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September 28, 2016

Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

Heritage education for kids

An article on Heritage Watch’s excellent school programmes in Cambodia, teaching schoolkids the value of heritage as an investment in the future protection of sites. Children—A New Defense Against Looting? Cambodia Daily, 13 July 2016 For years, archaeologists excavating pre-Angkorian sites in Banteay Meanchey province unsuccessfully attempted to stop the looting of the area’s temples … Continue reading "Heritage education for kids"

A history of local activism at Borobodur

Borobudur is Indonesia’s most famous ancient temple site and also a Unesco World Heritage site. This story tells an inside history of how local communities have lobbied to protect the site from outside commercial interests. The hidden story of Borobudur Inside Indonesia, Jul-Sep 2016 The local resistance movement, whose lobbying against the mall was eventually … Continue reading "A history of local activism at Borobodur"

Enforcement of appropriate clothing at Angkor

Last month a clothing restriction was enforced in Angkor to prevent inappropriately dressed tourists from entering the temple grounds. Cambodia to ban tourists wearing “revealing clothes” to visit famed Angkor Xinhua, 05 July 2016 Angkor Wat in Cambodia dress code: Ban on scantily clad tourists The Border Mail, 13 July 2016 Tourists wearing “revealing clothes” … Continue reading "Enforcement of appropriate clothing at Angkor"

Archaeology Magazine

Bath Discovered in Roman Barracks in Bulgaria

Bulgaria Novae coinsWARSAW, POLAND—Science & Scholarship in Poland reports that a team of archaeologists from the Center for the Study of Antiquity of Southeastern Europe at the University of Warsaw excavated a Roman barracks at the site of Novae in Bulgaria. Although the buildings had been constructed with wood, the floor of one large room had been made from hydraulic mortar, suggesting that the room had been used as a bath. “Until now, throughout the empire only two baths in wooden buildings have been discovered, but never and nowhere in the barracks of legionnaires,” said archaeologist Piotr Dyczek. The team also uncovered terracotta and lead pipes, water channels lined with stone and bricks, and a collection of 48 coins dating from the beginning of the second century A.D. to the mid-third century A.D. Dyczek thinks the coins may have been hidden during the invasion of the Goths. To read more about archaeology in Bulgaria, go to "Thracian Treasure Chest."

Archaeologists Confirm Shipwreck is Franklin’s HMS Terror

Canada Franklin TerrorNUNAVUT, CANADA—Radio Canada International reports that Parks Canada underwater archaeologists have confirmed that the shipwreck discovered earlier this month by a team from the Arctic Research Foundation is the HMS Terror. The team conducted a side-scan sonar survey of the site and dove three times on the wreckage, which features three masts, iron bow sheathings, and a double-wheeled helm. “The dives took place during difficult weather conditions and through poor visibility,” said Marc-André Bernier, head of Underwater Archaeology at Parks Canada. “The wreck’s upper deck is heavily covered in silt and marine life.” The ship was found in uncharted waters in Terror Bay about 60 miles north of the site where the HMS Erebus was discovered in 2014. The two ships were abandoned in sea ice in 1848 by the polar explorers of Sir John Franklin’s Expedition. All 129 crew members were lost along with the ships. To read in-depth about the discovery of Erebus, go to "Franklin’s Last Voyage."

Tom Matrullo (Classics in Sarasota)

Another way to be introduced to Dante

We've spent a month with a couple of chapters from Eric Auerbach's Mimesis; let's hope it's been beneficial both as an objective example of close reading, and as a provocative, if complex, examination of significant elements of Dante's poetics. Alas, the last we saw of Auerbach, he was darkly pointing toward the eclipse of God -- an enigmatic pronouncement that we more or less agreed we don't know enough to understand.

For those who might be interested, Auerbach's earlier book, Dante: Poet of the Secular World is readily available and perhaps more accessible as an introduction to the poet. It's a fluent work that holds a larger historical framework in view even as it offers fresh insights in prose that is never dull. While it contains close readings, it also covers large swaths of cultural movement, and offers superb, almost portrait-like impressions of the early medieval allegorists, the courtly love poets of Provence and the Stilnovisti of Italy, among much more.

For what it's worth, I can't think of any better introduction to the voice, the work, and the scope of Dante Alighieri than Auerbach's Dante.

Archaeology Magazine

Engraved Blocks May Be From Ramses II Temple

Egypt Heliopolis templeCAIRO, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that the Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission has found a group of large blocks at the site of Matariya in northern Cairo, where the ancient city of Heliopolis was located. The blocks are thought to have been part of a temple built by Ramses II. Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Sector of the Ministry of Antiquities, said that the engravings on the blocks show Ramses II anointing a divinity. According to Aymen Ashmawi, co-director of the mission, the blocks would have come from the temple’s innermost rooms. “It confirms the hypothesis that Ramses II showed special interest in Heliopolis in the later decades of his long reign of almost 70 years,” Ashmawi said. For more on ancient Egypt, go to "The Great Parallelogram."

September 27, 2016

Archaeology Magazine

Could Neanderthals Hear & Speak Like Modern Humans?

Neanderthal ear ossiclesMUNICH, GERMANY—The Christian Science Monitor reports that scientists led by Alexander Stoessel of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology examined the tiny bones of the Neanderthal middle ear. They found that although the bones look very different from the ossicles of modern humans, they amplified the vibrations received from the eardrum in a way similar to the modern human ear. This suggests that Neanderthals were capable of hearing the same range of frequencies as modern humans, and probably heard speech as modern humans did. Previous research has found that Neanderthals and modern humans also had similar hyoid bones, a horseshoe-shaped structure that supports the tongue and the ability to speak. Unfortunately, a larynx, or voice box, which is formed from soft tissue, has not been found in the Neanderthal fossil record. “As humans, we always try to point out the differences between modern humans and Neanderthals to show that these are the different ones,” Stoessel said. “But now our research shows actually how similar they were to us.” For more on Neanderthals' abilities, go to "Gimme Middle Paleolithic Shelter."

Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews)

New broch site unearthed in Scotland

The remains of what could be an Iron Age broch have been identified in a loch near Whiteness (Shetland, Scotland) by a researcher from the University of Aberdeen. Michael Stratigos...

World's oldest snowshoe found on an Italian glacier

Scientists in Italy's Dolomite mountains have unveiled what they believe to be the world's oldest snowshoe. Carbon-dating has shown that the rudimentary snow shoe, made of birch wood and twine,...

Neolithic tomb in Orkney to close over safety fears

One of Orkney's most popular ancient landmarks is to be closed to the public due to concerns over safety. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced that Maes Howe, the biggest...

Amazing rock art panel studied and then reburied in Scotland

A prehistoric stone panel said to be the 'most important in Europe' had been unearthed for the first time in more than 50 years in Clydebank (West Dunbartonshire, Scotland). The...

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

Al-Aktal on “halal” food

While reading this post by Nassim Nicholas Taleb yesterday, I encountered the following interesting statement:

.. the 7th Century Christian Arab poet Al-Akhtal made a point to never eat halal meat, in his famous defiant poem boasting his Christianity: “I do not eat sacrificial flesh”

The article is talking about ways in which a minority can impose its values on a culture, and the context is the creeping way in which foodstuffs are made kosher or halal by manufacturers, simply for sales reasons.

But this is not important here. However I can quite imagine the quotation taking on a life of its own, and I’d like to track it down.

We do not tend to think of 7th century Arab poets who were a Christian.  I’d never heard of al-Akhtal.  So who was he?

Via a Google Books preview of an Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature, I found this article by G.J.H. Van Gelder:[1]

al-Akhtal (c. 20- C. 92/ c.640-c.710)

Ghiyath ibn Ghawth al-Akhtal was one of the great poets of the Umayyad period. Although he was, like his tribe, Taghlib, a (monophysite) Christian, he was favoured by leading Umayyad statesmen such as Ziyad ibn Abihi and al-Hajjaj. and even became the most important court-poet of the caliph Abd al-Malik. He was probably born in Hira in Iraq. In his youth he was a close companion of caliph Yazid I, with whom he shared a taste for heavy drinking. The many passages on  wine and drinking in his poems make al-Akhtal an important early bacchic poet. His fame as a poet rests mainly on his panegyric and invective, which are often combined in his numerous poems supporting Umayyad policy and attacking its opponents – state politics being, to a large extent, tribal politics. His career is closely associated with that of his contemporaries al-Farazdaq and Jarir; siding with the former against the latter, he produced a series of flytings or naqa’id in which personal and tribal invective mix with politics. In his poetry, which serves as both political propaganda and literary entertainment, he builds on the diction, themes and forms of pre-Islamic poetry. The panegyric ode of al-Akhtal and his contemporaries acquired a classical status: it became a model for subsequent periods. Not yet affected by the characteristics of the ‘modern poets’ or muhdathun, its language and diction were accepted by philologists and critics as sources of ‘pure Arabic.’

Text editions

Naqa’id Jarir wa-al-Akhtal, Antun Salihani (ed.), Beirut (1922) (the recension incorrectly attributed to Abu Tammam).
Shi’r al-Akhtal, Antun Salihani (Salhani) (ed.), Beirut (1891) [Online here]; with supplement, Beirut (1909); Fakhr al-Din Qabawa (ed.), Beirut, (1979).

Further reading

Abbot, Nabia, Studies in Arabic literary papyri, III: language and literature, Chicago (1972). passim.
Jayyusi, Salma K., ‘Umayyad Poetry’, in CHALUP, 387-413.
Kratchkovsky, L, ‘Der Wein in al-Aktal’s Gedichten’, in Festschrift G. Jacob, Leipzig  (1932), 146-64.
Lammens, H., ‘Le chantre des Omiades. Notes biographiques et litteraires sur le poete arabe chretien Aktal’, Journal Asiatique 9, vol. 4 (1894), 94-176, 193-241, 381-459.  [Online here].
Mattock, J., ‘A ba’iyya of al-Aktal in Praise of al-Walid b. ’Abd al-Malik’, Wagner Festschrift, 120-30.

Other materials can be found about Akhtal online, which repeat anecdotes of his role as a poet at the Damascus court of the Ummayad caliphs.  What I was unable to locate was any sign of English translations.  Nor was I able to find any source for the quotation (although I have tweeted an enquiry to the article author).

Let me end instead with an Academia article here by Suzanne Stetkevych which perhaps might illuminate the context in which Akhtal may have made his remark.[2]  The anecdote is by someone named al-Iṣbahānī, Kitāb al-Aghānī:

Al-Akhṭal came before ʿAbd al-Malik ibn Marwān who asked him to recite for him. “My throat is dry,” responded the poet, “Order someone to bring me a drink.” “Bring him some water,” ordered the Caliph. “That’s for donkeys,” said al-Akhṭal, “and we have plenty of it.” “Then give him milk.” “I’ve long since been weaned!” “Then give him honey.” “That’s for the sick!” “Well, what do you want?” “Wine, O Commander of the Faithful!” “Have you ever known me to serve wine, you bastard?! If it weren’t for the inviolable bond between us, O what I would do to you!” So al-Akhṭal left and came upon one of ʿAbd al-Malik’s attendants. “Damn you,” he said to him, “the Commander of the Faithful ordered me to recite, but my voice was hoarse. Give me some wine!” So he did. Then al-Akhṭal said, “Match it with another!” So he did. “You have left the two of them fighting in my stomach, better give me a third!” So he did. “Now you’ve left me listing to one side, give me a fourth for balance.” The servant gave it to him, and al-Akhṭal went before ʿAbd al-Malik and recited:

Those that dwelt with you have left in haste
departing at evening or at dawn,
Alarmed and driven out by fate’s caprice
they head for distant lands.

When he finished the poem, ʿAbd al-Malik said to a servant boy, “Take him by the hand, boy, and help him out, heap robes of honor upon him, and reward him generously.” Then he proclaimed, “Every people has its poet, and the poet of the Banū Umayya is al-Akhṭal.”

The poem is in fact much longer than the single verse given, and endorses the Ummayads at length.  The “transgression” above is for asking the Muslim ruler for wine.  Indeed Akhtal was so visibly drunk by the end that he had to be helped out of the room!  But the importance  to an Arab ruler of being endorsed by an established poet was greater than any newly made-up rules about wine.

It is curious to note that there is no real interest in our society in making Arabic literature  accessible to us all.  A proper handbook of Arabic literature, like Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, but readable and brought up to date, would be a benison.  As it stands, who but specialists can even access this literature?

UPDATE: Well, well.  On p.116 of the Journal Asiatique article are the verses we seek.  The caliph Abd-al Malik was hardly very committed to Islam, but still made the effort.

One day, when Akhtal came to recite a brilliant panegyric, the prince asked, “Why don’t you become a Muslim?”

“I will,” said the poet, laughing, “so long as you grant me the use of wine and an exemption from Ramadan.”

Abd-al Malik, whose proposal was serious, took this ribaldry badly.  “Know,” he said, “that once you become a Muslim, if you neglect even one of the obligations of Islam, I’ll have you beheaded.”

Unfazed, Akhtal responded with these verses:

“No! I will never observe the fast of Ramadan, nor eat the flesh of sacrifices.
Never will I drive a young and robust camel towards the valley of Mecca in the time of pilgrimage.
Never will I cry out like a donkey, “Come! To prayer!”
But I will continue to drink the blessed liquor, and to prostrate myself at daybreak.”

“But,” said the Caliph, “what attraction has this wretched drink for you?”

“Sire,” replied Akhtal, “when I drink then I don’t worry about you any more than about the strap of my sandal.”

“Improvise some verses on this thought,” said the Caliph, decidedly in a bad mood, “or I will lift your head off from your shoulders!” The poet had to comply; but luckily in this matter he was not taken off-guard:

If my wish makes me take two goes to empty three cups of a generous vintage, I get up, dragging the folds of my robe as if I was your master, O Master of the Faithful.[3]

The first reference given is “Divan 156 and 154”.  This appears to be a publication “Divan of Akhtal”, published by the Catholic press at Beirut “last year”.  This is probably an Arabic publication of some kind; at any rate, beyond my ability to locate.  Is it perhaps the “Shi’r al-Akhtal” listed above?

Still good news to find even this much.

  1. [1] Edited by Julie Scott Meisami, and Paul Starkey.  1998.  Vol. 1, p.67.  Impossibly expensive to buy, of course.
  2. [2] “Al-Akhtal at the Court of `Abd al-Malik: The Qasida and the Construction of Umayyad Authority”, in: Christians and Others in the Ummayad state, ed. A. Borrut &c., p.133.
  3. [3] Un jour que celui-ci venait de lui réciter un brillant panégyrique : « Pourquoi, lui dit le prince, ne te fais-tu pas musulman ? — J’accepte, répondit le poète en riant, si l’on m’accorde l’usage du vin et la dispense du Ramadan. » ‘Abdalmalik, dont la proposition avait été très sérieuse, prit mal la plaisanterie. «Sache-le bien, répliqua-t-il, une fois musulman , si tu négligeais une seule des obligations de l’islam, je te ferais trancher la tête ! » — Sans se laisser déconcerter, Ahtal répondit par ces vers :
    Non! jamais je n’observerai le jeune du Ramadan, ni ne mangerai la chair des victimes.
    Jamais je ne pousserai vers la vallée de la Mecque an temps du pèlerinage une jeune et robuste chamelle.
    Jamais je n’irai crier comme un âne : Allons ! à la prière !
    Mais je continuerai à boire la bienfaisante liqueur et me prosternerai au lever de l’aurore!
    «Mais, demanda le prince, quel attrait a donc pour toi cette maudite boisson? — Sire, répondit Ahtal, quand j’en ai bu, je ne me soucie pas plus de ta personne que des courroies de ma sandale. — Improvise des vers sur cette pensée, dit le calife décidément de mauvaise humeur, ou je te ferai sauter la tête des épaules! » Le poète dut s’exécuter; heureusement sur cette matière il n’était jamais pris au dépourvu : Si mon commensai me fait à deux reprises vider trois coupes d’un vin généreux, Je me lève, traînant les pans de ma robe, comme si j’étais ton maître, O maître des croyants.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Online British Mandate: A Survey of Palestine

 [First posted in AWOL 27 October 2010. Updated 27 September 2016]

British Mandate: A Survey of Palestine, prepared by the British Mandate for UN prior to proposing the 1947 partition plan

This is the official books produced by Government of Palestinian (British Mandate) for the years of 1944-1945 which was prepared by the British Mandate for the United Nation Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) in 1946. These three volumes contain a wealth of information about Palestine until the end of 1946...
Volume I
Volume II

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Open Access Atlas: Syria & Iraq

Atlas: Syria & Iraq
Published by: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior,
Year: 2016

Table of contents:
Regional overview..................................................................................................6
Syria & Iraq: Topography and administrative divisions........................................8
Syria & Iraq:  Physiography..................................................................................10
Syria & Iraq: Control of territory January 2015....................................................12
Syria & Iraq: Control of territory June 2016..........................................................14
Syria & Iraq: Major Clashes January 2015 –June  2016........................................16
Syria & Iraq: Religious and sectarian groups January  2014..................................18
Syria & Iraq: Ethnic and linguistic groups January 2014.......................................20
Kurds in the Middle East.........................................................................................22
Oil and gas fields in Iraq and Syria.........................................................................24
Camps for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and IDPs 2016.............................................26
Syrian/Iraqi citizens and Syrian/Iraqi-born population 2015..... ...........................28
Asylum applications of Syrian/Iraqi citizens 2015................................................30
Syrian/Iraqi refugees and IDPs 2015.....................................................................32

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New discovery in Matariya points to a King Ramses II temple

The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission at Matariya archaeological site discovered new evidence...

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Master di II livello in Geotecnologie per l’Archeologia (GTARC) 2016-2017

Il Master Universitario di II livello in Geotecnologie per l’Archeologia (GTARC) è rivolto a neo-laureati e ai professionisti del settore archeologico, che vogliano completare e consolidare le proprie competenze integrando la tecnologia e l’archeologia, attraverso un percorso formativo specifico altamente tecnico e applicativo.
Obiettivo del Master è fornire ai partecipanti la consapevolezza critica delle potenzialità e dei limiti di ciascuno strumento tecnologico, per acquisire le conoscenze sufficienti a pianificare e realizzare indagini in siti di interesse archeologico.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

sAb Corpus Prosopographie

 [First posted in AWOL 3 January 2013, updated 27 September 2016]

sAb Corpus Prosopographie
Le présent ouvrage a pour objet de mettre à la disposition du lecteur une banque de données basique relative aux titres sAb à l’Ancien Empire et à la Première Période Intermédiaire. Elle s’articule autour de 79 titres regroupés en autant de sections,
chacune d’elles contenant les occurrences du titre que j’ai pu récolter.
Chaque occurrence fait l’objet d’une entrée numérotée comportant le nom du titulaire, l’époque, le lieu de la découverte (avec mention des coordonnées de la Topographical Bibliography de Porter et Moss lorsqu’elles sont disponibles) ou la référence muséale, une bibliographie sommaire, et la titulature du défunt à laquelle j’ai pu accéder.
[From the Introduction to volume 1]
sAb Corpus Prosopographie, vol. I (Old Kingdom and FIP)
version 5 (March 2014)
by Etienne Vande Walle

In PDF-format, 378 pages, with 3 (private) photos. Suggestions and corrections are invited.
Based on this material, the author published an article (in English) about the sAb-titel in the June 2011 issue of the journal Egyptological.
Versions 4 and 5 included major updates.

