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May 21, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: IpoTESI di Preistoria

 [First posted in AWOL 4 November 2010. Updated 21 May 2018]

IpoTESI di Preistoria
ISSN 1974-7985
The main objective of the journal is to spread to the scientific world the results of recent researches and studies concerning Italian prehistory and protohistory, in order to bring out knowledge and information on issues and contexts of the most remote ages of history. The digital format publication allows to draw attention to those contributions which are often waiting for suitable editorial spaces, due to their peculiar wealth of data and documentation. The journal aims to become an a platform for data-sharing and discussions on the analysis and interpretations of prehistoric contexts, research methods, and economic and social transformations of prehistory.

La rivista intende divulgare al mondo scientifico i risultati di recenti ricerche e studi di preistoria e protostoria italiana, in modo da far emergere il patrimonio di conoscenze sui contesti e sulle problematiche delle fasi più remote della storia. La pubblicazione in formato digitale permette di rendere noti quei contributi che rimangono spesso in attesa di trovare adeguati spazi editoriali, proprio per le caratteristiche di ricchezza e abbondanza di dati e di documentazione. La rivista punta inoltre a diventare uno spazio di confronto e di dibattito sulle analisi e interpretazioni dei contesti preistorici, sui metodi di ricerca e sulle trasformazioni economiche e sociali della preistoria.


Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Housing and the 1958 Williston Report

Yesterday was may day off from my work at Polis on Cyprus and while I spent a little time just relaxing, I spent most of the day writing up an overdue submission to a forthcoming reprint to the Robert B. Campbell, Samuel C. Kelley, Ross B. Talbot, and Bernt L. Wills’s Williston Report: The Impact of Oil on the Williston Area of North Dakota (Grand Forks, UND Press 1958). Kyle Conway will edit the volume and it will appear from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and as part of the larger Bakken Bookshelf project.

Campbell et al 1958  dragged

Our essay will focus on housing in the 1958 report and in the 21st-century boom. I’ll emphasize that what I’ve written below was very much composed on the fly. This isn’t my usual method of writing. 

The Williston Report provided an invaluable snapshot of the 1950s oil boom. The statistics presented offers a window into the scale of the boom, as well as the challenge of counting and documenting a mobile and temporary workforce and measuring the impact of social change. In the absence of consistent and high-resolution data, the authors of the Williston Report supplemented their study with interviews and more impressionistic readings of the situation.

The Williston Report is very much a report, in that it approached various different aspects of the 1950s oil boom largely on their own terms. There is little effort to locate the 1950s Bakken boom within the history of the state, the region, or larger conversations on extractive industries or changes in the mobility of the American workforce in the post war era. As the author notes, this report is a case study rather than a policy brief or an argument for understanding the broader causes and patterns of social change.

That being said, Campbell and his colleagues’ observations are not without judgment or coherence. In terms of housing, they assert that some of the housing in the Bakken, particularly around Tioga was, indeed, “substandard,” including tarpaper shacks moved from farms, structures rough enough to be thought of as “grain bins” by some observers, and closely-placed trailers. In fact, the photos in the volume showed light-weight, closely-spaced buildings that the owner could move two at a time with a farm truck (pp. 33-34). Interviews with a resident of these buildings, who had come to the region from the south, confirmed their unsuitability. At the same time, they observe that communities like Ray and Tioga also subdivided more substantial, existing structures to accommodate workers. Some oil companies also provided mobile housing units to accommodate their employees in the oil patch.

Second, they noted the tight housing market caused by the boom had motivated communities and developers to invest in high quality housing. This housing tended to attract individuals who already enjoyed stable housing in the region and enjoyed higher incomes. As a result, the construction of this housing did little to alleviate the challenges facing new and temporary residents of the region. Pressures to limit the extent and impact of temporary housing, however, accompanied the new construction and communities and developers reduced the options available to the temporary residents.

Finally, there were clear similarities in the settlement structure of the 1950s oil boom and that of the 21st century. The cluster of camps between US Route 2 and Tioga and on Route 85 on the northern side of Williston neatly parallel the clusters of camps in the recent boom. Campbell also noted, however, that the divide between housing for new arrivals and housing for pre-boom residents is more varied than the stark social divide between the groups would suggest. Ray, Tioga, and Williston demonstrate both new neighborhoods occupied largely by new arrivals in the Bakken and infilling of older neighborhoods with new residences.

Campbell remained reluctant to argue that housing represented a genuine “social problem” in the Bakken. Some of this might be a semantic issue as he distinguished between issues that he regarded as “personal problems,” which implied a greater significance of a particular problem for a single individual than the community at large, and larger social problems, which had an impact across the entire community and region. In this regard, the 1958 Williston report echoed many of the sentiments found in our own research in the Bakken. Housing, while “disturbing to the researcher” (p. 131) was only rarely articulated clearly as problem by the residents. At the same time, Campbell’s report and our own work, has demonstrated that housing in the Bakken remained a general concern for existing communities in the region. The tensions between the scale and significance of housing as an issue represent a key element in understanding the trajectory of housing on individual and regional level in the 21st century Bakken.


Historiography of Short-Term Housing and Home

Campbell’s interest in housing in the Williston Report reflects a long-standing interest in short-term, boom-time housing and anticipates the 21st century considerations of a global housing crisis. Scholars have long had a strong interest in housing and settlement associated with extractive industries and large scale construction projects in the American West. John Bickerstaff Jackson’s 1953 study of the “westward moving house,” and his late 1950s research on housing in the Four Corners area of the Southwest recognized housing in the American West as a distinct phenomenon adapted both to the identity of the owner and to the economic needs of a region. More recent studies on temporary worker housing during World War II and in the rise of the mobile homes and RVs as expressions of the tension between mobility and stability in the American suburbs likewise saw the middle of the 20th century as a period during which housing and the concept of domesticity came to intersect with new materials, plans, and social roles. Set against this backdrop, Campbell’s ambivalent attitude toward the housing problem in the 1950s Bakken reflected the significant changes taking place within American attitudes toward the house and domesticity in the same decade (see Hayden 1984 for the classic treatment of this period).

In recent years, housing has emerged as a global concern with the expansion of ad hoc housing around urban areas in the global south, the challenges associated housing the growing number of refugees and migrants, and growing workforce of laborers engaged in precarious manufacturing jobs, construction projects, and other short-term ventures fueled by the increased mobility of global capital.  Activists and scholars alike have come to recognize that the housing needs of workers, migrants, refugees, and urban dwellers is more than simply a practical concern, but involves issues of social, economic, and environment justice. Recent critiques have made clear, for example, that Williston Report’s recognition of the tendency for developers to invest in high cost and high profit units at the expense of affordable housing has contributed to the global housing crisis (e.g. Madden and Marcuse 2016).

These trends in the historiography give the observations on housing in the 1958 Williston Report offer an almost uncanny relevance for anyone interested in the challenges facing 21st-century society. Even Campbell’s observation that housing in the 1950s Bakken representing more of a “personal problem,” than a social one, offers useful reminder that temporary housing often represents a negotiation between the denizens of these dwellings and global ideals of domesticity, material and environmental limits, and the perspective of surrounding residents who often seek to balance the pressure of global and national capital with their own access to local and regional political and social capital. In this context, the temporary housing in the Bakken and the conditions that produced its appearance emerge as less an exceptional response to an unexpected boom and more of a grim model for housing the growing class of precarious workers.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Sardis Publications from the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis Project

Sardis Publications from the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis Project

Open Access Journal: Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament

[First posted in AWOL 5 December 2012, updated 20 May 2018]

Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament
ISSN: 2169-0685
Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament (JESOT) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the academic and evangelical study of the Old Testament. The journal seeks to fill a need in academia by providing a venue for high-level scholarship on the Old Testament from an evangelical standpoint. The journal is not affiliated with any particular academic institution, and with an international editorial board, online format, and multi-language submissions, JESOT cultivates and promotes Old Testament scholarship in the evangelical global community. The journal differs from many evangelical journals in that it seeks to publish current academic research in the areas of ancient Near Eastern backgrounds, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinics, Linguistics, Septuagint, Research Methodology, Literary Analysis, Exegesis, Text Criticism, and Theology as they pertain only to the Old Testament. The journal will be freely available to the scholarly community and will be published bi-annually online. Hard copies will be produced by request. JESOT also includes up-to-date book reviews on various academic studies of the Old Testament.

Open Access Journal: Vicino Oriente

[First posted 7/26/09,   Update 21 May 2018]

Vicino Oriente
ISSN: 0393-0300
Vicino Oriente is the journal of the Sezione di Orientalistica (Section of Oriental Studies) of the Department of Sciences of Antiquity of Rome “La Sapienza” University. 
VO is published yearly and deals with Near and Middle Eastern Archaeology, History, Epigraphy, extending its view on the whole Mediterranean with the study of Phoenician and Punic documents. 
Purposes of the journal are: to host preliminary reports of excavations currently carried on by the Department in the Near and Middle East, Egypt and the Mediterranean; to report about and update the status of research projects in progress; to introduce PhD projects currently undergoing in the Department.
The journal publishes contributions of historical, archaeological, artistic, philological, philosophical, and religious disciplines in ancient Mediterranean, Asia, and Africa. Papers submitted to the Editorial Board are, of course, selected by the members of the Scientific Committee, all scholars of the Section of Oriental Studies of Department of Sciences of Antiquities at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
Current Issue


A. Catastini - Ricordo di Giovanni Garbini (1931-2017)

Nigro - D. Montanari - A. Guari - M. Tamburrini - P. Izzo - M. Ghayyada - I. Titi - J. Yasine - New archaeological features in Bethlehem (Palestine): the Italian-Palestinian rescue season of 2016

J. Bogdani - The archaeological atlas of Coptic literature. A question of method

V. Pisaniello - Hittite (ninda) kaz(za)mi(t)-

A.L. Corsi - A brief note on the Early Abbasid stucco decoration.
Madinat al-Far and the first Friday Mosque of Isfahan

F. Duva - New perspectives on the first Abbasid Masjid-i Jumʿa of Iṣfahān

V. Laviola - Three Islamic inkwells from Ghazni excavation

R. Giunta - Tombeaux et inscriptions funéraires de Ghazni (Afghanistan).
Quelques documents inédits Du XIe-XIIIe siècle

M.V. Fontana - Qalʿa-Iṣṭakhr and the Si Gunbadān

L. Colliva - G. Terribili - A forgotten Sasanian sculpture. The fifth bust of Narseh from the monument of Paikuli

M. Di Cesare - A note on an Umayyad carved ivory plaque kept at the Walters Art Gallery

A. Santi - The role of Madīna in the emergence of the Mosque-Dār al-Imāra combination: a preliminary note

L. Nigro - D. Montanari - M. Ghayyada - J. Yasine - The el-Atan Tomb: an Early Bronze IVB female burial in the heart of Palestine

V. Laviola - Unpublished Islamic bronze cauldrons from private collections: two early and one very late specimens

D. Montanari - Bollettino delle attività del Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo della Sapienza, anno 2017

A. Ten - Roma, il culto di Iside e Serapide in Campo Marzio: alcuni aggiornamenti

F. Spagnoli - Una brocchetta con protome d'ariete dall'Area Sacra del Kothon a Mozia

R. Francia - Gli avverbi di luogo ittiti in -an: forme di nominativo accusativo neutro singolare?

A. Carfì - Early Islamic models of urban and rural settlements in the South Bilād al-Shām

M.V. Fontana - A brief note on the Yemenite chahār tāq mausoleums. The case of Barāqish
Scavi e Ricerche
L. Nigro - R. Gharib - Jamaan at the pass of Bi'rein: an Iron Age IIB-C Ammonite stronghold in central Jordan

M.V. Fontana - A.A. Asadi - M. Rugiadi - A.C. Felici - A. Fusaro - Estakhr Project - third preliminary report of the joint Mission of the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research, the Parsa-Pasargadae Research Foundation and the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo
E. Pomar - Save Palmyra. La distruzione del patrimonio archeologico nel Vicino Oriente. Perché e come ricostruire

D. Montanari - Bollettino delle attività del Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo della Sapienza, anno 2016

L. Nigro - Bethlehem in the Bronze and Iron Ages in the light of recent discoveries by the Palestinian MOTA-DACH

V. Pisaniello - Parallel passages among Hittite-Luwian rituals: for the restoration of KUB 35.146

F. Spagnoli - Una testa di sileno in bronzo da Mozia

N. Chiarenza - Una matrice per terrecotte con sileno dall'Area sacra del Kothon a Mozia

G. Labisi - al-Fudayn: an Umayyad residence in Northern Jordan

P. Buzi - Early Christianity in the Fayyūm: the new contribution of archaeology

I. Materia - Preliminary notes on the ware depicted on the ceiling of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo

S. Autiero - Indian Ocean trade: a reassessment of the pottery finds from a multidisciplinary point of view (3rd Century BC-5th century AD)

M.M. Jamhawi - N. Al-Shakarchi - I. Al-Hashimi - Assessment of tourists' satisfaction in the downtown of Amman
Scavi e Ricerche
L. Nigro - C. Fiaccavento - M. Jaradat - J. Yasine - Archaeology from A to Z: Abu Zarad, an ancient town in the heartland of Palestine

L. Nigro - D. Montanari - M. Ghayyada - J. Yasine - Khalet al-Jam'a. A Middle Bronze and Iron Age necropolis near Bethlehem (Palestine)

L. Nigro - G. Ripepi - I. Hamdan - J. Yasine - The Jericho Oasis Archaeological Park - 2015 Interim Report. Italian-Palestinian Cooperation for protection and valorization of archaeological heritage

R. Francia - L'archivio di tavolette del complesso B-C-H di Büyükkale e l'organizzazione degli archivi reali ittiti. Considerazioni preliminari

V. Pisaniello - La collezione di tavolette del complesso B-C-H di Büyükkale

T. De Vincenzi - L'archivio di tavolette del complesso B-C-H sull'acropoli di Büyükkale
Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo
L. Nigro - Il nuovo allestimento del Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo della Sapienza

D. Montanari - Bollettino delle attività del Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo della Sapienza, anno 2015
A. Orsingher - E. PAPPA (2013), Early Iron Age Exchange in the West: Phoenicians in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic (Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series 43), Leuven - Paris - Walpole 2013, MA.: Peeters

L. Nigro - Editoriale
M. Jafari-Dehaghi - Čahār zahagān in Middle Persian literature

S. Seminara - Beyond the words. Some considerations about the word "to translate" in Sumerian

R. Francia - Gli Ittiti e la loro riscoperta nella Turchia repubblicana

K. Rashid Rahim - C.G. Cereti - L. Colliva - A. Fusaro - C. Insom - G. Labisi - S. Mancini - J. Bogdani - M. Galuppi - G. Terribili - MAIKI, Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno: la carta archeologica dell'area di Paikuli, obiettivi e metodologie applicate

L. Nigro - The Copper Route and the Egyptian connection in 3rd millennium BC Jordan seen from the caravan city of Khirbet al-Batrawy

M. Sala - EB II-III aegyptiaca east of the Jordan: a reevaluation of trade and cultural interactions between Egypt and Transjordanian urban centres

C. Fiaccavento - Two EB III Red Polished jugs from Palace B in Khirbet al-Batrawy and jugs with Reserved Alternate-Hatching Decoration (RAHD) from Palestine and Transjordan

