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

Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review (DABIR)

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

Issue 01

I Articles

  1. A re-examination of two terms in the Elamite version of the Behistun inscription
    Saber Amiri Pariyan
  2. Alexander and the Arsacids in the manuscript MU29
    Touraj Daryaee
  3. Take care of the xrafstars! A note on Nēr. 7.5
    Shervin Farridnejad
  4. The kings of Parthia and Persia: Some considerations on the ‘Iranic’ identity in the Parthian Empire
    Leonardo Gregoratti
  5. Brief comments on the so-called Xorde Avesta (1)
    Götz König
  6. Some thoughts on the rock-reliefs of ancient Iran
    Ali Mousavi
  7. A note on the Alkhan coin type 39 and its legend
    Khodadad Rezakhani
  8. Relieving monthly sexual needs: On Pahlavi daštān-māh wizārdan
    Shai Secunda
  9. Preliminary observations on word order correspondence in the Zand
    Arash Zeini

II Reviews

  1. Smith, Kyle. 2014. The Martyrdom and History of Blessed Simeon bar Sabba’e
    Sajad Amiri Bavandpoor
  2. Mayor, Adrienne. 2014. The Amazons. Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
    Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
  3. Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd & James Robson. 2010. CTESIAS’ History of Persia: Tales of the Orient
    Yazdan Safaee

III Special Issue

  1. Of dirt, diet, and religious others: A theme in Zoroastrian thought
    Bruce Lincoln

The Big Ancient Mediterranean

The Big Ancient Mediterranean
BAM was developed at the University of Iowa by Paul Dilley (University of Iowa), Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa), and Ryan Horne (UNC-Chapel Hill). The open-access project integrates GIS tools, network analysis, and textual annotation/data mining capabilities in order to allow the exploration and visualization of ancient texts in new ways. The first individual module within Big Ancient Mediterranean is called Terra Biblica. Terra Biblica is a tool for the geospatial analysis, literary network visualization, and plot mapping of biblical and related texts up to the year 337 CE. BAM also houses the Iowa Canon of Latin Authors. The Iowa Canon of Latin Authors and Works is a catalogue and information repository for all extant Latin authors and their writings, including fragmentary texts, as well as translations into Latin, from the earliest period through the seventh century CE.

OpenGreekAndLatin OCR Browser

Open Access Journal: Agora: Les comptes rendus de Gaia

Bibliographie homérique

Bibliographie homérique
La bibliographie homérique est désormais consultable en ligne grâce à une collaboration entre le Centre d'études homériques de Grenoble et l'INIST à Nancy et grâce aux conseils de la DSI de l'université de Grenoble et de la cellule TICE de l'université Stendhal. Elle a obtenu le soutien du MENSR (programme pluri-formation homerica) et programme Emergence de la Région Rhône-Alpes. 

New Index of Online Publications: The AWOL Index

New Index of Online Publications
by Tom Elliott | 08/12/2015
With the generous support of a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, ISAW has published a new, structured bibliography of ancient-world resources on the world-wide web entitled The AWOL Index. This experimental digital publication, co-authored by ISAW Senior Fellow Charles E. Jones and Associate Director for Digital Programs Tom Elliott, is programmatically extracted from the contents of The Ancient World Online, a blog that Jones has been authoring since 2009. The work represents a much larger collaboration — with the ISAW Library and the NYU Digital Library Technology Services team, for example — and will be used to inform and supply a variety of discovery and digital preservation initiatives now in incubation. The AWOL Index is published under an open license to facilitate the widest possible application and reuse of the data. More information is available on the title page of the publication itself.

Open Access Journal: Egyptian journal of archaeological & restoration studies (EJARS)

 [First posted in AWOL 2 November 2011. Updated 13 August 2015]

Egyptian journal of archaeological & restoration studies (EJARS)
National ISSN: 18178/2010
International ISSN: 2090-4932
Online ISSN: 2090-4940
The Egyptian Journal of Archaeological and Restoration Studies (EJARS) is an International Journal issued by Center of Archaeological and Conservation Studies and Research (ACSRC) - Sohag University. 

The international journal EJARS Encourage international discussion on several fields such as archaeological problems, Conservation science, coupling between archaeology, archaeometry and management of Conservation projects.

