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Photos of Mosul Museum, Nimrud, Nineveh, Nebi Yunus, and Hatra

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From a posting on the IraqCrisis mailing list
Dear Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I send additional photos to you.  The attached link will take you to a Dropbox set of photos of Hatra, Nimrud, Nineveh and Nebi Yunis (Jonah's Tomb) taken between 2008 - 2010. 

The photos were taken at various times, including visits by Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities representative Qais Rashid, UN/UNESCO representatives Jake Morland, Andrea Recchia, Tamar Teneishvili and Sami Al Khoja, museum expert Stuart Gibson, and numerous journalists including Jane Arraf, Steven Myers, Eros Hoagland, Quil Lawrence, and Alice Fordham, among others. 

LTG Robert Caslen (Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy at West Point) conducted visits to Hatra and Nimrud in 2009 to assess the sites related to looting in his role as Commander of Multi-National Division North (MND-N) and Commander, 25th Infantry Division.  He is shown in several photos, with his permission.

Pictures of our Iraqi colleagues have not been included or are very limited for their safety.  Photos are my own except where noted: MP for Col. Mary Prophit, US Army, and DS for Diane Siebrandt, former US State Department Cultural Heritage advisor. 

I hope these photos help answer questions about the sites' significance, and I would direct you to the Gates of Nineveh blog, where colleague Christopher Jones has done an excellent job identifying objects from the Mosul Museum.  https://gatesofnineveh.wordpress.com/

I have also included a powerpoint and link to the National Museum images of the Nimrud Gold from the Queens' Tomb taken by U.S. Army photographer SFC Noreen Feeney in 2003.  http://www.baghdadmuseum.org/secret/

Please let me know if you have questions and I will do my best to assist.  Many thanks to Chuck Jones and our colleagues on the ground and in harm's way for keeping us up to date.  Ore thoughts are especially with our Iraqi colleagues and friends during these devastating times.

Very respectfully,

Suzanne E. Bott, PhD, AICP
Project Director |Iraq & Afghanistan Heritage Conservation
Drachman Institute
College of Architecture, Planning, Landscape Architecture
The University of Arizona
A follow-up message ads:
Several people have asked if they may use the photos and/or forward the email to others.  Yes to both; these are for educational and public awareness purposes.  Please feel free to use them in whatever capacity, and please provide photo credit to Mary, Diane, or to me.  
As readers might imagine, there has been increased traffic on IraqCrisis recently. Readers of AWOL are invited to joint that list if you are interested in reliable information on threats to cultural property in Iraq.

Open Access Journal: Amirani: Journal of the International Caucasological Research Institute

 [First posted in AWOL 21 January 2010, Updated 8 March 2015]

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Amirani: Journal of the International Caucasological Research Institute
ISSN: 1512-0449
The ICRI publishes the journal of Caucasology, entitled Amirani. Articles concerning the peoples, cultures and languages of the Caucasus, from the perspective of any of the humanities or social sciences, will be considered for publication. The articles may be written in English, French, Georgian, German, Russian, or any other language accessible to a significant number of Caucasologists.
There is Thousands of years of history to this region, with further studies continuously taking place which concern its people and culture. This journal aims to be a useful source for anyone looking to pursue an online education in the field of Caucasology. Through the Institutes commitment to establishing international and academic contacts, we are able to collate some of the most valuable articles on this subject.
By having each volume of Amirani available online, it vastly increases the accessibility of these materials to those who are interested in this particular topic. Its also invites those who have already gained completed significant studies on the Caucasus region to submit relevant and scholarly articles for publication. Archived articles are also available on this website, as is information on events of interest and other information-sharing activities.
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Open Access Journal: Kelsey Museum Newsletter


Open Access Journal: The Petronian Society Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL 11 March 2013, updated 9 March 2015] 

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The Petronian Society Newsletter
Welcome to the website of the Petronian Society Newsletter.
From this volume on, PSN will be published in PDF format. If you click on the link below, PSN will be opened in your Acrobat Reader.
Previous volumes are available as follows:Volumes 31-37 Volume 31-37 are published in html-format (as websites). Please follow the links below to find them.
Volumes 1 and 26-30
Volumes 1 and 26-30, also published in html-format, used to be available  athttp://www.chss.montclair.edu/classics/petron/PSNNOVEL.HTML ,
a website maintained by Jean Alvares. This link, however, didn't work anymore on 6 February 2015.
Volumess 2-25
Volumes 2-25 used to be available as scans, also published by Jean Alvares. Follow the link above, and then find the link to the scans; or follow this direct link to the scans:  http://www.chss.montclair.edu/classics/petron/PSNSCAN.HTML. This link, however, didn't work anymore on 6 February 2015.

