Electra Atlantis: Digital Approaches to Antiquity


Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu)

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November 22, 2019

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Best Practices in Digital Scholarship at ASOR 2019

I’m sitting in the Best Practices of Digital Scholarship panel at ASOR 2019.

Chuck Jones leads things off with a librarian’s perspective on the need for open access for a thriving academic ecosystem with particular attention to the role of libraries. He’s stressing the need to read author contracts carefully and to make sure that it provides for open access. He has pointed out the resources available via the Open Access Directory and Peter Suber’s various open access author addenda.

He’s also talking about the role that institutional repositories play, but also their limitations for scholars who are increasingly mobile and contingent. Disciplinary repositories then play a role in this system (e.g. Propyleaum DOK for largely German Egyptology scholarship). Now he’s offering a clear critique of Academia.edu and emphasizing that it’s not an open access repository and it’s making commercial use of content and serving as a node in the surveillance economy. Instead, we should consider Zenodo which does not have wide use among scholars of the humanities (but it welcomes the humanities). He also gives a shout out to the MLA’s Humanities Commons, which I personally use. We need to actively manage our identity (get an ORCID ID and use VIAF!). Also, check out this list of active open access journals

ASOR needs to take a stand on open access and, perhaps, have an open access statement!! Let’s do this. Plus some shout outs to Peter Suber’s work (which is available for free)

And CITE open access!

Now Kevin McGeough is speaking as chair of the publications committee and introducing the draft digital publication policy for ASOR. We’re collecting comments on this document right now. McGeough is demonstrating how the network of interoperable services provide a network in which digital (and analogue) scholarship can exist. 

Advertisement for myself: we started working along these lines with our linked volume of Pyla-Koutsopetria. You can download it here. This book does not necessarily adopt best practices and it has limitations, but it was a start in order to demonstrate what is possible with digital and analogue data.

McGeough is outlining some of the real limitations that ASOR needs to address moving forward with a system of digital and analogue publishing. Costs, technological issues, institutional frictions and other challenges remain real barriers to digital publishing of archaeological data. Financial barriers are, in particular, significant, but the benefits are as well.

Next steps, include making the content of this policy statement known, integrated with ASOR-CAP, critically engaging with our existing publication workflow, and, of course, money… It may be that ASOR is a bit on the “cutting edge” here, although the AIA statement on the role of digital publications (especially of data) in their tenure and promotion guidelines. There is a way to show that producing digitally rich archaeological publications needs to be aware both of best practice and working practices.

We need to remember that archaeologists have never found a wheel that we can’t reinvent.

Now Eric Kansa is talking about the exciting new world of surveillance capitalism! Highlighting the case of Cambridge Analytica and Russian advertising buys using analytic data from archaeological posts, particularly those in contested places, on Facebook. Open Context does not sell data. It also exists in a multinational ecosystem that provides both digital framework and a professional and disciplinary framework for disseminating archaeological data.

Excavations are not data mines!!! Instead, Kansa stresses that data is constructed. Now he’s showing a entity relation diagram to demonstrate the complexity of archaeological knowledge, data, and the knowledge making project. Open Context attempts to manage complexity using a series of common schemas, which still maintaining flexibility.   

Kansa is going to stress reproducibility and integration with publications. He shows an example of Early Bronze Age NumayraTel Dor, and PKAP. He’s also demonstrating how we can integrate data across platforms and projects to produce more dynamic, robust, and consistent datasets for analysis.

Now he’s bringing in the intellectual property context published data and FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reuseable supported by Creative Common licenses.

Kansa is showing how data from Open Context is being re-used in a wide range of contexts from archaeological publications to computer programs, teaching (c.f. in particular Shawn Graham’s ODATE textbook project), government reports, augmented and virtual reality. 

Kansa is calling on us to increase our bootstrapping capacity through data literacy, increasing the quantity and quality of archaeological data, and normalize the publication of data. Also how do we ensure sustainability of our data (and their attendant institutions)? And how do we make sure our practices around data reflect our shared values.

Finally, Suzanne Pilaar Birch who is serving as a discussant with particular attention to open access publishing and publishing data on the tenure track. She noted that ASOR is in the forefront of digital publishing conversations and how important that the support from groups like ASOR is for moving forward. 

She points out that for-profit publishers are double profiting on open access articles when they charge a fee to publish a open access article in a non-open access journal. It’s not just that we publish open access is how and where we publish open access. While it’s easy enough to encourage scholars to publish in open access (just do it!), we must also recognize that at present, there’s a risk. Once again, institutions like ASOR needs to push to mitigate this kind of risk. There are real benefits to a willingness to take a risk, that includes visibility and being on the cutting edge.

There are also real ethical issues. Journals that are not open access often make it harder for research to get to scholars, activists, and communities where archaeologists work (particularly in the “global south” (my term, not hers).

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Open Access Book: Among Digitized Manuscripts. Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World

Author: Lit, Lambertus W. C.
Title: Among Digitized Manuscripts: Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World.
Published: Leiden ; Boston Brill [2020]
ISBN: 9789004400351
"Working with manuscripts has become a digital affair. But, are there downsides to digital photos? And how can you take advantage of the incredible computing power you have literally at your fingertips? Cornelis van Lit explains in detail what happens when manuscript studies meets digital humanities. In Among Digitized Manuscripts you will learn why it is important to include a note on the photo quality in your codicological description, how to draw, collect, and publish glyphs of paleographic interest, what standards (such as TEI and IIIF) to abide by when transcribing a text, how to write custom software for image recognition, and much more. The leading principle is that learning a little about computers will already be of great benefit."

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Active Open Access Journals

Beta release: This is a developing list of open access journals currently reviewing papers for publication. It is intended to offer opportunities for scholars interested in publishing openly. It is compiled in advance of my presentation at the ASOR Annual Meeting 2019: Best Practices for Digital Scholarship: Sharing Your Work: Library Ethics, Privacy, and Commercial Repositories”. .Journals included here cover a wide range of disciplines within the study of antiquity. It is by no means comprehensive. If you wish to add a title simply let me know (comments - below).

Aegyptiaca. Journal of the History of Reception of Ancient Egypt
ISSN-Internet: 2566-9419
Aegyptiaca is an international open access journal, published by the Department of Egyptology, University of Heidelberg. It is dedicated to the documentation and research of the history of reception of ancient Egypt. The journal will be published biannually in English language and will accept German and French articles as well.
El Almogaren es la serie de publicaciones mas importante del Institutum Canarium que contiene los estudios de la prehistoria de Canarias y de las culturas mediterráneas, así como aportaciones sobre temas científicos de interés general. Desde 1970 se han publicado 40 tomos que recogen más de 400 artículos en 4 lenguas. Asimismo, existe un intercambio de publicaciones en el que participan universidades, academias e institutos de investigación situados en todo el mundo. El Almogaren está disponible en las más importantes bibliotecas (de Europa fundamentalmente). A los socios del Institutum Canarium se les envía el Almogaren cada año.
Annales de Janua – Actes des journées d’études
ISSN: 2267-1358
Diffuser la richesse des échanges scientifiques réussis entre jeunes chercheurs, voilà le défi relevé par ces nouvelles Annales ! Cette revue a en effet pour vocation de publier les actes des journées d’études organisées chaque année par l’association Janua. Celle-ci, fondée à Poitiers, fédère des étudiants de Master et des doctorants spécialisés dans l’analyse des périodes antiques et médiévales. Les rencontres scientifiques qu’elle organise sont diachroniques et pluridisciplinaires afin de favoriser un dialogue entre différentes manières d’aborder la recherche. La publication numérique des articles issus des communications permettra à chacun d’y retrouver soit la diversité des approches envisagées soit la spécificité d’un sujet traité par un jeune chercheur. Un comité scientifique composé de chercheurs et d’enseignants-chercheurs est associé au déroulement de l’ensemble du projet.
Antesteria. Debates de Historia Antigua
ISSN: 2254-1683.
Antesteria. Debates de Historia Antigua surge como plasmación de algunas de las aportaciones más brillantes presentadas, defendidas y debatidas a lo largo de los Encuentros de Jóvenes Investigadores de Historia Antigua de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Surge por tanto con el fin primordial de difundir los resultados de estas investigaciones para contribuir al desarrollo de la ciencia histórica y a la promoción de los jóvenes investigadores que en ella se inician o dan sus primeros pasos.
L'Antiquité Classique
eISSN - 2295-9076
L’Antiquité Classique est une revue annuelle, de renommée internationale, spécialisée dans le domaine de l’Antiquité grecque et romaine (de la période préhellénique jusqu’à l’Antiquité tardive ou aux aspects de la Renaissance liés aux études antiques). Soutenue par la Fondation universitaire de Belgique et le Fonds de la Recherche scientifique (FNRS), la revue publie dans les langues usuelles de la recherche (anglais, français, allemand, italien, espagnol…) des contributions originales, soumises préalablement à l’avis d’un Comité de lecture (avec experts internationaux). 
Archaeology and Text: A Journal for the Integration of Material Culture with Written Documents in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East
The study of the human past has conventionally been divided between two distinct academic disciplines depending upon the kind of evidence under investigation: “history”, with its focus on written records, and “archaeology”, which analyzes the remains of material culture.  Archaeology and Text: A Journal for the Integration of Material Culture with Written Documents in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East aims to bridge this disciplinary divide by providing an international forum for scholarly discussions which integrate the studies of material culture with written documents. Interdisciplinary by nature, the journal offers a platform for professional historians and archaeologists alike to critically investigate points of confluence and divergence between the textual and the artifactual. We seek contributions from scholars working in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.  Contributions with a theoretical or methodological focus on the interface between archaeology and text are especially encouraged. By publishing all of its articles online, the Archaeology and Text seeks to disseminate its published papers immediately after the peer-review and editorial processes have been completed, providing timely publication and convenient access.
Archaeology in Jordan (AIJ)
Archaeology in Jordan (AIJ) is a new, biannual open access (OA) newsletter published online by ACOR aimed at raising scholarly awareness of archaeological and cultural resource management projects being carried out in Jordan and to make this information accessible to a wider audience.
Art of the Orient
ISSN 2299-811X
Art of the Orient  is an annual devoted to the study of Asian and African art and artistic culture, prepared by the Polish Institute of World Art Studies, published by Adam Marszałek Publishing House in Torun. The first issue of the annual was preceded in 2008 by the volume Studia nad sztuką Azji (Studies on the art of Asia), which was the forerunner of the then planned series Sztuka Orientu (Art of the Orient). The volume edited by Jerzy Malinowski & Joanna Wasilewska, was prepared by the Polish Society of Oriental Art (forerunner of the  Polish Institute of World Art Studies). 
ASGLE Bulletin
The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Société americaine d'épigraphie grecque et latine) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to further research in, and the teaching of, Greek and Latin epigraphy in North America. The Society fosters collaboration in the field and facilitates the exchange of scholarly research and discussion, both in the public forum and in published form. The Society is associated with L’Association Internationale d’Epigraphie grecque et latine (AIEGL).
Association of Ancient Historians Newsletter
The Association of Ancient Historians was founded with two essential objectives. The first of these is to foster a regular forum for scholarly interaction among historians of the Ancient Mediterranean--especially among those who study the Greeks and Romans--and secondly, to do so in a manner that emphasizes collegiality and social interaction
Athens Journal of History 
e-ISSN: 2407-9677
The Athens Journal of History (AJH) is a quarterly double blind peer reviewed journal and considers papers from all areas of history. Many of the papers published in this journal have been presented at the various conferences sponsored by the History Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
Axon: Iscrizioni storiche greche 
e-ISSN: 2532-6848 
La rivista Axon. Iscrizioni storiche greche intende colmare una lacuna nel panorama dell’esperienza scientifica e didattica della Storia e dell’Epigrafia greca. Ciascun numero raccoglie una serie di contributi specifici dedicati a singole iscrizioni greche selezionate in base alla loro rilevanza storica. Per ogni documento è prevista un’articolata scheda digitale, costruita secondo standard e lessico condivisi, che confluisce in un Database liberamente consultabile secondo una maschera di ricerca duttile e mirata (http://virgo.unive.it/venicepigraphy/axon/public/); a questa scheda si accompagna un commento originale e approfondito su tutti gli aspetti paleografici, linguistici, storici, istituzionali, culturali e contestuali del documento in oggetto proposto dagli specialisti del settore.
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
ISSN: 0843-5499 (PRINT)
ISSN: 2469-5580 (ONLINE)
Since its launch in 2010, SURFACE has grown to include thousands of items ranging from scholarly articles, books, journals, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, videos, and more. It serves to represent the strength and diversity of work being done by members of the Syracuse University community and to share that work with communities all over the world. To learn how you can have your work included in SURFACE, please contact surface@syr.edu.
Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics (BAGL)
Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics (BAGL), in conjunction with the Centre for Biblical Linguistics, Translation, and Exegesis at McMaster Divinity College and the OpenText.org project (www.opentext.org) is a fully refereed on-line and print journal specializing in widely disseminating the latest advances in linguistic study of ancient and biblical Greek. Under the senior editorship of Professor Dr. Stanley E. Porter and Dr. Matthew Brook O'Donnell, along with its assistant editors and editorial board, BAGL looks to publish significant work that advances knowledge of ancient Greek through the utilization of modern linguistic methods. Accepted pieces are in the first instance posted on-line in page-consistent pdf format, and then (except for reviews) are published in print form each volume year. This format ensures timely posting of the most recent work in Greek linguistics with consistently referencable articles then available in permanent print form.
El Boletín del Museo Arqueológico Nacional es una publicación científica oficial del Museo, de periodicidad anual, con una doble finalidad: dar a conocer su colección y sus líneas de investigación y difundir un amplio espectro de trabajos de investigadores externos, no necesariamente relacionados con los bienes culturales o proyectos del Museo, sobre Arqueología, Historia, Museología y conservación, documentación y difusión del Patrimonio Cultural.
The British Museum Egypt and Sudan Newsletter
A yearly illustrated newsletter presenting the British Museum’s work in, and on the subject of, Egypt and Sudan.
The newsletter includes updates on excavations, research projects, new exhibitions, galleries and training programmes.
The short articles are written by specialists from across the Departments of the British Museum, but also by external scholars who have collaborated with the Museum, or researched aspects of the collection.
Byblos. Bollettino del Museo Papirologico dell'Università del Salento
Il Museo Papirologico dell’Università del Salento fu fondato nell’àmbito di un Progetto coordinato delle Università di Lecce e di Catania finanziato dalla Comunità Europea. La sua realizzazione ed il suo allestimento richiesero otto anni di lavoro. Inaugurato il 22 giugno del 2007, il Museo nacque per dare sistemazione e valorizzazione adeguate alla raccolta di papiri che chi scrive, direttore del Centro di Studi Papirologici dello stesso Ateneo, dal 1992 ha acquistato a più riprese sul mercato antiquario italiano e straniero. La Collezione dei papiri leccesi, contrassegnata dalla sigla PUL (Papyri Universitatis Lupiensis), attualmente è costituita da oltre 400 papiri, gran parte dei quali sono greci e demotici, ma non mancano papiri geroglifici, ieratici e copti. 
The Byzantinist: The Newsletter of the Oxford Byzantine Society
The Oxford Byzantine Society is a graduate student run organisation which provides support and information for graduate students of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at Oxford University. It also provides opportunities for graduate students to present their work to their peers from institutions across the globe and acts as a hub for the sharing of information about job opportunities, studentships, conferences and seminars as well as publications and resources. Members of the society in Oxford can also expect to meet for drinks, dinners and trips.
Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents (CCED) Journal
 The CCED Journal is a peer-reviewed publication. Submissions may be in either English or French
Cuneiform Digital Library Preprints (CDLP)
CDLI is pleased to present here the results of research in progress submitted, for inclusion in a preprint series hosted by the project, by experts in fields associated with Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology. We anticipate that these papers in their final form will eventually be available in journals (in some cases our own) or in edited volumes; or will, by authors' preference, remain unpublished in the formal sense, so that this may be a final venue for work that might otherwise remain unnoticed in the field. Authors who are interested in submitting contributions to the CDLP should be generally aware of the editorial policies of the journals CDLJ & CDLB; while submissions in English are preferred, CDLP does, however, accept preprints in the other major languages of academic communication. Significant and nearly complete, or dormant research papers are particularly welcome, regardless of their length and scope. Authors should make their submissions in both originating text-processor/layout file, and in the PDF format in which it will be made available here. International A4 or US letter format are both allowed, portrait or landscape. In most cases, if the submission is acceptable for distribution, we will merely add a lead page of the form visible in the files listed below. We invite interested authors to make use of this series to communicate their research to a broader community in advance or in stead of undertaking the rigors of a peer-reviewed standard publication, and we hope the feedback that results from a paper’s dissemination through CDLP contributes to its ultimate impact.
Dike. Rivista di storia del diritto greco ed ellenistico
ISSN: 1128-8221
DIKE è la prima rivista specificamente dedicata allo studio del diritto greco ed ellenistico: pubblica articoli sottoposti a “revisione” (peer review).

