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A Conversation about Iraq's Cultural Heritage

A Conversation about Iraq's Cultural Heritage
TARII invites you to a conversation about Iraq’s cultural heritage, to be moderated by Dr. Katharyn Hanson. We look forward to welcoming Maysoon Al-Damluji, Dr. Abdulameer Al-Hamdani, Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, and Dr. Nada Shabout for this webinar discussion.
Among the topics to be discussed by the scholars will be:
Photograph by Olivia Kuzio, Imaging Intern, MCI (Smithsonian Institution, 2019)
  • Key issues for Iraq’s cultural heritage today
  • The progression of cultural heritage research
  • The role of the international community
  • The trafficking of cultural heritage objects and artifacts
  • The preservation of modern art and historic architecture
  • Effects of the global pandemi

Dr. Katharyn Hanson (Moderator)

Dr. Katharyn Hanson is a Smithsonian Secretary's Scholar and a Cultural Heritage Preservation Scholar at the Museum Conservation Institute. She works as an archaeologist specializing in the protection of cultural heritage. Dr. Hanson received her doctorate from the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled: Considerations of Cultural Heritage: Threats to Mesopotamian Archaeological Sites. Previously she held a visiting research position with the Geospatial Technologies Team at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and MCI. She directs archaeological site preservation training at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq and serves on the Board of The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII). She has been involved in various archaeological fieldwork projects for over 25 years and has curated museum exhibits and published on damage to ancient sites in Iraq and Syria. Her research combines field archaeology, remote sensing, and cultural heritage protection methodology and policy with on-the-ground action to protect culture

Maysoon Al-Damluji

Maysoon Al-Damluji is a liberal politician who studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and practised as an architect until 2003. She served as Deputy Minister of Culture (2003- 2006) in Iraq, was a Member of the Iraqi Parliament for 3 terms (2006- 2018), and chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Culture and Media. Her main focus is cultural issues and women's rights in Iraq. Currently, she is Adviser of Culture and Reconstruction Affairs for President Barham Saleh.

Dr. Abdulameer Al-Hamdani

Dr. Abdulameer Al-Hamdani is an Anthropological Archaeologist specializing in the Near Eastern and Mesopotamian archaeology. He has a Bachelor degree in Ancient Archaeology, Baghdad University 1987, an MA in Archaeology from the Department of Anthropology of State University of New York at Stony Brook, May 2013, entitled Town, Village and Marsh Settlement in the Eridu Basin: Economic, Spatial, Political and Ritual Relationships between Settlements in the Sumerian Heartland in the Early Second Millennium BCE. He has a PhD from the Department of Anthropology-the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2015 entitled The Shadow States: The Archaeology of Power in the Marshes of Southern Mesopotamia. He has specialized in using remote sensing, GIS, and geospatial techniques in archaeology; regional archaeological survey, internal systematic survey, and landscape archaeology. Dr. Al-Hamdani has served as the Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Antiquities in Iraq, Chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Director of the Antiquities office of the Dhiqar province, Director of the Nasiriya Museum, and has led numerous excavations in Iraq.

Dr. Patty Gerstenblith

Dr. Patty Gerstenblith is a Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University and Director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law. She is founding president of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (2005-2011), an officer of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, a member of the steering committee for ABA's Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. From 2011 to 2017, she served as an appointee of President Obama as the chair of the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. Department of State, on which she had previously served as a public representative in the Clinton administration. From 1995 to 2002, she was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property. Gerstenblith received her AB from Bryn Mawr College, PhD in art history and anthropology from Harvard University, and JD from Northwestern University. Before joining the DePaul law faculty, Gerstenblith clerked for the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Dr. Nada Shabout

Nada Shabout is a Professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas. She is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA). She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, University of Florida Press, 2007; co-editor of New Vision: Arab Art in the 21st Century, Thames & Hudson, 2009; and co-editor of Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018. She is also founding director of Modern Art Iraq Archive. Notable among exhibitions she has curated: Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art, 2010; traveling exhibition, Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, 2005-2009; and co-curator, Modernism and Iraq, 2009. Major awards of her research include: Getty Foundation 2019; Writers Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation 2018; The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) fellow 2006, 2007, Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, 2008. She is currently working on a new book project, Demarcating Modernism in Iraqi Art: The Dialectics of the Decorative, 1951-1979, under contract with the American University in Cairo Press. Dr. Shabout is also on the Board of TARII.

Registration is now open!

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This webinar will be held over Zoom but space will be limited. For those who cannot join us, the discussion will be recorded and shared on the TARII Conferences page after the event.

The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE)

[First posted in AWOL 21 October 2016, updated 23 September 2020]

The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE)
The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE) is an ongoing project that makes available both textual and contextual data of book epigrams - also known as “metrical paratexts” - from medieval Greek manuscripts dating up to the fifteenth century. We define book epigrams as poems in and on books: they have as subject the very manuscript in which they are found, elaborating on its production, contents and use.

We distinguish between two kinds of textual material, namely occurrences and types. Further explanation of our definitions and working principles is to be found on the Help page. A technical guide to the use of DBBE is to be found on the Search tips and tricks page.