D. Montanari - An EB IV dagger from Tell es-Sultan/Jericho

F. Spagnoli - Una brocchetta dipinta dal Tempio di Astarte nell'Area sacra del Kothon a Mozia

B. D'Andrea - Nuove stele dal Tofet di Mozia

A. Orsingher - Listen and protect: reconsidering the grinning masks after a recent find from Motya

P. Gignoux - Souvenirs d'un grand savant: Gherardo Gnoli (1937-2012)

N.N.Z. Chegini - M.V. Fontana - A. Asadi - M. Rugiadi - A.M. Jaia - A. Blanco - L. Ebanista - V. Cipollari Estakhr Project - second preliminary report of the joint Mission of the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research, the Parsa-Pasargadae Research Foundation and the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

A. Asadi - S.M. Mousavi Kouhpar - J. Neyestani - A. Hojabri-Nobari - Sasanian and Early Islamic settlement patterns north of the Persian Gulf

L. Nigro - Before the Greeks: the earliest Phoenician settlement in Motya - recent discoveries by Rome «La Sapienza» Expedition

C. Fiaccavento - Potters' wheels from Khirbet al-Batrawy: a reconsideration of social contexts

D. Montanari - A copper javelin head in the UCL Palestinian Collection

A. Massafra - A group of metal weapons from Tell el-'Ajjul in the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

A. Campus - Costruire memoria e tradizione: il tofet

F. Spagnoli - Demetra a Mozia: evidenze dall'area sacra del Kothon nel V secolo a.C.

R. Francia - Lo stile 'poetico' delle historiolae ittite

V. Pisaniello - Il sumerogramma IR nei testi ittiti

D. Montanari - Copper axes and double-apses buildings: investigating EB I social interrelations

P. Sferrazza - Cattivi presagi: analisi della raffigurazione della Stanza 132 del Palazzo Reale di Mari

I. Melandri - A new reconstruction of the anklets of Princess Khnumit

G. Ripepi - Gli edifici su podio in Palestina durante l'Età del Ferro II

F. Spagnoli - Un altare bruciaprofumi punico dalla "Casa del sacello domestico" a Mozia

M. Guirguis - Monte Sirai 2005-2010. Bilanci e prospettive

V. Tusa - Le armi dei corredi tombali della necropoli arcaica di Mozia

M.C. Benvenuto - F. Pompeo - Il sincretismo di genitivo e dativo in persiano antico

M.V. Fontana - S.M. Mireskandari - M. Rugiadi - A. Asadi - A.M. Jaia - A. Blanco - L. Colliva - Estakhr Project - first preliminary report of the joint Mission of the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research, the Parsa-Pasargadae Research Foundation and the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

C.G. Cereti - L. Colliva - M.V. Fontana - G. Terribili - J. Bogdani - A. Bizzarro - A. Tilia - S.S. Tilia - From flint to silicon, modern technologies applied to the understanding of history. The Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan

M. Rugiadi - Il complesso di ricevimento del palazzo ayyubide a Shawbak

L. Nigro - An EB IIIB (2500-2300 BC) gemstones necklace from the Palace of the Copper Axes at Khirbet al-Batrawy, Jordan

A. Caltabiano - Temples et sanctuaires urbains du littoral syrien à l'âge du Fer: continuité et transformation culturelles

M. Sala - Egyptian and Egyptianizing objects from EB I-III Tell es-Sultan/ancient Jericho

F. Spagnoli - Un'anforetta dipinta dalla Tomba T.177 di Mozia

M. Sala - Sanctuaries, Temples and Cult Places in Early Bronze I Southern Levant

D. Montanari - Sei lance rituali in metallo del Bronzo Antico I (3400-3000 a.C.) dal Levante meridionale

L. Romano - La stele del simposio?

S. Lanna - Land-management and food-production in early Egypt (Dynasties 0-2)

S. Paradiso - La brocca RS 24.440 da Ugarit: rappresentazione di una scena di offerta

G. Pagliari - Ancient Egyptian Palace: The Tripartite Plan of Audience System

M.G. Amadasi Guzzo - On the Beginnings of the Punic Scripts

B. D’Andrea - S. Giardino - “Il tofet: dove e perché”: alle origini dell’identità fenicia

L. Sist - Preliminary notes on two royal buildings discovered in Napata

A. Colazilli - Il pianto nell’antico Egitto

A. D’Aleo - Il mito di Butes: un caso paradigmatico di “sincretismo”?

S. Della Ricca - I. Della Ricca - Quale sanità nel Vicino Oriente urbanizzato?

V. Messina - J. Mehr Kian - Ricognizione dei rilievi partici d’Elimaide. La piana di Izeh- Malamir

M. Rugiadi - The Emergence of Siliceous-paste in Iran in the Last Quarter of the 11th century and Related Issues. The Dated Assemblage from the Southern Domed Hall of the Great Mosque of Isfahan

I. Melandri - Nuove considerazioni su una statua da Qaw el-Kebir al Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino

D. Nadali - Eph‘al, I.,The City Besieged. Siege and Its Manifestations in the Ancient Near East, Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 36, Brill Ed., Leiden - Boston 2009

D. Nadali - Curtis, J.E. - Tallis, N (eds.), The Balawat Gates of Ashurnasirpal II, The British Museum Press, London 2008

A. Vacca - Rappresentazioni di edifici sacri nella glittica dei periodi di Uruk, Jemdet Nasr e Protodinastico I

L. Romano - La corona del dio. Nota sull’iconografia divina nel Protodinastico

M. Sala - Il Temple en L a Biblo

M. D’Andrea - Trickle Painted Ware: an Early Bronze IV Specialized Pottery Production in Palestine and Transjordan

A. Iob - Forme, colori, funzione dei collari usekh: confronto tra immagine e modello reale

D. Nadali - La Stele di Daduša come documento storico dell’età paleobabilonese. Immagini e iscrizione a confronto

L. Peyronel - Guerre e alleanze in epoca paleobabilonese: il peso di Inibšina, figlia di Daduša di Ešnunna

G. Pedrucci - Kubaba: presenze anatoliche e antecedenti siriani

S. Festuccia - Le forme da fusione della Città Bassa Settentrionale di Tell Mardikh-Ebla

L. Mori - Osservazioni sulla tipologia delle strade dai testi di Emar

A. Vallorani - Bâtiment III: il palazzo neosiriano di Hama

M.G. Amadasi Guzzo - J.-Á. Zamora Lopez - Un ostracon phénicien de Tavira (Portugal)

M. L’Erario - Un Osco a Solunto. Una nota sul cosiddetto «oscillum» di Solunto

M.G. Amadasi Guzzo - Su due dediche neopuniche da Henchir Ghayadha

F. Bron - L’inscription néo-punique de Cherchell, NP 130

D. Piacentini - Una bilingue greco-palmirena dal Negev: una nuova interpretazione

L. Nigro - L’unzione del re? nota su un passabriglie protodinastico al Museo del Louvre

L. Romano - Recensione al volume: Margueron, J.-Cl., Mari. Métropole de l’Euphrate au IIIe et au debut du IIe millénaire av. J.-C., Paris 2004


L. Romano - La Stele degli Avvoltoi: una rilettura critica

L. Nigro - Alle origini della prima urbanizzazione palestinese. Il caso dell’Edificio 7102 di Tell el-‘Areini

M. Sala - Prodromi della prima urbanizzazione palestinese ai confini del deserto basaltico siro-giordano: l’insediamento fortificato del Bronzo Antico I (3400-3200 a.C.) a Jawa

G. Spreafico - La formulazione architettonica e spaziale dell’area sacra nell’edilizia templare del Ferro I in Palestina

R. Francia - Osservazioni sulle strategie linguistiche e stilistiche nelle lettere ittite

G. Capriotti Vittozzi - Rivisitando la tomba di Petosiri: note su alcuni aspetti iconografici

A. Orsingher - Bruciaprofumi lotiformi: una produzione fenicia 115

F. Susanna - Templi punici o di matrice punica con cripta o con strutture sotterranee in Nord Africa

N. Chiarenza - Una nota su un altare a tre betili da Selinunte

M.G. Amadasi Guzzo - Une lamelle magique à inscription phénicienne

C. Greco - Recensione al volume Mozia - XI


M. Liverani - La scoperta del mattone. Muri e archivi nell’archeologia mesopotamica

A. Archi - The “lords”, lugal-lugal, of Ebla: a prosopographic study

M.G. Biga - Wet-nurses at Ebla: a prosopographic study

M. Ramazzotti - Appunti sulla semiotica delle relazioni stratigrafiche di Gerico neolitica

N. Marchetti - A Middle Bronze I ritual deposit from the ‘Amuq Plain: note on the dating and the significance on the metal anthropomorphic figurines from Tell Judaidah

E. Ascalone - Interpretazione stratigrafica e proposta di periodizzazione della città di Susa. Studio comparativo degli scavi effettuati e analisi storica dell’abitato tra la fine del IV e l’inizio del III millennio a.C.

L. Peyronel - Sigilli harappani e dilmuniti dalla Mesopotamia e dalla Susiana. Note sul commercio nel golfo Arabo-Persico tra III e II millennio a.C.

L. Nigro - L’assedio di Bīt Bunakki da Ninive ai Musei Vaticani. La sua collocazione originaria nel Palazzo Nord di Assurbanipal e gli scavi di Giovanni Bennhi

R. Bertolino - I corpora delle iscrizioni semitiche di Hatra, Palmira e Dura-Europos: un bilancio

P. Grossmann - Zur Rekonstruktion der Südkirche von Antinoopolis

M. Ramazzotti - Un’ipotesi di proposta interpretativa: l’architettura domestica in Egitto come indice del cambiamento nella struttura socio-economica


A. Amenta - Aspetti culturali dal tempio di Tod

A. Bongioanni - Tradizioni sciamaniche nel manto “stellato” sacerdotale: il caso di Anen e Tutankhamon

R. Buongarzone - Una nuova versione del Libro della Terra

G. Capriotti Vittozzi - Una statua di sovrana al Museo Egizio di Torino: la tradizione del Nuovo Regno nell’iconografia della regine tolemaiche

E.M. Ciampini - I percorsi misteriosi di Rosetau

S. Demichelis - Papiri calendariali al Museo Egizio di Torino

P. Gallo - Una nuova statua del re Nekhthorheb sotto forma di falco da Pharbeithos

E. Fiore Marochetti - Un frammento di iscrizione proveniente dalla grande “Mastaba du Nord” a el-Lisht

V. Massa - I giuramenti demotici di Pathyris nel Museo Egizio di Torino

A. Piccato - Percezione della storia, narrazione degli eventi e storiografia dell’Egitto del III e del II millennio a.C. Alcune brevi osservazioni

P. Romeo - Stele di Qadesh e stele di Horus


M. Krebernik - Neue Beschwörungen aus Ebla

A. Archi - Bulle e cretule iscritte da Ebla

A. Archi - Eblaita: paš–šu “colui che è addetto all’unzione; sacerdote purificatore; cameriere al servizio di una persona”

L De Urioste Sanchez - Aspetti della circolazione di metalli preziosi ad Ebla: catene di distribuzione e restituzione parziale

M. Bonechi - ARET I 2 + ARET IV 23

A. Enea - Per una rilettura delle abitazioni palestinesi a pianta curvilinea del Bronzo Antico I

N. Marchetti - L’aquila Anzu: nota su alcuni amuleti mesopotamici

L. Nigro - Dieci asce protodinastiche dal Luristan della Collezione Lorenzo Vannini

F. Venturi - Una ‘fiasca del pellegrino’ da Tell Afis. L'evoluzione dei ‘Pilgrim Flasks’ cananaici nel passaggio tra Bronzo Tardo e Ferro I

S. Di Paolo - Gli avori di Megiddo: un esempio di arte siriana?

R. Francia - Il pronome possessivo enclitico in antico ittita: alcune riflessioni

A. Roccati - La datazione di opere letterarie egizie

E.M. Ciampini - Testi funerari del Medio Regno in contesto “anomalo”: il caso di formule su stele

E. Mitchell- Redazione preliminare della carta archeologica del Jebel Barkal

A. Ciasca, R. Di Salvo, M. Castellino, C. Di Patti - Saggio preliminare sugli incinerati del Tofet di Mozia



S. Donadoni - La situazione archeologica

L Sist - Le figurazioni della Tomba TT 27

A. Roccati - Reminiscenze delle Tombe di Asiut nel monumento di Sheshonq

F. Tiradritti - Il capitolo 146w del Libro dei Morti

G. Rosati - Il Libro dei Morti sui pilastri orientali della corte

S. Bosticco - I ritrovamenti

B. Moiso - Conservazione del monumento e ripristino architettonico



M.G. Biga - Osservazioni sui criteri di redazione dei testi di Ebla: TM. 75. G.1730 e i testi del rituale per il re e la regina

F. Pomponio - Abba-kalla di Puzriš-Dagan

G. Wilhelm - Zum eblaitischen Gott Kura

C. Zaccagnini - Ceremonial Transfers of Real Estate at Emar and Elsewhere

L. Sist - Un frammento di statua da Crocodilopoli

F. Tiradritti - Stele di Amanitore e Arikankharor dal «Palazzo di Natakamani» al Gebel Barkal

M. Salvini. - Note sulle tavolette di Bastam

G. Falsone - Nuove coppe metalliche di fattura orientale

A. Ciasca - Mozia: sguardo d'insieme sul tofet

N. Marchetti - L'iscrizione della cappella rupestre di En-Numêr a Petra e la paleografia nabatea

A. Alberti - Nihil sub sole novum. Osservazioni a margine di MEE 10

A. Archi - Integrazioni alla prosopografia dei «danzatori», ne-di, di Ebla

E. Badalì - La festa di primavera AN. TAÐ.ŠUM: contributi su alcuni aspetti del culto ittito

L. Innocente - Stato delle ricerche sul cario

F. Israel - Note di onomastica semitica 6: l’apporto della glittica all’onomastica aramaica

Addendum to: D. Schmandt-Besserat: Tokens as Funerary Offerings, VO 7, pp. 3-9



A. Archi - F. Pomponio - Tavolette economiche neo-sumeriche dell’Università Pontificia Salesiana

May 20, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Verbum: Analecta Neolatina

[First posted on AWOL 30 March 2010, updated 20 May 2018]

Verbum: Analecta Neolatina
ISSN: (paper) 1585-079X
ISSN: (online) 1588-4309
A Verbum célja, hogy a közép- és újkori latin, valamint az újlatin irodalmak, nyelvek és kultúrák területén végzett kutatások számára fórumot biztosítson, különös tekintettel a Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetemen és a vele együttműködő intézményekben elért eredmények bemutatására.

The journal provides a forum for New Latin and Romance arts, literature and linguistics, presenting mainly the results of research carried out at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary) and other institutions collaborating with it.

    Scott Moore (Ancient History Ramblings)

    Catching Up

    The last few days have been fairly busy and so I haven’t had a chance to post. On Friday, I went back to Kourion and looked at some more pottery there. It didn’t go as well as planned. I had some trouble locating what I needed to be looking at, and after a few phone calls to people in other countries, I gave up for the day. Since Bill had come with me to help, and I felt bad for wasting his time in a way, he suggested we stop at Agios Georgios and have lunch at this nice seafood restaurant overlooking Coral Bay – a relaxing view, and great grilled octopus. The problem with the suggestion is that for some reason I have the hardest time driving through Polis from Lemesos and heading to Pegeia where the restaurant is located – I can get there with no problem starting from Polis, and I can get there if I start at the mosaics in Paphos. So, as you can expect, I got lost in Paphos. We saw one sign for Pegeia which we followed, and then no further directions. I wound up going down to the water, and then managed to work my way back to basically where we had started. Then Bill suggested we follow the white car in front of us when they turned to the left, which is the general direction we needed to head. After 10 minutes of driving, I noticed that had we wound up right where we had started, we had driven in a complete circle. After a good half hour of driving through various neighborhoods, we actually found the correct road and were soon at Agios Georgios – and the view and meal was worth it.


