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Partially Open Access Journal: Liber Annuus

[First posted in AWOL 4 November 2009. Updated 27 September 2015]

Liber Annuus
The Journal was founded by the professors of Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem during the academic year 1950/1951. It is the Annual ( or Year Book) of this Institution and therefore collects annually the various scholarly contributions prepared by its professors according to their diverse fields of research. Their studies are accompanied by a number of contributions offered by scholars from other scientific and academic institutions from the Holy Land and from abroad.

Beside exegetical, linguistic, and literary studies on the Old and New Testaments, you will find inside articles about the history and archaeology of the Biblical world in general, and of Judaism and Early Christianity.

Each year the archaeologists of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum publish here the first reports of the campaigns of excavations performed by them in various part of the Holy Land, that is mainly in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Egypt.

2008 ; 2007 ; 2006 ; 2005 ; 2004; 2003; 2002; 2001; 2000

1999; 1998; 1997; 1996; 1995; 1994; 1993; 1992; 1991; 1990

Open Access Quranic Arabic Corpus

 [First posted in AWOL 11 August 2010, updated 27 September 2015]

Quranic Arabic Corpus
Welcome to the Quranic Arabic Corpus, an annotated linguistic resource which shows the Arabic grammar, syntax and morphology for each word in the Holy Quran. The corpus provides three levels of analysis: morphological annotation, a syntactic treebank and a semantic ontology.
  • Version 0.4 Released - new and updated linguistic features in this version of the corpus
  • Word by Word Quran - maps out the syntax of the entire Quran, with analysis and translation
  • Quranic Grammar - traditional Arabic grammar (إعراب) illustrated using dependency graphs

Open Access Journal: Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities

[First posted in AWOL 14 October 2013, updated 28 September 2015]

Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities
ISSN: 1561-4018
Phronimon publishes original scientifically justifiable contributions (articles, discussions of articles previously published and book reviews) within the field of Philosophy and the Humanities, although contributions within the field of Greek Philosophy and Greek studies will receive priority.  We publish in English, Afrikaans and modern Greek. On submission of the manuscript the author shall present a written undertaking that the article has not been published or is not being presented for publication elsewhere. All articles and review articles will be submitted to national and international referees. Effective and detailed source referencing is of paramount importance. Articles will be scrutinised and checked for bibliographic references and any evidence of proven plagiarism will result in non-publication.


Vol 13, No 2 (2012): Special Conference Edition ISSN 1561 4018

Greek Philosophy in dialogue with African and other world philosophies: innovative perspectives


The Geo-Archaeological Information Applications (GAIA) Lab

The Geo-Archaeological Information Applications (GAIA) Lab
The combined impacts of population growth, rapid planned and unplanned development, looting and warfare in many parts of the world have placed tremendous pressure on cultural resources and on the government agencies responsible for managing them. Thousands of known historically significant places and archaeological sites are threatened by these forces; untold thousands more await discovery, preservation, and development. It is a daunting task that requires the application of modern methods of data management and retrieval. The task is aptly suited for solutions based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database and Web-based  technology. 
The GAIA Lab, affiliated with the Center for Cyberarchaeology & Sustainability at the University of California, San Diego, specializes in developing and deploying integrated GIS standalone and web-based databases for managing cultural resources and other large-scale spatial datasets.  We use the latest web mapping methods, including Google Maps and Google Earth, powered by AJAX, PHP, KML, JavaScript and MySQL.

Our Mission

  1. To help empower national, state and local governments and educational institutions in the discovery, documentation and preservation of their archaeological and historic resources through development and deployment of integrated Cultural Resources information applications using GIS, geodatabase, and web technology.
  2. To develop GIS, database and web-based methods and techniques to better model and manage cultural resources.
  3. To develop crowd-sourced web applications for archaeological site monitoring and preservation.
  4. To provide educational opportunities for student research.

