variables were recorded from the 2004 data and therefore, these divergent variables are presented.

All Projects in Open Context

Project Description Primary People Keywords
Khirbat al-Mudayna al-Aliya Investigations of an Early Iron Age site in a semi-arid zone in west-central Jordan Bruce Routledge, Benjamin Porter pastoralism, economy, agriculture, Southern Levant, Semi-Arid, Kerak Plateau, Jordan, Iron I, Early Iron Age, subsistence
Dove Mountain Groundstone Analysis of groundstone finds from the Dove Mountain Project in the Tucson Basin Jenny Adams Southwest, Pioneer Period, Sedentary Period, Hohokam, Early Agricultural, Groundstone, Arizona, Archaeology
Bade Museum Tell en-Nasbeh Collection at the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology Aaron Brody Israel, Palestine, Southern Levant, Judah, Near East, Biblical Archaeology, Archaeology, Iron Age, 1st Millennium, 4th Millennium, Early Bronze, Town, Tomb, Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine
San Diego Archaeological Center Collections maintained by the San Diego Archaeological Center San Diego Archaeological Center historical archaeology, San Diego, California, Spanish colonial, Mexican, finds catalog, education, cultural resource management, archaeological collections
Presidio of San Francisco Ongoing investigations of El Presidio de San Francisco and other archaeological resources at the Presidio of San Francisco Presidio Archaeology Lab (Presidio Trust) historical archaeology, presidio, San Francisco, California, Spanish colonial, Mexican, US Army, education
Aegean Archaeomalacology Mollusk Shells in Troia, Yenibademli, and Ulucak: An Archaeomalacological Approach to Environment and Economy in the Aegean Canan Çakırlar Anatolia, Aegean, bronze age, chalcolithic, mollusks, Archaeomalacology, subsistence, economy, environment
Petra Great Temple Excavations Brown University Excavations at the Great Temple of Petra, Jordan Martha Sharp Joukowsky Religion, Hellenistic, Jordan, Roman, Roman Empire, Archaeology, Architecture, Nabateans, Nabatean, Petra
Iraq Heritage Program Overview of the Global Heritage Fund's conservation work in Iraq Global Heritage Fund, Alexandria Archive Institute Meopotamia, Cultural Heritage, Conservation, Assyria, Sumer, Babylonia, Documentation, Sumer, Archaeology, Iron Age, Early Bronze Age, Early Dynastic, World Heritage
Lake Carlos Beach Site, 1992 and 1996 Descriptions and provenience information for 7837 artifacts State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Minnesota State Parks Cultural Resource Management Program staff, State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation
Corneal Ulceration in South East Asia Epidemiology and Etiology of Corneal Ulcers in South India Mathuiah Srinivasan, John P. Whitcher ophthalmology, India, public health, infections disease, eye, public health, developing world
Harvard Peabody Mus. Zooarchaeology Harvard Peabody Museum Zooarchaeology Laboratory Reference Collection Richard Meadow, Levent Atici archaeology, reference collection, zoology, zooarchaeology, archaeology, specimen, bone
Hazor: Zooarchaeology Zooarchaeological observations for Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Hazor, Israel Justin Lev-Tov archaeology, Iron Age, Late Bronze Age, Near East, Excavations, Hazor, Biblical archaeology, subsistence
Hayonim: Micromorphology
Paul Goldberg archaeology, Mousterian, geology, Middle Paleolithic, Kebaran, Epi-Paleolithic, Israel, Levant, Micromorphology, Geology, Cave, Deposition
Geissenklosterle: Micromorphology
Paul Goldberg archaeology, Aurignation, geology, Upper Paleolithic, Europe, Germany
Pınarbaşı 1994: Animal Bones Analysis of faunal remains from prehistoric contexts at Pınarbaşı in central Turkey Denise Carruthers archaeology, Epi-Paleolithic, Neolithic, Near East, Anatolia, Turkey, zooarchaeology, Pinarbasi, 9th millennium, agriculture, foraging, hunting
Domuztepe Excavations Excavations of a Late Neolithic site in south-central Turkey Stuart Campbell, Elizabeth Carter Archaeology, Halaf, Neolithic, Near East, Excavations, Domuztepe, 7th millennium, Village
See also Open Access Projects: The Alexandria Archive Institute

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Photo Collections: Das Digitale Schott-Archiv (DSA)