Text version 5 (3.5MB; PDF)

sAb Corpus Prosopographie, vol. II (Middle Kingdom and SIP)
version 1 (April 2013)
by Etienne Vande Walle

In PDF-format, 98 pages. Suggestions, additions, and corrections are invited.

Text version 1 (4.1MB; PDF)

sAb Corpus Prosopographie, vol. III (New Kingdom)
version 1 (December 2013)
by Etienne Vande Walle

In PDF-format, 110 pages. Suggestions, additions, and corrections are invited.

Text version 1 (4.5MB; PDF)

Kristina Killgrove (Powered By Osteons)

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 42)

In this installment, we continue our theme from last week of kids' books with incorrect anatomy.  This image comes from Dr. Heather Bonney, the human remains collections manager at the National History Museum in London, who notes it's from a cut-out-and-build skeleton book:

For anyone keeping score, those are the metatarsals, not the carpals. I don't know about you, but I'm glad my wrist isn't attached to my ankle!

Previous Installments of Who needs an osteologist?

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How oral cultures memorize so much information

Ancient Celtic bards were famous for the sheer quantity of information they could memorize. This...

Ben Blackwell (Dunelm Road)

Christology and Ontology: Colossians 2.9

Continuing a series of posts about NT Christology, Larry Hurtado recently posted about “Chronology and Ontology“. There, he makes this claim:

So, how can we say that “ontological” categories don’t appear to be operative in earliest Christological texts? Negatively, there is the absence of the sort of philosophical terms that make their appearance in subsequent Christian texts. Positively, the Christological statements that we do have in NT texts seem to me to express claims more of a relational and transactional nature. In various ways, Jesus is uniquely linked with God, and is conferred (by God) with a unique status and role in relation to God.

My thoughts immediately ran to Colossians 2.9, which he doesn’t mention in his post. However, after being questioned in the comments about Col 2.9 and Heb 1.4, he follows up with a comment:

Sure, there are verbal links, but the sentences (and so the connotation of the terms) are different. And remember that sentences are the primary semantic unit, not “words”. So, e.g., in Col 2:9, Jesus is the one in whom “the fullness of deity dwells bodily,” which makes Jesus the vehicle of deity, which is a bit different from the later questions about whether the “Son” and God the Father share the same “essence.” And in Hebrews 1:3, the Son bears “the stamp” of God’s “being,” the term hypostasis used here in its more typical sense, whereas in the later Christological debates the term takes on a new/peculiar sense designating the particularity of the divinity of each of the three “persons” of the Trinity. Again, let’s respect the historical particularities of any text.

I  (Ben) wrote an article on Colossians 2.9–“You Are Filled in Him: Theosis and Colossians 2–3“–and among the topics I treat there is the ontology of this passage. As I point out there, even Dunn concedes how the terminology is relevant:

Dunn, for instance, while defending the latter option [that the dwelling is functional not ontological], concedes that θεότης “was sufficiently familiar in literary Greek to denote the nature or essence of deity, that which constitutes deity.” [Dunn, Colossians, 151]

In response to Dunn and McGrath, I make use of Hurtado’s conceptualities to argue for an ontological reading:

In one of his more recent works, Hurtado notes the informal distinction
in NT texts between discourse and practice, that is, there is a triadic shape of the God-discourse (elevated language about Father, Son, and Spirit) alongside a dyadic devotional practice (focused on the Father and Son). 24 In this taxonomy, the hymn in 1:15–20 reflects devotional practice, whereas 2:9 reflects God-discourse, since it is focused more on concepts than practice. That is, repeating but also expanding the language of 1:19, Paul is clarifying in 2:9 what he means by the fullness dwelling in Christ: it is the fullness of deity. That this fullness is not just God’s presence with Christ is shown through 1:15–20, where the cultic devotion reserved for God alone is now also given to Christ. Thus, 1:15–20 with its devotional practice and 2:9–10 with its God-discourse mutually inform one another.

As part of my conclusions, I write:

Paul’s use of θεότης invites us to consider the ontology of the assertion because the term itself relates to the divine essence. Francis Watson and others have rightly argued that in Paul’s letters that Christ’s function coheres with a divine ontology. Though addressing a later debate, the language and conceptualities of Nicaea can be of help. Importantly, one of the major topics in the Nicene debates was the issue of the coherence of act and being. That is, the orthodox confession was that Christ’s being (ontology) and act (function) cohere so that he is divine as the Father is divine. Thus, although extrabiblical concepts were employed to support the argument in the fourth century, the affirmations reflect the same judgments regarding the “unique divine identity” that Bauckham argues is in play in first-century assertions like we see in 2:9.

Of course, there is much more content and substance to my argument in the essay, but I would argue that ontology is too easily dismissed by Hurtado in this case because he wants to separate concepts and judgments. We should be sensitive to the problem of anachronism, but being too sensitive to it means that we miss the similarities.

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15th-century book owners early 'upcyclers'

Upcycling may be viewed as a new “green” trend, but an Art Historian at the University...

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

In Defense of Housing

Peter Marcuse’s and David J. Madden’s In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis (Verso 2016) is a elegant survey of issues facing housing on a global scale. For the authors, the contemporary housing crisis exists in the tension between housing as home and housing as a commodity. Marcuse and Madden juxtapose the multimillion dollar luxury condominiums in New York and London with the need for basic, affordable housing in the same cities. The multimillion dollar apartments, however, were rarely occupied whereas the basic and affordable housing are a key factor in social cohesion, personal dignity, and the health of individuals and communities. The problem is that both affordable housing and luxury condominiums represent commodities, investments, and figments of complex, global financial arrangements that belie their material presence and the central role that basic housing plays in the lives of billions of people. This book argues that for our society to restore a human character to housing and to protect it as a basic right for all people, the state (on a global scale!) must transform and undermine the system of commodifying and financializing housing. The push might come from tenant and housing activists, but the change must come from the top. 

My interest in housing emerged over the last five years of working on the archaeology of workforce housing in the Bakken oil patch in western North Dakota. Among better known issues that emerged during the Bakken Oil Boom was a housing crisis that was mitigated in part by a range of temporary workforce housing sites collectively called “man camps.” In keeping with Madden and Marcuse, these housing sites followed the flow of global capital into the region and distant landlords and eventually developers seeded the landscape with a range of housing options from tidy, new subdivisions to informal settlements filled with RVs and dusty roads. During the boom, the primary concern was housing the influx of workers, but as the boom has turned to bust, housing has become a financial concern for communities who have massive inventories of newly built apartments and homes and abandoned workforce housing sites whose investors have pulled their capital for greener pastures or been left with properties that will not generate income or appreciate.

While the Bakken boom and bust has made obvious the financial systems that fuel both extractive industries and the global housing market, it has also made visible the complex attitudes of individuals involved in most ephemeral aspects of the global housing market. The temporary workforce that supported the oil industry in the Bakken had distinct attitudes toward “home” that ranged from an affection for mobile RV to a nostalgia for distant (and often past) stability of farms, suburban neighborhoods, or rural communities. These individuals constantly made financial calculations that allowed them to negotiate the tension between home and the placelessness of the global market. The maintenance of a garden at an RV made a temporary vehicle into a home. Practices like “hot sheeting,” squatting, and corporate housing by global logistics companies allowed workers to separate where they lived from a sentimental concept of home. These strategies subverted and renegotiated the ways in which the fiscal realities of a commodified housing market on the ground and offered examples of resistance more subtle (and perhaps less idealistic) than the kind of tenant activism celebrated in Marcuse’s and Madden’s work.

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200-year-old pub found under Manchester, England

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Jim Davila (

An ancient triclinium in Jerusalem?

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What Can We Learn From a Nazi Time Capsule?

Archaeologists recently dug up a long-buried capsule underneath a former Nazi training facility.A...

Jim Davila (

Jewish and gentile courts in the Talmud

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DSS photo gallery

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Archaeological News on Tumblr

Ancient Roman coins unearthed from castle ruins in Okinawa

NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – Coins issued in ancient Rome have been excavated from the ruins of a castle in...

Jim Davila (

Crackdown on Chinese Jews in Kaifeng reported

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Virginia L. Campbell (Pompeian Connections)

Civis Britannicus Sum

Today marks an odd sort of anniversary for me: sixteen years ago I arrived in the UK, with the intention of completing a MA and returning home to the US at the end of a year. Clearly, that didn’t quite go to plan, and here I remain. Earlier this month, I became a British citizen. In many ways this was a decision made for practical and legal issues rather than a sudden overwhelming desire to be British, but the ceremony itself, in conjunction with a number of other issues currently in the forefront of my native country, got me thinking about what it means to be a citizen of any place, at any time, and how the concepts of citizenship, nationalism, and patriotism can become so muddled.

In the defensive action that made Cicero’s career, In Verrem (II.5.162), Cicero described an event of a man being beaten who defends himself with the words ‘Civis Romanus sum.’ He believed his claim to Roman citizenship was enough to protect him from torture and death. This idea has resonated politically – it was quoted by Lord Palmerston in a speech to Parliament in 1850, is the basis of President Kennedy’s ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech, and was referenced by (unfortunately) fictional President Jed Bartlett in The West Wing. However, Cicero also said ‘But no one who had any acquaintance with our laws or our customs, who wished to retain his rights as a citizen of Rome, ever dedicated himself to another city.’ (Pro Balbo 30). I’ve not only dedicated myself to another country, but to another ruler and thus, in essence, form of government. As part of becoming a citizen of the UK, I had to swear the following oath:


This is interesting for a number of reasons.  It is asking naturalised citizens for an oath that is not demanded of the born citizenry. Not only is there no request for such an oath if born here, but there are many Brits of a pro-Republic leaning who would balk at promising allegiance to the monarchy, and thus wouldn’t be able to fulfill the same requirement asked of someone willingly choosing to become a citizen. More to the point, however, it reminded me of another oath, one sworn by citizens of Paphlagonia in 3 BC:

Paphlagonian Oath OGIS 532.
‘In the third year after the twelfth consulship of Imperator Caesar, son of the god, Augustus, on the day before the nones of March at Gangra in the market place, this oath was sworn by the inhabitant of Paphlagonia and the Romans who do business in the country.
I swear by Zeus, Hera, the Sun, and all the gods and goddesses, and Augustus himself, that I will be loyal to Caesar Augustus and his children and descendents all the time of my life by word and deed and thought, holding as friend whomsoever they so hold, and considering as enemies whomsoever they so judge, and for their interests I will spare neither body nor soul nor life nor children, but will endure every peril for their cause. If I see or hear anything being said or planned or done against them, I will lay information and I will be the enemy of such sayer or planner or doer; whomsoever they themselves judge to be their enemies, them I will pursue and resist by land and by sea, with arms and with iron. If I do anything contrary to this oath or not according as I have sworn, I invoke death and destruction upon myself and my body and soul and children and all my race and interests to the last generation of my children’s children, and may neither the earth nor the sea receive the bodies of my family and my descendants, nor bear crops for them.
The same oath was sworn by all the rural population at the shrines of Augustus in the districts beside the altars of Augustus.’

This was a remarkable thing at the time – wherein citizens of a province were required not to swear an oath to Rome – but to a single man, Augustus. Cicero’s concept of Roman citizenship seems to have been superseded by a notion of patriotism, that is, loyalty to country, fatherland, and etymologically, ultimately the father. Augustus was, after all, named Pater Patriae by the Senate in the following year. The notion of being a citizen of Rome seems not to have changed much on the ground (as far as the evidence reveals), but the ideas of what that means and to whom one is loyal fundamentally shifts with the onset of empire.

I think, in essence, the idea of empire and monarchy are what Rome and Britain have in common in terms of what they ask of their citizenry, both natural born and naturalised. I am not quite sure if the same can be said of the US. In the years I have lived in the UK, I have become aware of an acute difference between what for Brits is nationalism (especially in regards to identification as English, Welsh, etc.), and for Americans is patriotism. The American idea of patriotism (so many flags!) is one I have struggled to negotiate most of my life, and has recently become a larger issue as part of protests arising around the national anthem, the Black Lives Matters movement, and other social injustices. And yet, no one (as far as I am aware), who knows I am now a citizen of two countries has called into question my allegiance to either.


Regardless, I am keenly aware that whatever passport I hold, on some level I will always be identified as an American, and not British. Cicero would probably have a few choice words for me, but somehow, I think the Paphlagonians might be more understanding.

Tagged: Augustus, citizenship, History, Rome

James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

Test Your Memory of the Memory Conference

Chris Keith and Steve Walton drew attention to the videos that have been made available of the papers read at the conference about memory and Jesus at St. Mary’s University. I’m delighted these have been made available, since I wanted to attend the conference but was unable to. But what I’d really like is for [Read More...]

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

A TECHNOLOGYforALL ENEA partecipa con strumentazioni hi-tech per i beni culturali

Al “TECHNOLOGYforALL”, gli esperti dell’ENEA illustreranno le tecnologie innovative, le attività e le strumentazioni hi-tech – come laser scanner e fibre ottiche –  per studiare lo stato di conservazione di reperti di pregio storico e culturale. In particolare, martedì 4 dalle 10 alle 16.30, nella Villa di Massenzio, sull’Appia Antica, gli esperti dell’ENEA effettueranno test sullo stato di conservazione e la presenza di bio-degrado di alcuni affreschi, utilizzando  un laser scanner RGB-ITR e il LIF scanning CALIFFO riproducendone il modello 3D di laser scanner a colori.

American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Events

All the glisters on the Silk Road: Lapis, Glass and Syria

October 04, 2016 - 10:54 AM - LECTURE Dr Wendy Reade, Honorary Associate of Archaeology, University of Sydney

Spuren der Befestigung von Weihgeschenken am archaischen Apollon-Tempel in Syrakus

September 28, 2016 - 10:51 AM - LECTURE Daphni Doepner (Bonn)

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2016.09.43: Ambroise de Milan, La fuite du siècle. Introduction, texte critique, traduction et notes. Sources chrétiennes, 576

Review of Camille Gerzaguet, Ambroise de Milan, La fuite du siècle. Introduction, texte critique, traduction et notes. Sources chrétiennes, 576. Paris: 2015. Pp. 379. €45.00 (pb). ISBN 9782204104647.

2016.09.42: Digital Classics outside the Echo-Chamber: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement

Review of Gabriel Bodard, Matteo Romanello, Digital Classics outside the Echo-Chamber: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement. London: 2016. Pp. 234. £34.99. ISBN 9781909188617.

Compitum - publications

K. Brodersen, Palladius. Das Bauernjahr


Kai Brodersen, Palladius. Das Bauernjahr, Berlin-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Sammlung Tusculum
704 pages
ISBN : 9783110440133
98 $

How did the agricultural year look in ancient times? Palladius's influential work on agriculture in late antiquity provides a detailed answer. It was widely disseminated during the Middle Ages and early modern period, and had a major influence on the development of farm work. For the first time, the 15 books that make up this work are made accessible in a Latin-German bilingual edition.

Source : De Gruyter

American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Events

La circulation du denier romain en Grèce à l’époque hellénistique

October 07, 2016 - 10:30 AM - ΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ Patrick MARCHETTI Université de Namur – Χαρίκλεια Παπαγεωργιάδου IIE / EIE

Les relations France-Grèce pendant la dictature (1967-1974). Exil, engagement, résistance

October 07, 2016 - 10:20 AM - ΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ Servanne Jollivet CNRS/ENS - TransferS – Νικόλαoς Μανιτάκης ΕΚΠΑ

American School of Classical Studies in Athens: News

VIDEOCAST - Glimpses of the Past in the Cultural Expressions of Greece and Turkey - Session I

History in Motion: Relating the Past through Cinema and Televized Serials Yannis Papadopoulos & Thanassis Agathos, “Byzantium in Greek Cinema and Television”

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Dodgy Dealers Faking Provenance Could be out of Pocket, Hugely

The Dancing Shiva was returned
to India in September 2014,
after it was found to have been
stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu.
This will be a lesson for any antiquities dealer tempted to supply objects with a false provenance (Anne Barker, 'Dancing Shiva: National Gallery of Australia should get $11m compensation for stolen statue, court rules' ABC News 26th Sept 2016)  
The Supreme Court of New York has granted a motion in favour of a $11 million payment to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), as compensation for its purchase of a stolen Indian antiquity from disgraced New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor that was later returned to India. The court has entered a 'default' judgement, meaning it was made without hearing evidence from Kapoor, who is in custody awaiting trial in India. 
The NGA in Canberra had bought the statue for $US5 million from Kapoor's New York gallery Art of the Past (AOP) in 2008.
It did so after Kapoor and an AOP gallery employee Aaron Freedman supplied the NGA with documents that purported to vouch for the statue's lawful and legitimate provenance. These included a document certifying that an Indian diplomat Abdulla Mehgoub had lawfully bought the Shiva in Delhi in 1970. Another document — a Letter of Provenance — asserted that his widow Raj Mehgoub later sold the statue to AOP in 2003. The letter purportedly certified that the statue had been out of India since 1971.
The statue had instead been stolen in 2006 from the Brihadeeswarar temple at Sripuranthan and smuggled to the US. The NGA claimed its money back from Kapoor and then sought compensation because "due to wrongful and criminal actions, NGA paid $US5 million for an artefact with a clouded title, and that the NGA had been damaged. " The NGA is considering whether to bring other cases against Kapoor because of other items they bought from him which are now having to be handed back. There are ten of them, and the price paid was in the millions also.
"The NGA is considering all legal options available," the NGA's assistant director Alison Wright told the ABC. [...] "We do believe we are the victims of fraud in relation to provenance supplied by the dealership [...]" Ms Wright said. She said the NGA is committed to investigate the provenance of all 5,000 works in its Asian collection.

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Sesto Workshop latino-americano su Fisica e Chimica in Archeologia, Arte e Conservazione dei Beni Culturali - LASMAC 2017

Il Center for Archaeological and Anthropological Studies and Administration di Tiwanaku (CIAAAT), ha l'onore di organizzare il VI Simposio LAMSAC (2017), nella città di La Paz, Bolivia a Luglio 2017.
Il fine è di organizare un meeting internazionale di alto livello scientifico sugli studi condotti in America Latina che forniscono conoscenza aggiornata sulla fisica e la chimica applicata all'archeologia, l'arte e la conservazione dei beni culturali, con uno speciale interesse alle tecniche non distruttive.
In questo evento si cercarà di iniziare un dialogo sui diversi temi in questo campo, inclusi quelli interdisciplinari diretti ad indagini difficili, condividendo le reciproche esperienze,i  punti di forza, ed i risultati con l'idea di generare nuove metodologie nei circoli accademici.

Il primo simposio LASMAC si è svolto a San Paolo, in Brasile, nel 2007, il secondo a Cancun, in Messico nel 2009, e il terzo a Lima, in Perù nel 2011, il quarto a Bogotà, in Colombia (nel 2013) e l'ultimo a Quito, in Ecuador (nel 2015). Per quest'ultimo simposio La Paz è stata scelta per organizzare il VI Simposio, dove si è inviati a contribuire con le proprie indagini.