Open Accesss Journal: Acta Classica: Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa

[First posted in AWOL 28 December 2013, updated 23 September 2020]

Acta Classica: Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa
ISSN: 0065-1141 [print]
ISSN: 2227-538X [online]
Acta Classica (ISSN 0065-1141) publishes articles (536), notes (162), and reviews (107). The language of publication is mainly English (650), but many contributions have also been written in Afrikaans (72), German (62), French (11), Dutch (9), Latin (5), and Italian (2). 

Acta Classica is an international journal. It has published work by scholars residing in South Africa (550), the United States of America (69), the United Kingdom of Great Britain (38), Canada (38), Australia (35), Germany (26), The Netherlands (13), Rhodesia and Nyasaland / Zimbabwe / Tanzania (11), Belgium (5), New Zealand (4), Italy (4), Israel (3), Poland (2), Greece (2), France (2), and Japan (1).
The journalpublishes work in all fields of Classics, from textual criticism (37) to the Classical Tradition / Reception Studies (17). Many contributions have been made in the field of Ancient History (approximately 188), but the majority have been literary in nature (305). Further contributions have been made in the field of Ancient Philosophy (42) and Ancient Religion (14). Some interesting work has also been done in the history of Classical Scholarship -- including the work of South African Classics scholars (52) -- Lexicography (19), Epigraphy (12), Art (10),  and Archaeology (2). There have also been articles in such diverse areas of study as Research Methodology in Classics (3) and Byzantine / Medieval Studies (18).
The longest article published in the journal, written in German, runs to over fifty pages, the shortest to just five, but on average articles are in the region of thirteen to fifteen pages in length. 

Users of Endnote may want to download the Acta Classica Endnote style (ActaClassica.ens) and the compressed data files for work published in the journal (ActaClassica.enlx) in order to search for articles, notes, and reviews, using this bibliographical package.

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Open Access Journal: Anales de Filología Clásica

[First posted in AWOL 5 October 1017, updated 23 September 2020]

Anales de Filología Clásica
ISSN: 0325-1721 (impreso)
ISSN: 2362-4841 (en línea)
Anales de Filología Clásica es una revista académica con arbitraje del Instituto de Filología Clásica (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires) que se ha publicado desde 1939. Reúne contribuciones originales e inéditas (artículos y reseñas bibliográficas) acerca de variados aspectos del mundo grecolatino antiguo y medieval: lingüísticos, literarios, retóricos, filosóficos, históricos, artísticos y la proyección de los mismos en edades posteriores. Su objetivo es ofrecer un espacio de discusión e intercambio en el área de los Estudios Clásicos. A partir del número 25 (2012) se integra al portal de publicaciones de acceso abierto, libre y gratuito de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Está abierta a especialistas e investigadores/as tanto del país como del extranjero y acepta colaboraciones escritas en español, inglés, francés, italiano, portugués y alemán.
Los trabajos presentados se someten a arbitraje externo doble ciego realizado por pares expertos.
En su versión online publica dos volúmenes por año, que se reunen en un único número anual en versión impresa.
Vol. 2 Núm. 32 (2019)
Publicado: 2020-08-03


IKUWA6. Shared Heritage: Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress for Underwater Archaeology

IKUWA6. Shared Heritage: Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress for Underwater Archaeology
28 November–2 December 2016, Western Australian Maritime Museum Fremantle, Western Australia edited by Jennifer A. Rodrigues and Arianna Traviglia. Paperback; 205x290mm; 698 pages; illustrated throughout in colour. 666 2020. Available both in print and Open Access. Printed ISBN 9781784916428. Epublication ISBN 9781784916435. 
About the Editors
Jennifer Rodrigues graduated as an archaeologist in Australia before specialising her training at the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology, England, in 2000, after which she joined the Mary Rose Trust. Upon returning to Australia, she worked as a heritage consultant in Victoria and New South Wales, investigating Indigenous heritage sites, before joining the Western Australian Museum as Curator, Collections Manager then Exhibitions Project Manager over 16 years. She completed her doctorate at the University of Western Australia in 2011, and was Editor of the Australasian Journal for Maritime Archaeology from 2012 to 2015. In 2019 she joined the National Museum of Australia in Canberra as Senior Curator of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges.

Arianna Traviglia is the Coordinator of the IIT Centre for Cultural Heritage Technology (Italy). Trained as an archaeologist, her work primarily focuses on mediating the inclusion of digital technology within the study of archaeological landscapes, especially waterscapes and lagoon environments. From 2006 to 2015 she held positions as Postdoctoral Fellow in Australia at Sydney and Macquarie Universities, before re-entering European academia as recipient of a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2015. She is Co- Editor of the Journal of Computer Application in Archaeology (JCAA) and currently a member of the Management Committee of the EC COST Action Arkwork, and a PI on the H2020 NETCHER project focused on protection of endangered Cultural Heritage.

Survey of Mediterranean Survey Projects

Survey of Mediterranean Survey Projects
We are conducting a survey of Mediterranean Survey Projects, which has two main purposes:
  1. We intend to use the data gathered here as part of a review article on archaeological survey in the Mediterranean world for Journal of Archaeological Research. We see this as an excellent opportunity to compile and aggregate data about historical, recent, and ongoing survey projects, as gathered from the people who have participated in and run these projects. The goal is to collect basic information and compare research and fieldwork practices across the Mediterranean. We also want to be aware of, access, and cite as broad a range of survey work as possible. Your responses will help us do that.
  2. We also plan to integrate this data into an online database at Fieldwalker.org, which aims to provide a very simple and open spatial directory of current and past systematic survey projects across the Mediterranean, with project website and data links, enabling readers to find projects and connect quickly to data sources. Information about methods and some quantitative elements are designed to allow quick comparisons between projects, and complement the strengths of other online inventories of survey projects (like Fasti or MAGIS). This survey is a starting point. If you would like to provide more information about your project, there will be an opportunity to do that as well.
Please fill out the form linked below with information about your project. This will take about 10 minutes. Please fill out one form per project, but do not worry about duplication if another member of the team fills out a form for the same project (duplicates will be edited out).