New Open Acces Journal: Grammata: Bibelwissenschafliche Notizen

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Grammata: Bibelwissenschafliche Notizen
ISSN: 2199-2150
Das Anliegen meines Blogs ist es, den Bogen zwischen den eigenen (neutestamentlichen) Forschungen und einer interessierten Öffentlichkeit zu spannen. Ich möchte denen Einblick in die Bibelwissenschaft und ihre Arbeitsweisen geben, die sonst wenig mit dieser theologischen Disziplin zu tun haben. Konkret bedeutet das für mich: Relevantes und Interessantes sammeln, sichten, vorstellen (häufig) und kommentieren (manchmal).

Über diesen fachwissenschaftlichen Horizont hinaus interessieren mich Dinge, die auch viele andere interessieren, die im universitären Alltag zu Hause und in der universitären Lehre tätig sind, oder selbst eine Dissertation schreiben.

Wie es zu dem Namen “Grámmata” kam, können Sie hier nachlesen.

http://grammata.hypotheses.org/ von Michael Hölscher ist lizenziert unter einer Creative-Commons-Namensnennung-Nicht-kommerziell-Weitergabe-unter-gleichen-Bedingungen-4.0-International-Lizenz (sofern nichts anderes angegeben ist, auch Fotos ohne Urheber-Nennung sind jeweils von mir selbst und unterliegen somit dieser Lizenz).

Open Access Journal: ARISC Newsletters (American Research Institute of the South Caucasus)

 [First posted in AWOL 12 November 2012, updated 10 March 2015]

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ARISC Newsletters (American Research Institute of the South Caucasus)
Welcome to the webpage of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus.  This site is a work in progress where you will be able to find information, resources, and contacts pertinent to research in all three of the republics of the South Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) encourages and supports scholarly study of the South Caucasus states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) across all disciplines of the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.  Incorporated in 2006, ARISC currently has representatives in Yerevan, Baku and Tbilisi (see About Us page), who  serve to facilitate research and nurture scholarly ties between institutions and individuals.
ARISC Newsletter No 1 (Winter-Spring 2010)
ARISC Newsletter No 2 (2010-2011)
ARISC Newsletter No 3 (2011-2012)
ARISC Newsletter No 4 (2012-2013)
ARISC Newsletter No 5 (2013-2014)

New Open Access Journal: VISUAL PAST: A Journal for the Study of Past Visual Cultures

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VISUAL PAST: A Journal for the Study of Past Visual Cultures
VISUAL PAST is an open-access online journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of past visual cultures. It refers to the study of images and the visual as roughly outlined by visual culture studies, Bildwissenschaften and similar areas which became apparent in the wake of the iconic and the pictorial turn. VISUAL PAST is understood as a forum for diverse directions, not privileging certain theories, methodological positions, or paradigms. Accordingly, it is not devoted to singular disciplines but favours trans- and interdisciplinary approaches.

Editors: Jacobus Bracker & Martina Seifert

1, 2014

Editorial 2014 (deutsche Fassung), p. 1—3
Jacobus Bracker & Martina Seifert
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Editorial 2014 (English version), p. 4—6
Jacobus Bracker & Martina Seifert
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Tagungsbericht Die Kunst der Rezeption, p. 7—12
Jacobus Bracker & Ann-Kathrin Hubrich
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The Construction of Brancusi’s Primitivism, p. 13—45
Amelia Miholca
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2.1, 2015