Compitum - événements (tous types)

Caričin Grad (Justiniana Prima)

Titre: Caričin Grad (Justiniana Prima)
Lieu: Université Lille III / Lille - Villeneuve d Ascq
Catégorie: Séminaires, conférences
Date: 19.10.2016
Heure: 18.00 h

Information signalée par Dominic Moreau

Conférence de Vujadin Ivanišević (Institut archéologique de Belgrade)

Caričin Grad (Justiniana Prima) : cent ans de recherches archéologiques


Les organisateurs du 3e Séminaire de l'UMR 8164 (HALMA) sur Constantinople dans l'Antiquité tardive

sont heureux d'inviter

Vujadin Ivanišević (Institut archéologique de Belgrade)

pour une conférence sur le thème de

Caričin Grad (Justiniana Prima) : cent ans de recherches archéologiques

qui aura lieu le 19 octobre 2016, à 18h

à l'Université de Lille - SHS

en salle FO.44 de la Maison de la Recherche

Lieu de la manifestation : Villeneuve d'Ascq, Université de Lille - SHS, salle FO.44 de la Maison de la Recherche
Organisation : Dominic Moreau et Javier Arce
Contact :

Paysage et nécropole en Grèce ancienne

Titre: Paysage et nécropole en Grèce ancienne
Lieu: Université Toulouse II - Le Mirail / Toulouse
Catégorie: Séminaires, conférences
Date: 20.10.2016
Heure: 14.00 h - 18.00 h

Information signalée par Estelle Galbois

Histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique : le rôle de relais de la Grèce

Séminaire PLH-CRATA


Programme séminaire 1 du CRATA
Septembre-décembre 2016
Le Jeudi tous les 15 jours 14h-18h, salle G 113, UFR HAA

Histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique : le rôle de relais de la Grèce
Resp. E. Galbois, J.-M. Luce, S. Rougier-Blanc

Le séminaire CRATA 1 (équipe PLH-CRATA) aura lieu cette année au premier semestre. Il est ouvert à tous et forme les étudiants à l'actualité de la recherche. Des chercheurs de l'équipe mais aussi d'autres unités et d'autres universités sont sollicités. Pour 2016-2017, le thème choisi touche à l'histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique. Le rôle de relais qu'a joué la Grèce dans les grandes évolutions environnementales du début de l'âge des métaux à la fin de l'Antiquité sera plus particulièrement étudié. En effet, la déforestation, les cultures en terrasse, la culture des plantes pluriannuelles (sauf la vigne), ou certaines espèces animales se sont diffusées d'Est en Ouest, balayant toute la Méditerranée, jusqu'à la façade océanique, pendant cette longue période. Ces phénomènes sont étroitement liés aux évolutions du contexte historique : le développement des civilisations palatiales de l'Age du Bronze en Méditerranée orientale, la colonisation au début de l'Age du fer, la conquête romaine et la "mondialisation" à petite échelle qui s'en est suivie. Ils ont aussi eu des conséquences socio-économiques majeures en Grèce. Dans les civilisations impactées, ils ont également changé la perception que les Anciens avaient de leur environnement et de la nature en général, comme l'atteste le développement d'un art paysager à partir du début de l'époque hellénistique. Afin de développer ces différents thèmes, le séminaire explorera les sources offertes par les sciences dites environnementales (paléobotanique, archéozoologie), les données archéologiques, mais aussi les corpus de textes littéraires et d'inscriptions.

Séance 1. Introduction. Le 6.10 (14 à 16h)

Séance 2. Paysage et nécropole le 20.10 ( 14h-18h)
- Paysages funéraires en Grèce du Nord à l'âge du Fer, Anne Zahra Chemssedhoha (PLH- CRATA)
- Les tombes de l'Age du fer dans les paysages de la Crète, Aurélie Aubignac (Montpellier)

Séance 3. Forêts, arbres et bois en Grèce ancienne le 10.11 ( 14h-18h)
-Histoire et environnement forestier : forêt, arbre et matériau bois dans le monde mycénien et au premier âge du fer en Grèce continentale Sylvie Rougier-Blanc (PLH-CRATA)
-Les bois sacrés : état des lieux Stéphane Lamouille (doctorant PLH-CRATA)

Séance 4. Mobilités grecques et impacts sur le paysage : les enjeux de la colonisation
archaïque le 24.11 (14h-18h)
- Intervenant à définir
- La colonisation dans la Méditerranée occidentale (Italie, Sardaigne, Gaule) grecque au
travers de la carpologie (titre provisoire), Philippe Marinval (CNRS)

Séance 5. Les forêts dans l'Antiquité le 1.12 (14h-18h)
- Chronogéographie de la déforestation : l'exemple de la Grèce et de l'Italie Jean-Marc Luce - titre à préciser, Didier Galop (CNRS, GEODE)
Séance 5. Le paysage dans l'art grec antique le 8.12
-Paysage et sculpture grecque Jean-Marc Luce
-Paysage et peintures nilotiques : l'Égypte gréco romaine Estelle Galbois (PLH-CRATA)

Séance 6 le 15.12.16 Journée d'Etudes dans le cadre du séminaire (9h-18h)
9h Introduction
"Animaux, environnement et Antiquité "
9h30-10h 30-Le chat dans le monde grec antique, Jean-Marc Luce (PLH-CRATA)
10h30-12h30 La fourmi chez les Pères Latins, Régis Courtray (PLH-CRATA)
14h-16h La poule et son histoire dans l'Antiquité, Christophe Chandezon et Armelle Gardeisen (Montpellier III)
16h-17h Les animaux dans les terres cuites de l'Égypte gréco-romaine, Estelle Galbois (PLH- CRATA)
17h30 Conclusion du séminaire

Lieu de la manifestation : TOULOUSE, Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès
Organisation : Estelle Galbois, Jean-Marc Luce, Sylvie Rougier-Blanc
Contact :

Histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique

Titre: Histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique
Lieu: Université Toulouse II - Le Mirail / Toulouse
Catégorie: Séminaires, conférences
Date: 06.10.2016
Heure: 14.00 h - 16.00 h

Information signalée par Estelle Galbois

Histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique : le rôle de relais de la Grèce

Séminaire PLH-CRATA


Programme séminaire 1 du CRATA
Septembre-décembre 2016
Le Jeudi tous les 15 jours 14h-18h, salle G 113, UFR HAA

Histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique : le rôle de relais de la Grèce
Resp. E. Galbois, J.-M. Luce, S. Rougier-Blanc

Le séminaire CRATA 1 (équipe PLH-CRATA) aura lieu cette année au premier semestre. Il est ouvert à tous et forme les étudiants à l'actualité de la recherche. Des chercheurs de l'équipe mais aussi d'autres unités et d'autres universités sont sollicités. Pour 2016-2017, le thème choisi touche à l'histoire de l'environnement dans la Méditerranée antique. Le rôle de relais qu'a joué la Grèce dans les grandes évolutions environnementales du début de l'âge des métaux à la fin de l'Antiquité sera plus particulièrement étudié. En effet, la déforestation, les cultures en terrasse, la culture des plantes pluriannuelles (sauf la vigne), ou certaines espèces animales se sont diffusées d'Est en Ouest, balayant toute la Méditerranée, jusqu'à la façade océanique, pendant cette longue période. Ces phénomènes sont étroitement liés aux évolutions du contexte historique : le développement des civilisations palatiales de l'Age du Bronze en Méditerranée orientale, la colonisation au début de l'Age du fer, la conquête romaine et la "mondialisation" à petite échelle qui s'en est suivie. Ils ont aussi eu des conséquences socio-économiques majeures en Grèce. Dans les civilisations impactées, ils ont également changé la perception que les Anciens avaient de leur environnement et de la nature en général, comme l'atteste le développement d'un art paysager à partir du début de l'époque hellénistique. Afin de développer ces différents thèmes, le séminaire explorera les sources offertes par les sciences dites environnementales (paléobotanique, archéozoologie), les données archéologiques, mais aussi les corpus de textes littéraires et d'inscriptions.

Séance 1. Introduction. Le 6.10 (14 à 16h)

Séance 2. Paysage et nécropole le 20.10 ( 14h-18h)
- Paysages funéraires en Grèce du Nord à l'âge du Fer, Anne Zahra Chemssedhoha (PLH- CRATA)
- Les tombes de l'Age du fer dans les paysages de la Crète, Aurélie Aubignac (Montpellier)

Séance 3. Forêts, arbres et bois en Grèce ancienne le 10.11 ( 14h-18h)
-Histoire et environnement forestier : forêt, arbre et matériau bois dans le monde mycénien et au premier âge du fer en Grèce continentale Sylvie Rougier-Blanc (PLH-CRATA)
-Les bois sacrés : état des lieux Stéphane Lamouille (doctorant PLH-CRATA)

Séance 4. Mobilités grecques et impacts sur le paysage : les enjeux de la colonisation
archaïque le 24.11 (14h-18h)
- Intervenant à définir
- La colonisation dans la Méditerranée occidentale (Italie, Sardaigne, Gaule) grecque au
travers de la carpologie (titre provisoire), Philippe Marinval (CNRS)

Séance 5. Les forêts dans l'Antiquité le 1.12 (14h-18h)
- Chronogéographie de la déforestation : l'exemple de la Grèce et de l'Italie Jean-Marc Luce - titre à préciser, Didier Galop (CNRS, GEODE)
Séance 5. Le paysage dans l'art grec antique le 8.12
-Paysage et sculpture grecque Jean-Marc Luce
-Paysage et peintures nilotiques : l'Égypte gréco romaine Estelle Galbois (PLH-CRATA)

Séance 6 le 15.12.16 Journée d'Etudes dans le cadre du séminaire (9h-18h)
9h Introduction
"Animaux, environnement et Antiquité "
9h30-10h 30-Le chat dans le monde grec antique, Jean-Marc Luce (PLH-CRATA)
10h30-12h30 La fourmi chez les Pères Latins, Régis Courtray (PLH-CRATA)
14h-16h La poule et son histoire dans l'Antiquité, Christophe Chandezon et Armelle Gardeisen (Montpellier III)
16h-17h Les animaux dans les terres cuites de l'Égypte gréco-romaine, Estelle Galbois (PLH- CRATA)
17h30 Conclusion du séminaire

Lieu de la manifestation : TOULOUSE, Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès
Organisation : Estelle Galbois, Jean-Marc Luce, Sylvie Rougier-Blanc
Contact :

Le vie della comunicazione nel medioevo

Titre: Le vie della comunicazione nel medioevo
Lieu: École française de Rome / Roma
Catégorie: Colloques, journées d'études
Date: 20.10.2016 - 21.10.2016
Heure: 18.00 h

Information signalée par Marialuisa Bottazzi

Atelier jeunes chercheurs 2

Le vie della comunicazione nel medioevo. Livelli, soggetti e spazi d'intervento nei cambiamenti sociali e politici


1. Veicoli e monumentalizzazione dell'informazione nel medioevo. (Marialuisa Bottazzi, CERM)

2. Il ruolo dell'epigrafia metrica nella cristianizzazione dello spazio civico in eta' tardoantica e proto bizantina. (Gianfranco Agosti, Sapienza - Univ. di Roma)

3. Forme e funzioni della 'comunicazione' nella costruzione di un testo agiografico. Da San Martino di Tours a Sant'Amando di Maastricht. (Luciana Furbetta, Sapienza - Univ. di Roma / CERM)

4. Circolazione di modelli artistici. Dall'incontro tra l'arte classica e l'arte “barbarica” a quello tra arte ottoniana e bizantina. (Guido Tigler, Univ. Firenze)

5. Le rinascenze carolinge, araba e bizantina: difficoltà e mancanze nelle realizzazioni e costruzioni di comunicazione reciproca. ( Paolo Cammarosano, CERM)

6. Forme e prassi documentarie in movimento sui due versanti dell'arco alpino nel basso medioevo (Paolo Buffo, Univ. di Torino / CRISM )

7. L'itineranza dei missi dominici. (Alberto Ricciardi, Univ. G. Marconi, Roma / CRISM)

8. Cortese e profano. Circolazione di modelli artistici e iconografici attraverso le Alpi tra XIV e XV secolo. Alcuni casi studio di manufatti eburnei. (Benedetta Chiesi, Univ. di Firenze)

9. Reti di comunicazione e forme di "propaganda" fra Papato e Impero nel XII secolo. (Stefania Anzoise, Univ. di Pisa)

10. La predicazione e l'itineranza dei predicatori. (Cecilia Iannella, Univ. di Pisa)

11. La circolazione di pratiche e linguaggi politici. Sui primi podestà in Italia centrale. (Paolo Tomei, Univ. di Pisa)

12. La comunicazione attraverso la parola e le immagini: Giotto ambasciatore e Giotto pittore. (Rosa Maria Dessì, Univ. Côte d'Azur /CNRS / CEPAM)

13. Tra il Cairo e Palermo. Scambi diplomatici e comunicazione politica tra Imâmato fâṭimide d'Egitto e Regno normanno di Sicilia (XII secolo). (Francesco Barone, Univ. di Catania)

14. Monumentalizzazione artistica della memoria. (Haude Morvan, Univ. de Bordeaux Montaigne ).

15. Circolazione di prassi amministrative tra oriente e occidente: Venezia e le sue colonie. (Matteo Magnani, Aix-Marseille Univ.)

16. Economia della transumanza, XII-XV. (Laurent Feller, Univ. Paris 1)

17. L'essor del credito e del commercio, le esperienze economiche degli organismi pubblici e dei privati e la loro comunicazione. (Miriam Davide, Univ. di Trieste / CERM)

18. Il conflitto fra Veneziani e Bizantini degli anni 1119-26, e le sue conseguenze nei rapporti fra Venezia e l'Italia meridionale. (Daniele Morossi, Univ. of Leeds)

19. Il linguaggio della denuncia nei registri giudiziari italiani. (Edward Dettmam Loss, Univ. Bologna )

Lieu de la manifestation : Roma, Piazza Navona, 62
Organisation : CERM (Centro Europeo di Ricerche Medievali), Trieste - ÉFR École française de Rome
Contact :

American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Events

Athènes-Paris 1945-1975. Littérature et politique

October 06, 2016 - 9:25 AM - ΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ Lucile Arnoux-Farnoux Université de Tours – Ουρανία Πολυκανδριώτη IIE/EIE

Thibaut Castelli (Spartokos a Lu)

Les monnaies antiques de Zograf (1951)

Zograf, A. N. (1951) : Античные монеты / Antichnye monety, Moscou [Les monnaies antiques]. Cet ouvrage classique sur la numismatique présente surtout un intérêt pour l’étude des monnaies des cités du Pont septentrional. Il reste une base à connaître. L’ouvrage est en … Lire la suite

Insula: Le blog de la Bibliothèque des Sciences de l'Antiquité (Lille 3)

Le western et le western spaghetti, d’après Aristote

Poétique, Livre III.

Dans sa Poétique, Aristote a traité de la comédie, de la tragédie, de l’épopée, mais qu’a t-il dit concernant le western spaghetti ? Un fragment retrouvé du troisième livre répond à cette question fondamentale dans un nouveau pastiche du blog Insula.

Le blog Insula poursuit sa nouvelle manière de parler des auteurs anciens : les faire intervenir sur des sujets contemporains. Les auteurs de ces billets écriront « à la manière de ». L’exercice n’est pas seulement frivole. En pastichant les Anciens sur des sujets actuels, ces textes peuvent révéler une manière d’écrire et de penser à l’aune de notre connaissance de ces mêmes sujets. Ils révèlent aussi notre rapport au texte par la traduction, avec ses imperfections et ses mécanismes qui peuvent eux-mêmes être objets de pastiche.

Ce billet a été écrit « à la manière de… » par Anne de Cremoux.

[…] Le meilleur western est donc celui dans lequel on s’apprête à tuer, puis on reconnaît un lien de réciprocité et on ne tue pas, comme John Wayne quand il reconnaît sa nièce et, s’apprêtant à la tuer, la ramène finalement chez elle. Il y a ici reconnaissance et renversement, et dans cela réside le dénouement du drame.

Au sujet du western en général, on en a assez dit.

Au sujet du western spaghetti, les Romains revendiquent sa naissance en utilisant son nom, disant que son meilleur poète était Sergio Leone et qu’il se nourrissait uniquement de spaghettis. Mais les Ibères disent que c’est chez eux qu’est né le drame de cette sorte, puisque les acteurs se déplaçaient à cheval et en secret dans leur désert pour le jouer et que leurs trajets, comme ils étaient sinueux, ressemblaient à des spaghettis. Cependant, il existe un troisième récit sur ses origines, selon lequel ce sont les Américains qui auraient inventé ce genre, en y plaçant des comédiens grands et maigres qui ressemblaient à des spaghettis pour y incarner des gardiens de bœufs ; toutefois, il n’y a probablement rien de vrai dans leur récit.

Le western spaghetti a son achèvement quand il met sous les yeux un personnage qui est assez semblable à nous, mais dont la ressemblance a quelque chose de remarquable qui le rend chrèstos1 en ce qu’il est confronté au destin de la Cité. Et il y a le westernistique lorsque le chrèstos doit agir envers des hommes de basse qualité, soit parce qu’ils sont violents [hubristai], soit parce qu’ils sont truands [ponèroi], et que leurs relations connaissent un basculement. Le basculement peut s’effectuer de l’alliance à l’inimitié, mais il est meilleur lorsqu’il s’effectue de l’inimitié à l’alliance et à l’amitié, par exemple lorsque le Colonel Mortimer fait reconnaître qu’il défend sa sœur.

En ce qui concerne la taille du western spaghetti, elle ne doit pas dépasser la capacité du spectateur à percevoir.

Sur ce sujet, j’en ai assez dit.

clintClint Eastwood dans Le bon, la brute et le truand (1966) de Sergio Leone –, Public Domain

Notes du texte

  1. Plusieurs traductions de ce terme ont été proposées. La plus appropriée nous semble être « Bon ». Cependant, aucune n’est totalement satisfaisante.

Laura Gibbs (Bestiaria Latina Blog)

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 27

I'm back from travels, so after that hiatus here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum Kalendas Octobres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Aeneas and Turnus, and there are more images here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nil recrastines (English: Do not put off till tomorrow).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nil sine causa (English: Nothing [happens] without a reason).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Equo currenti non opus calcaribus (English: There's no need to spur a running horse).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iacta est alea (English: The die is cast).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Zoili sunt (English: They are Zoiluses; from Adagia 2.5.8 ... Zoilus was a 4th-century Cynic philosopher who was notorious for being critical of everyone and everything; he was especially famous for his criticisms of Homer, and earned the nickname "Homer's scourge," Homeromastix).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Χελώην Πεγάσῳ συγκρίνεις (English: You're comparing a tortoise to a Pegasus, the famed winged horse of Greek mythology).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Rex Populi Lux Animusque. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Qui multum habet, plus cupit.
He who has much wants more.

Ex socio cognoscitur vir.
You know a man by his companion.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis et Umbra, the famous story of the greedy dog (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Iuppiter et Serpens, a story about a gift and its giver.

Latin LOLBaby. Enzo is celebrating the Star Trek anniversary: Nil Timeo.

Archaeology Magazine

Scholars Say Ancient Structure May Have Been a Dining Hall

city council tricliniumJERUSALEM, ISRAEL—Haaretz reports that Joseph Patrich of Hebrew University and Shlomit Wexler-Bedolah of the Israel Antiquities Authority believe that two rooms found near the Western Wall Plaza five years ago served as Jerusalem’s city council triclinium in the first century B.C. The rooms, connected by a water feature with a decorative fountain, are thought to have been part of a large, opulent building. Indentations on the walls may have been left by sofa seating, where guests could have rested and dined. The structure is thought to have been destroyed in an earthquake around A.D. 30. It was previously believed that the rooms served as a public fountain. To read more about archaeology in Israel, go to "Artifact: Roman Coins in Israel."