Thank you for participating in this short survey, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
  • Alex Knodell (aknodell@carleton.edu)
  • Tom Leppard (tleppard@fsu.edu)
  • Hector Orengo (horengo@icac.cat)
  • Toby Wilkinson (tcw50@cam.ac.uk)

The Fieldwalker: Essays in archaeological survey and ancient landscapes

The Fieldwalker: Essays in archaeological survey and ancient landscapes 

Welcome to the The Fieldwalker

Here you will find articles on ancient landscapes and archaeological survey in the Mediterranean, alongside featured project pages with links to official survey websites and open data sources, plus event listings for relevant archaeological survey events.
The inaugural articles by Sabine Huy and Barbora Weissova, and Elif Koparal will introduce the reader to two survey projects from the Turkish Aegean coast. New also a thought piece from Michael Loy on the relationship between methodology and the intellectual genealogy of archaeologists…

Cornell Collections of Antiquities

Cornell Collections of Antiquities
Photograph of frieze from Cornell Collection of Antiquities
Cornell University owns several collections of antiquities – originals and reproductions – from the ancient Mediterranean. Acquired mostly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their primary purpose was to serve as hands-on material for teaching and research. Once housed in the ground floor of Goldwin Smith Hall, the University’s former Museum of Archaeology, they are now dispersed over several institutions, colleges, departments and buildings on campus. This website aims to reunite them again so that faculty, students and laypeople alike in Ithaca and beyond can discover these precious resources. So far, the collection of plaster casts, ancient coins, gems, photographs and squeezes are being documented and catalogued.

Resources for Classical Civilisation and Ancient History

Resources for Classical Civilisation and Ancient History
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ACE recently put out a call for resources on a range of Class Civ and Ancient History topics which teachers had told us they wanted support with. We’ve had a really positive response, and while not every topic has been covered, we’re delighted to share some useful content below. Many of these were pulled from the Classics Library, so huge thanks to that entire community for its ongoing support of Classics teaching, as well as @NCCHistory.
There’s still time to reach out with more resources if you have them; just email ace@kcl.ac.uk.
I’ve just moved into school teaching myself after completing my PhD at King’s. So I know how important it is to pool resources, share best practice and support each other as we work to expand Classical subjects in schools across the country. In the wider school environment, Classical subjects can sometimes be overlooked as less important than the ‘core’ subjects. But as Classics teachers, we know the huge benefits a Classical education gives students; for skills acquisition, for future prospects, and also for their own well-being and engagement. This is particularly true of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History, with their wide-ranging syllabuses.
I’m therefore proud to be a newly-minted school teacher, and proud to be continuing my work with ACE to ensure that every child gets the opportunity of a Classical education.

Dire la ville en grec aux époques antique et byzantine: Actes du colloque de Créteil, 10-11 juin 2016

Dire la ville en grec aux époques antique et byzantine: Actes du colloque de Créteil, 10-11 juin 2016
Dire la ville en grec aux époques antique et byzantine
  • Éditeur : MOM Éditions
  • Collection : Littérature & Linguistique | 1
  • Lieu d’édition : Lyon
  • Année d’édition : 2020
  • Publication sur OpenEdition Books : 23 septembre 2020
  • EAN (Édition imprimée) : 9782356680648
  • EAN électronique : 9782356681713
  • Nombre de pages : 348 p.
À partir de tous les types de textes disponibles, les actes de ce colloque international invitent à s’interroger sur les mots et les discours relatifs à la ville dans les territoires où l’on a parlé grec au cours de l’Antiquité et du Moyen Âge. L’étude du vocabulaire et du langage vise à mieux comprendre le sens des mots eux-mêmes, leur évolution dans le temps, leur variation selon les régions et la diversité de leurs usages dans des écrits de nature différente. Elle a aussi pour but d’expliciter les représentations mentales qui tout à la fois sous‑tendent l’usage de ces mots et en résultent. Comment les mots de la ville se façonnent-ils ? Comment les mots façonnent-ils la ville ?
Les articles, consacrés à un terme pris isolément, à une famille lexicale, à un champ sémantique ou à une œuvre concernant des mondes urbains réels ou fictifs, examinent la ville dans son ensemble, ses édifices, les activités conçues comme proprement urbaines, ou les personnes qui y vivent. Ils sont répartis en quatre chapitres intitulés « Des hommes et des villes », « Composantes et composition de l’espace urbain », « Nommer et classer les villes » et « Des villes dans un empire ».
Liliane Lopez‑Rabatel , Virginie Mathé et Jean‑Charles Moretti

Des hommes et des villes

Flavia Frisone et Mario Lombardo
Dire les villes des « Autres »

Les établissements des peuples non grecs de l’Occident dans l’historiographie grecque, d’Hécatée à Thucydide