Special Issue: Die Kunst der Rezeption/The Art of Reception

Frontmatter, p. I—VII
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Einleitung: Bildwanderungen, p. 1—9
Jacobus Bracker & Ann-Kathrin Hubrich
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The Art of Quotation. Forms and Themes of the Art Quote, 1990–2010. An Essay, p. 11—64
Nina Heydemann
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Die Alchimie des Bildes: Surreale Transformationen bei Remedios Varo, p. 65—87
Linn Burchert
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Vom männlichen Bestehen einer Gefahr zur Ideologie der totalen Vernichtung: Skylla und die Sirenen von Homer bis Herrad von Hohenburg, p. 89—135
Susanne Moraw
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Venus in the Mirror: Roman Matrons in the Guise of a Goddess, the Reception for the Aphrodite of Cnidus, p. 137—154
Sadie Pickup
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Sarcophagus S. Maria Antiqua: Some Comments on Reception as an Element of Identity in Late Antique and Early Christian Sarcophagi, p. 155—174
Adriana Kapsreiter
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Lying in the Arms …: The Origins and Reception of Luc Olivier Merson’s The Rest on the Flight to Egypt, p. 175—210
Liesbeth Grotenhuis
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Rezeption griechischer Plastik als Phänomen der neuzeitlichen Grabkunst – Das Grab für Peter Joseph Leydig auf dem Mainzer Hauptfriedhof, p. 211—242
Fabienne Richter
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Rekonstruktion als Transformation: Nachbauten antiker römischer Architektur, p. 243—269
Anita Rieche
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Zwischen Dalí, Spitzweg und Altdorfer – Interpikturalität in Literaturverfilmungen am Beispiel der Goethe-Adaptionen Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1976) und Faust (2011), p. 271—292
Anett Werner
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Fremde und Vertrautheit in Hannah Höchs Serie Aus einem ethnographischen Museum um 1924–1934, p. 293—314
Lara Viktoria Rath
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Wandernde Bilderzählungen und die Erzählforschung in der Klassischen Archäologie, p. 315—346
Jacobus Bracker
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Mehr als (Ab-)Bilder! – Bildwahrnehmung in der ersten Hälfte des ersten vorchristlichen Jahrtausends in Mesopotamien, p. 347—388
Elisabeth Wagner-Durand
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Blick_folgen. Zur Visualisierung von Augenbewegungen bei der Kunstbetrachtung, p. 389—405
Hanna Brinkmann & Laura Commare
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Das Gesicht als „Spiegel der Seele“? – Problematiken der Bildnisinterpretation am Beispiel der Wissenschaftsgeschichte des Caesar- und Trajansporträts, p. 407—489
Lisa Jureczko
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Japanese “Idols” in Trans-Cultural Reception: the Case of AKB48, p. 491—526
Wendy Xie
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Homo immergens. Immersion als Bestimmungsgröße für eine Medien- und Kulturtheorie medialer Hybridität, p. 527—551
Lars C. Grabbe
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Federico Zuccaris Dante Historiato– Ein multimediales Bilderbuch, p. 553—599
Tanja Westermann
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Vermittler, Verfolger, Verführter – der Leser des Kopenhagener Stundenbuches, p. 601—624
Rostislav Tumanov
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„[…] die Autorität der Antichen […]“ – Das Modell visueller Autorität am Beispiel frühneuzeitlicher Antikenrezeption, p. 625—667
Sebastian Dohe
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Rezeptionsprozesse im Rechtsraum am Beispiel des Lüneburger Niedergerichts, p. 669—715
Ann-Kathrin Hubrich
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Heritage for Peace: Damage to Syria’s heritage – 08 March 2015

Heritage for Peace: Damage to Syria’s heritage – 08 March 2015
This newsletter provides a summary of the most recent reports on the damage to Syria’s heritage.  It should be stressed that much of this data cannot be verified, but it is hoped that it will assist in the documentation of the damage occurring, and help raise awareness. If the newsletter is not displaying properly, click here to view it online in a browser.

Main Contents
New from Heritage for Peace | Updates on Damage | Updates on Looting | Intangible Heritage | Reports and Updates from the Syrian DGAM | Policy Changes and Updates from Syria | International Activity | News Updates

New from Heritage for Peace
Heritage for Peace contacted for press interviews, raises awareness  The destruction of heritage in Mosul and Nineveh in Iraq has brought attention to how antiquities are at risk, and led to requests for interviews from H4P. This provides an opportunity to talk about H4P and what we do to safeguard Syrian heritage during the present crisis.On February 27 2015, Isper Sabrine of Heritage for Peace discussed the recent events in Mosul on Hoy empieza todo con Marta Echeverría, on Spanish National Radio’s Radio 3, found here, as well as an interview with Radio Nacional de Espana. Rene Teijgeler was interviewed by various agencies including the Dutch national Press Agency Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau, or ANP (27 February), the Belgian newspaper De Morgen (28 February) and national radio De Ochtend (3 March), the Dutch newspapers Trouw (5 and 7 March) and De Volkskrant (7 March), and the Dutch National Radio 1 –Journaal (Newshour 6 March).
Heritage for Peace participates in conference in Barcelona Heritage for Peace ran a seminar in Barcelona with the Catalan Institute of Cultural Heritage and the Spanish Council of Research on February 21 2015. Photos can be found here and details of the event here.

