Electra Atlantis: Digital Approaches to Antiquity


Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu)

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January 04, 2016

Digital Classicist Berlin

Beyond the visual

Talk: Christian Fron (University of Stuttgart), “Beyond the visual. The acoustic reconstruction and simulation of ancient senate sessions”

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Date: Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Time: starting at 17:00 c.t. (i.e. 17:15)

Venue: DAI, Wiegandhaus, Podbielskiallee 69-71, D-14195 Berlin (map)


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December 07, 2015

Digital Classicist Berlin

Across the Pond

Talk: Marion Lamé (CNRS, France & University of Pisa), Federico Ponchio (ISTI CNR, Pisa), Ivan Radman (Archeological Museum of Zagreb) and Bruce Robertson (Mount Allison University), “Across the Pond: an Experiment in Ancient History Teaching and Digital Epigraphical Research”.

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Date: Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Time: starting at 17:00 c.t. (i.e. 17:15)

Venue: TOPOI Building Dahlem, Hittorfstraße 18 D-14195 Berlin (map)


We present a hybrid learning between three countries (Italia, Croatia, Canada). An editing environment (WebGL, PHP, HTML5, SVG, JPEG based) allowed Latin­less undergraduate students to provide data about a large and challenging epigraphical corpus.

The Archaeological Museum of Zagreb (AMZ) stores over 1,200 Roman commercial lead tags (1st­3rd century AD), discovered in the stream bed of the Kupa River (Pannonian Colapis) of the modern town of Sisak (Roman Siscia). These small rectangular tablets are inscribed with handwriting whose transcription constitutes a challenging task. Written symbols show from two to even thirteen different allographs. Reading “II” (two vertical strokes) as the Roman number for “2”, the Latin letter “E”, or the trace of something else, is a well­known difficulty. One or more holes are bored for attaching the tag (e.g. during dyeing) with a small rope or a metal wire to the merchandise (e.g. bags or woolen fabric).

Reading Roman graffiti is challenging. It demands: basics in Latin and in palaeography, having, for weeks, an access to a collection of tags under specific illumination (deciphering them in traditional photos is almost impossible). Researchers usually inspect them de visu, often with a microscope. Practicing sustained deciphering on more than one hundred tags is a minimum for a good training.

Well known image processing and visualisation technologies (RTI ­ Reflectance Transforming Imaging) offers a reliable Digital Autoptic Process (DAP) for studying lead tags. RTI representations of the lead tags were produced in January 2014 for researchers and students who are trying to interpret inscriptions on lead tags. RTI technologies allow the viewer to mimic the pitch and yaw motion that readers naturally make in such situations, whether they be a Roman dyer of the 2nd century AD or an epigrapher of the 21st. In June 2014, Tarte’s Digital Classicist Seminar clearly explicited this digital and cognitive co­dependent dynamic involved in deciphering with trained experts already familiar with those texts.

We trained inexpert beginners, at the stage of getting familiar with inscriptions, although with no access at all to the archaeological material. Following TERRAS (2006), taking the Roman lead tags from Siscia as a case study, and using RTI Webviewer, students of North America, supervised by their professor, digital humanists and epigraphers from Europe, performed different research tasks, exclusively online. The training was in three steps (“Readings”, “Writings”, “Test & Taste a DAP”), allowing students to work on the three systems of a dispositive analysis of the inscription: writing system, textual system, and context system.

The Canadian students reacted enthusiasticly, finding numbers, symbols, few Latin words, confirming previous readings. The task of digitally drawing and transcribing them was rewarding. Collecting the various representations of the letters is useful in a scholarly context (hands, chronology) and allowed to plan quantitative methods on some specific shape of the archaic letter “A” for dating.

RTI seemed a helpful image processing and visualisation tool for training beginners while getting the help they might need online (collaboration between learners among countries, distributed e­learning processes). The students’ work modelled how Ph.D. students might be prepared remotely for a hands­on internship in museums. Digital tools clearly promoted Classics. One student summed up the experience for all by saying, “this is what I imaged university would be like.”


TABOR, S. W (Spring 2007). “Narrowing the Distance: Implementing a Hybrid Learning Model”. Quarterly Review of Distance Education (IAP) 8 (1): 48–49.

TERRAS, M. 2006. Image to Interpretation: Intelligent Systems to Aid Historians in the Reading of the Vindolanda Texts. Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents. Oxford University Press.

VAUGHAN, N. D. (2010). “Blended Learning”. In Cleveland­Innes, MF; Garrison, DR. An Introduction to Distance Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning in a New Era. Taylor & Francis. p. 165.


Tesserarum Sisciae Sylloge project & Archaeological Museum Zagreb

Laboratorio di Cultura Digitale, Università di Pisa

Visual Computing Laboratory, ISTI­CNR

Hana Ivezic, Ana Franjic, Miljenka Galic, archaeological drawers.

November 28, 2015

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Lehrfilm zum Schreiben von Keilschrift

Lehrfilm zum Schreiben von Keilschrift

Lehrfilm zum Schreiben von Keilschrift

Das Institut für Altorientalistik hat einen kurzen Lehrfilm zum Thema Schreiben von Keilschrift mit dem Titel

"Am Anfang war der Keil -- Schrift und Schreiben im Alten Orient"

produziert, den Sie unter folgenden Weblinks aufrufen können.


Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Oil Patch Photos

I had to pull together some of my photographs from the oil patch. 

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Klesarstvo i graditeljstvo - Building and Stone-masonry

 [First posted in AWOL 10 February 2010, updated 28 November 2015]

Klesarstvo i graditeljstvo - Building and Stone-masonry
ISSN: 0353-7897
Časopis Klesarstvo i graditeljstvo je zamišljen kao mjesto sučeljavanja i razmjene znanstvenih spoznaja koja zalaze u područje arheologije, povijesti umjetnosti i graditeljstva, povijesti tehničkih znanosti, očuvanja i zaštite kulturne baštine i kulturnog identiteta sredine, arhitekture i urbanizma, tehnologije branja, obrade, ugradbe i zaštite kamena, petrologije, geologije, rudarstva, područja umjetnosti i klesarstva, kiparstva i dizajna u kamenu. Izuzetno je značajna i njegova didaktička vrijednost za najširi krug građana, ljubitelja kamena i klesarskog umijeća, učenika, studenata akademije i postdiplomaca različitih usmjerenja. Časopis je pokrenut kao realizacija ideje izrečene tijekom proslave 80-te obljetnice osnutka Klesarske škole u Pučišćima. Opseg časopisa obuhvaća sva područja koja s bilo koje strane osvjetljavaju tematiku kamena.

Building and Stonemasonry journal is intended as a meeting point for the exchange of scientific knowledge, and the discussion of that knowledge, reaching into areas of archaeology, art history, construction, technical science history, the preservation and protection of the cultural heritage and cultural identity of a certain region, architecture and urbanism, the technology of harvesting, treatment, installation and protection of stone, petrology, geology and mining, as well as the fields of artistry, stone masonry, sculpture, and stone design.

Its didactic value is also extremely relevant for a wide group of people; stone and stonemasonry craft lovers, pupils, academy students and post graduates of various orientations. This journal was launched as an implementation of the idea presented during the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Stonemasonry School in Pučišća, on the island of Brač.

The volume of the journal encompasses all areas, thus illuminating all the various aspects of stone themes.

  Vol. XXV   No. 1-4
  Vol. XXIV   No. 1-2
  Vol. XXIII   No. 1-4
  Vol. XXII   No. 3-4
  Vol. XXII   No. 1-2
  Vol. XXI   No. 3-4
  Vol. XXI   No. 1-2
  Vol. XX   No. 3-4
  Vol. XX   No. 1-2

Papyrus und Ostraka Projekt: Halle, Jena, Leipzig

Papyrus und Ostraka Projekt: Halle, Jena, Leipzig
Das gemeinsame Vorhaben der Papyrussammlungen in Halle, Jena und Leipzig hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die jeweiligen Papyrus-und seit 2009 auch die Ostrakabestände nach gemeinsam entwickelten Kriterien zu katalogisieren, zu digitalisieren sowie gleichzeitig eine Sicherheitsverfilmung durchzuführen. Die Ergebnisse der Digitalisierung und Katalogisierung werden mit Kurzbeschreibung und Bild über diese Seite sowohl den Spezialisten als auch einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zur Verfügung gestellt. Die Implementierung erfolgte auf Basis des Open Source Projektes MyCoRe, welches von einer Reihe deutscher Universitäten entwickelt wurde und weiterentwickelt wird.

Achtung, die Präsentation der Papyri befindet sich derzeit im Aufbau bzw. in Erweiterung. In den kommenden Monaten wird die Zahl der eingestellten Papyri stetig weiter steigen. Wir freuen uns, dass nach und nach für ausgewählte Ostraka 3D-Darstellungen angeboten werden können. Diese finden Sie in der Ansicht des Objektes unter 'Digitale Dokumente'. Die Darstellung erfolgt mit WebGL. Ob Ihr Browser diese Funktion bereits unterstützt, können Sie unter http://get.webgl.org überprüfen.

November 27, 2015

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

New Open Access Journal: Hadīth and Sīra Studies

Hadīth and Sīra Studies
The mission to understand Prophet Muhammad and present his message to the world based on primary sources, which Meridyen Association began in 2007 with the launch of the LastProphet.info web portal, is now expanding to a new field.

A peer-reviewed academic journal, Hadīth and Sīra Studies, is the next step in a line of academic activities that include “The Hadīth and Sīra Research Awards”, “Sīra Workshop” and “International Sīra Studies Symposium” conducted under the Lastprophet.info project. With the focus of gathering academic research of the Prophet Muhammad’s life to reveal universal guiding principles applicable to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, this biannual journal seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the field of hadīth and sīra studies.

Hadīth and Sīra Studies recognizes the rigorous intellectual standards set by Western academia and aims to adhere to them from its first issue as part of its long-term goal to become a leading international publication. In line with its interdisciplinary perspective, Hadīth and Sīra Studies welcomes contributions from diverse fields of research.

How primary Islamic sources have been understood and interpreted throughout history shapes the way they are understood by the present generation. It is therefore necessary to both convey the Islamic tradition through a re-evaluation and analysis of the literature written during previous centuries, and to make it relevant to contemporary problems. The critical and philosophical ideas voiced since the 18th century in both the East and West cannot be ignored and must be engaged with by hadīth and sīra studies. Classical Islamic texts should be reread and at the same time rediscovered in light of these intellectual developments. In tackling these significant issues, the importance of adopting both an international and interdisciplinary approach becomes clear. At this current time, Hadīth and Sīra Studies intends to publish articles in Arabic, English, German and French in addition to Turkish.

We welcome your academic contributions addressing the separate or common issues of hadīth and sīra studies, as well as those connecting them to relevant disciplines, for our second issue which will be published in May 2016.

Deadline for submissions: 15th March 2016

Volume:1 Issue:1 Autumn 2015

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Lingue antiche e moderne

 [First posted in AWOL 24 November 2013, updated 27 November 2015]

Lingue antiche e moderne
ISSN: 2281-4841
La nuova rivista “Lingue antiche e moderne” intende aprire un luogo di incontro e riflessione privilegiato per filologi classici e filologi moderni, nello spirito di collaborazione e partnership tra realtà culturali diverse che caratterizza l’Associazione dei Laureati in Lingue dell’Università di Udine, ateneo che fin dalle origini ha sempre valorizzato la presenza dell’insegnamento della lingua e letteratura latina nel corso di laurea in Lingue. L’iniziativa scientifica si segnala per la sua assoluta originalità, in opposizione al clima culturale contemporaneo, che tende invece a favorire la chiusura specialistica tra le varie discipline.

Particolarmente auspicati dalla rivista saranno perciò i contributi volti a indagare come le lingue antiche hanno continuato ad essere vitali e operanti all’interno della modernità, dall’Umanesimo al Classicismo, divenendo così anch’esse, a pieno titolo, lingue dei moderni. Ma in generale, la rivista sarà aperta alle più ampie problematiche della ricerca linguistica e filologica nei settori delle lingue antiche e delle lingue moderne.