    We took the back route from Pegeia to Polis and spent the afternoon taking care of odds and ends. For dinner we went to Fly Again, an Irish pub and grill located one village over in Argaka– a place we go to get pizza and watch the sunset. It was pretty crowded, but it was Friday night. The pizza was good and the sunset was very picturesque.


    img_2570-e1526796188871.jpgOn Saturday we went back to the apotheke in Polis and I worked on cataloging and illustrating a collection of artifacts for our work on EF1 – a small site that has turned out to be pretty interesting to analyze. For dinner, we went to what is my favorite restaurant on the island – The Old Time Restaurant. We always mean to get a reservation, but then forget and when we show up and they ask us if we have a reservation and we have to say no, I fell bad. I always feelimg_2572.jpg like they are disappointed in us for not securing a reservation. Even though the restaurant was packed, they were able to work us in after about a twenty minute wait. I was able to convince Bill to order the Old Town Gourmet Meze – which came with dips, bread, salad, halloumi with fig sauce, duck spring rolls, partridge ravioli, crispy potatoes, lamb, and duck. Everyone of the dishes was done just right – it was fabulous. A very good meal to end the day on…even though I stopped for ice cream on the way back to the hotel.



    May 19, 2018

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    From the Archivist's Notebook: Essays Inspired by Archival Research in Athens Greece

    From the Archivist's Notebook: Essays Inspired by Archival Research in Athens Greece
    “Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”‬ –Gloria Steinem 

    My name is Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan – archivist, archaeologist, historian, wife and mother. These are pages from my notebook.

    I studied Classical Archaeology in Greece (University of Thessaloniki) and the United States (Bryn Mawr College), and have conducted field work in East Crete for many years. Since 1994, I have served the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as head of its archives, from which I draw inspiration for most of my writings in this blog. Together with Jack L. Davis, I recently co-edited a volume titled Philhellenism, Philanthropy, or Political Convenience? American Archaeology in Greece, Hesperia 82:1, Princeton 2013. Jack, Vivian Florou, and I have just published another edited volume, titled Carl W. Blegen: Personal and Archaeological Narratives (Atlanta: Lockwood Press 2015). The book is  available at: http://www.amazon.com/Carl-W-Blegen-Archaelogical-Narratives/dp/1937040224/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409506771&sr=1-4&keywords=vogeikoff
    “From the Archivist’s Notebook” will appear once a month (on the 1st), occasionally twice (then also on the 15th) if there is a guest contribution.

    Here you will also will find essays contributed by guest authors who are involved in similar kinds of archival research: viz., the history of institutions and the role of individual agency in them. These essays will include their musings on books, articles, and exhibition catalogs relevant to their research interests. Until now, guest bloggers Jack Davis, Jacquelyn Clements, Liz Ward Papageorgiou, Vivian Florou, and Curtis Runnels have written on a variety of themes (see Authors).

    Finally, opinions in From the Archivist’s Notebook are those of the authors. Comments are moderated, but publication of a comment does not indicate an endorsement of the opinions expressed.

    ASOR Annual Meeting Programs

    ASOR Annual Meeting Programs

      Future Annual Meetings

      2018: Denver, CO
      2019: San Diego, CA
      2020: Boston, MA

      Past Annual Meetings

      2017: Boston, MA
      Program Book in PDF.
      2016: San Antonio, TX
      Program Book in PDF.
      2015: Atlanta, GA
      Academic Program Schedule in PDF.
      Business Meetings Schedule in PDF.

      2014: San Diego, CA
      Academic Program Schedule in PDF.
      Business Meetings Schedule in PDF.

      2013: Baltimore, MD
      Academic Program Schedule in PDF.
      Business Meetings Schedule in HTML.
      Schedule At-A-Glance in PDF.

      2012: Chicago, IL
      Academic Program Schedule in PDF.
      Business Meetings Schedule in PDF.

      2011: San Francisco, CA
      Academic Program Schedule in PDF.
      Business Meetings Schedule in PDF.

      2010: Atlanta, GA
      Academic Program Schedule in PDF.
      Business Meetings Schedule in PDF.

      2009: New Orleans, LA
      2008: Boston, MA
      2007: San Diego, CA
      2006: Washington, DC
      2005: Philadelphia, PA
      2004: San Antonio, TX
      2003: Atlanta, GA
      2002: Toronto, ON
      2001: Boulder, CO
      2000: Washington, DC (centennial celebration)
      2000: Nashville, TN
      1999: Cambridge, MA
      1998: Orlando, FL
      1997: Napa, CA

        Open Access Journal: Spicae: Cahiers de l'Atelier Vincent de Beauvais

        [First posted in AWOL 19 January 2012, updated 19 May 2018]

        Spicae: Cahiers de l'Atelier Vincent de Beauvais
        ISSN: 2257-6819
        Spicae, Cahiers de l'Atelier Vincent de Beauvais est une revue en ligne destinée à la publication de travaux érudits concernant l’encyclopédisme médiéval et la transmission des connaissances de l’Antiquité vers le Moyen Âge occidental, que ce soit sous forme d'articles de recherche, d'éditions critiques, de dossiers de travail, de listes de manuscrits et de notes spécialisées. La transmission des textes grecs, syriaques et arabes qui ont nourri l'encyclopédisme médiéval via des traductions est bien entendu inclue dans ce champ de recherche ouvert sur l'encyclopédisme latin et vernaculaire sur toute la période médiévale.

        Spicae est ouverte à toute proposition de contribution dans ces domaines et publie notamment les résultats des travaux de l’Atelier Vincent de Beauvais et de ses partenaires ou collaborateurs. Elle est aussi un complément scientifique au projet SOURCENCYME (‘Sources des encyclopédies diévales’) de corpus annoté des encyclopédies médiévales latines.

        De 1979 à 1986, la revue Spicae. Cahiers de l'Atelier Vincent de Beauvais a été publiée sous forme papier. Ces anciens numéros sont maintenant disponibles en versions téléchargeables sur le site web de l'équipe.

        Date de création du site de Spicae en ligne : décembre 2011.

        Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

        Old and New Perspectives on Church Building in Cyprus

        I was pretty excited to read  Marietta Horster, Doria Nicolaou, Sabine Rogge’s edited volume, Church Building in Cyprus (4th – 7th century): A Mirror of Intercultural Contacts in the Eastern Mediterranean (Waxmann 2018). I’ve been working on Early Christian Cyprus for about 10 years now and have been struck by the lack of book-length “standard work” on the topic despite the massive number of Early Christian monuments on the island. This book does not really fill that gap entirely — it is an edited volume rather than a monograph or survey — but it goes a long way to present the dynamic range of recent research on churches and church building on Cyprus.

        I won’t go into a detailed review, in part because I’m still digesting the book, and in part because it’s hard enough to review a monograph much less a series of articles, but the book deserves a spot on the bookshelf of any serious scholar of Cyprus or Eastern Mediterranean. 

        Here are my observations:

        1. Remember Liturgy! Years ago, when I was toiling away on my dissertation, I became fascinated by the complex interplay of architecture and liturgy in Greece. It was never easy or tidy to map liturgy onto architecture owing as much to the vagaries of regional liturgical practice over time as the persistence of certain architectural forms outside of the context of ritual. In other words, architecture and liturgy were deeply intertwined, but it was always very messy, as a result, there has been a bit of ambivalence toward the place of liturgy in understanding Early Christian architecture. Several of the articles in this book return to those problems which are made all the more complicated by the place of Cyprus between major liturgical traditions in Cilicia, Syria, and the Aegean basin and makes an effort to wring meaning from how traditions of architecture and liturgy intersect.

        2. Churches, Saints, and Contexts. One of the biggest disappointments in my own work over the last 20 years is that I’ve never managed to do a very good job locating churches in their landscapes. In other words, my churches – whether in the Corinthia or on Cyprus – tend to float a bit in their urban or rural landscapes. As someone who has spent most of his career wandering around the countryside and thinking about how the wider geographical context works, this is hardly excusable.

        Several articles in this book locate churches within the sacred and secular landscapes of Cyprus. They reflect on change in the Cypriot countryside, church politics, the role of saints in the religious life of the island, and the location of churches to create a richer ecclesiastical and social landscape. This is challenging, fraught, and important work. The last three decades of archaeological work on Cyprus has illuminated the Late Roman, Early Byzantine, and Early Christian period in significant ways. We know more about village life, the countryside, and the transformations of Late Roman urbanism at the end of antiquity than ever before. Mapping churches onto this dynamic landscape makes how we understand architecture and the Late Antiquity richer.

        The folding in of landscapes shaped by saints lives and other texts goes even further in presenting Cyprus as a relatively distinct Christian landscape in the 4th to 7th centuries in which ecclesiastical authorities (through their surrogates the Bishop Saint) south to project a particular kind of power over the island. 

        4. Arches, Vaults, and Domes. One of the most interesting aspects of Cypriot churches in the range of masses, forms, and techniques used to create the spaces of within and around churches. At the south basilica, our building both used a series of arches running along the south and west side of the building that parallels a courtyard to the south and a road to the west. These arches were built at the same time as the transformation of the church from being wood roofed to vaulted and practically announce the newly vaulted interior.

        The evidence for such interior vaults, domes, half-domes, wooden roofs, and various arches are difficult to discern especially for buildings that preserve so little of their walls and roofs and that underwent so many transformations. The contributors generally assessed these architectural developments in a technical way or in the context of Cypriot architecture rather than as evidence for the influence of one or another neighboring region or imperial center. It was refreshing to see the traditional preoccupation with a linear progression of Early Christian architecture give way. The myriad of influences and styles present on Cyprus makes the island an ideal place for this kind of critique. 

        5. Stratigraphy and Dates. If there was an area that I’d love to understand better, it is how changes in ceramic chronologies, the introduction of more rigorous stratigraphic practices, and the architecture is slowly transforming how we understand the history of Early Christian building on the island. This book is long on architectural detail, which is welcome, but at times a bit short on the nitty-gritty of how archaeologists establish the dates for buildings, how they work out architectural sequences, and how the buildings relate architecturally to their built environments.

        If you’re into the archaeology of churches in the Eastern Mediterranean, this book is definitely worth a read. The contributors mark a pretty clear trajectory for the field which embraces both the traditions of Early Christian architectural history and moves tentatively forward toward incorporating new perspectives while discarded more tired and unproductive approaches. 

        May 18, 2018

        Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

        Everyone loves a royal wedding

        The wedding of Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle on 19 May at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, will include centuries-old royal traditions and ceremonial, as they take their vows before God, their families and the Queen. To celebrate this happy occasion, we are displaying two medieval manuscripts with stunning images...

        Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

        Special Issue on Digital Heritage Technologies: Applications and Impacts

        Special Issue on Digital Heritage Technologies: Applications and Impacts  
        Posted on 2018-05-18
        The recent "digital turn" in archaeology has spurred methodological advances and new research directions, with wide-ranging impacts at multiple scales. The proliferation of imaging, remote sensing, laser scanning and photogrammetry applications has, at times, outpaced considerations about data archiving, digital epistemologies, and accessibility. This can lead to circumstances in which the creation of digital datasets is privileged over public dissemination or scholarly output – a situation that ultimately undermines the democratization of science. The future of digital heritage in archaeology thus lies in the integration of methodological approaches to digitization with explicit project outcomes targeted at various communities and stakeholders – an approach that might be thought of as “applied digital heritage.” This special issue will publish papers that highlight recent work in the field of digital archaeological heritage, with a focus on documentation, analysis, and dissemination. It is not constrained by geographical setting or time period.  Authors are encouraged to consider topics that include, but are not limited to, the following: Digital techniques in archaeological field and lab research Digital epistemologies and the interpretation of archaeological material Dissemination and public engagement; and The ethics and politics of digital archaeological heritage

        Open Access Journal: The Denver Journal: An Online Review of Current Biblical and Theological Studies

        [First posted in AWOL 22 February 2011. Updated 18 May 2018]

        The Denver Journal: An Online Review of Current Biblical and Theological Studies

        Welcome to Denver Journal. The purpose of the Denver Journal is to establish an online Evangelical review journal of biblical and theological studies edited and produced by the faculty of Denver Seminary for use by alumni and all who are interested in biblical and theological ministry and research.
        Denver Journal is a review journal. It aims to include reviews of all recent and significant books and published media relating to the major fields of biblical and theological studies: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, World Christianity, Pastoral Ministry and Evangelism, Counseling, Philosophy of Religion, Education Ministries and Administration, Homiletics and Speech, and Youth and Family Ministries.
        Denver Journal will include reviews as well as review articles that might include essays on the present state of studies in a field or specific area of that field, annotated bibliographies, extensive reviews of a work of particular significance, and other longer items. The reviews themselves, divided according to the major fields of biblical and theological studies, will normally be 500-800 words in length. An additional section of book notes will include 100-200 word summaries and evaluations of books that are worthy of note but not necessarily deserving a full review in the journal.
        Denver Journal is an Evangelical journal. Its choice of books and reviewers reflects the Evangelical commitment and interests of the seminary.
        The journal is online. All contributions are written and edited electronically.
        You can view past Denver Journals here.

        Current Volume

        Volume 21 - 2018
        Title & Author Article Author(s)
        Old Testament

        Ryan P. O’Dowd. ProverbsCraig L. Blomberg

        New Testament

        Apologetics and Ethics


        Historical Theology



        Open Access Journal: eisodos: Zeitschrift für Antike Literatur und Theorie

        [Firsts posted in AWOL 2 June 2014, updated 18 May 2018]

        eisodos: Zeitschrift für Antike Literatur und Theorie
        ISSN: 2364-4397
        eisodos – Zeitschrift für Antike Literatur und Theorie ist eine peer-reviewed, open-access, online-Zeitschrift für B.A.- und M.A.-Studierende sowie Doktoranden zu Beginn ihrer Promotion. Es werden sowohl Studierende der Klassischen Philologie als auch Studierende der Byzantinistik, des Mittel- und Neulatein, der Allgemeinen & Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft oder einer modernen Literaturwissenschaft eingeladen, Beiträge in deutscher oder englischer Sprache einzusenden.

        Thematischer Schwerpunkt von eisodos sind Fragen der Interpretation von antiker Literatur und des Theorievergleichs. Interpretation von Literatur meint hier gleichberechtigt Studien zu Einzelwerken von Literatur, zu Einzelaspekten in diesen Werken sowie zu Literatur allgemein. Die theoretische Basis für verschiedene Herangehensweisen an Literatur sollen dabei stets auch thematisiert werden.
        eisodos – Journal for Ancient Literature and Theory is a peer-reviewed, online-journal for B.A.- and M.A.-students as well as Ph.D.-Students in the early stages of their Ph.D. Classisicsts, students of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, as well as students of Middle and New Latin, Comparative Literature or any other Literary Studies are invited to submit contributions.

        eisodos has as its focus questions on the interpretation of Ancient literature. The comparison of different literary theories is a further key aspect on which eisodos will welcome submissions. Interpretation here is intended to include both studies on individual works of literature or specific aspects in individual works of literature as well as studies on literature in general. The theoretical framework and approach that forms the basis of any of these interpretations should always be articulated.