Roman Coins Unearthed at Medieval Castle in Japan

Japan Katsuren CastleURUMA, JAPAN—The Japan Times reports that Roman coins dating to the third and fourth centuries A.D. have been found at the ruins of Katsuren Castle in southern Japan. The castle dates to the twelfth to fifteenth centuries, when trade with China and Southeast Asia could have transported the four copper coins to Okinawa. X-ray analysis of the worn coins suggests that they bear an image of Constantine I and a soldier holding a spear. The castle site also yielded a coin from the Ottoman Empire. For more on Roman coin finds, go to "Seaton Down Hoard."

New Thoughts on the Death of Ötzi the Iceman

Ötzi murder theoryBALZANO, ITALY—Seeker reports that Angelika Fleckinger, the director of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, requested that chief inspector Alexander Horn of Munich’s Criminal Investigation Department research a possible scenario for the death of the 5,300-year-old frozen mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman. Horn evaluated information from the forensic medical examinations conducted on the mummy’s remains, and used behavioral investigative analysis to analyze records of the ancient “crime scene.” He suggests that Ötzi was resting in the mountains, where he had eaten a hearty meal of wild goat, when he was taken by surprise and shot in the shoulder with an arrow. Another injury, to his right hand, may have been inflicted a few days prior to his murder. “Since no other injuries could be found, we believe he came out as a winner from that hostile encounter,” Horn said. The loser, however, may have carried a grudge and pursued Ötzi. And, since Ötzi's mummy was found with his valuable copper ax, made with materials from southern Tuscany, theft was an unlikely motive for the murder. “A personal conflict is more likely,” Horn said. “We are talking of a behavioral pattern that is also prevalent today in most murder cases. It starts with little things and it grows to the extreme.” To read more, go to "Ancient Tattoos: Ötzi the Iceman."


James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

Theology and Science Fiction is Now Available!

My author copies of Theology and Science Fiction (in the Cascade Companions series) arrived today. Since it is just out, it is still listed as out of stock on Amazon. But it is available at a significant discount through the publisher’s website.

Archaeology Magazine

What Killed the Crew of the Franklin Expedition?

Franklin Expedition accidentsGLASGOW, SCOTLAND—The reports that researchers from the University of Glasgow think that accidents, and not illnesses such as tuberculosis, scurvy, and lead poisoning, may have been responsible for the loss of many of the Franklin Expedition’s 129 crew members. No log books from the Franklin Expedition have ever been found, so team leader Keith Millar and colleagues evaluated the “sick books” of nine Royal Navy ships that searched for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition. Those ships were similarly equipped to the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. The researchers found that the crews of the later ships suffered some symptoms of scurvy and lead poisoning, but not on a large scale. Millar suggests that accidents that occurred while hunting for wild game on foot in a harsh climate and over difficult terrain could be to blame for the Franklin Expedition’s heavy losses. Robert Park of the University of Waterloo, who was on the team that discovered HMS Erebus in 2014, disagrees with Millar, noting that 15 Franklin Expedition officers were dead by 1848, three years into the expedition. “I can’t imagine a catastrophic accident that would kill so many officers,” he said. For more, go to "Franklin’s Last Voyage."

September 26, 2016

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Projet bibliographique en ligne du CFEETK - Karnak Temples Bibliography Online

[First posted in AWOL 9 May 2012, updated 26 September 2016]

Projet bibliographique en ligne du CFEETK
La réorganisation de la base de données des archives du CFEETK débutée en 2009 a rendu nécessaire la création d’un outil de gestion bibliographique unifié.
Afin de permettre une plus large diffusion des travaux relatifs aux temples de Karnak et offrir la bibliothèque en ligne la plus complète possible, une première version de ce projet, développé depuis 2010, est aujourd’hui accessible.
Les articles des Cahiers de Karnak disponibles sur le site du CFEETK en version PDF depuis 2008 ainsi qu’une série de monographies et d’articles relatifs à Karnak constituent le cœur de ce projet. Le référencement des ressources disponibles sur d’autres sites institutionnels librement accessibles (Oriental Institute Chicago, IFAO, HAL-CNRS, etc) ou nécessitant un abonnement (BiblioSHS, Jstor, etc) a également été réalisé.
Le projet bibliographique du CFEETK comporte aujourd’hui un peu plus de 900 ressources numérisées et sera progressivement enrichi.
Les auteurs qui souhaitent rendre leurs publications accessibles sur cette page sont invités à prendre contact avec le responsable de la documentation du CFEETK (

Consulter le Projet Bibliographique en ligne du CFEETK
Chronologique Par auteurs Par revuePar collectionMonographieDerniers ajouts

2000 1990 - 1980 - 1970 - 1960 - 1950 - 1940 - 1930 - 1920 - 1910 - 1900 - 1890 - 1880 - 1743 

586 Téléchargement depuis le site du Cfeetk - CSA/USR 3172 du Cnrs 445 Téléchargement depuis un site extérieur 126 Téléchargement extérieur avec abonnement (BiblioSHS, Jstor, etc)

1157 /2234 références en ligne (51.8 %)

5 références (40 % en ligne).

BISTON-MOULIN (S.), THIERS (Chr.), Le temple de Ptah à Karnak I. Relevé épigraphique (Ptah, nos 1-191), II. Relevé photographique (J.-Fr. Gout), Travaux du Centre Franco-Égyptien d’Étude des Temples de Karnak, BiGen 49, Le Caire, 2016.
BOULET (St.), « Les productions céramiques de la Troisième Période intermédiaire : entre traditions et innovations », Égypte. Afrique & Orient 81, 2016, p. 31-38.
LICITRA (N.), « Gérer les richesses du temple à l’époque koushito-saïte. Les découvertes récentes dans le Trésor de Shabaqo à Karnak », Égypte. Afrique & Orient 81, 2016, p. 53-58.

38 références (15.8 % en ligne).

AZIM (M.), GABOLDE (L.), « Le dispositif à escalier, puits et canalisation situé au nord-ouest du lac sacré : une ḏȝḏȝ(.t) ? », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 1-21.
BERGÈS (O.), « La restauration du socle de naos d’Amenemhat Ier au temple de Ptah : le cas d’un retour », dans Restaurer l’ordinaire, exposer l’extraordinaire : du site au Musée. XXVIIIe Journées des restaurateurs en archéologie organisées par l’Atelier de conservation restauration du musée départemental Arles antique et la société a-corros les 16 et 17 octobre 2014 , Conservation-restauration des biens culturel. Cahier technique 22, 2015, p. 71-73.
BICKEL (S.), « Religion and Economy. Fuzzy Boundaries around Karnak », dans H. Amstutz, A. Dorn, M. Müller, M. Ronsdorf, S. Uljas (éd.), Fuzzy Boundaries. Festschrift für Antonio Loprieno II, Hambourg, 2015, p. 537-545.
BISTON-MOULIN (S.), « Un nouvel exemplaire de la Stèle de la restauration de Toutânkhamon à Karnak », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 23-38.
BISTON-MOULIN (S.), « À propos de deux documents d’Ahmosis à Karnak. Karnak Varia (§ 1-2) », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 39-49.
BORAIK (M.), THIERS (Chr.), « Une chapelle consacrée à Khonsou sur le dromos entre le temple de Mout et le Nil ? », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 51-62.
BOULET (St.), « Étude céramologique préliminaire des campagnes de fouille de la chapelle d’Osiris Ounnefer Neb-Djefaou 2013-2014 », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 63-79.
COULON (L.), LAISNEY (D.), « Les édifices des divines adoratrices Nitocris et Ânkhnesnéferibrê au nord-ouest des temples de Karnak (secteur de Naga Malgata) », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 81-171.
DEFERNEZ (C.), « Investigations récentes et mobilier importé des époques saïte et perse dans le temple d’Amon-Rê à Karnak », dans G. Gorre, A. Marangou (éd.), La présence grecque dans la vallée de Thèbes, Rennes, 2015, p. 45-65.
DELANGE (É.), Monuments égyptiens du Nouvel Empire. La Chambre des Ancêtres, les Annales de Thoutmosis III et le décor de(s) palais de Séthi Ier, Paris, 2015.
DEMBITZ (G.), « Une scène d’offrande de Maât au nom de Pinedjem Ier sur la statue colossale dite de Ramsès II à Karnak. Karnak Varia (§ 3) », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 173-180.
DEVAUCHELLE (D.), WIDMER (Gh.), « La rencontre d’un graffite et d’un ostracon sur un quai de Karnak » « La rencontre d’un graffite et d’un ostracon sur un quai de Karnak », dans F. Haikal (éd.), Mélanges Ola el-Aguizy, BdE 164, 2015, p. 113-119.
DURAND (B.), « Un four métallurgique d’époque ptolémaïque dans les annexes du temple de Ptah à Karnak », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 181-188.
FAUCHER (Th.), « Des monnaies grecques en Thébaïde : trouvailles monétaires dans Karnak ptolémaïque » « Des monnaies grecques en Thébaïde : trouvailles monétaires dans Karnak ptolémaïque », dans G. Gorre, A. Marangou (éd.), La présence grecque dans la vallée de Thèbes, Rennes, 2015, p. 141-146.
GABOLDE (L.), GABOLDE (M.), « Les textes de la paroi sud de la salle des Annales de Thoutmosis III », dans Un savant au pays du fleuve-dieu. Hommages égyptologiques à Paul Barguet, Kyphi 7, 2015, p. 45-110.
GOLVIN (J.-Cl.), « Réflexion sur l'opération d'abattage de l'obélisque unique », dans Un savant au pays du fleuve-dieu. Hommages égyptologiques à Paul Barguet, Kyphi 7, 2015, p. 111-122.
GOYON (J.-Cl.), « Thèbes, Khonsou, Thot et la monarchie pharaonique après la IIIe Période de transition. Fête de Thot du 19 du premier mois de l’année et rites de confirmation du pouvoir royal à Karnak, Edfou et Philæ (II) », dans Chr. Thiers (éd.), Documents de Théologies Thébaines Tardives (D3T 3), CENiM 13, 2015, p. 29-89.
GRANDET (P.), « Une représentation symbolique du temple d'Amon-Rê », dans Un savant au pays du fleuve-dieu. Hommages égyptologiques à Paul Barguet, Kyphi 7, 2015, p. 131-135.
GUIMIER-SORBETS (A.-M.), « Les décor architectural grec en Thébaïde : pavements et peintures murales dans les bains de l’époque lagide », dans G. Gorre, A. Marangou (éd.), La présence grecque dans la vallée de Thèbes, Rennes, 2015, p. 135-138.
JORDAN (M.), BICKEL (S.), CHAPPAZ (J.-L.), La Porte d’Horemheb au Xe pylône de Karnak, CSÉG 13, 2015.
MARANGOU (A.), «Des Saïtes aux Perses. Sur les traces des amphores grecques à Thèbes », dans G. Gorre, A. Marangou (éd.), La présence grecque dans la vallée de Thèbes, Rennes , 2015, p. 67-91.
MARCHAND (S.), « La céramique d’un atelier monétaire à Karnak du IIe siècle av. J.-C.», dans G. Gorre, A. Marangou (éd.), La présence grecque dans la vallée de Thèbes, Rennes, 2015, p. 101-112.
MARUEJOL (Fl.), « Les représentations du rituel de couronnement jusqu'au règne de la reine Hatchepsout », dans Un savant au pays du fleuve-dieu. Hommages égyptologiques à Paul Barguet, Kyphi 7, 2015, p. 159-175.
MASSON (A.), « Interpréter le matériel grec et chypriote dans un contexte religieux et thébain : l’exemple du quartier des prêtres de Karnak. Des consommateurs égyptiens de produits grecs et chypriotes », dans G. Gorre, A. Marangou (éd.), La présence grecque dans la vallée de Thèbes, Rennes , 2015, p. 25-43.
MASSON (A.), « Toward a New Interpretation of the Fire at North-Karnak? A Study of the Ceramic from the Building NKF35 », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 189-213.
PAYRAUDEAU (Fr.), « The Chapel of Osiris Nebdjet/Padedankh in North-Karnak. An Epigraphic Survey », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 215-235.
PIETRI (R.), « Remarques sur un remploi du temple de Khonsou et sur les hipponymes royaux au Nouvel Empire », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 237-242.
PREYS (R.), « La royauté lagide et le culte d’Osiris d’après les portes monumentales de Karnak » « La royauté lagide et le culte d’Osiris d’après les portes monumentales de Karnak », dans Chr. Thiers (éd.), Documents de Théologies Thébaines Tardives (D3T 3), CENiM 13, 2015, p. 159-215.
RAAFAT ABBAS (M.), « The Triumph Scene and Text of Merenptah at Karnak », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 243-252.
REDON (B.), FAUCHER (Th.), « Les Grecs aux portes d’Amon. Les bains de Karnak et l’occupation ptolémaïque du parvis ouest du temple de Karnak » « Les Grecs aux portes d’Amon. Les bains de Karnak et l’occupation ptolémaïque du parvis ouest du temple de Karnak », dans G. Gorre, A. Marangou (éd.), La présence grecque dans la vallée de Thèbes, Rennes, 2015, p. 121-134.
REVEZ (J.), BRAND (P.), « The Notion of Prime Space in the Layout of the Column Decoration in the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 253-310.
SOUROUZIAN (H.), « Le mystérieux sphinx de Karnak retrouvé à Alexandrie », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 311-326.
TERRIER (A.), « Ébauche d’un système de classi cation pour les portes de temples. Étude de cas dans l’enceinte d’Amon-Rê à Karnak », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 327-346.
THIERS (Chr.), « Membra disiecta ptolemaica (III) », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 347-356.
TILLIER (A.), « Un linteau au nom d’Auguste. Karnak Varia (§ 4) », Karnak 15, 2015, p. 357-369.
TRAUNECKER (Cl.), « Thèbes, printemps 242 av. J.-C., Ptolémée III et la reine Bérénice II à Karnak ? À propos d'un texte d'instructions au clergé », dans Un savant au pays du fleuve-dieu. Hommages égyptologiques à Paul Barguet, Kyphi 7, 2015, p. 201-231.
And more...

Open Access Journal: Les Carnets de l’ACoSt (Association for Coroplastic Studies)

Les Carnets de l’ACoSt
ISSN: 2431-8574
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Les Carnets de l’ACoSt (Association for Coroplastic Studies), created in 2014, is an on-line, open access, international journal dedicated to research on sculptural objects made in clay from all periods and all geographic areas. (The word coroplastic comes from the Greek koroplastes, which was a term used in ancient Greece to indicate a modeler of images in clay.) Les Carnets de l’ACoSt publishes individual scientific articles, as well as those presented within the context of events organized by members of the Association (seminars, conferences, colloquia, workshops, roundtables, and summer schools), plus a news section that provides brief communications on current research, reports, announcements, and book reviews, all focusing on coroplastic topics.

Archaeological News on Tumblr

Archaeologists Find Roman Pagan Temple, Votive Figurine

A pagan temple from the Late Roman period has been discovered during the 2016 summer excavations of...

Peter Tompa (Cultural Property Observer)

Goldman Sachs Power and Influence Benefit Archaeology Lobby?

A front page article in Sunday's New York Times raises some important questions about how cultural heritage policy is made in the United States that deserve further investigation.   The article explores close ties between Hillary Clinton and Goldman Sachs including during the period Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State.  That discussion highlights the Clinton State Department's partnership with Goldman Sachs' 10,000 women initiative.

While it is no doubt a good program, what is relevant for our purposes here is that this initiative is run by former Bush Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Dina Powell.  Powell and her State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are not popular with coin collectors for good reason.

In May 2007, Powell rejected the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee's  recommendations against import restrictions on Cypriot coins.  Then, according to a declaration signed by Former CPAC Chair Jay Kislak, State Department officials went on to mislead Congress and the public about CPAC's true recommendations in official reports. That decision changed long-standing U.S. Government policy against import restrictions on coins, and provided the "precedent" for further restrictions on certain coin types from Iraq (2008), China (2009), Italy (2011), Greece (2011), Bulgaria (2014), and Syria (2016).

In CPO's view, Powell's 2007 decision at a minimum raises an appearance of conflict of interest. Critically, Powell made the decision after accepting her high level job with Goldman Sachs but before leaving the State Department.  At the time, Goldman was apparently heavily involved in arranging controversial credit swaps with Greece and likely had at least some business dealings with Cyprus too.  Of even more concern, it has since come to light that Powell was recruited by John F.W. Rogers, Goldman's powerful chief of staff, where she serves as part of his "lobbying team."   This is relevant to cultural heritage issues because Mr. Rogers is married to Deborah Lehr, an AIA Trustee and international business consultant, who also serves as President of the Antiquities Coalition, a well-funded archaeological lobbying group.

So, perhaps it's no surprise that the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has actively participated in Antiquities Coalition events, such as its recent "Culture Under Threat" conference in New York City.

Of course, the point of these conferences is to drum up support in Congress for measures sought by the archaeological lobby.  So, it also should be no surprise that the Antiquities Coalition has successfully lobbied Congress to clamp down on illicit antiquities (efforts which the trade and collectors see as grossly over-broad and hence damaging to the legitimate trade and collecting).

What's also interesting is that the Antiquities Coalition lobbying efforts are part a partnership with the Middle East Institute and this work has been done to support repatriation efforts sought by authoritarian Middle Eastern governments like that of Egypt.

What's less clear is whether all this effort also directly or indirectly benefits the financial interests of those involved, i.e., is lobbying on cultural heritage issues of interest to countries like Greece, Cyprus and Egypt being "leveraged" to promote other business interests?

CPO commends all interested in expressing their views on cultural heritage issues, but given the amounts of money that the Antiquities Coalition must be spending on its efforts and all the contacts that are being worked,there should be far more transparency about the Antiquities Coalition's funding, its aims and details about its public-private partnerships with countries like Egypt.

The Archaeology News Network

Australian researchers solve 600-year-old murder mystery

An Australian anthropologist has solved a murder mystery case involving a death of an Aboriginal man that occurred 600 years ago. The position and placement of Kaakutja's skeleton suggested he was buried with care  [Credit: Michael Westaway]Led by Researcher Michael Westaway, a senior fellow attached with the Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University, a team of scientists has discovered evidence suggesting that a...

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Treasure, Slavs and exclusive Roman barracks

Traces of the presence of the Slavs, a treasure of silver coins and baths inside the barracks of...

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Open Access journal: Mizan, Journal for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations

Mizan, Journal for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations
A Bi-Annual, Peer-Reviewed, Open Access Journal of Islamic Studies Border Graphic 
E-ISSN 2472-5919

Volume 1, Issue 1:

Martin Rundkvist (Aardvarchaeology)

Autumn Speaking Schedule

mr550pxFor the first time since 2011 I haven’t got any teaching this autumn semester, which is really bad both for my finances and for my troop morale. (I feel like my colleagues would celebrate or not even notice if I got eaten by a grue tomorrow.) To boost both I’m instead seeking paid extramural speaking gigs. Here’s what I’ve got scheduled at the moment.

  • 27 Sept. On early local history, in Sickla.
  • 6 Oct. On the Skällvik castle excavation, in Söderköping.
  • 20 Oct. On archaeology and religion, in Visby.
  • 27 Oct. On archaeology and religion, in Karlstad.
  • 2 Nov. On the local Iron Age and Middle Ages, in Vadstena.
  • 7 Nov. On archaeology and religion, in Södertälje.

Dear Reader, would you like to hire me as a speaker?