Composantes et composition de l’espace urbain

Sylvie Rougier‑Blanc
Des mots pour dire la maison dans la ville

Usages poétiques et représentations de l’habitat domestique

Cécile Durvye et Jean‑Charles Moretti

De la comparaison architecturale à la métaphore spectaculaire

Dominique‑Marie Cabaret et Anca Dan
Jérusalem comme théâtre hasmonéen et hérodien

Open Access Journal: Arabian Epigraphic Notes: An Open Access Online Journal on Arabian Epigraphy

 [First posted in AWOL 4 January 2016, updated 25 September 2020]

Arabian Epigraphic Notes: An Open Access Online Journal on Arabian Epigraphy
ISSN: 2451-8875
The Arabian Peninsula contains one of the richest epigraphic landscapes in the Old World, and new texts are being discovered with every expedition to its deserts and oases. Arabian Epigraphic Notes is a forum for the publication of these epigraphic finds, and for the discussion of relevant historical and linguistic issues. The Arabian Peninsula is broadly defined as including the landmass between the Red Sea and the Arabo-Persian gulf, and stretching northward into the Syrian Desert, Jordan, and adjacent cultural areas. In order to keep up with the rapid pace of discoveries, our online format will provide authors the ability to publish immediately following peer-review, and will make available for download high resolution, color photographs. The open-access format will ensure as wide a readership as possible.
AEN invites original articles and short communications dealing with the Ancient South Arabian, Ancient North Arabian, Nabataean (and Aramaic in general), Arabic, and Greek epigraphy from the Arabian Peninsula, but also from other areas so long as the link to Arabia and its cultures is clear. The language of the Journal is English. Review articles will also be considered.
Arabian Epigraphic Notes is essential reading for all interested in the languages and scripts of the ancient Near East, and of interest to students of Northwest Semitic epigraphy, Cuneiform studies, Egyptology, and classical antiquity. We hope that the journal will contribute to our understanding of the languages and cultures of Arabia, from their earliest attestations until the contemporary period. It is hoped that the journal’s accessibility will further help integrate the epigraphy and languages of ancient Arabia into the broader field of Semitic Philology.


Politics of Value: New Approaches to Early Money and the State

Politics of Value: New Approaches to Early Money and the State
Elon D. Heymans , Marleen K. Termeer (Hrsg.)
 Panel 5.11 Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World – Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Cologne/Bonn 2018
 Politics of Value: New Approaches to Early Money and the State 
Als eine der beständigsten Ikonen des Wirtschaftslebens war Geld von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart ein gemeinsames Merkmal und ein zentraler Fokuspunkt in komplexen Gesellschaften. Im Laufe des ersten Jahrtausends v. Chr. gewann es als wesentliches Merkmal der Volkswirtschaften des Mittelmeerraums an Gewicht, meist in Form von Münzen. Aber Geld ist mehr als nur eine Münze, und seine Bedeutung ist nicht nur im engeren Feld der "Wirtschaft" allgegenwärtig.
Im antiken Mittelmeerraum waren Geld und sein Bedeutungsgewinn überwiegend mit dem Staat assoziiert. Aber kann Geld nur unter staatlicher Autorität entstehen? Der vorliegende Band hinterfragt den vermuteten Zusammenhang zwischen der Verbreitung früher Geldformen und dem Staat und macht auf verschiedene Möglichkeiten aufmerksam, wie Geld als Innovation verankert und gesellschaftlich eingebettet werden konnte.
Dieses Werk ist unter der
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ISBN 978-3-948465-02-5 (PDF)
ISBN 978-3-948465-03-2 (Softcover)
Veröffentlicht am 24.09.2020.

Martin Bentz, Michael Heinzelmann
Elon D. Heymans, Marleen K. Termeer
Rethinking Early Money and the State
Nicholas Borek
More than Just Coins: A Metrological Approach to Studying Coin Hoards from the Western Mediterranean c.550−480 BC
David Wigg-Wolf
The Adoption of Coinage by Non-State Societies
Two Case Studies from Iron-Age Northern Europe
Andreas M. Murgan
Between Lumps and Coins
Italy in the First Millennium BC
Merav Haklai
How Money Defined the Romans
Nicola Terrenato

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq
TARII was established in 1989 to promote scholarly research on and in Iraq and ancient Mesopotamia. The Institute, a consortium of American universities and museums, intends to establish a multidisciplinary American scholarly research center in Iraq when conditions permit. TARII raises funds for graduate and post-graduate fellowships for Americans to work on Iraq in as broad a range of disciplines as possible. It also has a fellowship program for Iraqi academics to aid them in carrying out research in Iraq. TARII initiates its own research projects and fosters joint projects between American and Iraqi academics. Like similar American overseas research centers, TARII has as its primary focus the humanities and social sciences, as well as closely related natural sciences, but it will facilitate outstanding research in any legitimate academic field. 
TARII was formerly the American Association for Research in Baghdad (AARB) and The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII). For security reasons, TAARII has operated as The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) since 2017. 

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TARII Newsletter
The TARII Newsletter was printed and published from 2006–2014 and copies of each of these newsletters is available below. The format of the newsletter has now changed to a digital publication. If you are a member, you will automatically be enrolled to receive these updates in your inbox.