The Heritage of the Desert Fathers: Mapping and photographic survey of hermitages in the deserts around monasteries in Egypt and the Sudan

The Heritage of the Desert Fathers: Mapping and photographic survey of hermitages in the deserts around monasteries in Egypt and the Sudan
"The Heritage of the Desert Fathers" research project aims at mapping and photographic surveying of the locations of hermitages in the deserts around monasteries in Egypt and in the Sudan (the ancient Christian kingdoms of Nubia), in addition to the study of the ancient and modern eremetical traditions in their different psychological, theological as well as philosophical aspects.  


Introduction and thanks:  
Thank you for your interest in this survey, and for taking the time to participate in it.  The original Survey on Field Safety: Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean Basin was circulated a year ago (mid-2014), and you may have seen it – and even taken it – at that time.  It is being circulated again (mid-2015), with two goals.  The first goal is to reach individuals who might not have seen the survey the first time, or who might have seen the survey but not taken it and would like to do so now.  The second goal is to follow up, for those who have participated in field projects since they took the 2014 survey.  The results from this survey will provide insight into field culture for 2015 and over a more extended period of time.  These results are critical both for identifying problems, and for developing methods to remediate problems in archaeological field culture.

When taking this survey, you may also include information about your 2014 fieldwork experience.  Doing so will facilitate comparisons between the two field seasons. 

When taking this survey, you may also incl
ude information about your 2014 fieldwork experience, even if you already reported about it in 2014.  Doing so will facilitate comparisons between the 2014 and 2015 field seasons. 

About the survey:  
The Survey on Field Safety: Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean Basin is designed to understand the ways in which archaeological fieldwork does – or does not – provide a setting that is safe and secure from intimidation, harassment and violence based on gender, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity for all project participants.  Beyond documenting and quantifying experiences, goals include determining those factors that contribute to safe and unsafe fieldwork environments; identifying areas in which further research is necessary; determining best practices and the means by which to implement them; developing standards, policies and protocols designed to educate and inform all participants in archaeological excavations about ethics and laws in the field and on research projects; and, under the auspices of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR),  offering online trainings and access to relevant documents for excavation leaders, staff, volunteers, and employees.  Collaboration among a broad spectrum of professional societies and institutes is essential for meeting these goals. 


To take the survey:
All individuals taking this survey must be 18 years or older.  By clicking on the "NEXT" (right-facing) arrows at the bottom of this page, you give informed consent to participate in this research study "
Survey on Field Safety."  Please answer the questions to the best of your ability.  You may stop taking the survey at any time, and you may decide not to answer every question. 

Your responses will remain anonymous.  The University of Arizona server on which this survey and all responses to it are stored is data-encrypted. At no time, whether in presentations or in online or print publications will your name, place of study or employment, field project/s or other identifying information be made public.  Only the Principal Investigator will know your identity.  Unless you indicate interest in a follow-up interview, you will not be contacted about the survey and your responses to it.

In order to ensure that participants fill out the survey only once, you will be asked to provide your email address.  The confirmation you will receive upon completion of the survey is the only communication that will be sent to your email address, unless you indicate interest in a follow-up interview. 

 If your responses indicate an on-going situation in which reporting to authorities is legally mandated (such as, for example, on-going sexual abuse of minors), then such a report will be made, as required by law.

Optional follow-up interview:If you indicate, by checking the appropriate box at the end of the survey, that you would like to participate in a follow-up interview, then you will be contacted for scheduling at your email address.  As with the survey, no personal or project identifiers will be made public, whether in presentations or in online or print publications.

Risks and benefits:Participation in this survey may trigger difficult and troubling memories.  If you are concerned that sharing these memories might be too painful, please do not continue with the survey.  If, however, you are able to share your experiences, then be assured that the information you provide (concerning both positive and negative experiences) will be used to make archaeological fieldwork safer and more secure for all participants. 
An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

For further information:
If you have any questions about this project, please contact the principal investigator, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Ph.D., R.P.A., Associate Professor, Arizona Center for Judaic Studies and School of Anthropology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (520-626-5762; bnakhai@email.arizona.edu).