Updates on Damage
(Bomb shrapnel on the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.       Photo credit: DGAM) Damage in Damascus
  • Vivid photograph from Lens Young Dimashqi shows the damage to the dome of Abed Al-Qader Al-Hussaini Mosque in Yarmouk, Damascus (February 22 2015), here. 
  • The DGAM reports that several buildings in Old Damascus, including the Umayyad Mosque, have been damaged by a bomb. The attack took place on February 5 2015, and many photos can be found here.
(Al-Dalati/Al-Dalaty Mosque in Homs.      Source: Protect Syrian Archaeology) Damage in Aleppo, Homs, and Idlib
  • Images show damage, some very severe, to Al-Dalati/Al-Dalaty Mosque in Hammedyia/Hamidia, Homs, shared by Protect Syrian Archaeology (February 17 2015) here.
  • Video shows the damage of Darqouta/Der Qita site from ancient villages of Northern Syria, Idlib, shared by Protect Syrian Archaeology (February 22 2015) here.
  • Videos by Ismael Abed Alrahman show damage to Khan al_Basha, Aleppo here, as well as Aleppo’s Qadi Askar Mosque (March 1 2015) here, shared by Protect Syrian Archaeology.

Updates on Looting
Looting attempt thwarted in Tell Ammar by locals The DGAM reports on March 4 2015 that attempts at looting by armed gangs around Tell Ammar in Northern Syria have been rebuffed by the local community here. Looting continues to be a major problem throughout Syria. See the ‘International Activity’ and ‘News’ sections for more information.

Intangible Heritage
  • None

Reports and Updates from the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums
DGAM embarks on digitization projectThe DGAM is undertaking a digitization project to preserve important, historic maps and documents from archives considered to be at risk due to the conflict. For the brief with pictures, see here.
DGAM participates in Japanese conference on Syrian heritage The DGAM participated by video conference in a Tokyo symposium sponsored by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs on February 21 and 22 2015. The conference was entitled ‘A crisis of Syrian cultural heritage and the efforts to safeguard it’ and is detailed here.

Policy Changes and Updates from Syria
  • None

International Activity
(Mosaic museum restoration. Photo copyright: Penn Museum) Universities work to preserve Syrian heritage
  • The seventh meeting of the Ancient Near Eastern Seminar for the 2014-15 academic year on Wednesday, March 11, will be Dr. Michael Danti, American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives and University of Pennsylvania Museum: “The Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq”. The meeting will be held at the Columbia University Faculty House, starting at 5.30.
  • The Penn Museum announces that the Penn Cultural Heritage Center has helped with conservation efforts at the famous museum at Maarat al-Numan, south of Aleppo. See the report (March 5, 2015) here.
  • ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative has received $57000 from the J.M. Kaplan fund to further its work, as reported here.
  • On February 27, The School of Theology and Religious Studies of The Catholic University of America and Crossroads Cultural Center presented: “In the Eye of the Storm: Archaeology in the Midst of War in Syria”, a talk offered by Giorgio Buccellati & Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA and Federico Buccellati, Goethe University. The lecture focused on the efforts of local populations to defend their cultural heritage, revolving around the site of Urkesh in northeastern Syria (see news item below on Urkesh).
  • On February 24 2015, the American University in Rome hosted Dr. Katharyn Hanson, who discussed ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage in Crisis: Syria and Iraq”.
  • ASOR has published a video of the lunch presentation of its Syrian Heritage Initiative (February 6 2015) here.
World Archaeological Congress announces Dead Sea AccordThe World Archaeological Congress (WAC) announced the Dead Sea Accord on March 3, 2015. The Accord calls on states to protect cultural heritage, asserting ‘that the expression and preservation of culture, both tangible and intangible, are basic human rights.’ The content and context of the document can be found here.
March planned in Washington D.C.Activists are planning a march in Washington to urge the US government to do more to prevent ‘ISIS from destroying what remains of Mesopotamian civilization’ on March 10th. See the announcement here.
UNESCO organizes meeting on cultural heritageUNESCO organised a meeting entitled ‘Improving inventories of built, movable, and intangible cultural heritage’ in Beirut between the 16th and 18th of February 2015. The DGAM participated in this event, designed in part to improve the tracing looted and stolen antiquities. For more details, see here.