If you would like to contribute to our newsletter, please see our TAARII Newsletter Guidelines. For additional questions, please email JohnsonK@tarii.org.


  • TAARII Thanks Founder and President for His Service
  • President’s Report (P. Wien)
  • Executive Director’s Report (B. Kangas)
  • TAARII’s New Officers
  • 2014 U.S. Fellowship Recipients
  • Samuel Dolbee, “Locusts, Arsenic, and Old Ways: Environment and Technology in the Modern Middle East”
  • Liliana Carrizo, “Exiled Nostalgia”
  • Shamiran Mako & Denis J. Sullivan, “The State of Higher Education in Iraq: Lessons from Eight Iraqi Fulbright Scholars”
  • Abdulameer al-Hamdani, “Kingdom of Reeds: The Archaeological Heritage of Southern Iraqi Marshes”
  • Summary of New Research: “Moment Invariants-based Features Extraction for Classification of Syriac Alphabet Language” by Abdul Monem S. Rahma, Basima Z. Yacob, and Danny T. Baito
  • TAARII Receptions at ASOR and MESA Annual Meetings


  • TAARII Launches Blog to Promote Mesopotamian and Iraqi Studies
  • Katharyn Hanson, “TAARII Sponsors Session Honoring Dr. Behnam Nassir Abu al-Soof at the World Archaeology Congress in Jordan”
  • Nazar P. Shabila, “Exploring Iraqi Women’s Viewpoints and Experiences of Maternity Services using Q-Methodology”
  • Jean Evans, “Early Dynastic Sculpture as Object Biography: The Lives of Sumerian Sculpture”
  • Hilary Falb, “Iraqi Archival Sources in Israel”
  • Carrie Hritz, “Cities on the Margins: Using Satellite Remote Sensing to Investigate a Sumerian City-State”
  • Book Reviews: Achim Rohde, “Review Essay: Writing the History of Ba‘thist Iraq; Kevin Woods et al.’s The Saddam Tapes and Joseph Sassoon’s Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party;” Anne Alexander, “Johan Franzen’s Red Star over Iraq”
  • David Hirsch, “UCLA Librarian Visits Iraq to Conduct Library Service Training”
  • TAARII and the Iraqi Cultural Center Hold Conference on Baghdad
  • TAARII at MESA in New Orleans
  • TAARII Awards Best Dissertations on Ancient and Medieval/Modern Iraq
  • Lorna Middlebrough, “Leveraging Scholarship Programs to Build Relationships in Iraq”
  • Jessica S. Johnson & Brian Michael Lione, “The Iraq Institute: Educating a New Generation of Heritage Professionals”
  • Book Review: Peter Wien, “Stacy E. Holden’s A Documentary History of Modern Iraq”
  • Amir Moosavi, “Literary Legacies of the Iran-Iraq War in Arabic and Persian Fiction”
  • Stefan Winter, “Conference Report: ‘Kurds and Kurdistan in [the] Ottoman Period’ at Salahaddin University, Erbi, 16-18 April 2013”
  • Falih Hasan Fezea, “Discalced Friars: Secular Perfume of Modernity – The Cultural Role of Carmelites in Modern Iraq”
  • TAARII Receptions: MESA & ASOR


  • Modern Art in Iraq (B. Kangas)
  • Niralee Shah, Iman Lipumba, Laura Villafranco, Aseel Abulhab, and Javier Mariscal, “Iraq’s Artistic Heritage: From Haifa Street to the Berkshire Mountains”
  • President’s Report (M. Gibson)
  • “Excavator of the Assyrian Queens’ Tombs Tours U.S.” (M. Gibson)
  • Lucine Taminian, “TAARII Presented at Oral History Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey”
  • Orit Baskin, “Gender and Citizenship in Modern Iraq”
  • Alda Benjamin, “Research at the Iraqi National Library and Archives”
  • A. Hadi Al Khalili, “A Great Man in a Great Land”
  • Abdulamir Hamdani, “Excavation at Tell Sakhariya in Dhiqar Province in Southern Iraq”
  • Jason Ur, “The Present and Future of Archaeology in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq”
  • TAARII and the Iraqi Cultural Center Co-host Events (B. Kangas)
  • Executive Director’s Report (B. Kangas)
  • TAARII-Sponsored Lecture (M. Gibson)
  • TAARII Helps Prepare Guide for Collecting Life Stories in Conflict Settings (B. Kangas)
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Behnam Nassir Abu al-Soof (M. Gibson)
  • Faris Nadhmi, “The Case of Iraqi Christians”
  • Book Reviews: Orit Baskin, “Noga Efrati’s Women in Iraq;” Joseph Sassoon, “Bassam Yousif’s Human Development in Iraq;” Magnus Berhardsson, “Ida Donges Staudt’s Living in Romantic Baghdad”
  • Jim Miller, “An Effort to Help Preserve Iraq’s Intellectual Capital”
  • Matt Saba, “The Architectural Ornament of Samarra Revisited”
  • Johann Bayer, “Resituating Islamists”
  • Benjamin Isakhan, “Recording Heritage Destruction in Iraq”


