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9 hours 57 min ago thegetty: Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming… << Ancient Art


Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…

10 hours 33 min ago Note: Rim Turkmani hasn’t estimated IS income from Nabek as $36m, she’s noted previous reports in her LSE paper << Samuel Hardy (Conflict Antiquities) The headline in the post. When the Australian’s Jamie Walker said that, ‘in recent research for the London School of Economics, ­Syrian-born scientist Rim Turkmani estimated that Islamic State had earned $36 million off antiquities taken from a single site — the ancient Abyssinian monastery in Nabek’, he meant that Turkmani had tried ‘to estimate […]
12 hours 15 min ago IraqCrisis: Communicating substantive information on cultural property damaged, destroyed or lost in Iraq, Syrias, Yemen, and Elsewhere << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) IraqCrisis
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IraqCrisis: Communicating substantive information on cultural property damaged, destroyed or lost from Libraries and Museums, and archaeological sites in Iraq during and after the war in April 2003, and on the worldwide response to the crisis.

La liste d'abonnes "IraqCrisis" est fournie et variee, venant de tres nombreux pays. Toutes les interventions sont les bienvenues, qu'elles soient redigees en francais, en allemand, en anglais, en arabe, ou en toute autre langue requise pour diffuser une information sur le sujet considere.
Die "IraqCrisis list" wendet sich an ein breitgefachertes internationales Publikum. Beitrage auf Franzosisch, Deutsch, Englisch, Arabisch oder in beliebigen anderen Sprachen, die Informationen zu diesem Thema vermitteln konnen, sind willkommen.

The IraqCrisis list has a broad and varied international subscribership. Submissions are welcome in French, German, English, Arabic and any other language required to communicate information on the subject matter.

IraqCrisis oroginated one of the projects of the Iraq Museum Working Group at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.
IraqCrisis was founded in April 2003  as an email lists to share substantive information on damage to archaeological sites, libraries, and museums following the American invasion of Iraq that Spring. It has remained active these past twelve years. It still seeks to assist in passing along reliable reports of risk and damage to cultural property during the current crisis.

In 2014, in response to the widening conflict, IraqCrisis expanded its scope to cover Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
12 hours 36 min ago Temple of Baal Shamin: satellite images of destruction << David Gill (Looting Matters)
Palmyra, February 2014
The BBC has circulated images of the destruction of the temple of Baal Shamin at Palmyra (Jonathan Amos, 'Palmyra: Satellite image of IS destruction', BBC News August 28, 2015). The satellite shots were taken on 25 August 2015 - and there is a comparison shot of 22 May.

The Google Earth image was taken in February 2014, and the temple of Baal Shamin can be seen at the top of the picture.

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13 hours 33 min ago << Archaeology Magazine

Mummy Heart DiseaseFLORENCE, ITALY—The 3,500-year-old mummified remains of Nebiri, an Egyptian “Chief of Stables,” are an example of the oldest case of acute decompensated heart failure, according to research presented by Raffaella Bianucci of the University Turin at an international congress of Egyptology. Nebiri’s head and internal organs, preserved in canopic jars, were discovered in a plundered tomb in Luxor in 1904. “The head is almost completely unwrapped, but in a good state of preservation. Since the canopic jar inscribed for Hapy, the guardian of the lungs, is partially broken, we were allowed direct access for sampling,” Bianucci told Discovery News. The international research team created a 3-D reconstruction of Nebiri’s skull and found that he suffered from severe periodontal disease, abscesses, and mild atherosclerosis in the right internal carotid artery. The head also contained dehydrated brain tissue. The lung tissue revealed fluid in the air sacs. “When the heart is not able to pump efficiently, blood can back up into the veins that take it through the lungs. As the pressure increases, fluid is pushed into the air spaces in the lungs,” Bianucci explained. To read about Egypt's animal mummies, go to "Messengers to the Gods."

14 hours 11 min ago Facsimiles of Egyptological books from << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) Facsimiles of Egyptological books from

Montet P.
Géographie de l'Égypte Ancienne. Pt. I-II. Paris, 1957-1961.

Ranke H.
Die ägyptischen Personennamen. Bd. I, II, III. Glückstadt, 1935, 1949, 1977.