News Updates(Not covered in other sections)
International efforts to stop illegal antiquities trade coming up shortAliza Litchman writes a guest post on the blog of The Council on Foreign Relations (March 6 2015), saying that the international community has not been successful in dealing with the illegal sale of cultural artefacts from Syria and Iraq, and calls for greater focus and a higher level of funding, especially on the part of the US The post can be found here.
Historic Gardens Review highlights garden destruction in Syria, calls for more informationHistoric Gardens Review (December 2014) discusses how the conflict in Syria is damaging the country’s gardens and green spaces – also an aspect of Syria’s cultural heritage. Historic Ottoman courtyards in Aleppo and newer landscaping projects at sites such as Raqqa have already been affected. If anyone knows of other places, please contact the magazine’s editor, Gillian Mawrey, on office@historicgardens.org
Looting and destruction of heritage in the news
  • On March 2, 2015, the Wall Street Journal suggests that destroying cultural heritage should be considered a war crime here.
  • Marina Lostal discusses ‘Syria’s world cultural heritage and individual criminal responsibility’ in an article published in the International Review of Law.
  • The head of the DGAM, Maamoun Abdel-Karim, discusses the state of Syria’s museum collections and the looting of antiquities  in Al-Akhbar (February 27, 2015) here.
  • The Washington Post (February 25 2015) reports on the smuggling of Syrian antiquities into Britain where they are being sold to fund ISIS in an article found here.
  • The Looting Matters blog discusses the fallout from the BBC’s coverage of the link between smuggled antiquities and IS funding here.
  • Heritage Daily (February 25, 2015) discusses an exhibit about the history of Tall Mozan / Urkesh running in north eastern Syria here.
  • Hurryiet Daily News (Turkey) reports the role of Turkish markets in moving stolen Syrian antiquities  to Europe here.
  • Biblical History Daily asks ‘can we prevent archaeological looting’? (February 23 2015).
  • Syria’s culture minister argues that Syria needs to play a key role in fighting antiquities theft, in a piece by Reuters here.
  • Syria’s culture minister accuses Turkey of complicity in antiquities smuggling in Today’s Zaman, here.
  • The Art Media Agency reports on a February 16 lecture given by Édouard Planche of UNESCO on the looting and trafficking of goods from war zones here.

Open Access Journal: Nuova Archeologia: Periodico dei Gruppi Archeologici d’Italia

[First posted in AWOL 29 January 2013, updated 11 March 2015]

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Nuova Archeologia: Periodico dei Gruppi Archeologici d’Italia
Nuova Archeologia è la rivista dei Gruppi Archeologici d’Italia nata dall’evoluzione della rivista cartacea Archeologia, il primo organo di stampa ufficiale dell’Associazione. Oggi la rivista è una testata autonoma.
Nuova Archeologia raccoglie tutte le notizie riguardanti l’affascinante mondo dei Beni Culturali, non cerca mai lo scoop ma vuole gridare e nello stesso tempo divulgare tutte le problematiche che ruotano intorno all’immenso patrimonio italiano.
La rivista lavora per trasmettere le novità della ricerca archeologica, per informare sulle mostre museali presenti sul territorio italiano, per divulgare le attività dei vari Gruppi Archeologici e prima fra tutti per sollecitare i lettori alla conoscenza e tutela dei Beni Culturali. Perché la forza di ogni rivista è data dai suoi lettori, perché è anche grazie a loro che Nuova Archeologia continuerà la sua missione: informare.

Newly Open Access Research: Tree-Ring Research

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Tree-Ring Research
Print ISSN: 1536-1098
Online ISSN: 2162-4585

The Tree-Ring Society was founded in 1935 by A.E. Douglass and several archaeological colleagues at the third Tree-Ring Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Douglass and the new science of dendrochronology had recently won worldwide acclaim by providing precise dates for construction of many of the great pueblo villages of the southwestern US. The first issue of the TREE-RING BULLETIN was published the year before, and Douglass was elected as the first President of the new society dedicated to strengthening the fledging discipline of dendrochronology. During the following years, the Society maintained a very close relationship with the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona in Tucson, founded by Douglass in 1937.