La rivista, diretta da Eva Cantarella e Alberto Maffi, è pubblicata con il contributo e sotto gli auspici del Dipartimento di Diritto privato e Storia del Diritto dell’Università degli Studi di Milano.
Emerita. Revista de linguistica y folología clasica
eISSN: 1988-8384
ISSN: 0013-6662
Fundada en 1933 por D. Ramón Menéndez Pidal, EMERITA publica artículos, notas, informaciones y reseñas, rigurosamente originales, de Filología clásica, Lingüística griega, latina, indoeuropea e ibérica, y de Historia antigua. 
Études celtiques
ISSN: 0373-1928
La revue Études celtiques a été fondée en 1936 par Joseph Vendryes, doyen de la faculté des lettres de la Sorbonne et grand spécialiste des langues celtiques. Il s’agissait de remplacer la Revue celtique (1970-1934), dont l’éditeur ne voulait plus assumer la charge. Études celtiques est d’abord éditée par la Librairie Droz. La revue était destinée à traiter des mêmes sujets que la précédente, c’est-à-dire : inscriptions, monnaies des Celtes de l’Antiquité, toponymes et anthroponymes d’origine celtique, et la linguistique des langues celtiques sous toutes ses formes (phonétique, dialectologie, grammaire comparée et reconstruction, etc.) ; textes mythologiques ou littéraires provenant des cultures celtiques médiévales, textes appartenant à la « Matière de Bretagne », ainsi que la documentation archéologique susceptible d’éclairer nos connaissances sur les sociétés celtiques antiques.
Gladius: estudios sobre armas antiguas, armamento, arte militar y vida cultural en Oriente y Occidente
eISSN: 1988-4168
ISSN: 0436-029X  
Gladius publica contribuciones científicas los siguientes temas: Armamento desde la Prehistoria hasta fines del siglo XVIII, Polemología, Historia de la guerra en Europa, el mundo colonial americano, y el Islam. Asimismo contiene una sección especial para la discusión científica y recensiones.
ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΕΙΟΝ:Ήλεκτρονικό περιοδικό αρχαίας έλληνικης έπιγραφικής, τοπογραφίας καί ιστορίας - Electronic Journal on Ancient Greek Epigraphy, Topography and History
ISSN: 2241-4290
Τὸ περιοδικὸ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΕΙΟΝ ἐκδίδεται ἐτησίως σὲ ἠλεκτρονικὴ μορφὴ ἀπὸ τὴν Ἑλληνικὴ Ἐπιγραφικὴ Ἑταιρεία (ΕΕΕ). Μὲ τὴν ἔκδοση τοῦ περιοδικοῦ ἡ Ἑταιρεία ἐπιδιώκει τὴν ἔγκαιρη ἀνακοίνωση νέων εὑρημάτων καὶ πορισμάτων τῆς ἔρευνας καὶ τὴν ταχεία ἐνημέρωση τῆς ἐπιστημονικῆς κοινότητας. Τὴν ὕλη τοῦ περιοδικοῦ ἀποτελοῦν σύντομα κατὰ κανόνα ἄρθρα ποὺ ἀφοροῦν στὶς ἀρχαῖες Ἑλληνικὲς ἐπιγραφές, τὴν ἀρχαία τοπογραφία καὶ ἱστορία, καθὼς καὶ ἐπίκαιρα σχόλια ἀφορῶντα στοὺς τομεῖς αὐτούς. 
Hadashot Arkheologiyot - Excavations and Survey in Israel
ISSN: 1565-5334
Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel (HA-ESI) has been published in print since 1961 by the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums (IDAM) and since 1990 by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The journal contains preliminary reports of excavations and surveys in Israel, as well as final reports of small-scale excavations and surveys; it also publishes archaeological finds recorded during inspection activities. The journal is bilingual, Hebrew and English; reports submitted in English are translated into Hebrew and vice versa.
Het NKV geeft vijf keer per jaar Hermeneus uit, een geïllustreerd, populair wetenschappelijk tijdschrift.

Het blad Hermeneus belicht alle aspecten van de klassieke beschaving: van Zeus tot Achilles, van Homerus tot Augustinus, van Socrates tot Plotinus, van Perikles tot Constantijn, van opgravingen tot musea. Maar ook: hoe de gewone Griek en Romein dacht, leefde en werkte. Ook bèta-onderwerpen, architectuur, economie, biologie, geneeskunde etc... komen aan de orde.
HIPHIL Novum: Journal for Bible and Digital Resources
ISSN: 1603-6565
HIPHIL Novum is a peer-reviewed academic e-journal. It continues HIPHIL which was published in 2003-2010.

The journal publishes issues that promote resources for open education for all continents, races, genders, and communities, serving the next generation of biblical research and sustainable technology.
History of Anthropology Newsletter
The History of Anthropology Newsletter has been a venue for publication and conversation on the many histories of the discipline of anthropology since 1973. This is a repository of back issues; we also publish publish news, essays, reviews, and bibliographies on our website.
ISAW Papers
ISSN: 2164-1471
ISAW Papers is an open-content scholarly journal that publishes article-length works on any topic within the scope of ISAW's scholarly research. All works are distributed under a Creative Commons-Attribution license and will be archived in the NYU Faculty Digital Archive (FDA). ISAW collaborates with the NYU Library's Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) to publish the ISAW Papers online as part of the Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL). See below on this page for links to individual articles.

ISSN: 2633-0695
 JIBS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to publishing cutting edge articles that embody interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented, feminist, queer, and innovative biblical scholarship. We welcome submissions that challenge canonical and/or disciplinary norms and boundaries or that query the field of biblical studies’ relationship to the broader investigation of human religion, culture, and literature. JIBS will publish two issues a year in summer and in winter.
 Journal of Classics Teaching
ISSN: -EISSN: 2058-6310
Now online and open access the Journal of Classics Teaching (JCT) aims to be the leading journal for teachers of Latin, ancient Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History internationally. JCT covers the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors and welcomes articles and short book reviews of interest to Classics teachers.
The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES)
ISSN: 1312-4307

The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES) is published by the Bulgarian Institute of Egyptology. It is issued on an annual basis since September 2004. The JES is a result of the development and expansion of Egyptology in Bulgaria. It gives Egyptologists an opportunity to publish new original ideas, new approaches and data in connection with the language, literature, religion, archeology and history of the “place where our hearts live”.
Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures
The Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures (JOLCEL) is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes two issues per year in open access. Our format is dialogical and combines three articles with a reaction by a respondent. The journal is closely linked to the activities of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identity, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools), which aims to develop a large international network of researchers interested in these themes. RELICS organizes two workshops a year and regular large conferences.
Journal of Open Archaeology Data (JOAD)
ISSN: 2049-1565
The Journal of Open Archaeology Data (JOAD) features peer reviewed data papers describing archaeology datasets with high reuse potential. We are working with a number of specialist and institutional data repositories to ensure that the associated data are professionally archived, preserved, and openly available. Equally importantly, the data and the papers are citable, and reuse will be tracked. While still in beta phase, the journal is now accepting papers. We will also be adding new functionality over the next few weeks, and refining the look and feel.
KASA – Koiné archeologica, sapiente antichità  
K.A.S.A. è l’acronimo di Koiné archeologica, sapiente antichità. E’ uno dei progetti finanziati dal III Programma interregionale  IIIA Italia-Malta, anno 2004-2006, promulgato dalla Regione Sicilia con contributi della Comunità Europea. Esso prevede la partecipazione di tre partners, la Facoltà di Lettere, L’Università di Malta e la Officina di Studi Medievali di Palermo, per la realizzazione di itinerari turistici integrati che leghino in percorsi unitari le province di Siracusa e Ragusa e l’arcipelago maltese.
Λογεῖον: περιοδικό για το αρχαίο θέατρο - Logeion: A Journal of Ancient Theatre
ISSN: 2241-2425

Logeion publishes original scholarly articles in modern Greek, English, French, German, and Italian on every aspect of ancient Greek and Roman theatre and drama, including its reception in modern theatre, literature, cinema and the other art forms and media, as well as its relation to the theatre of other periods and geographical regions. All types of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives are welcome. Emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary approaches.
The Journal will be printed at the end of each calendar year by Crete University Press as a consecutively paginated issue. Prior to the publication of each year’s printed issue, the Journal will be published as a freely accessible (Open Access), provisionally paginated PDF document in order both to ensure that articles are published relatively quickly, and to allow authors to benefit from readers’ responses before the final printing. For the printed issue authors will be able to make minor revisions to the main text of the electronic version or append addenda to their articles.
Al Malweah for Archaeological and Historical studies - مجلة الملوية للدراسات الآثارية والتاريخية
ISSN: 2413-1326
Al Malweah for Archaeological and Historical studies:A Scientific, Periodical and Coherent Journal, Issued by college of Archeology in Samarra university. It is interested in publishing Archaeological and Historical researches, it is founded in 2013. 
Athens University Revue of Archaeology (AURA)
ISSN (digital): 2623-3428
ISSN (print): 2623-3436

The Athens University Review of Archaeology (AURA) is an international, peer-reviewed archaeological journal published annually by the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. It is dedicated to the publication of original research articles and reports focusing on, or related to the archaeology, art and material culture in the broader Greek world, from the earliest Prehistory to the Modern Era.
Minerva: Revista de filología clásica
ISSN: 0213-9634
Acoge en sus páginas colaboraciones que versan acerca de los ámbitos hoy en día admitidos bajo el concepto de Filología Clásica, con especial atención a los comprendidos en las denominaciones de Filología Griega y Filología Latina en su contenido más amplio, tanto en lo que se refiere a su contenido como a los periodos cronológicos correspondientes
Mythos: Rivista di Storia della Religioni
ISSN: 1972-2516
Créée en 2006 et éditée par Salvatore Sciascia Editore, Mythos est une revue transdisciplinaire et comparatiste où se croisent les approches historiques, philologiques, archéologiques, anthropologiques ou sociologiques des religions anciennes. Revue annuelle et ouverte à toutes les approches, elle promeut une étude historique et non confessionnelle des religions
The Old Potter's Almanack
ISSN-Print: 0965-7479
ISSN- Internet:  2055-6543
THE OLD POTTER‟S ALMANACK is the joint letter of the Ceramic Petrology Group and the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group.
Opvscvla Archaeologica Radovi Arheološkog zavoda - Opuscula Archaeologica Papers of the Department of Archaeology
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ivana Lučiča 3 10000 Zagreb
PalArch's Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology
ISSN 1567-214X
The PalArch Foundation publishes three journals: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology (PJAEE; ISSN 1567-214X), PalArch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology (PJVP; ISSN 1567-2158) and PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Northwest Europe (PJANE; ISSN 1573-3939). These are so-called ‘open access’, which means that the publiciations are freely availabe and can be downloaded by everyone (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access_(publishing)). Note that the downloaded PDF publications are for personal use only: distribution is not permitted. Notifying third parties should be done by reference to the Foundation’s website www.PalArch.nl
Pallas: Revue d'études antiques
ISSN: 0031-0387
Revue interuniversitaire, internationale et quadrimestrielle, Pallas publie en français mais aussi en anglais, en espagnol, italien et allemand, des articles d'enseignants, jeunes chercheurs et doctorants. Les sujets abordés, réunis dans des dossiers thématiques traitent des sciences de l’Antiquité au sens large et intéressent tous les domaines des civilisations grecque et romaine : littérature, linguistique, métrique, histoire, archéologie, iconographie.
Periodico di Mineralogia

ISSN PRINT: 0369-8963
ISSN ONLINE: 2239-1002
Periodico di Mineralogia is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal publishing Research Articles, Letters and Reviews in Mineralogy, Crystallography, Geochemistry, Ore Deposits, Petrology, Volcanology and applied topics on Environment, Archaeometry and Cultural Heritage. The journal aims at encouraging scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. Accordingly, there is no restriction on article length. Additional data may be hosted on the web sites as Supplementary Information. The journal does not have article submission and processing charges. Colour is free of charges both on line and printed and no Open Access fees are requested. Short publication time is assured. 
Préhistoires méditerranéennes
ISSN électronique: 2105-2565
Préhistoires méditerranéennes est une revue bilingue multi-supports à comité de lecture (prend la suite de Préhistoire Anthropologie Méditerranéenne). Elle accueille toute contribution originale sur la préhistoire des espaces méditerranéens. La revue publie, en flux continu, des contributions au format électronique, regroupées chaque année dans une édition papier. Elle propose, en outre, sous la forme de suppléments, des numéros thématiques. Préhistoires méditerranéennes se veut un espace de débats d'idées ; elle souhaite mettre à disposition des auteurs et des lecteurs une tribune de publication contradictoire — suscitée ou sollicitée — permettant la discussion scientifique autour des articles retenus.
Prometheus: Rivista di studi classici
ISSN 0391-2698 (print)
ISSN 2281-1044 (online)
Fondata da Adelmo Barigazzi nel 1975, la rivista Prometheus si è dedicata programmaticamente alla ricerca scientifica sui testi letterari classici greci e latini, nella convinzione che uno studio analitico e filologicamente approfondito dei testi antichi possa giovare ancora fortemente alla formazione culturale dei giovani della nostra età.
Quaderni di Linguistica e Studi Orientali
ISSN: 2421-7220
Quaderni di Linguistica e Studi Orientali / Working Papers in Linguistics and Oriental Studies (QULSO), is an open-access peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for scholarly debate for Linguistics and Oriental Studies researchers in Italy and abroad. The journal publishes articles relating to the analysis of natural language in its various aspects, paying special attention to the following fields of inquiry: theoretical models of language; the description of linguistic systems; the linguistic continuum in historical, typological and sociolinguistic perspectives; linguistic structures of languages of the Orient and their historical evolution; experimental linguistics (psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics) and applied linguistics; pragmatics and semantics; communication.
 Al-rāfidān: Journal of Western Asiatic Studies
ISSN: 0285-4406

イラク古代文化研究所では1980年以降、研究所の紀要としてラーフィダーンal-Rafidan: Journal of Western Asiatic Studiesを年一回発行しています。


Research Institute Research Institute RAFIDAN al-Rafidan: Journal of Western Asiatic Studies is issued once a year as a bulletin after 1980 by Iraqi ancient culture.
Réflexion(s) – Regards croisés sur le monde antique et le monde moderne
ISSN : 2100-0034
Réflexion(s) est une revue thématique réalisée par des spécialistes de l'antiquité gréco-latine.
Chaque thème analyse une question qui intéresse le monde actuel en la mettant en relation avec des événements, des textes ou des personnages antiques. Notre but est de réfléchir autrement sur notre temps et nos sociétés, mais aussi de comprendre pourquoi la connaissance de notre antiquité est encore indispensable pour penser le monde d'aujourd'hui. Ce but est, plus largement, le but des études classiques : la lecture de Cicéron ou la visite des ruines de Pompéi sont un miroir dans lequel nous pouvons apprendre à voir avec un peu de recul (et donc un peu plus clairement) notre époque.
Revue de l’histoire des religions
ISSN électronique: 2105-2573
La Revue de l’histoire des religions (RHR), publication trimestrielle fondée en 1880, dont la rédaction est établie au Collège de France au sein de l'Institut des civilisations, est ouverte à la plus large collaboration, française et étrangère. Son champ d’étude couvre toutes les formes du donné religieux, discours et vécu, des origines à nos jours, sous toutes les latitudes.
Revue des Sciences Religieuses
ISSN électronique: 2259-028
La Revue des Sciences Religieuses est une publication scientifique, rédigée et publiée par les enseignants-chercheurs de la Faculté de théologie catholique de Strasbourg mais ouverte à tous les chercheurs. La revue aborde tous les champs disciplinaires de la théologie, du droit canonique et des sciences religieuses : l’exégèse, l’histoire, la théologie fondamentale et dogmatique, la pastorale et la pratique, l’éthique, la philosophie, les études œcuméniques.
Ricerche Italiane e Scavi in Egitto
Pensando di fare cosa utile e gradita agli studiosi di Egittologia, Archeologia Egiziana e Papirologia, riproduciamo i volumi della serie RICERCHE ITALIANE E SCAVI IN EGITTO (R.I.S.E.), pubblicati a partire dal 2004 al Cairo (Champollion Street, 14), per le cure di Maria Casini e Giuseppina Capriotti Vittozzi del Centro Archeologico Italiano - Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Ringraziamo la Direzione dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura del Cairo, nella persona del Dottor Paolo Sabbatini, per l'autorizzazione alla diffusione digitale dei volumi.
Rivista di Diritto Romano
ISSN 1720-3694
Qualcuno potrebbe chiedersi se, in presenza di numerosi e autorevoli periodici di diritto romano e diritti dell'antichità pubblicati anche e soprattutto in Italia, fosse proprio il caso di metterne in cantiere uno nuovo: se fosse un lettore tendenzialmente benevolo e animato da incrollabile fiducia nel principio della concorrenza, potrebbe forse dare risposta positiva affermando che l'ingresso di un nuovo operatore sul mercato (!) dovrebbe portare a un miglioramento dell'offerta in generale.
Rivista del Museo Egizio
ISSN: 2611-3295
La Rivista del Museo Egizio promuove, raccoglie e diffonde le ricerche su tutti gli aspetti della collezione del Museo Egizio di Torino e sui siti archeologici da esso indagati oggi e in passato, nonché studi su argomenti aventi una rilevanza indiretta per la collezione.
RursuSpicae: Transmission, Réception, et Réécriture des Textes, de l'Antiquiquité au Moyen Âge
ISSN électronique: 2557-8839
RursuSpicae est une revue consacrée à la transmission des textes et des savoirs de l’Antiquité à la fin du Moyen-Âge. Elle est la fusion des revues Rursus et Spicae dont les objectifs scientifiques étaient similaires. Cette transmission peut concerner non seulement les textes grecs et latins, mais également hébraïques, syriaques et arabes qui ont nourri la culture médiévale et moderne. Les anciens numéros de Spicae sont disponibles en pdf à cette adresse.
Σχολή. Философское антиковедение и классическая традиция: Журнал Центра изучения древней философии и классической традиции -- Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition : A Journal of the Centre for Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition
ISSN: 1995-4336 (Online)
ISSN: 1995-4328 (Print) 
 Societas Classica
Societas Classica is a multi-language collection of papers presented at the International scientific conference that has been organized by the Department of Classical and Eastern Languages ​​and Cultures since 2002 under the motto Common and Specific features of Civilizations of Greece, the East and Rome, and later gained wide popularity in scientific circles under the title: Cultures and Religions in the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the East
The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions Newsletter
The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions was founded to foster the interdisciplinary study of the religions of the ancient Mediterranean basin, and especially the interaction of the multiple polytheistic religions with each other and with the emerging monotheistic religions of the region.  We hope to bring together scholars interested in Near Eastern studies, Classics, Religion and other related fields to share insights with each other.  Membership for a nominal fee is open to faculty, graduate students and anyone with an interest in ancient Mediterranean religious traditions.
Sudan & Nubia: The Sudan Archaeological Research Society Bulletin
ISSN: 1369-5770
Sudan & Nubia is published each autumn. It contains much of interest on recent archaeological fieldwork in Sudan, including many articles on surveys and excavations only undertaken during the previous winter.

The bulletin is an ideal way to keep abreast of current British activities in Sudan, and also contains contributions by eminent foreign scholars. It is profusely illustrated with line drawings and monochrome and colour photographs.