    Bd. I. Verzeichnis der Namen / Список имен.
    Bd. II. Form und Inhalt der Namen. Geschichte der Namen. Vergleiche mit anderen Namen. Nachträge und Zusätze zu Band I. Umschreibungslisten / Форма и содержание имен. История имен. Сравнение с другими именами. Приложения и дополнения к I тому. Списки имен на других языках.
    Bd. III. Verzeichnis der Bestandteile / Список составных элементов.
Второй и третий тома отсканированы с ксерокопии, поэтому они несколько уступают первому по качеству.
Bd. I: Einleitung [.pdf 1,78 мб] A-b [.pdf 4,97 мб] p-n [.pdf 6,36 мб] r-S [.pdf 6,12 мб] q-D [.pdf 5,18 мб] Bd. II: S. 1-94 [.pdf 7,13 мб] S. 95-185 [.pdf 6,12 мб] S. 186-256 [.pdf 8,12 мб] S. 257-335 [.pdf 5,97 мб] S. 336-414 [.pdf 5,18 мб] Bd. III [.pdf 5,95 мб]

Большаков А. О.
Человек и его двойник. СПб., 2001

Книга публикуется с разрешения автора.
Номера страниц издания 2001 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, предшествуют тексту соответствующих страниц.
Главы 1-2
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От автора.
Принципы исследования.
Полтора века изучения проблемы kA.

Глава 3
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Психология восприятия и категория kA.

Глава 4
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Египетское представление о зрении и свете.

Глава 5
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Египетская интерпретация двойника.

Глава 6
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Изображение человека в египетском искусстве и представление о двойнике.

Глава 7
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Мир-двойник староегипетской гробницы.

Глава 8
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Место двойника в египетской онтологии и аксиологии.
Вместо эпилога. Проблема двойника: ученые и поэты.

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Библиография. Список сокращений.

Викентьев В. М.

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Номера страниц издания 1917 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, следуют после текста соответствующих страниц.

Повесть о Двух Братьях. Комментарии и фольклористические сопоставления.

Волков И. М.

Номера страниц издания 1917 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, следуют после текста соответствующих страниц.
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Глава I. К истории вопроса.
Глава II. Себек в религиозных представлениях.
Глава III. Культ Себека.

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Таблицы с рисунками.

Коростовцев М. А.
Путешествие Ун-Амуна в Библ.

Египетский иератический папирус № 120
Государственного музея изобразительных искусств им. А. С. Пушкина в Москве.

М., 1960

Книга отсканирована, распознана и предоставлена в наше распоряжение Валерием Ивановым (Ростов-на-Дону).
Номера страниц издания 1960 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, следуют после текста соответствующих страниц.
Часть 1
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Происхождение папируса и его историческое значение.
Описание папируса.

Часть 2
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Часть 3
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Исторический комментарий.

Часть 4
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Филологический комментарий.

Часть 5
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Глаголы в тексте отчета Ун-Амуна.
Указатель комментируемых строк.
Список сокращений. Библиография.

Часть 6
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Иероглифическая транскрипция.

Часть 7
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Текст (публикация папируса).

Под общей редакцией проф. Б. А. Тураева

В 1914-1918 гг. в составе названной серии вышло шесть книг. Четыре из них мы помещаем в этом разделе:
  • Выпуск 1. Волков И. М. Законы вавилонского царя Хаммураби. М., 1914.
  • Выпуск 2. Волков И. М. Арамейские документы иудейской колонии на Элефантине V века до н. э. М., 1915.
  • Выпуск 3. Тураев Б. А. Рассказ египтянина Синухета и образцы египетских документальных автобиографий. М., 1915.
  • Выпуск 4. Викентьев В. М. Древнеегипетская повесть о двух братьях. М., 1917.
  • Выпуск 5. Франк-Каменецкий И. Г. Памятники египетской религии. I. М., 1917.
  • Выпуск 6. Франк-Каменецкий И. Г. Памятники египетской религии. II. М., 1918.

Лукас А.

На сайте Петербургское востоковедение имеется краткая, но весьма любопытная биографическая справка о переводчике этой книги, Б. Н. Савченко.
Номера страниц издания 1958 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, следуют после текста соответствующих страниц.
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Вступительная статья. Предисловие к третьему изданию. Введение.