Dendrochronology today consists of numerous laboratories and individual scientists that benefit from a professional association that serves as a conduit for the latest news of the discipline and serves to promote tree-ring research to the larger scientific community. The membership of the Society is reflective of the global nature of contemporary tree-ring research.

Project Mosul

Project Mosul

About Project Mosul

Project Mosul is a volunteer action by the fellows of the Initial Trianing Network for Digital Cultural Heritage (www.itn-dch.eu), a Marie Curie Actions training project that is part of the Seventh Framework Programme. The fellows of the ITN-DCH are asking

Project Mosul: Call For Action

We are looking for volunteers to help virtually restore the Mosul Museum. This includes finding photos, processing data, contributing to the website and generally helping out with organising the effort to identify the museum artefacts. If you can help, drop us a line here, or e-mail us directly at projectmosul@itn-dch.net.
For an example of how crowd-sourced images can help restore artefacts, check out this example here

How can I help?

  1. Upload Pictures
    We need pictures of the artefacts found in the Mosul Museum. These pictures allow us to digitally reconstruct the original artefacts, and can eventually aid in the restoration those artefacts. The more pictures the better, and as many angles and perspectives, even better still!
    If you have pictures to contribute, search for the artefact in the list of artefacts and simply edit that artefact, adding your photos to the collection.
  2. Develop the Web Platform
    Know how to code in Ruby on Rails, Angular, or Go? Why not contribute to the web framework and help combat the destruction of ISIS with your coding skills. Visit the GitHub project page (https://github.com/neshmi/projectmosul) and check out the issues. Fork the repository, make a change and issue a pull request.
  3. Mask Some Images
    Our results will be improved if we can mask the artefacts in the images. Help us by masking some of the images in Photoshop (we are working on developing a web platform for the masking), save the mask in an alpha channel. This takes time, so the more hands we have the easier this task wll be!
  4. Get the word out
    Know someone who has visited Mosul? Let them know about the project. We need as many pictures from inside and outside the building, the more people we can reach the greater the possibilities are of virtual restoration.
  5. Process an artefact!
    Do you know how to use automated photogrammetry to create three-dimensional models? Help us by downloading some of the photosets and processing the images.

Project Mosul: Live Chat

In order to facilitate the communication between volunteers and coordinators, we've setup a Slack team for Projec Mosul. To join, please go to https://projectmosul.github.io/ to sign up. You will get a confirmation e-mail and be able to join the Slack chat shortly. Hope to see you there!
We have also setup a Google Group, in case people don't want to deal with a live chat environment. You can access the group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/project-mosul.

Project Mosul: A Manifesto

The video circulated around the 26th of February, 2015 shows the horrific destruction of the Mosul Museum by ISIS Fighters. This is not the first time this museum has suffered during times of conflict, but the destruction is nearly absolute, and this time we can respond through the application of digital technologies to cultural heritage.
We assume that much of the museum’s contents were looted, and anything small enough to be easily removed will be appearing soon on the antiquities market. Anything too large to remove for sale, appears to have met a violent end at the hand of ISIS extremists. In both cases, it is possible to virtually recreate the lost items through the application of photogrammetry and crowdsourcing. Given enough photographs, digital or scans of analogues, it is possible to reconstruct the artefacts and create digital surrogates of those artefacts. This provides two immediate benefits: helping to identify looted items and recreating destroyed items.
We propose to coordinate a volunteer effort of experts and amateurs in the crowdsourcing of the necessary digital imagery and the creation of digital surrogates for the artefacts in the museum. We would like to work with the local management of the Mosul Museum as much as possible, as well as with experts familiar with the collection and material. All data generated from this project will be freely available to the public.
This project is a direct response to the senseless destruction of cultural heritage by extremists, not only ISIS, but to any group who uses heritage as leverage or political power. Instead, we want to bring heritage back to life through digital tools, giving the public access to any destroyed heritage, starting with the Mosul Museum.
We ask for your support in this endeavour, a project we are voluntarily doing and hope that it will make heritage accessible to all the public.