Das Digitale Schott-Archiv (DSA): Altägyptische Monumente und Antiken in Photographien des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts

Einführung und Hinweise zur Datenbank

Das im Rahmen eines zweijährigen DFG-Projektes erstellte DIGITALE SCHOTT ARCHIV umfasst knapp 8000 einmalige Schwarz/Weiss-Fotografien bedeutender Denkmäler und archäologischer Stätten Ägyptens.
Das Archiv ist nun erstmals frei im Internet zugänglich. Eine mit dem Bildarchiv verknüpfte Datenbank ermöglicht eine gezielte Bildmaterial-Suche, etwa zu bestimmten Orten oder Schott-Photo-Nummern. Die Nutzung dieser Datenbank und die Einsichtnahme in das Archiv sind kostenfrei.

Die DSA-Datenbank befindet sich noch in der Konsolidierungsphase. Hinweise, Anregungen, Verbesserungsvorschläge u. ä. bitte an die e-mail Adresse:

Benutzung der Datenbank Wählen Sie im Menü auf der linken Seite den Eintrag Datenbanksuche aus, um bestimmte Fotografien aus dem Archiv aufzurufen. Die Felder des nun erscheinenden Suchformulars sind selbsterklärend. Wenn Sie mit dem Cursor das jeweilige Eingabefeld berühren, wird ein kurzer Informationstext zum Suchfeld angezeigt. Unter �Objekt� kann z. B. auch nach Besitzernamen (Gräber, Papyri) oder Aufbewahrungsorten gesucht werden. Die Namen der Grabbesitzer richten sich nach B. Porter/R.L.B. Moss, �Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings� (Oxford: Griffith Institute).
Textfelder, wie z. B. "Ort" oder "Objekt" werden nach der eingegeben Buchstabenfolge komplett abgesucht, als Treffer werden alle Datensätze angezeigt, in denen diese Kombination an beliebiger Stelle vorkommt: Eine Suche nach "art" ergibt bspw. Treffer mit "Garten", "Block mit Kartusche" usw.
Die von Ihnen eingegebene Buchstabenfolge wird vom Programm als Komplettbegriff interpretiert, Leerzeichen gelten nicht als Trenner zwischen mehreren Begriffen; "Kartusche Ramses" findet also nur Eintragungen, in denen auch "Kartusche Ramses" in genau dieser Zeichenfolge steht. Verwenden Sie daher möglichst kurze und wenig komplexe Suchbegriffe bei der Eingrenzung des Bildmaterials.
Die Suche nach Orten kann über das Roll-up im entsprechenden Feld erfolgen.

Nachdem Sie eine Suchabfrage gestartet haben, werden die Treffer in einer listenartigen Übersicht angezeigt; dabei sind jeweils 15 Suchergebnisse pro Seite zu sehen. Sie gelangen zu den nächsten (bzw. vorigen) Datensätzen Ihrer Suche, indem Sie im linken Menü auf next bzw. prev klicken.

Um einen Datensatz im Detail anzuzeigen, klicken Sie auf die unterstrichene Zahl (ID) vor dem Datensatz, dort ist dann auch die Abbildung dazu zu sehen.
In der Detailansicht können Sie auf dieselbe Weise wie in der Listenansicht navigieren, mit next und prev wird der folgende bzw. vorige Datensatz im Detail angezeigt.
Die Ergebnisse Ihrer Suche bleiben solange aktiv, bis eine neue Suche gestartet wird, egal ob Sie zwischendurch die Hilfefunktion etc. ansehen. Um wieder alle Datensätze aufzurufen und Ihre Suche zurückzusetzen, klicken Sie bitte auf Home im linken Menü.

Das Digitale
Schott-Archiv (DSA)


Siegfried Schott

Hinweise zur Datenbank


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Open Access Journal: Arts Asiatiques

Arts Asiatiques
eISSN - 2111-4552 

Arts asiatiques a repris la tâche qu'avait assumée la Revue des Arts asiatiques, fondée en 1924. Après une interruption due à la deuxième guerre mondiale, cette revue a repris, sous l'égide des Musées Guimet et Cernuschi, son rôle d'information. Arts asiatiques fait paraître chaque année, sans périodicité, des recueils d'articles de fond, largement illustrés, sur des questions d'archéologie et d'art de l'Asie, ainsi qu'une chronique et des comptes rendus.
(1962 -2005)
54 Issues
972 Articles 

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Open Access Journal: Revue du monde musulman

Revue du monde musulman

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Open Access Journal: Revue de l'Orient latin

Revue de l'Orient latin

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wayback Machine for Firefox

New Firefox Add-on for searching the Wayback Machine

Fellow time travelers,

We have a new Firefox add-on that allows you to search the Wayback Machine from your browser. You can get it at:

For those who have yet to travel back in time, the Internet Archive Wayback Machine allows you to browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.