Глава I
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Клейкие и связующие вещества (альбумин, пчелиный воск, глина, клей, камедь, гипс, натрон, смола, припой, крахмал, соль, вещества неустановленного состава).

Глава II
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Алкогольные напитки и сахар (пиво, вина, производство вин, дистиллированный спирт).

Глава III
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Материалы животного происхождения (кость, перо, кишки, волос, рог, слоновая кость, кожа, перламутр, скорлупа страусовых яиц, пергамент, панцирь черепахи, морские и пресноводные раковины).

Глава IV
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Глава V
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Строительные материалы (кирпич и производство кирпича, камень и обработка камня, строительные растворы, штукатурка, дерево).

Глава VI
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Косметические средства, ароматические вещества и благовонные курения (ароматические породы дерева).

Глава VII
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Инкрустированные глаза.

Глава VIII
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Волокна ткани и крашение (плетение корзин, щетки и кисти, веревки и канаты, циновки, папирус, ткани, крашение).

Глава IX
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Глазурованные изделия (глазурованный стеарит, фаянс, глазурованный цельный кварц, глазурованная керамика, происхождение глазурования в Древнем Египте, способ изготовления глазури, связующие вещества для основы фаянса).

Глава X
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Глава XI (1) [.pdf 474 кб]
Глава XI (2)
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Металлы и сплавы. Минералы (сурьма, медь, бронза и латунь, золото и электрон, обработка металлов и минералов, железо, свинец, платина, серебро, олово, соединения кобальта, графит, соединения марганца, слюда, природная сода, селитра, соль, сера).

Глава XII (1) [.pdf 417 кб]
Глава XII (2)
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Глава XIII
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Масла, жиры и воск.

Глава XIV
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Материалы для живописи и письма.

Глава XV
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Глава XVI
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Драгоценные и полудрагоценные камни.

Глава XVII
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Поделочный камень. Каменные сосуды.

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Глава XIX
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Исторический обзор.

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Химические анализы.

Указатель и оглавление
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Лурье И. М.

Книга отсканирована и предоставлена в наше распоряжение Еленой Певчевой.

Часть 1
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Гл. I. Организация суда.

Часть 2
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Гл. II. Храмовый суд.
Гл. III. Судебные оракулы.
Гл. IV. К истории древнеегипетского законодательства.

Часть 3
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Часть II. ПЕРЕВОДЫ ДОКУМЕНТОВ Документы государственно-административного права
Должностные документы.
Документы, связанные с храмовым имуществом.

Часть 4
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Документы гражданского права и процесса
Документы, рисующие положение рабов.
Документы, касающиеся земельной собственности.
Долговые документы.

Часть 5
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Документы, касающиеся иных имущественных отношений.
Документы, касающиеся семейных отношений.

Часть 6
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Документы уголовного права
Дела грабителей царского некрополя города Фив.
Документы, касающиеся ограбления храмов.

Часть 7
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Документы, касающиеся гаремного заговора при Рамсесе III.
Документы секретного следствия.
Прочие юридические документы.
Указатель (указатель источников, древнеегипетские меры, именной и предметный указатель, список иллюстраций, условные сокращения). Оглавление.

Стучевский И. А.
РАМСЕС II и ХЕРИХОР. Из истории древнего Египта эпохи Рамессидов. М., 1984

Книга отсканирована, распознана и предоставлена в наше распоряжение Александром Кериным (Волгоград).
Номера страниц издания 1984 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, следуют после текста соответствующих страниц.
Часть 1
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Предисловие. РАМСЕС II. 1. Предки Рамсеса II. 2. Абсолютная датировка начала царствования Рамсеса II. 3. Продолжительность царствования Рамсеса II. 4. О так называемом старшем брате и сопернике Рамсеса I. 5. Соправление Рамсеса II с Сети I. 6. Предыстория военной политики Рамсеса II в Азии (войны Сети I). 7. Войны Рамсеса II в Азии. 8. Битва при Кадеше на Оронте. 9. Мирный договор Рамсеса II с Хаттусилисом III. 10. Брак Рамсеса II с хеттской принцессой, дочерью Хаттусилиса III. 11. Рамсес II и Нубия. 12. Рамсес II и античная традиция. 13. Пер-Рамсес — резиденция Рамсеса II. 14. Монументальное строительство во времена Рамсеса II. 15. Экономическое состояние Египта в царствование Рамсеса II. 16. Рамсес II и жречество. 17. Рамсес II и культы египетских богов. 18. Азиатские божества и азиаты-семиты в Египте в царствование Рамсеса II и его преемников. 19. Обожествление Рамсеса II. 20. Юбилеи «тридцатилетия» Рамсеса II. 21. Семья Рамсеса II. 22. Рамсес II в библейской традиции.