It focuses on the Arabian, African and Mediterranean regions and presents an international forum of research, innovations, discoveries, applications and meetings concerning the modern approaches to the study of human past. Also, the journal focuses on a specific new methodology in archaeological and restoration fields
Current Issue

Volume 5 Issue 1

EJARS Volume no.5 Issue 1

Back of Front Cover

EJARS Editorial

1st Page

Review Article
Author Name Research Address Pages    

Original Articles
Author Name Research Address Pages    
Fouad, M., Mohamed, A., Salah, H., Khalil, A. & Abd El Hafez, M. SEISMOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION AT MEKAAD RADWAN OTTOMAN 13-20

Surveying Report
Author Name Research Address Pages    
Abou Zaid O., El-Asfar A., Ezz A., El-Tayeb A., Hassan H., Fathi O., Azab M., Beabesh M., Abd el-Wahab M., Hassan A., El-Amir H. & Yousef W. NEW THEBAN TOMBS MAPPING PROJECT (NTTMP) PRELIMINARY REPORT, SEASONS 2014-2015 71-77

Published Volumes

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Back Issues

Répertoire des fonds d’archives égyptologiques

Répertoire des fonds d’archives égyptologiques
Ce Répertoire, qui ne bénéficie d’aucune ligne budgétaire et qui dans son état actuel ne prétend pas à l’exhaustivité, réunit néanmoins pour la première fois les principales institutions abritant des fonds d’archives égyptologiques. Je remercie bien sincèrement tous les collègues qui ont généreusement accepté de relire la fiche qui leur avait été soumise. 

Le Répertoire est destiné à être mis à jour régulièrement, sur base de bonnes volontés. Toute personne qui souhaiterait apporter des modifications ou des compléments à la base de données est invitée à le faire en s’adressant à : archives@ifao.egnet.net. Les informations reprises dans ce Répertoire n’engagent pas l’Ifao. 

This Directory, which has no budgetary support and in its present state has no pretense of being exhaustive, nevertheless brings together for the first time the major institutions holding Egyptological archives. I sincerely thank all the colleagues who generously agreed to complete the form which was submitted to them. 

The intention is to update this Directory regularly, on the basis of voluntary contributions. Anyone who wishes to modify or add to the database is invited to send an e-mail to archives@ifao.egnet.net. The information included in this Directory does not incorporate the Ifao archives.

Le Caire, juin 2015 


Certaines des séances précédentes du séminaire sont visibles en vidéo sur le site des "podcasts" de Grenoble universités ou sur le site de l'ENS de Lyon : http://podcast.grenet.fr/?page_id=290
Vous trouverez aussi dans le "podcast homerica" la conférence de Christian Girbal sur la musique avec ses instruments reconstitués, et ses "démonstrations sonores".

La bibliographie homérique (à partir de 1991) est mise en ligne par l'INIST à Nancy : http://homere.inist.fr/Recherche/Simple
Elle comporte surtout des travaux de recherche, mais sans exclusive: les ouvrages destinés au grand public ou au public scolaire s'y trouvent aussi, dans la mesure où nous y avons eu accès. Auteurs et éditeurs sont invités à nous envoyer leurs travaux.

L'accès aux comptes rendus a été rendu plus facile, nous cherchons à améliorer le site : http://agora.xtek.fr/
Nous lui avons donné le nom symbolique de Agora. Pour le moment, l'accès aux comptes rendus n'est pas encore très facile (il faut chercher par le nom d'auteur dans le moteur de recherche, mais cela va probablement s'améliorer très prochainement).

Les publications de Gaia ont suivi leur cours : Gaia 16 paru en 2013 et Gaia 17 à paraître en 2014 contiennent un dossier sur "les objets de la mythologie".
Le n° 22 de Epea pteroenta paru en 2014 est en ligne à l'adresse http://fr.calameo.com/read/002039709058de5f1f5c9
Dans Centre d'études homériques, Epea pteroenta 21 et 22 : http://fr.calameo.com/read/002039709058de5f1f5c

Open Access Journal: Philía. Jornal informativo de história antiga

Philía. Jornal informativo de história antiga
ISSN 1519-6917
O Jornal Philia alcança a sua 50ª edição e para nós editores coordenadores que compõem a equipe do NEA/UERJ, este é um motivo de jubilo, congratulação e reflexão visando analisar a  trajetória da publicação do informativo de História Antiga que tem priorizado as pesquisas de alunos de graduação em sociedades antigas. O jornal Philia teve inicio no ano de 1999, quando era produzido em parceria com os alunos de graduação e pós-graduação em História Antiga da UERJ, UFRJ e da UFF. A missão do jornal consistia em abrir espaço para publicação de artigos  e reflexões de alunos de graduação com pesquisas em sociedades antigas. Em geral, os alunos pesquisadores publicavam o estado atual de suas pesquisas resultado de  Projetos de Iniciação Cientifica, Projeto de Extensão, alguns eram bolsistas da CAPES, outros do CNPq e atualmente, muito deles se tornaram professores universitários.