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: ARIT Newsletter

 [First posted in AWOL 4 December 2009. Updated 26 September 2016]

ARIT Newsletter
Twice a year the Institute publishes the ARIT Newsletter, distributed widely in the academic community and among the Friends of ARIT. It provides information about the ARIT's recent activities and programs, including the news from each center, research reports from recent fellows in Turkey, lists of current fellows and donors.
Volume 59, Spring 2016
- Research in Turkey continues.
- ARIT helps develop programs to protect heritage.
- SALT Galata in Istanbul exhibits materials from the American Board Archive.
- The Sardis Symphony debuts at the Temple of Artemis.
- Research reports: ARIT fellow reports on contemporary synagogue liturgy in Istanbul.

Volume 58, Spring 2015
  - Studies related to Turkey grow, along with ARIT institutional membership
      - ARIT Istanbul opens new on-line access to American Board archives and library materials
      - ARIT Ankara director presents at the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
and facilitates programs on cultural heritage protection
      - Research reports: On social complexity and crop production at chalcolithic Çadır Höyük and on Looking over Ottoman readers' shoulders.
Volume 57, Fall 2014
  - ARIT and the NEH.
      - ARIT Istanbul Friends initiate the John Freely Fellowship Fund.
      - ARIT welcomes additional new institutional members.

      - Research report: Subsistence and Ritual as evidenced by bone remains in southern Cappadocia.

Volume 56, Spring 2014
      - Reflections on ARIT's 50th.
      - ARIT welcomes additional new institutional members.
      - Research reports: Statistics and reform in contemporary Turkey; the musical life of two Bektashi communities; Ottoman physical culture.

Volume 55, Spring 2013
      - 2014 is ARIT's 50th year: reflecting on past accomplishments and future plans.
 - ARIT welcomes additional new institutional member
      - New publication: writings of Dr. Toni M. Cross
      - Research reports: library collections of Ottoman Sufi scholars; Armenian churches in Istanbul.

Volume 54, Fall 2012
      - ARIT plans adaptations to reduced funding
 - ARIT welcomes five new institutional members
      - Research report: Classical architects of Asia Minor; Authenticating Eyüp in Istanbul.

Volume 53, Spring 2012
- ARIT's funding worries continue
 - ARIT Istanbul Library acquires the massive archive of the American Board of Missions
      - ARIT Ankara director reports on Turkish fellows traveling to Greece
      - Research report: Early Republican political cartoons

Volume 52, Fall 2011
      - ARIT loses much of its federal support for overseas operations and programs
      - ARIT Istanbul Library posts publications from the Library of the American Board of Missions on-line
      - ARIT Ankara director shares new developments concerning permits for U.S. archaeological excavations and surveys
      - Research report: Byzantine shipwreck explored

Volume 51, Spring 2011
      - ARIT Istanbul facilities and developments
      - Library of the American Board of Missions at ARIT Istanbul
      - ARIT Ankara names Coulson - Cross Aegean Exchange fellows for 2011
      - Research reports:  Ottoman Women, Legal Reform, and Social Change; Spanish Moriscos in the Ottoman realm

Volume 50, Fall 2010
      - Local Archives and Libraries of Overseas Research Centers (LAORC) launches new database on the Digital Library for International Research (DLIR)
      - Access to research facilities in Istanbul
      - ARIT facilitates cooperation with new permit procedures for archaeological projects
      - Research reports:  Religion and politics and the Ottoman-Iranian border; Polychromy of Roman marble sculpture from Aphrodisias

Volume 49, Spring 2010
      - Meet the new ARIT President
      - New ARIT Turkish fellows pursue a broad range of research projects
      - Archaeologists adapt to new excavation regulations
      - Research reports:  Late Antique Portrait Sculpture; Perspectives of German-Turkish return migrants.

Volume 48, Fall 2009
      - ARIT President Sams recounts his presidency that is coming to an end
      - ARIT center affiliates have diverse backgrounds and interests
      - ARIT Ankara and Cypriot American Archaeological Research Institute exchange scholar/directors
      - Research reports:  Piracy in the Ottoman Mediterranean; Hittite conception of space.

Volume 47, Spring 2009
      - ARIT Mellon Fellows contributions.
      - New tours and sites in Turkey
      - Machteld J. Mellink remembered in Ankara
      - Research report:  A study of Ottoman deeds in Çorum yields detailed histories.

Volume 46, Fall 2008
       - ARIT Ankara director changes: farewell to Baha Yildirim, greetings to Elif Denel.
       - Turkish Language programs and fellowships program grow
       - ARIT continues to seek new facilities for the Istanbul center
       - Research reports:  Ottoman military levies; Little Ice Age crisis in Ottoman lands.

Volume 45, Spring 2008
        - ARIT begins building a library endowment with the help of the NEH Endowment Challenge grant.
        - Kress Foundation fellows cited; Turkish fellowships program grows
        - ARIT seeks new facilities for the Istanbul center
        - Research reports:  Turkish Alevism; Greek pottery at Gordion.

Volume 44, Fall 2007
        - ARIT wins NEH Endowment Challenge grant to upgrade libraries.
        - Joukowsky Family Foundation supports publication of fellows' research.
        - Research reports:  Suleyman the Lawgiver; Cultural Debates in Istanbul Recording Studios.

Volume 43, Spring 2007
        - Ankara Library receives Mellink collection and expands.
        - Expanded intensive Department of State Turkish language programs continue.
        - Research reports:  The Making of the National Identity in Ottoman Macedonia; The Tektaş Burnu Shipwreck.

Volume 42, Fall 2006
        - The Council of American Overseas Research Centers marks twenty-five years.
        - New Department of State funding supports advanced language study in Turkey for U.S. beginning students.
        - List of ARIT Fellowships for 2006-2007.
        - Research report:  The Architectural Patronage of Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad

Volume 41, Spring 2006
       - Machteld Johanna Mellink remembrance.
       - New legal status for ARIT in Turkey in process.
       - Annual Fund drive.
       - Research reports:  Thracian Names and the Greek Epigraphic Evidence in East Thrace and Asia Minor; Secularizations and their Discontents:  a Cross-National Study;        The Civil Basilica of Aphrodisias.   

Volume 40, Fall 2005
        - George and Ilse Hanfmann Fellowship Program.
        - Increased research activities in libraries and hostels in both Ankara and Istanbul.
        - List of ARIT Fellowships for 2005-2006.
        - Research report:  Roman urbanism in southwestern Turkey; history of the Sabbatian communities.    

 Volume 39, Spring 2005
        - The Turkish Cultural Foundation offers new support for Turkish fellows in Turkey.
        - Increased support means more Turkish fellows supported in the program administered by the Istanbul Dernek.
        - Aegean Exchange fellows plan their research projects in Greece.
        - Annual fund drive.
        - Research Report:  Byzantine-Ottoman 'overlap' architecture in Turkey.   
Volume 38, Fall 2004
        - William D. E. Coulson - Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange gains permanent funding through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

        - Changes in the laws guiding applications for research permissions occupy directors in both centers.
        - List of ARIT Fellowships for 2004-2005.
        - Research report:  ancient wine-making in Turkey.    

Volume 37, Spring 2004
        - Interest in U.S.-based research in Turkey on the increase; research are programs thriving.
        - New Turkish law changes the process for foreigners applying for research permissions.
        - Hanfmann Fellows travel abroad to carry out varied research projects; the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Consulate in Ankara continues to support the Aegean Exchange Program.
        - Research report:  prehistoric dietary habits examined through micro-wear analysis.
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Perseus Digital Library Updates

Considering a post-bac in Classics? Think about the new MA in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies at Tufts.

This blog focuses upon what this program offers to students who have traditionally participated in post-baccalaureate programs to prepare for a PhD program in Greco-Roman studies. Two years ago I published a blog entitled “So you want to become a professor of Greek and/or Latin? Think hard about a PhD in Digital Humanities.” Here I talk about something that we have done at Tufts to improve the situation, creating an MA in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies that allows students to address two common challenges: the need to read more Greek and Latin and to familiarize themselves with the digital methods upon which their teaching and research will increasingly depend in the decades to come. You would then be in a position to pursue a PhD in those more traditional departments where faculty realize that junior scholars must adapt and that their own programs are not yet in a position to provide that training.

Before focusing on this particular topic, I do want to emphasize that the new MA in Digital Humanities for Premodern Studies, of course, also provides opportunities for a range of different subsequent career tracks. Libraries are being reinvented and demand personnel who can work with born-digital data about the past. All PhD Programs that engage with the human textual record need students who can exploit the latest digital methods. And the methods that students encounter in this program come from fields such as corpus and computational linguistics, text mining and visualization, geospatial and social network analysis, citizen science and other areas of general and emerging importance. The MA is also intended to support a growing range of historical languages and contexts; the Tufts Department of Classics already offers classes in Sanskrit (thanks to Anne Mahoney) as well as Greek and Latin and supports research in Classical Arabic (thanks to Riccardo Strobino). The two chairs of Classics who led the development of this program, past-chair Vickie Sullivan and current-chair Ioannis Evrigenis, are political philosophers with primary appointments in Political Science and their research offers opportunities for students who wish to explore early modern culture and its connections to the ancient world. Certain this connects to my own belief that we must redefine the meaning of Classics to include all Classical languages from the around the world (if we don’t just jettison this value-laden term in favor of historical languages or something more descriptive).

Our hope is to support an increasing range of languages and faculty will work with potential applicants to find ways to address their interests. But for those students who are looking for a program to prepare them for PhD programs in Greco-Roman studies or in fields where advanced knowledge of Greek or Latin are particularly helpful, the new MA in Digital Humanities for Premodern Studies offers a new approach.

Over the past generation a number of post-bac programs have emerged to help students expand their knowledge of Greek and Latin in preparation for PhD study. More recently, a new challenge has emerged: to exploit the possibilities and meet the challenges of a digital age, the study of Greek, Latin and all historical languages needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. In a very real sense, we have no modern editions, no modern lexica, no modern commentaries, no modern encyclopedias and no modern publications because our scholarship and the infrastructure upon which it resides still reflects, even when it appears in digital form, the limitations of print rather the possibilities of digital media. The study of historical languages — even languages like Greek and Latin, which have been the object of analysis for thousands of years — is in the process of reinventing itself. The challenge is to exploit the best from millennia of work, but to do so critically, identifying and transcending problematic assumptions about what we do and why. And if we are to do so, we need a new generation of researchers and teachers who have a command of emerging digital methods. Few PhD programs in Greek, Latin, or any other historical language are in a position to provide such expertise — the Digital Classicists who have emerged have been largely self-taught and many of those considered to be Digital Classicists (myself included) wish that they had had an opportunity for more formal training.

The new MA in Premodern Studies at Tufts thus addresses two different challenges, and does so in a way where work on each challenge reinforces the other. If students wish to improve their command of texts in historical languages such as Greek and Latin, one of the best ways is to take charge of a text and create the beginnings of its first truly digital edition.

What constitutes a truly digital edition?

  • A truly digital edition does not simply have digitized textual notes, modern language translation, and indices for people, places and primary sources that quote a text (e.g., the Greek texts that quote a particular passage of the Iliad) or that the text itself quotes (e.g., the authors that such as Plutarch or Athenaeus quote). A truly digital edition contains links to digital representations of the manuscripts, papyri, inscribed stones or other textual witnesses.
  • A truly digital edition does not simply add upper- and lower-case, paragraph breaks, and modern punctuation but explicitly encodes the morphological, syntactic, and semantic judgments upon which these print-culture conventions of annotation depend and to which they loosely allude. A truly digital edition encodes the best available data about which Alexander or which Alexandria a particular passage in a particular text designates and then captures social and geographical relationships in a format that can be automatically analyzed and dynamically visualized.
  • A truly digital edition encodes quotations within and references to a text as hypertextual links among evolving digital editions.
  • A truly digital edition can accommodate translations into multiple different modern languages, with each translation aligned, as appropriate, at the word and phrase level, both to help readers more effectively work with the original and to support new forms of scholarly analysis (e.g., using translation alignments to study changes in word sense over time).
  • At Tufts you can work with the emerging digital publication environment developed by the Perseids Project, create geospatial publications with Pelagios Commons, develop a project within the collaborative framework of the Homer Multitext project or any other open digital project. If you want to demonstrate to a potential PhD program your capacity to understand Greek and Latin, as well as your mastery of new digital methods, you can create a portfolio of your work and contribute to the next version of the Perseus Digital Library which is now under development at Tufts, Leipzig and elsewhere. The two year program allows you to develop a mature portfolio when Phd applications are due in December of your second year.

    Gregory Crane
    Program Director
    MA in Digital Humanities for Premodern Studies
    Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship
    Professor of Classics
    Editor-in-Chief, Perseus Digital Library
    Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
    Tufts University

    Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities
    Leipzig University

    Kostis Kourelis (Buildings, Objects Situations)

    Finding Washingtonia

    I have been enjoying the digital conversation following my post on Washingtonia, the first refugee camp in Greece, built by Samuel Howe (shown here, about 30 years after his youthful work in Corinth) I have this crazy idea that if I digitally pool the ground expertise of Tim Gregory, Guy Sanders, Tom Galant, Bill Caraher, Dave Pettegrew, Richard Rothaus, Hector Williams, Dimitri Nakassis, and

    The Archaeology News Network

    Puzzling 17th century burial of man buried face down discovered in Switzerland

    In 2013 archaeologists discovered a cemetery in use as long ago as the early Middle Ages in the Bernese Lakeland region of Switzerland. One of the bodies interred there was buried in an unusual way, and in order to better understand this puzzling situation coins found in the grave have been studied in detail by Empa’s x-ray specialists and reconstructed on the computer. This man was buried face downwards – a very unusual form of...

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    Nieuw educatief wandelpad ontsluit archeologisch verleden van Asse

    2000 jaar geleden was Asse een bloeiend Romeins handelsdorpje, anno 2016 zijn daar nog steeds vele resten van terug te vinden in de bodem. Archeologen vonden de voorbije jaren een schat aan nieuwe informatie over het Romeins, maar ook over het prehistorisch en het middeleeuws verleden van Asse. Om deze resultaten kenbaar te maken aan het grote publiek, opende Agilas vzw, in samenwerking met verschillende partners, vandaag een permanent ‘Educatief Wandelpad Archeologie’ met een bijhorende schattenjacht voor jongeren, een kleurwedstrijd voor de allerkleinsten en verschillende educatieve pakketten voor klasgroepen.

    Een 4,5 km lang wandelpad leidt bezoekers van het middeleeuwse Oud-Gasthuis in het centrum van Asse (Gemeenteplein 26) naar de Romeinse nederzetting. Langsheen het traject geven 23 informatiepanelen meer informatie over de opgravingsresultaten. Twee figuurtjes, de Romeinse pottenbakker Lucius Macrinus en een archeologe, werkzaam in Asse, begeleiden de wandelaars op hun tocht.

    De kleine Marcus, zoon van pottenbakker Lucius, rekent op de hulp van kinderen tussen 9 en 14 jaar en hun familie om de code te vinden die naar de geheime pot leidt. De schattenjacht gebeurt aan de hand van een brochure met vragen en opdrachten die betrekking hebben op de panelen die langs het parcours staan opgesteld. Uiteraard wordt goed speurwerk beloond…

    De allerkleinsten (jonger dan 9 jaar) kunnen samen met Marcus deelnemen aan een kleurwedstrijd. Elke maand maakt iemand kans om een mooie prijs te winnen… Speciaal voor het educatief wandelpad ontwikkelde Agilas ook verschillende schoolpakketten, waarbij een wandeling door Romeins Asse centraal staat.

    Praktisch: gratis wandelflyers met de wandelroute, deelnamebrochures voor de schattenjacht en kleurprenten kunnen afgehaald worden aan de infobalies van CC Asse en de bibliotheek (Huinegem 2-4) of kunnen gedownload worden via Voor meer informatie over de educatieve schoolpakketten en de noodzakelijke reservatie ervan kan contact opgenomen worden Kristine Magerman van Agilas vzw (0474/29.95.67 of

    Archeologische contactdag op 8 oktober in Maaseik

    Op zaterdag 8 oktober organiseren de stad Maaseik en de Archeologische Vereniging Limburg een archeologische regiodag. Tijdens de voormiddag worden de deelnemers meegenomen in een aantal spraakmakende verhalen over de verzamelende oud-burgemeester Phillips, de Codex Eyckensis uit de 8ste eeuw, het onderzoek van een Merovingisch grafveld uit Echt en de archeologische geschiedenis van Sint Pauluskerk in Lanklaar. Na de lunch staat een geleid bezoek in en rond de Sint-Annakerk in Aldeneik op het programma.

    Het volledige programma en alle praktische info vind je in deze bijlage (pdf). Inschrijven kan nog tot vrijdag 30 september. De plaatsen zijn beperkt.

    From Stone to Screen

    This Changes Everything! In which I return to Safi & have a new-found love for pens and sharpies

    I did something new this summer. For the first time, I went back to an archaeological site I had worked at before. That’s not to say I’ve been to tons of archaeological sites once and never gone back, in fact, this is only the second site I’d ever worked at.…

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    The Archaeology News Network

    Scythian burial with two decapitated skeletons found in Altai Mountains

    A newly-found burial from the ancient Pazyryk culture has produced a sight unknown to archaeologists. Two skeletons were found in the riverside tomb - an adult and child, or teenager, but further investigation is needed to understand if they were male or female. The heads were included in the burial [Credit: Nikita Konstantinov]Remnants remain of fur garments: evidently the dead were dispatched to the afterlife warmly dressed against...

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    He has a wife you know

    Had my lorica polished - looks superb! Thanks to Angelo at AM...

    Had my lorica polished - looks superb! Thanks to Angelo at AM Metal Polishing, good price and great result.

    Just a case of looking after it and keeping it as dry as possible.

    The Archaeology News Network

    ASI to begin conservation work at Jageshwar temple complex

    Amidst the lofty deodar (cedar) trees in Almora district’s Jageshwar village stand at least 125 picturesque stone structures of varying sizes, forming the Jageshwar group of temples – a Hindu pilgrimage site built between the 9th and 13th century AD. Jageshwar is home to a complex of over 150 shrines set gem-like in a narrow riverine valley  enclosed by towering deodars [Credit: The Hindu]The temple complex — where most of the...

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    Acropolis museum leading way in conserving Greece's cultural heritage

    Since its inauguration in June 2009, the New Acropolis Museum, which stands at the foot of the Acropolis, is leading the way in cultural heritage conservation in Greece. The Peplos Kore (approx. 530 BC) [Credit Νίκος Δανιηλίδης]The museum, housing thousands of centuries-old masterpieces unearthed from the sacred hill, has become a major magnet for Greeks and tourists in the past seven years after the country was hit by a financial...

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    The 17th-century man who was buried face down

    In 2013 archaeologists discovered a cemetery in use as long ago as the early Middle Ages in the...

    Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews)

    New research throws light on ancient stone artifacts

    A mixed team of archaeologists and scientists at the Indiana University (USA) have been throwing some very sophisticated analytical study at a group of stones, collectively dating from 1.8 million...

    Oetzi the Iceman was an agropastorialist, as well as a hunter

    Ever since his discovery in the Italian Alps in 1991, scientists and researchers have been working on the remains of Oetzi the Iceman, trying to elicit as much information as...

    Significant Bronze age burial find in Cyprus

    A team of archaeologists from Sweden's University of Gothenburg have been carrying out excavations and research in Cyprus for the last seven years. This season they have made a substantial...

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    Aboriginal rock art styles in northern Kimberley mapped by gruelling fieldwork

    Months of gruelling outback survey work involving helicopters, boats and long treks on foot is helping to piece together the history of Indigenous rock art scattered across thousands of caves and cliffs in northern Western Australia. A range of rock art at Camera Pool north of Wyndham has already been recorded  [Credit: ABC News/Erin Parke]It is the start of a five-year project bringing together international experts to build up...