Sudan & Nubia is free of charge to Society members, who receive it a year in advance of online release … JOIN THE SOCIETY >
Le Sycomore: Revue de traduction biblique
ISSN: 1814-5825
Le Sycomore est une revue scientifique traitant de plusieurs domaines d’enquête qui contribuent à la pratique de la traduction de la Bible, par exemple, la linguistique, l’anthropologie, l’exégèse, la théologie, la philologie, la théorie de la traduction, l’utilisation des Saintes Ecritures. Cette revue est publiée au nom de l’Alliance biblique universelle et en partenariat avec la SIL. Son comité éditorial comprend des spécialistes internationaux en traduction de la Bible. Les contributions proviennent pour la plupart de traducteurs de la Bible et de conseillers en traduction de la Bible, mais aussi de pratiquants et de théoriciens dans tout domaine apparenté. Un langage non technique est visé pour atteindre un public large parmi les traducteurs de la Bible, les institutions académiques et les églises, et pour permettre à toutes les parties prenantes d’entrer en dialogue.
Sylloge epigraphica Barcinonensis
ISSN electrònic: 2014-8151
ISSN paper: 2013-4118
Sylloge epigraphica Barcinonensis, fundada el 1994 pel professor Marc Mayer i Olivé, és una publicació científica anual que vol difondre estudis i novetats epigràfiques de qualitat, originals i inèdites, i abraça des del punt de vista de temes d'epigrafia, filologia clàssica, paleografia, història antiga, topografia antiga, arqueologia clàssica i llengües 
ISSN électronique: 2609-6420
Tsafon est une revue d'études juives interdisciplinaire dont les thèmes sont : textes bibliques et rabbiniques, religion et relations interreligieuses, histoire du peuple juif de l'Antiquité à nos jours, histoire de l’État d'Israël, littérature contemporaine juive et israélienne. Les aires géographiques concernées sont le Moyen-Orient et les lieux des diasporas juives. Chaque numéro présente un dossier thématique, des varia, la parution d'un inédit (document d'archives, textes littéraires inédits), des actualités du champ d'études juives, des comptes rendus de lecture.
Türk Tarih Kongreler

TYCHE: Beiträge zur alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik – Contributions to Ancient History, Papyrology and Epigraphy

P-ISSN: 1010-9161

E-ISSN: 2409-5540
TYCHE is a scholarly journal based at the Department of Ancient History, Papyrology and Epigraphy at the University of Vienna. This journal of high academic reputation has been published since 1986 and contains (double-blind) peer-reviewed articles in German, English, French, Italian and Latin. The scientific focus lies on the whole range of antiquity from the beginnings of Greek history to Late antiquity. Emphasis is placed on the edition and interpretation of epigraphic and papyrological sources. The journal further includes papyrological (Korr. Tyche) and epigraphic (Adnotationes epigraphicae) miscellanea, a critical bibliography of Austrian epigraphy (Annona Epigraphica Austriaca) as well as a review section. In addition to the regular annual volumes TYCHE also issues monographic Supplement and Special Volumes.

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

Surveying the Field: Toward Establishing a Digital Collaboration Space for Educators of the Ancient World

Surveying the Field: Toward Establishing a Digital Collaboration Space for Educators of the Ancient World
As educators, we tend to work independently on developing our own creative pedagogies for student and public engagement. As such, the field largely lacks a venue in which to share best practices and unite educators from sister disciplines around this common goal. In order to create a community to engage in ongoing dialogue about pedagogy, it is important that the design of any potential resource reflect the needs of the diverse community of users. As such, this survey is designed to query members of the academy on their pedagogical needs and interests, as well as the potential utility of such a resource. It will therefore serve as a first step toward creating an online resource to serve educators of the ancient world. Please expect to spend approximate 8 to 10 minutes on your answers. Your participation is appreciated to help conceptualize the unique needs of our teaching community.
 Click through to complete the survey.

November 21, 2019

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Online Resources from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

Online Resources from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU
ISAW was founded to support research in the ancient world, and publication—in print, online, and in person—is one of the key ways we share our research methodologies and findings with both other scholars and the general public. This page describes some of publications that have been produced by ISAW or under its sponsorship. As outlined in the faculty statement on assessment of research (PDF), we aim for quality and long-term accessibility in all our research outputs, regardless of medium, while embracing collaboration and both traditional and new forms of review and assessment.

Ancient World Digital Library

05072015 New AWDL exampleISAW relaunched the AWDL portal in May 2015. In addition to a more attractive design and new features, the new portal also includes new content. AWDL's mission is enhance access to curated digital scholarly content related to the ancient world. The original AWDL Book Viewer will remain active until all of its content is migrated to the new portal. In addition to page images of many digitized volumes, AWDL currently hosts an online version of Roger Bagnall and Giovanni Ruffini. (2012) Amheida I. Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 1: Texts from the 2004–2007 SeasonsFor feature and content updates, see the ISAW Library Blog.

Ancient World Image Bank

The Tower Tomb of Ateban at the Roman city of Dougga, Tunisia. by Graham Claytor (2007)View and download over 3,000 free digital images of sites and objects from the ancient world, contributed by ISAW faculty, staff and friends. Check out the Ancient World Image Bank Group Photo Pool on Flickr for even more images provided by like-minded photographers around the world.

Ancient World Online

Find out about all the latest online and open-access material relating to the ancient world, regardless of where it's published.

The Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campā

Image of Campa InscriptionThe Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campā is a publication of the École française d'Extrême-Orient, realized in collaboration with ISAW. This project aims to recover, preserve, study and make accessible the corpus of inscriptions of ancient Campā (in present Việt Nam), written either in Sanskrit or in Old Cam.


Rendering of Digital CaveLearn about the objects and cultures featured in ISAW's public exhibitions at 15 East 84th Street in New York. Even though these exhibitions eventually close or move on to other locations, the websites for them remain, providing permanent access to images, maps and other materials.

ISAW Papers

X-Ray Image of the Antikythera MechanismISAW Papers is an open-content scholarly journal that publishes article-length works on any topic within the scope of ISAW's scholarly research.

Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE)

Coin of the Roman Emperor AugustusA joint project of the American Numismatic Society and ISAW, OCRE is a digital corpus of the coinage of the Roman Empire. At present, you can browse or search to find all coin types from Augustus to Hadrian (27 BC – AD 138), and links to examples present in the ANS collection.


OstraconSearch and browse over 50,000 ancient Greek and Latin documents preserved on papyrus and other materials. Images, texts, translations and descriptions contributed by scholars and institutions around the world. Get the latest project news via the Digital Papyrology Blog.

Planet Atlantides

News aggregators for ancient studies. This site gathers together news, commentary and other posts from a variety of blogs and sites around the web and provides the aggregate in an easy-to-read web page as well as in a variety of web feed formats.


Pleiades Home PagePleiades is a historical gazetteer and more. It gives scholars, students and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create, share, and map historical geographic information about the ancient world. Pleiades is one hundred percent open source, one hundred percent openly licensed and one hundred percent editable.

Social Media

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Open Access Journal: Hesperia (1932-2011)

[First posted in AWOL 28 August 2013, updated 21 November 2019]

ASCSA Publications

Hesperia Open Access

The ASCSA has made all Hesperia articles from 1932 to 2011 available as downloadable PDFs. This webpage is intended for the use of individuals who do not have access to JSTOR. Look for articles by using the search box below. Click on a column heading to sort the results by title, author, volume, issue, or keyword/abstract. Display 10, 25, 50, or 100 entries at a time, and navigate results at the bottom of the page. Click an article's “Download” link to read on-screen with PDF software (e.g., Adobe Reader), or save the file to a reading device. Online access is not required to read these articles once they have been downloaded, and there is no limit to the number of articles that readers can save for future use. The articles are free of digital rights management (DRM), but are protected under the Creative Commons BY-NC license that allows for downloading and sharing articles, as long as the ASCSA and Hesperia are credited as the source. The articles and works derived from them cannot be used for commercial purposes.


dh+lib: where the digital humanities and librarianship meet

RECOMMENDED: Queer Criticalities, Instagram, and the Ethics of Museum Display

Dr. Horace Ballard, Curator of American Art at the Williams College Museum of Art, recently published an essay titled “Queer Criticalities, Instagram, and the ethics of museum display,” which looks at how critical queer theory can be used to analyze digital art history. Ballard “creates a theoretical framework of digital and aesthetic futurity that accords well with a curatorial exercise in visualizing queer affective networks on social media.”

The Williams College Museum is known for combining experience data with its collections information to create insightful visualizations. They have used data visualization to illustrate accessions into their collection by medium, and have used information gathered from collaboration with faculty and students to create a visualization of their collection ranked in terms of their corresponding level of pinkness, both of which are included in the article.

Ballard goes on to discuss how using connecting projects like these with the critical lens of queer theory can provide insight into their collection and those of other museums.

Librarians interested in data visualization may to read this essay, as it provides innovative and interesting examples of how data visualizations can be used in conjunction with a variety of approaches to gain a better understanding of their collections.

CFP: Keystone DH 2020

Proposals are now being accepted for Keystone DH 2020. The Keystone DH annual conference will be held this year July 8-10, 2020 at Temple University in Philadelphia.

From the call:

Proposals are welcome on any aspect of digital technologies and their application to the humanities and/or social sciences. We highly encourage projects that focus on the collaborative nature of research and teaching. Senior scholars should foreground the labor of students, librarians, and/or the community that sustained the project. We especially welcome proposals with representative and inclusive speaker involvement.

Presentations may take the form of short papers, panel discussions or roundtables, workshops, poster sessions, or showcase demonstration. All panels and workshops will take place over 1.5 hours, unless otherwise requested. If you are interested in running a longer hackathon, please email contact@keystonedh.network. The conference will include allotted times for a poster session and showcase demonstrations (including presentations that use the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio’s VR Lab and/or Makerspace). Please keep in mind that presentations and documents will be expected to meet accessibility guidelines.

The deadline for proposal submission is January 15th, 2020. Those selected be notified by early March 2020.

CFP: Information-Communication Technologies Enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities (ICTeSSH) 2020 Conference

A Call for Papers has been issued for the International Conference on Information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities (ICTeSSH). This three-day conference will take place June 29-July 1, 2020, and will bring together researchers, computer scientists, librarians, and more to “share experiences and research results on all aspects of ICT enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities.”

From the call:

The ICTeSSH Programme Committee proposes to explore each of the following themes through the programme, however, it is also open to considering proposals that may not strictly seem to fit into any of the five proposed themes:

Performing research – There are a lot of tools which can help SSH researchers to perform research.

Collaboration – Research cannot stay buried in the lab anymore, and researchers all over the world should collaborate. Science is an increasingly collaborative endeavour because research problems tackled by today’s SSH researchers require a variety of expertise, skills and scientific equipment. There is a set of ICT tools that help researchers reach out to other researchers and find expertise for new collaborations.

Dissemination – Some ICT tools help SSH researchers to communicate their research outputs to the general public. Managing large sets of data and programming code is already unavoidable for most researchers. Tools have been developed to efficiently store and share data, code, publications, and other research objects.

Management – ICT could make management tasks much easier. Also, there are some new options for funding and evaluation of project proposals and results.

Skills – There is so much for everyone to learn about how to use ICT to enhance SSH research. Senior researchers should ‘unlearn’ habits from the past and embrace academic culture change. SSH researchers should acquire the right skills in scholarly communications and keep these up to date.

Those accepted will also have the option to publish full papers in the open-access conference proceedings. The deadline for submission is November 29, 2019.

JOB: Digital Scholarship Librarian (Barnard College)

From the announcement:

Barnard Library invites applications for an innovative and creative librarian or technologist to develop instructional programs and research consultation services that support the scholarship of faculty, researchers, and students at Barnard College. Reporting to the Director of Teaching, Learning and Digital Scholarship for the Library, the Digital Scholarship Librarian of the Digital Humanities Center will partner with the Faculty Director of the Digital Humanities Center and colleagues from the Milstein Centers for Teaching Learning to create dynamic programming that introduces and invites scholars to utilize emerging methods in the humanities, in both course curricula and independent research.

The Digital Scholarship Librarian will assist in creating a student-focused learning program for digital scholarship across the curriculum. They will be prepared to expand and publicize support for faculty and students who are planning to begin using or increase their use of digital tools and methods (e.g., web mapping, text analysis, digital exhibits, visualization, collective data gathering.) Their responsibilities include the following: supporting the development and expansion of sustainable digital scholarship services; establishing a community of practice and assessment for digital scholarship; designing and presenting workshops on technology using principles of inclusive pedagogy; introducing resources and recommended practices in digital scholarship to learners at all levels of expertise; collaborating with subject area specialists in the library to connect digital scholarship to library collection development and instruction; building partnerships with other practitioners, faculty and departments; contributing to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility efforts. In coordination with the DHC’s faculty director, the candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate on a dynamic portfolio of digital initiatives and programming, including: The Caribbean Digital, archipelagos journal, the In the Same Boats (https://sameboats.org/) visualization project, among other postcolonial and Global South–focused projects. In addition to responsibilities coordinating the center, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will serve on the Personal Librarians’ team.

JOB: Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian (Hollins University)

From the announcement:

The Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

The position has the following responsibilities:

  • Administers the library’s digital content initiatives by establishing and managing repository policies, standards, and workflows for digitization, metadata creation, metadata and digital asset management, and preservation of those objects and data.
  • Creates, normalizes, and maintains original metadata records for analog, digitized, and born-digital objects.
  • Leads the library metadata team in developing a consistent approach to metadata creation, organization, and normalization in order to improve findability of library resources across platforms.
  • Promotes the library’s digital initiatives, including the institutional repository and digital exhibits, and builds partnerships across campus to embed digital projects within curriculum and scholarship through teaching and consultation.
  • Actively participates in and fosters an environment that supports diversity and inclusion.
  • Serves as a liaison librarian to 1-2 academic departments with responsibility for teaching students to critically engage in the discovery and use of information, connecting faculty and students with resources to advance their scholarship and creative work, and collaborating with faculty to strengthen the academic community.

JOB: Data Science/Analysis Research Librarian (Hamilton College)

From the announcement:


Hamilton College invites applications for the position of Data Science/Analysis Research Librarian in the Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). This role will focus on assisting a diverse audience of social science faculty and students with collection or creation, processing, and analysis of data. The Data Science/Analysis Research Librarian will refer or work with others in LITS and with LITS partners to support visualization, preservation, access, and reuse of data with the purpose of informing social science research and helping undergraduate students understand important social science concepts.

In addition, the Data Science/Analysis Research Librarian will provide research support and introduce cutting-edge data analysis tools and methodologies to LITS patrons as a member of the Research and Instructional Design (R&ID) Team where research and technology experts work together to support faculty and students with research and teaching. The R&ID Team provides an inclusive, respectful, and responsive service point, works collaboratively to meet exciting research challenges, supports learning communities, and introduces and facilitates the use of innovative technologies through consultation and instruction.

We are seeking a creative and analytical individual who enjoys variety in their work, thrives on working with others to solve challenging data-related problems, and is committed to lifelong teaching and learning of data analysis and technical skills. The position will serve as library liaison to one or more academic departments, based on data analysis needs and the individual’s educational background.

The Signal: Digital Preservation

In the Library’s Web Archives: 1,000 U.S. Government PowerPoint Slide Decks

The Digital Content Management section has been working to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant Web Archives holdings. The outcome of the project is a series of web archive file datasets, each containing 1,000 files of related media types selected from .gov domains. You can read more about this series here.

PowerPoint presentations have become a nearly ubiquitous form of communication document in the digital era. At the most basic level, PowerPoint files present a sequence of slides containing text, images and multimedia. Today, we are excited to share out a dataset of 1,000 random slide decks from U.S. government websites, collected via the Library of Congress Web Archive, such as the presentation on transporting hazardous materials in Figure 1. You can download a CSV file of data about the files, you can learn more about the dataset from this README, and you can also download the entire 3.7 GB dataset of the actual files.

Understanding the 1,000 U.S. Government Slide Decks

The dataset contains 1,000 purported PowerPoint files residing on the .gov United States government domain, randomly selected from the Library of Congress Web Archive. More specifically, it includes 1,000 files which asserted that they were associated with PowerPoint in their Media Type. Nearly all of these are .ppt files. Of note, newer PowerPoint files that use the extension .pptx use a different Media Type and as a result there are only 11 files in the corpus that end in .pptx. As part of our analysis and creation of this dataset, we ran each file through Apache Tika and were able to collect additional metadata about the dataset. For example, we discovered that the dataset contains 22,542 individual slides and 1,340,722 individual words by aggregating the slide count and word count fields from the metadata CSV. The words may appear on the individual slides themselves or in the notes field associated with an individual slide. The README for this dataset contains more information about these and all the fields included in the metadata CSV.  Some files in the dataset did not report a slide count or a word count and as such, were not included in the aggregate numbers mentioned above.

The data suggests that, on average, these slide decks are 22 slides long and contain 1,340 words each. As the scatter plot below illustrates, a small number of outliers significantly skew the number of detected words and number of slides.

Figure 2: Scatterplot of numbers of words and number of slides in files in the dataset.

The outliers in Figure 2 demonstrate the varied ways that PowerPoint is used for government publishing. For example, consider the furthest outlier in regards to number of slides detected and number of words detected: 288 and 29,939, respectively. The length of the deck and extensive text notes included with the slides in this employee training guide power point from the state of Washington feels more like a book than a presentation. Similarly, this slide deck from the U.S. Department of Transportation on transporting hazardous materials contains 147 slides and 7,693 words.

U.S. Government Slide Decks Over Time

Files in this dataset were captured between 1997 and 2017. It is important to note, however, that this can vary from the creation date field, which was derived through Apache Tika. For example, the earliest creation date found in the dataset is for a 1994 slide deck on a leadership program from NASA. However, it was not captured in the web archives until six years later, in 2000.

Figure 3 illustrates the gap between the original creation date of the files and the capture date and accentuates the necessity of understanding the data, provenance of the data, and the nuances with its metadata. Further analysis in this arena would be fascinating, and we encourage you to dive in and let us know what you find!

Figure 3 Total numbers of files in the dataset by year captured compared to purported year created.

What Will You Do With 1,000 U.S. Government Slide Decks?

We are curious for the ways that you might explore and use this set of slide decks. Even from this initial exploration, it is clear that these varied resources have become important parts of the way the government is communicating and publishing.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Athens University Revue of Archaeology (AURA)

Athens University Revue of Archaeology (AURA)
ISSN (digital): 2623-3428
ISSN (print): 2623-3436

The Athens University Review of Archaeology (AURA) is an international, peer-reviewed archaeological journal published annually by the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. It is dedicated to the publication of original research articles and reports focusing on, or related to the archaeology, art and material culture in the broader Greek world, from the earliest Prehistory to the Modern Era.
We welcome contributions in Greek or English about (1) the Stone and Bronze Age in Greece and related adjacent areas, (2) the Geometric to Classical periods in Greece and the Greek colonies in the Mediterranean, (3) the broader Hellenistic world, (4) Roman Greece, (5) the Byzantine Empire, (6) the period of Latin and Ottoman rule in Greece, (7) Modern Greek art, (8) the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, (9) Environmental Archaeology and Archaeometry, (10) Museology and (11) Computer Applications in Archaeology. The range of studies varies, including synthetic works, reports on excavations and field surveys, studies of archaeological material or works of art, various case studies, as well as preliminary publications of on-going research projects dealing with the scientific areas described above.
AURA is a fully open access journal issued annually. Each issue is published electronically as a PDF file. All papers are available on the Internet to all users immediately upon publication and free of charge, according to the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
AURA issues and AURA Supplements can also be distributed on a print-on-demand basis and posted or collected from the bookstore of the Kardamitsa Publications, 8 Ippokratous str, Athens. The costs of priting and posting are covered by the customer. If you wish to request a hard copy, please contact us.