Factum Arte Digital Imaging

Factum Arte
Based in Madrid and Bologna, Factum Arte consists of a team of artists, technicians and conservators dedicated to digital mediation - both in the production of works for contemporary artists and in the production of facsimiles as part of a coherent approach to preservation and dissemination. Bespoke equipment has been designed and software has been written to obtain optimum results in both recording and outputting digital information. Factum Arte’s non-contact methodologies are having a growing impact on the world of conservation and are defining the role facsimiles play in in the protection of our cultural heritage.

Exhibition about the facsimile of Tutankhamun's tomb

The Tomb of Seti I: Digital Technology in Conservation

Immortal Pharaoh
In Pharaos Grab

Lebanon: Nahr El Kalb Project <br> <i> High resolution photogrammetry </i>
Facsimile reconstruction of the eastern end of the throne room of Ashurnasirpal II, Northwest Palace, Nimrud
Since 2010, Factum Arte together with the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation have been running a project to create a physical reconstruction of the eastern end of Assurnasirpal II's throne room, using high resolution digital scanning to create replicas of bas-reliefs TT  held in various museum collections. The project aims to display the reunited replicas in Iraq.

Oriental Institute Museum Archives Records Added to Online Collections

Oriental Institute Museum Archives Records Added to Online Collections
August 14, 2015
With the help of a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Oriental Institute has begun to make its incredible collection of Museum Archives material available to the public for the first time in its 100 year history. The Oriental Institute Museum Archives contains invaluable field expedition records, scholarly papers, and institutional history. Among the archives are records from many archaeological expeditions, such as those to the famous sites of Persepolis, Megiddo, and Khorsabad. As many archaeological sites face a variety of threats, these records are more important than ever before. Papers from major scholars in the fields of ancient Near East studies contain a treasure trove of untapped scholarship, including the papers of James Henry Breasted, Wilhelm Spiegelberg, George Hughes, and A. Leo Oppenheim. The history of the Oriental Institute itself is also documented in these files, including correspondence, staff records, and publication manuscripts. The cataloging of the Museum Archives has only just begun, but already users can search, sort, and display over 7,000 records and attached media (such as digitized photographs, negatives, and documents). Records in the catalog are integrated into a hierarchy (Collection > Series > Box > Folder > Item) so that users can browse through levels at their discretion. Collection level records have a finding aid attached in PDF form (following EAD standards). The Museum Archives records are fully integrated with the other records in the Search Our Collections website. Users can easily navigate between Museum Archives records and their associated bibliography from records in the Research Archives catalog, or from digitized negatives in the Photo Archives catalog to the Museum Archives record for the physical negatives. Scholars will find a growing wealth of data from which new understandings of the ancient Near East are sure to emerge.

Open Access Digital Library: PANDEKTIS - A Digital Thesaurus of Primary Sources for Greek History and Culture

[First posted in AWOL 30 July 2009. Updated 16 August 2015]

PANDEKTIS - A Digital Thesaurus of Primary Sources for Greek History and Culture
National Hellenic Research Foundation
It is a project of the National Hellenic Research Foundation which contains major digital collections of Greek history and civilization. The collections have been produced by the Institute of Neohellenic Research, the Institute of Byzantine Research and the Institute of Greek and Roman Antiquity. The National Documentation Centre supports the collections' digital form.

'PANDEKTIS - A Digital Thesaurus of Primary Sources for Greek History and Culture' aims to provide free access to eleven integrated and scientifically elaborated collections produced by the three humanistic Institutes of the National Hellenic Foundation for Research - Institute of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Byzantine Research, Institute of Neohellenic Research.

Who benefits?
The scientific community and the society gain online free access to the research results through the PANDEKTIS online digital collections.

What about the PANDEKTIS collections?
The collections, which will be widely disseminated through the internet, originate from primary documents of Greek history and civilization. Certain applications have been developed to ensure the digital homogeneity of the documents, a single interface for the provision and search of the databases through Internet services, by using tools and products developed by EKT.