Una prospettiva privilegiata sarà infine quella della didattica, partendo dal dato di fatto che il latino è da sempre in Europa la lingua della scuola e dell’università. Soprattutto verrà posta l’attenzione sul modo in cui le teorie linguistiche moderne continuano a confrontarsi con l’analisi delle lingue antiche. Grazie alla sua facile accessibilità gratuita on-line, la rivista si proporrà come ponte tra il mondo accademico e il mondo della scuola, nell’auspicio che la ricerca scientifica possa avere delle applicazioni pratiche nell’ambito dell’insegnamento.

The new Journal Lingue antiche e moderne aims to create a virtual meeting place of discussion for classical and modern linguists and philologists to promote the spirit of collaboration and partnership among different languages and cultures, the main tenet of the Association of Language Graduates (Associazione dei Laureati in Lingue) of the University of Udine (Italy). From the very beginning, the University of Udine has always valued the Latin language and literature offering courses in the curricula of the undergraduate and post-graduate  degrees in Foreign Languages and Literatures.

This Journal is a unique and original scientific initiative because it aims to overcome the current tendency towards divisive specialization among disciplines.

In particular, the Journal welcomes submissions which investigate how classical languages are still essential and have been highly vital and influential throughout our modern world, from Humanism to Classicism, thus becoming the languages of the Modern world. A privileged focus will be given to language teaching and learning, since in Europe Latin has always been the language par excellence in schools and universities. More specifically, the Journal will focus on how present-day language theories influence the analysis of ancient and classical languages and are influenced by it.

We hope that, thanks to its aims, scope and free on-line access, the Journal will represent a link between the world of school education and academia and will actively promote the connection between scientific research and language teaching.

Current issue

Volume IV, Year IV, November 2015
Valentina Prosperi, The Reception of Lucretius’ Second Proem: The Topos That Never Was.
Thomas Lindner, Garrula limoso prospexit ab elice perdix:
Textkritik und Wissenschaftsgeschichte am Beispiel von Ov. met. 8.23

Benedetto Passeretti, This all-graved tome. A Reading of John Donne’s A Valediction: of the Booke.
Martina Zamparo, Neoplatonism in Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience.
Innocenzo Mazzini, Greco-latino e inglese nella lingua medica italiana contemporanea: convivenza pacifica o sopraffazione?
Lorenzo Renzi – Gianpaolo Salvi, La Grande Grammatica Italiana di Consultazione e la Grammatica dell’Italiano Antico: strumenti per la ricerca e per la scuola.
C. Burrow, Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 341. (C. Guardini).
Download the current issue in pdf.
Volume 1 (2012)
Volume 2 (2013)
Volume 3 (2014)

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Conferenza “Landscape & Archaeology” Seminario En route lungo la Via Flaminia

E' aperta la Call for Papers per la Conferenza “Landscape & Archaeology. Uniscape En-route international seminar in Flaminia” che si terrà a Fano, Fossombrone e Cagli il 23-24-25 Giugno 2016.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: MEDINA: Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project Newsletter

MEDINA: Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project Newsletter
The main objective of MEDINA is to promote, through innovative means, the knowledge and dissemination of Phoenician and Nabataean inscriptions and artefacts preserved in the Beirut National Museum and in the Museum of Jordanian Heritage at Yarmouk University. 

In addition to managing the project's activities and progress, the University of Pisa équipe, within this project, will supervise the digital cataloguing of the inscriptions in Jordan and Lebanon, and will catalogue the South Arabian texts preserved in the Museo d'Arte Orientale of Rome. The objects catalogued in this collection will be able to be consulted in a specific section of the DASI web site.
Newsletter No 1 - October 2012 Newsletter No 2 - February 2013 Newsletter No 3 - April 2013

Open Access Egyptology Article Collection from Antiquity

Egyptology Article Collection from Antiquity
el-Hamdulab to the New Kingdom South Tombs Cemetery of Akhenaten's Egypt at Amarna.
We are pleased to be able to present this collection of articles on Egyptology, published in Antiquity. This selection is freely available until the end of 2015. Click here to access this article collection.
Also, never miss an issue of Antiquity by signing-up to receive Table of Contents alerts straight to your inbox.
Forward to your librarian
Stan Hendrickx, John Coleman Darnell and Maria Carmela Gatto
Antiquity / Volume  86 / Issue 334  / January 2012, pp 1068 - 1083 Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd 2012
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0003598X00048250 (About DOI), Published online: 02 January 2015

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

EPICO: un protocollo europeo per la conservazione preventinva

Si chiama EPICO il progetto avviato un anno fa e dedicato alla messa a punto di un matodologia semplice e flessibile per lo sviluppo di una strategia di conservazione preventiva delle collezioni esposte nelle dimore storiche e la residenze museo in Europa.
Questo strumento servirà a fornire ua visione globale dello stato e delle condizioni di conservazione delle collezioni  e mettere in luce le relazioni cauase-effetti delle alterazioni al fine digerarchizzare le priorità e metterle all'interno di un piano d'azione.

Le Egadi modello pilota di turismo sostenibile

I risultati del Progetto che ha vinto il PremioSmart Communities SMAU Milano 2015 e il Green Coast Award 2013 sono stati presentati nel corso del convegno “Il turismo sostenibile come motore per lo sviluppo e la valorizzazione del territorio - Il progetto Egadi, un modello pilota ad alta replicabilità”, che si è tenuto a Roma.

Workshop "Beni culturali e cultura del tempo reale"

Sabato 28 Novembre 2015 a partire dalle ore 10.00 presso il Museo dell'Argilla a Spadafora (ME) si terrà il Workshop sul tema "Beni culturali e cultura del tempo reale". L' evento ha lo sopo di mettere a fuoco il tema dell’innovazione culturale e tecnologica, in Sicilia, negli ambiti connessi alla creatività ed all’ingegno.

November 26, 2015

Mia Ridge (Open Objects)

Digital curator at the British Library?!

I have a new job! I’m the newest Digital Curator at the British Library. That link takes you to a post on the BL blog for a bit more about what my job involves. If you’ve read any of my posts over the past couple of years, you’ll know that working to encourage digital scholarship … Continue reading Digital curator at the British Library?!

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From Stone to Screen

Illuminating Coins of a Dark Period

Today’s post is a guest post by Jane Sancinito on some of our coins!   The coinage of the third century CE is often used as a case study for how debasement, the steady, intentional decline of precious metal in a currency, leads to economic decline. The political turmoil of the period,…

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

The Rock Inscriptions Project (Sinai Peninsula)

[First posted in AWOL 25 March 2013, updated 26 November 2015]

The Rock Inscriptions Project
The Rock Inscriptions Project

This site presents the data gathered by the Rock Inscription and Graffiti Project at the Institute of Asian and African Studies.
These photographs were assembled before the reversion of the Sinai Peninsula to Egyptian sovereignty in 1982. The collection is designed to make available images of inscriptions, rock drawings, Beduin markings and other epigraphs and to organize them including descriptions, coordinates, and locations. In order to facilitate research into the human traffic in the Wilderness of Sinai, inscriptions in major published corpora have been included, as will be evident.
To the material from Sinai, we have added epigraphs from the Christian Holy Places and also from the Negev desert.
The collection does not claim to be exhaustive in any way.
The images belong to the Rock Inscriptions and Graffiti project and high resolution images for study and eventual publication will be made available to scholars on request sent to: michael.stone@huji.ac.il.
Three volumes of a catalogue have been published:
Michael E. Stone, The Rock Inscriptions and Graffiti Project: Catalogue of Inscriptions. 3 volumes. SBLRBS 28, 29, 31. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992–94.
The Armenian and Georgian inscriptions have been published:
Michael E. Stone, The Armenian Inscriptions from the Sinai with Appendixes on the Georgian and Latin Inscriptions by M. van Esbroeck and W. Adler. Harvard Armenian Texts and Studies 6. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982.
The Ethiopic Inscription has been published:
Emile Puech, 'Une Inscription Ethiopienne ancienne au Sinai (Wadi Hajjaj)', Revue Biblque, 87 (1980) 597-600.
A journal of the Expeditions to the Sinai is currently being edited: Michael E. Stone, A Sinai Diary (forthcoming).
You may view the individual inscription records in one of the following methods:

Lexicon of Greek Personal Names Online

[First posted in AWOL 17 July 2013, updated 26 November 2015]

Lexicon of Greek Personal Names LGPN
The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (LGPN) was established to collect and publish all ancient Greek personal names,
drawing on the full range of written sources from the 8th century B.C. down to the late Roman Empire.
  • The project: the origin and purpose of LGPN.
  • Publications: details of published volumes including name lists and statistics; forthcoming volumes, associated works.
  • LGPN online:
    • Online facilities: Name Search over 35,000 published names; indexes and bibliographies of LGPN I-VA;  LGPN IIA: addenda, corrigenda, name indexes and statistics from revised LGPN II (version April 2007).
    • LGPN Database Search: conversion project using TEI-compliant XML.
    • LGPN Website Search
  • Ancient Greek names: an introduction, including their formation and development, and our sources for them. We also have a little information about modern Greek names.
  • Greek Names in English: routes taken from originally Greek names to the modern English
  • LGPN-Ling (Linguistic Analysis of Greek Personal Names) NEW
  • Announcements: latest publication, new additions to the site, developments, news and events.
  • Contact details: staff and the Advisory Committee.
LGPN Online  
Greek names  

Classics at Oxford  
University of Oxford  
British Academy 

The Stoa Consortium

SunoikisisDC 2016 Planning Seminar

SunoikisisDC is an international consortium of Digital Classics programs developed by the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with the Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and Perseids.

SunoikisisDC offers a teaching program focused on the application of digital technologies to the study of Greek and Latin. Master students of both the humanities and computer science are welcome to join the courses online and work together by contributing to digital classics projects in a collaborative environment. Planning seminars and courses are organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with the Center for Hellenic Studies and Perseids.

On December 16-17, 2015 Faculty members of SunoikisisDC will meet at the University of Leipzig for the SunoikisisDC 2016 Planning Seminar. On this occasion they will present their teaching activities and work together on the syllabus for the new SunoikisisDC course that will be offered in the Spring 2016:

Wednesday, December 16

09:00-09:15: Introduction (Monica Berti, University of Leipzig)
09:15-10:00: Presentation (Gregory R. Crane, Tufts University & University of Leipzig)
10:00-10:45: Sunoikisis at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Kenny Morrell, Center for Hellenic Studies)
10:45-11:00: Coffee Break
11:00-11:30: Sunoikisis Digital Classics (Monica Berti, University of Leipzig)
11:30-12:00: The Digital Hill (Marcel Mernitz, University of Leipzig)
12:00-12:30: The Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (Tariq Yousef, University of Leipzig)
12:30-13:00: Discussion

13:00-14:30: Break for lunch and informal meetings

14:30-15:00: Treebanking (Giuseppe G.A. Celano and Anastasia Mellano, University of Leipzig)
15:00-15:30: Database of Mycenaean at the University of Oslo (Federico Aurora, University of Olso)
15:30-16:00: Digital Classics in Croatia (Neven Jovanović, University of Zagreb)
16:00-16:15: Coffee break
16:15-16:45: Digital Classics in Lyon (Michèle Brunet, Laboratoire HISOMA, Lyon)
16:45-17:15: Digital Classics in Paris (Aurélien Berra, Université Paris Ouest)
17:15-17:45: Digital Classics in Brazil (Anise D’Orange Ferreira, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Câmpus de Araraquara)
17:45-18:15: Digital Classics in Freiburg (Stylianos Chronopoulos, University of Freiburg)
18:15-18:45: Discussion

Thursday, December 17

09:00-09:30: Student training and interdisciplinary approaches at the ICS London (Gabriel Bodard, Institute of Classical Studies, London)
09:30-10:00: Digital Classics in Florida (Eleni Bozia, University of Florida)
10:00-10:30: Digital Classics in Finland (Marja Vierros, University of Helsinki)
10:30-10:45: Coffee break
10:45-11:15: Digital Classics in Bulgaria (Dimitar Illiev, University of Sofia)
11:15-11:45: Reading Thucydides in Persian (Maryam Foradi, University of Leipzig)
11:45-12:15: Aristotle in Arabic (Mohammad J. Esmaeili, University of Teheran)
12:15-12:45: Digital Classics in Egypt (Usama A. Gad, Ain Shams University, Cairo)
12:45-13:15: Discussion

13:15-15:00: Break for lunch and informal meetings

15:00-15:30: Digital Classics at Tufts University (Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University)
15:30-16:30: Perseids (Tim Buckingham, Tufts University)
16:30-16:45: Coffee break
16:45-19:00: SunoikisisDC Syllabus

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Arte è Scienza: la diagnostica per i beni culturali in lingua dei segni

Il 3 dicembre ricorre la “Giornata Internazionale dei diritti delle persone con disabilità” come stabilito dal “Programma di azione mondiale per le persone disabili” adottato nel 1982 dall’Assemblea generale dell’ONU. L’evento ha lo scopo di promuovere la diffusione dei temi legati alla disabilità per sensibilizzare l’opinione pubblica ai concetti di dignità, diritti e benessere delle persone disabili accrescendo la consapevolezza dei benefici che possono derivare dall’integrazione delle disabilità in ogni aspetto della vita sociale.