  • Archaeological Meeting in Philadelphia (M. Gibson)
  • In Memory of Dr. Donny George Youkhana
  • Joseph Sassoon, “The Ba’th Party and Political Education in Iraq”
  • Pedro Azara, “The Baghdad Civic Center Project (1960–1964)” (Unsoliticited)
  • Bridget L. Guarasci, “Iraq in Context: Environment, Technology, and Humanitarianism in the Post-2003 Field” (AAA meeting panel report)
  • Alda Benjamin, “Assyrians in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains: Grass-Root Organizations and Inter-Communal Conflict” (Unsolicited)
  • Dr. Mudhafar A. Amin, “Book Review: H. C. Von Sponeck’s A Different Kind of War: The U.N. Sanctions Regime in Iraq”
  • Dr. Mudhafar A. Amin, “Reflections on Invisible War” (Joy Gordon’s book)
  • President’s Report (M. Gibson)
  • Elizabeth C. Stone and Paul Zimansky, “A July Journey to the Environs of Ur”
  • Nada Shabout, “In Memoriam: Mohammed Ghani Hikmat”
  • Executive Director’s Report (B. Kangas)
  • Susan MacDougall, “Marriage as Migration: Iraqi-Jordanian Marriages and Amman’s Refugee Community”
  • Arbella Bet-Shlimon, “Provincial Histories of Twentieth-Century Iraq: Reflections on the Research Process”
  • Joshua Jeffers, “Tiglath-Pileser I: A King who Lit up the ‘Dark Age’ of the Late Second Millenium B.C.”
  • Iraq under the Sanctions: Economic, Political, Social, and Cultural Effects
  • Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, “Iraqi Student Project: Progress Report”


  • Donny George, “The Iraqi Constitution of 2006 and the Iraqi Law of Antiquities: Are They Honored and Respected in Iraq Now?” (TAARII-sponsored MESA session)
  • McGuire Gibson, “Iraqi Archaeological Reports Project”
  • Mudhafar Amin, “The Effect of King Faisal’s Early Death on the Position of the Monarchy and the Political System”
  • Dina Rizk Khoury, “War and Its Soldiers”
  • Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, “Iraqi Student Project”
  • Magnus T. Bernhardsson, “Uncovering the ‘Other’ Iraq” (Book review of Orit Bashkin’s The Other Iraq)
  • Peter Wien, “History of Iraq” (Book review of Adeed Dawisha’s Iraq)
  • TAARII Proposal Writing Workshop (S. Platz)
  • Benjamin Isakhan, “Destroying the Symbols of Baathist Iraq”
  • Philip Marfleet and Dawn Chatty, “Iraq’s Displaced — Beyond Tolerance”
  • Rochelle Davis and Omar Shakir, “Cultural Competence and Iraqi Perceptions of U.S. Troops in Iraq”
  • Kamala Russell and Atoor Lawandow, “Transcribing an Unwritten Language: Iraqi-Arabic”
  • Oral History Project: “The Relationship between Intermarriage and National Identity: Preliminary Reflections on TAARII’s Iraqi Oral History Project” (L. Taminian)
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)


  • Magnus T. Bernhardsson, “Rethinking the 1958 Revolution: TAARII Workshop at Williams College”
  • Abbas Kadhim, “The State of Iraqi Higher Education” (TAARII Panel at Rutgers)
  • Michaelle Browers, “Between Najaf and Jabal ‘Amil: A Portrait of Three Generations of Shi’i Intellectuals”
  • Ruth Berry, “Review: ‘The Defense of Inhumanity: Air Control and the Culture of British Intelligence-Gathering in Iraq’” (Review of Priya Satia’s talk at the University of Chicago)
  • Orit Bashkin, “Agents, Britons, Iraq, and Arabia, Review: Priya Satia, Spies in Arabia (2008)”
  • McGuire Gibson, “TAARII Library Growing”
  • Mina Marefat, “Baghdad Architecture, 1920–1950” (Review of Caecillia Pieri’s book)
  • Daniel Martin Varisco, “The Making of Modern Iraq” (TAARII-sponsored workshop at HOFSTRA University)
  • Joseph Sassoon, “The Implications of the Displacement of Iraq’s Population after the 2003 Invasion”
  • Eric Davis, Andrew Spath, Brian Humphreys, and Maroun Soueid, “Simulating the Iraqi Parliament: Benefits of a Non-traditional Approach to Teaching Iraqi Political Development”
  • Peter Wien, “Workshop on ‘Memories of Iraq’”
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)


  • Carrie Hritz, “Remote Sensing of Cultural Heritage in Iraq: A Case Study of Isin”
  • James Armstrong, “The Babylonian Ceramic Tradition: The Second Millenium B.C.”
  • Eric Davis, “Reflections on Religion and Politics in Post-Ba’thist Iraq”
  • Jeff Spurr, “Dr. Saad Eskander Visits North America, November 2007”
  • Rasha Salti, “The Independent Film and Television College in Baghdad”
  • Dina Khoury, “Writing the Oral History of Modern Iraq”
  • Enemy Kitchen Recipe: Kubba Bamia
  • Update: U.S.-Iraqi Collaborative Archaeological Project
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)
  • Resident Director’s Report (L. Taminian)
  • Denise Natali, “Differentiated Regional Development in Iraq”
  • Mina Marefat, “From Bauhaus to Baghdad”
  • Adeed Dawisha, “The Rigidity of the Political Structure as an Explanation for the Fall of Iraq’s Monarchy”
  • Kathryn Hanson, “Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past”
  • Lucine Taminian, “Social Sciences in Iraq”
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)