Open Access Journal: Classical Studies Kyoto University


Open Access Journal: Revista Eletrônica Antiguidade Clássica

Revista Eletrônica Antiguidade Clássica
ISBN: 1983-7615
A revista eletrônica Antiguidade Clássica é fruto de um projeto de dois amigos, que tinham em comum o ideal de criar uma revista virtual que promovesse os estudos clássicos, oferecendo em um único espaço, informações acadêmico-culturais, artigos.

Open Access Journal: Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

[First posted in AWOL 14 December 2010, updated 17 August 2015]

Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
ISSN: 2325-4904
Backdirt: Annual Review, which began as a newsletter in 1973, is the magazine of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology that highlights the recent news, research and activities of the Institute. The CIoA Press publishes the annual magazine each spring.
Our current and older issues can be downloaded from the links below.

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2014

2014 Issue

  • Recent awards and honors
  • The Tin Problem Reconsidered: Recent Archaeometallurgical Research on the Anatolian Plateau
  • Exploring Ancient Pastoral Mobility through Stable Isotope Analysis: A Case Study from Kenya
  • Prehistoric Urban Archaeology in the Americas: A View from Cusco, Peru
  • Researcher's Notebook
  • And much more! download PDF

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 20132013 Issue

  • Reminiscences of directors
  • 40th Anniversary Exclusive
  • From Clay to Milk in Mediterranean Prehistory: Tracking a Special Vessel
  • Looting: Another Phase in the Social History of a Pre-Hispanic Cemetery in Southern Peru
  • Reports from the field
  • And much more! download PDF

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 20122012 Issue

  • Five featured articles
  • Ancient Maya Calendrics, Cosmology, and Creation
  • Reflections on past achievements
  • Reports from the field
  • Community conversation: interviews with Charles Steinmetz and James Mallory
  • Photo essay: Journals of an Armchair Archaeologist
  • And much more! download PDF

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 20112011 Issue 

  • Record-Breaking Discoveries in Armenia
  • Lloyd Cotsen's Gift to the People of China
  • Reflections on the Life of Francois Bordes
  • Metallurgy and Ecological Change in the Ancient Near East
  • Death By Stoning: How Natural Diasasters Rock
  • The New Archaeological Travel Program of the Cotsen Institute
  • And much more! download PDF
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2010

2010 Issue

  • Saving Sites by Transforming Lives: The Sustainable Preservation Initiative
  • Live and Times of H.B. Nicholson
  • Risk and Agriculture in Ancient Anatolia
  • Dynamics in Colonial-era Bead Making on California's Channel Islands
  • Field School student reflections
  • And much more! download PDF

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2009

2009 Issue 

  • A Monumental Task on Easter Island
  • Archaeology of the Confucian Landscape
  • Exploring Opportunities in South America
  • Empires of Diversity in Ancient Iran
  • Metal and Landscape in Ancient Anatolia
  • New CIoA Press titles
  • Donor List
  • And much more! download PDF 

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2008

2008 Issue 

  • Returning to a Great Excavation of the Past: A New Joint Project in Armenia
  • The Mundane Extremes of Tarapaca: Northern Chile, 2007 Season
  • Cotsen Staff Chile Trip
  • Investigating a Forgotten Port: The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project
  • Life and Death at Domuztepe in the Sixth Millenium BC
  • And much more! download PDF
Additional Backdirts are available on Scribd and Academia.edu.
For questions regarding subscriptions and submissions, e-mail the CIoA Press.

See the List of
Open Access Books from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

Open Access Journal: Annuaire de l'École pratique des hautes études, section des sciences historiques et philologiques

 [First posted in AWOL 9 July 2009. Updated 18 August 2015]

Annuaire de l'École pratique des hautes études, section des sciences historiques et philologiques
ISSN: 1969-6310
L'Annuaire de l'École pratique des hautes études, section des sciences religieuses, est une publication annuelle qui regroupe principalement les comptes rendus des conférences des enseignants-chercheurs de la s
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Archiving the AWOL Index

Archiving the AWOL Index
Ryan Bauman
The AWOL Index is a new experimental project to extract structured data from AWOL - The Ancient World Online, which has published links to material about the ancient world since 2009.

As a practical experiment, I thought it might be interesting to check which URLs in the index are already in web archives, and try to archive those which are not. To do this, I downloaded the AWOL index JSON, unzipped it, and extracted unique linked URLs with:

find . -name '*.json' -exec grep '"url":' {} \; | \
sed -e 's/^.*"url": "//' -e 's/".*$//' | \
sort -u > urls-clean-uniq.txt
This gave me 52,020 unique URLs.

