Love is in the air! We're looking for a few good scholars to display both eros and erudition in our first (and possibly last!) Ancient Near Eastern Valentine's contest.
We want no more than three of your original[*] compositions, in any ancient Near Eastern language (we'll bend the rules a bit and allow Greek), accompanied by an English translation. Artwork is similarly welcome. All entries should be sent via e-mail to akerr at eisenbrauns dot com before noon on Wednesday, February 13.
The decisions of the judges will be final and, most likely, extremely arbitrary. Prizes will be given. Winners will be announced on February 14, 2008, and winning entries will be showcased on the Eisenbrauns website. Submitting an entry constitutes permission to reproduce your work.
[*] We have memorized the entire corpus of Near Eastern poetry, and will be watching for cheating. OK, we haven't — but someone out there will catch you at it if your words are not your own, and that wouldn't be good. So don't.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Author Rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as the author of a journal article
The Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology in the Mediterranean Interest Group of the AIA has posted their recent panel at the Annual Meeting in Chicago as a series of podcasts. The panel, entitled "The Archaeology of Xenitia: Greek Immigration and Material Culture," (abstract) was organized by Kostis Kourelis (Clemson University) and Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory (La Trobe University) and sought to bring together the study of archaeology and material culture with the diverse experiences of the immigrant Greek community in Chicago and elsewhere in the US and the world.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
A positive review at last of a archaeological documentary, even if it was a bit of a soap opera.
"It was quite by chance that I turned on the TV last summer and found myself watching the most gratifying coverage of an excavation I have ever seen. The subject of the documentary was an intact chamber at the bottom of a shaft not far from the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. No fewer than seven coffins were discovered -- two of them apparently intact -- along with 29 large storage jars. Since the step-by-step coverage of the excavation may not be screened again -- and even if it is, people may not have a chance to see it -- I shall describe the events that led up to the official opening of the large sealed coffin in an ongoing and enormously challenging project"
Review by Jill Kamil
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The basic goal is to allow "readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases." They provide guidelines and technological mechanisms for self-identification of those posts in which blog authors "thoughtfully address" the content or outcomes of peer-reviewed research.
The emphasis is so far largely on science, but there's nothing stopping ancientists of all stripes taking a similar approach. Indeed, Alun has just invoked the BP3 badge and guidelines in writing about Peter Heslin's reconsideration of the so-called Horologium Augusti in the latest issue of the Journal of Roman Studies.
I'm curious: do others here see value in this initiative? Pitfalls? If so, why?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This was Gil Renberg's idea: a place to share notices of useful publications (print or electronic) that seem to have escaped the collections dragnet and are therefore dangerously (preservation) or disruptively (research support) underrepresented in a nation's or a region's libraries.
We're trying to use the blog medium to our advantage as well, so we're tagging relevant posts as concerned with "rare publications". This gives us a thematically browseable list, together with a corresponding web feed.
You can read more about the initiative at CurEp: "New and Rare Publications" (22 Jan 2008).
Monday, January 21, 2008
The Digital Arts and Humanities website has several feeds of interest, including its news hub (a feed aggregator), which can be browsed online or syndicated via an RSS 2.0 feed. The site provides mechanisms for thematic browsing of its own internal content as well, and many of these are also available as feeds, for example: Classics and Ancient History as an HTML summary vs. Classics and Ancient History as a feed.
The eclassics ning ring has feeds too (now universally available, yay), including:
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Many of you will recall that it originated in a series of postings on AWBG and on his own blog, The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World:
Blogging Archaeology or the Archaeology of Blogging: Metablogging the Ancient World
Blogging Archaeology or the Archaeology of Blogging: Metablogging the Ancient World Part 3
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
My Art Space is an interactive service that enables visitors to museums and galleries to 'collect' cultural artefacts with their mobile phone.This now has a commercial outlet via OOKL. Although this project was aimed at secondary education, the technology has an application for Higher Education.
Details for the mLearn2008 conference are now available. This will be hosted by the University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and IT (8-10 October 2008), and will take place on the edge of historic and rural Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The deadline for submitting papers and abstracts is in April.
It addresses important issues all of us building Web Resources should be thinking about.
There are innumerable departmental, community, and personal web sites worthy of long-term preservation but proportionally fewer archivists available to properly prepare and process such sites. We propose a simple model for such everyday web sites which takes advantage of the web server itself to help prepare the site's resources for preservation. This is accomplished by having metadata utilities analyze the resource at the time of dissemination. The web server responds to the archiving repository crawler by sending both the resource and the just-in-time generated metadata as a straight-forward XML-formatted response. We call this complex object (resource + metadata) a CRATE. In this paper we discuss modoai, the web server module we developed to support this approach, and we describe the process of harvesting preservation-ready resources using this technique.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
For example, the code4lib community uses software called Planet to aggregate content from its members' blogs, which can then be consumed in various ways.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
So ... how are other Ancient World Bloggers keeping up with podcasts from ITunesU? And have folks found an intuitive way to actually link to them at ITunes?
Friday, January 11, 2008
I went through the contributors list quickly and used the first ancient world themed blog I could find for each name. My apologies in advance for any mistakes.
James Baker: JC Baker
William Caraher: The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
Jim Davila: Paleojudaica.com
Dan Diffendale: Tria Corda
Ioannis Georganas: Mediterranean Archaeology
David Gill: Looting Matters
Mark Goodacre: NT Gateway Weblog
Sean Graham: Electric Archaeologist
Charles Elwood Jones: Persopolis Fortification Archive Project
Kathrin Kleibl: Gräco-Ägyptische Religion und Heiligtümer
Antonio Lombatti: Pseudoscienze cristiane antiche e medievali
James McGrath: Exploring Our Matrix
Duane Smith: Abnormal Interests
Neel Smith: Vitruvian Design
James Spinti: Idle musings of a bookseller
Judith Weingarten: Zenobia: Empress of the East
Tom Elliott: Horothesia
Sebastian Heath: Mediterranean Ceramics
Eric Kansa: Digging Digitally
Charles Watkinson: Charles Watkinson's blog
Some of the contributors to AWBG are also contributors to the Stoa. I didn't see an explicit license on the front page there. Nor is there one on this blog.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Dan Diffendale at Tria Corda, and again, and yet again.
Tom Elliot at Current Epigraphy, at Horothesia, and at The Stoa.
Troels Myrup at Iconoclasm.
James Spinti at Idle Musings of a Bookseller here and here
Has anyone else blogged from the AIA/APA meetings? Let us know!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Here is a close up of the bust so you can see the book covers:
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Some new on-line biographies for ancient historians and archaeologists have appeared in the latest update (January 2008) of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
- Grant, Michael (1914–2004), by Hugh Lloyd-Jones
- Moorey, (Peter) Roger Stuart (1937–2004), by Stephanie Dalley
- Robertson, (Charles) Martin (1911–2004), by John Boardman
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
At no. 14, between "Tony Blair does not keep a personal diary" and "10% of university work from across the UK is plagiarised", is "Antony and Cleopatra were ugly". I suggest you follow the link to the story from the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.