If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this survey, or if you have concerns or complaints, please contact The University of Arizona Institutional Review Board (520) 626-6721 or www.orcr.arizona.edu/hspp

Thank you for your willingness to participate in this project.

Beth Alpert Nakhai, Ph.D., R.P.A.


Bibliography: Digital Epigraphy on the World-Wide Web

Digital Epigraphy on the World-Wide Web
by Tom Elliott | 09/28/2015 
Digital Epigraphy on the World-Wide Web
Roman 'cupa' (barrel-shaped burial marker) of Julia Lupiana, from Mértola, Portugal. Photo by Daniel P. Diffendale
Thanks to a gift from the Classics Conclave, ISAW has updated and expanded a public-domain bibliography of on-line resources for the discovery, publication, study, and teaching of epigraphy.
Dubbed EpiDig (for "Epigraphy + Digital"), this collaborative bibliography is managed and published via a shared group on the Zotero.org citation management website. Working under the direction of Tom Elliott, ISAW's Associate Director for Digital Programs, Nicholas Goldrosen conducted a complete review and update of the bibliography. A rising senior at Hunter College High School in New York, Goldrosen first reviewed every existing entry in the bibliography for accuracy and currency against each "live" on-line resource and then collated the contents of the bibliography against a number of other lists to ensure completeness (see further, below). Pages that have disappeared from the web are now tagged for further investigation. In coming months, ISAW and its partners will continue efforts to catalog similar digital resources on the web. A follow-on project will make contact with the authors and publishers of these resources in an effort to assess data management and digital preservation plans for each, with a view toward ensuring long-term availability for ISAW and its affiliates world-wide.

Started by Elliott in 2013, the EpiDig bibliography is now jointly curated by 16 volunteers (listed on the Zotero group page). It takes inspiration and incorporates data from earlier efforts, including:

Elliott has written recently about the facility and use of digital resources for Roman epigraphy in: The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy, C. Bruun and J. Edmondson (eds.), 2014, pages 78–85 [paywalled digital version].

Corrections and suggested additions to EpiDig should be emailed to .

Open Access Journal: Oriental Institute News & Notes

 [First posted in AWOL 23 April 2010. Most recently updated 29 September 2015]