Un museo dei teschi interattivo. E lo studio dei fossili diventa divertente

Avreste mai pensato che osservare ogni dettaglio di un teschio di un animale morto potesse essere anche divertente? Oggi, grazie alla squadra della St. Cloud State University Visualization Lab, in Minnesota, cambiano le regole del gioco.

Digital Humanities Questions & Answers » Recent Topics

Welblaud on "TEI in Oxygen Author (problem with tables’ labels in XSL-FO)"

Dear community,

I am intensively testing exports to PDF from TEI documents and can’t figure where could be the problem. The document is always fully valid, CSS rendition (default) work properly. However, in the result there is always missing the label, which is always coded as table’s head.

<table rendition="simple:frame">
<head>The head!</head>

I have noticed it is really important to test several types of notation when testing outputs via XSLT (e.g. footnotes’ rendition is rather an adventure!) but here I tried almost everything and nothing helps. It seems the tei:head part from XSL templates is not passed into the final output. In XeLaTeX it worked well.

Is there something I am omitting in the code and what Oxygen needs for proper rendition? (like rend="header" or so?)

Any help more than welcome!

Honza Hejzl

Welblaud on "TEI in Oxygen Author (problem with tables’ labels in XSL-FO)"

Dear community,

I am intensively testing exports to PDF from a TEI documents and can’t figure where could be the problem. The document is always fully valid, CSS rendition (default) work properly. However, in the result there is always missing the label, which is coded as table’s head.

<table rendition="simple:frame">
<head>The head!</head>

I have noticed it is really important to test several types of notation when testing outputs via XSLT (e.g. footnotes’ rendition is rather an adventure!) but here I tried almost everything and nothing helps. It seems the tei:head part from XSL templates is not passed into the final output.

Is there something I am omitting in the code? (like rend="header" or so?)

Any help more than welcome!

Honza Hejzl

November 25, 2015

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Petra, the Rose-Red City: Google Sreetview Tour

Petra, the Rose-Red City
Over 2,000 years ago, the Nabataeans created Petra—the city of stone. Journey with us behind the iconic facade from the movies, and discover one of the great wonders of the world, forgotten by time itself.

Explore Petra with Streetview

Many people think that Petra begins and ends with Al Khaznah - The Treasury - but as you will learn there is so much more to explore within this ancient city. Stay and walk around here for a while or click below to start exploring Petra in its entirety.

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

Is there a distinctive iconography for Sol Invictus?

It’s that time of the year, when the malevolent delight in posting wild claims that Christmas is “really” – in some undefined sense of “real” – the festival of Sol Invictus, recorded only in the Chronography of 354.

Few of us know much about Sol Invictus, the state cult created by Aurelian in 274 AD.  The literary record is very scanty, as I discovered some years ago when I created a page containing all the sources here.[1]

I found myself wondering … what does Sol Invictus, Aurelian’s god, actually look like?  If you do a Google search, what do you get?

The answer is frustrating: you get very little.  In fact most of the common online images attached to the name are NOT Sol Invictus.

Let’s start with something definite and positive.  Sol Invictus does appear, labelled as such by name, on the coins of the tetrarchy, and continues to appear as late as Constantine.  Here are a couple of examples.  (As usual you can click on the images for a larger size picture.)

The first example that I have is a coin of Probus, with Sol Invictus on the reverse, driving a four-horse chariot, with a pointy crown – which Probus also wears[2]

Here’s another example, this time of Constantine, who derived his legitimacy from the tetrarchy and whose coins continue its coin-types until 325 AD.  Does this too have an orb?[3]


Here the pointy crown is more clearly a crown of rays.  Sol Invictus is depicted standing.

Here’s yet another follis of Constantine, via a nice collection of Sol Invictus coins at Coin Talk here, and very clear:


This from 317 AD, from Trier.[4]

Yet another Constantine is this beautifully clear one, with a gorgeous picture of Constantine (from Cointalk):[5]


Better yet, again from Cointalk (I reproduce the details in case that site disappears) we have this from the reign of Aurelian himself, also holding a globe:[6]



But the coins do not help us as much as we might think.

Here’s our first example – a coin of Elagabalus, who also worshipped a “Sol Invictus”, who was actually Baal of Emesa.  The right hand is upraised, but the left hand holds a whip.[7]



And here’s a denarius of Alexander Severus:[8]

S Alexander 11_sol

This one of Florianus includes Sol, with orb.  He briefly followed Aurelian, so perhaps this is Sol Invictus.  But if so, he is not distinguishable from Severus, is he?[9]

Florianus a

Florianus b

This does not really help us to identify a distinctive iconography for Sol Invictus, it seems.

But the situation is worse when we look at stuff that is often labelled as Sol Invictus online.

First, let’s look at this image.  This is a Greek silver Kylix, 3rd century BC, from Panticapaeum in the Crimea, and depicts Helios.


This lovely object bears much the same image as we see on the coin of Probus, almost 6 centuries later; yet this is not Sol Invictus, but just boring old Helios, the personification of the sun.

At the Metropolitan Museum in New York we find the following fragment of a relief (also this one from Roger Ulrich on Flickr):[10]


The museum dates this to 1st-2nd c. AD, presumably by the lack of use of the drill.  But this is not Sol Invictus either: this is Helios, the sun: the man to the left is a Scythian slave about to flay Marsyas.  The relief is probably from a temple of Apollo.

The next item is from the British Museum website, inv. 1899,1201.2 (this particular photo here):


This is a disk of silver leaf, from Pessinus in Asia Minor, 3rd century.  But … again, why is this not just Sol, or Helios?

Now some Google results.  This one appears often enough, and the words “Sol Invictus” appear in the inscription.[11].


But … at the bottom of the inscription is a clear reference to “Iovis Dolichenus”, Jupiter Dolichenus, the Syrian deity beloved of the Severans.  The sacking of Doliche in the mid-3rd century put an end to this cult, and the last monument is supposedly from 268 AD, before Sol Invictus was invented.  And we can see in the relief, not just Sol, but also Luna, wearing her crescent, and some other chap, at least as important as Sol.  So this is certainly NOT Sol Invictus, but merely Sol, and “Sol Invictus” in the inscription merely is Latin for “the unconquered sun”.

Here’s another favourite, complete with inscription “Soli Sanctissimo Sacrum…”:


But … there is another inscription on the object, although I can find no photograph of it – in Palmyrene.  And this, rather than talking about Sol, bluntly states that the god is Malakbel!  This is a mid-3rd century item, although closer to Aurelian.[12]  So again, this is not Sol Invictus.

On to the next one:


But this is CIMRM546, and Mithras, not Sol Invictus at all.  Again “sol invictus” merely is Latin for “the unconquered sun”, rather than the title of the state cult.

There ought to be a paper somewhere on this subject.  But the impression that I get from this, far from scientific, survey of material is that there is no distinctive iconography of Sol Invictus, who is depicted using standard images used for Sol, or even for Helios.

  1. [1] I find that a Google search will not discover this page, which raises the question of what Google search is doing these days.
  2. [2] Details from Cointalk: PROBUS Antoninianus;  OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS AVG, radiate mantled bust left holding eagle-tipped sceptre;  REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO, Sol in galloping quadriga left, R-thunderbolt-B in ex.;  Struck at Rome, 275-6 AD;  4.2g, 24mm;  Roman Imperial Coinage 202
  3. [3] Another example here at Cointalk. Constantine AE Follis – Sol Invictus – Rome Mint;  Obverse: Laureate cuirassed bust;  IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG;  Reverse: Sol standing left with orb and raising right hand, captive to left of Sol;  SOLI INVICTO COMITI – Exergue: RP (Rome Mint); Catalog: RIC Rome 2 – Struck around AD 326 – Size: 19mm
  4. [4] AE follis – 20mm, 3.13g.  Trier, 317 AD.  laureate, cuirassed bust r.  CONSTANTINVS PF AVG.   Sol standing facing, head left, nude but for chlamys across left shoulder, r. hand raised, globe divided into hemispheres in l. hand.  SOL INVIC-TO COMITI  T | F, .ATR in ex. Roman Imperial Coinage vol. 7, Trier 135
  5. [5] CONSTANTINE I AE3;  OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right;  REVERSE: SOL INVICTO COMITI, Sol, radiate, standing left, raising right hand, globe in left, chlamys across shoulder;  Struck at Trier 313-15 AD;  3.78 g, 18-19 mm; RIC VII Trier 42
  6. [6] Aurelian Antoninianus – Sol Invictus with Captive; Obverse: Radiate and cuirassed bust right;  IMP AVRELIANVS AVG;  Reverse: Sol standing left, right hand raised, holding globe, captive at foot;  ORIENS AVG – Exergue: S (Serdica mint);  Catalog: RIC Serdica 276
  7. [7] Elagabalus Denarius – Sol;  Obverse: Laureate and draped bust right;  IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG;  Reverse: Sol advancing left with raised hand and whip;  PM TRP II II COS III PP;  Catalog: RIC 40
  8. [8] SEVERUS ALEXANDER AR Denarius;  OBVERSE: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right;  REVERSE: P M TR P X COS III P P, Sol, radiate. standing left with raised hand and globe;  Struck at Rome, 231 AD;  3.4g, 20mm;  RIC 109
  9. [9] Also via Cointalk, no details.
  10. [10] Inv. L. 1993.85.  Ulrich gives these details: Roman-period marble fragment carved to represent a kithara (a stringed musical instrument), perhaps belonging to a statue of the god Apollo. In the center, facing frontally, is depicted Helios, the sun god, driving his four-horse chariot (quadriga; note the challenge faced by the artist in depicting the four horses). Also partially depicted: the punishment of Marsyas (only his toes are visitble on the upper right), who is about to be flayed by a Scythian slave (shown sharpening his knife on the left). In the bottom left corner of the relief there is a worn image of a herm. The themes are all suugestive of Apollo: Helios is often associated with Apollo, as is the story of Marsyas, who unsuccessfully challenged Apollo to a musical contest and was hideously punished for his act of hubris. Dated by the Met in NYC to 1st-2nd cent. A.D. Loan by Ross H. Auerbach; inv. L. 1993.85
  11. [11] This stele is recorded as CIL VI.31181 on Wikipedia.
  12. [12] Altar is in the Capitoline museum in Rome. See J. Teixidor, The Pantheon of Palmyra, p.47: “This is the altar (which) Tiberius Claudius Felix and the Palmyrenes offered to Malakbel and the gods of Palmyra.  To their gods. Peace.”  Inscription is CISem II, 3903. “Malakbel” = “The angel/messenger of Bel”.

