Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain

The Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain
by Vivien Swan
Vivien Swan book cover
Published in 1984 and long out-of-print, The Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain (HMSO, London) by Vivien Swan is a remarkable achievement, marking out Britain as the single province for which such a detailed record of kilns and pottery production exists. Even more remarkable is that this resource is the work not of a team of researchers, but a single individual. Those who knew Vivien personally will not be surprised at this achievement, for her methodical and enthusiastic approach to the study of Roman pottery has been a model to many young scholars and resulted in a series of ground breaking articles, most recently using pottery to identify the ethnicity of the potters, particularly in the military context.
Vivien always wished that the gazetteer of The Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain could be made more widely available. Originally printed on microfiche, a limited run of hard copies was produced by Oxbow books but, like the book itself, was out-of- print. In recent years the importance of updating this gazetteer had also become clear, but her untimely death meant that Vivien could not undertake this task.
To honour the achievements of Vivien, the Study Group for Roman Pottery has initiated this project to digitise Vivien’s gazetteer with the aim of enhancing this data. It represents a large project for the Study Group and is being undertaken in stages. Stage one, the scanning and digitisation of the microfiche gazetteer and its mapping, is now completed. This involved the laborious task of copy-editing the digitised output against the original microfiche with some changes to accommodate the digital format.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Les papyrus de la mer Rouge I. Le journal de Merer: Papyrus Jarf A et B: English and Arabic Translation

Pierre Tallet
Les papyrus de la mer Rouge I. Le journal de Merer: Papyrus Jarf A et B
Vignette
IF1150, ISBN 9782724707069
2017
Collection: MIFAO 136
1 vol., 192 p., 37 € (529 EGP)


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Le site du Ouadi el-Jarf, fouillé depuis 2011, est un port sur la mer Rouge qui a été utilisé au début de la IVe dynastie pour se rendre par voie maritime aux mines de turquoises et de cuivre du sud-ouest de la péninsule du Sinaï. Lors de la campagne de 2013, un important lot de papyrus daté de la fin du règne de Chéops a été mis au jour à l’entrée de l’une des galeries-magasins qui sont l’un des traits caractéristiques du site. Ces documents sont à ce jour les plus anciens papyrus hiératiques jamais découverts. Ils constituent les archives d’une équipe de marins et se subdivisent en deux grandes catégories : des comptabilités enregistrant des livraisons de différents produits, et des journaux de bord qui couvrent plusieurs mois d’activité de cette équipe. Ces derniers décrivent des missions effectuées sous la direction de l’inspecteur Merer, et concernent pour l’essentiel le transport par voie fluviale de blocs de calcaire des carrières de Toura vers le chantier de la grande pyramide de Chéops, alors en construction sur l’autre rive du Nil. Cet ouvrage est la publication des deux journaux de bord les mieux préservés de ce lot.

The Wadi el-Jarf site, excavated since 2011, is an harbour on the Red Sea shore that was used at the beginning of the IVth dynasty to reach the copper and turquoise mines of the south-western part of Sinai Peninsula. During the 2013 archaeological campaign, hundreds of fragments of papyrus from the end of Khufu’s reign were collected at the entrance of one of the storage galleries that are one of the most remarkable features of the site. This is at the moment the oldest papyrus archive ever found in Egypt. It is related to a team of sailors and mainly includes two categories of documents: accounts of commodities delivered to the workers, and logbooks registering their daily activities over several months. Those last documents record missions led under the direction of the inspector Merer that are related to the transport of limestone blocks from the quarries of Tura to the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, then under construction on the opposite bank of the Nile. This book is the publication of the two best preserved logs of this archive. 