Oriental Institute News & Notes
News & Notes is a Quarterly Publication of The Oriental Institute, printed for members as one of the privileges of membership.
2015 Winter (#224) Spring (#225) Summer (#226)  Fall (#227)
2014 Winter (#220) Spring (#221) Summer (#222) Fall (#223)
2013 Winter (#216) Spring (#217) Summer (#218) Fall (#219)
2012 Winter (#212) Spring (#213) Summer (#214) Fall (#215)
2011 Winter (#208) Spring (#209) Summer (#210) Fall (#211)
2010 Winter (#204) Spring (#205) Summer (#206) Fall (#207)
2009 Winter (#200) Spring (#201) Summer (#202) Fall (#203)
2008 Winter (#196) Spring (#197) Summer (#198) Fall (#199)
2007 Winter (#192) Spring (#193) Summer (#194) Fall (#195)
2006 Winter (#188) Spring (#189) Summer (#190) Fall (#191)
2005 Winter (#184) Spring (#185) Summer (#186) Fall (#187)
2004 Winter (#180) Spring (#181) Summer (#182) Fall (#183)
2003 Winter (#176) Spring (#177) Summer (#178) Fall (#179)
2002 Winter (#172) Spring (#173) Summer (#174) Fall (#175)
2001 Winter (#168) Spring (#169) Summer (#170) Fall (#171)
2000 Winter (#164) Spring (#165) Summer (#166) Fall (#167)
1999 Winter (#160) Spring (#161) Summer (#162) Fall (#163)
1998 Winter (#156) Spring (#157) Summer (#158) Fall (#159)
1997 Winter (#152) Spring (#153) Summer (#154) Fall (#155)
1996 Winter (#148) Spring (#149) Summer (#150) Fall (#151)
1995 Winter (#144) Spring (#145) Summer (#146) Fall (#147)
1994 Winter (#140) Spring (#141) Summer (#142) Fall (#143)
1993 Winter (#136) Spring (#137) Summer (#138) Fall (#139)
1992 Spring (#133) Summer (#134) Fall (#135)
1991 Winter (#127) Spring (#128)
Spring (#129)
Summer (#130) Fall (#131)
Fall (#132)
1990 Winter (#122) Spring (#123) Summer (#124) Fall (#125)
Fall (#126)
1989 Winter (#117) Spring (#118) Summer (#119) Fall (#120)
Fall (#121)
1988 Winter (#112) Spring (#113) Summer (#114) Fall (#115)
Fall (#116)
1987 Winter (#107) Spring (#108) Summer (#109) Fall (#110)
Fall (#111)
1986 Winter (#102) Spring (#103) Summer (#104) Fall (#105)
Fall (#106)
1985 Winter (#97) Spring (#98) Summer (#99) Fall (#100)
Fall (#101)
1984 Winter (#92) Spring (#93) Summer (#94) Fall (#95)
Fall (#96)
1983 Winter (#84)
Winter (#85)
Winter (#86)
Spring (#87)
Spring (#88)
Summer (#89) Fall (#90)
Fall (#91)
1982 Winter (#75)
Winter (#76)
Winter (#77)
Spring (#78)
Spring (#79)
Summer (#80) Fall (#81)
Fall (#82)
Fall (#83)
1981 Winter (#67)
Winter (#68)
Winter (#69)
Spring (#70) Summer (#71) Fall (#72)
Fall (#73)
Fall (#74)
1980 Winter (#58)
Winter (#59)
Winter (#60)
Spring (#61)
Spring (#62)
Summer (#63) Fall (#64)
Fall (#65)
Fall (#66)
1979 Winter (#49)
Winter (#50)
Winter (#51)
Spring (#52)
Spring (#53)
Summer (#54) Fall (#55)
Fall (#56)
Fall (#57)
1978 Winter (#39)
Winter (#40)
Winter (#41)
Winter (#42)
Spring (#43)
Spring (#44)
Summer (#45) Fall (#46)
Fall (#47)
Fall (#48)
1977 Winter (#33) Spring (#34) Summer (#35) Fall (#36)
Fall (#37)
Fall (#38)
1976 Winter (#23)
Winter (#24)
Winter (#25)
Spring (#26)
Spring (#27)
Summer (#28) Fall (#29)
Fall (#30)
Fall (#31)
Fall (#32)
1975 Winter (#13)
Winter (#14)
Winter (#15)
Spring (#16)
Spring (#17)
Summer (#18)
Summer (#19)
Fall (#20)
Fall (#21)
Fall (#22)
1974 Winter (#4)
Winter (#5)
Winter (#6)
Spring (#7)
Spring (#8)
Summer (#9) Fall (#10)
Fall (#11)
Fall (#12)
1973 Fall (#1)
Fall (#2)
Fall (#3)

For years prior to 2002 the  Lead Article(s) from various issues were also being made available electronically with the permission of the editor.










See also  The Oriental Institute Archaeological Newsletter (1950-1973)

For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

The Digital Classicist Wiki Current List of Projects

The Digital Classicist List of Projects [29 September 2015]
These pages are intended to provide concise information on projects applying computing technologies to Classical/Ancient Historical research. Should you know of any relevant project, please feel free to add it to the list and create a page with the title, URL, and a brief description.
There are 249 articles in this category.






