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10 hours 29 min ago There are customers for everything from Syria and Iraq << Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Sam Hardy in a post ( There are customers for everything [Für alles gebe es Kunden]’ from Syria and Iraq  Conflict antiquities October 19, 2017I) discusses an upcoming German documentary:
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)/Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD) will explain ‘how looted Syrian antiquities are sold in Germany [Wie syrische Raubkunst in Deutschland verkauft wird]’.
He outlines the kep points ist will discuss from the diggers and middlemen traffickers (through Turkey, then to Greece, Macedonia, Austria and… Germanyor through Lebanon), the role of Internet traders and finishing with
 The greedy and ignorant market: ‘There are customers for everything [Für alles gebe es Kunden]’, an illicit dealer tells (Syrian) journalists in Idlib province, who are working with the journalists in Dresden. Those customers include ignorant profiteers who form a market for fakes and forgeries.
It is the greedy and ignorant who are buying the stuff, and the fact that they will buy 'anything' that are the real problem.

10 hours 52 min ago Fragmented Thinking on US Withdrawal from UNESCO << Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Statement from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), American Anthropological Association (AAA), American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Society for Classical Studies (SCS), U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS), and U.S. National Committee of ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS) Regarding the United States of America’s Intention to Withdraw from UNESCO
Interestingly, and disturbingly, we see the same kind of isolationism and blinkered thinking here as we do in the Philistine government's decision to 'go it alone' embodied in the Trump regime's decision. This statement talks a lot about protecting our own heritage and that of others, forgetting that this is only a fraction of what UNESCO does and stands for.It is precisely such fragmented thinking by opinion formers in the US which is responsible in civil society today about what the wider effects of any single action actually are. We all need to practice joined up thinking before we do any more damage.

11 hours 55 min ago Singapore to help fight international artefact smuggling << Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog) via Khmer Times, 18 October 2017 Singapore vows to work with Cambodia to combat transnational artefacts smuggling. Source: Singapore to help fight international artefact smuggling – Khmer Times
12 hours 59 min ago Chao Phraya River on heritage watch list << Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog) via Bangkok Post, 19 October 2017: The Chao Phraya River has been enlisted in the 2018 World Monument Watch for cultural heritage sites that face daunting risks. The river that runs through Thailand’s capital city is one of 25 sites placed under the 2018 watch list by World Monuments Fund (WMF), an independent agency devoted … Continue reading "Chao Phraya River on heritage watch list"
13 hours 26 min ago Storm Ophelia Uncovered 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton in Ireland << Archaeology Magazine

COUNTY WEXFORD, IRELAND—The Irish Post reports that people walking on the beach at Forlorn Point in southeast Ireland after Storm Ophelia discovered skeletal remains eroding from the soil. A forensic anthropologist thinks the bones could possibly date to the Iron Age. The remains have been removed from the site and are in the custody of the National Museum of Ireland. For more on archaeology in Ireland, go to “Samhain Revival.”

13 hours 28 min ago Ancient Stone Walls Spotted in Satellite Images of Saudi Arabia << Archaeology Magazine

CRAWLEY, AUSTRALIA—David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia and his colleagues discovered nearly 400 low stone walls in west-central Saudi Arabia with satellite imagery, according to a report in Live Science. Most of the walls, which resemble field gates, had been built in the lava fields of Harrat Khaybar. Some were covered with lava flow, or were even placed on the sides of old lava domes. Kennedy said the smallest of the gates is about 43 feet long, while the longest is about 1,700 feet long. Some of the structures are rectangular-shaped, while others are “I” shaped, or have one stone wall with piles of stones at each end. The gate-like structures may be about 7,000 years old, and are thought to be older than other stone structures in the lava fields, such as those known as kites, which are thought to have been used in hunting. For more on archaeology in the region, go to “Expanding the Story.”

14 hours 9 min ago Army Training Base Yields 1980s Ammunition << Archaeology Magazine

Wisconsin Army trainingFORT MCCOY, WISCONSIN—Archaeologists investigating the Army training center at Fort McCoy uncovered more than 30 .30-caliber blank cartridges and metal ammunition belt links, according to a report from the Westby Times. The cartridges were stamped with the identification “LC 81,” which indicates they had been manufactured in 1981 at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri. Markings were also found on the belt links, which were shipped with the blank cartridges for use with the M60 machine gun. To read about another discovery involving ammunition, go to “Fact-Checking Lawrence of Arabia.”