        Open Access Journal: Circe de Clásicos y Modernos

         [First posted in AWOL 11 November 2009. Updated 18 May 2018]

        Circe de Clásicos y Modernos
        On-line ISSN 1851-1724 
        ISSN-e: 1514-3333

        Circe de Clásicos y Modernos is an annual publication by the Instituto de Estudios Clásicos of the Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, director Marta Alesso. The journal aims to publish original works on Philology, Philosophy, History, Literature and Classic Tradition, and for these to be accepted by members of the International Review Committee, who referee blind the works sent by the Editorial Committee. The journal’s geographical reach is international. It also publishes reviews of books by Argentinian and foreign authors and news on scientific events in the journal’s specialization.

        Vol.    Number

        Open Access Archaeology Books from Cairn

        Open Access Archaeology Books from Cairn

        L'avenir du passé

        Modernité de l'archéologie
        Jean-Paul Demoule, Bernard Stiegler


        Villes et campagnes
        Michel Kaplan

        Lions, héros, masques

        Les représentations de l'animal chez Homère
        Annie Schnapp-Gourbeillon

        Manuel d'archéologie médiévale et moderne

        Joëlle Burnouf, Danielle Arribet-Deroin, Bruno Desachy, Florence Journot, Anne Nissen-Jaubert

        Manuel d'archéologie

        Méthodes, objets et concepts
        François Djindjian

        Le monde byzantin I

        L'Empire romain d'Orient (330-641)
        Cécile Morrisson

        La mort du souverain

        entre Antiquité et haut Moyen Age
        Brigitte Boissavit-Camus, François Chausson, Hervé Inglebert

        Le Palais sans rival

        Le récit de construction en Assyrie
        Sylvie Lackenbacher

        Les potiers d’Étrurie et leur monde

        Contacts, échanges, transferts
        Laura Ambrosini, Vincent Jolivet

        Le problème de la christianisation du monde antique

        Hervé Inglebert, Sylvain Destephen, Bruno Dumézil

        Le Proche-Orient Asiatique. Tome 1

        Des origines aux invasions des peuples de la mer
        Paul Garelli, Jean-Marie Durand, Hatice Gonnet, Catherine Breniquet

        Pythéas le Grec découvre l’Europe du Nord

        IVe siècle av. J.-C
        Barry Cunliffe

        Rome et l'intégration de l'Empire (44 av. J.-C.-260 ap. J.-C.). Tome 1

        Les structures de l’Empire romain
        François Jacques, John Scheid

        Rome, le prince et la Cité

        Pouvoir impérial et cérémonies publiques (Ier siècle av. - début du IVe siècle apr. J.-C.)
        Stéphane Benoist

        Théorie et pratique de la fiction à l’époque impériale

        Christophe Bréchet, Anne Videau, Ruth Webb

        Traduire, transposer, transmettre dans l’Antiquité gréco-romaine

        Bernard Bortolussi, Madeleine Keller, Sophie Minon, Lyliane Sznajder

        Violences de guerre, violences de masse

        Une approche archéologique
        Jean Guilaine,  Jacques Sémelin

        Ethan Gruber (XForms for Archives)

        Three new Edward Newell research notebooks added to Archer

        Three research notebooks of Edward T. Newell have been added to Archer, the archives of the American Numismatic Society. These had been scanned as part of the larger Newell digitization project, which was migrated into IIIF for display in Mirador (with annotations) in late 2017.

        These three notebooks had been scanned, but TEI files had not been generated due to some minor oversight. Generating the TEI files was fairly straightforward--there's a small PHP script that will extract MODS from our Koha-based library catalog. These MODS files are subsequently run through an XSLT 3.0 stylesheet to generate TEI with a facsimile listing of all image files associated with the notebook, linking to the IIIF service URI. XSLT 3.0 comes into play to parse the info.json for each image in order to insert the height and width of the source image directly into the TEI, which is used for the TEI->IIIF Manifest JSON transformation (the canvas and image portions of the manifest), which is now inherent to TEI files published in the EADitor platform.

        The notebooks all share the same general theme: they are Newell's notes on the coins in the Berlin Münzkabinett, which we aim to annotate in Mirador over the course of the NEH-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project.

        A fourth notebook was found to have not yet been scanned, and so it will be published online soon.

          Tom Brughmans (Archaeological Network Analysis)

          Visual connections between Caribbean islands (open access publication)

          Today our paper on visual connections between Caribbean islands is published open access in print in Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. It combines a wide range of different visibility analysis methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to explore the visual properties of Eastern Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. When does the island become visible when approaching... Continue Reading →

          May 17, 2018

          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Open Access Journal: Dacia: Revue d'archéologie et d'histoire ancienne

          Dacia: Revue d'archéologie et d'histoire ancienne
          ISSN: 0070-251X
          Revista Dacia a fost fondată în 1924 de către arheologul Vasile Pârvan, unul din întemeietorii şcolii arheologice româneşti. Prima serie a apărut în perioada 1924-1947 (Dacia. Recherches et découvertes archéologiques en Roumanie), ca revistă a Muzeului Naţional de Antichităţi, fiind apoi interzisă de autorităţile comuniste. 

          Seria nouă începe în 1957 (Dacia. Revue d’archéologie et d’histoire ancienne), ca revistă a noului Institut de Arheologie al Academiei Române. Revista noastră publică, în engleză, franceză, germană şi italiană, în urma unui proces de peer-review, articole, note şi recenzii de arheologie şi istorie referitoare la un spectru cronologic larg, din paleolitic pînă în evul mediu, incluzând perspective din alte discipline (istoria artei, ştiinţe sociale etc.), cu o atenţie specială pentru contribuţiile dedicate Europei de sud-est şi ariilor învecinate.

          Recunoaşterea internaţională a calităţilor revistei Dacia ne permite să o distribuim prin schimb la un număr de 350 parteneri din toată lumea.
          Sumar nr. I (1957)
          Sumar nr. II (1958)
          Sumar nr. III (1959)
          Sumar nr. IV (1960)
          Sumar nr. V (1961)
          Sumar nr. VI (1962)
          Sumar nr. VII (1963)
          Sumar nr. VIII (1964)
          Sumar nr. IX (1965)
          Sumar nr. X (1966)
          Sumar nr. XI (1967)
          Sumar nr. XII (1968)
          Sumar nr. XIII (1969)
          Sumar nr. XIV (1970)
          Sumar nr. XV (1971)
          Sumar nr. XVI (1972)
          Sumar nr. XVII (1973)
          Sumar nr. XVIII (1974)
          Sumar nr. XIX (1975)
          Sumar nr. XX (1976)
          Sumar nr. XXI (1977)
          Sumar nr. XXII (1978)
          Sumar nr. XXIII (1979)
          Sumar nr. XXIV (1980)
          Sumar nr. XXV (1981)
          Sumar nr. XXVI (1982)
          Sumar nr. XXVII (1983)
          Sumar nr. XXVIII (1984)
          Sumar nr. XXIX (1985)
          Sumar nr. XXX (1986)
          Sumar nr. XXXI (1987)
          Sumar nr. XXXII (1988)
          Sumar nr. XXXIII (1989)
          Sumar nr. XXXIV (1990)
          Sumar nr. XXXV (1991)
          Sumar nr. XXXVI (1992)
          Sumar nr. XXXVII (1993)
          Sumar nr. XXXVIII-XXXIX (1994-1995)
          Sumar nr. XL-XLII (1996-1998)
          Sumar nr. XLIII-XLV (1999-2001)
          Sumar nr. XLVI-XLVII (2002-2003)
          Sumar nr. XLVIII-XLIX (2004-2005)
          Sumar nr. L (2006)
          Sumar nr. LI (2007)
          Sumar nr. LII (2008)
          Sumar nr. LIII (2009)
          Sumar nr. LIV (2010)
          Sumar nr. LV (2011)
          Sumar nr. LVI (2012)
          Sumar nr. LVII (2013)
          Sumar nr. LVIII (2014)
          Sumar nr. LIX (2015)
          Sumar nr. LX (2016)

          Open Access Journal: Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies

          [First posted in AWOL 23 October 2009. Updated 17 May  2018]

          Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies
          ISSN: 1097-3702
          Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies is an electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Syriac tradition, published semi-annually (in January and July) by Beth Mardutho. Published since 1998, Hugoye seeks to offer the best scholarship available in the field of Syriac studies.

          The word Hugoye, the plural form of Hugoyo, derives from the root hg' meaning 'to think, meditate, study'. Hugoyo itself means 'study, meditation'. In modern times, the term has been applied for academic studies; hence, Hugoye Suryoye translates as 'Syriac Studies'.
          Searching for a particular article, but not sure which volume it's in? Try searching our Author Index Page.

          Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

          Le più recenti tecnologie per le Scienze della Terra, del Mare: workshop con presentazioni e dimostrazioni


          Da qualche anno Codevintec presenta le nuove tecnologie per le Scienze della Terra (e del Mare) ai pubblici più attenti: studiosi, professionisti, operatori, pubbliche amministrazioni.

          The Signal: Digital Preservation

          Building a Southern Mosaic

          The following is a guest post from Innovation Intern Aditya Jain on his Southern Mosaic visualization.

          Two weeks into my LC Labs Innovation internship, I came across Rachel I. Howard’s essay Southern Mosaic on the Library of Congress website. The essay describes the story of John and Ruby Lomax, a husband and wife who made a 6,502 mile journey through the Southern United States in 1939 to collect folk songs for the Library of Congress’ Music Division. This trip is part of a much larger Lomax collection available at the American Folklife Center.

          I was fascinated by the Lomax’s story and I wasted no time diving into the audio recordings on the Library’s website, which features religious songs, field hollers, corridos, ballads, and spoken word performances reflecting Southern folk culture in the 1930s. Inspired by the richness of the collection, I created an interactive visualization of the Lomax Journey to make exploring the audio collections easier and highlight the individuals the Lomaxes recorded.

          Mapping the Lomax Journey

          Acquiring JSON data from the Library of Congress’ website is an extraordinarily simple task (shoutout to Laura Wrubel for teaching me this simple trick). All one has to do is to append a ?fo=json parameter to the URL one wishes to acquire data out of. So for example if I wish to get the data for https://www.loc.gov/collections/john-and-ruby-lomax/ I would go to https://www.loc.gov/collections/john-and-ruby-lomax/?fo=json.

          Once I had the data, I discovered each song included the timestamp and location of where it was recorded. Hence one can create a linear timeline of the Lomaxes journey through the South. Unfortunately, modern highways in the United States didn’t exist at the time of the Lomax journey, so I visited the Library of Congress’ Maps Division to continue my research.  A curator helped me find a map of southern roads and highways from the late 1930s, but in order to publish it online, I would need to enquire about its copyright. A visit to the Copyright reading room ensued, where to my relief (and to the efforts of kind staff), I found that the map’s copyright had not been renewed.

          entries in a handwritten copyright register

          Copyright register documents the status for a map of roads and highways in the Southern United States

          The resultant digital map I created for Southern Mosaic was made using some Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) methods, which define shapes using vectors. In Adobe Illustrator, you can trace paths on to an underlying image and export that product as an SVG and your browser will respect that hierarchy and render that SVG exactly as you intended to be, on screens of all shapes and sizes.

          Map of state highways and roads

          The interactive map of the route the Lomaxes traveled

          Where it really gets interesting is that the browser will also let you manipulate each individual layer based on its layer name, so you can use JavaScript to turn layers on and off. I can also change its color, or manipulate the length of a path using the dash-offset trick. The hardest part was tracing the actual paths, which had to be done by hand. Luckily for me I had a wonderful collaborator in Nirja Desai who helped me trace the paths using a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet. Once you have the SVG map with all paths and locations making it interactive is only a matter of some JavaScript hacking.


          Code snippet to map the route of John and Ruby Lomax on an interactive map

          Here’s the pseudo code for the interactive map


          I used the wonderful d3-annotation library by Susie Lu to draw annotations. d3-annotation is great because you can just specify where you wish to draw the annotation and it takes care of some annoying <tspan> math for you.

          The Bloom Visualization

          Once I had completed the map my next order of business was to come up with a visualization-tool that could help people expose the collection. I’m a big fan of Giorgia Lupi’s Data Humanism manifesto that encourages visualization practitioners to deep-dive into the data. This time I visited the American Folklife Center to study the paper copies of the Lomax fieldnotes, which informed a significant chunk of my project. Through its anecdotes the fieldnotes surface a more complex portrait of a nation and its peoples than you would understand from listening to a recording. It was in the field notes, for example, where I learned the term ‘state farm’ (where many recordings were made) referred to a prison work-camp. I also became increasingly aware of the spectre of racism lurking in the background of this otherwise romantic story, such as this example from the Ramsey State Farm.

          I thought about ways I could add to the identity of the creators, and one idea was to compile data about race and ethnicity. My initial assumption, informed by the library API which lacked such data, was that the Lomaxes did not collect such data and I would have to do it myself. (This assumption ended up being wrong).

          I made a set of everyone who performed the recordings, and then scanned the field notes for references to the race of a person.  If I couldn’t find references to a person’s ethnicity/race in the fieldnotes, I referred to the Prints and Photographs division’s Lomax collections which contain pictures of some recorded artists.  Failing all other means, I searched the publicly available 1940 census. An example of a performer’s race that I found through this method is Aunt Caroline Horn’s public record.

          After speaking with a Folklife curator Todd Harvey, I discovered that my initial assumption about the Lomaxes’ not collecting race data was wrong, for they did intermittently record race on the disc sleeves of the disc-recordings. Once I found out about this fact, the disc-sleeves became one of my primary sources for race data in conjunction with the field notes.

          At this point in time I had with me the following data points: state and town (or prison) names, creator names, creator race, recording titles, and audio files. I liked the idea of creating bloom visualizations to reflect the hierarchical nature of the data, another idea that was partly inspired by Lupi’s work which makes the look-and-feel of data organic and humane. The other half of the inspiration comes from one of the few things I know about the American South: that its associated with magnolias.

          Data hierarchy for Southern Mosaic

          Navigating Southern Mosaic

          I ended up choosing the open-source Vue.js for my front-end framework to build my visualizations. I had little prior-experience in Vue but it’s a ridiculously easy API to pick up. Vue is reactive, so features like computed properties mean that heavy computations are cached and recalculated only when underlying dependencies change. The performance gains for this feature are evident when you start breaking down a big function into smaller discrete parts. I love Vue’s ability to create an elegant harmony between user interface elements and its corresponding visualization(s). Creating filters is a breeze, and the code for the user interface can be nicely tucked away in its own .vue file (which is a beautiful concept in its own right). The user interface can communicate data to the visualization component either through a common parent component or a global store like Vuex or Redux, whichever one suits your fancy. If you’re looking to get into Vue I highly recommend the Vue documentation itself, which is simple enough to understand.

          a visualization of locations, performers, and songs documented by John and Ruby Lomax

          The Alabama Vue visualization

          Images and Audio

          Though the Lomaxes did not take pictures on their 1939 Southern States trip, the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division has a wealth of stunning material from their later trips through the South and elsewhere. It was difficult to include dozens of high quality pictures in my visual essay without ruining the page-load times for my readers on slower internet connections, so I decided to look into lazy-loading the images (loading images only when you need them). I uploaded low-resolution placeholder images and their corresponding high-resolution images into Lozad library, and it took care of the rest of the work for me.