Часть 2
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ХЕРИХОР. 1. Источники о Херихоре. 2. Родственные связи Херихора. 3. Херихор на пути к престолу фараонов. 4. Продолжительность правления Херихора. 5. Херихор и решение оракула Хонсу и Амуна. 6. Доктрина амунократии и Херихор.

Часть 3
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Эхнатон — религиозный реформатор и политик (К проблеме использования религии в политических целях).

Часть 4
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Примечания к главе "Рамсес II".

Часть 5
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Примечания к главам "Херихор" и "Эхнатон — религиозный реформатор и политик".

Часть 6
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Список сокращений. Список использованной литературы. Именной указатель. Указатель географических и этнических названий. Summary. Оглавление.

Тураев Б. А.
М., 1915

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Номера страниц издания 1915 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, следуют после текста соответствующих страниц.

Перевод рассказа Синухета.
Посмертные надписи в автобиографической форме:

Хирхуф, номарх Элефантины.
Архитектор Инени.
Надписи Хер-Ра на ватиканской статуе № 97.
Мемфисская жрица Ти-Тхути.

Франк-Каменецкий И. Г.

Номера страниц издания 1917-1918 года, проставленные в квадратных скобках, следуют после текста соответствующих страниц.
Часть I
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I. Важнейшие этапы в развитии фиванской религии.
II. Отождеcтвление Амона и Ра, как исходный пункт развития фиванской религии.
III. Национальный характер Амона-Ра и связь его с царской властью.

Часть II
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I. Идея мирового бога в фиванской религии.
II. Фиванское богословие. Официальный культ и народная религия.
III. Амон в частном быту.

14 hours 33 min ago << Archaeology Magazine

JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA—A sturgeon’s bone plate or scute and other food remains have been found in an area just outside of the original James Fort that is thought to have served as a cellar. The cellar has also yielded a piece of German stoneware bearing a coat of arms depicting two rampant lions that may have been a vessel for drinking ale. “We can safely say that this jug was made either in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century, but knowing the meaning of that symbol will give us an even tighter date. We have yet to trace this particular one, but when we do we will learn when the jug was made,” senior archaeologist Danny Schmidt of Jamestown Rediscovery explained to The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. The Jamestown team has also found pieces of an iron breastplate that had been cut up and reused. “When they started using armor that was lighter and easier to move in, they began reusing and recycling iron from these plates,” said conservator Dan Gamble of Historic Jamestown. For more, go to "Chilling Discovery at Jamestown."

14 hours 33 min ago << Archaeology Magazine

Starting Over Hominid FossilsPITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA—Jeffrey Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh argues in the latest issue of Science that the current system of categorizing the human fossil record into genus and species is too narrow for understanding our complex evolutionary history. He said in a press release that “the boundaries of both the species and the genus remain as fuzzy as ever, new fossils having been haphazardly assigned to species of Homo, with minimal attention to morphology.” Schwartz suggests that anthropologists begin again. “If we want to be objective, we shall almost certainly have to scrap the iconic list of (genus and species) names in which hominid fossil specimens have historically been trapped and start from the beginning,” he said. For more on homind evolution, go to "Our Tangled Ancestry."

14 hours 46 min ago FBI Warns Art Dealers About Islamic State-Stolen Antiquities From Ancient Sites << Archaeological News on Tumblr Art dealers and collectors can consider themselves officially warned: Artifacts and antiquities from...
14 hours 52 min ago UNESCO Director General Address at Culture Under Threat Conference in Cairo << Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Dismissed by one sector of the antiquities collecting milieu as "that woman Bokova", the UNESCO Director General has a message for the participants of the Cairo conference. Note that nowhere does she say she thinks the antiquities traders will be part of the solution to this problem.  Good, these insulting denial monkeys obviously will not.