Vous pouvez consulter les annexes en anglais et en arabe

Perseus under PhiloLogic

[First posted in AWOL 28 July 2009. Updated 24 April 2017]

Perseus under PhiloLogic 
The Perseus Project at Tufts University is the foremost Digital Library for the classical world, if not for the Humanities in general. In its collection of Greek and Roman materials, readers will find many of the canonical texts read today. The Greek collection approaches 8 million words and the Latin collection currently has 5.5 million. In addition, many English language dictionaries, other reference works, translations, and commentaries are included, so that anyone with an internet connection has access to the equivalent of a respectable College Classics library. The Perseus site is further enriched by intricate linking mechanisms among texts (resulting in more than 30 million links).  

You will here find the same texts, but the mechanism for browsing and searching the text is a different one. It is PhiloLogic, a system that was especially developed for large textual databases by the ARTFL project at the University of Chicago.

You can help us improve this site: If you encounter a problem, please use the Report a Problem link that you will find on the Results pages. In addition, we hope you will select the correct parses when you use the parse window. You will see your selection turn yellow; it will also be stored in the database. The User Manual gives a general introduction to searching under Philologic. This particular collection has its own special features, however. For a few quick hints to get you started, check out the Info and Help section on the full search forms. More discussion and background, with links to paper abstracts, presentations, etcetera, can be found on the About this resource page.

RINAP: The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period

[First posted in AWOL 16 July 2011. Most recently updated  24 April 2017] 

The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period
Esarhaddon Text 98

Numerous royally commissioned texts were composed between 744 BC and 609 BC, a period during which Assyria became the dominant power in southwestern Asia. Eight hundred and fifty to nine hundred such inscriptions are known today. The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP) Project, under the direction of Professor Grant Frame of the University of Pennsylvania, will publish in print and online all of the known royal inscriptions that were composed during the reigns of the Assyrian kings Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC), Shalmaneser V (726-722 BC), Sargon II (721-705 BC), Sennacherib (704-681 BC), Esarhaddon (680-669 BC), Ashurbanipal (668-ca. 631 BC), Aššur-etel-ilāni (ca. 631-627/626 BC), Sîn-šumu-līšir (627/626 BC), Sîn-šarra-iškun (627/626-612 BC), and Aššur-uballiṭ II (611-609 BC), rulers whose deeds were also recorded in the Bible and in some classical sources. The individual texts range from short one-line labels to lengthy, detailed inscriptions with over 1200 lines (4000 words) of text.
These Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions (744-609 BC) represent only a small, but important part of the vast Neo-Assyrian text corpus. They are written in the Standard Babylonian dialect of Akkadian and provide valuable insight into royal exploits, both on the battlefield and at home, royal ideology, and Assyrian religion. Most of our understanding of the political history of Assyria, and to some extent of Babylonia, comes from these sources. Because this large corpus of texts has not previously been published in one place, the RINAP Project will provide up-to-date editions (with English translations) of Assyrian royal inscriptions from the reign of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC) to the reign of Aššur-uballiṭ II (611-609 BC) in seven print volumes and online, in a fully lemmatized and indexed format. The aim of the project is to make this vast text corpus easily accessible to scholars, students, and the general public. RINAP Online will allow those interested in Assyrian culture, history, language, religion, and texts to efficiently search Akkadian and Sumerian words appearing in the inscriptions and English words used in the translations. Project data will be fully integrated into the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) and the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc).
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the RINAP Project research grants in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2015 to help carry out its work. The publications of the RINAP Project are modeled on those of the now-defunct Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia (RIM) Project and carry on where its Assyrian Periods sub-series (RIMA) ended.