AURA vol. 2 (2019)


An archaeobotanical study of Alepotrypa Cave (pp. 9-17)

Two Middle Bronze Age Pottery Kilns at Plasi, Marathon (pp. 19-63)

Phoenicians, Cypriots and Euboeans in the Northern Aegean: a reappraisal (pp. 65-102)

Εxotic offerings in the archaic Rhodian sanctuaries (pp. 103-116)

An Overview on Ancient Quarries of Southeastern Attica (pp. 117-136)

The Salamis’ Sea Battle Tumulus revisited (pp. 137-160)

Βιώνοντας τον δημόσιο χώρο στην αρχαία Ελλάδα (6ος-1ος αι. π.Χ.) (pp. 161-171)

The Architecture of the ‘Pantheon’ in Athens. Recent Discoveries (pp. 173-190)

Τα νέα ευρήματα πεσσών στην Αθήνα και το Ώδείο του Αγρίππα (pp. 191-217)

Μαρμάρινα και άλλα λίθινα αγγεία από την Σπάρτη (pp. 219-244)

Ένα άγνωστο υστεροβυζαντινό οχυρό: Το κάστρο των Βατίκων στη Λακωνία (pp. 245-274)

Χρήστος Τσούντας:  ο Καθηγητής Αρχαιολογίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών (pp. 275-283)

Στα μονοπάτια της παράδοσης: καταγραφή και προστασία της ξυλοναυπηγικής στην Κύπρο (pp. 285-303)

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Small Memorials

I’ve started walking again in Grand Forks. I got out of the habit of walking in my neighborhood for any number of reasons. Some of it had to do with my effort to jog more. Some of it had to do with my dogs’ preference for the wildlife viewing on the local Greenway that roughly traces the route of the Red River Valley.

This week, I walked onto campus a couple of times and on my second walk through the intersection of Demers and Washington (which I believe is one of the busiest intersections in the state), I noticed this small memorial taped to a light post.

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I have no context for this memorial, but I found it very touching and part of a very subtle and entirely informal memorial landscape around town. This landscape also includes a small area on the Greenway where flowers marked a place where a body was found a few years.

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Last year, this place further marked by a bench with a small plaque commemorating the deceased. This summer though, someone stole the plaque from the bench. I wonder why that happened and to what end?

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

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Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

The Geospatial West: Georectifying Historical Native American Space

“An Indian Map of the Upper Missouri, 1801” derived from an original sketch by Ackomak-Ki, with later contributors Peter Fidler and J.G. Kohl (c.1850). To engage with the scale, see the LoC website.

Earlier this week I came across an unusual map in the Library of Congress’ digitized collections. Part of what made this map such a fascinating find was the addendum of metadata about the map’s creation. In 1801, a Blackfoot man referred to as “Ackomak-Ki” or “The Feathers” sketched this birds-eye view of the upper Missouri River and its adjoining tributaries. A single trading post appears in the illustration, labeled as “Chesterfield House,” the southernmost outlet of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and also in Blackfoot territory. To determine scale, a single notation at the bottom of the sketch reads, “From Devils head to Owls head is 33 days travel.” Blackfoot place names and their English translations specify certain mountain peaks, hills, and watersheds.

When Ackomak-Ki gave this knowledge to an explorer named Peter Fidler, it was evident to both parties that this was Blackfoot space. In the late 18th century, explorers and fur traders who entered these lands with business prospects knew the importance of learning Native languages, cultural customs, and understanding the power of kinship to facilitate trade. Over the next fifty years, the map passed through hands until its final resting place in the HBC archive in London. To prospective fur companies like the HBC, the significance of Ackomak-Ki’s sketch can be summed best by the final notation accompanying the map: “His knowledge of the Missouri sources was greater than the information of our geographers at that time.”[1].

However, more than a geographic snapshot of the upper Missouri, Ackomak-Ki’s map details Blackfoot ways of endowing land with special meaning rooted in local knowledge, myth, and history. In this sketch, the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains cuts through the center of the page, known in the Blackfoot language as Miistakis or “backbone.” Consistent with many Indigenous cultures, Blackfoot geography is constructed based on an inseparable understanding of space and time. Land is fundamental to human experiences and interactions, what anthropologist Keith Basso explains as “that close companion of heart and mind” which connects landscape to identity. [2] 

The Geospatial West

When we consider the West as a space, a series of questions arise: is the concept of the “American West” a useful category for analysis? How do we define the boundaries of the West? How can we better demonstrate the relationship between space and time? And lastly, how does regionalism influence the cultural and political context of producing “meaningful” space?[3]

Each of these questions then faces a fundamental issue: when we discuss the “West” as a distinctive region, it often reaffirms and legitimizes the space in a colonial framework. Historical maps are not generally conducive to Indigenous interpretations and representations, despite the frequent reliance on Indigenous knowledge to produce them in the first place. Reconsidering the production and meaning of Native American geographies, spaces, and landscapes can initiate positive change in how the “West” is conceptualized in both research and teaching.

Such avenues have been recently explored using digital humanities methods, but the extent to which digital tools and skills are employed can either transform or reinforce these traditional perceptions just the same. However, if used responsibly, digital geospatial analysis can prove immensely beneficial. Web mapping, GIS, and georectification offer possibilities to represent geographic data both visually and interactively. Developing one’s geospatial skills contributes to work exploring the fundamental relationship between human behavior and space, but in new digital realms.

Georectifying Ackomak-Ki’s Map

Georectifying process using Mapwarper.net

For any project engaging in historical digitized maps, one useful tool is a georectification program, like mapwarper.net, which “pins” a historical map to a base layer map (e.g. OpenStreetMap). In the past, I have georectified maps that always contained neat state boundaries, county lines, and even street intersections. Although these elements change over time, they are typically recent enough to align without too many issues. When I attempted to georectify Ackomak-Ki’s map, I encountered a few (but important) challenges. First, 220 year-old rivers are the prominent features of reference in this map, which make it nearly impossible to align with contemporary rivers whose shapes are erratic and drastically change over time. Secondly, it is difficult (and discouraged) to chart the labeled “sea coast” to the Pacific without stretching the map beyond recognition. Third, although this map is immensely accurate, pinning it “exactly” to a base layer map of a different scale will also manipulate the map with some damage. The most successful outcome required estimating the general spatial coverage of the map, which was based on the two largest rivers (the South Saskatchewan and the Missouri River headwaters) and also replicating the spacing of the control points between the historical and base layer maps.  Doing so georectified Ackomak-Ki’s sketch as accurately as possible without sacrificing the overall integrity of the historical map.

Completed Georectification of Ackomak-Ki’s map

In the process of georectifying, it was striking to see just how much space was captured within Ackomak-Ki’s sketch. In the historical rendition, the space between the South Saskatchewan River and the upper Missouri River does not look like much, but in reality it is a distance of at least 375 miles depending on the points of reference. From this perspective, the space that Ackomak-Ki rendered impressively revealed the expanse of Blackfoot territory in 1801. Through the process of georectification, this map and other digitized Indigenous-produced maps can be used to challenge our contemporary understanding of space, boundaries, and borders. Additionally, they offer a new perspective on Western geospatial construction which can transform our understanding of spatial history and the relationship between space and time. In many ways, georectifying Ackomak-Ki’s map is a digital reclamation of Blackfoot space and draws attention to the exchange of knowledge, negotiations, and theft of land that occurred on the ground. To invoke Patrick Wolfe’s notion that settler colonialism is a “structure not an event,” the historical understanding of this space has a much deeper story to tell.[4]

[1] Ackomak-Ki, Peter Fidler, and J.G. Kohl. “An Indian Map of the Upper-Missouri, 1801,” 1801 (notation added ca. 1850), https://www.loc.gov/item/00556405/.

[2] Keith Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language among the Western Apache (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996), 106.

[3] For a useful introduction into digital spatial history , see Richard White, “What is Spatial History?” Working Paper (Spatial History Lab, February 1, 2010).  http://www.stanford.edu/group/spatialhistory/cgi-bin/site/pub.php?id=29

[4] Patrick Wolfe, Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology (London and New York City: Continuum International Publishing Group, 1998), 2.

November 20, 2019

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Chicago House Bulletin

 [First posted in AWOL 28 December 2010. Updated 20 November 2019]

Chicago House Bulletin
The Epigraphic Survey based at Chicago House in Luxor, Egypt, is directed by W. Raymond Johnson, PhD, Research Associate (Associate Professor) NELC and Oriental Institute.
The mission of the Survey since its founding in 1924 has been to produce photographs and precise line drawings of the inscriptions and relief scenes on major temples and tombs at Luxor for publication. More recently the Survey has expanded its program to include conservation, restoration, and site management. In addition to the field director, the professional staff of the Survey normally includes three to four epigraphers, four to five artists, two photographers, an architect, a librarian, several conservators, stonemasons, and IT consultants. The epigraphers and artists include both graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who have received training in all aspects of Egyptology. The Epigraphic Survey is currently conducting its 90th archaeological field season.
Some issues of the Chicago House Bulletin originally appeared as a part of the Oriental Institute News & Notes:

For a listing of all Oriental Institute publications available online  see:

Visualizing the invisible with the human body: Physiognomy and ekphrasis in the ancient world

Visualizing the invisible with the human body: Physiognomy and ekphrasis in the ancient world
Ed. by Johnson, J. Cale / Stavru, Alessandro

Open Access

Part I: Mesopotamia and India

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Wide-Ranging Wednesday: ASOR, Alcatraz, and Failing Gloriously

I’m heading out west today to the annual meeting of ASOR in San Diego. As per usual, I’m pulling together a gaggle of books to keep me company on the flights and during down times at the conference.

For the flight, I’m going to read Joyce Carol Oates On Boxing as I prepare myself for a winter of rather remarkable fights starting on Saturday with the Wilder vs. Ortiz heavy weight tilt, December 7th with Joshua vs. Ruiz, and on December 14th with Bud Crawford, Mick Conlan, and Teofimo Lopez in action. I’m pretty excited.

I’ve also packed along a copy of François Hartog’s Regimes of Historicity: Presentism and Experiences of Time (2015) as I think about the practical, methodological, and ethical time of legacy data. Along similar lines, I’m carrying with me the intimidating works of Reinhard Kosselleck, but I’ll probably start with Niklas Olsen’s History in the plural an introduction to the work of Reinhart Koselleck (2012) before dipping my toes into Futures Past: on the semantics of historical time (2004) or Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories (2018). This was mostly prompted by Laurent Olivier and Marek Tamm’s Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism (2019).

As per usual, at the 11th hour I added David Staley’s Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education (2019) to my Kindle on the recommendation of Richard Rothaus.

The flight to San Diego will also be a great chance to think through some strategies to promote the newest book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota that is set to be published on December 1. Shawn Graham’s Failing Gloriously and Other Essays is a series of reflective pieces on his life as a digital archaeologist and a digital humanist in the first decades of the 21st century. The book is part archaeological autobiography and part commentary on ways to make academia a safer place for failure.

Advanced copies of the book are in the wind and the feedback has been really positive (which I’m sure is as much a relief to Shawn as it is to me!). We were both really excited to read Quinn Dombrowski’s thoughtful review of the book on the Stanford DH blog. Check it out! 

And stay tuned to this page for a sneak peek of the introduction next week.   

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t nudge folks to read Gayatri Devi’s short essay on the North Dakota Quarterly blog on the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz. For many reasons, this event has not garnered the same public awareness as other episodes of protest in the late 1960s. That it occurred at the same time as protests by African Americans, anti-war protestors, and other movements that exposed the hypocrisy in late-20th century American political, economic, and cultural life, offers a clear reminder that the story of Native Americans remains deeply entangled in the complex critiques of contemporary America. It is hardly surprising then, that Tommy Orange’s There, There (2018) which is set in the Native American community of contemporary Oakland, looks back to the occupation of Alcatraz as a key moment in both the novel and that community’s story. Reading Tommy Orange or Dean Rader’s Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI (2011) over the Thanksgiving is a nice way to ignore the white-washed portrayal of Native Americans so closely associated with that holiday.  

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Gilgameš

ISSN: 2531-9515
Testata della pagina
Gilgameš vuole essere uno spazio di condivisione e discussione interdisciplinare aperto agli studiosi di ambito umanistico. I contributi pubblicati dovranno essere originali e potranno spaziare dalla filologia alla letteratura e alla linguistica, passando per l'archeologia, la storia dell'arte, della musica e dello spettacolo, e le scienze umane dell'ambiente.

La rivista adotta l'open access per garantire la massima diffusione e fruibilità dei contenuti.

Open Access Journal: DABIR: Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review

[First posted in AWOL 10 October 2014, updated19 November 2019]

DABIR: Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review
Dabir Journal
The Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review (DABIR) is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal published by the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. DABIR aims to quickly and efficiently publish brief notes and reviews relating to the pre-modern world in contact with Iran and Persianate cultures. The journal accepts submissions on art history, archaeology, history, linguistics, literature, manuscript studies, numismatics, philology and religion, from Jaxartes to the Mediterranean and from the Sumerian period through to and including the Safavid era (3500 BCE-1500 CE). Work dealing with later periods can be considered on request.
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Issue 06 [Hanns-Peter Schmidt Gedenkschrift]


Open Access Journal: Classics@

 [First posted in AWOL 1/11/2009, most recently updated 19 November 2019]

ISSN: 2327-2996

Classics@, edited by Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, under the general editorship of Gregory Nagy, is designed to bring contemporary classical scholarship to a wide audience on the World Wide Web. Each issue will be dedicated to its own topic, often with guest editors, for an in-depth exploration of important current problems in the field of Classics. We hope that Classics@ will appeal not only to professional classicists, but also to the intellectually curious who are willing to enter the conversation in our discipline. We hope that they find that classical scholarship engages issues of great significance to a wide range of cultural and scholarly concerns and does so in a rigorous and challenging way.
Each issue of Classics@ is meant to be not static but dynamic, continuing to evolve with interaction from its readers as participants. New issues will appear when the editors think there is good material to offer. Often it will emphasize work done in and through the Center for Hellenic Studies, but it will also call attention to fresh and interesting work presented elsewhere on the web. It stresses the importance of research-in-progress, encouraging collegial debate (while discouraging polemics for the sake of polemics) as well as the timely sharing of important new information.

Issue 17

Issue 17: Digital Literacies, 2019 (ed. Paul Dilley). This volume demonstrates the rich spread of digital literacies along a broad spectrum of teaching and research practices, from classroom engagement with contemporary multimedia reception of classical themes; the use of online resources by citizen scientists with little or no classical training, as well as classicists with little or no familiarity with computers; complex editorial structures which attempt to integrate historical patterns of textual transmission with contemporary information structures; and training in coding which adapts human strategies for identifying word structures to produce resources for large-scale philological work available through a basic interface. Digital literacies, as applied to the ancient world, involve a “big tent” of skills and strategies that are best learned through practice, whether in formal instructional settings or individual use.
[From the Introduction] This volume of Classics@ aims to explore and analyze how the present digital turn enables a renewed theoretical engagement with multimodal ancient literacies. Cultural transmission in Antiquity was primarily oral, supplemented by images and texts. Nevertheless, Classicists first employed the term “literacy” in the singular, according to its 19th-century definition: the ability to read and write texts. But since the 2000s, the plural form has gained currency, notably in Johnson and Parker’s collection of essays, Ancient Literacies, which explores literacy from the perspective of “text-oriented events embedded in particular sociocultural contexts.” Different settings, kinds, and uses of literacies emerge, often reflecting differing specializations, competencies, and social hierarchies. In the past several decades, new digital tools and expanding digital culture have provided additional opportunities to explore and theorize ancient literacies.
The connection between digital and ancient literacies can be elucidated by the of New Literacy Studies, which explores literacy “in its full range of contexts and practices, not just cognitive, but social, cultural, historical, and institutional, as well.” Given this broader perspective, the importance of literacy as it relates to digital media, including the internet, is steadily being recognized, even if no clearly defined academic sub-field devoted to it has emerged. According to the American Library Association, “Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. ” The articles in this collection explore various aspects of digital literacies as they relate to the study of the ancient world; indeed, we use the plural form to signal their diverse modalities, following Parker and Johnson’s approach. The multiple contexts, uses, and practices of digital literacy include pedagogy in and beyond the undergraduate classroom (Tulley); the building, use, and evaluation of a major online scholarly resource (Bacalexi and Skarsouli); the use of digital affordances to theorize the optimal means of presenting ancient medical sources (Reggiani); and the role of coding, and how to learn it, in the study of ancient languages (Burns, Hollis, and Johnson).


Introduction, Paul Dilley, with David Bouvier, Claire Clivaz, and David Hamidovic
Dina Bacalexi and Pinelopi Skarsouli, "Digital Literacies and the Study of Antiquity: Case Studies on Databases."
Patrick J. Burns, Luke Hollis, and Kyle P. Johnson, "The Future of Ancient Literacy: Classical Language Toolkit and Google Summer of Code."
Nicola Reggiani, "Ancient Doctors’ Literacies and the Digital Edition of Papyri of Medical Content."
Christine Tulley, "Exploring the “Flute Girls” of Ancient Greece through Multimodality."

Issue 16

Issue 16: Seven Essays on Sappho, 2017 (ed. Paul G. Johnston). These seven papers are the product of a graduate seminar led by Gregory Nagy at Harvard in the fall of 2016, entitled ‘Sappho and her Songmaking’. The scope of the seminar was wide-ranging, encompassing philological, linguistic, historical, anthropological, comparative, and reception-based approaches to the great female poet of antiquity. The student participants in the seminar likewise came from a variety of different backgrounds: graduates and undergraduates, classicists and not. This diversity is reflected in the papers gathered in this collection.

Issue 15

Issue 15: A Concise Inventory of Greek Etymology, 2017 (ed. Olga Levaniouk). The goal of CIGE is to provide access to etymologies that are important for the study of Greek culture and that are often not yet referenced in conventional dictionaries. CIGE represents an understanding of Greek—and especially Homeric—etymology as part of the formulaic system of early Greek poetry. The main content is organized in the mode of a dictionary: each entry appears under a heading or lēmma that indicates the basic word to be analyzed. Each entry contains a reference to a fuller analysis, if available, and identifies the author who suggested or advocates the etymology in question. The editors of the individual entries are identified by name-stamp and date-stamp at the end of each entry. Each editor is the owner of his or her own entry as edited.