15 hours 22 min ago Genome of 40,000-Year-Old "Tianyuan Man" Analyzed << Archaeology Magazine

Genome Tianyuan ManBEIJING, CHINA—According to a report in Science Magazine, scientists led by Qiaomei Fu of the Molecular Paleontology Lab at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology examined genome material extracted from the thighbone of a 40,000-year-old skeleton discovered in China’s Tianyuan Cave. The study indicates that “Tianyuan Man” was a modern human carrying only four to five percent of his DNA from Neanderthals, and no detectable DNA inherited from the Denisovans. It had originally been thought that Tianyuan Man was the offspring of a Neanderthal and a modern human. Tianyuan Man was found to share DNA with a person whose 35,000-year-old remains were discovered in Belgium’s Goyet Caves. The study indicates that about nine to 15 percent of the DNA of the Karitiana and Sururi peoples of Brazil and the Chane people of northern Argentina and southern Bolivia came from an ancestor also shared by Tianyuan Man, making them distant cousins. But this ancestor was not common to Native Americans living in North America, thus suggesting there were two different source populations for Native Americans. For more, go to “Decoding Neanderthal Genetics.”

16 hours 54 min ago Lunula XXVI op zaterdag 24 februari in Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse << ArcheoNet BE

lunula16bDe 26ste editie van Lunula, de archeologische contactdag over de Metaaltijden in België en aangrenzende gebieden, zal op 24 februari 2018 plaatsvinden in Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse (prov. Luik). De organisatoren nodigen iedereen uit om op deze dag een lezing voor te stellen en/of een korte nota te leveren voor de bundel ‘Lunula. Archaeologia protohistorica XXVI’. Wie een lezing wil geven of een bijdrage wil leveren voor de congresbundel, dient dit voor 15 november te melden aan prof. Jean Bourgeois of Guy Demulder.

De lezingen moeten betrekking hebben op origineel en onuitgegeven onderzoek, uitgevoerd in 2017. De duur van de lezingen bedraagt 10 à 20 minuten. De organisatoren behouden zich het recht voor om te selecteren uit het lezingenaanbod. De organisatie ligt in handen van de Cel Archeologie van de Metaaltijden en de FNRS-Contactgroep ‘Études Celtologiques et Comparatives’.

17 hours 22 min ago October Book Notes 2017 << ἐν ἐφέσῳ: Thoughts and Meditations There have been a few events of note in the world of book on Greek linguistics this month. Review of Brill’s GE: Not the least of these is a prepublication version of John A. L. Lee’s review of Brill’s Dictionary of Ancient Greek (GE). The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek (Amazon) I would love to... Continue Reading →
19 hours 36 min ago NEWS: 4000 year old wooden head discovered in Sakkara << The Egyptiana Emporium

The wooden head (Source: Luxor Times).

“A wooden head, probably of the sixth dynasty queen Ankhnespepy II, has been unearthed in the area located to the east of her Pyramid in Sakkara necropolis during excavation work carried out by a French-Swiss team from Geneva University.

Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced today. 

Dr. Waziry explains that the head is almost human proportions with a small part of the neck which reached 30 cm tall. The ears are decorated with wooden earrings.
Professor, Philip Collombert, Head of the French-Swiss mission said that the head was found in a disturbed layer to the east of the queen’s pyramid near the area where the pyramidion was uncovered early this week. 
The mission has uncovered a large upper part of a granite obelisk that may belongs to the queen’s funerary temple.
Dr. Collombert said that the head is not in good conservation condition and it will be subjected to restoration.
“It is a promising area that could reveal more of its secrets soon,” said Dr. Waziri. He added that the mission is to continue its excavations in an attempt to discover the queen’s pyramid surroundings and the rest of its funerary complex and collection” – via Luxor Times.

