Thursday, December 22, 2011

2012 Meeting of the Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication

The Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication (FCLSC) will meet during the APA/AIA meetings on Saturday, January 7th  2012 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Jefferson Boardroom at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
The Forum brings together people interested in the intersection between classical studies, libraries, and scholarly communication, in order to promote timely exchange of information and ideas. Members also collaborate on projects of mutual concern. As an officially affiliated group of the American Philological Association, the Forum aims to support initiatives of the APA relating to libraries and scholarly communication.
This year's meeting will include a presentation by Prof. Dr. Ortwin Dally, Secretary General of the German Archaeological Institute, on ZENON and related projects. 

3.       “E-books versus Print”  We decided last meeting that we really enjoy and find quite useful free flowing discussions on topics of importance to us.  Catherine Mardikes met recently with Classics faculty and grad students at Chicago to discuss selection strategies in this strange hybrid world in which we find ourselves, and will introduce the subject

FCLSC welcomes any and all who are interested.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Library stamps from Institut d'Egypte

Distributed on MELANET, the mailing list of the Middle East Librarians Association - reposted here with permission (see also the aggregation of information on The Fire at the Institut d'Egypte Cairo)

FYI: During a visit to National Library and Archives of Egypt today, I took photos of the different library stamps seen in the materials recovered from the Institut d'Egypte. The fourth image is perhaps not as clear as I thought.

With the permission of NLAE Director Dr. Zain Abdel-Hady, I am posting these with the hopes that it would be useful should any of the Institut's holdings be spotted in the antiquarian book market. This is merely a precaution and should not be construed as anything being reported missing or outside the control of NLAE or the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Please feel free to share or distribute to interested parties.

This activity falls in line with MELA's committee on Iraqi Libraries efforts to collect stamps and ownership marks of Iraqi libraries and make these available for public knowledge and awareness:



William J. Kopycki
Field Director
Library of Congress--Cairo, Egypt
US Embassy
8 Kamal al-Din Salah St.
Garden City, Cairo
Tel. +20-2-2797-3564
Fax +20-2-2796-0233

Friday, August 19, 2011

Past Preservers People Needs Male Host Investigators for History Channel Series

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A US-based production company is seeking two male Hosts for a series currently in development with the History Channel. Each episode in the series will look at a different milestone event, object, or device. Often, but not always, these will be natural or manmade disasters.

Each program will dissect the event, examining it from different perspectives, angles, and points-of-view. The goal of each episode is to investigate the topic, and by the end of the program, shed new light or understanding on it.

The two Hosts must be Investigators of a sort. They will lead the viewers through the story, breaking down the subject. The Hosts will do their investigating both on a set and in the field. The investigation will have a forensic approach, grounded in engineering.

Host #1 should be an expert in the process of analysis and investigation. A background in investigation or engineering would be helpful but not essential, as long as he has a grasp of basic investigative principles. You must have a passion for history without being too straitlaced. An engaging personality is critical (a sense of humour is welcome!), and must work well with Host #2.

Host #2 should have experience in the digital world. Whereas Host #1 will be familiar with forensic investigation, Host #2 will be familiar with computers and digital technology. Host #2 will bring digital techniques and ideas to the investigation – for example ways of visualizing perspectives inside the event or object that may not be physically possible in the real world.
Host #2 might be (but does not have to be) somewhat younger than Host #1. Being a little bit nerdy wouldn't hurt -- but not at the expense of personality. Host #2 must be a good “sidekick” and partner, but also able to hold his own weight, and must be comfortable working with Host #1.

In the field, Hosts will meet with participants, witnesses, and/or experts in each episode’s subject. They may also consult a CSI-type lab facility for technical assistance. On set, Hosts will interact with a variety of digital imagery relating to that episode’s focus; they must be (or be able to become) comfortable working with greenscreen and objects that are “not there” in real life but will be added later.

Both hosts should be males from North America in the 25 - 50 age range.
If you are interested in becoming one of the Hosts please contact Past Preservers People asap letting us know which position interests you. If you are not currently on our database please complete the online registration form (its held on Google docs and is very secure!) and we will also need the following from you to complete the application-

• A current CV
• Two pictures, one head shot and one full body, please do not embed in your CV or email and please only you in the shot and action pictures work better than formal shots!
• A short video audition (3-5 mins MAX), describing you and your work and interests, this doesn’t need to be the next Oscar nominated short, but please thing carefully about the setting and subjects and technical aspects such as sound and lighting. The best way to get this to us this to us is via services such as YouSend it or Dropbox etc or you upload the clip to a video sharing site, such as YouTube or Vimeo and then just send us the link.

