Sunday, May 29, 2016

UNESCO World Heritage Map of Greece: Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

UNESCO World Heritage Map of Greece: Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
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TAY Project - Türkiye Arkeolojik Yerleşmeleri - Archaeological Settlements of Turkey

 [First posted in AWOL 17 March 2013, updated 29 May 2016]

TAY Project - Türkiye Arkeolojik Yerleşmeleri - Archaeological Settlements of Turkey
Türkiye Arkeolojik Yerleşmeleri (TAY) Projesi, dünya kültür emanetlerinin önemli bir parçası olan Türkiye kültür varlıklarının bulgularının, kronolojik bir envanterinin çıkartılması ve bu bilginin uluslararası platformda paylaşılması amacına yönelik olarak tasarlanmıştır. En azından 400.000 yıl eskiye uzanan kültürel verileri barındıran Anadolu ve Trakya toprakları üzerinde, 1800'lerin ilk yarısından başlayan araştırmaların sonuçları ile çağdaş yüzey araştırmaları ve kazıların bilgileri dağınık ve çoğunlukla ulaşılamaz durumdadır. Birçok yerleşmenin yeri bilinmemekte, birçoğu da tahribatın/yapılaşmanın kurbanı olmuş ya da olmaktadır. Bu tahribata karşı ve bu emanetleri korumaya yönelik öncelikle yapılabilecek en önemli çalışma, kültürel verilerin merkezi bir yapı içinde toplanması ve derlenmesidir: Belgeleme olmadan koruma olmaz. İlk kez bu projeyle, Türkiye arkeolojik yerleşmeleri, höyükler, tümülüsler, anıtlar, mezarlıklar, ören yerleri, yerleşme yerleşme, höyük höyük, tümülüs tümülüs belgelenmektedir. 

The TAY (Archaeological Settlements of Turkey) Project was set up to build a chronological inventory of findings for the cultural heritage of Turkey - an important component of World Heritage sites - and to share this information with the international community.

Although both Anatolia and Thrace have revealed cultural traces dating to at least 400.000 years ago, results from early 19th century investigations as well as data generated by current surveys and excavations are neither well organised nor easily accessible. The locations of many sites remain unknown, while many of them have been and continue to be destroyed, taking their undiscovered secrets with them. In order to stop this cycle, it is essential to collect and compile all available cultural heritage information to establish and maintain a central inventory: if we do not document, we cannot protect. TAY project's central aim is to thoroughly document all archaeological settlements within Turkey (such as mounds, monuments, tumuli, cemeteries, etc.). 

Progetto Sinleqiunnini: Digital Cuneiform Archives

 [First posted in AWOL 17 Mrch 2013, updated 29 My 2016]

Progetto Sinleqiunnini: Digital Cuneiform Archives


Sinleqiunnini started as a project of Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale". The project was later joined by Università Ca' Foscari Venezia and is currently hosted by its server. Funding has been provided by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR)
The software has been designed by Francesco Di Filippo, who is in charge of its maintenance in the framework of the research activities promoted by CNR-ISMA (Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico).

Online Databases

  • Ebla Digital Archives

  • The database is intended to include all texts so far published belonging to the 3rd millennium royal archives of Ebla/Tell Mardikh. Texts are reproduced in the same sequence as in the individual volumes of the series Archivi Reali di Ebla – Testi published by the “Italian Archaeological Mission to Syria” of the Sapienza University of Rome. The seven ARET volumes currently included in the database will be gradually followed by other volumes published in the past years and by text editions that have appeared in other series (such as MEE), in monographs or in journals.
  • Middle Euphrates Digital Archive

  • The database includes all Emar texts so far published and collections from: tell Munbaqa, tell Hadidi, tell Faqous, tell el-Qitar, tell Bazi and Umm el-Marra.
  • LiBER | Linear B Electronic Resources

  • LiBER is a CNR-ISMA project which aims at producing an integrated database of Linear B documents, with the ultimate goal of providing scholars, and all those who are interested in the Mycenaean world, with an updated edition of the Linear B documents, along with a new set of search tools. Individual texts are supplied with transcriptions, critical apparatus, photographs as well as, whenever possible, with all the relevant information about findspots, scribes, chronologies, inventory numbers and places of preservation. The database can be searched by series of documents, syllabic sequences, logograms, scribes and findspots, while search results can be displayed both as lists of texts and interactive maps.

Digital Classicist wiki Sprint 31 May

Digital Classicist wiki Sprint
As you may recall, the first Tuesday of every month sees interested List members getting together for an hour or two (in so-called online "sprints") to work on improving the content of the Digital Classicist wiki ( For this month, however, this event is taking place on the last Tuesday, i.e. 31 May, and is dedicated to a particular theme: ancient geography.