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    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Open Access Journal: Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database Newsletter

    Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database Newsletter
    By the end of 2012, with over nine-hundred gems present and more than thirty collections represented in the database, a fourth of the known corpus of magical gems has become accessible, while we are presently working on the upload of a similar amount. As the integration of new material naturally necessitates changes, having got this far, we have started to reconsider certain features of the database, to review what has been achieved until now and launch improvements in order to create not simply a corpus of magical gems, but also a research tool.  Our research on magical gems worldwide has been made possible by the ongoing support of Vacheron Constantin, Geneva. A standard grant of the International Visegrad Fund has allowed us to concentrate on ’Magical Gems in the Visegrad Countries’.
    The Newsletters of CBd were discontinued from 22 January 2016. For updates, please visit our page at

              Newsletter, 22 January 2016

            Newsletter, 16 February 2015

            Newsletter, 31 March 2014

            Newsletter, 06 January 2014

            Newsletter, 30 September 2013

            Newsletter, 23 March 2013

            Newsletter, 29 January 2013

            Newsletter, 31 December 2012

            Newsletter, 22 November 2012


    Open Access Journal: ArcheoMolise

    [First posted in AWOL 2 June 2013, updated  26 September 2016]

    ISSN: 2036-3028
    Il Centro Europeo di Ricerche Preistoriche è un' Associazione per la Ricerca scientifica ONLUS che fin dalla sua costituzione promuove ed attua interventi finalizzati allo sviluppo della ricerca scientifica e preistorica sul territorio molisano, nonché alla sua ampia valorizzazione e divulgazione anche in un contesto extraterritoriale ed internazionale.

    Il programma di interventi annuali ha sempre puntato alla continuazione delle ricerche esplorative sul sito archeologico di Isernia La Pineta, quale volano per il coinvolgimento di ricercatori, docenti e studenti stranieri e non, ma ha altresì mirato all’ampliamento delle conoscenze sulla preistoria molisana, attivando una serie di interventi sistematici sull’intero territorio della provincia di Isernia.

    I risultati importanti raggiunti nel corso degli anni hanno portato alla pubblicazione dei ritrovamenti su specifiche riviste scientifiche, nonché su monografie che oggi costituiscono il substrato editoriale di una Collana Ricerche, edita dal Centro e conosciuta anche all’estero.

    Le attività di ricerca sul campo si caratterizzano quale base imprescindibile per la predisposizione di un progetto di valorizzazione e divulgazione delle realtà archeologiche e preistoriche presenti sul territorio molisano, oggi in fase avanzata di realizzazione e la cui continuità si configura come garanzia per mantenere vivo l’interesse a livello internazionale verso queste realtà archeologiche, fondamentali per la comprensione della preistoria europea (il sito paleolitico di Isernia La Pineta e le aree limitrofe ivi individuate: Grotta Reali a Rocchetta a Volturno, Colle delle Api a Monteroduni, San Mauro a Carovilli, La Montagnola di Civitanova del Sannio, Rio Verde di Pescopennataro)

    James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

    Trolley Problem Memes

    I mentioned the possibility that “The Skittles Problem” might replace “The Trolley Problem” as the go-to illustration in ethics classes. I am now almost certain that it won’t – unless we get as many amazing Skittles problem memes as there are trolley problem memes. Take a look at this sampling below, which is just a collection of [Read More...]

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Open Access Journal: NABU: Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires

    [First posted in AWOL 17 November 2012, updated 26 September 2016]

    NABU: Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires
    ISSN: 0989-5671
    Ce journal, intitulé Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, est publié quatre fois par an (mars, juin, septembre, décembre).
    Comité de rédaction :
    Dominique Charpin, Jean-Marie Durand, Francis Joannès, Nele Ziegler
    Les numéros à partir de 1987 sont téléchargeables au format pdf.
    Le signe * indique les numéros searchable (unicode seulement à partir de 2008/3). Les autres sont des fichiers-images. 

      Also see the tables of contents of the Mémoires de NABU

      AIA Fieldnotes

      Gardens below Prague Castle Open Day

      Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
      Sponsored by National Heritage Institute
      Event Type (you may select more than one): 
      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      To celebrate the International Archaeology Day National Heritage Institute offers to the visitors free entry to the beautiful set of historical (mostly baroque) palatial gardens on the slope below the Prague Castle.


      Ján Čáni
      Call for Papers: 

      St. Wenceslaus Rotunda Open Day

      Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
      Sponsored by National Heritage Institute, Prague Archaeological Section
      Event Type (you may select more than one): 
      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      Archaeologists of the National Heritage Institute in Prague have recently discovered ruins of St. Wenceslaus rotunda of the Lesser Town of Prague. 11th century structure was demolished more than three centuries ago to make space for new building of a Society of Jesus college. During the restoration of this building flooring, walls and other features were discovered, conservated and now are newly visible under special conditions. This even seems to be sort of highlight of Prague International Archaeology Day for those interested in medieval archaeology and history.


      Jarmila Čiháková
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      Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

      Calls for Malaysian history books to include references to Old Kedah

      History advocates in Malaysia are campaigning for the inclusion of references to Old Kedah, discovered through archaeological excavations, into history textbooks. Call to include Old Kedah civilisation in history textbooks Free Malaysia Today, 05 July 2016 New facts on Old Kedah, which has been declared as the earliest and oldest civilisation in Southeast Asia, should … Continue reading "Calls for Malaysian history books to include references to Old Kedah"

      AIA Fieldnotes

      How the Archaeologists Work?

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      Sponsored by Labrys archaeological group
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      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      During the day visitors but kids fist of all can experience the modes of archaeological work from the actual excavation to recording and material processing. We will be ready to advice you and several lectures on our work and gigs are prepared as well.


      Milan Kuchařík
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      Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

      The household archaeology of Angkor Wat

      Dr Alison Carter’s article for the Khmer Times on her work on household archaeology at Angkor Wat. Household Archaeology at Angkor Wat Khmer Times, 07 July 2016 When you picture Angkor Wat, you might think of the imposing and elegant temple surrounded by a thick forest of trees. However, archaeologists now know that when Angkor … Continue reading "The household archaeology of Angkor Wat"

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      Museum Open Day

      Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
      Sponsored by J. A. Comenius Museum, Uherský Brod
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      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      J. A. Comenius Museum in Uherský Brod celebrates the International Archaeology Day with the Open Day. You can visit all permanent exchibitions of the museum. Enjoy our "Comenius" or "Regional Antiquities" or "Eight Centuries of Dominican Order" exhibitions and see all the various historical artifacts and learn about the past!


      Miroslav Vaškových
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      Forts, Flags, and artiFacts!

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      Sponsored by National Park Service-Southeast Archeological Center and Florida Park Service-Department of Environmental Protection
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      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 22, 2016

      Please join us for our 4th annual International Archaeology Day event at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park. St. Marks, Florida. Take time out from eating stone crabs and join the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s State Parks on October 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come learn about the history and culture of the panhandle region as we celebrate local and national efforts to preserve, protect, and interpret the stories of the past for future generations.


      Meredith Hardy
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      International Archaeology Day

      Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
      Sponsored by Regional Museum in Jílové u Prahy
      Event Type (you may select more than one): 
      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      The Regional Museum in Jílové u Prahy opens its gates to the public willing to learn about archaeology. This year we are going to talk about the underwater archaeology. Therefore two lectures are prepared for you. Firts one by Barbora Machová on the freshwater archaeology in Europe with examples of researches in the Czech Republic while the second one by Martina Smetánková is on European marine archaeology.


      Šárka Juřinová
      Call for Papers: 

      Archaeological News on Tumblr

      New findings give insight into life and death of 5000-year-old ice mummy

      The copper used to make the axe blade of 5,000-year-old mummy Ötzi did not come from the Alpine...

      Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

      NDUS Arts and Humanities Outrage Summit

      We have the final program ready for the NDUS Arts and Humanities Outrage Summit. It includes a sweet cover designed by Donovan Witmer. Here’s a draft of my very brief opening remarks

      The hashtag is #NDUSOutrage (which oddly enough hasn’t been used lately)!

      Outrage Program Cover

      Here’s the program. 

      8:00 – 8:30
      Lecture Bowl

      Bill Caraher
      Associate Professor, Department of History, UND

      Mark Kennedy
      President, UND 

      9:00-10:00 AM          
      The Art of Outrage
      Badlands Room 

      Light and Darkness: Tragedy and the Use of Light in Public Art
      Patrick Luber, UND

      Quick Response to Outrage
      Jenni Lou Russi, VCSU           

      8:30-10:00 AM          
      Historical Outrage
      Lecture Bowl 

      Public Outrage (Re)shaping Settler Commemoration
      Cynthia C. Prescott, UND

      From Outrage to Change: A Historical Overview of the Black Campus Movement: 1960-1980
      Daniel Cooley, UND

      Outrage in Historical Perpsective
      Eric Burin, UND           

      8:30-10:00 AM
      Music Therapy Suspension: Shock, Denial, Outrage, Bargaining, Depression, but not Acceptance
      River Valley Room           

      Music Therapy: An essential allied health profession
      Anita Gadberry, UND

      Music Therapy in the Evolution of the UND Music Department
      Gary Towne, UND

      The Impact of the Suspension of Music Therapy on UND
      James Popejoy, UND

      The Suspension of the UND Music Therapy Program: A Case Study of Flawed Process
      Katherine Norman Dearden           

      Musical Performance
      Ball Room

      Fiery Red
      Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)

      Piano Trio (MSU)

      Jon Rumney, violin, MSU
      Erik Anderson, cello, MSU
      Dianna Anderson, piano, MSU 

      String Quartet No. 8
      II. Allegro molto
      Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) 

      MSU String Quartet
      Jon Rumney, violin (filling in for Will Schilling)
      Nikisa Gentry, violin
      Nina Coster, viola
      Rebecca Randash, cello 

      Literary Outrage
      River Valley Room 

      The Monkey Smokes a Cigarette, or, Yelling at Your Television
      Brian Schill UND

      Medieval Zorn, Modern Outrage: The Narrative Aspects of Discontent.
      Shawn R. Boyd, UND

      Dog-Woman on a Slow Burn: Translating “Jeans Prose” by Billjana Jovanovic
      John K. Cox, NDSU

      The Outrage of the Disabled Body
      Andrew J. Harnish, UND           

      Lunch and Keynote:

      Opening Remarks
      Debbie Storrs, Dean, UND College of Arts and Sciences 

      If You Are Not Mad, You’re Not Paying Attention” Outrage as Performance, Industry and Politics in Contemporary America
      Mark Jendrysik, UND  

      Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline: A Dialogue at the University of North Dakota
      Lecture Bowl 

      Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, UND
      Cody Hall, Alumni UND
      Chase Iron Eyes, Alumni UND
      James Grijalva, UND
      Jaynie Parrish, UND
      Mark Trahant, UND 

      The Outrage of History: The Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism in Modern Discourse
      River Valley Room 

      The Black Peter Discussion: the limits of tolerance in the Netherlands
      Ernst Pijning, MSU

      North V. South: The Legacy of the ‘African Holocaust’ in Ghana
      Ty M. Reese, UND

      Undermining Outrage: Native Participants in the Conquest of Mexico
      Bradley T. Benton, NDSU           

      How about a Third Place? A Panel Discussion about Downtown Real Estate and Building Community
      Lecture Bowl

      David R. Haeselin, UND
      Sheila M. Liming, UND
      Sheryl O. O’Donnell, UND
      Bret Weber, UND           

      River Valley Room

      Entransed: The Making of a Transnational Woman
      Monika Browne, VCSU

      2016 North Dakota Arts & Humanities Faculty & Student Exhibition Reception
      Colonel Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery (Hughes Fine Art Center)

      Archaeological News on Tumblr

      Two-millennium Bronze Drum Discovered In Thanh Hoa

      THANH HOA (Vietnam)  – A bronze drum was unearthed in Vinh Loc district, the central province...

      Pair died in 500BC and went to next life in fur coats, but with their heads severed

      The newly-found burial from the ancient Pazyryk culture has produced a sight unknown to...

      James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

      Does Being Exist?

      It was about 8 years ago that I blogged about the strange question that is involved in debating God as understood by a wide array of liberal, existentialist, panentheist, pantheist, and/or mystical religious people. “Does being exist?” seems to be a self-evidently odd question. But for those who think of God as the ultimate, all-encompassing [Read More...]

      Jim Davila (


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      Hebrew Bible job at Saint Louis University

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      Nabatean inscriptions

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      The gardens of Petra

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      Jewish history recognized in India

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      Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

      AIUCD 2017 Il telescopio inverso: big data e distant reading nelle discipline umanistiche

      L’Associazione per l’Informatica Umanistica e le Culture Digitali (AIUCD) annuncia l’edizione 2017 della sua conferenza annuale e invita tutti gli studiosi interessati a inviare proposte di intervento.

      Le tecnologie per l'arte e la cultura: istruzioni per l'uso

      Venerdì 14 ottobre 2016 dalle ore 15.30 alle ore 17.00 all'interno di LuBeC 2016 si terrà il #technolab dal titolo "Le tecnologie per l'arte e la cultura: istruzioni per l'uso". L'evento è un’occasione per orientarsi tra gli strumenti della valorizzazione più innovativa, attraverso una casistica di importanti prodotti e servizi sviluppati e oggi utilizzati nel sistema della cultura. Strumenti che hanno davvero rivoluzionato il modo di operare, per gli addetti al settore, e il modo di fruire, per cittadini e turisti, il patrimonio culturale e artistico del nostro Paese.

      Bryn Mawr Classical Review

      2016.09.41: Provincial Soldiers and Imperial Instability in the ‘Histories’ of Tacitus

      Review of Jonathan Master, Provincial Soldiers and Imperial Instability in the ‘Histories’ of Tacitus. Ann Arbor: 2016. Pp. viii, 238. $70.00. ISBN 9780472119837.

      2016.09.40: L'Hadès céleste: histoire du purgatoire dans l'Antiquité. Kaïnon – Présence de la philosophie ancienne, 1

      Review of Adrian Mihai, L'Hadès céleste: histoire du purgatoire dans l'Antiquité. Kaïnon – Présence de la philosophie ancienne, 1​. Paris: 2015. Pp. 469. €49.00 (pb). ISBN 9782812433962.

      2016.09.39: Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics. Empire and after

      Review of Noel Lenski, Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics. Empire and after. Philadelphia: 2016. Pp. ix, 404. $79.95 (hb). ISBN 9780812247770.

      Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

      Arte in Luce: restauro e valorizzazione delle opere d’arte con tecnologie innovative

      Arte in Luce, il progetto dell’Ente Morale “Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa”,  l'Università Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli e l'Univoc, sostenuto da Fondazione TIM attraverso il bando “Beni Invisibili, Luoghi e Maestria Delle Tradizioni Artigianali”, sarà protagonista il prossimo 27 settembre a Roma dell’evento “Mestieri d'Arte, origini e futuro in Italia”.

      Seminario: il restauro nell'era della Fabbricazione Digitale

      CESMAR7, in collaborazione con 3D ARCHEOLAB e FAB LAB PARMA organizza il Seminario “Il restauro nell'era della Fabbricazione Digitale” che si terrà a Parma, presso il Centro Polifunzionale Casa nel Parco, il 5 novembre 2016 (orari 9.00-13.30/14.30-18.00).

      Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

      Unesco listing for Phnom Kulen spells unease for residents

      A recent announcement to include Phnom Kulen in the Angkor World Heritage property means an uncertain future for the some 300 people who live on the mountain. UNESCO push will clear villagers off of Kulen Mountain Phnom Penh Post, 05 July 2016 Hundreds of villagers living on Siem Reap’s historic Phnom Kulen are reeling after … Continue reading "Unesco listing for Phnom Kulen spells unease for residents"

      Profile on Dr Alison Carter

      The Phnom Penh Post’s feature on Dr Alison Carter, a personal friend of mine, and her work in household archaeology in Cambodia. Digging beneath the surface Phnom Penh Post, 04 July 2016 For many expats, Cambodia is no more than another country to be ticked off the list of places to spend two years before … Continue reading "Profile on Dr Alison Carter"

      Free entry in the National Museum of the Philippines

      As of 1 July, admission to the National Museum of the Philippines is free for all nationalities. Entrance to the National Museum now ‘permanently’ free Rappler, 30 June 2016 National Museum admission now free – permanently Philippine News Agency, via Interaksyon, 01 July 2016 – It’s been a day of new beginnings as the nation’s … Continue reading "Free entry in the National Museum of the Philippines"

      Bali’s first mosque

      A feature on the oldest mosque in Bali, believed to be established during the Majapahit period. The earliest mosque on the Island of the Gods Jakarta Post, 30 June 2016 Rusiah and other local residents believe that their ancestors were a group of 40 courtiers sent by King Hayam Wuruk from the Majapahit Kingdom and … Continue reading "Bali’s first mosque"

      September 25, 2016

      The Heroic Age

      Models of Authority and DigiPal are organising two digital methods sessions at Leeds 2017 

      Session 1: "Digital Methods 1: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Palaeography"

      Session 2: "Digital Methods 2: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Manuscript Studies"

      Interested? Then send us an abstract! It's all pretty simple really. All you need to do is read the blurbs
      below; decide which session suits you best; and then send an abstract of a couple of hundred words or so
      (we won't count them, but try not to overdo it) to by 28th September 2016.

      Looking forward to reading your abstracts,

      Dr Stewart J Brookes
      Department of Digital Humanities
      King's College London

      "Digital Methods 1: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Palaeography"

      Taking palaeography and codicology as its focus, this session will consider how computer-assisted techniques
      might advance our understanding of the handwriting of medieval scribes.

      "Digital Methods 2: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Manuscript Studies"

      The large number of initiatives to digitise medieval manuscripts mean that we now have unprecedented access
      to medieval texts. In many ways, this explosion of knowledge can be compared to the early years of the printing
      press. But how might we best utilise this growing body of material? This session will explore the potential for the
      computer-assisted study of medieval manuscripts; discuss the intersection of manuscript studies and Digital Humanities;
      and share methodologies. The topics under discussion will include the encoding and transcription of medieval texts, the
      practical and theoretical consequences of the use of digital surrogates and the visualisation of manuscript evidence and
      data.Models of Authority and DigiPal are organising two digital methods sessions at Leeds 2017
      Session 1: "Digital Methods 1: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Palaeography"

      Session 2: "Digital Methods 2: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Manuscript Studies"

      Interested? Then send us an abstract! It's all pretty simple really. All you need to do is read the blurbs
      below; decide which session suits you best; and then send an abstract of a couple of hundred words or so
      (we won't count them, but try not to overdo it) to by 28th September 2016.

      Looking forward to reading your abstracts,

      Dr Stewart J Brookes
      Department of Digital Humanities
      King's College London

      "Digital Methods 1: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Palaeography"

      Taking palaeography and codicology as its focus, this session will consider how computer-assisted techniques
      might advance our understanding of the handwriting of medieval scribes.