Issue 14

Issue 14: Singers and Tales in the 21st Century; The Legacies of Milman Parry and Albert Lord, 2016 (ed. David F. Elmer and Peter McMurray). In December, 2010, a conference was convened at Harvard to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Albert Lord’s seminal book, The Singer of Tales, and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of Lord’s mentor, Milman Parry. Twenty-nine speakers from around the world presented papers intended to illustrate the wide-ranging impact of the work of Parry and Lord. A collection of these papers will soon appear as a printed volume published by the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature. To facilitate the dissemination of these studies, we present here preliminary versions of a number of the contributions.

Issue 13

Issue 13: Greek Poetry and Sport, 2015 (ed. Thomas Scanlon). Many studies on Pindar, Homer, and other poets have discussed the specific uses of sport in each context, and studies on Greek sport have acknowledged the ways in which agonistic values and practices have been reflected in poetic literature, but there has been no single collection of studies devoted specifically to the intersection of Greek poetry and sport. This volume includes a range of contributions that represent a diversity of genres, periods, and approaches, which cut across strict poetic genres, occasionally even mixing poetry and prose in their approach. Poetry's interest in sport survived the rise and fall of genres like epinikia and satyr plays, and the rise and fall of myriad political and cultural changes in the Greek Mediterranean. We can only speculate on the many and complex reasons for the grip of poetry on sport and vice-versa, but they no doubt include Homeric intertextuality, the universal appeal of the topic to the elite and the dêmos, the universal presence of gymnasia and agonistic festivals (both blending poetry and sport), and the agonistic resonances between poetry and sport.

Issue 12

Issue 12: Comparative Approaches to India and Greece, 2015 (ed. Douglas Frame). This issue contains papers by four scholars comparing specific literary and cultural traditions in India and Greece. The papers served as the basis of discussion at an event in February 2015 organized by the Center for Hellenic Studies in association with the Embassy of India. The discussion that took place among the scholars and guests on that occasion, which began with summaries of the four papers, is included as it was recorded. This is intended to be a starting point for further discussion of the topics presented and of other topics suggested by the nature and spirit of the event.

Issue 11

Issue 11: The Rhetoric of Abuse in Greek Literature, 2013 (ed. Håkan Tell). This volume grew out of the need for a venue in which to engage collaboratively on the topic of abuse. Abuse has of course been widely studied, and in the last few years there has been a renewed interest in abuse as a broader cultural and literary phenomenon, but there are reasonable restrictions as to how it has been addressed. One goal of this volume is to initiate a scholarly discussion that will allow greater heterogeneity in the material covered and in the theoretical models brought to bear on that material. Another is to encourage experimentation and collaborative exchange among scholars working in seemingly unconnected fields. Most importantly, perhaps, we would like to foster a deeper understanding of the role of abuse in all of Greek literature, across genres and time periods, through the kind of cumulative knowledge that comes from collaborative work in different fields.

Issue 10

Issue 10: Historical Poetics in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Greece: Essays in Honor of Lily Macrakis, 2012 (ed. Stamatia Dova). History needs art to give it form; art needs history to give it resonance. This relationship of history and art is the theme of the essays by distinguished international scholars collected in this volume. Its publication celebrates the career and work of Professor Lily Macrakis. She is an eminent chronicler of modern Greek history whose seminal work, Venizelos: A Study in Cretan Leadership, remains essential to an understanding of the most influential Greek leader of the 20th century. Among her other accomplishments, Professor Macrakis was president of The Modern Greek Studies Association from 1977 to 1979 and has been an influential figure in the organization since its inception. Equally significant has been her role as a devoted teacher of Greek history and culture to multitudes of students. Professor Macrakis thus truly embodies the spirit and significance of the articles presented in this Festschrift so fittingly dedicated to her.

Issue 9

Issue 9: Defense Mechanisms in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Classical Studies and Beyond, 2011 (ed. Carol Gilligan, Leonard Muellner, and Gregory Nagy). Nowadays people speak of “defense mechanisms” as both negative and positive forms of behavior: examples of negative forms are denial, repression, acting out, projection, rationalization, intellectualization, while one of the few positive forms is assertion, a way of responding that takes the middle ground between aggressive and passive. In the spirit of this positive form of assertion and in both technical and non-technical senses of the expression “defense mechanisms,” the present issue of Classics@ has been given its title. The aim is to publish online research papers and essays in Classics and in other disciplines, related or unrelated, that explore strategies where the primary purpose is to defend assertively rather than attack. The justification is straightforward: discoveries and discovery procedures in research require and deserve a reasoned defense.

Issue 8

Issue 8: A Homer commentary in progress, 2011 (ed. Douglas Frame, Leonard Muellner, and Gregory Nagy). This commentary applies a special methodology of linguistics that stems primarily from the research of Antoine Meillet and his teacher, Ferdinand de Saussure, to the formulaic system of Homeric poetry based squarely on the cumulative research of Milman Parry and his student, Albert Lord. The methodology of this research, as inherited by Parry, combines a rigorous study of Indo-European linguistics with two complementary perspectives on language as a system—perspectives that Saussure described as synchronic and diachronic. Our linguistic approach in analyzing both synchronically and diachronically the formulaic system of Homeric poetry provides an empirical foundation for the discoveries and discovery procedures that we assemble and organize in our Homer commentary.

Issue 7

Issue 7: Les femmes, le féminin et le politique après Nicole Loraux, Colloque de Paris (INHA), novembre 2007, 2011 (ed. Nathalie Ernoult and Violaine Sebillotte Cuchet) is the result of a conference held in Paris (INHA, 15–17 November 2007) which was co-organized by the Centre Louis Gernet (CNRS-EHESS), the Équipe Phéacie (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Université Denis-Diderot Paris VII) and the Réseau National Interuniversitaire sur le Genre (RING, Paris). The aim of the conference was to explore Nicole Loraux’s legacy concerning the feminine and the polis both in Hellenic Studies and in feminist scholarship.

Issue 6

Issue 6: Reflecting on the Greek Epic Cycle, 2010 (ed. Efimia D. Karakantza) is the result of a conference held in Ancient Olympia on 9–10 July 2010, which was co-organized by the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University) and the Centre for the Study of Myth and Religion in Greek and Roman Antiquity (University of Patras). The goal of the conference was to explore problems concerning the surviving fragments of the Greek Epic Cycle that have heretofore been neglected. Guest Editor: Efimia D. Karakantza.

Issue 5

Issue 5: Proceedings of the Derveni Papyrus Conference, 2009 (ed. Ioanna Papadopoulou and Leonard Muellner) reflects a three-day symposium on the Derveni Papyrus hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies in July, 2008, on the occasion of the recent publication of the edition by Theokritos Kouremenos, George M. Parássoglou, and Kyriakos Tsantsanoglou (Florence, Olschki, 2006; the text of the papyrus from that edition is available on this website here). The symposium was an opportunity to gather scholars who in the course of the past decades have been working on this text to address a set of issues relating to the edition and integration of the papyrus, its translation, and its interpretation.

Issue 4

Issue 4: The New Sappho on Old Age: Textual and Philosophical Issues, 2007 (ed. Ellen Greene and Marilyn Skinner) is the online edition of a print volume published by the Center for Hellenic Studies in 2009 (available through Harvard University Press, here). This volume is the first collection of essays in English devoted to discussion of the newly-recovered Sappho poem and two other incomplete texts on the same papyri. Containing eleven new essays by leading scholars, it addresses a wide range of textual and philological issues connected with the find. Using different approaches, the contributions demonstrate how the "New Sappho" can be appreciated as a gracefully spare poetic statement regarding the painful inevitability of death and aging.

Issue 3

Issue 3: The Homerizon: Conceptual Interrogations in Homeric Studies, 2005 (ed. Richard Armstrong and Casey Dué) is the result of a colloquium held at the Center. The colloquium had as its goals the serious interrogation of cherished assumptions about Homeric “culture” and “texuality”; and the exploration of the wider cultural significance of the perennial Homeric Question(s).

Issue 2

Issue 2: Ancient Mediterranean Cultural Informatics, 2004 (ed. Christopher Blackwell and Ross Scaife). The second issue of Classics@ is the first edition of an ongoing project of publication aimed at documenting this emerging sub-discipline of our field, the scholarship of creating, analyzing, and disseminating humanist learning electronically. This issue features articles describing these projects and others like them — new work of high quality that is expanding the depth and breadth of our field. It also looks back at the history of this sub-discipline, and forward toward emerging standards, tools, and potentials.

Issue 1

Issue 1: New Epigrams Attributed to Posidippus of Pella, 2003 (ed. Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Elizabeth Kosmetatou, Martine Cuypers, and Francesca Angiò). The focus of this first issue of Classics@ is the new Posidippus papyrus of some 112 epigrams, first published in 2001 as Posidippo di Pella: Epigrammi (P. Mil. Vogl. VIII 309), Papiri dell' Univeristà degli Studi di Milano - VIII, by LED - Edizioni Univeritarie di Lettere Economia Diritto (ed. Guido Bastianini and Claudio Gallazzi, with Colin Austin). The guest editors have constructed an in-progress working document of the Posidippus text based ultimately on this editio princeps. From the cumulative evidence of ongoing restorations, it becomes ever more evident that the real challenge in this case is not to distinguish between better and worse poetry, corresponding to the real and the would-be Posidippus, but between better and worse restorations. The better the restorations, the more one can see the consistency of quality in the poetry. Without the ongoing re-examination of the text by way of electronic documentation, the scholarly verdict on the value of the Posidippus papyrus may harden too early into set views that inhibit the kind of rethinking needed as important new evidence and interpretations continue to be brought to light.

Proposals Welcome

The CHS welcomes proposals for future Issues of Classics@. proposals should be sent by e-mail to the CHS Executive Editors Casey Dué (casey@chs.harvard.edu) and Mary Ebbott (ebbott@chs.harvard.edu). Please see the CHS Publications page for guidelines and details.


Firstdrafts@Classics@ is intended to give early exposure to creative scholarship before its formal publication. Please check regularly for new contributions and updates on ways to provide feedback to authors.
The First Drafts are listed in order of publication, with the most recent first.

November 19, 2019

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Time and Archaeological Legacy Data

With the ASOR annual meeting not even begun, I’m already being gently nudged to think about my paper for the Archaeological Institute of America’s annual meeting in January. Fotini Kondyli and Jon Frey have organized a panel on legacy data in archaeology, and according to the abstract that I wrote a few months ago, my paper will talk about flow and how scrutinizing the concept of flow can help us understand the archaeological argumentation and narrative.

Here’s my abstract

The more that I’ve thought about this paper, the more the first couple of lines in the abstract have stuck with me: “The notion of legacy data is an artifact of contemporary digital archaeology. Archaeologists define legacy data as information that is incommensurate with contemporary digital practices and standards.” 

This got me thinking about how legacy data fits into our notions of archaeological time. It seems to me that archaeologists generally have three notions of time in mind when they do their work. They tend to function in slightly different ways and can accommodate each other n varying ways.  

1. Archaeological Time. This is the basic framework for most archaeology. It assumes that the object of archaeological study is in a different time from that of the archaeologist. It allows us to see a past as “the past” and to think about what we do as “objectively” in the sense that it is fundamentally separate from who we are. The division between our time and archaeological time historically has tended to frame our object of study as part of the not-modern or pre-modern world. It’s not just the past, but a past that is distinct enough from the present to represent something discrete and worth studying through archaeological methods.   

2. Methodological Time. Methodological time represents the modern assumption that archaeologists are constantly improving our methods and practices. As a result, the archaeological knowledge that we have produced in the present is better than the archaeological knowledge that we have produced in the past. The best example of this kind of time is in the name of the SAA’s journal of archaeological methods: Advances in Archaeological Practice. Archaeological science, archaeological methods, and archaeology in general advances to produce a better, clearer, or improved view of the past.

3. Ethical Time. I am still attempting to understand completely what ethical time is an archaeologist. It manifests itself most frequently in debates over the repatriation of artifacts. Archaeologists understand, of course, that returning say a Greek or Egyptian artifact to the modern nation of Greece or Egypt does not under any systematic understanding of the word “repatriate” return an object to the same people or state or even cultural entity that existed in the past. We are not returning an object to ancient Greece and in some case, like the Parthenon Marbles, we’re not not even proposing to return an object to the same political entity from which they were taken. This is particularly complicated for debates over the repatriation of artifacts to say, Lebanon, from Turkish museums. In many cases, these objects became part of these collections when Lebanon or Syria were part of the Ottoman state. The Ottoman state no longer exists. At the same time, the post-Ottoman nations of Lebanon and Syria have claims to their pre-Ottoman past in the service of modern nation building and in the construction of narratives that produce a meaningful past to communities living in those areas.

This is a complicated time to understand as an archaeologist and unlike the more or less linear time of archaeological methodologies or the fragmented time, stratigraphic time of the archaeological past, ethical time in archaeology tends to be recursive, spiraling, and grounded in contemporary commemorative practices that many scholars will argue emerged in the second half of the 20th century as a counterpoint to the dour rationality of historical thinking that so often seems to contravene the work of nation building.

(4. Material Time? One could argue that archaeologists are increasingly coming to recognize material time especially as we have come to address the “material turn” in historical and archaeological thinking. This time reflects the varied ways in which material change and how we understand the persistence of particular material as fundamental to shaping the archaeological record. This is different from archaeological time because it recognizes that objects carry with them a multiplicity of times that allow them to exist both in the past and in the present.) 


Legacy data itself exists at the intersection of methodological and ethic time in archaeology. On the one hand, much of the conversation concerning legacy data – or publishing the results of past archaeological work – is grounded in the ethical assertion that because archaeology is, in some ways, “destructive,” (or perhaps better, involve “recontextualizing” material) we have an obligation to justify the recontextualization of this material through publication. Unpublished material, even if it remains secure in a storeroom, is no different than looted material in that its context is not made understandable. By publishing our work, we recontextualize material and “restore” it to a particular kind of time. This has nice parallels to the work of archaeologists to repatriate finds and restore these objects to a chronological and political context that benefits (generally speaking) a colonized community’s ability to produce a meaningful historical and commemorative narrative for their own society.    

On the other hand, legacy data presents a problem for archaeologists’ sense of methodological time. Because we have tended to see our discipline as always advancing toward new ways of recovering the past and contributing to the present, legacy data is often seen as flawed or, worse still, obsolete. Our field continues to privilege new projects, especially for the career advancement of early career scholars, at the expense of the long and frequently compromised grind of legacy projects.

My work at Polis is a great example of how legacy projects force us to think in three times at once. On the one hand, the Princeton Cyprus Expedition was probably the last major American excavation in the Mediterranean not to employ a stratigraphic system in excavation. Instead they dug in levels and passes which may or may not have been stratigraphic. They also regularly ignored “last in, first out” and had multiple contexts open at the same time. 

It is possible, of course, to restore some sense of stratigraphic control to the excavation because many of the excavators understood the concepts of formation and depositional processes. Moreover a simple application of the rules of superposition still apply allow us to broadly understand that lower levels are earlier than higher levels whenever we can safely assume some kind of controlled of systematic deposition. With a few basic understandings cobbled from the methods of contemporary archaeological work, we can start to reconstruct the past at the site of Polis. 

Moreover, this offers us an ethical way to recontextualize the excavated material at the site. The value of this material is that we can make it speak through contemporary methodological expectations to the past. 

Finally, we might even argue that our work to address the legacy material from Polis has pushed us to think about how various kinds of legacy data exist within their own material worlds. We started with the paper notebooks produced over the course of excavations at the site and the artifacts from the dig dutifully stored in wooden trays and paper boxes. We then converted these artifacts into digital objects in databases which allowed us to recombine them in new ways. We’ve also started to think about how to publish or at very least archive our digital data in ways that ensures that they are more widely available than paper copies of records and artifacts in storerooms. We also anticipate, in some way, that our digital artifacts might last longer than the paper records produced by the site. The time of the varying materials shape our strategies. 

Obviously all these ideas need further refinement and expansion, but there will be time for that…  

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Fotogrammetria e Intelligenza Artificiale for All

La recente esplosione delle tecniche di Intelligenza Artificiale (AI), basata sull’apprendimento della macchina verso applicazioni dirette alla documentazione e riproduzione, sta portando risultati sempre più soddisfacenti dal punto di vista della qualità.

Le attuali tendenze vogliono vedere la AI per i Beni Culturali sulle analisi predittive, il riconoscimento archeologico dei frammenti ceramici, l’attribuzione delle opere, ma quello che veramente può fare la differenza è la possibilità di cercare informazioni all’interno di diverse banche dati traendone risultati che possano essere analizzati, valutati e selezionati dalla mente umana che così impartirà alla macchina istruzioni di classificazione delle informazioni che aiuteranno anche l’intelligenza artificiale a crescere.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Oriental Institute News & Notes

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Weights and Marketplaces from the Bronze Age to the Early Modern Period: Proceedings of Two Workshops Funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

Weights and Marketplaces from the Bronze Age to the Early Modern Period: Proceedings of Two Workshops Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) 
Lorenz Rahmstorf, Seminar für Ur- und Frühgeschichte der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Edward Stratford: Weights and Marketplaces from the Bronze Age to the Early Modern Period
  • herausgegeben von Lorenz Rahmstorf, Seminar für Ur- und Frühgeschichte der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Edward Stratford
  • Weight & Value
  • Band: 1
  • 1. Auflage
  • 406 Seiten
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 08.10.2019
  • ISBN 978-3-529-03540-1


How can we identify balance weights in the archaeological record? What economic changes did such objects bring about? And were formal marketplaces a usual area where such devices were used? What variety can we observe in pre-modern marketplaces worldwide? These are some of the questions which were investigated in two workshops held in 2016 and 2017 in Munich and Göttingen in Germany. The volume ›Weights and marketplaces‹ presents 21 contributions. The theme of the first part of the volume is the identification and use of early weights from the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age in Western Asia to the Early Medieval period in Northern Europe. In the second part, the phenomenology of marketplaces from the Bronze Age to the modern period is discussed within a global perspective. Both workshops were funded by the ERC-2014-CoG ›WEIGHTANDVALUE‹: Weight metrology and its economic and social impact on Bronze Age Europe, West and South Asia' [Grant no. 648055]. The new series ‚Weight & Value‘ publishes research stemming from this project and related investigations.