    Open Access Journal: Newsletter Archeologia CISA

    [First posted in AWOL 23 July 2015, updated 24 April 2017]

    Newsletter Archeologia CISA
    ISSN: 2036-6353
    Newsletter Archeologia CISA 2015 edition









    La Newsletter Archeologia è una rivista online ideata con lo scopo di presentare anno per anno le attività più significative della tradizione di studi archeologici della nostra Università, dall’ Africa (Libia, Egitto, Etiopia), all’Arabia (Yemen e Arabia Saudita), dal Mediterraneo (Grecia, Italia – Campania, Molise, Puglia) alla Cina (Henan, Xinijang) passando per l’Asia Media e Centrale (Iran, Uzbekistan). Di frequente gli articoli assumono un carattere interdisciplinare ed includono ricerche in archeologia (survey e scavi), paleoetnobotanica, palinologia, archeozoologia, geologia, geomorfologia, geoarcheologia, etnoarcheologia e etnostoria così come analisi cartografiche, GIS e telerilevamento. Lo scopo è quello di fornire una breve sintesi sui problemi affrontati ed i risultati finora raggiunti.
    Il Centro Interdipartimentale di Servizi per l’Archeologia (CISA) fu fondato nel 1992 presso l’Università degli Studi di Napoli "L’Orientale" (precedentemente Istituto Universitario Orientale, di Napoli) per fornire agli archeologi dell’Università diverse facilitazioni e strumenti di ricerca, come una cartografia archeologica computerizzata multimediale, database e sistemi di classificazione e registrazione dei ritrovamenti archeologici. La ricerca archeologica presso l’UNO è condotta da specialisti del Dipartimento di Studi Classici, di Studi Asiatici e di Studi e Ricerche su Africa e Paesi Arabi che lavorano in collaborazione con altri centri accademici e scientifici italiani, europei, orientali ed africani.

    The British Institute for the Study of Iraq Lectures Online

    The British Institute for the Study of Iraq Lectures Online
    Wed, 22 Feb 2017
    The British Academy
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    Wed, 16 Nov 2016
    The British Academy
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    The archaeologist Professor Wathiq Ismail al-Salihi explores the site of Hatra: an Arab Kingdom in Roman Times
    Wed, 15 Jun 2016
    The British Academy
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    Ethnomusicologist Rolf Killius examines the traditional music of Iraq from the Rifi singers to the masters of the oud
    Wed, 24 Feb 2016
    The British Academy
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    The Ur Project - digitising Sir Leonard Woolley's excavations (1922-1934) at the ancient city of Ur
    Wed, 16 Dec 2015
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    Dr Géraldine Chatelard on the Marshlands and the archaeological sites of Eridu, Ur and Uruk
    Wed, 18 Nov 2015
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    Professor Helen Berry explores the paradoxes and contradictions of Gertrude Bell’s life from the perspective of women’s history
    Thu, 11 Jun 2015
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    Professor Emilie Savage-Smith looks at the surgeons and physicians of medieval Iraq
    Thu, 26 Feb 2015
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    Ikon Director Jonathan Watkins gave an illustrated talk for BISI about his experiences as curator of the Iraqi Pavilion for the 2013
    Aerial view of excavation and archaeologists
    Thu, 20 Nov 2014
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    Dr Jane Moon talks about the excavations at the old Babylonian settlement at Tell Khaiber


    Thu, 19 Jun 2014
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    Dr Nelida Fuccaro discusses oil lives and cultures in Iraq before the 1958 Revolution
    Thu, 27 Feb 2014
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    Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen & Dr Rosalind Wade Haddon on the small finds from the Herzfeld excavations at Samarra
    Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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    A lecture by the Directors of the Iraq and Basrah Museums
    Fri, 13 Sep 2013
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    Gertrude Bell and Iraq – A Life and Legacy Conference - Gertrude Bell & Iraqi Heritage
    Fri, 13 Sep 2013
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    Gertrude Bell and Iraq - A Life and Legacy Conference - Gertrude Bell & Archaeology
    Fri, 13 Sep 2013
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    Gertrude Bell and Iraq - A Life and Legacy Conference - Gertrude Bell - A Woman in a Man's World
    Thu, 12 Sep 2013
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    Gertrude Bell and Iraq - A Life and Legacy Conference - Gertrude Bell & the Making of Iraq
    Thu, 12 Sep 2013
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    Gertrude Bell and Iraq - A Life and Legacy Conference - Gertrude Bell & the Making of Iraq
    Thu, 12 Sep 2013
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    Gertrude Bell and Iraq - A Life and Legacy Conference - Gertrude Bell & the Ottoman Empire