20 hours 59 min ago << The Heroic Age
The History and Classics Graduate Student Association at McGill University is excited to announce that the 15th annual McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, will be taking place in Montreal on March 1-3, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference, “Violence and the Mind”, provides a platform for graduate students to situate these problems as they continue to explore violence historically by foregrounding the interior lives of historical subjects. We welcome emerging scholars from across the disciplines to present research that questions how violence is produced, elaborated, interpreted and experienced by the mind. For more on this year’s theme, please refer to the attached PDF. To learn more about the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, please visit

This year’s keynote speaker is Dagmar Herzog, Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her book, Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

We encourage proposals that present historiographical, theoretical, and comparative approaches to such forms of violence across a variety of regions and time periods. Hopeful participants should propose 15-20 minute presentations that speak to the following questions and themes: How are the interior lives of human beings shaped, historically, by violence? What distinguishes violence committed against bodies from violence committed against minds? How can historians study the relationship between violence and subjective experience? What is distinct (and what is similar) about violence produced or directed towards the mental realm? To what extent can the various subfields of history, which explicitly study violence, be approached together when inner experiences are taken as the point of departure? How can the notion of structural violence contend with individual psychologies?

Potential areas of enquiry may include (but are not limited to):

  • The history of ideology
  • The history of psychoanalysis
  • The history of medicine, including psychology and psychiatry
  • Colonialism
  • Slavery
  • Racism and Critical Race Theory
  • Military history, including trauma
  • Queer theory and the history of sexuality and gender
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Disability Studies
  • History of emotions

Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a brief academic biography in Word or PDF format to by 8 December 2017.
20 hours 59 min ago << The Heroic Age
ymposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 18-20, 2018
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:
23 hours 19 min ago 19th Batchelder Conference for Archaeology and Biblical Studies << BiblePlaces Blog

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is hosting its 19th annual Batchelder Conference for Archaeology and Biblical Studies from November 9 to 11. Rami Arav will deliver the opening keynote address on “The First 30 Years of Excavations at Bethsaida.” Richard Freund will be the respondent. (Apparently Steven Notley is unavailable.)

The Friday evening address by David Gurevich is entitled “Water and Society: The Water Installation of Jerusalem in the Late Second Temple Period.” Twelve other scholars will speak, but the conference schedule has not yet been released.

The conference is free and open to the public.

HT: Judi King

23 hours 25 min ago APAAME Research on Live Science << Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East An article featuring our research into the mysterious stone structures, known as 'gates', has been posted on the Live Science website. Please follow this link to view the article:

"Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations draping across old lava domes, archaeologists report."

A paper on these structures by David Kennedy is set to be published in the November issue of Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy.

1 day 25 min ago Environment and Society in the Ancient World << Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Dimitri Nakassis pointed me in the direction of the most recent issue of History Compass which features a series of article the environment and society in the Ancient World. These article are best read as short essays on the state of the field with distinctive takes on the scholarly conversation rather than groundbreaking works of original scholarship. Considering both the immense outpouring of recent work on the historical (and modern) environments and challenging body of technical tools and discussions necessary to understand this scholarship, this issue was a good idea and a nice place to start for anyone interested in the “environmental turn.”

The two essays that caught my eye were Catherine Kearns article titled “Mediterranean archaeology and environmental history in the spotlight of the Anthropocene.” The article offers a nice review of recent work on the Anthopocene, the long term history of Mediterranean environments, and, then, a case study  from Cyprus where Kearns has done important work using the survey data produced from the Vasilikos and Maroni valleys on Cyprus. She argues that environmental changes contributed to the reuse of certain features like check damns in the upper reaches of these river valleys between 800 and 300 BC. These dates coincide with a period during which carbon stable isotope analysis revealed an increase in water on the island. These sites also provided access to copper deposits which represented an important source of wealth for the island. At the same time, the increased availability of water during this same period, contributed to increased agricultural productivity on the island to support copper mining and the emergence of the (new?) Iron Age polities that would come to dominate Cypriot society until the Hellenistic period.

Michael Decker’s two-part article on the environment in Late Antiquity offers a useful contribution to understanding the role that climate change and the environment played in the Late Roman world. Late Antiquity, of course, is full of paradoxes. On the one hand, it would appear that the Late Antique world experienced persistent and perhaps even increased economic activity, trade, and prosperity from the 5th to the 8th century. On the other hand, this period also witnesses significant political instability and relatively rapid religious and social change over the Mediterranean basin. As Decker notes, the alarming character of the political collapse in Late Antiquity often supported colonialist readings of the pressures exerted on the empire’s margins. In this reading, for example, the rise of Islam, for example, represented a political and religious response to the increased aridity of the Near East, the economic decline of the Roman core related to the deforestation of North Africa, and the failure of the Roman state in the peripheral provinces of the West correlated to cooler and dryer temperatures. Decker demonstrates how many of these views, at least for the East, contributed to and fed upon Orientalist assumptions regarding the character of nomadic groups living around the periphery of the Roman Empire.