Sincerely the undersigned:

Marinos Ioannides, project coordinator
Matthew L. Vincent, Early Stage Researcher
Chance M. Coughenour, Early Stage Researcher

Cuneiform Commentaries Project

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Cuneiform Commentaries Project
Mesopotamian commentaries represent the world’s oldest cohesive group of hermeneutic texts. Numbering nearly 900, the earliest date to the eighth century and the latest to ca. 100 BCE. The purpose of this website is to make the corpus available both to the scholarly community and a more general audience by providing background information on the genre, a searchable catalog, as well as photos, drawings, annotated editions, and translations of individual commentary tablets. For the first time the cuneiform commentaries, currently scattered over 21 museums around the globe, will be accessible on one platform.
The following pages offer detailed information on several aspects of the Mesopotamian commentary tradition. They also provide a concise guide to further reading and links to the Cuneiform Commentaries Project text editions.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Open Meeting Live Stream

Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song

[First posted in AWOL 27 October 2010, updated 12 March 2015]

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Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song
Welcome to the website of the Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song. This network was founded in the Spring of 2007 at the initiative of Ewen Bowie (University of Oxford) and André Lardinois (Radboud University Nijmegen). It is now run by André Lardinois and Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (Stanford University). Its main purpose is to share information and exchange ideas between scholars interested in the study of archaic and classical lyric, elegiac and iambic poetry. 

The website is hosted by the Department of Classics at the Radboud University Nijmegen and is also supported by the Department of Classics at Stanford University. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO, has kindly provided funds both for the setting up of this website and for meetings of the network in the first three years. The network is also supported by the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands, OIKOS. 

For more information about the Network and its activities, see the Statement of Purpose.

Open Access Publications on the site of Dur-Šarruken (Khorsabad)

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Open Access Publications on the site of Dur-Šarruken (Khorsabad)
And see additional linked bibliography about Sargon's residence city Dur-Šarruken (Khorsabad), from Assyrian Empire Builders.

One Off Journal Issues: Klio - Czasopismo Poświęcone Dziejom Polski i Powszechnym

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Klio - Czasopismo Poświęcone Dziejom Polski i Powszechnym
ISSN: 1643-8191
Though there is also ancient focused content in many other volumes, the following is particularly pertinent to AWOL

Vol 30, No 3 (2014)

Spis treści


Szymon Olszaniec, Przemysław Wojciechowski, Marcin Pawlak

Sławomir Sprawski

Tomasz Grabowski

Małgorzata Pawlak

Agata Aleksandra Kluczek

Andrzej Gillmeister

Agnieszka Dziuba

Henryk Kowalski

Anna Tatarkiewicz

Ireneusz Milewski

Artykuły Recenzyjne

Trakowie, Ateńczycy i najemnicy (Matthew A. Sears: Athens, Thrace and the Shaping of Athenian Leadership, New York 2013, Cambridge University Press, ss. 342)
Wojciech Duszyński

Nowsze nie znaczy lepsze? (The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World, eds. Brian Campbell, Lawrence A. Tritle, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2013, ss. 840)
Michał Norbert Faszcza

Kilka uwag polemicznych odnośnie do „ostatniej uchwały senatu” (K. Prokop, Modele stanu nadzwyczajnego, Wydawnictwo Temida 2, Białystok 2012)
Hanna Appel


Andrzej Dróżdż, Epitafia i wyrocznie. Szkice o początkach pisma i książki w starożytnej Grecji, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego, Kraków 2013, ss. 134+4 nlb.
Włodzimierz Appel

Kronika naukowa

Ogólnopolska konferencja starożytnicza „Armia, systemy obronne i ideologiczno-religijne aspekty wojny w Imperium Rzymskim i w Bizancjum”, Lublin, 26–28 V 2014 roku
Henryk Kowalski

Open Access Egyptological Publications of the Medelhavsmuseet

Open Access Egyptological Publications of the Medelhavsmuseet
Footwear in ancient EgyptReasearcher André J. Veldmeijer has studied the footwear collection from ancient Egypt that is housed in the Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm. This catalogue presents all objects in detail.
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Download pdf version of catalouge (PDF-document, 6,2 MB)

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN COFFINS The Medelhavsmuseet's collection includes ancient Egyptian coffins covering two millennia, from the end of the First Intermediate Period down to the Ptolemaic Period. In this catalogue, compiled by researcher Aidan Dodson, you can more about these coffins.
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A team of archaeologists from the Freie Universität, Berlin, undertook an examination of the material from Hermann Junker's expedition to Merimde Beni Salama (West Delta, Egypt) held in the Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm from the 27th October until 7th November 2014.Read a short report from their visit here (PDF-dokument, 1,9 MB).