  • Sinan Antoon, “On Underexposure by ‘Uday Rashid”
  • Eric Davis, “The Formation of Political Identities in Ethnically Divided Societies: Implications for a Democratic Transition in Iraq”
  • Maysa H. Jaber, “Obituary: Dr. Alharith Abdulhameed Hassan”
  • Bridget Guarasci, “Reflections of Democracy: Humanitarianism, Statecraft, and the Iraqi Marshes”
  • Mina Marefat & Caecilia Pieri, “Remembering 1950s Baghdad”
  • Dr. Alharith (summary of his report), “The Prevalence of Drug Abuse in Baghdad City”
  • Taminian, Lucine, “The Psychological, Educational, and Social Impact of Violence and Terrorist Acts on Children in Iraq: A Review of Recent Work by Iraqi Researchers”
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)
  • President’s Report (M. Gibson)
  • Mina Marefat, “1950s Baghdad — Modern and International”
  • Haytham Bahoora, “Cultivating the Nation-Space: Modernism and Nation Building in Iraq, 1950–1963”
  • Sara Pursley, “(Re)-forming Intimacy in Revolutionary Iraq: A Social History of the Personal Status Law of 1959”
  • TAARII’s Oral History Project (L. Taminian)
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)
  • President’s Report (M. Gibson)


  • President’s Report (M. Gibson)
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)
  • Resident Director’s Report (H. Fattah)
  • Nada Shabout, “Recovering Iraq’s Modern Heritage: Constructing and Digitally Documenting the Collection of the Former Saddam Center for the Arts”
  • Dr. Ismail Jalili, “Iraqi Academics and Doctors: Innocent Victims of a Wider Geographical Struggle”
  • Mark Tessler, “Continuity and Change in Iraqi Political Attitudes”
  • Executive Director’s Report (S. Platz)

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Open Access Journal: Monuments et mémoires de la Fondation Eugène Piot

[First posted in AWOL 26 July 2014, updated 26 September 2020]

Monuments et mémoires de la Fondation Eugène Piot
ISSN: 1148-6023
eISSN - 2260-815X
Eugène Piot (1812-1890), esthète et archéologue, qui voulait contribuer au développement de la recherche et du goût dans le vaste domaine de l’art depuis le temps des anciennes cultures de l’Orient jusqu’à la Renaissance, légua sa fortune à l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. La Compagnie du quai de Conti décida alors de publier, grâce aux revenus de la Fondation Piot, des Monuments et Mémoires consacrés aux études d’art et d’archéologie, collection très richement illustrée dont le premier volume parut en 1894.














Open Access Journal: Archeologie Sperimentali

Archeologie Sperimentali
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Archeologie Sperimentali è una rivista scientifica digitale edita dall'Università di Torino e pubblicata con cadenza annuale. Nasce con l'intento di colmare il vuoto editoriale che caratterizza l'Archeologia Sperimentale italiana che, pur essendo riconosciuta come un valido strumento di conoscenza, non ha un luogo dedicato al dialogo tra l'archeologia, le scienze e la sperimentazione.

La rivista si rivolge alla comunità scientifica internazionale per accogliere contributi innovativi ed originali che approfondiscono la conoscenza delle culture antiche attraverso l'utilizzo dei metodi sperimentali. In particolare, l'attenzione è rivolta alle esperienze che operano nel campo dell'Archeologia Sperimentale, dell'Archeologia della Produzione, della Storia delle Tecnologie, dell'Artigianato Storico e dell'Esperienzialità.

L'obiettivo è quello di diffondere l'adozione di approcci pratici, sperimentali e multidisciplinari allo studio del dato archeologico, promuovendo la ripresa del dibattito sui significati e sui metodi dell'Archeologia Sperimentale e creando un luogo di incontro tra ricercatori che operano all'interno di questo ambito. Archeologie Sperimentali aderisce alla "Dichiarazione di Berlino" promuovendo la diffusione online gratuita dei dati e favorendo la comunicazione ed il dibattito scientifico; il progetto riconosce al lettore il diritto di accedere liberamente e gratuitamente ai risultati della ricerca scientifica.
N. 1 (2020)

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Open Access Journal: Revista Internacional de Derecho Romano

[First posted in AWOL 24 September 2010. Updated 26 September 2020 2018]

Revista Internacional de Derecho Romano
ISSN: 1989-1970

The International Review of Roman Law, created under the auspices of the Ibero-American Association of Roman Law and of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, is focused on accepting research within the ambit of the Roman Law, Romanistic Tradition and Historical-Juridical Sciences, and difussing its results. The aim of Ridrom is to overcome all geographical frontiers and it is open to all like-minded individuals and institutions. The review also covers the activities of the Ibero-American Association, along with any news or information that may be of interest to the Romanistic community.

The RIDROM aspires to become a reference publication within its field. In order to achieve this, the rigour and quality of all contributions will be guaranteed through an evaluation by researchers of accredited claim and prestige.


RIDROM is a periodic scientific publication in electronic format (HTML format). It doesn't have printed edition, although the published articles will also be conserved in paper support.


RIDROM is a biannual publication. Editions will be published in the months of April and October respectively.


RIDROM will be published in Spanish and English. Nevertheless, it is possible for articles to be published in any other language of considerable scientific diffusion (German, French, Italian, Portuguese). That said, the translation of the article into English, on the part of the author, inevitably facilitates its diffusion and impact considerably.