The second part of his article considers new data that is being brought to bear on climate change at the end of the ancient world. While Decker stops short of arguing how this data will go beyond correcting the environmentally deterministic views of the end of antiquity in the past and provide new ways of thinking about how longterm trends in climate change changed the ancient world. But, he makes clear that there is significant promise in the analysis of finer-grained data.

These articles are a useful introduction to the growing impact and future potential of climate science and environmental studies in the ancient world. As with so much of this work at present, it is more promising than compelling, but it clearly marks a significant path forward for future research. 

1 day 33 min ago Japanse Toren en Chinees Paviljoen in Brussel weldra beschermd << ArcheoNet BE

De Brusselse Hoofdstedelijke Regering heeft vandaag de beschermingsprocedure ingezet voor de Japanse Toren en het Chinees Paviljoen in Laken. “Het gaat om erfgoed met uitzonderlijke waarde dat vandaag in gevaar is,” stelt Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort. “Het is opmerkelijk dat deze twee emblematische en verrassende monumenten nog niet beschermd waren.”

Het Chinees Paviljoen vormt samen met de Japanse Toren en het Museum van Japanse Kunst de Musea van het Verre Oosten van de Musea van Kunst en Geschiedenis van België. Het geheel is verwezenlijkt door de Parijse architect Alexandre Marcel in samenwerking met Belgische, Parijse en Japanse ambachtslieden, geïnspireerd door de “Tour du Monde” op de Wereldtentoonstelling van Parijs in 1900.

Deze twee atypische monumenten in het Brussels landschap zijn een mooi voorbeeld van hun respectieve architectuur van oorsprong, besteld in het begin van de 20ste eeuw door Koning Leopold II als eerbetoon aan deze beide landen. Ze passen in de ontwikkeling van Laken rond het koninklijk domein en zijn een illustratie van de beïnvloeding tussen het Verre Oosten en het Westen en van de al meer dan honderd jaar oude betrekkingen tussen België, Japan en China.

Door falend onderhoud zijn de Musea van het Verre Oosten sinds 2013 gesloten voor beveiligingswerken en om de stabiliteit van het Chinees Paviljoen te herstellen. De collecties (kostbare gravures, wapenrustingen, porselein…) zijn overgebracht naar de kelders van het Jubelparkmuseum. Deze situatie duurt verder en wekt grote ongerustheid omtrent het voortbestaan van deze Musea. Voor Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort, bevoegd voor het erfgoed, wordt het nu dringend tijd dat deze monumenten, die eigendom zijn van de Federale Staat, beschermd worden omwille van hun zowel historisch en artistiek als wetenschappelijk, esthetisch en technisch belang.

Voor de Japanse Toren, een rijk totaalkunstwerk van zeer grote esthetische waarde dat geldt als baken van het Koninklijk Domein in het Brussels stedelijk panorama, geldt de beschermingsmaatregel voor de volledige toren als monument en voor de tuin als landschap. Voor zover bekend is dit trouwens de enige Japans geïnspireerde tuin in Brussel.

De beschermingsprocedure voor het Chinees Paviljoen, dat ligt in een opmerkelijk bomenrijk park dat als sinds 1997 als landschap beschermd is, heeft betrekking op het hele goed maar evenzeer op de sierelementen van het interieur en het oorspronkelijke meubilair dat hiervan integraal deel uitmaakt en op het bijgebouw en de tempel.

1 day 47 min ago Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship, 2018-2019 << AIA Fieldnotes
March 15, 2018

"Purpose: The Fellowship will be awarded for research in Greece and Italy in alternate years.  It is expected that the Fellow will use either the American Academy in Rome (AAR) or the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) as a base from which to pursue work through trips to sites, museums, or repositories of materials relevant to the Fellow's research.