      "Digital Methods 2: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Manuscript Studies"

      The large number of initiatives to digitise medieval manuscripts mean that we now have unprecedented access
      to medieval texts. In many ways, this explosion of knowledge can be compared to the early years of the printing
      press. But how might we best utilise this growing body of material? This session will explore the potential for the
      computer-assisted study of medieval manuscripts; discuss the intersection of manuscript studies and Digital Humanities;
      and share methodologies. The topics under discussion will include the encoding and transcription of medieval texts, the
      practical and theoretical consequences of the use of digital surrogates and the visualisation of manuscript evidence and

      AIA Fieldnotes

      International Archaeology Day in Dolní Břežany

      Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
      Sponsored by Regional Information Center
      Event Type (you may select more than one): 
      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      The Regional Information Ceter and the Celtic settlement Závist invite for the celebration of the INternational Archaeology Day. The visitors receive a free entrance to the Center to enjoy its new exhibition on Celtic settlement in Bohemia and two lectures are offered during the day. First on the Celts in Bohemia and the second one on the Public Archaeology. Presentation of archaic craftsmanships and workshops for visitors will allow you to enjoy unique experience. 


      Dana Chmelíková
      Call for Papers: 

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Archive of the XML files of the Mannheim / Heidelberg CAMENA Neo-Latin project

      Archive of the XML files of the Mannheim / Heidelberg CAMENA Neo-Latin project

      CAMENA - Latin Texts of Early Modern Europe: the XML files


      CAMENA (Corpus Automatum Multiplex Electorum Neolatinitatis Auctorum), a DFG-funded research project carried out at the German Department of Heidelberg University Chair of German Literature (Modern Period), in cooperation with the Information Technology Center and the Library of the University of Mannheim, and led by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Kühlmann, was active from 1999 to 2013; we particularly thank the spiritus movens of Wolfgang Schibel, as well as Reinhard Gruhl, Emir Zuljevic, Heinz Kredel, and other members of the team.

      In our opinion, CAMENA was one of the most important Neo-Latin digital initiatives. Since its machine-readable texts were made available under the Creative Commons Attribution / Share Alike license, here we are republishing the XML files of all the CAMENA collections as a Github repository, with all the caveats of the original project regarding citing and reliability, and with the intent to enable further digital experiments with CAMENA Neo-Latin material.

      Again, sincere gratitude goes to colleagues involved in CAMENA for all their efforts, and for making this possible. Sumus nani gigantum humeris insidentes.


      In CAMENA, the texts are divided in five collections: POEMATA, Neo-Latin poetry composed by German authors; HISTORICA & POLITICA, Latin historical and political writing; THESAURUS ERUDITIONIS, a reference collection of dictionaries and handbooks of the period 1500-1750; CERA, printed Latin letters, mostly by German scholars, from the period 1530-1770; and ITALI, works by Italian Renaissance humanists born before 1500. The collection ITALI has no XML files, so it was not included in this repository.

      We were not able to find information on the exact number of XML files produced by CAMENA. This repository contains 949 XML files in the POEMATA section, 382 files in the HISTORICA & POLITICA, 296 files in the THESAURUS ERUDITIONIS, and 124 files in CERA, with the total of 1751 files. These files contain 50,458,045 words (tokens) below the text element (more on this in Word count).

      Not all CAMENA XML files provide full text of the digitized source. For example, the file Arenhold_conspectus_index_II.xml in CERA offers only the table of contents to the digitized volume of Arenhold, Silvester Johannes: Conspectus Bibliothecae Universalis Historico-Literario-Criticae Epistolarum : Typis Expressarum Et M[anu]S[crip]tarum, Illustrium Omnis Aevi Et Eruditissimorum Auctorum. - Hanoverae : Sumptibus Hereduum [!] Foersterianorum, 1746. In the CAMENA-CERA version, the table of contents contains links to respective page images of the digitized book. We did not try to exclude such partial XML publications from this repository.

      AIA Fieldnotes

      We Love Archaeology

      Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
      Sponsored by Regionam Museum in Litomyšl
      Event Type (you may select more than one): 
      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      During the day the Regional Museum in Litomyšl invites the public to enjoy the fair full of living history images. You will learn about the life of prehistoric hunters, the Celts, old Germans wtih the help of reenactment group Bacrie.


      Jana Němcová
      Call for Papers: 

      Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

      Peter Tompa's Sausages

      In a sniping post on his Cultural Property Obfuscator blog, antiquities trade lobbyist Peter Tompa has a post about Cyprus "turning its back further away from its past Common Law traditions as part of the British Commonwealth of Nations..." because it proposes making dealers and collectors demonstrate the legitimacy of the items they hold  (see here). Mr Tompa and his dealer mates (brought up to rely on a 'they-can't-touch-yer-for-it-legality')  insist everyone should give them the benefit of the doubt (antiquities dealers - get it?) and presume an innocence until (somebody else) can prove their guilt. By virtue of the fact that all paperwork was thrown away by the trade for all-but everything they handle, that's what they feel safe (indeed, untouchable) with. I am among those who feel very strongly that this is not how it should be a legitimate trade does not exist by virtue of naming the name alone, it has to demonstrate its legitimacy - especially when it concerns a class of commodity where we know items of illicit and false origins are rife.

      Although he published a snide comment by his BFF metal detectorist John Howland, he rejected mine on this matter, apparently unwilling to answer it honestly, so here it is:
      If antiquities dealers turn their back on business practices which would allow documentation of licit provenance of the goods they handle, then they have only themselves to blame. I don't know how it is with sausages you buy in Washington, but here in eastern Europe butchers don't have this problem, they'll have the documentation of where those sausages have come from available for the health inspector. Woe betide a butcher that buys products with no documentation and thinks they'll get away with it. Are you a consumer of unprovenanced sausages of unknown contents and origins Mr Tompa?
      Sausages of course were chosen in my analogy, as they are one of the cheapest form of meat (apart from giblets, but I'd not recommend Mr Tompa feeding his kids with unprovenanced giblets of unknown origins either).

      So how is it with sausages in Washington, Mr Tompa?

      Vignette: What's in your kiełbasa Peter? 

      From a Recent PAS Report

      The main achievements of the PAS in 2014: • 113,794 finds were recorded; a total of 1,127,586 recorded on its database ( to date. • 96% of finds were found by metal-detectorists. • 91% of finds were found on cultivated land, where they are susceptible to plough damage and artificial and natural corrosion processes.
      On all of it? So why are there any artefacts left at all?  What actually is the "achievement" here? This is not responsible public outreach, it is uncritical repetition of artefact hunters' own self-justifications. Where is the BM Research Report to back up this glib statement?

      Vignette: Name plate corroding just as is BM's reputation for spouting pseudo-science

      For Nigel: For the Rest of You a Free Bit of the Book and Explanation of why Blogging is Light at the Moment

      Nigel, a new draft of the first bit of:
      Black is our old text, blue the new bits. After it is the bit with all the risible quotes about the PAS from the dealers. 
      The pas in a wider context

      Soon after its inception, the PAS became of great significance for collectors of portable antiquities both in the UK and beyond. Anyone engaging with the global portable antiquity collecting milieu will be struck by the frequency with which the opinion is voiced in such circles that allegedly the only possible way forward for the archaeological world is firstly to accept that the worldwide exploitation of the archaeological record for collectables on a massive scale is inevitable and unstoppable and secondly that the world archaeological community should therefore react by creating a ‘fair and voluntary scheme’ whereby what is taken by collectors can be documented to the same degree as the (always) admirable British Portable Antiquities Scheme. This will, it is alleged, be the panacea to all the problems. In this way, Britain’s PAS has been taken to hold out the hope of a satisfactory solution to the ethical and legal disconnect between antiquity preservation laws and what hunters, dealers and collectors wish to do (in other words it is taken as showing that laws restricting the activities of the antiquities trade are unnecessary). 

      The Portable Antiquities Scheme has directly played a part in the development of this trend. In September 2009, a one-day PAS-sponsored conference was held in the British Museum program entitled: ‘Recording the Past: How Different European Countries Deal With Portable Antiquities’. It was attended by speakers from ten European countries who addressed the issue of their government's legal and administrative approach to recently discovered portable antiquities. At the meeting,  Roger Bland, the head of PAS, gave the keynote speech presenting the successes of the PAS in England and Wales and the 1996 Treasure Act and Treasure award system. Participants from the national museums of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic discussed the situation in their countries, and all suggest that artefact hunters were active in all three areas, but reporting levels were very low there.  There were  speakers from the Netherlands, Denmark who talked about the manner in which artefact hunting was accommodated in those countries and the archaeological benefits they saw in this. Representatives of Schleswig Holstein, Slovenia, Hungary and Poland discussed the situation in countries where artefact hunting was regulated, or punishable. The conference apparently came to the conclusion that ‘if the proper recording of finds is the objective, those systems which most closely follow the [British] approach of credible market-value rewards and outreach are the most successful’. [1] One cannot avoid suspecting that this is precisely what the British organizers were hoping to hear. It is a shame that the conference proceedings and discussion sessions were never published.

      More recently, members of staff of the PAS have been involved in attempts by European portable antiquities collectors to weaken foreign legislation and legalise unrestricted artefact hunting. In once case, in April 2015 PAS employees were involved in the creation of promotional material for a campaign (‘Green Light for Change’ attached to the Irish metal detecting forum)[2]'to legalise metal detecting for antiquities in the Republic of Ireland'. This campaign, led by Norfolk-based detector user Liam Nolan, basically consisted of pointing out what a success the PAS had been getting finds recorded in Norfolk, and that if the laws in Ireland were relaxed, more loose artefacts would be taken out of the ground and recorded there too. A senior figure in the PAS is reported by Mr Nolan to be in ‘regular contact’ with the Campaign and allegedly ‘offered to fly over to address any meetings and explain to archaeologists how such a system could be modified to suit the specific Irish needs but we want there to be a more positive climate before that happens’.[3]

      It is not per se against the law in Ireland to use a metal detector, but to use it without a permit to dig up artefacts to collect and sell is. The whole of section two of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1987[4]sets this out quite clearly, and below that, the procedure for obtaining a permit and reporting finds thus made. Section 20 and 23 set out the measures for dealing with those not reporting. Since a measure to get chance finds and (both legal and illegal) finds made with the use of a metal detector reported is already in place in the legislation, instituting a PAS is clearly superfluous. 

      The same Mr Nolan was also involved in setting up the European Council for Metal Detecting (ECMD). This developed from meetings of several groups of artefact hunters from the continent in 2011 and 2012 in which Trevor Austin of the NCMD became involved. The ECMD’s inaugural conference in April 2015 at The Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport was sponsored by metal detector manufacturer Minelab and the ‘Searcher’ metal detecting magazine. This was intended to bring together artefact hunters not only from England, Ireland and Spain, but also France (Groupe Militante Pour un Treasure Act Francais), Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Germany. The keynote speaker was the new PAS head, Dr Michael Lewis. The stated aim of this meeting was to create conditions in which artefact hunters could ‘work together for the common cause to allow responsible metal detecting to be allowed in all European countries’. The ECMD (closely modelled on Britain’s NCMD) is to create a framework through which foreign artefact hunting and collecting organizations

      can help establish a working relationship with their respective governments, the eventual aim being to encourage the type of co-operation and recording of finds that has been so successful here in the UK and with the power to advocate reform and influence existing National [sic] legislation. [...] The promotion of the benefits of the "English Model" will be a key factor in achieving these goals [...].[5]

      It is disturbingly to see the PAS involved in this plan to undermine European preservation legislation. Of course the function of European antiquities preservation legislation is not merely to ensure things are recorded so that collectors can pocket them, article 2 and 3 of the Valetta Convention - the very ones the UK rejected (Chapter 4) - exist to attain that. 

      These efforts all ignore one basic fact, the Portable Antiquities Scheme was not set up in order that national laws could allow artefact hunting and collecting, it is instead a symptom of lax laws which allow pilfering of sites for collectables - something the laws of all those other countries without a PAS strive to protect sites from. Instead of prompting foreign countries to abandon any attempts to prevent looting, to bring them down to the same parlous level as the UK, rather one would expect an organization like the PAS to be more deeply involved in efforts to tighten up the British legislation.

      The pas and the global antiquities market
      Of course anyone else who is not my co-author can comment on this fragment too (Nigel, comments offline please). That applies especially if you work for the PAS, for this book is mostly about you, now we've chucked out the chapters about metal detectorists (you'll see those in 2017/8). But if you work for the PAS you'll not be reading this blog anyway, will you?

      Egypt’s Malawi Museum Reopened Three Years After Being Trashed

      Egypt’s Malawi National Museum, located in El Minya, reopened on Thursday three years after it was ransacked and partially torched.
      The restoration, which cost around EGP 10 million and was partly financed by the Italian government, provides a more educational experience for visitors. Malawi National Museum was ransacked, looted, and parts of it torched in August 2013 during violence that followed the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi. More than 1,000 antiquities spanning 3,500 years of history were reported to have been stolen, with the few remaining pieces left damaged. However, according to state media Al-Ahram, the majority of the pieces were eventually recovered by the Egyptian government after police promised not to prosecute anyone returning looted antiquities.
      Vignette: Thoth ibis

      Question for Tony Robinson

      "My son Spike loves nature, and wants to become an ornithologist. Any advice? Is a pair of bird-nesting climbing boots a good present?"
      Tony's answer,
      tell him to join an ornithology club and, yes, the boots are a good idea but only if he does not use them "wantonly". Any eggs he pockets should be taken along to the local ornithologists who will make a record of them. Then it's OK.


      What I want to know is why after millions and millions of pounds thrown at "archaeological outreach to the British public" which has lasted twenty years - you get a dumbass question like that. IS artefact hunting and collecting archaeology? No. No more than nesting and bird egg collecting is ornithology. We'll never get those twenty years back, PAS.

      CifA Hates Artefact Hunting and Collecting?

      The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Code of Conduct published December 2014

      1.6 A member shall know and comply with all laws applicable to his or her archaeological activities whether as employer or employee, and where appropriate withnational and international treaties, conventions and charters including annexes and schedules.

      1.7 A member shall not knowinglybe employed by, or otherwise contract with, an individual or entity where the purpose of the contract is directly to facilitate the excavation and/or recovery of items from archaeological contexts for sale, and where such sale may lead to the irretrievable dispersal of the physical and/or intellectual archive, or where such sale may result in an undispersed archiveto which public access is routinely denied.

      Cyprus promotes new convention to combat illicit trafficking in cultural property

      In a move that hopefully will gather momentum, during its Presidency of the Council of Europe, between November 2016 to May 2017 Cyprus plans to organise a series of activities that would kick-start a new criminal law convention to combat illicit trafficking in cultural property (CNA News Service Cyprus promotes new convention to combat illicit trafficking in cultural property / Sept 23rd 2016)
      Cyprus led a cross-regional Statement on the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts in the framework of the Human Rights Council. The statement was co-sponsored by a staggering number of 146 members and observer states of the HRC, thus [...] putting the issue of cultural heritage firmly in the Human Rights agenda.
      The point is that the no-questions-asked buying of antiquities is simply a lack of respect by the buyers of the richer ('market') nations of the rights of the citizens of the countries whose past they so shamelessly and selfishly exploit. Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidesannounced that: 
      in a few days, in collaboration with a core group of partners, Cyprus will present at the 33rd Session of the HRC in Geneva, a comprehensive Resolution on “Cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage”. “Yet, what we see as imperative is the active role of the UN Security Council on this issue, and particularly on the crucial issue of the provenance of cultural artefacts. As you are well-aware, the main obstacle encountered in securing the restitution of looted cultural property is the proof of identification by the claimant country, especially for objects that have not been inventoried or adequately documented” [that is why dealers and collectors apparently routinely discard any documentation that they have for any antiquity PMB] the burden of proof must not fall to the claimant state for the blocking of auctioning suspicious objects and, eventually, for the restitution of artefacts.He pointed out that was is of most importance, is a robust UNSC Resolution through which purchases of artefacts originating from conflict zones are not considered “bona fide” purchases and which will apply universal limitations on the trade and transfer of artefacts originating from all conflict zones, with the obligation of proof of legitimate trade resting upon the traders, auction houses and buyers and not on the originating state.
      and, in the circumstances, with trade-wide responsibility-laundering discarding of documentation of collecting history of the artefacts passing through it to avoid detection, this is how it now has to be. Dealers and collectors only have themselves to blame.

      Vignette: Cyprus 

      Don't Believe Lying Dealers

      Candid comment:
      “Generally, you have to be very careful of what a Middle Eastern antiquities dealer tells you,” said Lenny Wolfe, himself a Middle Eastern antiquities dealer based in Jerusalem. “You’re probably safer not believing it.”
      Ben Harris, 'Medieval texts found in Afghan cave' Times of Israel January 25, 2012.


      Poles demonstrated today against their current government which divides the nation and leads it away from EU values. A great time was had by all KODers.

      One Born Every Minute

      The ebay seller  ancientgas aka Dr Geoffrey A Smith (1061) is offering this unlovely item for a mere US $1,200
      Part of my personal collection  it was adherent to a larger item ..? Shield face  I really think this was Mycenae Or a bit later Greek which was looted by the Celts thus in a Celtic dig site as an item of status. Ex Smith, Guaranteed
      Maybe Mr Hooker (FSA) will be putting in a bid? Or offering an expert opinion? Or witholding it in collectors' solidarity? 

      Stated provenance: "in a celtic dig site". In which country and under what circumstances it left that country and entered the (seemingly limitless) "Smith collection" are simply not stated, or why the previous owner cleaned only one face of it  - neither is the basis of the dating (analogies?) and trite narrativisation. The Celtic invasions of the Mycenaean realms are an as yet unknown episode of ancient historiography enlightened for us by the collector's ... um, .... 

      AIA Fieldnotes

      Mysteries of medieval strongholds and mottes

      Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
      Sponsored by Muzeum Górnośląskie w Bytomiu, Stowarzyszenie Naukowe Archeologów Polskich Oddział Górnośląski
      Event Type (you may select more than one): 
      Start Date: 
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      This year Muzeum Górnośląskie w Bytomiu (Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom, Poland) and Stowarzyszenie Naukowe Archeologów Polskich Oddział Górnośląski (Scientific Association of Polish Archaeologists Upper Silesian Branch) are organizing IAD. The title of the event is "Mysteries of medieval strongholds and mottes". The first part of IAD will be workshops: building a motte, weaving, pottery, archaeological English memo and more, for kids, their parents and everyone who wants to take part in.


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      'Romani Bambino' statue brought back home to Gaziantep after 85 years

      The ancient statue of “Romani Bambino,” a Roman child holding a cluster of pistachios,...

      James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)


      While talking with Shayna Sheinfeld and Meredith Warren in Italy this summer, they suggested that it would be fun to organize a conference panel in which all the papers had the same title, with only the subtitle differing. The common title that we started with was “The Bird is the Word.” I can’t remember the ones [Read More...]

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      Congress volume for 15th IOSCS meeting, 2013

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      Stökl Ben Ezra, Qumran

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      Elena Cano (Γνωθι τους αλλους)


      Ahora que la realidad virtual está adquiriendo en nuestras vidas una importancia tan capital y que la publicidad omnipresente nos empuja machaconamente a confundir realidad con deseo, no está nada mal recordar historias como la que cuenta este divulgador científico, que ilustra maravillosamente el papel de los mitos en la vida humana.

       La verdadera historia del descubrimiento de la penicilina:

      Si te ha gustado la charla, puedes encontrar todas las de las jornadas de divulgación donde se pronunció aquí.

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      A. A. Barrett, E. Fantham et J. C. Yardley, The Emperor Nero: a guide to the ancient sources


      Anthony A. Barrett, Elaine Fantham et John C. Yardley, The Emperor Nero: a guide to the ancient sources, Princeton, 2016.