          The in-line player component piece of my project was inspired by a similar component I had seen implemented on the Pudding (I saw this version first but it was later pointed out that Shirley Wu had also implemented this Hamilton visualization a long time ago). Writing the SoundText component was fun but I had to wrestle with the WebAudio API. If all you need to do is play/pause a sound file then you probably want to use a higher abstraction library such as Howler.js. The SoundText component itself is just a colored <span>. As the sound recording progresses, an overlaid <div> changes its width to match the progress %.

          snippet of text with song files embedded with pink audio buttons

          Examples of embedded audio in the Southern Mosaic text

          Creating Southern Mosaic was a deeply satisfactory experience. Along the way I made new friends, learned some cool new technologies, learned something new about the world but most importantly for me, I ended up learning quite a few things about myself. I am grateful to LC Labs for giving me the extraordinary opportunity that lead me to this gem of a story. There are many such gems tucked away in the annals of the republic, and if you’re a creative developer I hope my work has encouraged you to explore the Library of Congress’ Collections as Data.

          Scott Moore (Ancient History Ramblings)

          Trip to See Pottery at Kourion


          So Bill and I got up early this morning and drove down to Kourion. I had been asked to take a look at some Roman pottery that had been excavated a while back and is now moving into publication stage. It was actually a fairly quick and pleasant trip down, and just like the Larnaka and Polis Museums, the staff there was super helpful and super nice. The view of Akrotiri from the museum was fantastic. IMG_2558_thumb.jpgUnfortunately, there was more material and we had a couple start and stop moments as we began, so we got about halfway through the material we had hoped to process today. We will be going back tomorrow to finish it up, and then I will go back in early June to do some cataloging of the more interesting pieces. Since we felt like we were a bit behind, we worked through lunch and didn’t eat until the museum closed at 3:30. We did stop at a nice cafe underneath the site of Kourion right at the water’s edge and had some Calamari and fries. The trip back to Polis was not as fast or relaxing as the trip down this morning since there was a lot of traffic, and it was very slow on the hilly stretches between Paphos and Polis. But, it is what it is.

          For today’s potato chip review, I chose Replay’sIMG_2552 Ketchup Flavored Potato Chips and after the pleasant experience of their Cheese Flavored Potato Chips, I was hoping for a repeat experience, despite never really trying a ketchup flavor chip that I really liked. As expected, I did not like them, and after tricking Bill and Amy into trying them, they agreed that they did not like them either. Just as their Cheese Flavored Chips were very strong, the ketchup flavor was also very strong, and unfortunately was all I could taste when eating a chip. It really was a bit overwhelming. So, I give them a – *(1).


          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)


          Academics today occupy a precarious position. The voices that glorify the profession are often drowned out by those that denigratingly claim its redundancy. However, what is most worrying, is that the larger part of the population is indifferent to the matter. And who can blame them? Knowledge for knowledge’s sake does not concern the man in the street. We, academicians, must plead guilty; all too often do we retreat to our ivory tower, speaking a language that only our peers can understand. We may frown upon the laymen with their outdated and false information about our fields of study, but isn’t it our own fault?
          Luckily, the academic world is in a process of rethinking its position in society. Little by little, we are opening up to the broader public – if merely for the sake of our own survival. With this blog I hope to contribute to that development, and I wish to do it in such a manner that everyone with interest can understand what I am writing.
          As Assyriologist I study languages and history of more than 5000 years ago, and even though a lot has changed since then, sometimes I am struck by the familiarity of things. This blog is about those familiarities – it is about humanness. Because even though the ancient Mesopotamians lived in different times and places from ours, they were people just like us.

          Corinthian Matters

          Mapping the Isthmus of Corinth: A Story Map

          Last May I had the privilege of working with Albert Sarvis, Professor of Geospatial Technology at Harrisburg University (and a licensed drone pilot), in capturing low-altitude aerial photographs of the Isthmus of Corinth. Albert and I had collaborated for several years previous on the Digital Harrisburg project, an ambitious project that seeks to link all the individuals living in Pennsylvania’s state capital in the years 1880-1940 with encoded historical maps of the city. Our work together in the Corinthia was a new endeavor, designed to both support long-term research related to the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey and learn about the complicated history of the human uses of the Isthmus from antiquity to the present. Although it rained steadily in the region last May, it was still as successful venture in capturing new perspectives on an historical landscape: look at the final image below to compare the ESRI default aerial imagery with the higher resolution drone survey.

          It was also a successful collaboration of students and faculty of the humanities and digital technologies. I brought along 9 Messiah College students (mostly History majors and minors), and Albert brought one senior student in Geospatial Technologies, John Nieves-Jennings. My students had the rewarding experience of learning how drone survey works (and some exposure to the software Pix4D) while Albert’s student was able to connect digital applications to historical questions. John Nieves-Jenning not only ran many of the drone flights but captured the process of work through still images, textual description, and videos. For a senior project, John put together this interactive ESRI Story Map with videos and images of the Corinthia and the drone survey. If you turn on the volume, you can hear the whirring buzz of the drone as it hovers up and above the fields and quarries of the Isthmus. You can also see some live footage of our work and me trying to remember what I could about the history of Corinthian quarries.

          We have received a permit from the aviation authority to undertake a second season of drone photography the week after next. Albert and I will be returning with one of his colleagues and students for additional fieldwork. Stay tuned for some updates from the field.

          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Papyrus Stories: Ancient Lives from the Ancient Past

          Papyrus Stories: Ancient Lives from the Ancient Past
          From the ancient Mediterranean world survive thousands upon thousands of ancient texts, and Papyrus Stories aims to relive tales of daily life preserved for us today. While papyrus is perhaps the best-known of the mediums upon which texts were written, people also wrote on sherds of pottery and stone, on wood, on leather, on parchment, on paper. They incised and painted their writing on walls and on stelae, and left their marks as graffiti. Each Papyrus Stories post will focus on an individual document from Egypt and the Near East, from the age of the pyramids to the emergence of Islam.

          Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

          The legends of King Arthur

          Have you ever wondered who King Arthur really was? The British Library's Discovering Literature: Medieval site features a fascinating essay on this very subject, written by Dr Hetta Elizabeth Howes of City, University of London. Howes traces and contextualises the evolution of the Arthurian legend, based on the historical and...

          May 16, 2018

          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Trismegistos Archives Updated

          Trismegistos Archives
          Most papyri are not found as individual items, but in groups, which are called "archives" by the papyrologists. Ideally such an archive is discovered by an archaeologist, who then describes in detail the order in which the texts were put down in antiquity (often in a jar or bundled in cloth). In fact, most papyri are found in clandestine excavations (though new finds such as those in Kellis, in the eastern oasis and in the Italian-French excavations at Tebtynis are better documented), and archives have to be reconstructed on the basis of the contents of the papyri and indications of a common purchase. A common find is not enough to make an archive, and therefore a rubbish heap, a dump of papyri, papyri found in the same house or temple or reused for the same mummy cartonnage (see for instance the archive of Leon) do not constitute by themselves archives. An archive is a group of texts which were collected in antiquity with a specific purpose (see bibliography). The purpose may even be to discard some items from a larger archive and then throw them away.
          In the database we have collected information of more than 500 archives, dated between the 6th century BC and the 7th century AD in Greek, Latin, Demotic, Coptic, Arabic and a mixture of all these. For each archive the user can access the individual texts, now amounting to nearly 20,000 records. Hundred and thirty archives have already received a full description in PDF format; these are marked with the symbol + before the name. The 145 archives of the Fayum area, the ancient nomos Arsinoites, and 21 archives of the Upper Egyptian town of Pathyris have also been published in the series Collectanea Hellenistica (see Archives projects).
          On the basis of the archive keepers a distinction can be made between public and private archives. The former were collected by an official or an administrative body, the latter by a private person or a group of persons. Typical examples of public archives are the tax lists of Karanis, the so-called archive of Menches (in fact the archive of the village scribes of Kerkeosiris) and the enteuxeis found at Magdola. Private archives may be owned by a single individual (e.g. Claudius Tiberianus) or by successive generations, in which case we can call them family archives (e.g. the Dryton archive). In several cases officials kept part of their administrative papers when retiring from office and even mixed them up with their private correspondence. Such mixed archives are preserved for the engineers Kleon and Theodoros and for Apollonios, the strategos of the Heptakomia.
          A division by type of documents only partly coincides with that by archive keepers. Many private archives largely consists of title deeds, documents proving ownership rights over immovables, and receipts, showing that the archive keeper has paid his dues to other persons or to the state. This is particularly common with demotic texts. Archives linked with law-suits can be private (e.g. the lawsuit of Lamiske or that of Isidoros) or official (e.g. the enteuxeis or the petitions addressed to the village epistates of Euhemereia). Some archives consists entirely of correspondence, usually incoming, but also drafts or copies of incoming letters; examples are the private archive of Apollonios and the official archive of the oikonomos Harmachis. Few archives consists of a single type of documents, but in most there is a dominant factor, which we have tried to recognize.
          The archive keeper has kept the documents for a certain use, which we have reconstructed wherever possible. Most documents are incoming or outgoing. Incoming documents were written by third persons for the archive keeper(s), e.g. letters, contracts or receipts for private persons, petitions or reports to officials. Outgoing documents are written by (or in the name of) the archive keepers; usually they are drafts or copies, the originals being sent or given to another party. Sometimes outgoing copies are returned to the sender, with an official subscription. They appear not only in private archives, but also in official archives (e.g. the land survey reports by the village scribe Menches). Sometimes older title-deeds end up in the hands of an archive keeper together with immovable property; they are incoming in an indirect way. In a law-suit dossier legal texts may be incorporated as precedents. There are also internal documents, mostly lists and accounts. The balance between incoming and outgoing documents, and the possible presence of unexplained "intruders" determines the typology of an archive as much as the type of archive owner(s) and the type of documents.

          New Open Access Journal: NEO: The Classics Students' Journal

          NEO: The Classics Students' Journal
          ​In March 2016, five Classics students at the University of Roehampton came together with the idea of creating a journal with the sole purpose of publishing the very best work produced by undergraduate and graduate students; NEO – The Classics Students' Journal was founded. 
          A journal by students, for students. Our main objective here at NEO is to foster the academic progression of students and early career researchers. We only publish work of the highest creativity and scholarly quality so that we might provide a creditable avenue for the key first steps in an academic career. We also want to give our authors their first and necessary contact with the demanding standards of the professional academic world. We publish original graduate and undergraduate studies that may have arisen from university assessments or from papers presented at academic meetings and conferences. Our double peer-review system ensures the excellence of the papers contained within NEO and, by extent, the authors who succeed in being published with us. We believe that the opportunities created by this journal will encourage confidence, provide additional motivation for students to excel in their studies, and enable us to exhibit some of the outstanding and academically contributing work produced inside the university Classics classroom.
          Volume 1 (2017)
          Table of Contents
          Catharine Buntrock | Ovid’s exploration of the psychological self: depictions of gender and identity in the story of Iphis in the Metamorphoses

          Anwen Hayward | Between bodies: the transformation of Iphis’ sex in Ovid's Metamorphoses

          Ian Ramskill | Horace Odes 3.14: a pragmatic and welcome acceptance of the early Pax Augusta

          Christopher J. Lyes | Rethinking the Lapis Niger

          Pedro Schmidt | Gemitus Renovatus: Aspects of Lucan's Bellum Civile in the Waltharius

          Kyo-Sun Koo | The three basic principles of Philolaus

          Rebecca Batty | Arachne as artist in Metamorphoses Book 6

          Open Access Journal: Indian Archaeology - A Review

          [First posted in AWOL 31 August 2009. Updated 16 May  2018 (links to recent volumes updated)]

          Indian Archaeology - A Review
          ‘Ancient India’ the Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India was started in 1946, which contained general and research articles on different aspects of archaeology in India and adjacent countries.

          The first issue of ‘Indian Archaeology 1953-54 - A Review’ was published in 1954, which provides information about all important archaeological activities carried out in the country each year. The latest one published is the issue for the year 1999-2000 and two issues for the year 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 are in press. The remaining issues are in the various stages of preparation. [more]
          Indian Archaeology - A Review volumes online:

          Recent volumes:
          Indian Archaeology A Review 2013-2014.

          Indian Archaeology A Review 2012-2013.

          Indian Archaeology A Review 2011-2012.

          Indian Archaeology A Review 2010-2011.

          Indian Archaeology A Review 2009-2010.

          Indian Archaeology A Review 2008-2009.

          Indian Archaeology A Review 2007-2008.

          Indian Archaeology A Review 2006-2007.
          Back issues:
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          1953-54, ed., A. Ghosh (1954, reprint 1993)
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          2 1954-55, ed., A. Ghosh (1955, reprint 1993)
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          12 1964-65, ed., A. Ghosh (1969)
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          13 1965-66, ed., A. Ghosh (1973)
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          14 1966-67, ed., M.N. Deshpande (1975)
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          15 1967-68, ed., B.B. Lal (1968)
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          16 1968-69, ed., B.B. Lal (1971)
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          18 1970-71, ed., M.N. Deshpande (1974)
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          20 1972-73, ed., M.N. Deshpande (1978)
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          21 1973-74, ed., B.K. Thapar (1979)
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          24 1976-77, ed., B.K. Thapar (1980)
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          26 1978-79, ed., B.K. Thapar (1981)
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          27 1979-80, ed., Debala Mitra (1983)
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          28 1980-81, ed., Debala Mitra (1983)
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          29 1981-82, ed., Debala Mitra (1984)
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          30 1982-83, ed., M.S. Nagaraja Rao (1985)
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          32 1984-85, ed., R.C. Tripathi (1987)
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          37 1989-90, ed., S.K. Mahapatra (1994)
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          38 1990-91, ed., S.K. Mahapatra (1995)
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          39 1991-92, ed., B.P. Singh (1996)
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          40 1992-93, ed., Ajai Shankar (1997)
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          41 1993-94, ed., R.S. Bisht, C. Dorji and Arundhati Banerji (2000)
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          Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online, May 15 2018

          Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online
          Lehmann, Reinhard G (1994). Friedrich Delitzsch und der Babel-Bibel-Streit. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
          Schart, Aaron (1990). Mose und Israel im Konflikt: Eine redaktionsgeschichtliche Studie zu den Wüstenerzählungen. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
          Stipp, Hermann-Josef (1994). Das masoretische und alexandrinische Sondergut des Jeremiabuches: Textgeschichtlicher Rang, Eigenarten, Triebkräfte. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
          Bauer, Josef; Englund, Robert K.; Krebernik, Manfred (1998). Mesopotamien: Späturuk-Zeit und Frühdynastische Zeit. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
          Brunner, Hellmut (1988). Das hörende Herz: Kleine Schriften zur Religions- und Geistesgeschichte Ägyptens. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

          Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

          Letter to the Editor: Wesley College Buildings at UND

          I don’t usually write letters to the editor, but I do appreciate the venerable format, and often find myself reading through the letters in my hometown broadsheet, the Grand Forks Herald.

          This past week the Herald has produced two pieces on the destruction of the Wesley College buildings on UND’s campus. One was a news article by Andrew Hafner and the other an op-ed by Mike Jacobs. Just to add to the din, I penned a quick letter to the editor this morning. I’m never convinced that my letters will appear (my letter demanding that North Dakotan be made the official language of the state was never run), so I’ll post it here too:

          Dear Editors,

          I appreciate the recent coverage of the demolition of the Wesley College buildings on UND’s Campus.

          University campuses are strange and often magical places. On the one hand, their traditions and monumentality represent a sense of place, scale, and history. On the other hand, the modern university is a progressive, forward-looking institution that look to the future of their students, communities, and society. At its best, the experience of a university campus embodies the former, and the research and teaching missions of the university embodies the latter.