Wie können wir Gewichte in archäologischen Kontexten identifizieren? Welche ökonomischen Veränderungen zog die Verwendung solcher Objekte nach sich? Und waren Marktplätze der übliche Raum, in dem diese metrologischen Hilfsmittel genutzt wurden? Dies sind einige der Fragen, die während zweier Workshops (in München in 2016 und in Göttingen in 2017) untersucht wurden. Der Band „Weights and marketplaces“ beinhaltet 21 Beiträge. Thema des ersten Teils ist das Problem der Identifizierung und der Nutzung von frühen Gewichten vom Chalkolithikum/Bronzezeit in Westasien bis in das Frühmittelalter Nordeuropas. Im zweiten Teil des Bandes wird die Phänomenologie von Marktplätzen von der Bronzezeit bis in die moderne Zeit innerhalb eines globalen Rahmens diskutiert. Beide Workshops wurden durch das Projekt ERC-2014-CoG ›WEIGHTANDVALUE‹: Weight metrology and its economic and social impact on Bronze Age Europe, West and South Asia' [Grant no. 648055] finanziert. In der neuen Reihe »Weight & Value« werden Ergebnisse des Projekts und verwandte Untersuchungen publiziert werden.

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Appeal: The campaign for papyri.info

The campaign for papyri.info
papyri.info: studying the past, securing the future

A call to sustain our digital tools in papyrology

Ancient papyri are the earliest and largest corpus of documents from the ancient world. They have made a major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean, including everyday life, administrative and legal dynamics, political change and literary production.
For many years, scholars active in the field of papyrology have benefited from a wide range of reliable tools in print. In the digital revolution, papyrologists have taken the lead in establishing new tools that serve the scientific community. We take pride both in the high standards of scholarship offered by such instruments, and in the fact that the underlying data are freely available to all as an open access repository. Among the various digital tools which papyrologists use on a daily basis, papyri.info no doubt holds the most essential position, while other important devices revolve around it.
Can we take all this for granted?
Certainly not.
Funding agencies have become reluctant to support projects that, essentially, have no time limit. While this can be partly compensated by the input made directly by the community of scientists, papyri.info still requires monitoring on a daily basis to channel these efforts.
The Association Internationale de Papyrologues (AIP) and the American Society of Papyrologists (ASP) are launching a joint call to establish an endowment to cover the salary for the permanent, full-time position of papyri.info coordinator. The endowment’s target is set at 2.5 million USD, of which $500,000 has already been secured in matching funds, thanks to the generosity of a donor. We appeal to the further generosity of all individuals, institutions and funding agencies, asking them to help us to ensure that scholars and students in papyrology and related disciplines can continue to benefit from this important resource over the coming decades. The target is realistic, provided that all members of the scientific community contribute to the effort; but if we do not act promptly, the sustainability of this essential tool will soon be severely threatened.
You can make a donation through the following link:
Or you may contact Helen Cullyer, Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies (helen.cullyer@nyu.edu), who will help you to channel your contribution in the most appropriate way.
Please help us to secure the future for the next generation of papyrologists, be generous, and encourage your friends and colleagues to join us in supporting this call.
Prof. Sofia Torallas Tovar
University of Chicago
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Prof. Paul Schubert
University of Geneva
AIP President

Open Access Journal: Cuneiform Digital Library Journal

First posted in AWOL  31 August 2009Most recently updated 18 November  2019]

Cuneiform Digital Library Journal
ISSN: 1540-8779
The Cuneiform Digital Library Journal is a non-profit, refereed electronic journal for cuneiform studies. We have set ourselves the task of publishing articles of a high academic standard which also try to utilise the potential of electronic publication.

The Journal is supported by a number of institutions, chief among them the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Primary academic supervision of the Journal derives from the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI).

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2018:1 Overmann, K. A. Updating the Abstract-Concrete Distinction in Ancient Near Eastern Numbers 2018/08/07 PDF
2017:2 Cripps, E. The Structure of Prices in the Neo-Sumerian Economy (I): Barley:Silver Price Ratios 2017/12/26 PDF
2017:1 Chen Y. & Wu Y. The Names of the Leaders and Diplomats of Marḫaši and Related Men in the Ur III Dynasty 2017/09/25 PDF
2016:2 Bonechi, M. Remarks on the Putative Source A2 of the Ebla Bilingual Lexical List 2016/12/19 PDF
2016:1 Firth, R. Synchronization of the Drehem, Nippur, and Umma Calendars During the Latter Part of Ur III 2016/12/19 PDF
2015:3 Such-Gutiérrez, M. The Texts from the 3rd Millennium BC at the Oriental Museum, University of Durham (England) 2015/10/02 PDF
2015:2 Benati, G. Re-modeling Political Economy in Early 3rd Millennium BC Mesopotamia: Patterns of Socio-Economic Organization in Archaic Ur (Tell al-Muqayyar, Iraq) 2015/10/01 PDF
2015:1 Hawkins, L. A New Edition of the Proto-Elamite Text MDP 17, 112 2015/05/02 PDF
2014:4 Kassian, A. Lexical Matches between Sumerian and Hurro-Urartian: Possible Historical Scenarios 2014/12/03 PDF
2014:3 Middeke-Conlin, R. & Proust, C. Interest, Price, and Profit: An Overview of Mathematical Economics in YBC 4698 2014/06/13 PDF
2014:2 Spada, G. Two Old Babylonian Model Contracts 2014/03/24 PDF
2014:1 Middeke-Conlin, R. The Scents of Larsa: A Study of the Aromatics Industry in an Old Babylonian Kingdom 2014/03/24 PDF
2013:3 Cripps, E. Messengers from Šuruppak 2013/07/20 PDF
2013:2 Tsouparopoulou, Ch. A Reconstruction of the Puzriš-Dagan Central Livestock Agency 2013/06/02 PDF
2013:1 Firth, R. Notes on Year Names of the Early Ur III Period: Šulgi 20-30 2013/03/18 PDF
2012:1 Ouyang, X. & Brookman, W. R. The Cuneiform Collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts 2012/02/20 PDF
2012:2 Damerow, P. Sumerian Beer: The Origins of Brewing Technology in Ancient Mesopotamia 2012/01/22 PDF
2011:2 Firth, R. A Discussion of the Use of im-babbar2 by the Craft Workers of Ancient Mesopotamia 2011/10/30 PDF
2011:1 Cathcart, K. J. The Earliest Contributions to the Decipherment of Sumerian and Akkadian 2011/03/03 PDF
2010:2 Adams, R. McC. Slavery and Freedom in the Third Dynasty of Ur: Implications of the Garshana Archives 2010/07/06 PDF
2010:1 Ragavan, D. Cuneiform Texts and Fragments in the Harvard Art Museum / Arthur M. Sackler Museum 2010/07/06 PDF
2009:7 Adams, R. McC. Old Babylonian Networks of Urban Notables 2009/10/26 PDF
2009:6 Widell, M. Two Ur III Texts from Umma: Observations on Archival Practices and Household Management 2009/10/24 PDF
2009:5 Lafont, B. The Army of the Kings of Ur: The Textual Evidence 2009/10/21 PDF
2009:3 Friberg, J. A Geometric Algorithm with Solutions to Quadratic Equations in a Sumerian Juridical Document from Ur III Umma 2009/09/23 PDF
2009:4 Englund, R. K. The Smell of the Cage 2009/08/21 PDF
2009:2 Robson, E. & Clark, K. The Cuneiform Tablet Collection of Florida State University 2009/07/19 PDF
2009:1 Proust, C. Numerical and Metrological Graphemes: From Cuneiform to Transliteration 2009/06/22 PDF
2008:2 Hilgert, M. Cuneiform Texts in the Collection of St. Martin Archabbey Beuron 2008/07/07 PDF
2008:1 Adams, R. McC. An Interdisciplinary Overview of a Mesopotamian City and its Hinterlands 2008/03/25 PDF
2007:1 Seri, A. The Mesopotamian Collection in the Kalamazoo Valley Museum 2007/08/25 PDF
2006:3 Richardson, S. F. C. gir3-gen-na and Šulgi’s “Library”: Liver Omen Texts in the Third Millennium BC (I) 2006/08/06 PDF
2006:2 Johnson, J. C. The Ur III Tablets in the Valdosta State University Archives 2006/04/24 PDF
2006:1 Damerow, P. The Origins of Writing as a Problem of Historical Epistemology 2006/01/28 PDF
2005:3 Dahl, J. L. Complex Graphemes in Proto-Elamite 2005/06/19 PDF
2005:2 Friberg, J. On the Alleged Counting with Sexagesimal Place Value Numbers in Mathematical Cuneiform Texts from the Third Millennium B.C. 2005/06/14 PDF
2005:1 Monaco, S. Unusual Accounting Practices in Archaic Mesopotamian Tablets 2005/05/01 PDF
2004:2 Widell, M. The Calendar of Neo-Sumerian Ur and Its Political Significance 2004/07/14 PDF
2004:1 Heimpel, W. AO 7667 and the Meaning of ba-an-gi4 2004/01/12 PDF
2003:5 Chambon, G. Archaic Metrological Systems from Ur 2003/12/23 PDF
2003:4 Hilgert, M. New Perspectives in the Study of Third Millennium Akkadian 2003/08/26 PDF
2003:3 Michalowski, P. An Early Dynastic Tablet of ED Lu A from Tell Brak (Nagar) 2003/03/05 PDF
2003:2 Widell, M. The Ur III calendar(s) of Tūram-ilī 2003/02/20 PDF
2003:1 Englund, R. K. The Year: "Nissen returns joyous from a distant island" 2003/02/15 PDF
2002:2 Widell, M. A Previously Unpublished Lawsuit from Ur III Adab 2002/09/27 PDF
2002:1 Englund, R. K. The Ur III Collection of the CMAA 2002/09/11 PDF

November 18, 2019

Shawn Graham (Electric Archaeology)

Failing Gloriously and Other Essays

‘Failing Gloriously and Other Essays’, my book reflecting on what ‘failure’ means, can mean, should mean, in the digital humanities and digital archaeology will be released on Dec 1. From the publisher website (where you’ll be able to get your copy in due course):

Failing Gloriously and Other Essays documents Shawn Graham’s odyssey through the digital humanities and digital archaeology against the backdrop of the 21st-century university. At turns hilarious, depressing, and inspiring, Graham’s book presents a contemporary take on the academic memoir, but rather than celebrating the victories, he reflects on the failures and considers their impact on his intellectual and professional development. These aren’t heroic tales of overcoming odds or paeans to failure as evidence for a macho willingness to take risks. They’re honest lessons laced with a genuine humility that encourages us to think about making it safer for ourselves and others to fail.

A foreword from Eric Kansa and an afterword by Neha Gupta engage the lessons of Failing Gloriously and consider the role of failure in digital archaeology, the humanities, and social sciences

The book will be available in print for $, and for free via pdf download.

Quinn Dombrowski has posted a wonderfully generous review over on Stanford Digital Humanities . I hope you’ll find value in it too!

The Signal: Digital Preservation

Introducing Ben and Brian, the Library’s new Innovators in Residence!

 LC Labs is pleased to welcome Benjamin Lee and Brian Foo as the second cohort of the Innovators in Residence program, designed to attract artists, journalists, researchers, teachers, and others willing to imagine and prototype examples of creative, innovative, and novel uses of Library of Congress digital collections. Innovators’ projects may take many final forms such as an artwork, visualization, application, or other publicly available tool, service, or exhibit. The Library’s first Innovator in Residence was data artist Jer Thorp; you can find out more about the outcomes of his work here.

Both Brian and Ben are using their backgrounds in computer science to approach the Library’s digital collections in new ways—Brian by using hip hop as a discovery tool and Ben by applying machine learning to extract images contained in the digital collections.

We sat down with Brian and Ben to get to know them and talk more about their projects.

Can you begin by introducing yourself to readers of the Signal blog?

Ben: I’m a second year Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of Washington studying machine learning. Starting in college, I got interested in digital humanities questions related to Holocaust Studies through my grandmother, who is a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. This led me to pursue a year-long fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), where I developed a machine learning algorithm to categorize and sort the identification cards in the archives of the International Tracing Service. My goal in this project was to provide new ways for users and researchers to search the collection other than by name. This experience led me to pursue research in the field of information access and computational cultural heritage.

Brian: My name is Brian Foo and I am currently a data visualization artist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I’ve worked in museums and libraries for the past eight years; I specialize in visualizing large collections of data and library materials of multiple formats including images, audio, and moving image.

Two men standing in front of the window to the Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building

2020 Innovators in Residence Brian Foo and Ben Lee

Please describe your Innovator in Residence project.

Ben: The idea behind my Innovator in Residence project is to use deep learning, a subset of machine learning, to automate the extraction and tagging of images from the over 15 million newspaper scans in Chronicling America. My next goal is to make these images available to users in an interactive visualization such as on a timeline or a map or searching by topic. The interest of this research, in my opinion, cuts three ways: first, it allows users to experience the Library’s digital collections in an engaging way; second, it enables cultural heritage practitioners to ask new research questions; and third, it allows computer scientists to better understand how people are using the systems they build.

Brian: The goal of my project is to use the library’s public domain audio as source material for hip hop music production. By embedding these materials in hip hop music, listeners can discover items in the library’s vast collections that they likely would never have known existed.

I will do this by collaborating with library staff to identify sonically interesting and culturally relevant audio and moving image collections that are free to use for sample-based hip hop production. I will then develop music-making tools that facilitate serendipitous moments and connections between users and library audiovisual materials. I use these tools myself to create hip hop music that I will share throughout the process. As these new sounds travel to listeners’ ears, the unique materials that are referenced travel with them.  So that’s what I mean by “discovery through hip hop” which I believe aligns with the mission of the Library of Congress to make culture and history accessible to the public while at the same time facilitating the use of those materials in the creation of new cultural artifacts.

What will be the benefit of your project for users of the Library of Congress?

Ben: A primary motivation behind my project is to excite the American public by demonstrating the possibilities of applying machine learning to library collections. Given the widespread enthusiasm about machine learning, this project could draw new people to the Library of Congress’s digital collections, as well as excite the Library’s regular users about emerging technological advances.

My hope is that this project could also inspire members of the public to start their own coding projects involving the Library of Congress’s digital collections.  I plan to build this project primarily through open source code bases so that it will be easy to reuse and access for those who want to work with it. I hope this methodology will serve to “promote a culture of continuous improvement” as outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.

Brian: In hip hop, there’s a term called “crate digging,” which essentially refers to the practice of DJ’s digging through crates of recorded music in search of a treasure trove of obscure sounds spanning many different genres and eras. By focusing on providing access to audiovisual materials housed in the Library of Congress that are in the public domain and free to use, I want to identify what I think of as “the American Citizen’s Crate.” What are the sounds we can all draw from?

All users of the Library of Congress will be able to draw from this for exploration, inspiration, and for their own music production. Because it is not always clear to the general public what is in the public domain and what is fair use, especially with recorded sound, an added benefit of the project will be documenting that process in a great amount of detail.

Finally, as an Innovator in Residence, what does the word “innovation” mean to you?

Ben: Innovation is something that inspires others. It means taking new approaches. I see the Library of Congress and its entire mission as innovative.  This institution is an immense repository of information and is dedicated to being accessible to the American public. I am fortunate to be part of this wave of innovation at the Library, which is paving the way for a digital-forward approach. The main element of innovation in my project is demonstrating to seemingly disparate groups, whether it be historians, computer scientists, cultural heritage practitioners, educators, or members of the public, that interdisciplinary approaches can be really fruitful for all involved.

Brian: For me, innovation combines three things: understanding as many viewpoints as possible, cultivating a collaborative work environment, and then working together to remove barriers to achieving the organization’s mission. Innovation happens when you have a cross-pollination of different expertise. This is why I always take a humble approach to my work: I never have assumptions that things “should” be done in a certain way, I always maintain respect for others’ perspectives, and see it as my goal to enable new ways of working while collaborating closely with stakeholders and content experts.


For more information about Ben and Brian’s projects and the Library of Congress Innovator in Residence program, see the following press release.

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

The Insular World of Byzantine in Review

On Friday, I enjoyed a day of thinking about Byzantium. The collegiality of all those involved and the polished setting of Dumbarton Oaks made it all the more pleasant. Luca Zavagno and Nikos Bakirtzis provided supportive and deeply knowledgable leadership and imparted the entire proceedings with a kind of thoughtful informality that encouraged wide ranging conversation.

The papers themselves, of course, were the stars of the show. They approached Byzantine insularity through perspectives ranging from literary sources to excavation, survey, ceramic study, architectural history and, sigillography. Many papers offered an integrated view of island space in the Byzantine view and emphasized how the changing political, social, cultural, and economic contours of the empire and the Eastern Mediterranean shaped the diverse roles played by Byzantine islands.

The papers prompted five lines of thinking.

1. In Search of Insularity. First, the papers nearly all acknowledged that insularity was not a clearly defined status for any space in the Byzantine world. Even places that clearly fit a geographic and topographic definition of insularity showed considerable variation for how they fit into the history of the Byzantine era. Large islands, as my paper proposed, could often demonstrate significant variation. Small islands were idiosyncratic in their own ways. In general, the papers skewed toward the larger islands of the Mediterranean which naturally produced the most evidence, but even here, they demonstrated a range of different historical trajectories owing as much to their location in the Mediterranean as their historical and strategic roles in the Byzantine world.  

2. Political Spaces. Despite starting with the idea that islands were spaces of dynamic cultural interaction as “hubs,” many of the papers emphasized the political role that islands played in the “long Late Antiquity.” Some fo this, invariably, has to do with the political character of the time frame under consideration. Since the conference looked at islands during the Byzantine period, it is difficult to avoid thinking in terms of the political life of the Byzantine state.

That being said, it was particularly intriguing to understand more clearly how the Byzantine state both depended on islands as “pillars of empire” and engaged with their distinct geographic character in a range of different and distinct ways. The strategic importance of Cyprus, Sicily, and Crete, for example, required unique forms of political and military governance designed in part to ensure the islands’ persistent utility to the state and the loyalty of the islands’ inhabitants.     

3. Changing Landscapes. There was less discussion of island landscapes over time than I would have expected considering the scale of rural and urban archaeology on Crete and Cyprus, in particular. To be fair, it appears that western islands – Sardinia, Sicily, and the Balearics – have seen less survey in the countryside, and this has limited what we can say about large scale change in settlement and land-use over time.

At the same time, part of the paradigm of island archaeology and island studies more generally is the persistence of some core characteristics of island life. On Cyprus, for example, the basic settlement structure of the island appears to have emerged at the end of the Bronze Age or beginning of the Iron Age to facilitate the extraction and redistribution of copper from the Troodos mountains. The persistence of this landscape both reflected the continued importance of the extractive economy for the island as well as historic investment of particularly places on the Cypriot coast. In short, insularity was manifest, in part, on the structure of settlement on the island. 

4. Connectivity. The study of islands in recent decades has emphasized the connectivity at the expense of their insularity. To my mind, this reflects our own fascination with our deeply connected society. In fact, we have increasingly come to treat connectivity as virtue in and of itself with isolated and insular being almost synonymous with backward, materially poor, and disadvantaged.