      Éditeur : Princeton University Press
      xxvii, 300 pages
      ISBN : 9780691156514
      35 $

      Nero's reign (AD 54–68) witnessed some of the most memorable events in Roman history, such as the rebellion of Boudica and the first persecution of the Christians—not to mention Nero's murder of his mother, his tyranny and extravagance, and his suicide, which plunged the empire into civil war. The Emperor Nero gathers into a single collection the major sources for Nero's life and rule, providing students of Nero and ancient Rome with the most authoritative and accessible reader there is.
      The Emperor Nero features clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero. The informative introduction situates the emperor's reign within the history of the Roman Empire, and the book's concise headnotes to chapters place the source material in historical and biographical context. Passages are accompanied by detailed notes and are organized around events, such as the Great Fire of Rome, or by topic, such as Nero's relationships with his wives. Complex events like the war with Parthia—split up among several chapters in Tacitus's Annals—are brought together in continuous narratives, making this the most comprehensible and user-friendly sourcebook on Nero available.

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      September 24, 2016

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Latin Teaching Materials at Saint Louis University

       [First posted on AWOL 10 December 2012, updated 24 September 2016]

      Latin Teaching Materials at Saint Louis University
      Claude Pavur
      The ultimate outcomes of Latin studies relate to your quality of consciousness, and to the breadth and depth of your vision. You do not even know who you are if you have no memory. If you develop your memory of and appreciation of significant realities, if you learn how to judge what is helpful and admirable and what is not, then you are being helped to becoming a greater person yourself, that unique "greater person" that you are called to be. ("Become who you are!" says Pindar.) Latinity is a significant part of the past for us. We have to know it to more fully know who we are culturally, but it also gives us a wealth of material that can help us to fashion ourselves individually.

      And see also AWOL's  list of

      Liz Gloyn (Classically Inclined)

      To Cyclops or not to Cyclops?

      When I first came up with the Monster Book proposal, I decided I wanted to have the first half of the book think about some of the big issues around monsters and dedicate the second half to chapters focusing on individual case studies – the plan is for those to look at Medusa, the Minotaur, centaurs and sirens. As I’ve been starting to get to grips with the project, I’ve had to think about what I want to do about Polyphemus, the Cyclops who first turns up in Homer’s Odyssey. It’s funny, because when I initially thought about classical monsters, Polyphemus simply didn’t come into my mind.

      If you read the original text, for me it’s a story not about what makes a monster, but how to be human. Polyphemus is one of a tribe of Cyclopes rather than a one-off beast. Yes, he eats some of Odysseus’ men and has every intention of eating all of them, but he only does so after discovering the company in his cave, rifling through it and breaking all the laws of guest-hospitality that should govern the first encounter between civilised peoples. Odysseus’ decision to rifle through Polyphemus’ possessions, essentially pillaging them, makes it clear he doesn’t think that Polyphemus is worth treating like an equal – so Polyphemus returns the contempt. So there’s appalling interpersonal relationships, but no worse than many of the humans that Odysseus meets on the rest of his travels.

      However, although Polyphemus is an exaggerated human rather than a monster for Homer, in his later incarnations the trappings of civilization that surround him get stripped away. Eleanor OKell has written about this in the context of the cyclops created by Ray Harryhausen for The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, if you fancy reading more about this (the link goes to a PDF), but the general gist is that the social complexity of Polyphemus’ life, his co-existence with other Cyclopes, his command of language and his obvious competence in the complicated art of shepherding and cheese-making get overwhelmed by the man-eating and the single eye. In the process of transmission, he gets flattened out into a beast.

      So I think my initial instinct on this is right, and I’m not going to spend too much of the book talking about Polyphemus or the Cyclops – he’s a special case, in that his monstrosity is imposed on him. It certainly wasn’t the only thing that the ancients associated with him – he fell in love with the sea nymph Galatea, who did not return his affections. Both Theocritus and Ovid wrote about Polyphemus’ unrequited love – not something you find when people are talking about the Chimera or the Minotaur. While it’s understandable that the Cyclops in contemporary popular culture has been trimmed down to a one-dimensional bogeyman, the price that’s paid is the humanity that Homer and other ancient poets saw in him.

      Mary Beard (A Don's Life)

      Did Chinese live in Roman London?


      One of the latest discoveries from Roman London has just hit the news. "Chinese lived in Roman London" is the message (or "How did two Chinese skeletons find their way into a Roman Cemetery in London?" to quote the Daily Mail). Professional archaeologists have been a lot more cautious. But what is the truth about the two Chinese skeletons in ancient London ?

      Well, it is absolutely obvious that Rome and Roman Britain were much more multi-cultural/multi-ethnic societies than has often been assumed. You can see exactly that in some of the epitaphs that survive (my favourite is put up to his wife near Hadrian's Wall by "Barates from Palmyra"). But there is increasing evidence from skeletal remains of a very wide diaspora ending up in Roman Britain. You find a sub-saharan ancestry for the so-called "Bangle lady" in York and "Beachy Head Woman" from East Dean; and that ancestry is largely judged from the shape of the skull. But recent science has gone a bit further.

      New science can examine the teeth of ancient skeletons, and can work out something about the environment in which the person grew up while their adult teeth were forming in the jaw. It is still a bit rough and ready, but it is already possible to say, for example, that the dead person spent their early years in a climate much warmer than the one in which they died.

      So where does it leave these  "Chinese" in Roman London?

      Well, we have two skeletons whose skull formation suggests a far eastern ancestry. That is based simply on the shape of the skull, and it is a reasonaable but not fail-safe diagnostic. Their teeth composition strongly suggests that they had grown up somewhere warmer than Britain. None of this means that they came directly from China. There were all kinds of trading connections between Rome and China: that is where Roman silk came from, and Chinese sources seem to have called Rome "greater China". But the connections were as much indirect as direct. And the likely story is that if the skull morphology is correct (big "if") then these people were the grandchildren or great grandchildren of someone with some connection by marriage to China some way back, and part of a diaspora over generations.

      That is to say, in other words , they attest to the multicultural world of the Roman empire. But they do not mean that these are a pair of people who made their way, in one generation,  from China to Rome.

      If you want a clear and expert description on the science and its limitations, then try what  Kristina Killgrove has to say here.






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      Mummified bullock with linen wrappings and geometric patterns...

      Mummified bullock with linen wrappings and geometric patterns on chest, Roman Period Egypt (British Museum EA6773).    

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Bibliotheca Antiqua Numerica (l'Institut des Sciences et Techniques de l'Antiquité (ISTA) de l'Université de Franche-Comté)

      Bibliotheca Antiqua Numerica

      Bibliothèque en ligne Bibliotheca Antiqua Numerica

      La BAN a pour objectif de présenter en ligne, aux chercheurs comme à tous les amateurs d'objets historiques, des ouvrages et des manuscrits appartenant au patrimoine de la Franche-Comté. Au cours de cette première étape, les documents proposés proviennent de la Bibliothèque d'étude et de conservation de Besançon.

      La BAN est conçue et alimentée par l'Institut des Sciences et Techniques de l'Antiquité (ISTA) de l'Université de Franche-Comté, lequel développe des recherches, en lien avec les documents présentés dans la BAN, en particulier sur la réception et la transmission des savoirs antiques de la fin du Moyen Âge au XIXe siècle.

      La BAN est soutenue par l'Université de Franche-Comté, le Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté, la ville de Besançon et la MSHE Claude-Nicolas Ledoux

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      Open Access Monograph Series: Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum

      Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum
      Les volumes du Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum sont en accès libre au format pdf, après une barrière mobile de deux ans pour les plus récents.
      LoiAgraire647La partie africaine de la loi agraire de 111 av. J.-C. (lignes 43-95) eut pour but de trouver une solution à la situation des terres de l’Africa. Le bouleversement agraire et humain des décennies précédentes conduisirent le législateur – Marcus Baebius selon l’auteur – à résoudre les difficultés en confiant à un commissaire, le duovir, la mission de les régler sur la base de la distinction entre une terre publique grevée d’impôts, et des terres privées des colons, des acquéreurs des ventes publiques ou privées, des alliés. La loi a joué un rôle fondamental, au moins jusqu’aux réformes flaviennes et antonines. L’auteur. propose une analyse juridique et historique, une restitution et une traduction.
      ArpentageAntiqTard 2013 150x208pxL'ouvrage reprend, traduit et commente des textes d'arpentage de l'Antiquité tardive ou destinés aux géomètres, édités par Karl Lachmann (Berlin, 1848). Les auteurs cités sont l'empereur Théodose Ier et le Préfet du Prétoire Néotorius, l'arpenteur Dolabella, la prophétesse étrusque Végoia. Le livre comprend aussi les extraits « De finium regundorum » intégrés au corpus gromatique.
      Faisant suite à l'ouvrage publié par les PUFC en 2008, l'ouvrage envisage : le système de tracé des « limites » mis sous l'égide de l'empereur Théodose Ier et du Préfet du Prétoire Néotorius : cette Ratio limitum comprend huit parties ; un exposé illustré des « lettres des terres » qui rappelle les Casae litterarum ; des extraits des « Livres de Dolabella », particulièrement intéressants pour les liens qu'ils révèlent entre l'arpentage et la religion ; la célèbre prophétie de Végoia ; des extraits légèrement modifiés du Code Théodosien et du Digeste destinés aux géomètres. Deux appendices portant sur le Code Justinien (III, 29) et la signification du mot « praescriptio » éclairent ces documents juridiques.

      Arpentage-admin 150x205pxL'ouvrage comprend, réalisés principalement à partir de l'edition de K. Lachmann, une traduction et un commentaire de textes émanant du bureau des géomètres perfectissimes de l'administration civile romaine sous la dynastie valentino-théodosienne. Ces passages sont susceptibles d'intéresser les historiens qui se demanderont pour quelle raison on relève une telle activité vers 400 ; les archéologues et les juristes y puiseront des informations sur l'organisation du sol et sur le bornage, les philologues purront être intéressés par la distinction qui est proposée entre notes de terrain et rapports élaborés, ainsi que par le vocabulaire technique.
      CAR VII 150x205pxLes deux Libri coloniarum (« Libri des colonies ») rassemblent des notices administratives mises en forme au IVe siècle et concernant les cités des régions de l'Italie. Ils nous reseignent sur le statut des ces villes et sur l'organisation de leur territoire. Le présent volume offre la premieère traduction francaise complète des ces notices en regarde du texte latin de Lachmann que les auteurs ont amélioré et éclairé par des notes. Une introduction présente le problématique des Libri, et des annexes historiques, philologiques et linguistiques sont suivies d'indices latin exhaustifs.
      CAR VI 150x232pxCet ouvrage publié par l'Action COST A 27 est le fruit d'une collaboration scientifique étroite entre plusieurs équipes de six pays au sein du WG 2 « Rural Landscapes ». L'étude des marqueurs des paysages culturels hérités constitue l'objectif prioritaire de notre Action qui est illustré très tôt, dès l'Antiquité, par les débats et controverses qui agitent, dans la longue durée, le monde rural.
      Le texte qui suit, traité technique et pratique, insiste sur la multiplicité des modes de marquage, dont bien des traces subsistent encore partout en Europe, ce dont témoigne ce travail collectif. Nous avons ainsi pu mettre en évidence l'ancienneté des règlements juridiques et la pérennité des types codifiés de marqueurs - bornes, lignes d'arbres, chemins, talus, fossés, murets, terrasses de culture... - qui ont modelé les formes paysagères européennes en liaison avec les structures de la propriété.

      Isidore Etymo15 150x207pxLe livre 15 de la grande encyclopédie d'Isidore de Séville (premier tiers du VIIe siècle) modélise une Cité des hommes fortement structurée aussi bien dans sa composante urbaine que dans l'organisation de son territoire. Les structures spatiales de l'urbs offrent le cadre dans lequel se maintient une ciuitas dont la permanence, posée comme une réalité par Isidore, assume et transcende la diversité des sources antiques que l'évêque de Séville juxtapose en une puissante synthèse. C'est dire que ce texte, qui n'avait encore jamais été traduit, est un élément de référence obligé pour les historiens et pour les anthropologues autant que pour les philologues.
      CAR V 150x211pxLongtemps présentés comme un des acteurs gromatiques les plus anciens, il est désormais acquis qu'Hygin s'inscrit dans une fourchette chronologique précise qui le rattache au mouvement de reprise en main des terres par l'autorité de l'État, de Vespasien à trajan. Dans ce cadre, les sciences et les techniques gromatiques connaissent un regain de vitalité, regain auquel ont concouru les auteurs-patriciens cités ci-dessus. Hygin occupe peut-être une place originale dans ce renouveau, dans la mesure où il apparaît plus comme un abréviateur de thèmes et de problèmes évoqués plus largement par les autres auteurs gromatiques. Il ne faudrait pas cependant minimiser son intérêt puisqu'il nous permet souvent de mieux appréhender un certain nombre de problèmes, notamment grâce à l'utilisation d'un vocabulaire souvent original qui vient, de fait, élargir le lexique technique et nous offrir un tableau affiné de l'art des arpenteurs.
      CAR IV-2 Frontin 150x221pxNous sommes en présence, comme chez Hygin l'Arpenteur, d'une tentative de formalisation du savoir technique des arpenteurs, mais également, et peut-être pour la première fois d'une manière aussi marquée, d'une formalisation juridique. Cette dernière s'exprime notamment à travers la classification qu'opère Frontin à propos des controverses sur les sols, les propriétés, les limites, etc. Cette typologie constitue le coeur d'un ouvrage, dont l'ultime partie, consacrée à l'"art de la mesure", a posé tant de questions aux chercheurs. Frontin, dans la production littéraire duquel l'oeuvre gromatique n'est qu'un aspect, modélise et tente de rationaliser une connaissance, pratique et savante, à destination d'un public d'arpenteurs que le dernier tiers du Ier siècle de notre ère met à contribution dans la réorganisation des terres publiques.
      CAR IV-1 Hygin 150x224pxCe volume présente la première traduction d'un traité d'arpentage écrit au Ier siècle de notre ère, conservé et illustré par des manuscrits antiques et médiéveaux à partir du Ve siècle. L'ouvrage est consacré à la conception et à la construction des limites orthogonales qui dessinent et structurent les paysages volontaires antiques, dont l'orientation et le quadrillage symbolisent l'ordre cosmique et l'harmonie du monde. Mais si les principes de base ont déterminé un modèle d'organisation et d'aménagement hiérarchisé du territoire, il s'est adapté aux contraintes du milieu et aux nécessités de l'histoire. D'où l'existence de cas de figures multiples qu'illustrent les nombreuses vignettes. Le modèle, essentiellement consacré aux territoires des colonies, intègre en souplesse les divers niveaux, publics et privés, d'organisation spatiale, de production et de vie sociale. L'auteur présente ici le territoire de chaque cité, avec la place de son cadastre centurié, comme une image du monde.
      CAR II-III 150x223pxCe livre rassemble les volume II et III du Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum. Il contient l'édition et la traduction du texte de Balbus : Présentation systméatique de toutes les figures, ainsi que le traité sur La mesure par pieds, et les textes connexes extraits d'Epaphrodite et de Vitrivius Rufus : La mesure des Jugères.

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      New discoveries at Bulgaria's Novae

      Traces of the presence of the Slavs, a treasure of silver coins and baths inside the barracks of legionnaires - which is the first such discovery in a Roman camp - have been discovered by Warsaw archaeologists during excavations in Novae near Svishtov, Bulgaria. General view of the area of research in 2016 [Credit: M. Lemke]Warsaw archaeologists have conducted excavations at Novae for more than half a century. Every year, their work...

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      TOPOI Supplément 14 (2016)

      Topoi Supplément 14: L’Éolide dans l’ombre de Pergame, édité par Ivana Savalli-Lestrade à été publiée. Voici le sommaire:

      I. Savalli-Lestrade, « L’Éolide comme espace régional et construction culturelle » 7-28

      R. Hodot, « Dialecte, koinè, latin… État des lieux » 29-41

      B. Helly, « Aioleis à Démétrias. De l’ethnique au démotique ? » 43-64

      A. Grüner, « Theutrania. Eine kleinasiatische Polis der klassischen Zeit und ihre Bedeutung für die Herrschaftsideologie des attalidischen Pergamon » 65-86

      A. Matthaei, « Atarneo. Una città all’ombra di Pergamo ? » 87-105

      L. Meier, « L’établissement éolien d’Élaia et ses relations extérieures à l’époque hellénistique » 107-121

      G. Ragone, « Territorio e formazione dell’identità nella regione tra il Caico e l’Ermo » 123-169

      R. Pace, « Kyme eolica in età classica ed ellenistica. Uno sguardo attraverso le necropoli » 171-197

      Cl. Biagetti et A. Serrano Méndez, « “All’ombra di Archippe”. A proposito di un’iscrizione monumentale da Cuma eolica » 199-228

      J. Chameroy et I. Savalli-Lestrade, « Pergame, cité et capitale dynastique au miroir de la prosopographie interne et des trouvailles monétaires » 229-284

      D. Kassab, « La petite plastique de Myrina inspirée de la grande plastique de Pergame » 285-302

      Chr. Schuler, « Die Aiolis in regionalgeschichtlicher Perspektive. Zugänge und Schwierigkeiten » 303-319

      BiblePlaces Blog

      Weekend Roundup

      Digital imaging technology has virtually opened an ancient scroll from En Gedi to reveal the first two chapters of Leviticus. The publication in Science Advances includes a number of photos. Another article published in Textus is also online. The portions deciphered so far exactly match the Masoretic Text, but the radiocarbon date of 3rd-4th centuries AD differs from the paleographer’s date to the 1st or 2nd centuries.

      The discovery of a menorah at Abila provides the first evidence of Jewish presence at this city of the Decapolis.

      2,000-year-old human skeleton remains have been found buried at sea near a shipwreck at Antikythera, Greece.

      A fisherman's house from the Ottoman period was discovered along the beach in Ashkelon.

      Bedouin youths have helped to excavate Byzantine-era farm buildings in the Negev.

      A new virtual reality tour in Jerusalem takes “visitors” inside the Temple. There’s a short video clip here.

      Archaeologists plan to finish reconstruction work on Laodicea’s Hellenistic theater within three years.

      The Malawi Archaeological Museum in Minya was reopened this week after three years of renovation.

      Omar Ghul, an epigrapher at Yarmouk University, discusses important inscriptions discovered in Jordan.

      Laïla Nehmé is interviewed by Ancient History Etc. about the history of the Nabateans.

      Ferrell Jenkins concludes his series on Iznik (Nicea) with a post on the modern city and its vicinity.

      Wayne Stiles considers the history and the lessons from Hezekiah’s Tunnel.

      Chris McKinny will be lecturing at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on October 3 on the Late Bronze finds from Tel Burna.

      On sale for Kindle for $2.99: Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?, edited by James K. Hoffmeier and Dennis R. Magary. I require several of the chapters for at least one course I teach.

      Mordechai Gichon died this week.

      Ferrell Jenkins remembers Erle Verdun Leichty on the announcement of his passing.

      HT: Joseph Lauer, Agade, Ted Weis, Charles Savelle

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      Cave paintings found in southern Turkey date back to the prehistoric era

      Archaeologists announced the discovery of 10 cave paintings in the southern city of Mersin on Friday...

      Thibaut Castelli (Spartokos a Lu)

      Die griechische Kolonisation im nördlichen Schwarzmeerraum vom 7. bis 5. Jahrhundert v. Chr.

      Fornasier, J. (2016) : Die griechische Kolonisation im nördlichen Schwarzmeerraum vom 7. bis 5. Jahrhundert v. Chr., Bonn. Cet ouvrage se propose d’étudier la colonisation du nord de la mer Noire dans une perspective comparée. La colonisation est étudiée sur … Lire la suite