Syrians for Heritage (SIMAT)
Syrians for Heritage (SIMAT) is a cultural association that strives to preserve the Syrian heritage for all Syrians and for the world. Through our tangible and intangible heritage, we can comprehend our past and anticipate our future. This understanding will help us rediscover our plurality, restore our sense of belonging to our land and country, and achieve our hoped-for, peaceful future.
SIMAT is an inclusive association. It insists on broadening the discourse on Syrian heritage to encompass diverse perspectives, including those that have historically been excluded for a variety of reasons. SIMAT engages civil society in Syria and the Syrian diaspora and collaborates with concerned international organizations in the service of heritage education, exhibition, and conservation. SIMAT aims to challenge intended and unintended infringements on and appropriation of Syrian art, culture, and architecture, and promotes the study and appreciation of Syrian heritage locally and internationally for all.
[First posted in AWOL 20 April 2017, updated 12 December 2018]
Heritage for Peace: Damage Newsletter
Heritage for Peace is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support all Syrians in their efforts to protect and safeguard Syria’s cultural heritage during the armed conflict.
As an international group of heritage workers we believe that cultural heritage, and the protection thereof, can be used as a common ground for dialogue and therefore as a tool to enhance peace. We call on all Syrians of any religion or ethnicity to enter into a dialogue and work together to safeguard their mutual heritage.
Taymāʾ I: Archaeological Exploration, Palaeoenvironment, Cultural Contacts
The present volume is the first of the publication series of the Saudi-German archaeological project and focuses on three fundamental aspects of research at Taymāʾ: the current archaeological exploration of the oasis is contextualised with previous and ongoing research within the region, while at the same time offering a first overview of the settlement history of the site, which may have started as early as more than 6000 years ago. New information on the palaeoenvironment has been provided by multiproxy-analysis of sediments from a palaeolake immediately north of the settlement. The results indicate an Early Holocene humid period in the region that is shorter than the so-called African Humid Period. The abrupt aridification at around 8 ka BP, known from other regions in the Near East, is also attested in north-western Arabia. The reconstruction of the past vegetation of the site and its surroundings demonstrates that oasis cultivation at Taymāʾ started during the 5th millennium BCE with grapes and figs, rather than with the date palm. According to hydrological investigations on water resources, groundwater aquifers provided the main source of local water supply. These were exploited through wells, some of which have been identified in the area of the ancient oasis. Finally, since the time of early travellers to Northwest Arabia evidence of cultural contacts has been observed in the records from the site, which had been occupied by the last Babylonian king, Nabonidus (556–539 BCE) for ten years. A historical-archaeological essay on Egypt and Arabia as well as a study on the ambiguous relationship between Assyria and Arabia – characterised by conflict and commerce – shed new light on the foreign relations of ancient Taymāʾ.
Foreword - Introduction - Preface
The Archaeological Exploration of the Oasis of Taymāʾ
Palaeoenvironmental Changes at Taymāʾ as Inferred from Sabkha Infill
Taymāʾ Oasis (Saudi Arabia) and its Surroundings – a First Synthesis of the Flora, Vegetation, Natural Resources, and Floral History
Early to Middle Holocene Vegetational Development, Climatic Conditions and Oasis Cultivation in Taymāʾ: First Results from Pollen Spectra out of a Sabkha
The Water Management of Taymāʾ and Other Ancient Oasis Settlements in the North-Western Arabian Peninsula – a Synthesis
Ägypten und Arabien
Untersuchungen zu den ‘arabischen’ Toponymen und zur Rezeption der ‘Araber’ in den historischen Quellen der Assyrer
Faience Material from the Samos Heraion Excavations
The Heraion on Samos has been known since excavations began in the early nineteen hundreds as the findplace of exotic and unusual objects for the goddess Hera, brought from regions outside Greek lands, both East and West, dedicated in the sanctuary and finally buried in deposits of ex-votos. This long awaited study of the objects made of faience complements previous major studies in the Samos series on Cypriot limestones and terracottas (Schmidt) and Egyptian and Near Eastern bronzes (Jantzen) to which we should add Near Eastern and Egyptian ivories (Freyer-Schauenburg) published by the University of Hamburg.