So install the Wayback Machine Firefox add-on and take a trip.

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Open Access Journal: Journal of Arabic and Islamic studies

Journal of Arabic and Islamic studies
ISSN: 0806-198X
The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies is a refereed, academic journal covering in principle all aspects of Arabic and Islamic studies. The Journal is published on the Internet by the editors and cooperating institutions and on paper by Edinburgh University Press. Contributions for articles are welcomed in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Please refer to the Style Sheet regarding formatting and the programs in which manuscripts may be submitted. All material should be sent in the first instance as an e-mail attachment to the Editor, Alex Metcalfe.
View Vols. 1-7 View Vols. 8 and following

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Open Access Journal: Bulletin de la Société nationale des antiquaires de France

Bulletin de la Société nationale des antiquaires de France

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Open Access Journal: Bulletin archéologique du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques

Bulletin archéologique du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques

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Open Access Oxyrhynchus Papyri publications

Mark Goodacre's NT Blog give a convenient list of Oxyrhynchus Papyri volumes online at

Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volumes 1-14 online now has the first fourteen volumes of The Oxyrhynchus Papyri online in toto and in a variety of formats, for viewing and for download; Volumes 1-5 are digitized by Google Books from Harvard University Library and so should appear also on Google Books in due course. They do not yet have my favourite format, the flip book, but no doubt that will appear in due course. Volumes 6-14 are digitized by Brigham Young University and include the flip book format. I have also noted below an alternative (and superior) version of Volume 4, from University of California Libraries, which has been online for much longer. Here are the links:

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 1 (1898)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 2 (1899)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 3 (1903)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 4 (1904) [Alternative version]
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 5 (1908)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 6 (1908)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 7 (1910)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 8 (1911)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 9 (1912)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 10 (1914)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 11 (1915)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 12 (1916)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 13 (1919)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 14 (1920)

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Deuteronomy Bibliography

AnaBiDeut - Analytische Bibliographie zum Deuteronomium
Institut für Alttestamentliche Bibelwissenschaft, Universität Wien

AnaBiDeut is the abbreviation for Analytical Bibliography of Deuteronomy.

AnaBiDeut is an analytical internet bibliography of the book of Deuteronomy, designed for quick searches and title downloads.

Why do we need a new type of bibliography?

If you want to do research on a biblical text or biblical book, you cannot begin from scratch. While it is essential to start from the texts themselves, it is also indispensable to consult the work already done by others. A brief look at the existing literature will show you in what ways the text has already been treated and so both save valuable time and, perhaps, provide some inspiration for your own work. The body of scholarly literature, however, has grown immense in recent years. It is tedious and time-consuming to find, sort, and evaluate the sources you need. In terms of its bibliographical resources, the field of biblical scholarship is already better-equipped than other fields of theology. However, much more is possible, and AnaBiDeut seeks to make a contribution to this promising new field.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Greek and Latin Books at Google

Google books Ancient Greek and Latin Texts
As part of its mission to make the world's books searchable and discoverable, Google has digitized over a thousand ancient Greek and Latin books. We present them here downloadable as zip files of images and plain text, and as links to Google Books web pages where you can read them online in full or download PDFs. This collection was selected by Prof. Greg Crane and Alison Babeu of Tufts University, and compiled by Will Brockman and Jon Orwant of Google. Enjoy!