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Open Access E-book: Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions


Title: Locating Hell in Islamic traditions
Author:     Christian Lange
Publisher:     Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
Series:     Islamic history and civilization, 119.
E - ISBN : 9789004301368

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

The Meta Sudans and the Djemila fountain in Algeria

I’ve posted a number of images of the Meta Sudans, the ancient Roman fountain that stood next to the Colosseum and was demolished by Mussolini, in posts such as this one.  Today on Twitter I saw a picture of a standing, much smaller, Roman fountain in Djemila in Algeria, posted by @AlgeriaTTours.  Here’s the image:

Roman fountain at Djemila in Algeria

Roman fountain at Djemila in Algeria

The Meta Sudans is depicted on coins, such as the sestertius of Titus.  I note that the drawing rather looks like the Djemila fountain; but the coins themselves rather suggest a tall base, with a platform on it, and then a relatively small cone at the top.  Anyway here they are:

Meta Sudans in sestertius of Titus

Meta Sudans in sestertius of Titus


The pictures of Djemila did look nice.  The government travel advice for Algeria, sadly, did not.

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Two Short Things on Writing

I’ve been thinking a bit about writing (and reading) lately. 

On my flight out to Atlanta this past week I read Helen Sword’s Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard 2012). I’ll likely assign it to my graduate methods class next year. It’s a nice summary of how different disciplines write and offers some substantial tips on how to make academic writing more accessible to a wider audience without losing its intricacy, depth, or distinct tone and voice. Most readers will have heard her recommendations before: vary your writing, avoid substantive nouns, use jargon sparingly, reconsider disciplinary orthodoxies (e.g. using the first person), engage the reader early in the piece, and avoid noun-style, adverbs, and passive voice. 

While anyone who takes writing seriously should check out Sword’s book, she does little to unpack why academic writing has developed such an idiosyncratic style. On the one hand, I think it is safe to assume that academic style begets academic style. In other words, academics write as they do because we spend a good bit of our formative years reading academic writing. If reading good writing helps writers write better, then reading academic writing almost certainly encourages academics to write in a particular style. The problem, then, is as much with how academics read as with how academics write. Making tweaks to our style is one approach to refining academic language, but to make a real change to how academics write we have to change how (and what) academics read.

I was bummed out to read Andrew Henry’s guest blog post at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. According to his post, a panel on blogging at the Society for Biblical Literature/American Association of Religion conference discouraged graduate students from blogging. Henry doesn’t provide much detail (but James McGrath does), but apparently the panelists considered the risks associated with graduate students blogging outweighs potential benefits (I suppose to the student and to the field). The Twitters came alive with comments on how blogging helped folks get their tenure track jobs and expand the audience for the various disciplines represented at the SBL/AAR.

One thing that struck me about their conversation is how much more active the SBL/AAR blogging community is. My blog has been running for over 5 years and I rarely get more than a couple comments per post. I have received some charitable mentions in scholarship and across social media, but my general impression is that my blog has a limited (if loyal) audience which is not inclined to troll, debate, or even comment on my musings. From what I gather about the SBL/AAR blogging culture, there is genuine and active debate across these public platforms and a graduate student’s participation in these debates has real risks and benefits for their career. Scholars associated with the SBL/AAR must read in a different way from those in more conventional silos associated with ancient history, Classics, and Mediterranean archaeology. These different reading practices must shape how and when and where scholars write.  

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Crisia

[First posted in AWOL 24 November 2011, updated 25 November 2015]

ISSN: 1016–2798

“Crisia” is a publication of the Ţării Crişurilor Museum in Oradea and it was founded by Prof. Dr. Sever Dumitraşcu. The annual of Oradea experienced three distinct phases in its development: 1971-1983, 1984-1989 and after 1990. In the first period “Crisia” was exclusively a publication of the department of history team of the museum of Oradea. During the period of 1984 - 1989, by abolishing the other magazines of the institution, “Biharea” and “Nimphaea”, “Crisia” remained the only annual of this. After 1990 things returned to normal, “Crisia” becomes a prestigious publication, of wide intellectual breathing, open to the collaborators from country and abroad, the last numbers capture this reality abundantly.

The stated goal of the magazine is that of publishing the results of the history and archeology researches, by studies and materials relating primarily to Bihor County but, also to other areas. By valorizing some unpublished and interesting information, it has greatly contributed to the development of the Transylvanian historiography. The materials present in the magazine have a balanced epoch layout. In time, during the 40 years of existence, “Crisia” noted itself firstly by constant. Few publications of this type had annual appearances as systematic as the annual of Oradea. This proves once again the seriousness and readiness to researching of the historians’ team of the department of history of the museum of Oradea.

The Archive of the Crisia magazine

From the following link you can download the abstracts of the articles included in the editions of the last four years of the journal: Abstracts 2008-2011

Crisia 2014, XLIV

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2014This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Gruia Traian FAZECAŞ, Doru Mircea MARTA, Călin GHEMIŞ, Tudor RUS, Robert KOVACS, Ioan CRIŞAN, Răzvan Mihai NEAGU, Gizella NEMETH, Adriano PAPO, BUDAHÁZY István, Alexandru POP, Ioan CIORBA, Klementina ARDELEAN, Augustin MUREŞAN, Blaga MIHOC, Cristian CONSTANTIN, Doina-Gabriela ANANIE, Gabriel MOISA, Sorin FARCAŞ.
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Crisia 2013, XLIII

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2013This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Ioan F. Pop, Corina TOMA, Răzvan Mihai NEAGU, Mihai GEORGIŢĂ, Ioan CRIŞAN, Gizella NEMETH, Adriano PAPO, Alexandru POP, Augustin MUREŞAN, Carmen GÎRDAN, M. Marcella FERRACCIOLI, Gianfranco GIRAUDO, Blaga MIHOC, Eugen Radu SAVA, Doina-Gabriela ANANIE, Gabriel MOISA, Marin POP, Camelia BURGHELE.
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Crisia 2012, XLII

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2012This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: George Tomegea, Ioan F. Pop, Ioan Crişan, Gizella Nemeth, Adriano Papo, Călin Ghemiş, Constantin Iosif Zgardan, Ciprian-Doru Rigman, Szabó József, Florina Ciure, Lucia Cornea, Cipriana Sucilă-Pahoni, M. Marcella Ferraccioli, Gianfranco Giraudo, Cornelia Romînaşu, Mihai Georgiţă, Doina-Gabriela Ananie, Ion Zainea, Cristina Puşcaş, Adriana Ruge, Daciana Erzse, Gabriel Moisa, Camelia Burghele, Florin Sfrengeu.
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Crisia 2011, XLI

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2011This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Florin Gogâltan, Cristian Ioan Popa, Călin GHEMIŞ, Jean CLOTTES, Bernard GELY, Francoise PRUD’HOMME, Sanda BĂCUEŢ-CRIŞAN, Ioan F. POP, Florin SFRENGEU, Ioan CRIŞAN, Dan BĂCUEŢ-CRIŞAN, Doru Marta, Călin Ghemiş, Adriano PAPO, Mihai GEORGIŢĂ, Florina CIURE, Edith Bodo, Ioan GOMAN, Gianfranco GIRAUDO, Gabriela ANANIE, Elena Csobai, Emilia Martin, Cornelia ROMÂNAŞU, Radu ROMÂNAŞU, Corina MOISA, Gabriel MOISA, Lucia CORNEA, Mihaela GOMAN, Antonio FAUR, Ovidiu PASCU, Ion ZAINEA.
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Crisia 2010, XL

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2010This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Ioan Godea, Tereza Mozes, Gabriel Moisa, Aurel Chiriac, Cosmin Chiriac, Gruia Fazecaş, Barbu Ştefănescu, Ioan Crişan, Doru Marta, Sorin Bulzan.
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Crisia 2010, XL

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2010This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Gruia FAZECAŞ, Carol KACSÓ, Sorin BULZAN, Doru MARTA, Ioan CRIŞAN, Corina TOMA, Alexandru SIMON, Marcella FERRACCIOLI, Gianfranco GIRAUDO, Gizella NEMETH, Adriano PAPO, Florin ARDELEAN, Florian DUDAŞ, Florina CIURE, Mihai GEORGIŢĂ, Cristian APATI, Ioan CIORBA, Petru ARDELEAN, Radu MILIAN, Marius-Răzvan MESZAR, Gabriel MOISA, Cornelia ROMÎNAŞU, Radu ROMÎNAŞU, Adriana RUGE, Lucia CORNEA, Ioan F. POP, Iudita CĂLUŞER, Olimpia MUREŞAN, Nicolae NISTOROIU.
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Crisia 2009, XXXIX

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2009This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Cristian I. POPA, Viorel ŞTEFU, Victor Sava, Gruia FAZECAŞ, Carol Kacsó, Marius Ardeleanu, Ioan CRIŞAN, Doru MARTA, EMÕDI János, Corina TOMA, LAKATOS Attila, Alexandru SIMON, Mihai GEORGIŢĂ, Adriano PAPO, Gizella NEMETH, Florina Ciure, Gianfranco GIRAUDO, Blaga MIHOC, Florian KÜHRER, Mihai D. DRECIN, Gabriel MOISA, Constantin MĂLINAŞ, Iudita CĂLUŞER, Lucia CORNEA, Artur LAKATOS, Corneliu CRĂCIUN.
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Crisia 2008, XXXVIII

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2008This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Ioan Crişan, Gruia Fazecaş, Sorin BULZAN, LAKATOS-BALLA Attila, Doru MARTA, Iulian-Mihai DAMIAN, Gabriel-Virgil RUSU, Adrian MAGINA, Cristian APATI, Mihai GEORGIŢĂ, Lucia CORNEA, Constantin MĂLINAŞ, Gabriel MOISA, Corneliu CRĂCIUN, Lucian JORA, EMÕDI János.
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Crisia 2007, XXXVII

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2007This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Călin GHEMIŞ, Emilian Teleagă - mit einem Beitrag von Nicolae Miriţoiu, Sever DUMITRAŞCU, Corina TOMA, Sorin BULZAN, Alexandru CIORBA, Ioan CRIŞAN, Daniela-Monica MITEA, Alexandru SIMON, Florina CIURE, Petru ARDELEAN, Corneliu CRĂCIUN, Constantin MĂLINAŞ, Gabriel MOISA, Lucia CORNEA, Blaga MIHOC.
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Crisia 2006, XXXVI

Coperta revistei Crisia, 2006This number of the magazine containes articles from the following authors: Doina IGNAT, Ioan CRIŞAN, Călin GHEMIŞ, Corina TOMA, Sorin Bulzan, Florina CIURE, Mihai GEORGIŢĂ, Liviu BORCEA, Ioan CIORBA, Radu MILIAN, Corneliu CRĂCIUN, Andreea JUDE, Alexandru POP, Constantin Mălinaş, Lucia CORNEA, Gabriel Moisa, Augustin Ţărău.
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Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Un Museo Virtuale per le opere delle banche in Italia

Presentato a Roma il MuVir, il Museo Virtuale dedicato a raccogliere più di 300 mila opere conservate dalle banche italiane: dipinti, sculture, arazzi e ceramiche, alcune firmati anche da artisti più noti come Filippo Lippi, il Perugino, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Hayez, Canova, Boccioni, Andy Warhol ed artisti contemporanei.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Acta Palaeobotanica

[First posted in AWOL 20 December 2012, updated 25th November 2015]

Acta Palaeobotanica
ISSN: 2082-0259 (electronic version)
ISSN: 0001-6594 (printed version)
Acta Palaeobotanicais an international journal publishing high quality contributions to palaeobotany and palynology. It is the only journal in Central and Eastern Europe focused on all fields of palaeobotanical and palynological investigations and publishes original palaeobotanical, palaeoecological, palaeophytogeographical, palynological, and archaeobotanical papers in addition to monographs, comprehensive review and discussion articles and book reviews. The journal is open to contributors from all over the world. 

It is published regularly with one volume per year each comprising two numbered parts, printed in June (No. 1) and in December (No. 2). The language of the journal is English. All manuscripts to be published in the journal are peer reviewed by at least two referees, and after acceptance of corrected manuscripts printing time is only approximately 6 months. 

Acta Palaeobotanicais now an open access journal and currently abstracts and full text of the articles in the PDF format beginning from volume 1 (1960) are freely accessible onwards here.