RIDROM is divided up into four main sections: summaries, news, view of reviews and links. Under "Summaries", information on the articles of each edition will be given, along with the corresponding abstracts, and shall be divided by articles /file. In the "News" section, forthcoming events, meetings, congresses, seminars, courses, publications, etc., will be detailed. "View of reviews" section will detail information regarding other magazines. Finally, under "Links", we shall provide information on other interesting resources available on-line.

Open Access Journal: Bulletin of the British Foundation For the Study of Arabia

[First posted in AWOL 1 November 2009. Updated 26 September 2020 (at a new domain)]

Bulletin of the British Foundation For the Study of Arabia
ISSN: 1361-9144
ISSN: 2050-2036
The BFSA publishes an annual bulletin (formerly the Bulletin of the Society for Arabian Studies) in the spring giving information on current research, publications, field work, conferences and events in the Arabian peninsula in fields ranging from archaeology and history to natural history and the environment. It also carries feature articles and book reviews.

Submissions for short notices of ongoing or forthcoming research are welcome, as is information on interesting conferences, exhibitions and events relating to the study of the Arabian Peninsula.
Notices are intended to raise awareness of the range and scope of current research in the Arabian Peninsula. They should be short abstracts or summaries, between 300- 700 words, followed by bibliographic references to recent publications and links to relevant department or project websites. Photographs would be welcome, too, and should be at least 300 dpi; please indicate the copyright in each case. Research notices published by the Bulletin constitute an excellent means to raise the profile of your research amongst peers and provides a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Email your contribution to current_research@thebfsa.org.
Current and back issues can be purchased at the Seminar for Arabian Studies in July each year or from the BFSA (contact@thebfsa.org). Printed back-copies of the Bulletin are £5.00 each. Previous issues may also be downloaded free of charge in pdf format by clicking on the cover images below.

Bulletin 2018

Bulletin of the BFSA 18, 2013
Bulletin 2011
Bulletin 2010

Datenbank Prosopographia Aegypti

Datenbank Prosopographia Aegypti
Prosopographia Aegypti von Jochen Hallof (1998) ( = H. Ranke, Die ägyptischen Personennamen (1935-1952)) sowie Addenda et Corrigenda von M. Thirion dazu nach dem Index von B. Backes und G. Dresbach (2007), vorbereitet von Erhart Graefe 2020
Für die Anzeige von Hieroglyphen wird das OpenAccess Programm JSesh 7.4.2 benutzt. Es muss vom Nutzer selbst installiert und von Fall zu Fall aufgerufen werden:
JSesh is a free hieroglyph editor, written by S. Rosmorduc (Download)
Die Datenbank ist eine MYSQL-Datenbank, die durch ein System von PHP-Skripten bequem zugänglich gemacht wird. Die Daten beruhen auf einem Projekt von J. Hallof (siehe Hallof, J., Das Projekt Prosopographia Aegypti, in OLA 82, Leuven 1998, 523-531), dessen Daten er freundlicherweise an EG weitergegeben hat. Quelle des Index: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/bmsaes/issue_8/backesdresbach.aspx.
Allen drei Autoren danke ich für ihr Einverständnis, ihre Daten weiterzuverarbeiten.  

Open Access Journal: L’Année épigraphique

[First posted in AWOL 26 September 2018, updated 28 September 2020]

L’Année épigraphique
ISSN: 0066-2348
ISSN en ligne: 2492-0509 
L’Année épigraphique (citée AE) est une publication annuelle qui fournit une analyse critique des inscriptions grecques et latines et des études fondées sur l’épigraphie relatives à l’Antiquité romaine, publiées au cours de l’année de référence de la publication. Ces inscriptions (développées et restituées) et ces études y sont présentées sous une forme ordonnée (selon la géographie administrative de l’empire romain) et sont assorties d’indices hiérarchisés. Ainsi AE 2011 a été imprimée en août 2014 et AE 2012 en août 2015. AE 2013 est en préparation. 

L’Année épigraphique est un instrument de travail mis à la disposition de la communauté scientifique internationale depuis plus d’un siècle. Fondée en effet en 1888 par René Cagnat et dirigée depuis février 1992 par Mireille Corbier, L’Année épigraphique est rédigée et mise au point par une équipe internationale de chercheurs, philologues et historiens, recrutés pour leurs compétences et pour la complémentarité de leurs spécialisations, qui produisent un ouvrage original, dans lequel ils investissent un savoir accumulé en épigraphie et en histoire des sociétés anciennes (voir le site www.anneeepigraphique.msh-paris.fr). 

Depuis AE 1991 (publiée en 1994) L’Année épigraphique fait une plus large place que par le passé aux inscriptions grecques relatives au monde romain (dont elle propose pour les plus longues d’entre elles une traduction), aux inscriptions chrétiennes et aux inscriptions liées à la vie quotidienne (graffiti, textes sur instrumentum). L'indexation des données, réalisée par les rédacteurs des notices, facilite leur identification et leur utilisation. 

Le volume annuel, imprimé et diffusé par les PUF, propriétaires de l’entière collection, est vendu par abonnement ou à l’unité. Des versions numériques sont proposées sur les plateformes JSTOR et CAIRN.INFO. 

Les numéros récents de cette revue sont en accès conditionnels
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