Ironically, recent scholarship on the Late Antique world has emphasized ways in which the connectedness of Late Antiquity introduced diseases to the communities across the empire. Moreover, the vulnerability of coastal settlements made them particularly vulnerable to attacks and their dependence on extensive networks of trade made them susceptible to economic disruption. In other words, isolation in the Early Byzantine and Late Roman period may not conform to our ideal vision of a dynamic, diverse, and deeply connected world, but it may have benefited local residents and formed the basis for the resilience of the Byzantine state over time. To be clear, I’m not proposing this as a well-researched perspective on islands in Late Antiquity, but as a hypothesis that was not very thoroughly considered by the papers at the conference (including my own!).    

5. Island Society. Finally, Nikos Bakirtzis noted in his concluding remarks that despite the range of interests and evidence available for the insular world of Byzantium, there was relatively little discussion of the nature of insular society during these centuries. There were, of course, some mentions of cultural and political interaction between Christians and Muslims on Sicily, which offered some provocative insights into Sicilian society in the 8th and 9th centuries, but beyond that, islands were largely reduced to economic and political stations within the larger Byzantine state. 

To be clear, this shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a criticism. It was a small conference and the papers cohered remarkably well. At the same time, it was clear that we only scratched the surface of Byzantine island society. The potential and gaps exposed in the papers offered a clear template and a number of provocative positions that will shape future work.

I’ve posted my paper here

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Archeomatica 2-2019 - GIS, fotogrammetria, Geoarcheologia e telerilevamento di prossimità

Archeomatica 2-2019. Proximal Remote Sensing e Spatial Analysis a Pompei.

L’Accademia Americana a Roma e i ‘Monuments Men’ nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale

Il 21 novembre 2019 alle ore 17:00, presso l’Aerofototeca Nazionale nella sede dell’Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione - ICCD (via di San Michele 18, Roma) si terrà il primo degli otto incontri informali del ciclo “A che serve volare 2”. Per l’occasione interverrà Corey Brennan, Rutgers University / American Academy in Rome, con una presentazione dal titolo: L’Accademia Americana a Roma e i ‘Monuments Men’ nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Questo secondo ciclo di otto incontri mira a proseguire il percorso tracciato nella scorsa edizione e prevede un appuntamento al mese da novembre 2019 a giugno 2020. Gli incontri sono volutamente informali e a ingresso libero, rivolti a chiunque voglia immergersi in questi itinerari in volo, senza per forza dover essere ‘addetti ai lavori’.

November 17, 2019

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Multilingual DH

Multilingual DH
Multilingual DH is a loosely-organized international network of scholars using digital humanities tools and methods on languages other than English. We work in many environments, including academia, libraries, museums, and beyond, but share the goal of raising the visibility of scholarship in and about many languages.
DH scholarship is frequently criticised as being "English-centric" and therefore culturally and technologically biased. This bias takes many forms, from the lack of awareness of DH scholarship from non-Anglophone countries, to the lack of robust tools for working with non-Latin scripts.
This website, and its associated GitHub organization and mailing list, provides space to share their achievements, failures, resources, and good practices for working with multi-lingual and multi-script data. To participate, please join the conversation on the mailing list!
We'll be looking for feedback soon on a SIG (Special Interest Group) proposal to ADHO, and a working group proposal to DARIAH.

Open Access Journal: Bulletin of the Center of Papyrological Studies

[First posted on AWOL 8 November 2018, updated (11 more volumes added) 17 November 2019]

Bulletin of the Center of Papyrological Studies
IISSN: 1110- 20155
Bulletin of the Center Papyrological Studies
مجلة مرکز الدراسات البردیة، هی دوریة متخصصة فی نشر البردی والنقوش والأوستراکا والعملة القدیمة، والدراسات المتعلقة بهم مثل: اللغة والأدب والتاریخ والآثار والفن والنحت والدیانة والفلسفة والترمیم، والأنشطة الاجتماعیة، وذلک فی الحضارات القدیمة: المصریة، والیونانیة، والرومانیة، وحضارات الشرق الأدنى القدیمة. تصدر عن مرکز الدراسات البردیة والنقوش بجامعة عین شمس. وقد صدر العدد الأول منها عام 1985 برئاسة تحریر الدکتور عبد الله المسلمی أستاذ علم البردی والدراسات الیونانیة والرومانیة بقسم الحضارة الأوروبیة، جامعة عین شمس. تُنشر المقالات باللغة العربیة، أو اللغات الأجنبیة مثل الإنجلیزیة والفرنسیة والألمانیة. کما تقوم المجلة بنشر أعمال المؤتمرات الخاصة بالمرکز.   

المقالة الأصلية


وزن أباطرة وأمراء المغول فی ضوء تصاویر المدرسة المغولیة الهندیة ورسوم بعض المستشرقین

الصفحة 1-52

أحمد الشوکی


الکائنات المائیة فی تصاویر المخطوطات الإسلامیة من القرن (7هـ- 13م/12هـ- 18م) دراسة آثاریة فنیة

الصفحة 53-75

أمنیة محمود


الأمراض والأوبئة من خلال بردیة تقویم القاهرة بالمتحف المصری الکبیر (رقم 86637 )

الصفحة 77-98

آیات عبد العزیز


مناظر تربیة الحیوان فی حفائر سلیم حسن بسقارة لعام 1937- 1938م

الصفحة 99-115

سارة عبد الشافی


دور جزیرة میلوس فی بلاد الیونان خلال القرن الخامس ق.م.

الصفحة 117-135

شروق سمیر منصور هیکل


صناعة السفن فی مصر الإسلامیة فی ضوء أوراق البردی العربیة (21– 923 هـ / 641–1517م)

الصفحة 137-166

غادة محمد


الأصل اللُّغویّ للظرفین القبطیین ebol و eϩoun واستخداماتهما فی اللُّغة المصریة القدیمة

الصفحة 167-177

می محمود


النقوش السبئیة القدیمة "دراسة لغویة"

الصفحة 179-205

میادة شهاب


تصاویر الحیاة الاجتماعیة فی مدرسة شرکة الهند الشرقیة "عادة الساتی نموذجًا"

الصفحة 207-250

نوال جابر


مصطلحات تزییف النقود الیونانیة فی العصرین الآرخی والکلاسیکی "دراسة فی ضوء المصادر الأدبیة"

الصفحة 251-273

نورهان عماد


توظیف صیغة المصدر للدلالة على جملة النتیجة فی أسفار موسى الخمسة - مدلول البرکة نموذجًا

الصفحة 275-285

هیثم عرفة


Notes on the Bandeau-Texts of Columns of Kom Ombo Temple

الصفحة 287-304

Ali Abdelhalim


The Third Intermediate Period Lintel at the Egyptian Museum Cairo (JE.2213)

الصفحة 305-312

Bassem Ahmed


A Ptolemaic Stela of Hor in the Egyptian Museum Cairo

الصفحة 313-424

محمد أحمد السید محمد على


The concept of Account- Lists in Ancient Egypt

الصفحة 325-379

Nesma Mohamed

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

Critical Takeaways from a Lesbian Activist Organization

This last month, I presented some of my findings from my dissertation at the International Writing Centers Association Conference in Columbus, OH. It  was my first opportunity to share the work I’ve been doing over the course of the last two years with one of my main scholarly communities. In particular, I wanted to share what the Lesbian Avengers have taught me about community organization, and how those lessons can apply to my discipline (Writing and Rhetoric) broadly, and to writing centers, more specifically. 

In this presentation, I discussed findings from my work with the Lesbian Avengers on their experiences of making — making signs, protests, shrines, and eating fire— and how those acts of making impacted their practice of community building, or world-making. I also discussed how the lessons these Avengers taught me about lesbian direct-action organizing can be applied in academic communities, and in this case, in the writing center. Finally,  I provided some take-aways for writing center administrators to consider for their own centers. Here are a couple of those take-aways: 

  • There are multiple levels and scales of making. Putting together an organization (like a writing center) is the first act of making, but then communal acts of making within the organization is what keeps it running healthy, and allows it to be continually remade. 
  • Senior and junior members have different stakes in an organization, and both of those priorities are incredibly important. 
  • Theoretical discussions tied to no direct action plan (can) lead to un-making/degeneration of an organization.
  • Action leads to responsibility, which leads to power, which necessitates action.

Over the next few months, I hope to discuss the reasoning behind these takeaways, and how they relate to my CHI project. I’m looking forward to mapping the actions of the Lesbian Avengers and discussing how their activism can provide lessons to other communities and activist organizations. 

November 16, 2019

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Greek & Latin

Open Greek & Latin
An international collaboration committed to creating an open educational resource featuring a corpus of digital texts, deep-reading tools, and open-source software. We strive to support and enhance teaching and research. All materials can be downloaded, modified, and redistributed in accordance with all applicable licenses.

Read texts from all available partner repositories using the Scaife Viewer, a custom Canonical Text Services (CTS) compliant reading environment.


First Thousand Years of Greek

First Thousand Years of Greek

This project aims to collect at least one edition of every Greek work composed between Homer and 250 CE with a focus on texts that do not already exist in other open source environments.
Perseus Digital Library

Perseus Digital Library

In the context of Open Greek & Latin, Perseus will offer open source, CTS versions of all public domain Perseus-published texts for integration and reuse.
LACE at Mount Allison University

LACE at Mount Allison University

Polylingual OCR editing. LACE catalogues the on-going campaign to produce high-quality OCR of polytonic, or 'ancient', Greek texts in a HPC environment.


Eldarion has provided the web application support to build the Scaife Viewer, a new reading environment for the Open Greek & Latin texts.
Center for Hellenic Studies

Center for Hellenic Studies

The CHS provides support for outreach and training through initiatives such as student internships, work on a new commentary environment for close reading.
University of Virginia Library

University of Virginia Library

Work at UVA Library includes digitization support, library outreach, and student internships.
Harvard Library

Harvard Library

The Harvard Library provides support in collection acquisition and management, including document identification, digitization work, and collection integration.
The Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig

The Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig

Work at the DH Chair in Leipzig provides the basis of all aspects of work, from document scanning and digitization review, markup, CTS review and presentation, and repository management.

Open Access Journal: Kelsey Museum Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL 1 November 2010. Updated 16 November 2019]

Kelsey Museum Newsletter
Kelsey Museum Newsletter Fall 2019
The Kelsey Museum is the brainchild of Francis W. Kelsey, Professor of Latin at the University of Michigan from 1889 to 1927. Kelsey pursued an active program of collecting antiquities for use in teaching, and launched the first university-sponsored archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern regions in 1924. Most of the artifacts in the Kelsey Museum come from excavations carried out in Egypt and Iraq in the 1920s and 1930s.
In 1928, shortly after Kelsey’s death, the Museum of Classical Archaeology was installed in Newberry Hall on State Street. It was renamed in honor of Professor Kelsey in 1953, and enlarged with the construction of the William Upjohn Exhibit Wing in 2009. In addition to conserving and exhibiting its collections, the Museum still sponsors field projects in countries around the Mediterranean (although the artifacts recovered in those excavations now all remain in their countries of origin), and it plays a vital role in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research.

The Ancient World in Digizeitschriften

[Originally posted 1/7/09, updated 16 November 2019]

DigiZeitschriften is a research service. Students and researchers can access the core German research journals via subscribing institutions. Access is possible via libraries and academic institutions which have subscribed to DigiZeitschriften
Antiquity related journals in DigiZeitschriften include [* = open access] :
See All DigiZeitschriften titles
See Open Access DigiZeitschriften titles

If you'd like to have access to these and the rest of the Digizeitschriften collection, bring their contact information to the attention of your librarians.

Rural Granaries in Northern Gaul (Sixth Century BCE – Fourth Century CE): From Archaeology to Economic History

Rural Granaries in Northern Gaul (Sixth Century BCE – Fourth Century CE): From Archaeology to Economic History
Cover Rural Granaries in Northern Gaul (Sixth Century BCE – Fourth Century CE)
In recent years, storage has come to the fore as a central aspect of ancient economies. However studies have hitherto focused on urban and military storage. Although archaeological excavations of rural granaries are numerous, their evidence has yet See More

November 15, 2019

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Ancient Knowledge Networks: A Social Geography of Cuneiform Scholarship in First-Millennium Assyria and Babylonia

Ancient Knowledge Networks:  A Social Geography of Cuneiform Scholarship in First-Millennium Assyria and Babylonia 
Eleanor Robson
Ancient Knowledge Networks
ISBN: 9781787355941
Publication: November 14, 2019
Ancient Knowledge Networks is a book about how knowledge travels, in minds and bodies as well as in writings. It explores the forms knowledge takes and the meanings it accrues, and how these meanings are shaped by the peoples who use it.
Addressing the relationships between political power, family ties, religious commitments and literate scholarship in the ancient Middle East of the first millennium BC, Eleanor Robson focuses on two regions where cuneiform script was the predominant writing medium: Assyria in the north of modern-day Syria and Iraq, and Babylonia to the south of modern-day Baghdad. She investigates how networks of knowledge enabled cuneiform intellectual culture to endure and adapt over the course of five world empires until its eventual demise in the mid-first century BC. In doing so, she also studies Assyriological and historical method, both now and over the past two centuries, asking how the field has shaped and been shaped by the academic concerns and fashions of the day. Above all, Ancient Knowledge Networks is an experiment in writing about ‘Mesopotamian science’, as it has often been known, using geographical and social approaches to bring new insights into the intellectual history of the world’s first empires.
Praise for Ancient Knowledge Networks
'Eleanor Robson’s Ancient Knowledge Networks offers a fascinating portrait of the social and geographical life of cuneiform scholarship, scribal learning, or ṭupšarrūtu. It examines high cuneiform culture in the terms of the texts' own taxonomies of knowledge, while taking full account of relevant archaeological evidence and employing micro- and macro-geographical analysis. A lucid presentation of new ideas concerning the Assyrian and Babylonian first-millennium intelligentsia and their patrons, Ancient Knowledge Networks is a book for cuneiformists as well as non-specialist readers outside the ancient Middle Eastern fields.' - Francesca Rochberg, University of California, Berkeley 
1. Introduction
2. From ‘Ashurbanipal’s Library’ and ‘the stream of tradition’ to new approaches to cuneiform scholarship
3. Trust in Nabu? Assyrian royal attitudes to court scholarship
4. The writing-board was at my house: scholarly and textual mobility in seventh-century Assyria
5. Grasping the righteous sceptre: Nabu, scholarship, and the kings of Babylonia
6. At the gate of Eanna: Babylonian scholarly spaces before and after the early fifth century
7. Conclusions: Towards a social geography of cuneiform scholarship
Eleanor Robson is Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History at UCL. She is equally interested in the social and political history of the cuneiform cultures of ancient Iraq, 5000–2000 years ago and the construction of knowledge about ancient Iraq in over the past two centuries. Her Mathematics in Ancient Iraq: A Social History (2008) won the History of Science Society’s Pfizer Prize in 2011. With UK and Iraqi colleagues she runs the AHRC/GCRF-funded Nahrein Network (2017–21), which fosters the sustainable development of history, heritage and the humanities in Iraq and its neighbours.

Trismegistos News: Mailing list and TM Varia

Mailing list and TM Varia
Dear list members,

This email contains news on:
1. the subscription process and the future of Trismegistos
2. the new mailing list of Trismegistos (and us bothering you less on the PAPY-list)
3. new features: a) visualising geographic distribution; b) highlighting info; c) TM Pantheon
4. Citing TM

1. Subscription process and future
Taking into account the Christmas break, there is now just about a month left for institutions to subscribe for 2020 with the extra month thrown in for free. While we have had some response (thank you!), this is as yet insufficient to guarantee the continued existence of Trismegistos (more info). Of course we will give matters more time, but it would be good if we had a better view on where matters stand, so any information on that (‘we’ve asked our library’, ‘it is under review by the committee’, ‘no, we’re not interested’) is most welcome (off list, of course, preferably to tm-info@trismegistos.org). This is also important for us to determine how much functionality will remain for non-subscribers from 1 January 2020 onwards.
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2. Mailing list
Well, this is awkward, as Wikipedia would put it … We feel that the PAPY list is really not the place for advertisements such as this, and this will be the last time we mention money here. In future, information about the subscription will be passed on through a mailing list to which you can subscribe, and which will bring you this and other TM news about functionality, new additions, etc., presumably about once a month, but certainly never more than once a week. Please register here. This is also where you will be informed (soon) about our exciting ‘Adopt a record’ program :-)!
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3. New features
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b. Some users may already have noticed that it is now possible to highlight specific types of information in the text from papyri.info shown on our text detail pages (e.g. www.trismegistos.org/text/9025): places, people, gods and related (see below), text irregularities, and dates. It was already possible to choose for a regularised text without diacritics, to omit line breaks, and to get rid of the hyperlinks to TM Words et al. For all of these features there is a default setting (without highlights), but for those with a personal subscription it will be possible to set their preference automatically in any way they like (e.g. highlight only the places in a semi-regularised text). This comes in addition to setting your default preference to tables rather than charts and other features which will follow.
c. I already wrote it, but it never hurts to repeat: since we had the information, we have decided to highlight also the gods and related objects of religious worship in our TM Pantheon. This work (on the basis of an internship of Marije Derksen in 2017-18) is not fully ready yet, so for the time being it is only referred to in the context mentioned above. The same holds true for TM Formulae, which for the time being only highlights the epistolary formulae as collected by Delphine Nachtergaele (formerly UGent, work done in 2012-15; publication PhD forthcoming in the TOP Special Series). More about this soon, through our mailing list.

4. We have seen TM pop up in several presentations at recent conferences: it is nice to see how the scholarly community is benefitting from our work! This visibility is also vital for our survival: the more people mention us, the more universities and other funding bodies realize that we are an essential tool that is widely used. Nevertheless, we also notice that several presentations show information from TM (e.g. maps or graphs) without citing us as a source. Yet a website is no different from a book, whether printed or digital, in this respect. We would therefore kindly like to urge you to cite us when using the TM platform. 

That’s it, for now!

For Trismegistos,

Mark Depauw
Herbert Verreth
Yanne Broux
Willy Clarysse
and our CLARIAH collaborators Tom Gheldof and Frederic Pietowski

Online Open House | The Cecropids and an Attic Aetiology in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with Miriam Kamil

Online Open House | The Cecropids and an Attic Aetiology in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with Miriam Kamil
We are excited to welcome Miriam Kamil, a 5th year PhD candidate in classical philology at Harvard University for an On Line Open House. The topic of the discussion is: The Cecropids and an Attic Aetiology in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
The event will be streamed live on Thursday, November 21 at 11 a.m. EST, and will be recorded.
In preparation, you might like to read two articles at Classical Inquiries:
You can watch the event on the Center for Hellenic Studies YouTube channel.
The recording will be posted here afterwards.
Miriam KamilMiriam Kamil is a fifth year PhD candidate in classical philology at Harvard University.
Her dissertation is on the literary tradition of the Furies as adapted by Ovid in his Metamorphoses, under the tutelage of Richard Thomas, Greg Nagy, and Richard Tarrant.