The internet service also provides catalogues for volumes and supplements published since 1960 and includes information on ordering forms of printed copies.
Contents & Abstracts > full text - pdf [Year (Volume): No.]
1960(1): 1, 2 1961(2): 1, 2, 3 1962(3): 1, 2 1963(4): 1, 2
1964(5): 1, 2 1965(6): 1, 2 1966(7): 1, 2 1967(8): 1, 2, 3
1968(9): 1 1969(10): 1, 2 1970(11): 1, 2 1971(12): 1, 2
1972(13): 1, 2 1973(14): 1, 2, 3 1974(15): 1, 2 1975(16): 1, 2
1976(17): 1, 2 1977(18): 1, 2 1978(19): 1, 2 1979(20): 1, 2
1980-81 (21): 1, 2 1982(22): 1, 2 1983-84(23): 1, 2 1984(24): 1-2
1985(25): 1-2 1986(26): 1-2 1987(27): 1, 2 1988(28): 1-2
1989(29): 1, 2 1990(30): 1, 2 1991(31): 1-2 1992(32): 1
1993(33): 1, 2 1994(34): 1, 2 1995(35): 1, 2 1996(36): 1, 2
1997(37): 1, 2 1998(38): 1, 2 1999(39): 1, 2 2000(40): 1, 2
2001(41): 1, 2 2002(42): 1, 2 2003(43): 1, 2 2004(44): 1, 2
2005(45): 1, 2 2006(46): 1, 2 2007(47): 1, 2 2008(48): 1, 2
2009(49): 1, 2 2010(50): 1, 2 2011(51): 1, 2
2012(52): 1, 2
2013(53): 1, 2 2014(54): 1, 2 2015(55): 1
Supplements: Contents & Abstracts  [No. (Year)]
S. 1 (1994) S. 2 (1999) S. 3 (2003) S. 4 (2003)
S. 5 (2004)S. 6 (2005)
See the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

30 siti storici della Giordania da visitare su Street View

Da oggi anche il patrimonio culturale della Giordania è fruibile online mediante la piattaforma Google Street View.
Sono ben 30 i siti storici che posson essere esporati virtualmente da tutto il mondo.

Online il sito RICHES resources sui risultati del progetto europeo

Il progetto europeo RICHES (Renewal, Innovation & Change: Heritage and European Society) ha lanciato durante il mese di Novembre un nuovo sito web dedicato alle "RICHES resources" dove tutti i maggiori risultati del progetto (report, publicazioni, strumenti, link, etc) sono disponibili per tutti gli utenti interessati.

Scopriamo i luoghi della cultura con gli open data

Venerdì 18 Dicembre 2015 presso il Politecnico di Bari si svolgerà un giornata dedicata a discuetere degli open data dei beni culturali utili per la divulgazione e la creazione di nuovi servizi, occasione di aggiornamento sulle potenzialità dei dati aperti per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale.

November 24, 2015

Robert Consoli (Squinches)

Mycenaean Places Names in Messenia. A Google project to supplement UMME and PRAP

Google Map Mycenaean Sites in Messenia Project.

(I am making available a .kml file (Google Earth) that will show all of the Mycenaean settlement locations in Messenia.  Source material so far is Simpson [1981] and McDonald [1972].
To obtain a copy e-mail me at bob 'at' squinchpix.com)

In reading about the region of Messenia during the Bronze Age I was struck by how little I know about any of the places referred to beyond Ano Engliano (Nestor’s Palace) itself.  Modern Messenian place name study was placed on a firm foundation by the University of Minnesota Messenia Expedition in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.[1]  To their own original research they added the research of other scholars in the field; McDonald estimated that 40% of the place names in the famous ‘Register A’ did not derive from their own surveys.[2]  The fundamental source of UMME’s work in identifying sites are appendices A and B of their 1972 report.  Appendix A lists the prehistoric sites and Appendix B lists sites from the post-Mycenaean and forward.[3]  Of course Messenian archaeological research and site identification did not stop with UMME.   The UMME results were soon updated by Richard Hope Simpson.[4]

The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP) has continued and enlarged on their work.[5]  They have considerably expanded the registers of Mycenaean period sites.[6]

I have decided that since I really didn’t know anything about Messenia at the ground level (despite my reading and actually visiting Messenia) that it would be useful to put some of this data in the form of a .kml file.  To that end I have been working out a method for converting the archaeologist’s descriptions into positions in Google Earth.  The main benefit of such a work would be to convert the very vague descriptions of site locations found in the UMME registers  into specific lat/lon coordinates and so removing the ambiguity inherent in these lists.  When completed anyone interested in Messenia would be able to display the exact points in Google Earth.

The bad news is that very few of the features described in the UMME registers are visible in Google Earth.  That means that the positions have to be fixed by dead reckoning.[7] The result of proceeding in this way is that sometimes a position cannot be precisely fixed.  When that happens I have indicated the fact with question marks or some such label as ‘approx.’.   To mitigate the imprecision that results when this happens I have, in all cases, ‘shown my work’.   In this way any interested party can retrace the steps in the deduction and possibly reach a better result.  Allow me to give an example 

UMME 46 (Simpson F17) is entitled 'Iklaina: Traganes'[8]

Simpson describes it like this:  "About 1.5 km. west-northwest of Iklaina is a substantial site (about 200 m. north to south by 150 m.) at the western end of the broad spur named Traganes, overlooking a deep ravine to the west and southwest and with a fine view over the bay of Pylos.  Excavations revealed remains of an important LH III building, including massive double walls and two fresco fragments."

Under UMME 46: Iklaina: Traganes McDonald has: "1 1/2 km W-NW" and "W end of low spur".[9]

So far, so good.  First of all, where is Iklaina?  Iklaina is a little town in a valley running E-W just to the south of Ano Engliano.  It is here on the map: 36°59'45.09"N, 21°43'25.45"E.  I show it in Illus. 1 tucked into the upper right corner of illus. 1.  The Osmanaga lagoon and the upper part of Navarino Bay are shown in the lower left.  From this you get a sense of where it is.

Illus. 1.  The position of the town of Iklaina (upper right).  Osmanaga
Lagoon and Navarino bay at lower left.

Now we're told that the site is about one and a half kilometers west and north-west from Iklaina.  Whenever I was faced with an approximation of this kind I drew a circle with a radius of the distance required.  I have shown this in Illus 2.

Illus. 2.  1500 m. circle centered at Iklaina.

If the directions are accurate then our site ought to be somewhere on that circle.

But, where exactly?  We are only told that it is on the western end of a broad spur.  Now the town of Iklaina is enclosed on the north by a ridge which ends just about 1500 m.  to the west of the town and, where it ends, it forms a broad front.  I have taken Simpson's meaning to be this and have put a marker there.  In Google Earth I changed the vertical distortion to the maximum (3, look under 'Tools' and then 'Options') to dramatize the verticality.  I show this in Illus. 3.

Illus 3. West end of a broad spur.  Hypothetical placement of locator pin for MME 46.
It makes a difference whether we measure from the center of the town or the edge.  In Simpson it is almost never possible to tell.  But, as the area we're looking for measures some 200 by 150 meters, with the pin placed where it is we should be close to the area intended (the lat/lon pair for this point is: 36°59'59.85"N,  21°42'27.61"E)

Simpson tells us that this place has 'a fine view over the bay of Pylos'.  Does it?  I zoomed in as close as I could to our point and looked directly west.  Illus. 4 shows the result. (Vertical exaggeration x3)

Illus. 4.  View to west over bay of Pylos from induced MME 46.

Yes.  This seems to fill the bill.  Now, let's continue.  Associated with MME 46 is MME 47 whose location is derived from it.  Here's what Simpson ([1982] 117, F17) has to say:

"About 500 m. to the northwest of Traganes some scattered stones and sherds, including one probably LH, were found at Gouvitses on an eroded slope, .."

McDonald says "2 km W-NW" (i.e., from Iklaina) and "Eroded slope".

Now we have two ways of looking for MME 47.  We can draw a circle with a 500 m. radius from MME 46, and we can draw a straight line 2 km. in length from Iklaina and see where they intersect (if they do).

I show the result in Illus. 5:

Illus 5. Derivation of the site of MME 47 from MME 46 in Simpson.

Here the position of MME 47 is shown in the upper left corner.  It is derived two ways (both shown in blue), a 2 km. construction line from Iklaina and a 500 m. radius circle centered on MME 46.  They can be made to coincide at the  point marked with "MME 47: Iklaina Gouvitses".  My readers will notice the inevitable forcing on my part of the two figures to coincide.  Nonetheless I believe that those in search of MME 47 will have a good starting point in this.

Currently my map of Messenia looks like this:

Illus. 6.  Current state of site identification in Messenia.
Zooming in on the Soulima valley it looks like this:

Illus. 7  Soulima Valley with many sites identified.

In the fifties and sixties of the last century precise GPS measuring was not available.  As a result most of the points in Simpson and in McDonald are of the 'about this distance from ..' type.  Nor are the folding maps in McDonald any real help.  I scanned four of those maps and overlaid them on Google Earth using 'Image Overlay'.  The maps fit quite well but are really useless for locating points of Mycenaean settlement because, on the map, each site mark covers about 1 square kilometer.  

I should mention parenthetically that PRAP really doesn't improve on the place identification scheme of McDonald or Simpson.

There are risks in proceeding the way I have done.  There is a high probability of mistaken results.  I have encountered more than one description in Simpson which would be problematic to reproduce.  But, if nothing else, archaeology should offer us reproducible results and, in this case, definite and reproducible place marks.  I hope that this effort can form the basis for other initiatives to give us a more precise understanding of places and locations in the Mycenaean world.  Indeed it is a strange feeling to cruise over the landscape of Bronze Age Messenia in Google Earth when the Mycenaean settlement sites have been identified.

My initial effort is to produce exact locations for the place names in Simpson [1981] under Map F.[10]

I encourage anyone who is interested in receiving the .kml and .kmz files for this initiative to send me an e-mail with 'Messenia Map' in the subject line.  My e-mail is:  bob@squinchpix.com    

If you do this I will send you a Google Drive key that you can simple click on to retrieve the files.  Once you have the .kml you can double click on it and it will open in Google Maps. (To install Google Maps Pro go here.)  Once it's running you can modify or delete as much as you like.  The .kml file is also searchable.  You can use it as a platform for your own projects related to Messenia.  

If anyone has corrections for errors or ideas about extending this map then I would very much like to hear.


[1] McDonald and Rapp [1972], 5 gives the genesis and names some of the original participants in the UMME effort.  The history of archaeological exploration in the area along with site investigation is described in their chapter 8, “Archaeological Exploration” on pp. 117-147.

[2] Ibid., 121, “Indeed, something like 40 percent of the sites in the Registers were identified by researchers who have had no direct affiliation with UMME …”

[3] Register A in McDonald and Rapp [1972] 264-309 and Register B on pp. 310-321.

[4] Simpson [1981].

[5] Described for the interested public in Davis [1998]  (second edition 2008).

[6] PRAP’s web site is at http://classics.uc.edu/prap/    Their gazetteer of sites is at 

[7] ‘dead reckoning’ is ded. (deduced) reckoning.
[8] Simpson [1981] 117, F17 and McDonald [1972] 272, MME 46.

[9] McDonald [1972] 272, MME 46.  When he says 'W-NW' he means from the first name in the title, here 'Iklaina'.

[10] Simpson [1981] 113-152.   Map F itself is on p. 114.  This map is so crowded with detail that it is really of no more use for finding Mycenaean sites than the McDonald maps which I criticized above.


Davis [1998]: Davis, Jack L. and John Bennet. Sandy Pylos: An Archaeological History from Nestor to Navarino.  The University of Texas Press.  1998.  Second edition by The American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 2008.

McDonald and Rapp [1972]: McDonald, William A. and George R. Rapp Jr., The Minnesota Messenia Expedition: Reconstructing a Bronze Age Regional Environment. The University of Minnesota Press. 1972.

Simpson [1981]: Simpson, Richard Hope.  Mycenaean Greece,  Noyes Press.  Park Ridge, New Jersey.  1981.