"The looting of archaeological sites and museums has reached unprecedented scale, the destruction of cultural heritage, cultural cleansing is being used  as a tactic of war, to terrify populations, to finance criminal activities, to spread hatred. We must consider it for what it is, a war crime [...] the protection of heritage is far more than a cultural issue, in this war on minds, it has become a security imperative. [...] To respond we need a co-ordinated action by all states".
15 hours 17 min ago Bell (Nao)Shang Dynasty c.1500-1046 BCChina(Source: Met Museum) << Ancient Peoples

Bell (Nao)

Shang Dynasty 

c.1500-1046 BC


(Source: Met Museum)

15 hours 21 min ago Heritage Jam 2015 << Shawn Graham (Electric Archaeology) …mmmm… heritage jam ….

So it’s Heritage Jam time again. This year’s theme is ‘museums & collections’. I was just going to repurpose my ‘diary in the attic‘ but I turned that into a tutorial for #msudai, and, well, with one thing and another, I’m not sure I’ll actually get anything made. That’s not to say I don’t have an idea about what I’d do in its stead.

I’ve got lots of ideas.

I am, in slow moments, idly trying to make this one happen, but I’m having trouble on one step (#5, as it happens). If anybody wants to take this idea and run with it, throw me a footnote and off you go.

1. select an object from a museum collection; ideally something in the 4 cubic inches size range ish.
2. 3d model it, grab the .stl file and
3. print it out.
4. scan it back into Vuforia’s object scanner to turn it into a 3d trackable.
5. augment it with a video player panel and / or an audio voice bubble that pulls the video, audio
6. from an external URL, a public place online.
7. release the APK for the AR viewer
8. release the .stl file for printing, and the audio and video files for remixing
9. set things up so that the most recent remixes are automatically pulled into the viewer (so, you’d remix but _save with the same file name_ and overwrite the most recent).

In my head, I imagine people competing with each other to have the object ‘speak’ or tell its story (or someone else’s story), and each time you’d train the viewer on it (so there’d be multiple speaking copies of the thing in the world), there would be different content. With version control enabled for where I’d store it (step 6), you’d have a history of speaking, though each ‘hearing’/’viewing’ would be unique. Kind of Tales of Thingsish, but with an element of the mob. Choose the right object to begin with, and you’d have something rather different.

15 hours 33 min ago << Archaeology Magazine

Cahokia Mound 72ST LOUIS, MISSOURI—Phil Slater and Kristin Hedman of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, and Andrew Thompson of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, analyzed 203 teeth from 109 bodies found in Cahokia’s Mound 72. The mound, excavated in the 1960s, contained three large pits that held human remains laid out in neat rows. Most of the dead were young women who had been killed, perhaps by strangulation or blood-letting. However, a separate deposit held the bones of 39 men and women who had suffered fractures, had been shot with points, and even decapitated, then dumped into the burial site. “The initial interpretation of the burials of young women suggested they represented ‘tribute’ from outlying communities. Our analysis provides evidence that suggests the young women may have come from within the region, if not from Cahokia itself,” Slater told Western Digs. Those who suffered violent deaths were also locals, but their biology was more similar to each other than the other dead from the mound. “With the development of strontium analysis, there became a way to actually test the immigration hypothesis by looking at the bodies of the people buried at Cahokia,” explained Thomas Emerson, director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. To read more about Cahokia, go to "Mississippian Burning."

15 hours 35 min ago “Financiering archeologiebeleid op termijn onhoudbaar” << ArcheoNet BE

Er is dringend nood aan een structurele oplossing voor de financiering van het onroerenderfgoedbeleid en in het bijzonder het archeologiebeleid. Dat stelt de Strategische Adviesraad voor Ruimtelijke Ordening en Onroerend Erfgoed (SARO) in haar advies over het uitvoeringsbesluit bij het hoofdstuk archeologie van het Onroerenderfgoeddecreet. De SARO meent dat de bestaande en de voorgestelde financieringsmechanismen op termijn onhoudbaar zijn. Zo is het voorziene budget voor de premie voor buitensporige opgravingskosten ruimschoots onvoldoende. Bovendien is het niet ondenkbeeldig dat – door het ontbreken van voldoende stimuli – het archeologisch solidariteitsfonds een louter theoretisch instrument blijft. De bezorgdheid over de financiering hangt voor de SARO nauw samen met de nood aan een groter maatschappelijk draagvlak voor onroerend erfgoed en archeologie.