          This past spring ten students and friends helped me start to document the four buildings on UND’s campus associated with Wesley College. We learned about folks like Harold Holden Sayre, Frank Lynch, John Milton Hancock, and Edward Robertson who sought to create a transformative college in Grand Forks that partnered with UND to offer instruction in religion, music, and expression. In their day, the Wesley College buildings were eminently modern, using the novel Beaux Arts style with its modular dimensions and sophisticated material. They also drew upon Classical influences with their Greek key strong courses and striking Mediterranean rooflines rendered in red ceramic roof tile.

          Today the manifest a failed dream. After the war, Wesley College faltered and UND, the College’s longtime partner and neighbor purchased the campus and eclipsed the College’s mission. This month UND will raze the last physical reminders of this experiment. Without a doubt, this is a sad thing, but like every college campus, UND’s campus is always undergoing renewal and transformation. The tension between the pull of tradition and the push of progress is what gives each campus their unique feeling and character.

          In some ways, President Mark Kennedy’s vision for UND is no different that Edward Robertson’s vision for Wesley College over 100 years ago. Both looked to create a modern campus that embodies certain values, priorities, and a sense of place. For Robertson, the demolition of the buildings that bear his name and marks the end of his vision and dream. For Kennedy, this is just the beginning of his efforts to transform the campus. It will be left to future generations to judge whether Kennedy’s efforts will contribute to UND tradition or represent another failed vision for the North Dakota prairie. Either way, it’s unnerving and exciting to watch it play out. After all, we can always reclaim traditions, but the future will be forever beyond our grasp.

          Scott Moore (Ancient History Ramblings)

          Typical Day at Polis

          Today (Tuesday) was a typical day here in Polis. We got up and headed out to the apotheke. We finished up looking at various excavation units that we wanted to check on and I turned to cataloging items for publication. I am always surprised at how, once I start cataloging and drawing artifacts, quickly time passes. So, not much to report on the archaeology front. Bill finally made his Franco Harris Matrix joke, so waiting on that is over.

          Last evening group members from another project in the area started showing up, as well as another member of our team, so our hotel is becoming a little more crowded. The rumor is that the other project will have 16 more students showing up next week, so it will be a lot more crowded. My obvious selfish concern is how this might impact internet bandwidth in the hotel.

          IMG_2540As for chips, the potato chips I decided to review are Replay’s Cheese flavored chips. Replay is a newer player in the snacks world, they seem to have begun producing snack foods in 2016. I was a bit apprehensive after my unhappiness with their Terra Bites, but this concern was unfounded. The Cheese chips were very cheesy, in fact it was surprising how strong the cheese flavor was. It was not a cheddar flavor, but a milder taste like a Romano or very young Parmesan. The crunch was nice, and all the chips were coated with the cheese flavoring. I am giving them a – *******(8).


          May 15, 2018

          Alexandra Trachsel (Travelling with Demetrios of Skepsis)

          Some more personal notes

          I am still reading Morson’s The Words of Others and very much enjoy it.

          When reaching the chapter “Burden of the Future” (p.189), I was frowning my eyebrows. Morson describes in this chapter a situation, in which a person discovers much later that words or thoughts that he or she created for a given occasion have already be expressed long ago. This person gets then the feeling, according to Morson, that they have been stolen from him / from her in advance. While reading these lines, I wondered whether this may really happen? Could that be possible: given the almost infinite combinations of words to create meaning, or to express one’s thoughts, was it possible to fall twice on the same formulation, by chance, so to say, or at least without having any intention to do so?

          I read further, without giving much thought to my doubts, eager to discover the rest of the book.

          At page 238, I get puzzled and smiled. We are now in the chapter entitled “Lists and Crumbs”. Morson quotes here an extract from Francis Spufford’s The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings, a work that I totally ignored before reading this chapter. The end of the quote goes as follows:

          “Crumbs should not be scorned; from time to time they have been made into a very satisfactory banquet in themselves.”

          While reading this, I remember a situation back in 2005, – or was it 2006–, when I said to someone who was inquiring about how I dealt with an unfavourable decision:

          “They give me crumbles, I shall make a feast out of it!

          That comes pretty close to the feeling that something has been stolen in advance…


          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Open Access Journal: Pegasus: The Journal of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter

          Pegasus: The Journal of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter
          ISSN: 0308-2431
          Pegasus is the Journal of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. It was established in 1964 and is currently edited by a board of postgraduates. The journal focuses on multifarious aspects of the ancient world, the Exeter Department of Classics and Ancient History, as well as the Classical World in Devon.
          We aim to include a mixture of both the scholarly and the absurd (“Difficult to tell which is which”, an anonymous reader once commented). Regular features include pieces by staff and students, book reviews and interviews with people from the world of Classics, both within and outside the department. In addition, we welcome submissions from our readers. For alumni and former staff members, Pegasus is a great way of staying in touch with the department and keeping up with departmental news.
          For more details about issue no. 57 (2014) please click here.
          Past issues have included the Jackson Knight Memorial Lectures, articles by students (including J.K. Rowling), contests, artwork and poetry. An index of previous articles is available on this site. Many of these issues are still available to order. As of 2013, you can also read all back issues (save those published in the last five years) as PDFs on our website.
          The Lawerence Shenfield Prize runner-up articles are also published on this website, and can be found here.

          Back Issues

          On this page, you will find links to all previous issues of Pegasus (with the exception of those published in the last five years).
          Wondering which issue to read next? Click here for a list of all articles by issue.

          Please click on the links to read each issue:

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          Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age

          Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age
          Open Access PDF
          ISBN: 978‑1‑78735‑281‑0
          Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age Cover

          About the book

          Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age explores the nature of digital objects in museums, asking us to question our assumptions about the material, social, and political foundations of digital practices. Through four wide-ranging chapters, each focused on a single object – a box, pen, effigy and cloak – this short, accessible book explores the legacies of earlier museum practices of collection, older forms of media (from dioramas to photography), and theories of how knowledge is produced in museums on a wide range of digital projects. Swooping from Ethnographic to Decorative Arts Collections, from the Google Art Project, to bespoke digital experiments, Haidy Geismar explores the object lessons contained in digital form and asks what they can tell us about both the past and the future.

          About the author

          Haidy Geismar is Reader in Anthropology at UCL where she directs the Digital Anthropology Masters Programme and Centre for Digital Anthropology. She is also the curator of the UCL Ethnography Collections. She has long term fieldwork experience in the South Pacific and within museums in the Pacific, North America and Europe Recent publications include Moving Images (2010), Treasured Possessions (2013), and The Routledge Cultural Property Reader(with Jane Anderson, 2017).

          Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

          A fragment of a sermon by Peter I of Alexandria – by Anthony Alcock

          We don’t get a lot of new ante-Nicene material these days, which is why such a piece is very welcome.  Peter I of Alexandria was put to death in 311 AD in the persecution of Diocletian.

          This fragment of a sermon is preserved in Coptic.  Anthony Alcock has translated it, and here it is!

          Well worth reading!  Thank you Dr. A.  It’s always good to read material written before the church was legalised.

          Suddenly a light shines – something at last on the Martyrdom of St George!

          I’ve been trudging through Krumbacher and another heavy old German tome, running the text into English and looking for pointers to understand the mass of literature about the Passio or Martyrdom of St George.  While these give a great deal of detail, the beginner would often be grateful for a roadmap.

          Today, quite by accident, I came across an article in two parts which illuminated a great deal.  A google search introduced me to two articles in the Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, (list of volumes online here), in vol. 17 (1903) and vol. 18 (1904).  This is John E. Matzke, “Contributions to the History of the Legend of Saint George, with Special Reference to the Sources of the French, German and Anglo-Saxon Metrical Versions”.  Not all older US literature is worth reading; but these are gold.  They also publish various versions of the Passio.

          But their real value is in allowing us to understand what happened to the legend.

          The various editions of the Passio can be distinguished by variations in the story.  In particular the name of the emperor who is in charge at the start of the text varies; and varies over time.

          The earliest form known to us is a mention in the Decretum Gelasianum, in which a passio of St George is condemned roundly as a disreputable heretic forgery.  It seems that we may have this version.  In the earliest texts, the emperor is called “Datianus” or “Dacianus”.  The trial takes place in Egypt, and the emperor summons a sorcerer named – what else? – Athanasius – to cast wicked spells against the miracles of St George.  Finally the passio is attributed to George of Cappadocia.

          Now the real George of Cappadocia was a rather dubious Arian, who got himself appointed as fake-bishop of Alexandria while the real Athanasius was in exile, only to get lynched by the Alexandrian mob in the times of Julian the Apostate.  So any “martyrdom of George of Cappadocia” is likely to be Arian.  The name of Athanasius as a villain is likewise an Arian thing.  Finally we may consider that throughout the 5th century the church writers inveigh against Arianism as the worst of heresies; no doubt influenced by their fear of the Arian Goths then taking over the empire.

          Matzke’s theory, then, is that this text is extant, in various forms, and the name of Dacian is the fingerprint for it.  This he calls the “apocryphal version”, and it was clearly popular.

          He suggests that a “canonical version” was produced by some educated man who made the emperor into Diocletian – someone who actually existed! – and otherwise revised it.  This then underwent further editions and revisions.

          But the apocryphal version still existed, albeit in various forms, especially in the west.  One edition changed the name from Dacian to Decius; in one version the name change only appears in the opening sections of the work, and reverts to Dacian later on.

          All this I got from a quick read of part 1 this afternoon in the office while waiting for a long build to finish.  I suspect part 2 might deal with the vernacular, and be less interesting.

          I can’t say if this is correct.  But if so, it makes for an interesting view of how the text evolved!  I need to read more.

          I must say that I am surprised by the lack of references to modern scholarship on St George.  They must exist, surely?

          Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

          Walls and Sherds from EF1

          Over the past week, Scott Moore and I have tried to organize what we know about the area of EF1 at Polis-Chrysochous on Cyprus. The area was excavated by the Princeton Cyprus Expedition during two seasons, 1988 and 1989, and with three trenches. The area is to the northeast of South Basilica and its neighborhood and to the west of the area EG0. It stands on the “neck” of a narrow, north sloping ridge that extends toward the coast. While I’m not entirely sure where the Late Roman city center is at Polis, I’m assuming that it is under the modern village which stands largely to the south of the South Basilica with its cemetery and its partner in the area of EG0 which is also surrounded by burials. 

          Excavations at EF1 produced a group of walls that shared a similar orientation as well as a significant body of pottery and other small finds. In 2016, we read most of the pottery from secure deposits and later this week, we’ll document the various small inventoried finds. The area appears to be some kind of industrial area with significant quantities of slag, some wasters, and (maybe) some other indicators of industrial use. The entire area of EF1 has signs of significant hydraulic engineering with at least two drains running through the buildings. I suspect its position on the north slope of a hill along the top of a relatively narrow ridge gave the area and its buildings certain advantages.


          Like so much of Polis, the number of secure deposits was relatively small. Part of this is the consequence the constant reconstruction and modification of the buildings at the site over the course of Late Antiquity. The earliest secure deposit is the floor packing of a lime floor associated with the earliest major wall in the area. In a clearly defined second phase, a new series of walls were built over and around the first series of wall with a new series of fills. The material in these two phases is barely distinguishable for one another chronologically or typologically so it’s pretty challenging to date either phase securely.

          We do have one secure date for the area. A burial in the area likely after a period of abandonment seems to represent the last significant activity at the site. The burial  included a lead seal that was published a couple of years ago and dated to the second half of the 7th century. In other words, it seems likely that this area was abandoned by the end of the 7th century. 

          What is intriguing is that by comparing the assemblage produced at EF1 with the assemblage from the South Basilica and there are some obvious differences. For example – and this is all very tentative – the EF1 assemblage appears to lack Dhiorios cooking pots, LR13 amphoras, and the latest forms of CRS, like the so-called CRS well form. Moreover, the only evidence for a few forms of Cypriot Red Slip comes from post-abandonment levels. CRS form 8, for example, appears exclusively in post-abandonment levels. That most of the material from EF1 and the South Basilica appears in secondary contexts as the church and the 

          The opportunity to compare substantial assemblages from two areas of the same site offers us 

          Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

          Iscriviti alla Conferenza Esri Italia 2018, Roma 16 e 17 Maggio



          Il 16 e 17 maggio si terrà a Roma, all'Ergife Palace Hotel, la manifestazione più articolata e completa a livello nazionale nel settore delle tecnologie geospaziali, della Geolocalizzazione e della Geomatica.

          May 14, 2018

          Zotero Blog

          Introducing ZoteroBib: Perfect bibliographies in minutes

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          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Open Access Journal: Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          [First posted in AWOL 14 September 2012, updated 14 May 2018]

          Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome
          Opuscula is published yearly by the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome. First issued in 2008 (no. 1), Opuscula replaces the annuals Opuscula Atheniensia and Opuscula Romana published by the Swedish Institute at Athens and the Swedish Institute in Rome respectively.
          The annual contains articles within classical archaeology, ancient history, art, architecture and philology, as well as book reviews within these subjects. Reports of fieldwork carried out under the supervision of the Institutes at Athens and Rome are regularly reported on in the Opuscula.
          The annual welcomes contributions pertaining to the ancient Mediterranean world (prehistory to Late Antiquity) and the Classical tradition and drawing on archaeological, historical and philological studies; also, contributions dealing with later periods in the areas, especially in the fields of art, architecture, history and cultural heritage.
          Opuscula is a refereed periodical, available in print and with Open Access six months after publication.
          Opuscula 10 | 2017 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 10 | 2017

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 195 pages, 2017, Opuscula.
          Free pdf available
          Opuscula 9 | 2016 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 9 | 2016

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 297 pages, 2016, Opuscula no. 9.
          Free pdf available

          Opuscula 8 | 2015 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 8 | 2015

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 196 pages, 2015, Opuscula no. 8.
          Free pdf available

          Opuscula 7 | 2014  Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 7 | 2014

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 257 pages, 2014, Opuscula no. 7.
          Free pdf available
          SEK 742
          Opuscula 6 | 2013 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 6 | 2013

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 358 pages, 2013, Opuscula no. 6.
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          SEK 742
          Opuscula 5 | 2012 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 5 | 2012

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 204 pages, 2012, Opuscula no. 5.
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          SEK 636
          Opuscula 4 | 2011 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 4 | 2011

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 173 pages, 2011, Opuscula.
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          Opuscula 3 | 2010 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 3 | 2010

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome , 224 pages, 2010, Opuscula.
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          Opuscula 2 | 2009 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 2 | 2009

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome , 232 pages, 2010, Opuscula no. 2.
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          Opuscula 1 | 2008 Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome

          Opuscula 1 | 2008

          Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 198 pages, 2008, Opuscula no. 2008.
          By Brita Alroth (ed.)
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          SEK 800

          Dan Cohen's Digital Humanities Blog

          Haunted by the Past

          scarif_mansuetoTop: The Scarif Archive in Rogue One / Bottom: Robotic storage facility in the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago

          Ever since Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor extracted the Death Star plans from a digital repository on the planet Scarif in Rogue One, libraries, archives, and museums have played an important role in tentpole science fiction films. From Luke Skywalker’s library of Jedi wisdom books in The Last Jedi, to Blade Runner 2049’s multiple storage media for DNA sequences, to a fateful scene in an ethnographic museum in Black Panther, the imposing and evocative halls of cultural heritage organizations have been in the foreground of the imagined future.

          There have been scattered instances of cultural memory institutions in such films in the past—my colleagues in the library will recall, with some eye-rolling, the librarian Jocasta Nu in Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones—but the appearance of these institutions  in recent speculative fiction on the screen seem especially relevant and rich, and central to their plots.

          Which begs the question: Why are today’s science fiction films obsessed with libraries, archives, and museums?