Open Access Journal: Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologic

Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica
Die 1970 erstmals erschienene Acta Praehistorica et Achaeologica des West-Berliner Museums für Vor- und Frühgeschichte hatte das Ziel, „Der Welt die archäologischen Schätze der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin zu öffnen“ und ein Organ für die nach dem Krieg in West-Berlin verbliebenen Sammlungen zu sein. Mit der Wiedervereinigung der Museen in Ost und West veränderte sich auch die inhaltliche Ausrichtung der Zeitschrift. Heute ist die Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica das Jahrbuch des Museums für Vor und Frühgeschichte, dessen Schwerpunkte auf Beiträgen zu Themen mit Bezug auf die Sammlung und Archivalien des Hauses liegen.
 Bd. 1 (1970)

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

Hippocrates Now

Hippocrates Now

Author: King, Helen
ISBN: 9781350005891 9781350005914 9781350005907 Year: 2019 Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102503
Subject: Medicine (General)
Added to DOAB on : 2019-11-15 11:21:16

Abstract This book challenges widespread assumptions about Hippocrates (and, in the process, about ancient Greek medicine) and will also explore the creation of modern myths about the ancient world. Through the lens of reception studies Helen King considers what ‘Hippocrates’ means today. He features powerfully in our assumptions about ancient medicine, and our beliefs about what medicine – and the physician himself – should be. In ethics, as well as in actual treatments recommended by both orthodox and alternative medicine, ‘Hippocrates’ still features as a model to be emulated. Why do we continue to use him in this way, and how are new myths constructed around his name? And what can this tell us about popular engagements with the classical world today?

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Some Friday Varia

I’m traveling today, so the the picks are a bit more spartan than usual, but there are always things worth reading on the so-called internets.

At the end of the page, you’ll find the program for today’s colloquium at Dumbarton Oaks. You can read my paper here.

IMG 4463Bargepole at The Beach
Here’s the rest of my day:

The Insular World of Byzantium

Friday, November 15

8:30am                        Morning registration and coffee
9:00                Welcome (Anna Stavrakopoulou, Dumbarton Oaks)
9:15                 Introduction (Luca Zavagno and Nikolas Bakirtzis) 

Chair: Luca Zavagno

9:30-10:00       Salvatore Cosentino (Università di Bologna)
Pillars of Empire: The Economic Role of the Big Mediterranean Islands from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

10:00-10:30     Sarah Davis-Secord (University of New Mexico)
Encounters on the Edge of the Empire: Muslims and Christians in Byzantine Sicilian Hagiography 

10:30-11:00     Q&A Session
11:00-11:15     Coffee Break 

11:15-11:45     Joanita Vroom (Leiden University)
From Euboia to Cyprus: Byzantine Trade in Context

11:45-12:15     Nikolas Bakirtzis (The Cyprus Institute)
Islands as Deserts: Monastic Practice, Patronage, and Control

12:15 – 12:45  Q&A Session
12:45 – 2:30     Lunch Break 

Chair: Nikolas Bakirtzis

2:30 – 3:00       William Caraher (University of North Dakota)
An Island Archaeology of Early Byzantine Cyprus

3:00-3:30         Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University)
“A Lost World That Never Died”: Urban Landscapes in the Byzantine Tyrrhenian in the Passage from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

3:30-4:00         Q&A Session
4:00-4:15         Coffee Break 

4:15-4:45         Jonathan Shea (Dumbarton Oaks)
Ruling the Islands of Byzantium: Evidence for Administration and Government in the Sigillographic Material

4:45-5:00         Q&A Session 
5:00-5:30         Final discussion and concluding remarks 

November 14, 2019

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

The earliest mention of Halloween? John Mirk’s “Festivall” or “Festial” or “Liber Festivalis

This evening I happened to come across Lisa Morton, The Halloween Encyclopedia (2011).  I can see some errors in it, but on the whole it is an admirable effort.  On p.148, under “Parties”, we find this statement:

One of the earliest written mentions of Halloween, from the 1493 Festivall, contains this description of what sounds like a contemporary Halloween party: “Good frendes suche a daye ye shall haue all halowen daye.”

Appendix I : Chronology of Halloween, (p.203), has the first mention of halloween as:

1493—Festivall mentions celebrating Halloween with “good frendes”

There is no reference, unfortunately.  What on earth is “Festivall”?

The old Bodleian “Catalogus Librorum Impressorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae” vol 2., p.40 (online here) tells us of a “Liber festivalis [anglice]” printed in Westmonesterio [by W. de Worde] in 1493 – this is perhaps the source of the date given above -, and below also of “The boke that is callid festivall” printed at Oxford by Theod. Rood and Th. Hunt in 1486.  None of this is easily accessible, and what is the book anyway?

Some intensive googling later, I discover that it is a book composed in the late 1380s by the Augustinian canon John Mirk, and one of the most commonly printed English books before 1500.  It is a sermon collection, organised by saint’s day, and written in English rather than Latin.  The sermons usually contain stories and anecdotes.  The book is today often referred to as “John Mirk’s Festial“.

The standard edition is Johannes Mirkus (John Mirk), Mirk’s Festial: A Collection of Homilies, ed. Theodor Erbe; series: Early English Text Society extra series XCVI, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. for the Early English Text Society, 1905.  This thankfully is online at Archive.org here.  Unfortunately it is printed in Middle English, complete with weird letters.  The text is readable enough, with a bit of effort.  There is a glossary at  the back.

A new edition is in progress by Susan Powell, but this I was unable to access.

I have not been able to find the text given, not even by searching for “frend”.  Possibly Morton used the more up-to-date edition?  But on p.266, we find the start of the sermon for All Saints Day (click to enlarge):

It gives a history of the celebration of All Saint’s Day, referencing Pope Gregory (IV).

The text uses “halowen” to mean “hallow, keep holy”, rather than Halloween.  This is confirmed by the glossary at the end, on p.328:

This all rather suggests that Morton is in a mistake here – that this is not a reference to Halloween at all.

All the same, the Halloween Encyclopedia is both useful and interesting.  I sympathised entirely with the statement in the preface about “sources”:

Unfortunately, many of those source books are little more than collections of fairy tales. They often seem to have been poorly researched, and displayed prejudice or predilection on the part of their authors.

So it still is.

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

ADHO Seeks Nominations for Deputy Treasurer

As part of the restructuring of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), we seek nominations for committed individuals who would like to actively help further DH in all its breadth and diversity on a global scale for an ADHO Deputy Treasurer. In the near future, we will issue calls for other positions. 

ADHO Deputy Treasurer's Description and Responsibilities

The ADHO Treasurer is the financial manager for both ADHO and the ADHO Foundation (ADHO’s legal entity, based in the Netherlands). The Treasurer keeps track of and reports on the budget, and advises the SC about financial decisions. The Deputy Treasurer advises and assists the Treasurer as needed and may act on behalf of the Treasurer when they are unavailable. The Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer manage the financial assets of ADHO. The Deputy Treasurer is a member of the ADHO Executive Board (EB) and advises them on any financial implications of their decisions.

Responsibilities (in collaboration with the ADHO Treasurer):

  • Reporting regularly on the ADHO budget to the EB, the COB, and governmental institutions as required
  • Financial management (monitoring ADHO accounts and transactions)
  • Analysis and research (comparing planned and actual budget figures; preparing annual budgets in consultation with the EB; etc.)
  • Meetings and communication (presence at regular EB meetings via telecon and email. Presence at annual meeting is desirable but not essential)

The initial appointment is projected to conclude at the end of the 2021 Digital Humanities Conference in Tokyo. 


All members of ADHO Constituent Organizations (COs) and Associate Organizations (AOs) are eligible. To apply, please contact the steering committee or secretariat of any of the organizations below within which you are in good standing, providing your name, contact details, the role or roles applied for, and a short statement (approx. 200 words) summarizing any relevant skills and experience relevant by 15 December 2019

  • aaDH - Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
  • ACH - Association for Computers and the Humanities
  • centerNet
  • CSDH/SCHN - Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques 
  • CzADH - Czech Association for Digital Humanities
  • DHASA - Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa
  • DHd - Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum/li>
  • DHN - Digital humaniora i Norden
  • DH Russia - Russian Association for Digital Humanities
  • EADH - European Association for Digital Humanities
  • Humanistica, L'association francophone des humanités numériques/digitales
  • JADH - Japanese Association for Digital Humanities
  • RedHD - Red de Humanidades DigitalesTADH - Taiwanese Association for Digital Humanities


We would welcome any inquiries about this position. Please address queries to web@digitalhumanities.org. Please note that candidates must be nominated by a CO or AO and so applications made directly to ADHO cannot be accepted.

The Signal: Digital Preservation

What can you find in 1.7 million phone book images?

The Digital Content Management Section (DCM) is excited to announce the release of over 1.7 million images scanned from the Library of Congress U.S. Telephone Directory Collection. These images originate from thousands of reels of black and white microfilm held in the Main Reading Room – now available on the Library’s website.

The process for getting this collection online required a fair amount of metadata wrangling, as the only metadata previously available online for this collection was in the

form of 16 state and city level MARC records in the Library’s catalog. Reel content descriptions were originally compiled into physical binders and only made available in hard copy at the reference desk in the Main Reading Room. There were no digital surrogates available online for any of the original reels.

Using the original data compiled by the contract scan team, DCM staff conducted bulk extractions to identify reels that could go online. Taking a “More Product, Less Process” approach enabled staff to create metadata descriptions for over 3,500 items, without having to inspect each individual reel. For the online collection, each record functions as an item; however, in many cases, an item may contain multiple phone books, and sometimes, multiple reels. As a result, the items have names like “Pennsylvania – White pages and Yellow Pages – Delaware County – June/1956.” In addition to the metadata tasks, colleagues in the Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) helped with organizing this content so it could go online – we could not have completed this project without their innovative work and support!

The original microfilm collection consists of more than 8,000 reels for 14 states, the city of Chicago, and the District of Columbia (you can read about the history of the collection here). We have made available approximately half of the entire collection, which includes 1220 reels for California, 486 for Pennsylvania, 369 for Alabama, and a thousand more. Please explore the “Locations” filter on the Collection’s page to see all of the available localities! Users can search the titles of the reels, which include geographic information and information on the years for the phone books. Currently, the phone book images are not associated with searchable text, so users are not able to do searches for names or addresses. In the near future, a portion of these will have this kind of searchable text added and in the long term, we plan to get searchable text for all the pages.

Also on the new Collections page, we have selected a handful of images that represent and aim to capture the breadth of the collection. There are advertisements for everything under the sun in the reels containing yellow pages, including yachts, yarn, and yeast from this particular 1939 Connecticut phone directory. In addition to advertisements, there are instructions provided by telephone companies that describe etiquette for using a party line, how to call emergency numbers, and how, when (and why!) to use the telephone. The instructions could be of interest to those who want to learn more about the lost art of making or receiving a phone call! By placing these online, we hope that you will perhaps find names and former addresses of relatives, friends, and even prominent American historical figures.

This collection is also an opportunity to explore some of the tools the Library makes available via LC for Robots. You could use the API to get the metadata for some reels or make a Twitter bot! One of the questions remaining from this release is this: how many original phone books are visible on each of the reels? Let us know in the comments if you have any ideas to help us get that number!

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Attic Vase Inscriptions - News & colloquium

Attic Vase Inscriptions - News & colloquium
Dear colleagues, 

We would like to give you some news regarding our project Attic Vase Inscriptions (AVI), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and directed by Professor Rudolf Wachter at the University of Basle (https://avi.unibas.ch). Our database, which builds on and continually updates Henry Immerwahr’s monumental Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions (CAVI), aims to provide the fullest and most accurate information on inscriptions on Attic pottery. 

Since last year’s inclusion of links from our database entries to matching records in the Beazley Archive Pottery Database (BAPD), the Basle DigitalLIMC database and some databases of individual collections, we have not only corrected many misleading links to and from our database, but systematically added numerous further links to museum databases which often and importantly provide images and further information on individual pots. 

In addition, hundreds of smaller corrections and additions to the database, particularly the bibliography, have been made or are waiting to be integrated, some of them sent to us by database users, to whom we are very grateful, via the feedback form which we introduced last year.

 We are particularly glad to announce that we are currently beta-testing a data entry form which will enable registered collections and scholars to add new vases with inscriptions to the database. 

We would also like to inform you that our project will hold a second colloquium (after the successful first one whose proceedings were published in 2016) which will take place from 8 to 10 June 2020 at the University of Basle; we are going to publish the programme early next year.

 As always, we welcome any comments and suggestions from our users so the database can become an even better resource.

Georg Gerleigner
Attic Vase Inscriptions / Attische Vaseninschriften 
University of Basle 

dh+lib: where the digital humanities and librarianship meet

RESOURCE: Using Kraken to Train Your Own OCR Models

Christine Roughan, PhD student at NYU, has created a guide on how to train and implement OCR models using Kraken. Kraken is open-source command line software for performing OCR on text, and offers both pre-trained OCR models and the ability to produce artificial training data from a text provided by the user.

This guide is a basic walkthrough on downloading and running Kraken, preparing artificial training data, generating artificial training data, training and fine-tuning your model, and performing OCR on your text(s). The author uses an Arabic text as an example, but the guide’s steps are reproducible with any language. It is worth noting that the walkthrough does not cover initial preparation of the images to be processed, so if starting from a PDF the pages will have to be separated into individual image files using a tool like pdftoppm or ImageMagick’s convert tool. The author notes that she has been able to use Kraken with PNG, TIFF, and JPG files.

This resource is a very helpful introduction to using Kraken for performing OCR and creating your own training data. It will be of particular interest to anyone working with non-Roman languages or who would like to train and implement their own OCR models rather than relying on pre-made models that come packaged with OCR software.

OPPORTUNITY: Digital Pedagogy Lab 2020 Fellowships

The Digital Pedagogy Lab invites applications for its DPL 2020 fellowships. These fellowships will allow successful applicants to participate in the Lab for free, and will give them the opportunity to present a workshop, co-lead a portion of a course with a faculty member, sit on our closing panel, or find other ways to contribute to the DPL community. The fellowships also provide an additional $1,000 stipend to cover travel costs. The Lab will take place from July 27th – 31st on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado.

From the announcement:

As we have done in past years, we are offering these fellowships to people from communities whose voices are not always heard in education. This is an invitation to perspectives not always visible at other academic and technology conferences. Digital Pedagogy Lab was built as a welcoming, affirming environment, and we acknowledge that in order to keep it that way, we must make an active effort to keep the doors open wide. Because this is what scholarly, pedagogical, collaborative work should look like.

And so to that end, we invite applications from communities that include Black educators, Latinx educators, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, neurodivergent folks, LGBTQ2S people, women, and nonbinary folx, students (undergraduate or graduate), sessional and adjunct faculty, K12 educators, educators from outside the U.S. and non-Western countries, among others. If you have been silenced, if you have not been given space to present your ideas and insights, then please consider applying for a 2020 fellowship.

Applications are due December 6th, 2019, and fellowships will be awarded no later than December 13th, 2019.

OPPORTUNITY: Code4Lib 2020 Diversity Scholarship Program

Code4Lib invites applications for its 2020 Diversity Scholarship program. Each scholarship will cover up to $1,500 for travel costs, lodging, and conference fees for selected applicants to attend the 2020 Code4Lib Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

From the announcement:

The scholarship will cover conference registration and hotel accommodations up front to scholarship awardees. Other incidentals like travel and meals may be reimbursed based on the amount awarded. […] Please contact code4libaward@gmail.com with any questions about this arrangement. We want to ensure that financial issues do not discourage anyone from applying to this award.

We do not expect scholarship recipients to be responsible for being an ambassador for their group or an educator of others during the conference. While learning and exchange may happen as a result of interactions between participants, scholarship recipients are encouraged to focus on getting the most out of their experience and have no special duties or obligations apart from conference attendance, engaged participation to their comfort level, and giving us feedback on their experience.

Applications will be accepted through November 26th. For additional details and access to the submission form please visit the Code4Lib scholarship site.

JOB: Emerging Technologies Librarian (UCLA)

From the announcement:

Department: Library Data Science Center
Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Librarian ($55,014 – $98,865)
Position Availability: Immediately
Application deadline for first consideration: December 4, 2019

The UCLA Library seeks an Emerging Technologies Librarian to work with faculty, staff, and students to identify, evaluate and adopt new and emerging technologies that enable research and teaching.  This role heads the Lux Lab, a unit within the Data Science Center that provides emerging technology services offered by the UCLA Library, such as 3D printing and scanning, laser etching and cutting, 3D mapping, and augmented/virtual reality technologies. The Emerging Technologies Librarian supports research involving the application of these technologies and is also involved with supporting the management, curation, and ultimate preservation of research data that is produced by emerging technology industry standards. The successful incumbent will be responsible for keeping up-to-date with new and emerging technologies, which requires expert knowledge in using various technologies, as well as with the latest trends and how users are affected by these shifts.

JOB: Digital Scholarship Librarian (Washington State University)

From the announcement:

As part of a larger functional team, comprised of personnel from the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, the Libraries Systems Office, and Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections at Washington State University, this position will provide leadership in the development, implementation, promotion, and assessment of digital scholarly initiatives. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will support scholarship and teaching utilizing existing and emerging platforms such as Scalar, Omeka, and Mukurtu. This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position reports to the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at the Washington State University Libraries in Pullman, Washington.

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Travel Day Reading

The older I get, the more I dislike travel. The only really good thing about it (other than the destination) is a chance to get some quiet and relatively uninterrupted reading time.

As I head east today to a conference in Washington, DC, I’m taking with me the most recent issue of Ploughshares, Juliet Lapidos’s newish book Talent, Eric Olin Wright’s How to be Anti-Capitalist in the Twenty-First Century (2019) and Laurent Olivier and Marek Tamm’s Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism (2019).

If you want to read the paper that I’m giving in DC go here

You should also check out some of the content from the latest issue of NDQ that went to the printers on Monday. We’re trying to get 1000 followers on The Twitters, so if you like quality poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews, follow us here. We’re also hoping to get 1 million followers on Facebook, like our page here.

Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

Classics lost and found

Works written by ancient Greek and Roman authors have made a major impact on the world’s culture and society. They profoundly shaped medieval thought, as you can discover in Cillian O’Hogan’s article The Classical Past on the Polonsky England and France 700-1200 project website. Compared to their afterlife and significance,...