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And see The Digital Classicist Wiki

Roundup: Conflict Antiquities: Forging a Public/Private Response to Save Iraq and Syria's Endangered Cultural Heritage

Following below are some notes on last evening's event at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. I have linked to supporting documents where I know of them, Please comment if you have corrections, additions, or you own synopsis of what was said.

Conflict Antiquities: Forging a Public/Private Response to Save Iraq and Syria's Endangered Cultural Heritage
The Department of State and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are co-sponsoring an experts’ symposium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 29 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. that will feature two panels reviewing international cooperation against the looting and trafficking of antiquities from the conflict in Iraq and Syria...
 Opening speakers include Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas P. Campbell, and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, followed by two panels.

Speakers on the first panel on “Looting and Destruction of Iraqi and Syrian Cultural Heritage; What We Know, What Can Be Done” were:

  • Michael Danti, American Schools of Oriental Research [See below]
  • Andrew Keller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State [See below]
  • Robert Hartung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Department of State [See below]
  • Lev Kubiak, Assistant Director, International Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security
  • Richard W. Downing, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Mauro Miedico, Chief of Section, Terrorism Prevention Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Speakers on the second panel on “The Role of Private Institutions and Collectors in Fostering Best Practices and Public Education” were:
  • Jennifer Janisch, Investigative Producer, CBS News [See below]
  • Sharon Cott, Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director, American Numismatic Society [See below]
  • Markus Hilgert, Director, Pergamon Museum [See below]
  • Sandy Cobden, General Counsel, Christie’s Auction House
  • Wolfgang Weber, ‎Head of Global Regulatory Policy, eBay
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will speak at the conclusion of the event.
Morag Kersel assembled the Twitter traffic on the hashtag #HeritageInPeril as follows:
by Morag M. Kersel
Needless to say there will  continue to be residual comment using that hashtag. Many thanks in particular to Andrew Reinhard and Christopher Jones who were present in the room and who live-tweeted the conference making it live for us who were not there even after the video stream went dead in the second half of the program.

In the first panel:
The second panel was not visible remotely:
 Please comment if you have corrections, additions, or you own synopsis of what was said.

News from EAGLE, The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy

EAGLE Search online
The EAGLE portal is now live and you can search all partner databases and contributed contents in one search, including currently more than one million items. You can use:
In the advanced search you can choose which fields to search, and you will be then able to further filter your results based on the contents of the EAGLE Controlled Vocabularies.

Results are displayed divided by entity type: Artefacts, Texts and Images. You might wish to see only items for which the databases have a text or only images related to your search.

Multiple instances of the same inscription are listed in the result view as tabs.

The EAGLE portal is based on a content aggregator with the primary function to collect data for Europeana, therefore it does not have all the partners’ information. Please click on the Original Source button to see each inscription on the content provider’s website with the full and up to date metadata.

You can download the relevant EpiDoc file for each text where available, from the Export button.
For further information, please refer to the user manual. In this document you will also find all users functions described.

Feedback is always very welcome, please write to info@eaglenetwork.eu

If you would like to contribute with photos, translations or transcriptions of inscriptions, please contact EAGLE at info@eaglenetwork.eu.

Open Access Monograph Series: Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS)

Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS)
ISSN: 1559-2944
The Oriental Institute yearly appoints a Postdoctoral Fellow for a twenty-four month (non-renewable) appointment. Postdoctoral Fellows are selected from an international pool of applicants, based on their proposals to organize a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute. The conferences address important theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies — archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research. The Oriental Institute encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. The conferences generally have 12–16 participants, and take place annually in the beginning of March during the first year of the Postdoctoral Fellow’s appointment. Following the conference, the Postdoctoral Fellow assembles and edits the proceedings for publication in the Oriental Institute Seminar series. During the second year of the appointment, the Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and other activities that build interaction and collaboration within the scholarly community. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact closely with the Oriental Institute community. The Postdoctoral Fellow may also, if he or she wishes, teach a course while in residence if approved by the OI/NELC faculty. [Source]

For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

Open Access Journal: Annuaire du Musée Gréco-Romain d'Alexandrie


Open Access Publications from the Centre d'Etudes Alexandrines

Fonds des imprimés du Centre d'Etudes Alexandrines


Jest to praca magisterska, której efektem jest ta właśnie strona (oraz program za nią stojący).