Faience is a colourful and attractive material used for both perfume vessels, figurines, and amulets, but its manufacture is alien to Archaic Greece. Thus it forms part of the interchange of imported technologies and styles which characterises the Orientalising movement in Greece, and it illuminates new routes of contact between Greece and the old world of Egypt and the Near East. Faience objects of unmistakable Egyptian origin come from the Heraion (though they are in the minority). But the greatest number are those which belong to the first two phases of the faience industry, established in East Greece in the second half of the seventh century: in particular they include a large body of figurines which clearly reference foreign cult. The strongest influence on these faience objects comes from the Egyptian sphere, although the exact path this took is still unclear, and other probably Near Eastern influences are also detectable. Samos has already yielded a large number of high quality Egyptian bronzes of XXV/XXVIth Dynasty date, which are the subject of much discussion as to their purpose and dedication. Virginia Webb has an unrivalled knowledge of the
faience objects and their context in the East Greek and Egyptian worlds and this book promises to expand our knowledge of this important but up to now little known aspect of the foreign dedications in the Heraion.
1 General Introduction
Faience in Egypt – Faience and Other Materials Found in the Heraion on Samos
2 Egyptianizing Workshops in East Greece
The »Low Relief« Style with Incised Figure Decoration – »Leopard Spot Group«: Vases in Form of a Kneeling Figure – Disparate Groups: Vases in Form of Kneeling Woman With Baby at Back and Ibex on Lap – Varia
3 Genuine Egyptian Fabrics
Decorated or Plastic Vases for Oil, Nile Water or Kohl – Amulets and Talismans – Ornaments and Jewellery – Varia
4 Egyptian Blue
History of the Material – The Material and Technique – History of Its Use – Finds at the Heraion – Vessels – Scarabs – Amulet – Conclusion
5 Human Figurines: Greco-Egyptian Workshops
Statuettes in Human Form – Identity of Figurines – Faience as a Material for Small Scale Statues in Egypt – Male Figures without Attributes – Male Figures with Offerings or Playing Instruments – Female Figures – Male and Female Seated, Side by Side – ...
6 Animal Figurines: Greco-Egyptian Workshops
Large Figurines on Stands, without Suspension Loops – Small Figurines on Stands, with Suspension Loops
7 Falcon Figurines: Greco-Egyptian Workshops
Large Figurines on Stands, without Suspension Loop – Small Figurines on Stands, with Suspension Loop
8 Stone Figurines and Glazed Clay Vases
Stone Figurines – Glazed Ware Vases
The Faience Corpus from the Samos Heraion
List of Findplaces of Faience Objects in the Heraion – Indices – Abbreviations – Bibliography –Sources of Illustrations – Plates 1–43
Open Access Publications from The University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition
Valley of the Sun Kings new explorations in the tombs of the pharaohs: Papers from the University of Arizona International Conference on the Valley of the Kings Edited by Richard H. Wilkinson
Copyright © 2013 by the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition
The temple of Tausret the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition Tausret Temple Project, 2004-2011 Edited by Richard H. Wilkinson
Copyright © 2013 by the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition
ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS AND ANCIENT THEBES:Papers Presented in Honor of Richard H. WilkinsonEdited by Pearce Paul Creasman
Wilkinson Egyptology Series, volume I
Copyright © 2013 by the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition
Image and voice in Saite Egypt : Self-presentations of Neshor named Psamtikmenkhib and Payeftjauemawyneith By Hussair Bassir
Wilkinson Egyptology Series, volume 2
Copyright © 2014 by the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition
J. Binder’s work available from Dipylon
Judith Binder’s lifetime project The Monuments and Sites of Athens: A Sourcebook, is a research tool that collects a rich variety of sources on Athenian topography.
Following the initiative of our collaborator epigraphist Robert Pitt and with the valuable help of historian/archaeologist Brady Kiesling, now Binder’s work is fully accessible and freely available in its hypertext version οn Dipylon’s website. See more details here.
We hope you enjoy this precious treasure of knowledge about ancient Athens!