Lees meer: download het volledige advies (pdf)

16 hours 8 min ago DM Leslie S.B. MacCoull << G.W. Schwendner (What's New in Papyrology) Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 7:53 PM, Roger Bagnall wrote: I am sorry to have to report that Leslie MacCoull has just died, age 70, in Tempe, Arizona. She will be best known to papyrologists for her work on the archive of Dioskoros of Aphrodite, but in later years she published extensively on John Philoponus.
16 hours 18 min ago Progress of the German Petition << Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Here's a map showing where the currently 15.712 German signatories of the "Für den Erhalt des privaten Sammelns" petition live:

It is perhaps clearer on this version that the opponents of a closer due diligence in the market come mainly from the towns and cities. The dot distribution corresponds to the population density to some extent, but note the lighter scatter relative to population figures in former DDR. Is this due to different attitudes, or simply purchasing power across the 'united Germany'? Berlin and Munich are noticeable black spots, as are Tubingen, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and the Rhine valley, Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. The situation of Dresden and Passau down near the border is interesting.

Here is how the petition is growing at the moment, 54 days before the end:

It looks at the moment as if the final result will be somewhere around 35000 "against". Though what actually they all think they are against is debatable.

Most interesting is the the information "where they come here from":
Numismatic:,,,,, [Paris],, [Münzhandelsgesellschaft Deutsche Münze, Braunschweig], [Spain], [A. H. Baldwin and Sons Ltd, London], [Fritz Rudolf Künker, Osnabruck],, and [Bocholt].

Collectables retailers and auctioneers [Internationales Auktionshaus fuer Antiken, Alte Waffen, Orden und Ehrenzeichen, Historische Sammlungsstücke Munich]   , and for some reason two stamp sales sites:   [Note: flagged as untrustworthy link:,- Suchmaschine für Briefmarkenangebote], [Briefmarken, Braunschweig], there are also two Metal detectorists and miltaria collectors:,, and one Other site for investors:,

Here we can see that the initiators of this action are dealers, and over three quarters of the agitators noted are coin dealers.  The repetition of this pattern (see the opposition to the measures of the CCPIA in the USA) makes it clear that it is coin dealers in particular who are a stumbling block to efforts and any measures adopted to clean up the antiquities market in general. In order to get co-operation from the collecting world, first of all those dealers who at every step want to frustrate  such efforts need to be dealt with.

16 hours 20 min ago CALL for PAPERS: Growing up Motherless in Antiquity (Basel) << G.W. Schwendner (What's New in Papyrology)

Growing up Motherless in Antiquity: A Conference on Mother Absence in the Ancient Mediterranean
Prof. Dr. Sabine R. Huebner, Universität Basel, Switzerland; Dr. David M. Ratzan, New York University