    Wed, 11 Sep 2013
    The Royal Society...
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    A panel discussion on British-Iraqi relations as part of the Gertrude Bell Conference
    Thu, 20 Jun 2013
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    The film-maker and travel-writer Mike Laird on the mudhifs of southern Iraq
    Thu, 30 May 2013
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    Ivories from Nimrud (1949-1963) VII
    Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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    The archaeologist Dr Joan Oates on excavating in Northern Iraq with the Mallowans
    Thu, 22 Nov 2012
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    Dr Ali A. Allawi on the evolution of Iraq's identity as a modern state and the role of archaeology in this process
    Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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    David Michelmore on research, conservation and interpretation of Erbil Citadel
    Thu, 27 Sep 2012
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    Robert Irwin on the literary and scientific life of Mediaeval Basra

    ROBERTIN-database

    ROBERTIN-database 
    ROBERTIN-database ist ein Projekt der Fachrichtung Klassische Archäologie der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg und INMEDIAK e.V. 

     Die Bilddatenbank erschließt die Originalsammlung des Archäologischen Museums der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, bestehend aus Keramik und Kleinkunst der antiken Kulturen Griechenlands, Roms und Ägyptens. 

    Nur ein kleiner Teil davon war bisher publiziert, die vorhandenen Inventare sind in vielen Punkten überholt. Die notwendige Neuaufnahme der Bestände in Form einer Bilddatenbank eröffnete die Möglichkeit, diesen Katalog auch über das Internet zugänglich zu machen. 

    Mit der Freischaltung der Datenbank am 27.06.2001 waren 89 Datensätze verfügbar. Diese umfaßten zunächst einen Großteil der bereits publizierten Stücke aber auch weitere, die hier erstmals vorgestellt wurden. Am 10.03.2003 kamen weitere 98 Datensätze dazu. Eine Aktualisierung am 19.03.2004 brachte nur einen neuen Datensatz, aber eine Reihe kleinerer Korrekturen und Ergänzungen. Im Zuge der fortschreitenden Erfassung und wissenschaftlichen Bearbeitung werden einige hundert Datensätze abrufbar sein. 

    Der Katalog ist so strukturiert, daß Recherchen nach verschiedenen Kriterien möglich sind. Damit kann sich jeder Interessent entweder eine Übersicht über die Bestände des Museums verschaffen oder gezielt für bestimmte Forschungsvorhaben recherchieren. Die Textinformationen werden ergänzt durch Farbaufnahmen, in einigen Fällen durch Zeichnungen. Druckqualität ist dabei nicht beabsichtigt, bei Bedarf für Publikationen können Fotografien bestellt werden. Alle vorkommenden Fundorte sind in einer beigefügten Karte verzeichnet, eine kurze Vorstellung der für die Sammlungsgeschichte wichtigen Personen würdigt deren Verdienst und erleichtert die Einschätzung der Herkunftsangaben. In einer Liste sind die vorangegangen Inventarverzeichnisse und Materialpublikationen kurz beschrieben. Die in den Datensätzen verwendeten Literaturkürzel werden in einer gesonderten Datenbank aufgelöst. 

    Die Datenbank ist im Sinne einer wissenschaftlichen Publikation zu zitieren. Dabei ist die Internetadresse und das Recherchedatum anzugeben. Der Datensatz ist über die Inventarnummer eindeutig gekennzeichnet. Ein Vorteil der Publikation in Form einer Datenbank liegt in der Möglichkeit der Präzisierung innerhalb der vorhandenen Datensätze. Solche Veränderungen werden in den Datensätzen dokumentiert, um trotz der Flexibilität des Mediums Zitate nicht zu verfälschen.
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