Kristina Killgrove (Powered by Osteons)

2016 Hominin Calendar Fundraiser for UWF Anthro Grad Students

Our Graduate Anthropology Association here at UWF came up with an awesome idea for a fall fundraiser: a "hot hominins" calendar.  Led mostly by Jane Holmstrom and Tarra Wixom, the calendar was created using open-access images of reconstructed hominins... plus clever and funny sayings.  It's a spin on a traditional "pin-up" calendar for those of us who geek out on anthropology.

All proceeds from calendar sales go to the GAA, which disburses the funds to graduate students who are attending professional conferences to present work and network in the field.

If you're in need of a 2016 calendar and want to help out our students, please click through to check it out.  You can even preview each calendar page so you can see if your favorite species is there. Some sample images are below.

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Open Access E-book: Censorship in Lebanon: Law and Practice

The Censorship Observatory
Place of Publication: Beirut
Date of Publication: December 2010
Number of Pages: 150
Translation of: Aʻmāl al-raqābah qānūnan, 2010

Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists


 Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists
Published : Middle East Medievalists, 1990-
ISSN     1068-1051

Other titles: ʻUsur al-Wusta
                    Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists

The latest issue of Al-‘Usur al-Wusta (VOLUME 23, [2015]) is available here!

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Free-to-read language learning textbooks from Routledge - expire December 15th, 2015.

Routledge is offering the following titles free-to-read until December 15th, 2015.
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The Integrated Approach to Arabic Instruction

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Greek and Roman Archaeology at OAPEN

Open Access Greek and Roman Archaeology at OAPEN

Glass Making in the Greco-Roman World: Results of the ARCHGLASS project

Degryse, Patrick

Keltische Theonymie, Kulte, interpretatio

Hofeneder, Andreas & de Bernardo Stempel, Patrizia

Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos. Die Wohneinheit 6. Textband 1

Thür, Hilke & Rathmayr, Elisabeth

Visualisierungen von Kult

Meyer, Marion & Klimburg-Salter, Deborah

Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

Discovering Visigothic Manuscripts at the British Library

How to introduce something that should not require an introduction? It was the year 1878 when the then British Museum acquired a collection of fourteen manuscripts and incunabula from the Spanish Benedictine monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. The addition of these manuscripts to the already well-populated treasuries of the...

Source: Journalism Code, Context & Community

Why Mobile Data Visualization Shouldn’t Hurt

By Ashley Wu

Why Mobile Data Visualization Shouldn’t Hurt

Aaron Williams guides participants in paper prototyping during his MozFest session in data visualization for mobile web. (photo/Erik Westra)

As data journalists, we tend to focus on visualizing our numbers as beautifully and comprehensively as possible for desktops. We pore over D3.js line charts. We spend hours getting the tooltips on our maps to look just right. And right before our deadlines, we’ll throw in some CSS media queries for mobile screens and call it a day. I know I’ve been a culprit of this method more than once.

One of my favorite sessions at Mozilla Festival this year was Aaron Williams“Crafting new visualization techniques for mobile web”, where he emphasized a mobile-first, desktop-second focus to data visualization.

“I’ve heard some people in our craft say that desktop is the best experience,” he says. “In my opinion, that ignores a huge chunk of the world, particularly people of lower income who might only have phones.”

As the interactive editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, Williams’ projects serve communities in the Bay Area. Although he thinks data visualization looks amazing on a big screen, he has to consider the audience of communities like Oakland or Berkeley, lower income neighborhoods in comparison to the tech bubble of the Silicon Valley. Besides, he says, he is always on his phone too, so it’s about his own user experience as much as anyone else’s.

This seems like an obvious concept, especially in a time when desktops have shrunk to the size of your palm and phone screens have grown to the size of your face. But I realized that as a budding data journalist, I’ve been thinking of mobile design as an obstacle to what I’ve already created for a desktop experience.

So we started off the MozFest session by making a few short lists:

Some Types of Data Visualizations

  • Maps (choropleth, heat)
  • Bar graphs
  • Timelines
  • Small multiples
  • Tables
  • Line charts

Advantages of Mobile Phone

  • Multiple touch functionality + force touch with iPhone 6S
  • GPS system
  • Portability
  • Normal and front-facing cameras
  • Vibration
  • Screen rotation

Disadvantages of Mobile Phone

  • Thumb size affecting touch points
  • Small screen size
  • Battery life
  • Bandwidth and weak internet connections
  • No hover functionality
  • No mouse
  • Shorter time and attention span given from audience
paper prototypes

Each group’s task was to consider and work with a certain advantage or disadvantage of data visualization on mobile web. My group chose the phone’s GPS system to work with a combination of maps and timelines. A few members of the group were designers for a tool called Histropedia, which helps users understand the historical timeline of their current location. Here were our brainstormed sketches.

Other groups tackled timelines as well, presenting the option of displaying the timeline as a whole on the screen in truncated sections, a vertical orientation or even a “snakes and ladders” curving situation. Our group decided to display one timeline card at a time. Each card would theoretically be accompanied by a small line graph of the whole timeline to symbolize the differences in length of time between events or clusters of many events around a short period of time. Aside from the fun paper phones and productive brainstorming, the session helped restructure my perception of data visualization and think about how different my previous projects might have been with a mobile-first mindset.

Williams thinks although much of the world uses mobile as the number one method of consuming news, newsrooms often make assumptions of what people think is important and how people might want to consume content.

“I wanted to challenge other people outside the big media companies to start thinking about these things,” Williams says, of his session. “The phone has so much capability and we limit what we do to putting articles on a webpage.”

For his projects at San Francisco Chronicle, Williams strips down the way he writes code and avoids library-heavy experiences. For example, The Airbnb Impact includes a map that is made of entirely SVG, yielding efficient browser support. His map of San Francisco’s complaints of encampments, human waste, and needles uses only Leaflet.js and D3.js. He’s even switched the way he writes CSS, using mobile-centric frameworks like Bourbon.io. This mindset is powerful for him to hone the focus of his projects, which often results in better mobile support by default.

“When I code, I set up my phone and desktop browser together,” Williams says. “As I code and refresh in real time, I am seeing the mobile changes in real time. I make decisions on mobile and translate them back to the desktop.”

Without many desktop-exclusive features, we as content creators have the opportunity to simplify and detangle our information. People are savvy enough to see a poor mobile experience, Williams says. But by thinking mobile first, we can enhance content to be more sensitive to a user’s location, take advantage of multiple touch functionality or even include vibration elements that may cater to visually impaired audiences. The mobile web should no longer be an obstacle to overcome, but a chance to better focus our storytelling and therefore our readers.

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Proposals for New Grant Programs

I spent part of yesterday morning contributing to an email discussion of digital humanities and virtual reality with the good folks at the North Dakota Humanities Council. This was both fun and productive. One result of these conversations is that I was encouraged to propose some new grant initiatives to the NDHC. These are just proposals, but I wanted to think out loud here on the bloggie-blog to gets some feedback from as wide an audience as possible. As with any grants, the outcomes are only as good as the program will allow. Poorly articulated grant programs produce poor projects.

The first of two new programs that I’d propose would be called Digital North Dakota Grants. These grants have three goals:

1. Extending the Reach: The state of North Dakota has long suffered a diaspora of sorts as people with strong North Dakota ties have moved elsewhere for a better climate, more opportunities, and a different life. These individuals often retain a strong sense of connection to the state and its communities. The energy and remittances from this diaspora community has had an impact on life here in the state. The Digital North Dakota Grants would be a way to engage the North Dakota diaspora in the vibrant, local humanities scene.

More importantly, perhaps for the NDHC is that these folks have resources, and as the NDHC has turned its attention toward development to ensure that our programs can weather upheavals in federal funding, we need to expand the impact and reach of the NDHC to the diaspora who have typically remained active in state initiatives.

The population of the state has historically trended older, but recent trends have shown that the state is, in fact, getting younger and the media age of ND residents is now below the national average. Our younger constituency typically lacks the financial resources of the North Dakota diaspora, but should nevertheless be a target audience for humanities programing. Digital North Dakota grants would help bring a generation of citizens more familiar with digitally mediated discussions into the conversation.

2. Celebrating the Local. The National Endowment for the Humanities initiated its Office of Digital Humanities in 2011. This office has funded a wide range of grants that they recognized as having national and international impacts. They have been somewhat less interested in digital projects that have local impacts or reflect the more focused priorities of local communities. As we approach the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Red River flood or the 50th anniversary of the publication of Elwyn Robinson’s influential History of North Dakota, we encounter local events that speak directly to history of the region, the state, and our communities. Funding to support digitally mediated projects that engage these events (as examples) is unlikely to come from a federal sources (and even if it does, the NDHC brand should be associated with work to preserve, celebrate, and reflect on these memorable events).

3. Preserving the Conversation. The NDHC is remarkable in its ability to stimulate conversations. All too often, however, these conversations, discussion, and engagement are ephemeral. Digitally mediated conversations offer a way not only to expand the conversation but also to preserve it allowing future generations of North Dakotans to reflect on how certain events or encounters transformed their ways of thinking or even their communities. For example, the recent tumult over the new University of North Dakota nickname provides a fascinating perspective into the relationship between UND stakeholders and Native communities, ideas of North Dakota identity, and the politics of race in the state. Creating a digital application where members of the community can contribute their reactions to this process, while it remains energized by emotions, polemic, and conversation, presents an exciting way to document and capture the local history of the state at a particular moment in time.

With these goals in mind, my proposed grant would encourage applications that (1) extend the reach of traditional humanities programming, (2) focus on local concerns, issues, collections, and conversations, and (3) feature robust data management plans to ensure that both the program and conversations are preserved. Successful proposals must stimulate discussion, focus on local groups or communities, and encourage and preserve dynamic and thought provoking engagement with the humanities. Purely archival or access based initiatives will not be funded unless they foreground dynamic opportunities for reflective and reflexive engagement with collections. Whenever possible proposals should involve open source software and encourage free, open access materials.

In my formal proposal, I’ll include case studies funded by other state humanities councils like Washington’s, DC Digital Museum or Vermont’s wonderfully simple, Civil War Book of Days serial email.

The second proposed new grant program would focus on the North Dakota Humanities Council’s already successful GameChanger Series. One of the most exciting things about this series is how effectively it stimulates discussion and brings together a diverse and dynamic group of speakers and from the community to engage with the most pressing issues of the day. The first GameChanger focused on conflict and culture in the Middle East, the second focused on the challenges and opportunities of the digital world, and next year’s series will celebrate 100 years of the Pulitzer Prize.

The disappointing thing about these events is that the energy of the conversation tends to dissipate rather quickly as the attention of the small NDHC staff ramps up for the next year’s event. As a result, it is sometimes difficult to determine whether the game has, in fact, changed (or just the playahs). The KeepChanging Grant Program would support programs and projects that continue the momentum and themes of the GameChanger series in the three years following the event. Each year at least three grants would be available with at least one grant set designated to support a project related to each of the previous three years of the GameChanger. (Wow, that’s hard to articulate in a clear way!).

The goal of the KeepChanging program is to extend the impact of the GameChanger series without taxing the small NDHC staff. It will also provide us with an informal measure of the impact of the GameChanger in on the humanities in the state. Presumably more engaging events will spur ongoing interest.

As per usual on the blog, I’m interested in any and all feedback on these ideas. They are, as I said, just proposals; just my thoughts, man – right or wrong.

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

ADHO Announces New Steering Committee Chair

On November 11, John Nerbonne tendered his resignation as ADHO Steering Committee Chair in order to make way for new leadership.

John was unanimously elected Chair of the Steering Committee (SC) at our Lausanne meetings in the summer of 2014, while serving as Chair of the Conference Coordinating Committee.  The minutes of that meeting note that John's brief words of acceptance focused primarily on his goal of bringing new and diverse communities into ADHO, a cause for which he has worked tirelessly and on many fronts.

The record of the SC over the past several years reflects John's numerous and important contributions to ADHO. Among his many other accomplishments during his tenure on the SC was the hard work he did to formalize the formation of the ADHO Foundation as a legal entity in the Netherlands—a crucial step in the organization's evolution—and his dogged pursuit of all the reforms envisioned as part of ADHO’s multi-year strategic planning process.  Just a few weeks ago John convened a small but important summit to move that process forward yet again.