26.05.2016 - 28.05.2016

Prof. Dr. Sabine R. Huebner

The last forty years have witnessed a vast reclamation project in ancient history, as scholars have worked to recover the lives of historically muted groups, particularly those of women and children. The result is an impressive body of work collecting the traces ancient women and children have left behind, as well as a sophisticated epistemology of the biases, gaps, and silences in the historical record. From this perspective, the absence of ancient mothers has represented an ineluctable reality and a methodological hurdle, but rarely a subject of study in its own right. Yet the evidence suggests that mother absence was not merely a secondary artifact of bias or artistic and historiographical conventions; it was also a primary condition of antiquity, one whose root causes, social articulations, and psychological effects have never been fully described or explored, even as it had a profound effect on ancient family life and the experience of childhood.
In approaching the causes, forms, and effects of ancient mother absence we now stand to benefit not only from the last four decades of research into the ancient and pre-modern family (including a growing bibliography on ancient mothers, e.g., the recent collection of Petersen and Salzman-Mitchell (eds.), Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome [Univ. Texas Press, 2012]), but also from recent research into contemporary mother absence. The root cause of ancient mother absence, of course, was death, with the result that a significant proportion of ancient children grew up without their biological mothers. In the contemporary West, by contrast, mother absence is increasingly the product of the number of working and career mothers (now two-thirds to three-quarters of all mothers in Germany, Switzerland, France, and the U.S.), a social revolution that is rapidly transforming the practices, economics, ideals, and politics of mothering. Cameron Macdonald’s Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering (Berkeley 2011), for example, investigates the ways in which mother-work has been commoditized, outsourced, and negotiated between mothers and “shadow mothers” over the last two decades. Macdonald’s account of the economics, class tensions, and strategic postures shaping the relationships between contemporary mothers and a quasi-professionalized class of surrogates is a thought-provoking read for anyone acquainted with the various “shadow mothers” of antiquity. This and similar research suggests that ancient historians should attempt to see the phenomenon of ancient mother absence as a continuum, ranging from its obvious manifestation in the total absence caused by maternal death, to the partial absences of various forms of maternal separation brought about by economic necessity, divorce, slavery, social conventions, and perhaps even choice on occasion. It also provides us with a potential framework to understand the ways in which different parties or groups cognized and responded to maternal absence, from the children who grew up without their mothers to varying degrees, to those who stepped in, were employed, or commanded to mother them, a patchwork cast of stepmothers, family members, wet nurses, and domestic slaves—and perhaps we may even extend this analysis to the absent mothers themselves, to the extent that we can recover or reconstruct their experiences.
We invite scholars to reconsider the absence of ancient mothers in terms of ancient mother absence (cf. Huebner & Ratzan (eds.), Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity [Cambridge, 2009]) and seek papers on any aspect of ancient mother absence in the ancient Mediterranean, from any period, subfield, or methodological approach, including (but not limited to) the following themes:
- The demography and sociology of ancient mother absence, including forms of mother absence not occasioned by death
- The relationship of the cultural ideals of “good” and “bad” mothers to the realities of mother absence, and the cultural construction and deconstruction of mothers, including reflections and refractions of mother absence in various rejections of motherhood (e.g., cults of virginity or chastity, medical theories minimizing maternal contribution to conception, myths of male pregnancy and birth, etc.)
- The anthropology, economics, ideology, status, and micropolitics of ancient mother-work and those who performed it (mothers, shadow mothers, stepmothers, etc.) and the effects or outcomes on children
- The psychology, emotional life, identities, and strategies of absent mothers, the children who lived apart from or survived them, and those who filled the persistent familial gap (mothers, shadow mothers, stepmothers, etc.)
- Visual or poetic representations of or engagements with mother absence and the discourse of mother absence in epitaphs, eulogies, personal correspondence, religion, cult, forensic rhetoric, politics, law, or medicine


Abstracts should be no more than 400 words (exclusive of title and biographical note), describing a 20-minute paper to be delivered in English. Please include the full title of your paper and a brief biographical note on your academic affiliation and previous research. Qualified junior researchers and recent PhD graduates are encouraged to apply. The deadline for full consideration is Oct. 15, 2015.
Please submit your abstract by email to: or
Prof. Dr. Sabine Huebner
Departement für Altertumswissenschaften, Universität Basel

16 hours 23 min ago What can or cannot be data? << Cale Staley (Digging in the Digital Age)

After two classes of my Text Mining for History and Literature class this semester at Cornell I am starting to question the limits of the word “data.”  In class we were posed with the task to define data and decide if literature is data. Initially, the answer appeared to be an overwhelming consensus that yes, literature is data but, then things began to become more murky when the discussion began to attempt to define what data actually is. This is something I had never really considered before, whether some objects or concepts could be data or not. There were many phrases thrown around about how data must be able to be read by a computer, be read algorithmically, or that it must inherently be quantifiable.

This concept of data that was created in our class confused me at the start, I began to think about emotions and thought and whether they were quantifiable aspects of life. They are caused by electrical impulses in our brains that can be measured, but can we get to this same quantifiable entity through the study of an author’ word choice. Does this fit into a typical definition of data?