A dokładniej rzecz ujmując, Metronom służy do skandowania metrycznego tekstów łacińskich lub greckich.

Nadal nie wiadomo o co chodzi? W sumie, do niedawna też nic o tym nie wiedziałem. :)

Chodzi o heksametry i inne takie (a dużo ich). O takty, wersy, strofy. A dokładniej o to, by dopasować metrum do utworu, określić długość sylab, odszukać rozwiązania i ściągnięcia, elizje, synalefy i inne syfy...

New Open Access Journal: Exegetical Tools Quarterly

Exegetical Tools Quarterly
ISSN: 2378-4849

In contrast to other journals, our Exegetical Tools Quarterly is strictly resource-driven. Each issue will contain all of Exegetical Tools’ posts for the last three months. This includes our categories of book reviews, featured resources, new books, research resources, and will also include our posts on current issues. The result is a convenient and extensive collection of reviews and write-ups on all the latest resources that will equip you for exegesis, languages, theology, ministry, and more. 

Our Table of Contents is fully clickable. Find a title you’re interested in and click it. You will be taken directly to that post. In the top right of every page is a “Back to Table of Contents” link to take you right back to the Table of Contents to find more titles that interest you. Links in each post will take you directly to Amazon or the WTS Bookstore (depending on the book) to browse, preview, or buy any of the resources 


Syrian Digital Library of Cuneiform: Building Lines of Communication to Ancient Syria

[First posted in AWOL 3 May 2010. Updates 1 October 2015]

Syrian Digital Library of Cuneiform: Building Lines of Communication to Ancient Syria
The Syrian Digital Library of Cuneiform (SDLC) project represents the collaborative efforts of a Syrian and international team of researchers to prepare an interactive Arabic / English / French presentation of a rich and indigenous cuneiform tradition dating back five millennia.

The cuneiform tablets collections, kept mainly in the museums of Damascus, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa, and Idlib, originate from close to 40 different archaeological sites. Based on an integrated catalogue, those texts which have already been published will be the subject of an electronic edition, consisting of digital images and transliterations, presented via the web-pages of the SDLC. This presentation will be directly linked to the international project CDLI, making the texts part of an ever growing corpus of cuneiform texts freely available online, and benefitting from the powerful search tools of that project.

The SDLC website will facilitate the establishment of new line of communication among members of an international community that is growing increasingly aware of the contributions of ancient Syria to modern culture.

Partners institutions:
- DGAMS (Direction générale des Antiquités et musées de Syrie), Damascus
- CDLI (Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative), Los Angeles (UCLA)
- CNRS (Centre national de la Recherche scientifique), Paris
- MPIWG (Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte), Berlin
- IFPO (Institut français du Proche-Orient), Damascus
- BISI (British Institute for the Study of Irak), London

  • Investigators: Bertrand Lafont (CNRS Paris), Wissam Habib (DGAMS), Imad Samir (Damascus University), Jacob Dahl (University of Oxford)
  • Partners: Antoine Suleyman (DGAMS), Myasar Yabroudi (National Museum, Damascus), Robert K. Englund (CDLI/UCLA), Christina Tsouparopoulou (MPIWG)
  • Staff: Matthew Ong (UCLA), Amjad al-Qadi (Damascus), Maciej M. Wencel (Oxford)

Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL)

Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL)
05072015 New AWDL example 
The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University . AWDL will identify, collect, curate, and provide access to the broadest possible range of scholarly materials relevant to the study of the ancient world. AWDL has two primary tracks:

  1. In partnership with the NYU Digital Libraries Program AWDL is developing mechanisms to host and preserve existing and newly contributed content without respect to digital condition, or state of enrichment of its contents: our overriding objective is to make available to researchers as large a part of the scholarly heritage of the relevant fields as possible. Towards this end we are soliciting the participation of publishers, scholarly societies, organizations, and individuals who hold the rights to scholarly content.
  2. AWDL will identify, collect, curate and provide bibliographical access to the growing corpus of scholarly materials produced and served elsewhere. This will continue, within the context of the AWDL, the work Charles Jones has undertaken via Abzu and AWOL for more than a decade and a half.