We look forward to his continuing collegial presence in Digital Humanities, of course as a member of the informal fellowship of past SC Chairs that does so much to inform our work, but also in an advisory capacity for the complex reforms now underway. And above all, we would like to thank John for his long service to ADHO and the Digital Humanities generally.

A new chair was elected on November 20: Karina van Dalen-Oskam. More about her can be found on https://www.huygens.knaw.nl/vandalen/?lang=en. Below goes her first message to all involved in or interested in ADHO.

Dear fellow digital humanists,

I have just been informed that I have been elected as the new Chair of the ADHO Steering Committee, to serve for the remainder of the current term, ending at DH2016 in Krakow. I will try to serve ADHO as best as I can as interim Chair.

What I love about ADHO, and Digital Humanities in general, is that all people involved share the wish for innovation and collaboration. Innovation in our research, through collaboration with others – and best of all, with more and more diverse others. We want to draw everybody in, and want to make everybody feel welcome. That is a good thing. However, in the last few weeks, we found out the hard way that we deal with significant cultural differences in our ever-growing world-wide organization. Communication strategies that work well in one culture can be harmful and counterproductive in others. The good thing is that we have representatives of many different cultures in our midst, who can help in finding out the best ways to go forward.

The first thing I have asked the Steering Committee to do, is to establish a protocol or a set of rules/guidelines for dealing with these fundamental cultural issues. We will not be the only organization that runs into this kind of problems. I have asked all members of the Steering Committee to do some research, and I would welcome input from others as well. Can you find guidelines that we could adopt/adapt for ADHO? Do colleagues from other international organizations have suggestions based on their own experience? Are there policy makers who can help? Please send your material and your own suggestions to me personally at karina.van.dalen@huygens.knaw.nl. I will gather all information and together with the Steering Committee decide on which rules to follow for the remainder of my term. When we have selected a proper set of guidelines we will return to dealing with our daily business – and with a much better chance of success. I’d like to receive your ideas on Monday November 30 at the latest.

You can mail me in the following languages (in order of preference): Dutch, English, German, Afrikaans, French. I will answer you in Dutch or English. I wish I had the time to add more of your languages to my short list. As you know, I am not a native speaker of English. This means that if you read something strange or funny in my messages, that is probably due to my non-native English. And if you would feel insulted by my words – then something has really gone wrong language-wise and/or culture-wise! In that case, please contact me personally, so I can take away any worries or explain in a better way what I meant.

I am very much looking forward to collaborating with all of you.

Yours sincerely,

Karina van Dalen-Oskam

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Un allestimento interattivo per la torre di Satriano a Tito

E' stato inaugurato lo scorso 8 novembre 2015 il nuovo allestimento tecnologico della Torre di Satriano, nel Comune di Tito, in provincia di Potenza. La torre  è stata arricchita di alcune installazioni multimediali sviluppate da ETT S.p.A., che permetteranno ai visitatori di vivivere un'esperienza innovativa ed immersiva. Si potranno sperimentare ricostruzioni virtuali degli ambienti, giochi interattivi e ricevere informazioni aggiuntive con l’ausilio della Realtà Aumentata.

L’arte antica incontra l'arte contemporanea mediante il 3D

Dal 18 novembre 2015 al 31 gennaio 2016 il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia ospita la mostra "Ulisse II due scultori in un dialogo senza tempo sulla bellezza", occasione di confronto tra una scultura contemporanea dello scultore giapponese Makoto e l'antico Ulisse dei Grimani qui conservato.

Kristina Killgrove (Powered by Osteons)


I have nothing more to add but a photo, really.  I love boozy Italian coffee desserts and portmanteaux.

My grad students get skeletiramisù tomorro, for the last day of this semester's bio anth grad seminar..

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Blog: The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography

The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography
This blog is a component of a research project initiated by Charles E. Jones, Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University Libraries. Part of a long standing interest in the history of the study of the Ancient Near East and Egypt, and of old world Antiquity more generally, this blog presents the working bibliography of the project, and provides a platform for comment and discussion of autobiographical writing by students and scholars of the ancient world.

I hope also to develop a venue for the publication of new autobiographical essays in the form of an online open access periodical.
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November 23, 2015

Digital Classicist Berlin

Love Thy (Theban) Neighbours

Talk: Silke Vanbeselaere (KU Leuven), “Love Thy (Theban) Neighbours, or how neighbour networks could help us solve the witness issue in Ptolemaic contracts”

Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-1780-0000-0029-6616-C

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Time: starting at 17:00 c.t. (i.e. 17:15)

Venue: DAI, Wiegandhaus, Podbielskiallee 69-71, D-14195 Berlin (map)


In a first stage of the project on Theban witnesses in Demotic documents, we illustrated social network analysis and data visualisation as a technique for identifying and disambiguating historic actors in a large dataset. This next phase will present you with an example of how historical research can evolve after having used the identification method.

Inspired by Padgett and Ansell’s seminal paper on the Medici: “Robust Action and the Rise of the Medici 1400-1434”, we now aim to explore different types of relationships attested in the Theban sources and compare the resulting networks.

There has been a substantial amount of research undertaken into the Theban scribes and contracting parties, but witnesses have often been left out. The most important reason for that neglect is the scarcity of information on these witnesses. With nothing more than a name and patronymic, there is not much to go on. However, without the knowledge of how these witnesses were chosen or what their place was in the Theban community, the scribal community and its functioning cannot be fully understood.

Moving on from solely focusing on the interpersonal links between the three main actors of the Demotic contracts: the scribe, the two contracting parties and the witnesses, we are now including information that is often overlooked, in particular the information on neighbours of the contracting parties.

Most of these contracts discuss the sale, inheritance or redistribution of land and real estate. It is logical that the mentioned neighbours are important for our understanding of the location of the properties discussed, but it may seem more elusive as to why we are now including information on neighbours in our study of witnesses.

While studying other scribal practices in the Ancient Near East, we stumbled upon their possible importance in interpreting our networks. Not only were we alerted to the highly likely family connections between neighbours - and thus between people mentioned as contracting parties and neighbours in our contracts - but also to the appearance of neighbours as witnesses in certain contracts as people with an interest in the transaction.

While trying to deal with the specific difficulties of historical network analysis, such as the consideration of time in relationships and the directionality of relations in contracts and other written historical documents, we aim to study the neighbourhood networks, scribal networks and family networks individually and as a whole. The similarities and discrepancies should tell us something more on the choice of witnesses, functioning of the scribal and, in extension, the whole of the Theban community.

Ancient World Bloggers Group

Autobiographies of scholars of the greater Ancient Near East

I have initiated a new blog focusing on my Autobiography project:

The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

The Svetlana Tomeković Database of Byzantine Art

The Svetlana Tomeković Database of Byzantine Art
Svetlana Tomeković, 1941-1994, was a renowned scholar who published extensively in the field of Byzantine art, particularly frescoes, manuscripts, iconography, and hagiography (please see her publications below).
As a photographer, Dr. Tomeković amassed an extensive archive of over 5,000 slides, primarily of frescoes and architecture from fifteen countries in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, resulting in a valuable archive for students and scholars of the Byzantine world. Dr. Tomeković photographed many small sites not usually open to public view. The coverage within each location reflects her particular areas of interest, and often does not include the entire building interior.
Explore the Svetlana Tomekovic Database of Byzantine Art

Association for Students of Egyptology

Association for Students of Egyptology
The ASE aims to create an online network of Egyptologists to bring the international community of students of Egyptology together. We aim to create a platform to exchange research in an informal manner so that students can help each other, offer peer reviews and share their interest in a topic of their own choosing without the academic pressure. To create a website that has an overview of universities offering courses in the Ancient Egyptian World, institutions that are concerned with Egyptology, museums that house Egyptian objects and an overview of worldwide PhD programmes and internships in the field of Egyptology. To create a newsletter with small articles written by students, as a way to practice writing & sharing ideas and to create an online database with articles written by members of the association or written for the association.

Center for History and New Media

Digital History Fellowships for Fall 2016

A reminder that the Department of History & Art History at George Mason University is offering two Digital History Fellowships to support students undertaking a Ph.D.

Fellows enrolling in Fall 2016 will receive stipends of $20,000 for two years, during which time they will take a practicum course each semester here at RRCHNM, and then a further three years of support from the Department of History and Art History. The practicum courses provide an opportunity to be part of a digital history center and to contribute to a range of projects across all three of the Center’s divisions. Syllabi for the practicum courses can be found on the Fellows’ blog, which also includes posts by all four cohorts of fellows reflecting on their experiences at the Center.

Students interested in applying to the GMU History PhD program and being a Digital history Fellow, should consult the information on the department website or contact the department’s graduate director, Professor Cindy Kierner. Applications close January 15, 2016

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Event Roundup, Nov 23

By Erika Owens

Event Roundup, Nov 23

OpenVis Conf will accept talk or speaker proposals until November 30.


Know of any upcoming fellowship or conference proposal deadlines? Have an upcoming event? Let us know: source@mozillafoundation.org.

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Atlanta and ASOR 2015

I had a great week attending the 2015 American Schools of Oriental Research conference in Atlanta. The panels that I managed to attend were interesting and crowded, the committees to which I was obliged were productive, and impromptu meetings with friends, colleagues, and strangers were fun and useful.

I even learned some things. So in the interest in bringing order to a complicated few days, here’s a little list summarizing my encounter with the 2015 ASOR meeting: 

1. Bathrooms. I don’t, generally, spend much time reflecting on bathroom design, but at a conference fueled by coffee and endless pitchers of water in every room, regular visits to the bathroom punctuated my day at steady intervals. The men’s room that I visited most regularly had a small vestibule (around 3 m in length) between the door to the hallway and the door to the bathroom proper. Through this second door was a doglegged passage of 7-8 m in length featuring a bank of four or five sinks. The standard bathroom fixtures were set further into the bathroom around a partition wall.

This arrangement may sound typical, but it means that a visitor to the facilities moves through about 10 m of passage between entering the space from the external hallway and encountering the most important features of the bathroom. This space was genuinely liminal for the visitor and preyed directly upon our common, human anxieties associated with moving from the public space of the hallway to the gender-defined space of the bathroom. Is this really the men’s room? Am I in the wrong place? 10 meters is a significant distance to travel “betwixt and between,” and made every trip to the facilities involve some design-induced angst.

2. Nice Cars and Traffic. This was my first time in Atlanta outside of an unplanned night in an airport hotel after some botched travel arrangements a few years back. A few friends with Georgia roots tried to explain to me the urban landscape of the city which seemed to me to be an East Coast version of West Coast urban sprawl and truly a fitting anchor for Gibson’s Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis

The one thing that Atlanta is famous for is traffic (and streets named Peachtree). I was enchanted (see below) by the bustling traffic of Atlanta’s byways and trip to from Buckhead to the Cabbagetown neighborhood for dinner took us on vibrant and traffic-filled highways through Downtown and Midtown.

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The spectacular array of exotic and imported cars on the roads of Buckhead and on Atlanta’s highways reminded me that I truly live in “Pontiac and Plymouth Country (TM)” and created a moving montage of social and economic display. While eating lunch at a little burger place, I watched no fewer than three Bentleys roll by and was shocked to realize that Mercedes only sells S-Class cars to Atlanta residents.

3. ASOR and CAARI and The Digital. There were sustained and productive conversations about “The Digital” both on the ASOR committee on publications and at the board of trustees meeting of CAARI (the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute). The former is embracing the need to at least experiment with open-access digital publishing and linked data and the latter is starting to think more critically about its web site as more than just a billboard for the institutes existence. I’m increasingly optimistic that Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town will appear next year as a digital, fully linked, revised edition and Pyla-Koutsopetria II: Excavations at an Ancient Coastal Town will be born as a linked digital book in 2017. 

As for CAARI, there’s much work to do, but we’ve made some progress. Moving the CAARI site from a hand-coded page to a WordPress template would make updating the site easier and facilitate links with social media. The conversations at the trustees meeting also suggested that people are increasingly interested in using the website for… something. It may be that the website emerges as a place to solicit contributions or to market scholarship opportunities or even to publish old photographs of Cyprus. It’s clear that the board is not quite sure how to align the web with CAARI’s broader mission.