A complete Latin grammar for the use of students ed. 2 by John William Donaldson 1860 - 540 pages. (read in your browser)
A dictionary of Greek and Roman antiquities ed. 3 by Sir William Smith 1886 - 1116 pages. (read in your browser)
A grammar of the Latin language ed. 3 by Karl Gottlob Zumpt 1855 - 594 pages. (read in your browser)
A grammar of the Latin language, from Plautus to Suetonius pt. 1, ed. 3 by Henry John Roby pt. 1 - 1876. (read in your browser)
A Hebrew and English lexicon of the Old Testament: by Wilhelm Gesenius - 1844 - 1144 pages. (read in your browser)
A Latin grammar for the use of schools by Johan Nikolai Madvig, George Woods, Thomas Anthony Thacher - 1888 - 504 pages. (read in your browser)
A. Corn. Celsi Medicinae libri octo by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, Leonardo Targa - 1831 - 639 pages. (read in your browser)
A. Gellii Noctium atticarum, libri XX v. 1 by Aulus Gellius 1886 - 359 pages. (read in your browser)
A. Persii Flacci Satirarum liber by Persius, Karl Friedrich Hermann - 1900 - 21 pages. (read in your browser)
A. Persii Flacci, D. Ivnii Ivvenalis Svlpiciae Satvrae by Persius - 1886 - 238 pages. (read in your browser)
Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen: v. 10 1908 (read in your browser)
Abhandlungen der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften aus dem Jahre ... by Königlich Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin - 1907.
and many many more.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Open Access Journal: Κρητικά Χρονικά

Κρητικά Χρονικά - Kretika Chronika

Τα «Κρητικά Χρονικά», πρωτοπόρο επιστημονικό περιοδικό που εξέδιδε από το 1947 στο Ηράκλειο ο Ανδρέας Γ. Καλοκαιρινός, υπήρξαν επί δεκαετίες ένας από τους βασικούς μοχλούς της κρητολογικής έρευνας. Στις σελίδες τους παρουσιάσθηκαν εκατοντάδες πρωτότυπα άρθρα και μελέτες αρχαιολογικού, ιστορικού, λαογραφικού και φιλολογικού ενδιαφέροντος, με επίκεντρο την ιστορία και τον πολιτισμό της Κρήτης από την αρχαιότητα ως τις αρχές του 20ου αιώνα. Μεταξύ των συνεργατών του περιοδικού συγκαταλέγονται κορυφαίοι ερευνητές, όπως οι Νικόλαος Πλάτων, Μενέλαος Παρλαμάς, Στυλιανός Αλεξίου, Doro Levi, George Miles, Μανούσος Μανούσακας, Εμμανουήλ Κριαράς, Νικόλαος Παναγιωτάκης, Gareth Morgan, Σπύρος Μαρινάτος και δεκάδες άλλοι. Τεκμήριο της υψηλής επιστημονικής αξίας των «Κρητικών Χρονικών» αποτελεί, επιπλέον, η βράβευσή τους από την Ακαδημία Αθηνών το 1952.

Οι δεκατέσσερις πρώτοι τόμοι τους (Α΄ / 1947 - ΙΔ΄ / 1960) έχουν εδώ και πολλά χρόνια εξαντληθεί, χωρίς όμως το ενδιαφέρον των ερευνητών αλλά και ενός ευρύτερου κοινού για το περιεχόμενό τους να έχει ατονήσει. Για το λόγο αυτό η Εταιρία Κρητικών Ιστορικών Μελετών πρότεινε την ψηφιοποίησή τους, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος «Κοινωνία της Πληροφορίας», ώστε τα 405 άρθρα που περιλαμβάνονται στους δυσεύρετους αυτούς τόμους να συνεχίσουν να είναι προσιτά σε κάθε ενδιαφερόμενο μέσω του διαδικτύου.
Kretika Chronika was a groundbreaking journal published in Heraklion from 1947 onwards by Andreas G. Kalokerinos. For many decades it was one of the primary catalysts for Cretan studies. Its pages hosted hundreds of original articles and studies in the fields of archaeology, history, folklore and literary scholarship, focused on the history and culture of Crete from ancient times to the early 20th century. Contributors included leading scholars such as Nikolaos Platon, Menelaos Parlamas, Stylianos Alexiou, Doro Levi, George Miles, Manousos Manousakas, Emmanouil Kriaras, Nikolaos Panagiotakis, Gareth Morgan and Spiros Marinatos, as well as dozens more. Proof of the journal’s high academic merit came in the form of an award by the Academy of Athens in 1952.

Although the first fourteen volumes of the Kretika Chronika (I/1947 – XIV/1960) have been out of print for many years, interest among researchers and a wider reading public in their contents has never waned. It was on those grounds that the Society of Cretan Historical Studies proposed that the rarer volumes be digitized as part of the “Information Society” programme, so that the 405 articles contained within them could be made available online to all interested parties.