          The answer of course is rooted in how science fiction has always pursued a heightened understanding of our very real present. At the same time that these movies portray an imagined future, they are also exploring our current anxiety about the past and how it is stored; how we simultaneously wish to leave the past behind, and how it may also be impossible to shake it. They indicate that we live in an age that has an extremely strained relationship with history itself. These films are processing that anxiety on Hollywood’s big screen at a time when our small screens, social media, and browser histories document and preserve so much of we do and say.

          Luke Skywalker’s collection of rare books in The Last Jedi neatly captures the tension inherent in these movies. In an egg-shaped stone hut reminiscent of (and indeed filmed in) the rural parts of western Ireland where Christian monasteries were established in the Middle Ages, Luke’s archive of Jedi books represent a profound bond to the traditional wisdom of the Jedi cult. Yet as the movie proceeds, it is clear that these volumes are also a strong link in the chain that holds Luke back. Ultimately his little library is not a source of knowledge, but one of angst. It makes him surly and disassociated from present possibilities, and he must ultimately sever himself from the past that is encapsulated in paper. Burning the books becomes a necessary precursor to his taking action, and to moving to the metaphysical (and more real) plane of the Jedi.

          Black Panther uses two characters, rather than one, to embody the tense dynamic between setting history aside and being unable to let it go: the dueling figures of T’Challa (Black Panther) and N’Jadaka (Erik Killmonger). T’Challa understands that black people have been abused and enslaved, globally, for centuries. And yet he imagines a day when Wakanda steps beyond this past, and integrates their society and advanced technology with the outside world that has done so much wrong to them. He is a forward-looking optimist.

          N’Jadaka, on the other hand, seethes with anger about the past, and how it is so vividly documented in the halls of cultural heritage institutions. Before he declines into a more monochromatic villain, he experiences frankly justifiable rage at what whites have done with black culture—namely, stolen and stored it like an alien, and lesser, culture, in glass-cased museums. A pivotal scene in one such museum reflects the troubled genesis of institutions such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, which collected artifacts of non-white culture from the British Empire to be viewed and dissected by professors in Oxford.

          In one of the most memorable lines of Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the seminal rap album that documents what happened to African slaves and their descendents in the United States, Flava Flav shouts “I got a right to be hostile!” given this terrible history. A poster of that album is on the wall of N’Jadaka’s father’s apartment in Oakland, and it frames, like the glass case in the museum, the young man’s views of the world in which his ancestors have been constantly subjugated.

          Blade Runner 2049 is even more unrelentingly pessimistic about the future and its connection to the past. In the movie’s opening, we are told that the documentary evidence of that past has been wiped out in a catastrophic electronic pulse that destroyed digital photographs and electronic records. As we learn, however, not all archives are lost. While personal images and documents that were never printed are gone forever, some plutocratic corporations maintain archival records, and we see several of them in the film: digital media as well as formats encased in glass spheres and more recognizable microfilm. Nevertheless, these archives are imperfect, like so much in the film. Even a leather-bound handwritten book of records in a wasteland orphanage has critical pages ripped out.

          Because it is based on the work of Philip K. Dick, who was obsessed with libraries as part of a larger obsession with memory and reality, Blade Runner 2049 ultimately binds not only the past and present together, but the archival and the alive. Humans and replicants, the movie seems to argue, are simply incarnations of archival records, fleshy beings made up of the synthetic or parental DNA that form their core information architecture and the libraries of memories that are either fabricated or lived. This uneasy fusion is at the dark core of the film and its philosophical examination of the permeable boundary between the real and the artificial.

          For all of these films, the past constantly threatens to come back to haunt the present. (Just ask those on the Death Star.) In turn, these big-screen portrayals of imagined libraries, archives, and museums should make us reconsider how what we preserve and make accessible reflects—and perhaps determines—who we really are.


          Scott Moore (Ancient History Ramblings)

          Monday at the Apotheke

          Today was a typical work day at the apotheke. It was a little hotter today, the temperature has climbed into the low 80s. We actually finished going through the pottery and have moved onto cataloguing some artifacts for the write-up of the area. We plan to continue the cataloguing tomorrow at the apotheke and then work on some artifacts stored at the Polis Museum on Wednesday. The one unusual thing of the day DdIwZvhW0AAjK3Cwas when I moved my Microsoft Surface over to look up some pottery forms, Bill pushed some sherds under the stand and took a picture of it (see below) that he tweeted out as a “sub-surface assemblage of pottery” an archaeology joke. He was very excited about doing that, and kept checking his twitter feed to see if people had liked or retweeted the tweet. At 3:00 he informed me that it was “blowing up” on twitter since he now had 14 likes and one retweet.

          For dinner we went back to Yialos for another fantastic sunset and a really good pork souvlaki pita. The music was a little different tonite, it is usually typical Cypriot restaurant music, and it started out that way, but then there was Abba’s Dancing Queen and Mama Mia, followed by the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive. Flashback to the 1970s and a reminder that I am old.


          For my potato chip review – I chose Replay’s Terra Bites. The look like Sun Chips, which I like and IMG_2535.jpgis probably why I chose them. They had a nice shape, and a nice crunch – and are oven baked. They, unfortunately, did not have any real flavor to them – either positively or negatively. The flavor I took away from them was crunch – which isn’t a flavor. I had Bill try them and he agreed that in our opinion they were very bland, much like a plain cracker. I am going to have to give them a – **(2). I have some other Replay flavors to try, and hope they will be a bit more flavorful.


          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Nikephoros Bibliography of Sport in Antiquity

          Nikephoros Bibliography of Sport in Antiquity
          Die Bibliographie zum antiken Sport erscheint seit 1989 kontinuierlich in den Bänden von NIKEPHOROS. Zunächst betreut von Wolfgang Decker, wird sie seit dem Band NIKEPHOROS 25 (2012) von Zinon Papakonstantinou (University of Illinois at Chicago) und Sofie Remijsen (Universität Amsterdam) erstellt.

          Includes publications on ancient sport since 1986,based on the annual bibliographies in Nikephoros.

          Although we aim for a complete database of publications on sport in Antiquity, we are aware that some publications have thus far escaped our attention. For SUGGESTIONS and ADDITIONS (e.g. missing publications, keywords, etc.), please fill out the contact form. Also publications from before 1986 and recent publications can be suggested.

          Open Access Journal: Topoi. Orient-Occident

          [First posted in AWOL 29 March 2016, updated 14 My 2018]

          Topoi. Orient-Occident
          La revue Topoi paraît depuis 1991, avec des suppléments thématiques regroupant les actes d’un colloque ou des mélanges dédiés à un savant. La Méditerranée orientale, l’Égypte, le Proche Orient, de l’archaïsme à l’époque tardo-romaine sont au coeur des intérêts de la revue, avec quelques axes privilégiés : Orient hellénisé, économie, temples et sanctuaires, interactions culturelles… D’autres périodes, d’autres régions (monde indien ou Asie centrale, Occident grec) ou d’autres thèmes (histoire environnementale) trouvent leur place dans la revue dont une des originalités est de faire une grande place aux comptes rendus et aux débats.

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          A bibliography for Aegean glyptic in the Bronze Age

          Propylaeum-eBOOKS: 'Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel' - ein weiterer Band ist online
          Avatar of Katrin Bemmann Katrin Bemmann - 14. May 2018 - Aktuelles
          Das 4. Beiheft des 'Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel' "A bibliography for Aegean glyptic in the Bronze Age" steht jetzt online in Propylaeum-eBOOKS zum Download bereit. Neben dem Autorenindex, sind die bibliographierten Titel zusätzlich über einen thematischen und topographischen Index recherchierbar. 

          Weitere Bände des Corpus finden Sie hier.

          Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

          Classics as the Canary for the End of the Humanities

          There’s been a ton of buzz lately about the role of Classics in the larger curriculum of the humanities and in higher education (or any education really) today. Most of the debate has been ongoing for decades and emphasizes the problematic history of Classics and its close association with the “Western Tradition.”

          Many of the recent posts on Classics have a certain degree of urgency owing, perhaps, to a renewed sense of crisis in the field, some recent curricular decisions in higher education, and some flashpoint discussions involving Classics and gender, race, and class. Popular web publications like SCS blog, Eidolon, and well-regarded bloggers have framed these conversations in subtle and intriguing ways. Most would agree that Classics has a role in the modern university and in our cultural world, but most would also agree that the discipline requires ongoing critique to continue to contribute in a positive and productive way to our society.

          Go read this stuff here, here, and here.

          It’s hard to disagree with any of the recent critiques of the discipline which address the discipline’s tradition of exclusivity and elitism, ongoing disciplinary and professional concerns, and are appropriately tinged with a kind of anxiety about the future of Classics as a project. As I’ve read these critiques, I’ve become more and more interested in their limits. In particular, I’m trying to figure out how far Classics can be separated in formulating our “classical” definition of the “Western tradition,” and whether this entire conversation is essentially re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

          In other words, it’s easy enough to understand the problems with “Western” thinking – from colonialism to capitalism – and to recognize the role that certain readings of the Classical Canon and Classics as a discipline (in the 19th and 20th centuries) played in this past. What seems to me to be more challenging (and maybe more significant in the 21st century) is the role of Classics within the larger critique of humanism which, at its worst is the “Western Tradition” by another name, and at its best, the essential organizing concept in, say, the Liberal Arts tradition. This isn’t to say that humanism and the liberal arts don’t have a potentially productive role in any useful understanding of the world, but the line between a kind celebratory (or anxious) appreciation of humanism (and the weekly article reminding us all in various insipid ways that we really need the humanities!), and some of the more brutal and crass defenses of Classics is not a difficult one. We can, perhaps, extend Arum Park’s note that white supremacy and Classics (as traditionally construed) exist on the same spectrum: it is probably worth recognizing in these discussions that this spectrum also involves so many of our basic epistemological practices and assumptions which draw from the same “Western Tradition.”

          It’s interesting to wonder whether (and would love to see more about) how this crisis in Classics is really the canary in the coal mine for the growing recognition that a simplistic view of Western Civilization (or the Classical canon) isn’t the issue. The real challenge is deeply nested within the fundamental organization of higher education, the liberal arts, and the humanities.

          In particular, the question that I’ve been turning over and over in my head is whether the humanities and liberal arts can cope with the most pressing global problems. From global warming to the relentless advance of capital, the destruction of indigenous societies, and the celebration of “development” (however construed), the long reach of Western thought at the core of the modern academy, the humanities, and, Classics requires critical engagement that seems almost in a different universe from adding a “module” on “Mexico City” and “Harlem” to a humanities course at a liberal arts college.

          When I step back and think of how I view the world, how I was trained, and what I value, I can’t help feel like the problems facing the world today remain particularly resistant to my intellectual tool kit. While I’m sure that some of this reflects the limits to my own abilities and background, I also suspect that it reflects (as many scholars have pointed out) the limits of the intellectual traditions in which I work.

          I’ve started to even play with an old idea that Richard Rothaus and I become fascinated by, the suicide gene. The concept is that certain genetic experiments would have some kind of genetic modification that would make the organism die before it could promulgate out of control or cause harm. I started to wonder whether Classics could be the suicide gene not just for an outmoded and stodgy view of the Western Tradition, but for the entire tradition of the humanities in the West. For the longest time, Classics imagined itself as fundamental to understanding the West. We can roll our eyes at such an assertion, of course, but there is no doubt in my mind that it had some currency throughout the modern era. One the most simple level, we can displace Classics and dislocate the idea that certain concepts, ways of thinking, and ideas developed in a linear or even historical way, as a way to introduce ways of thinking about time, causality, and progress that stand outside of Western traditions. 

          As Classics looks to complicate its place in how we think about the West – in good and positive ways – maybe the result of this isn’t a renegotiated Western tradition constructed around new assumptions and expectations, but the complete unraveling of the Western tradition entirely. (Perhaps we are witnessing an important step in the provincializing of Western thinking.)  Maybe Classics needs to assume its old place at the foundation of the West to undermine once-and-for-all the long shadow of the Western traditions in the most profound way. This might mean the end of the humanities, of the liberal arts, of “higher education,” and even such sacred concepts as “rationalism,” “critical thinking,” and historicism. By stepping away from our expectations of what the West is and means and does and did, we’re not going to save Classics or higher education or literature or whatever, but we might actually save the world.

          May 13, 2018

          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Database of Byzantine Glass Mosaic Tesserae

          [First posted in AWOL 15 November 2013, updated 13 May 2018] 

           The Composition of Byzantine Glass Mosaic Tesserae
          Welcome to the database of sites and sources of Byzantine mosaic glass tesserae. Follow the links on the left to enter one of three databases:
          1. 'Structures' records buildings (4C-15C) where we have archaeological evidence (finds) of glass wall mosaics.
          2. 'Texts' contains records of primary Byzantine sources which mention mosaics (in development).
          3. 'References' is a bibliographical database of modern scientific publications about glass mosaics.
          The databases can be searched or browsed for information and the method should be straight forward.


          • We have not included structures for which there is only evidence of glass mosaics on floors.
          • The database does not contain records of mosaic icons.
          • Names: we have used mostly Byzantine names of places so Nicaea, not Iznik; Constantinople, not Istanbul. Building names are given in English, unless mostly known in the wider world in their original language (hence Rome, not Roma; Hagia Sophia, not Holy Wisdom).
          • Spelling: we have followed the spelling of the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Hence: Demetrios, not Dimitrius; Photios, not Photius.
          • We have only included buildings that are no longer extant if the mosaics survive elsewhere (the only exception to this is the record for Odalar Camii).
          • 'Unknown' can designate that it really is unknown or that research of published data has not produce an answer yet
          • The structure database allows you to search for structures and mosaics between dates. Chose the early century in "Century of xxx 1' and the later or the same in 'Century of xxx 2'.
          The databases have been designed and constructed by the University of Sussex Web Team in collaboration with Bente Bjornholt, the Leverhulme Network Facilitator. The Director of the Network Liz James and Bente wish to thank everyone in and associated with the Network who has contributed. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact the current researcher Wendy Watson: E Wendywuwatson@aol.com, Bente: E B.K.Bjornholt@sussex.ac.uk or Liz: E e.james@sussex.ac.uk.
          And see also the Glossary of Mosaic Terms

          Open Access Monograph Series: Oriental Institute Assyriological Studies (AS)

          [First posted in AWOL 29 December 2013, updated 13 May 2018]

          Oriental Institute Assyriological Studies (AS)
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          For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

          Scott Moore (Ancient History Ramblings)

          Quiet Sunday

          It has been a quiet Sunday in Polis since we cannot visit the apotheke. Basically some reading, some research, a little email, some sleeping, and a little Formula One watching. So, a few odds and ends. First, congrats to Cyprus and Eleni Foureira for finishing second in Eurovision last night with Fuego.

          IMG_2536Second, a potato chip review – the first of the season. Today’s chip is Pringles Texas BBQ Sauce chips. I was expecting them to taste the same as barbeque flavored Pringles, but not quite. The BBQ flavor was very strong and much sweeter than other barbeque flavored chips on the island. While I am a big barbeque fan, I thought the sweetness distracted from the flavor, or perhaps overwhelmed it is a better way to describe my thoughts. The chips had a nice crunch and weren’t bad – I would give them a – ******(6).

          Finally, Happy Mother’s Day to my mom!


          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Open Access Journal: Archiv orientální

           [First posted in AWOL 18 May 2011, updated 13 May 2018)]

          Archiv orientální
          ISSN: 0044-8699
          Oriental Archive is a general journal dealing with the Oriental and African studies in the broad sense. It has been continuously in print since its founding in 1929.