Online British Mandate: A Survey of Palestine

 [First posted in AWOL 27 October 2010. Updated 13 March 2015]

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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

A new feature to the onomastic database of Trismegistos People: Network

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A new feature to the onomastic database of Trismegistos People: Network
An onomastic network on the basis of genealogical relations 

Networks are ways to map connections between elements, in this case names. Each name is represented by a node (the dots), and each connection is shown as an edge (or link or tie: the lines between the dots).

The nature of the connection can be chosen freely. In this network there is a link between name A and name B if a person with name A chose name B for his or her son or daughter. If more people with name A have opted for name B, the link will be tighter (and the line visualising it thicker). The networks of the more popular names resemble 'spaghetti monsters', as they are connected with many other names. To see where the name itself is, hover over the transcription in the information pane to the right of the window.

There are many network measures to describe the features of the network as a whole, as well as those of individual nodes and ties: betweenness centrality, Eigenvector, density, modularity, ... Here we have limited the information to degree centrality, which is how many other names a name is connected to. Since the network is directed (meaning that there is a direction from parent to child), we distinguish between out-degree (how many different names are chosen by parents with that name) and in-degree (how many different names are attested for the parents of children with that name).
E.g. When the name Thotortaios has a degree of 184, this means he occurs in 184 different parent - child pairs. The out-degree of 85 means that Thotortaios is the father's name of children with 85 different names. The name's in-degree of 99 implies that 99 different fathers' or mothers' names are attested. 

The names are coloured according to their linguistic origin, as follows:Blue = Egyptian
Green = Greek
Yellow = hybrid (combining elements from two or more languages and traditions)
Orange = Latin
Turquoise = Semitic
Pink = Other (e.g. Macedonian, Thracian, Gallic, ...)
Grey = Unknown

In principle the shape of the network is irrelevant: as long as nodes are connected, they can be placed anywhere. But as humans have difficulty seeing the 69,860 edges between the 17,182 nodes (names in this case), programs like Gephi can adapt the visual representation of the network according to specific layout algoritms. In this case we have used 'ForceAtlas 2". The 47-second video below shows this process, which in fact took the MacBook Air over 22 minutes.

The Notebooks of W.G. Lambert Online

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 Image of part of Lambert Folio 9034, the first page of Notebook 2
W. G. Lambert (1926-2011) was an Assyriologist who spent much of his research time transliterating and copying cuneiform tablets in museums, especially the British Museum. His Nachlass included eight notebooks filled with handwritten transliterations of Babylonian and Assyrian texts. The notebooks contain more than five thousand transliterations, spread over nearly fifteen hundred pages. They are an astonishing record of sustained first-hand engagement with cuneiform tablets.
The pages of these eight notebooks have been numbered, scanned and indexed by Lambert's academic executor. They are placed online at ORACC as an open-access resource. It should be borne in mind that the transliterations are first drafts. Lambert invited a few colleagues to browse his notebooks during his lifetime but he did not write them for widespread distribution. The transliterations are therefore not to be taken as definitive, nor should any inaccuracies therein be held against their author.

Lambert's notebooks are made available here so that present and future scholars can use them to advantage in their own research. It is hoped that users of the notebooks will be encouraged by his example not to rely unhesitatingly on the work of a colleague but to visit museums and read cuneiform tablets at first hand. Should it be necessary nevertheless to quote the notebooks' contents, the recommended style is "Lambert Folio" followed by page number, e.g. K 9208 (Lambert Folio 9578).

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Notebook 1 part 1: Lambert Folios 8897-8956Notebook 1 part 2: Lambert Folios 8957-9029Notebook 2: Lambert Folios 9034-9124Notebook 3: Lambert Folios 9128-9379Notebook 4: Lambert Folios 9393-9545Notebook 5 part 1: Lambert Folios 9546-9676Notebook 5 part 2: Lambert Folios 9677-9804Notebook 6 part 1: Lambert Folios 9807-9939Notebook 6 part 2: Lambert Folios 9940-10089Notebook 7 part 1: Lambert Folios 10090-10208Notebook 7 part 2: Lambert Folios 10209-10330Berlin notebook: Lambert Folios 18381-18401Index: Lambert Notebook Index