Anyone interested in participating should:

1. Request (if you don't already have one) an editing account on the wiki, by getting in touch in advance with Gabriel Bodard ([log in to unmask]). 
2. Join, anytime between 16–18h London time (= 17–19CEST = 11–13EDT = 10–12CDT etc.), the #Digiclass chatroom  (instructions here:, where you can work synchronously with colleagues (or by yourself) to edit or create articles in the DigitalClassicist wiki to do with resources on ancient geography - the geospatial data themselves and the tools for analysing them - created or curated by individuals, projects and/or institutions.

(Of course, you are free to join us to work on other parts of the wiki too!)

Please do extend this invitation to any interested individuals and parties.

We look forward to improving our content with you!

With best wishes,
The Digital Classicist team

Dr Anna Foka
Associate Senior Lecturer
Umeå University 
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Virtual Magic Bowl Archive

 [First posted in AWOL 17 May 2011. Updated 28 May 2016]

Virtual Magic Bowl Archive
The Virtual Magic Bowl Archive (VMBA) is a collaborative project involving scholars from Israel and the United Kingdom.
The VMBA was initially established by Dr Dan Levene and hosted by the University of Southampton from 2009. In 2014, it was transferred to the University of Exeter, to be continued under the supervision of Dr Siam Bhayro.
The aim of the VMBA is to provide online resources for those engaged in the study of Aramaic incantation bowls from Sasanian Mesopotamia, perhaps the most important primary source we have for studying the everyday beliefs and practices of the Jewish, Christian, Mandaean, Manichaean, Zoroastrian and Pagan communities on the eve of the Islamic conquests.
While we envisage more features being added over time, the initial resources will focus on some 650 texts that comprise part of the Schøyen Collection, which are currently being prepared for publication by an international team of scholars under the supervision of Professor Shaul Shaked.
The first published volume of incantation bowls from the Schøyen Collection is:
S. Shaked, J.N. Ford and S. Bhayro, Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One (Magical and Religious Literature of Late Antiquity 1; Leiden: Brill, 2013)
For those interested in learning more about the Aramaic incantation bowls, Dr Levene's booklet Curse or Blessing: What's in the Magic Bowl?‌ can be downloaded as a PDF.
Browse the VMBA photographic archive.
See also Pre-Islamic Incantation Bowls for details of our research on the Schøyen Collection’s Aramaic incantation bowls.

Open Access Bibiography: Zenon at the DAI

[First posted in AWOL 12 July 2009. Updated 28 May 2016]

ZENON DAI  [Zentraler Online Katalog]
The DAI compiles some of the most important bibliographies on archaeology:

Archaeological Bibliography

Bibliography of the Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula

Subject catalogue of the Roman-German Commission

Bibliography of the Archaeology of Eurasia (completed bibliography)

You are now able to search through the Archaeological Bibliography free of charge at the website of the DAI.
Please take a look at our central online catalogue ZENON DAI:!

The Archaeological Bibliography is expanded daily by the departments in Rome, Athens, Istanbul and the head office in Berlin, and it comprises titles collected since 1956 (approx. 400,000 titles).

As a result of the involvement of the Athens and Istanbul departments in compiling the bibliography (since spring 2006), considerably more Greek and Turkish journals and monographs have been described and made available for research, in view of the holdings of those libraries. The Archaeological Bibliography is being expanded additionally in the following areas: prehistory/Anatolia and among the oriental cultures: Hittites and Urartu.

In the Archaeological Bibliography you can search for monographs and articles from approx. 2,700 journals and articles from congress reports and festschrifts, etc. The bibliography contains the literature on Graeco-Roman culture and its peripheral cultural and also literature on Etruscan, Minoan and Mycenaean culture, the Anatolian cultures, prehistory and ancient history including epigraphy and numismatics.

Congress reports are now archived more consistently than before, arranged as a whole and described according to content.

Festschrifts and publications by several authors are described according to content if they have a unifying theme.

Reviews are currently not admitted.

See also [March 17, 2010] the DAI's call for feedback on the project.

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Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts

 [First posted in AWOL 28 March 2011, updated 28 May 2016]

אוצר כתבי יד תלמודיים - Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts
Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts
The Jewish National and University Library, David and Fela Shapell Family Digitization Project and the Hebrew University Department of Talmud are happy to present to the public the Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts. This project brings together images of major Talmudic manuscripts from libraries throughout the world.
The manuscripts are indexed to enable access by standard citation (tractate, daf and amud for the Talmud Bavli, and tractate, chapter and mishna for the Mishna).
As the manuscripts are entirely in Hebrew and Aramaic, the navigation tools of this site are in Hebrew
It is best viewed under Microsoft Windows with Microsoft Explorer version 5 or higher.