Contact Name: 
Shawn Miller
1 day 1 hour ago A Companion Website and Database for Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) A Companion Website and Database for Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic
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Digital humanities have rich and largely unexplored potential for philological research in Classics. I hope that making my database of all the speeches presented in the Homeric epics available online will offer a specific example of how new technological tools can enable Classicists to develop innovative and fruitful approaches to the enduring questions that are central to our discipline. My book, Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic (University of Texas Press, 2012), explores how various ways of depicting speech shape the narratives in the Homeric poems; similarly, this database and the kinds of questions it allowed me to ask has shaped the scholarly narrative in my book. I hope that making it directly available to all will shape future scholarly inquiries, and that users of the database will tell me how they have used it and what kinds of questions it has helped them to explore.
The origins of the database, as a personal research tool developed incrementally over a long period of time, led the design in somewhat different directions than it would have gone if broad user-friendliness had been a top priority from the beginning. I hope that this online database - unlike my personal FileMaker 9-generated version - is clear and straightforward to use, for which I owe warm thanks to the LAITS staff who prepared it for online use, especially Gavin Sellers and Lauren Moore. Moreover, some aspects of the data are formatted differently for the online interface than they were in my FileMaker version; this means that some searches that appear in my book cannot be exactly replicated with the online database. Some kinds of multi-field searches are not yet available at the time of release (July 2013), but we expect to make more kinds of functionality gradually available. If you have requests or suggestions about this, please email me at - we are eager to make the database as responsive as we can to users' needs. The database has been proofread to a high, but not a perfect, standard of accuracy.
The user notes are intended to complement the section of the book's introduction that explains how the database was constructed (introduction available here). A series of screen shots under examples illustrate a few sample searches as a way of explaining how the online interface works, and what kinds of searches it is most suited to explore.
1 day 1 hour ago News: Digital archivists from TACC collaborate with classicists from The University of Texas at Austin to improve database preservation methods << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) Digital archivists from TACC collaborate with classicists from The University of Texas at Austin to improve database preservation methods
When Deborah Beck was preparing her book, Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic, her publisher suggested she make the database she had started in 2008 — a searchable catalogue of features from every speech in the Homeric poems — available to the public as a web application and companion resource.
Since the application went live in 2013, more than 5,000 researchers have used it to parse the thousands of speeches found in the Iliad and the Odyssey and to explore different connections from those Beck investigated in her book.
"I get emails from people around the world expressing their appreciation for the database," said Beck, an associate professor of Classics at The University of Texas at Austin. "I heard in June from a student in Mexico who used the application to write his bachelor's thesis."
An overview of the preservation workflow.
However, as new web and database capabilities became available, Beck was finding it challenging to update the application, which was developed using the technologies from the 2000s.
Perhaps more worryingly, as browsers change and university web-servers retire, there was a chance that in the future the database might be lost to the sands of time.
"As a classicist, the very long-term accessibility of texts is a fundamental prerequisite of our entire discipline," Beck explained. "I can pick up a manuscript from 1,000 years ago and if I know how to read the handwriting, that resource is still available to me. However, I don't have the slightest idea what the availability of resources that are currently digital will look like in 100 years."
Papers she wrote as an undergraduate are inaccessible because the writing programs and file formats she used are now obsolete. "I don't want that to happen to projects that I'm connected to."
She asked for assistance from the University's General Libraries, who suggested she talk to researchers from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) with expertise in digital archiving and preservation. Together, they set about developing a new way to preserve digital humanities databases.
At the 2017 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) in June, Beck along with Weijia Xu, a research scientist at TACC, Maria Esteva, a digital archivist at TACC, and Yi-Hsuan Hsieh, a Ph.D. computer science student at UT Austin supported by TACC's Science & Technology Affiliates for Research (STAR) Scholars Program, presented a solution that preserves Beck's database of Homeric speeches, including the multivariate connections among the texts and the insights Beck developed over years of study.
Deborah Beck, Associate Professor of Classics at The University of Texas at Austin
"The value of research data not only resides in its content but in how it is made available to users," said Esteva. "Research data is often presented interactively through a web application, the design of which is often the result of years of work by researchers. Therefore, preserving the data and the application's functionalities becomes equally important."
The preservation strategy they developed allows scholars to re-launch the database application in a variety of environments — from individual computers, to virtual machines, to future web servers — without compromising its interactive features. It preserves the data separately from the interactive application, so scholars can reuse it in other technical and functional contexts.
The process exploits aspects of emulation and virtualization – techniques applied in business and technology — but goes beyond these approaches.
It dissociates the web code from the data and re-deploys the entire application on different platforms, including virtual machines. The process has four stages:
  1. extracting the data and application code;
  2. identifying dependencies (where one object relies on a function of another object) and decoupling the application from the data;
  3. redeploying the application and validating its results; and
  4. distributing the application to end users.
Using this method, a researcher can reboot the application at a later date by starting up a virtual machine image that contains the fully functional application. This approach fits well with the evolving nature of digital preservation and with the requirements for data reuse, the researchers say.
For Beck, the project provided an avenue to preserve the research she had done over many years.
For Yi-Hsuan Hsieh, it presented an opportunity to apply the computer science principles she is learning in her graduate program to a mature project of value to the classics community.
Her main task on the project was to test a dependency detection algorithm that identifies the relations between the web code and the libraries required to redeploy and run the application.
"It was exciting to gather experts' ideas from different fields," Hsieh said. "Dr. Beck gave us the motivation to preserve humanity digital projects. Dr. Esteva provided the requirements and goals of digital preservation and Dr. Xu gave ideas about automating the process of identifying dependencies from the web code to significantly reduce human efforts in preserving a web application," she said.
The team is currently working on further automating the stages of dependency detection to make the strategy generalizable for other projects and hosting environments.
"The value of research data not only resides in its content but in how it is made available to users."Maria Esteva, Digital Archivist, Texas Advanced Computing Center
As with any digital preservation method, one must still monitor and update the project occasionally. However, the risk of incompatibility is lower because updates to new web technologies or hosting services can be carried out at any point in a project's lifecycle from the application code and the data.
"I come at this project from the perspective of long-term preservation, but the main thing that I came to understand over the course of the work is that having an interactive, accessible digital component to your research means that it reaches more people and it reaches them in different ways," Beck said. "That to me is really important and having a preservation strategy in place that makes it achievable over a longer period of time and with a wider variety of users is critical."
1 day 1 hour ago Fuchs, The Geonic Talmud << Jim Davila ( <img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
1 day 3 hours ago Research sheds new light on early turquoise mining in Southwest << Archaeological News on Tumblr Turquoise is an icon of the desert Southwest, with enduring cultural significance, especially for...
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1 day 3 hours ago BSR Taught Course in Roman Epigraphy, July 16-25 2018 << Current Epigraphy