[First posted in AWOL 31 May 2017, updated 14 December 2018]
Revista del Instituto de Historia Antigua Oriental "Dr. Abraham Rosenvasser"
El presente número de RIHAO aparece luego de un considerable tiempo desde la publi- cación del número anterior, situación que ha hecho necesario relanzar la revista bajo una nueva serie. El nuevo equipo de trabajo de la revista apunta, pues, en lo inmediato, a subsanar los graves problemas de periodicidad que la misma ha experimentado así como, fundamentalmente, a volver a poner al servicio de los investigadores de la historia antigua del Cercano Oriente de nuestro país la publicación o cial del Instituto dedicado a dicha especialidad en la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Más allá de las coyunturas económicas y los contextos institucionales que sin dudas afectan a toda producción académica, lograr la periodicidad de una publicación cientí ca –así lo creemos– expresa un compromiso serio con la necesidad de difusión de una especialidad. Pero, también hacen al carácter cientí co y académico de una publicación el mantenimiento de una actitud profesional junto con una variedad de aproximaciones inquisitivas y temáticas, así como la no menos necesaria contribución de especialistas del exterior. En ese senti- do, la revista se encuentra abierta a recibir contribuciones nacionales e internacionales que aborden todas las temáticas y especialidades del campo antiguo-oriental, desde miradas propias de la egiptología, la asiriología, la hititología, la iranología y los estu- dios bíblicos tradicionales, ancladas principalmente –aunque no exclusivamente– en aspectos lológicos y arqueológicos, hasta intervenciones derivadas intrínsecamente de los cambios y rupturas observados en las ciencias sociales y humanas desde los años ’60 del siglo pasado. Con este espíritu amplio e integrador, aunque sin soslayar en abso- luto el compromiso con la calidad disciplinar, reanudamos la publicación de RIHAO.
Los artículos enviados para consideración que no cumplan con las normas abajo especificadas serán devueltos al remitente.
Tabla de contenidos
|War & Trade with the Pharaohs. An Archaeological Study of Ancient Egypt's Foreign Relations, de Garry J. Shaw
| Augusto Gayubas
|The Land of Canaan in the Late Bronze Age, de Lester L. Grabbe
| Emanuel Pfoh
|Arqueólogos, etnólogos y espías. La misión de Leo Frobenius en Arabia y Eritrea (1914-1915), de Rocío Da Riva
| Emanuel Pfoh
Esta obra está bajo una Licencia Creative Commons Atribución-CompartirIgual 4.0 Internacional.
Dipylon: Society for the Study of Ancient Topography
Dipylon is a non profit organisation (NPO) for the study of the ancient topography and the cultural environment through interdisciplinary research on Archaeology, History, Informatics and Cartography.
It focuses on the collection, organisation and dissemination of published archaeological material, archival evidence and cartographic data, using digital technology to enhance the available cultural resources, in cooperation with the competent bodies.
The study of the topography of ancient Athens is at the center of the effort, with the ultimate goal of expanding the relevant research to further case studies in Greece.
In this context, Dipylon develops research action, implements digital applications, organises lectures and training seminars, and co-ordinates publishing efforts.
Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica Online. There are 38volumes of this series now online open access.
Wäfler, Markus (2003). Tall al-Hamīdīya 4: Vorbericht 1988-2001. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Constructing monuments, perceiving monumentality and the economics of building: Theoretical and methodological approaches to the built environment
Edited by Ann Brysbaert, Victor Klinkenberg, Anna Gutiérrez Garcia-M., Irene Vikatou | 2018
In many societies monuments are associated with dynamic socio-economic and political processes that these societies underwent and/or instrumentalised. Due to the often large human and other resources input involved in their construction and maintenance, such constructions form an useful research target in order to investigate both their associated societies as well as the underlying processes that generated differential construction levels. Monumental constructions may physically remain the same for some time but certainly not forever. The actual meaning, too, that people associate with these may change regularly due to changing contexts in which people perceived, assessed, and interacted with such constructions.
These changes of meaning may occur diachronically, geographically but also socially. Realising that such shifts may occur forces us to rethink the meaning and the roles that past technologies may play in constructing, consuming and perceiving something monumental. In fact, it is through investigating the processes, the practices of building and crafting, and selecting the specific locales in which these activities took place, that we can argue convincingly that meaning may already become formulated while the form itself is still being created. As such, meaning-making and -giving may also influence the shaping of the monument in each of its facets: spatially, materially, technologically, socially and diachronically.
This volume varies widely in regional and chronological focus and forms a useful manual to studying both the acts of building and the constructions themselves across cultural contexts. A range of theoretical and practical methods are discussed, and papers illustrate that these are applicable to both small or large architectural expressions, making it useful for scholars investigating urban, architectural, landscape and human resources in archaeological and historical contexts. The ultimate goal of this book is to place architectural studies, in which people’s interactions with each other and material resources are key, at the crossing of both landscape studies and material culture studies, where it belongs.