AWDL is collaborating with NYU Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) in the development of the book viewer. Within the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, AWDL is a collaboration between the Library and Digital Programs. Additional information on AWDL and other Digital Initiatives of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is available on the ISAW website

ISAW relaunched the AWDL portal in May 2015. In addition to a more attractive design and new features, the new portal also includes new content. AWDL's mission is enhance access to curated digital scholarly content related to the ancient world. The original AWDL Book Viewer will remain active until all of its content is migrated to the new portal. In addition to page images of many (211) digitized volumes, AWDL currently hosts an online version of Roger Bagnall and Giovanni Ruffini. (2012) Amheida I. Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 1: Texts from the 2004–2007 Seasons, as well as:

Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature

Exploring relationships between ancient scientific traditions and local Jewish enterprises.
Edited by Jonathan Ben-Dov and Seth Sanders
NYU Press, 2014. ISBN13: 9781479823048.
more: publisherfull-text | review
At left: Figure 1 from Chapter 2, "Enoch and the Beginnings of Jewish Interest in Natural Science."

Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa

Breaking new ground in the history of late antique North East Africa
George Hatke
NYU Press, 2013. ISBN13: 9780814760666.
more: publisherworldcat | full-text | review

For feature and content updates, see the ISAW Library Blog.
The most recent addition to AWDL:


Palmyran funerary sculpture is the largest corpus of portrait sculpture in the Roman world outside Rome, which makes this group of material extremely significant both in relation to issues of identity in the Roman provinces as well as in comparison to core-Roman portraiture studies. Both are facts which have been completely ignored in scholarship until now. There are more than 1500 pieces scattered through various museums and private collections across the world. These have never been collected, catalogued and treated as a single corpus. The aims of this project are therefore threefold: to compile a corpus of all known palmyran funerary portraits, to digitalise the H. Ingholt-archive and to produce text volumes to accompany the corpus as well as a number of publications on various aspects of palmyran sculpture. The corpus and the archive will be made available online. To achieve these goals effectively this project must be undertaken by a group of researchers at various stages in their careers.

New Open Access Journal: Furnace: The Postgraduate Journal of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham

Furnace: The Postgraduate Journal of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham
ISSN: 2057-519X
The Postgraduate Journal of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham

This is a CFP for contributions to a new, open access, postgraduate/ graduate journal called furnace that is edited by young scholars in the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham. furnace hopes to be a facilitator for sparking debates and discussions surrounding the expanding and diversifying disciplinary field of cultural heritage.

The journal’s title references the Institute’s close association with the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site while suggesting the exciting percolations of new ideas that come together in intellectual crucibles – in this case, cultural heritage centres. This third issue of the journal is edited in collaboration with our partners at CHAMP (Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Since the establishment of their collaboration in 2012 both IIICH and CHAMP have sought to generate a series of research questions which examine Old World and New World perspectives on cultural heritage. Each side of the Atlantic – North and South – has unique geography, culture and history that is expressed through their individual heritage. Every day, however, people, objects and ideas flow backward and forward across the Atlantic, each shaping the heritage of the other for better or worse and each shaping the meanings and values that heritage conveys. Where, and in what ways are these Trans-Atlantic heritages connected? Where, and in what ways are they not? What can we learn from reflecting on the different contexts and cultures as they produce, consume, absorb, resist, and experience the heritage of the other?