At this point I think the more prudent question to ask is “what can or cannot be data?,” rather than “what is data?” We know what already is data, but if the aim is to create new knowledge and research it would be better to ask what can become data and be analyzed. Rather than focusing on what aspects of literature, history, human nature, and life fit into the preconceived notion of “data,” might it be better to see where the farthest boundaries of data lie through experimentation and attempting to understand non-traditional datasets as data? Hopefully I will come up with an answer eventually.

16 hours 30 min ago Two Graves found but no amphitheatre << Archaeological News on Tumblr THE mystery of Colchester’s missing amphitheatre has still not been solved, despite archaeologists...
17 hours 5 min ago Oldest Case of Heart Failure Found in Ancient Mummy << Archaeological News on Tumblr The oldest case of acute decompensated heart failure has been found in 3,500-year-old mummified...
17 hours 13 min ago Möller's Hieratische Paläographie Online << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) [First posted in AWOL 5 February  2014, updated 28 August 2015]

Möller G. Hieratische Paläographie. Bd. I–IV (1909–1936)
Neudruck der 2. verbesserten Auflage. Osnabrück, 1965
Bd I. S. 1-22 [.pdf 4,26 мб] Bd I. S. 23-76 [.pdf 2,16 мб]
Bd II. S. 1-30 [.pdf 2,23 мб] Bd II. S. 31-74, Taf. [.pdf 4,69 мб]
Bd III. S. 1-31 [.pdf 2,27 мб] Bd III. S. 32-72, Taf. [.pdf 5,11 мб]
Bd IV (Ergänzungsheft zu Bd. I und II) [.pdf 626 кб]

Index bij Möller, Hieratische Paläographie by F. Vervloesem (24 februari 2006)
17 hours 14 min ago How A Pregnant Woman's Love Of Dogs Led To Her Death By Parasites In Ancient Greece << Kristina Killgrove (Forbes) Could a pregnant woman's love of dogs have caused her early death in ancient Greece? These archaeologist think they have evidence that it did.
17 hours 14 min ago Morag Kersel, DePaul University, Chicago “The Lure of the Relic : Collecting the Holy Land” << AIA Fieldnotes
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Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America/Central Illinois Society
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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:30am

Abstract: The relationship between people and things is a crucial avenue of investigation in understanding past cultures. While the social aspects of material culture have come under closer scrutiny over the past few decades, what remains largely unexplored are the reasons why people collect archaeological artifacts. An examination of the social contexts and the consequences of consuming material culture is integral to a fuller understanding of archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean. Read more »


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17 hours 16 min ago A list of translations of the Orations of Libanius, at Antiochepedia << Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

Libanius lived in 4th century Antioch, and he knew everyone who was anyone.  His very voluminous works have not received much attention from translators.  This is probably because his works are rather dull.  Nevertheless they contain valuable data on late antique culture.  But even finding what translations exist can be a challenge.

A useful item, this, at the Antiochepedia website:

Listing of sources for translations of Libanius’ Orations

A very thorough summary of the translations of the Orations by Libanius has been prepared by Christine Lund Koch Greenlee, a graduate student at St Andrews University.

The pdf is available here.

Grab it while it’s hot!

UPDATE: The link seems a bit unreliable: here’s a mirror:

17 hours 36 min ago Duizenden historische kaarten ontsloten op << ArcheoNet BE

Op de nieuwe website vind je voortaan de grootste en rijkste online cartografische collectie van België en Centraal-Afrika. In het Cartesius-project ontsluiten de Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, het Rijksarchief, het Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika en het Nationaal Geografisch Instituut voor het eerst samen hun historische geografische gegevens voor het grote publiek.

Cartesius bevat al enkele tienduizenden cartografische objecten en wordt nog stelselmatig uitgebreid. Via het online zoekportaal kun je de collecties op een innovatieve, geografische manier doorzoeken. Je kunt via een publieke cloud-toepassing ook zelf aan de slag met de oude kaarten, luchtfoto’s en plattegronden en zo uw eigen kaartenboek samenstellen. Kaarten samenvoegen, delen, aanvullen, editeren en het resultaat weer voor anderen toegankelijk maken…

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