List of contributors
List of Abbreviations used in references
Part 1. Theoretical and practical considerations on monumentality
Constructing monuments, perceiving monumentality. Introduction
Mounds and monumentality in Neolithic Europe
Architectural conspicuous consumption and design as social strategy in the Argolid during the Mycenaean period
Outer Worlds Inside
Part 2. Methodological approaches to studying architecture
Interpreting architecture from a survey context: recognising monumental structures.
Three-dimensional documentation of architecture and archaeology in the field: combining intensive total station drawing and photogrammetry
Set in stone at the Mycenaean Acropolis of Athens. Documentation with 3D integrated methodologies
Elisavet P. Sioumpara
Labour mobilization and architectural energetics in the North Cemetery at Ayios Vasilios, Laconia, Greece
Sofia Voutsaki, Youp van den Beld, Yannick de Raaff
Part 3. Architectural energetics methods and applications
Comparative labour rates in cross-cultural contexts
Daniel R. Turner
Rethinking monumentality in Teotihuacan, Mexico
Maria Torras Freixa
Economic choice in Roman construction: case studies from Ostia
Large-scale building in early imperial Tarraco (Tarragona, Spain) and the dynamics behind the creation of a Roman provincial capital landscape
Anna Gutiérrez Garcia-M., Maria Serena Vinci
Building materials, construction processes and labour: The Temple of Isis in Pompeii
The construction process of the republican city walls of Aquileia (northeastern Italy): a case study of the quantitative analysis on ancient buildings
Jacopo Bonetto, Caterina Previato
[First posted in AWOL 27 January 2015, updated 16 December 2018]
Antiquity Now Newsletter
The mission of AntiquityNOW is to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our cultural heritage by demonstrating how antiquity’s legacy influences and shapes our lives today and for generations to come.
AntiquityNOW carries out its mission through public engagement, educational programs and advocacy on behalf of our collective world heritage.
The goal of AntiquityNOW is to illustrate that humankind’s commonalities are stronger than its differences, and to share this knowledge to promote mutual understanding, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among our global family.
Quarterly Newsletter– February 2016
Quarterly Newsletter– July 2015
Quarterly Newsletter– April 2015
Quarterly Newsletter– January 2015
Newsletter Blog Recap– September 2014
Newsletter Blog Recap– April 2014
Newsletter Blog Recap– March 2014
Newsletter Blog Recap– February 2014
Newsletter Blog Recap– January 2014
Newsletter: Blog Recap– December 2013
Newsletter: Keeping the Ancient Current– September 2013
Newsletter: Keeping the Ancient Current– August 2013
Newsletter: Keeping the Ancient Current– June 2013
Newsletter: Keeping the Ancient Current– May 2013
[First posted in AWOL 9 September 2009. Updated 16 December 2018]
Damqatum: THE CEHAO NEWSLETTER/ EL BOLETÍN DE NOTICIAS DEL CEHAO
Damqatum es el boletín de noticias del CEHAO editado tanto en castellano como en inglés, con el que se busca acercar la comunidad científica al público en general, para lo cual se realizan entrevistas a destacados académicos y se promueven o informa sobre diversas actividades tanto de extensión como de grado y posgrado, como exposiciones, congresos, jornadas y seminarios.
Se aceptan todo tipo de contribuciones y/o información sobre eventos destacados sobre la historia de antiguo Cercano Oriente.
Damqatum is the CEHAO newsletter, edited in Spanish and English. The newsletter endeavors to present scholarly topics to the general public, publishing interviews to prestigious scholars and promoting or informing academic and extra-curricular activities, such as expositions, congresses, workshops and seminars
Damqatum accepts all kinds of contributions and/or information on important events of the history of the ancient Near East.
[First posted in AWOL 11 May 2017, updated 17 December 2018]
Studia academica Šumenensia
The main purpose of this periodical is to allow various topics of the history and archaeology of the Balkans and South– Eastern Europe which are quite often highly controversial to be discussed by the broader scholarly of the region. This is why the SAŠ is published entirely in international languages – English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish. In order to broaden the range of the discussion, an interdisciplinary approach will be employed and historians, archaeologists, classicists, epigraphists etc. will be invited and most welcomed.