Posted for Abigail Graham:

BSR Taught Course in Roman Epigraphy July 16th-25th 2018.

The fourth biennial taught course in Roman Epigraphy will take place on the 16th-25th of July 2018. Based at the British school at Rome, this taught course offers a ten day introduction to the scholarship, editorial practice, and publication of epigraphic materials from a variety of different approaches. The aim of the course, intended for postgraduate scholars of ancient history, archaeology, museum studies and the classics, is to provide training and a practical experience in the use of epigraphy as source. The course will examine the numerous contexts in which epigraphy is presented (in situ, museums, archives and in published formats (e.g. reference works and online databases) and explore the process of editing and publishing epigraphic materials. The use of digital resources, catalogues and the process of publishing texts in these formats will be addressed in lectures and interaction with the CIL (volume 6) archives at La Sapienza with Silvia Orlandi. Evening lectures and on site talks by international scholars and museum curators will allow participants to engage with varying epigraphic topics and ongoing research projects.

The course, which divides epigraphic materials into themes of a technical and cultural, consists of daily lectures, museum visits, epigraphic ambulatio through the city of Rome as well as research sessions at the British School’s library and a trip to Ostia. Museum and site visits will include gallery lectures by curators and special permits to collections that are not generally open to the public. Workshops at a series of different sites will develop skills in creating practical study materials such as drawings, rubbings, squeezes and photographs of inscriptions. A component of this will be an epigraphic journal, which will be used to record one’s work at each stage of the research process. Participants will also have an opportunity to further their own research through an independent project (generally a specific area of his/her epigraphic research) which will be developed during the course and presented in a short paper on the final day.

Notes for Applicants:
Applications are invited from postgraduate and Ph.D track students in Classics, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Museum Studies and related disciplines. Please note that this course is physically demanding with hours of walking in (at times) intemperate heat, students are expected to prepare accordingly. Further details of the upcoming course, reports from previous courses (including a Syllabus), as well as application information can be found on the courses webpage:

Please email any further queries to the course coordinator Dr. Abigail Graham

1 day 3 hours ago Underground Roman-era stables looted in the Galilee << Jim Davila ( <img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>