Initially, I thought it would be best to check if the URLs were in any web archive, rather than just one. To do this, I used the mementoweb.org Time Travel API to hit the “Find” service to check URL availability in a wide range of archives. Unfortunately, this proved to be a relatively slow process.

In order to speed things up, I decided to try checking and using just one web archive: the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Using some hand-picked URLs that showed as “missing” from the truncated mementoweb.org process, I checked the Wayback Machine Availability API to see what sort of results I got.

Interestingly, this lead to the realization that certain URLs which show no availability in the JSON APIdo show availability in the CDX API. So, I decided to check URL availability using the relatively fast CDX API for the most accurate results:

while read url; do \
if [ -n "$(curl -s "http://web.archive.org/cdx/search/cdx?url=${url}")" ]; \
then echo "$url">> cdx-success.txt; \
else echo "$url">> cdx-failure.txt; \
fi; \
done < urls-clean-uniq.txt
After this process finished running, I had 34,832 URLs showing as already successfully archived (or about 67%). For the remainder, I wanted to submit them to the Wayback Machine for archiving, which I did with:

while read url; do \
echo "$url"; \
curl -L -o/dev/null -s "http://web.archive.org/save/$url"; \
done < cdx-failure.txt
So, any live, savable URLs which weren’t already in the archive at the time this process was run should be added to it.

After this process finished, I did an initial pass at checking the submitted URLs for presence in the CDX index, and found 10,823 hits for the 17,188 URLs submitted (a 63% success rate). I also noticed that the CDX server can occasionally give false negatives as well (i.e. returns no results for something that’s in the index), so I did another pass against the 6,365 “missing” URLs to try to see if they were actually available, which added only 5 URLs as false negatives from the initial run.

So, after running these processes it seemed the Wayback Machine now had at least one snapshot for 45,660 of our 52,020 URLs (about 88%). Spot-checking the remaining 6,360 URLs showed that some returned no snapshots via either the JSON or CDX APIs but show snapshots in the web interface. This particular example shows in the mementoweb.org API, so I decided to try checking the Wayback Memento API by hitting http://web.archive.org/web/{URI-R}:

while read url; do echo $url; \
if curl -s --fail -I "http://web.archive.org/web/$url"; \
then echo $url >> memento-success.txt; \
fi; \
done < cdx-missing-combined.txt
This revealed that 4,606 of our 6,360 “missing” URLs were, in fact, successfully archived (so 50,266 of our 52,020 original URLs, or about 97%, now have at least one snapshot in the Wayback Machine). Looking at the remaining 1,754 missing URLs, we can triage these further and see what currently returns a “live” response code with:

while read url; do \
if curl -s --fail -L -I "$url" ; \
then echo "$url">> cdx-missing-live-success.txt; \
else echo "$url">> cdx-missing-live-failure.txt; \
fi; \
done < cdx-memento-missing.txt
Giving us 431 URLs with no snapshots that currently return an HTTP error (so less than 1% of our total URL count).

I plan on doing one more archive run for the remaining 1,323 missing URLs, just in case some temporary server issues cropped up during the initial run.

Going forward, it might be helpful to automate this process to check and archive new URLs in the AWOL Index on a periodic basis. There are probably much more interesting things that can be done with mining and analyzing the AWOL Index, but the foundation of some of these activities will rely on the simple availability of the linked content.

Theban tomb tracings made by Norman and Nina de Garis Davies

Theban tomb tracings made by Norman and Nina de Garis Davies
Concept and direction: Jaromir Malek
Catalogue: Helen Murray, Elizabeth Fleming and Alison Hobby
Editing: Hana Navrátilová, Elizabeth Fleming and Jaromir Malek
Scanning: Jenni Navratil, assisted by Hana Navrátilová
Photo-editing: Jenni Navratil
Coordination: Elizabeth Fleming

Detail of a scene in TT 65. Reconstruction by Hana NavrátilováTombs

PACE: Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement

[First posted in AWOL 17 October 2013, updated (new URLs) 19 August 2015]

PACE: Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement
Welcome to the Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement. The links below offer a brief outline of the Project's aims and rationale, structure, and main features. This is only by way of quick orientation, however. The best way to get to know the site is to explore it on your own. Whatever the level and scale of your interest, we hope that you will benefit from this resource on the web.

Texts and Commentary


    Scholarly Studies