THE EMPIRE AND BARBARIANS IN SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE IN LATE ANTIQUITY AND EARLY MIDDLE AGES
CHRISTIANITY IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE (CIVILIZATIONAL AND POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE)
TRANSITION FROM LATE PAGANISM TO EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE ARCHITECTURE AND ART IN THE BALKANS
TRANSITION FROM LATE PAGANISM TO EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE ARCHITECTURE AND ART IN THE BALKANS. KRASSIMIR KALCHEV IN MEMORIAM (1954-2004)
CONTRIBUTION TO BYZANTINE SIGILLOGRAPHY
Mizan: Journal for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations
Mizan is a digital initiative dedicated to encouraging informed public discourse and interdisciplinary scholarship on the culture and history of Muslim societies. We provide a platform for exploring and engaging with important topics pertaining to Muslim societies past and present.
Mizan is dedicated to fostering public scholarship and supporting and promoting research on Muslim societies across the world. We bring a fair, unbiased perspective to bear on current events and contemporary debates concerning all aspects of Islamic history, religion, and culture. We seek to encourage and contribute to informed public discourse by providing academic resources and accessible commentary on subjects of contemporary relevance and abiding significance.
The Mizan initiative is distinguished by the broad-ranging interdisciplinary approaches we foster; the scholarly expertise we bring to commentary on current events and the study of the Islamic world; and the breadth of cultural expressions from Muslim societies we investigate, commemorate, and celebrate. We seek to make research into the background to Islam’s emergence as a global civilization and the history, texts, and classic cultural expressions of Muslim identity relevant for a contemporary audience. Features and articles on Mizan bridge past and present, drawing classical literature, visual culture, law, and devotional forms into conversation with the popular culture of modern Muslim societies.
We seek to approach the history and culture of Muslim societies in an unbiased way, without preference for any sectarian perspective, and to avoid essentialism and the privileging of any particular orthodoxy or orthopraxy. We seek to promote an appreciation for transregional and cosmopolitan perspectives and promote pluralism and open dialogue. By fostering objective, responsible, balanced discussion and scholarly inquiry, we seek to contribute to improving online discourse about Muslim societies and culture.
The results of our inquiry are published under a Creative Commons license, as we believe that making the results of scholarly research and discussion openly available to educators, researchers, the media, and the general public is the best way for us to maximize our impact on scholarship and public discourse.
New Perspectives on Late Antique Iran and Iraq
[First posted in AWOL 18 August 2016, updated 17 December 2018]
MNAR Digital (Museo Nacional de Arte Romano)
MNAR Digital es una publicación online dedicada a la divulgación de temas de museología y museografía, que pretende dar a conocer al público en general la actividad cotidiana de nuestro Museo. MNAR Digital tiene una periodicidad trimestral. Con un formato digital, la accesibilidad a los contenidos de la publicación es abierta y total, haciéndose realidad a través de la web del MNAR o suscribiéndose a la misma, mediante correo electrónico a la dirección firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World
About the course
What did being healthy in ancient Rome or Greece look like? How can we tell what wellbeing meant in ancient times? This course will help you investigate the health of people in ancient Greece and Rome, using both literary and archaeological evidence to uncover details of real life in ancient societies.
Explore ancient life through primary evidence
This course is designed to challenge simplistic approaches which apply modern distinctions to the ancient world. Instead you’ll go back to the start and look at the primary evidence on which all modern assumptions are based. You’ll examine different objects closely, learning what each item can tell us about life in ancient times.
Understand ancient theories by examining the body
On the course we’ll divide the body up into organs and systems, using each as a starting point to explore ancient theories of the structure and function of the human body, and other aspects of ancient life.
We’ll discover ancient Greece and Rome in full, from the public to the personal, and from army and urban life to the lived experience of women and children. Using the evidence on the hair and face, the eyes, the digestive system, the organs of reproduction and the feet you’ll explore topics with which our society still wrestles, including the location of the ‘self’; the relationship between mind and body; identity; food and drink; sanitation; sexuality, ageing and gender.
Improve your critical and analytical abilities
Through the course you’ll develop some of the skills needed in the study of classics and history including:
For a taste of what will be covered in this course, read this post from Lead Educator, Helen King.
- Improving your ability to critically analyse primary sources
- Learning to analyse complex problems based on fragmentary evidence
- Developing your ability to engage with contemporary interpretations and scholarly debates.
THink: Research and Resources from Tydale House, Cambridge
Tyndale House is delighted to announce the launch of our new magazine, ink, with thought-provoking articles about the language, culture and history of the Bible. You can read the first issue online here.
UK residents can sign up opposite to claim their free subscription, and receive a copy of future issues through the post.
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