As I sat there listening to the conversation (and the many generational protests), I started to think that CAARI could use the web to disseminate scholarship perhaps in conjunction with the re-opening of the expanded library. A digital occasional paper series modeled on the ISAW Papers series might anchor the CAARI web presence in a familiar medium – scholarly publication, celebrate the benefit of the new library by linking CAARI with academic production, and provide a new outlet for publications on Cyprus now that the Report of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus is on sabbatical.

The key thing, to my mind, is to revamp the website with a strategy (and goals) in mind. We have work to do!

4. Slow Archaeology. I was thrilled to hear the term “slow archaeology” appear in several papers at ASOR and even more thrilled to realize that some of these mentions were not directed at my work but indicative of parallel work with the same ideas. Eric Kansa’s work on “slow data” distinguishes the deliberate and careful work of publishing, linking, and using published archaeological data from the compliance based “data dump” and suggests that a “slow” approach to data publishing will both yield far more important results and require a change in attitudes among archaeologists, institutions, and funding agencies.

Independent of my work, Ömür Harmansah has explored the intersection of archaeology and development, neoliberalism, and the modern academy to suggest that, today, almost all archaeology is salvage archaeology pushed by an array of pressures inherent to late capitalism. As an antidote to this trend, he has proposed approaches that embrace an intentional engagement with complex landscapes including a kind of “slow survey” that attempts to resist practices associated with the commodification of archaeological space, objects, and heritage in the name of documentation.

I’m exited to explore more of his ideas with him and think there is real potential for a clearly-defined slow archaeology to offer substantive critique to the discipline.  

5. Objects and Enchantment. I participated in a panel on object biography where folks used the word “enchantment” more than I’ve ever encountered at an academic meeting. The papers were good and generally well-received, although I detected a consistent skepticism that object biography represents a  productive way forward for understanding of the place of objects within the broader archaeological project.

My paper was met with skepticism including a comment that my approach to archaeology (and digital artifacts) would cause children to go running from the discipline whereas the opportunity to handle an excavated object would lead to enchantment. This may be the case, although I suspect children and students these days have a greater willingness to be enchanted by digital objects than our generation does.

Despite that critique, my time at the ASOR annual meeting was enchanting, exhausting, and though provoking. I’m looking forward to next year and following up some of the conversations that I had over the course of the meeting.  

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Digital Humanities e Cultural Heritage: quale relazione? Programma del Convegno

E' ora disponibile il prgramma del quarto Convegno annuale dell’AIUCD, l'Associazione per l'Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale in programma a Torino dal 17 al 19 Dicembre 2015 sul tema "Digital Humanities e beni culturali: quale relazione?".

Il Convegno vuole indagare la relazione tra Digital Humanities e il vasto ambito dei beni culturali, una linea di ricerca che è aperta sin dalla nascita delle DH. Da un lato l’ambito dei beni culturali utilizza da lunga data strumenti, procedimenti, metodologie digitali, ma il loro utilizzo non implica necessariamente il riconoscimento di un loro ruolo scientificamente qualificante. Dall’altro gallerie, biblioteche, archivi, musei custodiscono e danno accesso a contenuti che costituiscono l’oggetto di molte ricerche effettuate nell’ambito delle Digital Humanities. È dunque interessante capire se strumenti e metodi dell’Informatica Umanistica hanno portato e porta ad una ridefinizione di processi teorici, metodologici e tecnici, fino a una vera e propria ri-concettualizzazione dei saperi nell’ambito dei beni culturali.

È ora possibile iscriversi al convegno e pagare la quota corrispondente alla propria situazione: socio senior o junior, non socio senior o non socio junior. Con senior intendiamo la condizione di chi è strutturato, con junior la condizione di chi è studente o non ha un lavoro stabile. Scegliete voi ciò che si applica al vostro caso.

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Programma di giovedì 17 dicembre 2015

11-11,35 Saluti istituzionali di
Gian Maria Ajani, Rettore dell’Università di Torino e Presidente della scuola a rete DiCultHer;
Enrico Pasini, MeDiHum (Memoria Digitalis Humanistica), UniTO ;
Mario Squartini, Vicedirettore alla Ricerca, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, UniTO;
Adele Monaci, Direttore del Dipartimento di Storia, UniTO;
Renato Grimaldi, Direttore del Dipartimento di Filosofia, UniTO

11,35-12,35 Franco Niccolucci, Scientific Director del VAST-LAB presso il PIN-Università di Firenze, relatore invitato, Contesti digitali e critica delle fonti.
12,35-13,05 Caterina Bon Valsassina, Direttore generale della Direzione Generale Educazione e Ricerca del MiBACT, relatore invitato: “La nuova Direzione generale Educazione e Ricerca del MiBACT: prospettive per la formazione e l’educazione al patrimonio

13,05-13,20 Carmine Marinucci, Segretario Generale della scuola a rete DiCultHer, relatore invitato: Un pensiero italiano per la formazione delle competenze nel Digital Cultural Heritage

13,20-14,30 Pranzo

14,30-15,00 Fabio Ciotti, presidente AIUCD, Digital Heritage/Digital Humanities: una linea di faglia

15,00-15,30 Letizia Bollini, Dario De Santis, Sara Radice, Paola Zocchi: Gli archivi degli psicologi on-line Il nuovo portale del centro Aspi

15,30-16,00 Noemi Mafrici DAD – Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Michela Mezzano, studiosa indipendente: Racconti digitali della Torino che non c’è

16,00-16,30 Martin M. Morales, Irene Pedretti, Archivio Storico della Pontificia Università Gregoriana; Angelica Lo Duca, Istituto di Informatica e Telematica (CNR); Lorenzo Mancini, Silvia Piccini, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” (CNR): Un caso di integrazione tra Public History, Cultural Heritage e Digital Humanities: l’Archivio storico della Pontificia Università Gregoriana e il progetto Clavius on the Web

16,30-17,00 Coffee break

17,00-17,40 Leif Isaksen, senior lecturer in History (Digital Humanities), Lancaster University; Director of Pelagios 3 project, relatore invitato: Pelagios Commons: Building Communities in the Linked Data Cloud

17,40-18,10, Giovanni A. Cignoni: Progetto HMR, Dip. di Informatica, Università di Pisa: CHKB: dare struttura (visitabile) alle collezioni tecnico-scientifiche

18,10-18,40 Sandra Vujosevic, Marija Segan, Milica Knezevic, Zoran Ognjanovic, Mathematical Institute SASA, Belgrade, Serbia: Project “Digitarijum”: creation of teaching material for digital heritage


Programma di venerdì 18 dicembre 2015

9,00-9,30 Willemien Sanders, Assistant professor, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands; Mariana Salgado, Postdoc, Department of Media – ARTS, Aalto University, Finland: Digital access to audiovisual cultural heritage. Archives, developers and scholars unite (or not)

9,30-10,00 Federico Meschini, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, La narrazione della complessità. Goedel, Propp e il problema della cricca

10,00-10,30 Paolo Cignoni, Marco Callieri, Matteo Dellepiane, Nico Pietroni, Roberto Scopigno Visual Computing Lab, ISTI – CNR, Pisa: 3D Printing and Cultural Heritage

10,30-11,00 Elena Cabrio, Catherine Faron Zucker, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France; Sara Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italia; Serena Villata, CNRS, I3S Laboratory, France; Ahmed Missaoui, studioso indipendente: Semantic Linking to Enrich Small Artwork Collections: Experiences with Archivio di Nuova Scrittura

11,00-11,10 Anna Busa, Data Management: Esperienze di comunicazione e disseminazione nel Cultural Heritage

11,10-11,30 Coffee break

11,30-12,10 Davide Porporato Università del Piemonte Orientale, relatore invitato: Etnografia 2.0: i “Granai della Memoria”

9,00-9,30 Carla Basili, Grazia Biorci, Antonella Emina Istituto IRCRES del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche: Digital Humanities e Società: un impatto necessariamente “intermediato”

12,40-13,10 Luca Rosati, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Antonella Schena, Istituto degli Innocenti, Firenze: La knowledge organization come collante fra i diversi canali di un’organizzazione e come ponte tra fisico e digitale. Il caso dell’Istituto degli Innocenti di Firenze

13,10-13,40 Valentina Bartalesi, Carlo Meghini, Daniele Metilli, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione “Alessandro Faedo” (ISTI) – CNR, Pisa; Paola Andriani, Mirko Tavoni, Dipartimento di Filologia, Letteratura e Linguistica, Università di Pisa: DanteSources: The Digital Library of Dante Alighieri’s Primary Sources

13,40-14,40 Pranzo

14,40-15,10 Elisa Pruno – Assegnista di ricerca in Archeologia Medievale -Dipartimento Sagas, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Michele Nucciotti – Professore a contratto in Archeologia Medievale-Dipartimento Sagas, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Pierre Drap – Chargé de recherche CNRS I&M Luminy(Marseille Sud): Spatial 3D Representation and Medieval Archaeology: Searching a new common language

15,10-15,40 Paola Tomè, Marie Curie Fellow, Magdalen College , University of Oxford: Adottare libri antichi in classe. Come integrare le DH e la fruizione di prime edizioni a stampa a scuola?

15,40-16,10 13,00-13,30 Alice Borgna (r), Raffaella Afferni and Timothy Tambassi, Università del Piemonte Orientale: La percezione dello spazio degli antichi, un Bene Culturale da valorizzare. Il progetto GeoLat

16,10-16,40 Martina Visentin, LIDA – Laboratorio Informatico per la Documentazione Storico Artistica, Università degli Studi di Udine: Laboratorio LIDA – Università di Udine: Esperienze di open data e progetti di integrazione

16,40-17,10 coffee break

17,10-17,40 Stefano Casati, Museo Galileo, Firenze; Tiziana Possemato, @CULT, Roma: Esperienze di adozione di principi e metodi del web semantico e dei Linked Open Data nella ricerca

17,40-18,10 Alberto Campagnolo, independent researcher: Towards a digitization of the materiality of written cultural heritage

18,10-18,40 Edoardo Ferrarini, ALIM ieri e oggi


Programma di sabato 19 dicembre 2015

9,00-9,30 Rossana Damiano, MeDiHum e Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Torino: Digitalizzazione e ricerca: dai contenuti alle interfacce. Progetti del Centro MeDiHum

9,30-10,00 Andrea Bolioli (r), Vittorio Di Tomaso, CELI; Alessio Antonini, Guido Boella, Università di Torino; Elisa Chiabrando, Felice Di Luca,TRIM; Eleonora Pantò, CSP: Le avventure di Librare: app, libri e biblioteche nel mondo del web

10,00-10,30 Enrica Salvatori, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco, Chiara Di Pietro, Alessio Mia, Laboratorio di Cultura Digitale – Università di Pisa: Il Codice Pelavicino tra edizione digitale e public history

10,30-11,00 Paola De Caro, Claudia Corcione, Silvia Naro, Evodevo s.r.l., Un nuovo approccio per navigare nella geografia del mondo antico: GO!

11,00-11,30 Coffee break

11,30-12,00 Nicola Ferro, Gianmaria Silvello, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Università degli Studi di Padova: Towards a User-Orientation of Digital Archives

12,00-12,30 Silvia Calamai (r), Francesca Biliotti, Università degli Studi di Siena: Gli archivi sonori tra scienze umanistiche digitali e beni culturali

12,30-13,00 Marilena Daquino, Silvio Peroni, Francesca Tomasi and Fabio Vitali, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna: Zeri Photo Archive project: towards a model for defining authoritative authorship attributions

13,00 – 13,30 Pierluigi Feliciati Università di Macerata: La percezione dell’archivio nel quadro delle digital humanities: qualche riflessione

13,30-14,30 Assemblea dei soci AIUCD


Fonte: AIUCD


Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

Beware the Sybil's Prophecy!

The Prophecy of the Tenth Sibyl, a medieval best-seller, surviving in over 100 manuscripts from the 11th to the 16th century, predicts, among other things, the reign of evil despots, the return of the Antichrist and the sun turning to blood. This, and our earlier two posts on Ward’s Catalogue...