          Starting with the volume 79 (2011), the Journal appears triannually.

          We publish articles dealing with the history, religion and languages of the relevant Oriental and African cultures. We strongly believe that a general journal with a long and respectful tradition, such as ours, is an important complement to a list of specialized journals. We deliberately try to challenge the current trend of hyper-specialization common in some domains of Oriental studies, emphasizing the necessity of thematic and regional contextualization, particularly in the fields that are new or less frequent. Emphasis upon the preservation of a forum for Oriental and African studies serving largely (but not exclusively) the needs of the European authors, notably the junior scholars among them, and the European academic audience is another important aspect of our editorial policy.

          While English is our preferred language, we simultaneously publish articles and book reviews in French and German. Non-native speakers of these languages are provided with proofreading facilities for free!

          Unlike some big publishing houses, we still adhere to the tenets of good old-fashioned partnership between the editor and the author, namely the personal contact and the state of the art reproduction of a variety of fonts and characters in accordance with the authors' wishes.

          All articles submitted to the journal are peer-reviewed anonymously.

          Open Access Publisher: BraDypUS - Communicating Cultural Heritage

          BraDypUS - Communicating Cultural Heritage
          Benvenuti nel portale editoriale di BraDypUS - Communicating Cultural Heritage. Qui potete trovare tutta la nostra produzione di libri e riviste, sempre disponibili online.

          Promuoviamo un'editoria di qualità, sotto il piano del contenuto e dell'estetica, liberamente accessibile dalla rete e che cerca di sostenere sia gli interessi degli autori e delle istituzioni che rappresentano, sia le esigenze dei lettori, contenendo i costi e sfruttando al massimo tutte le opportunità offerte dalle nuove tecnologie editoriali. Approfondisci il nostro metodo di lavoro e scopri come pubblicare con noi.
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          Open access books on Antiquity include:

          Hédi Dridi, Danielle Wieland-Leibundgut, Jeannette Kraese (eds.), Phéniciens et Puniques en Méditerranée: l’apport de la recherche suisse / Phönizier und Punier im Mittelmeerraum: ein Beitrag der Schweizer Forschung (Roma 2017)
          Pilar Diarte-Blasco (ed.), Cities, Lands and Ports in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Archaeologies of Change (Roma 2017
          Andrea Ceccarelli, Gerardo Fratianni (eds.), Molise (Roma 2017
          Joan Pinar Gil (ed.), Small finds e cronologia (V-IX secc.). Esempi,metodi e risultati (Roma 2017
          Rosa Roncador, Celti e Reti. Interazioni tra popoli durante la seconda età del Ferro in ambito alpino centro-orientale (Roma 2017
          Paola Marina De Marchi, Manuela Mentasti (eds.), Antica Arsago Seprio. Aggiornamenti di archeologia e storia dell'arte (Bologna 2016)
          Hédi Dridi, Antonella Mezzolani Andreose (eds.), Under Western Eyes. Approches Occidentales de l’archéologie nord-africaine (XIXe-XXe siècles) (Bologna 2016
          Lorenza-Ilia Manfredi, Silvia Festuccia (eds.), AOUAM I. Rapport préliminaire de la première campagne de prospection et de fouille dans la zone minière du Jebel Aouam (Bologna 2016
           Nicola Laneri (with contributions by M. Schwartz, J. Ur, S. Valentini, M. Aquilano, L. Biazzo, R. Brancato, L. Crescioli, M. Dallai, G. Guarducci, M. Massimino and S. Nannucci), Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project 2003-2013 Final Report: Chronology and material culture (Bologna 2016)
          Domenico Faccenna, Piero Spagnesi, Buddhist Architecture in the Swat Valley, Pakistan. Stupas, Viharas, a Dwelling Unit (Bologna 2015
          Rodolfo Brancato, Gesualdo Busacca, Martina Massimino (eds.), Archeologi in progress. Il cantiere dell'archeologia di domani (Bologna 2015
          Sonja Caterina Calzascia, Il carme 64 di Catullo e le Argonautiche di Apollonio Rodio (Bologna 2015
          MAIKI - Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno, The Citadel 2. Fascinations of ancient Erbil, heart of Iraqi Kurdistan (Bologna 2015
          Beatrice Girotti, Paola. Omnium Romae matronarum exemplum (Bologna 2014)
          MAIKI - Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno, La Cittadella. Fascinazioni dell'antica Erbil, cuore del Kurdistan in Iraq (Bologna 2014)
          Ivano Marati and Candida Maria Vassallo (with chapters by M. Ashraf, C. Cristilli, L.M. Olivieri), The New Swat Archaeological Museum. Architectural Study, Master Plan and Execution (Bologna 2014
          Giovanni Assorati, I primi cristiani in Emilia-Romagna tra prosopografia e storia (Bologna 2014
          Enrico Giorgi, Erika Vecchietti (eds.), Il castello oltre le mura. Ricerche archeologiche nel borgo e nel territorio di Acquaviva Picena (Ascoli Piceno) (Bologna 2014
          AA.VV., SGAB 1. Seminari dei Giovani Archeologi dell'Università di Bologna (Bologna, aprile - maggio 2012) (Bologna 2013
          Lorenza-Ilia Manfredi, Antonella Mezzolani Andreose (eds.), Iside punica. Alla scoperta dell’antica Iol-Caesarea attraverso le sue monete (Bologna 2013
          Carlo G. Cereti, Roberta Giunta (eds.), Preservation of Cultural Heritage of the Kurdish Region in Iraq. Italian Cooperation Project in Iraqi Kurdistan (2009-2010) (Bologna 2012
          Luca Colliva (con contributi di P. Callieri, G. Guida, S. Lorusso, C. Matteucci), I manufatti metallici del sito di Barikot (Swat, Pakistan). Studi tecnico-diagnostici e tassonomici (Bologna 2012
          Lorenza-Ilia Manfredi, Amel Soltani (eds.), I Fenici in Algeria. Le vie del commercio tra il Mediterraneo e l'Africa Nera (Bologna 2011
          Maria Teresa Guaitoli (ed.), Emergenza sostenibile. Metodi e strategie dell’archeologia urbana. Atti della Giornata di Studi (Bologna, 27 marzo 2009) (Bologna 2011
          Francesco Tarlano (ed.), Il territorio grumentino e la valle dell'Agri nell'antichità. Atti della Giornata di Studi. Grumento Nova (Potenza), 25 aprile 2009 (Bologna 2010
          Enrico Giorgi (ed.), Groma 2. In profondità senza scavare (Bologna 2009
          Enrico Giorgi, Erika Vecchietti, Julian Bogdani (eds.), Groma 1. Archeologia tra Piceno, Dalmazia ed Epiro (Bologna 2007




          May 12, 2018

          Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

          Open Access Journal: Biblical Hebrew eZine

          [First posted in AWOL 10 June 2016, updated 12 May 2018]

          Biblical Hebrew eZine
          April, 2018
          Issue #085

          In This Issue

          Biblical Hebrew Word - Roads, Streets and Paths
          Modern Hebrew Word - Crocodile
          Featured AHRC Product - The Torah
          Name Study - Moses
          Verse Study - Genesis 3:18
          Q & A - The Letter E
          In the News - Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit
          MT Excerpt - Genesis 21:1-10
          AHRC Excerpt - Hieroglyphic Hyksos Hoax
          AHRC Updates
          Comments & Editorial
          eZine Archives 





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          Scott Moore (Ancient History Ramblings)

          First Day at the Apotheke in Polis

          So today was our first real day back at work in the apotheke. We first went by the grocery to buy some snacks so we would not have to stop working for lunch. After we picked up the keys and unlocked the place, we spent some time opening up windows to air out the place, and doing a little cleaning. Saw lots of  spiders and walked into a fair number of spider webs. Did not see any rats, but there was one curious mouse who kept wandering out into the opening, at least until a cat walked by.


          Soon it was time for the first box of pottery of the season. For my music, which is critical to proper pottery reading, I started the season off with Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas since I have become hooked on Supernatural, and then followed it up with Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard. I chose this because I saw a new video the band posted for the song with all of the lyrics. Despite the fact that the song is well-known for people not knowing the correct lyrics, I always felt I had most of them correct – after watching this video, I learned that I was incorrect and was singing some wildly inaccurate lyrics.

          We were not reading any new pottery today, we were going back and reexamining some areas in EF1 to see if we could refine any of my earlier readings. I always hate doing this because I feel like I have to defend the accuracy of my earlier work. Bill doesn’t help matters because he says things like, “Well, in that pass you CLAIMED that there was….” Anyway, I felt like we accomplished a fair bit today and made some good progress. For those that know Bill, you know that he likes to use the same jokes over and over and over again. If I had bet on it, I would have though the first recycled joke would have been his Franco Harris Matrix joke, but it actually was a variation on his how do you date a church joke re-purposed as how do you date Cypriot Red Slip. This was followed by a Rashard Mending hole joke. So, everything is the same in Polis, even the jokes.


          Finally, I have received some questions on my potato chip research which has been going on for a few years. Richard has questioned whether I can find any new flavors to test and suggested branching out into other snack food groups. I am a bit of a purist on the subject and will be sticking to potato chips, and in fact found five new flavors at the store. Before reviewing them, I thought it was important to recap the 46 varieties I have sampled so far. They are summarized below.

          The Potato Chips of Cyprus: An Exhaustive Study:

          • Argentinean Steak — ***** (5)
          • Baked Lays with Mediterranean Herbs — *****(5)
          • Barbecue — ******** (8)
          • Brazilian Mango and Chile — **** (4)
          • Caramelized Onion and Balsamic Vinegar — ******* (7)
          • Cheese and Onion — *** (3)
          • English Cheese on Toast — ***** (6)
          •  Frit Ravich Onduladas Jamon Chips (Ham Flavoured) – ** (2)
          • Frit Ravich Mediterraneo Chips – **(2)
          • Goldies Bacon Extreme. Bacon – *(1)
          • Goldies Extreme – *****(5)
          • Greek Salsa — **** (4)
          • Handy Snacks Cyprus Potato Chips Vinegar and Oregano – *** (3)
          • Lay’s Baked Barbecue potato chips – ***** (5)
          • Lay’s Cream Cheese and Bacon – ******(6)
          • Lays Greek Salad Flavor – ****(4)
          • Lay’s Heinz Ketchup flavored – **(2)
          • Lay’s Scoops Chili Flavoured – ***(3)
          • Lays Cider Vinegar – **** (4)
          • Lays Lasagna Flavored chips – ****** (6)
          • Lays Maxx Deep Ridged Chicken Wing Flavour – ** (2)
          • Lays Maxx Deep Ridged Salt & Vinegar Flavour chips – ******* (7)
          • Lays Mozzarella and Pesto flavored — ******** (8)
          • Lays Mushrooms in Cream – ***(3)
          • Lays Sensations – Japanese Teriyaki – *****(5)
          • Lays Smokey Bacon – ****(4)
          • Lays Sour Cream and Black Pepper – ****(4)
          • Mama’s sundried tomato and basil chips -***(3)
          • Mediterranean Herb — ****** (6)
          • Mexican Peppers and Cream — ******** (8)
          • Oregano — ******** (8)
          • Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme — **** (4)
          • Prawn Cocktail — ********** (10)
          • Quavers with Cheese — ******* (7)
          • Salt and Vinegar — ******* (7)
          • Thai Sweet Chile — ** (2)
          • Tsakiris Bacon and Cheese Flavoured Chips – * (1)
          • Tsakiris Chips with Florina Peppers Flavor – ** (2)
          • Tsakiris Chips with Graviera Cheese Flavour – ******* (7)
          • Tsakiris Chips with Ketchup and Mustard – ** (2)
          • Tsakiris Chips with Mytilene Sea Salt Flavour – ******* (7)
          • Tsakiris Chips with Oregano – ****** (6)
          • Tsakiris Chips with Vinegar Flavour – ****** (6)
          • Tsakiris Chips with Santorini Tomato Flavor – ******** (8)
          • Tsakiris Chips Sweet Barbeque – **** (4).
          • Tzatziki — * (1)


          Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

          Summer Work: Polis 2018

          I’m settling into the wonderful village of Polis-tis-Chrysochous in northwest Cyprus today after a long day of travel and a hectic end of the semester. As I recover from jet lag, I’ve found it convenient to sit awake a 2 am thinking through our priorities for this 2+ week study season.

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          There are three things that I want to accomplish this summer.

          1. EF1. Over the past two summers, we moved through the ceramics and stratigraphy excavated from the area a Polis designated (evocatively) as EF1. This area is – superficially – uncomplicated comprising two rooms, part of a passageway, and the remains of some kind of industrial feature. The vast majority of material from this area is Late Roman in date, and will likely reward a bit more rigorous study as we’ve become more adept at pulling apart the ceramic evidence from the 5th-late-7th century on the island.

          Before we can even do that, however, we have to unpack a pretty dense (and closely superimposed) set of stratigraphic and architectural relationships. The area clearly consists of a series of walls constructed over 100 to 200 years following a similar orientation and perhaps supporting similar functions. Like in so many places at Polis, the control over water to manage drainage and to harness its energy in productive ways is important.

          2. After Late Antiquity. The next thing that we’re working on is preparing material for our Medieval (and later) ceramicist to analyze. Over the last 10 years we’ve been filtering our research to avoid – except when absolutely necessary – the post-Late-Roman material from Polis. Fortunately, this has been pretty easy to do owing to the abundance of Late Roman questions (and material) available at the site. 

          Nevertheless, we’ve felt like we can only see part of the picture and it is clear that many of our buildings and areas under study continued to function into the Medieval period with significant post-Ancient phases and transformations. This follows recent trends that have extended the reach of the long-late-antiquity well into the 7th, 8th, and even 9th centuries. On Cyprus, a growing interest in this continuity complements a critique of the “condominium” centuries, the impact of the Arab raids, and new assessment of interaction between Cyprus and the Near East in the Early Byzantine and Early Islamic periods. 

          3. Other projects. The great and somewhat depressing thing about our work at Polis is that it has an almost unlimited number of research projects just waiting for someone willing to give them time and energy. For example, we have an assemblage of Roman lamps that need to be published, we have a seemingly infinite assemblage of Roman and Late Roman pottery that could be documented, quantified, and analyzed to shed light on the connections between the Cyprus and the wider Roman world, and we have (of course) another Early Christian basilica that is begging for study.

          While we probably won’t be able to complete or even really get started on these other projects, there’s nothing more motivating than being around the sites and the material. Already, an hour standing around looking closely at EF1 produced certain insights that looking at a plan would not. Stay tuned for updates over the next couple of weeks!

          May 11, 2018

          Stefano Costa (There's More Than Just Potsherds Out There)

          IOSACal 0.4

          IOSACal is an open source program for calibration of radiocarbon dates.

          A few days ago I released version 0.4, that can be installed from PyPI or from source. The documentation and website is at http://c14.iosa.it/ as usual. You will need to have Python 3 already installed.

          The main highlight of this release are the new classes for summed probability distributions (SPD) and paleodemography, contributed by Mario Gutiérrez-Roig as part of his work for the PALEODEM project at IPHES.

          A bug affecting calibrated date ranges extending to the present was corrected.

          On the technical side the most notable changes are the following:

          • requires NumPy 1.14, SciPy 1.1 and Matplotlib 2.2
          • removed dependencies on obsolete functions
          • improved the command line interface

          You can cite IOSACal in your work with the DOI https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.630455. This helps the author and contributors to get some recognition for creating and maintaining this software free for everyone.