Please send all emails to us @ and pointing out which Host position best suits you!
For more information about being represented by Past Preservers People please visit our website @

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Past Preservers Team

Past Preservers People operates as a boutique management agency representing expert presenters from around the globe who have a wide range of skills & achievements in the heritage sphere alongside an extensive database of specialists for all your programme needs.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Call for Papers: Current Research in Egyptology XIII (CRE XIII)

Posted on behalf of the organizers
We are pleased to announce that Current Research in Egyptology XIII (CRE XIII) will be held at the University of Birmingham, UK, from 27th-30th March 2012.
We invite papers from postgraduate researchers and independent scholars studying Egypt and the Sudan, from the pre-historic to the Islamic periods. In keeping with last year’s conference, we hope to stimulate discussion on the multidisciplinary nature of Egyptology. Therefore, we also encourage papers from researchers in other disciplines, but whose research relates to the field of Egyptology. Themes may include, but are not limited to:
·       Architecture
·       Art History
·       Cultural Interaction
·       Current Fieldwork
·       Material Culture
·       Museum Studies and Site Management
·       Philology
·       Religion
·       State development
·       Trade and economy
Presentations may be either:
·       20 minute paper
·       A0 poster presentation
Abstracts should consist of no more than 200 words and should be submitted by 31st October 2011 to You will receive an email confirming reception of your abstract. Confirmation of whether your paper has been accepted will be sent via email by 1st December 2011.
For further information please visit our website at, or visit us on Facebook (Current Research in Egyptology XIII) or on Twitter (@CREXIII). Alternatively contact us at

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Contribute to the Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

Announcing the
Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

Our Goal: To provide an online destination for students and scholars seeking bibliographies about the ancient world.  In the modern academy, sometimes too much information is as thorny a problem as too little. The Ancient World Open Bibliographies seeks to provide annotated bibliographies on specific subjects that serve as an introduction to students or to scholars exploring a new area of research.  We will also link to existing open-access bibliographical resources online.

Open Access: The project is currently hosted at a dedicated wiki ( ), with duplication using the (free) bibliographic citation management software Zotero (see our group library here: ).  It is open access and covered by a Creative Commons license.
Scope: Geographically, we cover Europe, Asia, and Africa. Temporally, we cover prehistory through ca. 700 CE. Right now the project is richest in Classical, Near Eastern, and Egyptian Studies, but we welcome broader contributions within our scope.

How Can You Help? 
  1. Create an annotated bibliography on a topic of your expertise.
  2. Contribute an existing bibliography you have assembled on a topic – perhaps one you use for your own work, or distribute to students.
  3. Add a link to an existing online bibliography you use.
  4. Encourage your colleagues and students to participate by creating and sharing their own bibliographies; for example, consider whether the creation of an collaborative annotated bibliography would work as a class assignment.

Bibliographies or links can be emailed (see contact info below) or feel free to edit the wiki, adding a link or a new page (see details on how to do the latter at ). Emailed bibliographies in most formats will work: .doc, .pdf, .ris or other export from EndNote/Refworks/Zotero/etc.

Questions, or Want to Contribute?  Visit the wiki or blog or contact Phoebe Acheson (University of Georgia Libraries, ) or Chuck Jones (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, ).
This flier is available at

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Historical tours writers needed for the iPhone

Past Preservers is looking for passionate writers who can utilise the iPhone app, Rama, to make history come alive.

Past Preservers is working with Crimson Bamboo to develop historical tours for iPhone app, Rama.

Uniting popular history with archival photographs, Rama adds a historical narrative to the walking tour and shows snapshots of the tour route as it actually appeared.

Named by BBC Travel in 2010 as one of the ten best new travel apps, Rama is the only app that captures the experience of being in Chicago after the Great Fire, on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day, or in Shanghai’s French Concession in the roaring 20s.

If you would like to be involved with creating tours for Rama, send us an email about yourself and your tour idea to

Whether it’s a jaunt through your university’s past, or a recreation of the recent protests and political reform in Egypt, if you make the idea sound compelling, we’ll give you the tools to make it into a tour.

Call for papers: UK Archaeological Sciences 2011 meeting (short deadline)

UK Archaeological Sciences 2011 meeting, Reading, 15-18 September 2011
The Department of Archaeology is proud to host the UK Archaeological Sciences 2011 meeting.
UKAS is a bi-annual international conference which aims to bring together archaeological scientists from all areas of the field.
Study the programme
Please email to be added to our mailing list and receive updates on the conference.
Booking details are now available.

Call for papers

We invite podium and poster presentations from all areas of archaeological science but particularly around the themes:
  • Palaeoclimate
  • Humans and Environmental Change
  • Diet and Mobility
  • Human and Animal Populations
  • Ancient Materials
  • Dating
  • New Directions
Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 May 2011
Download the UKAS2011 abstract submission guidelines (PDF 68 KB)
Abstract template (Word 97KB)
Abstract template (RTF 68KB)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Remembering Donny George

For the benefit of those (there are some) who are not using facebook and therefore cannot see the Remembering Donny George page there, I'm listing here the obituaries and other linked documents which have been posted there.  I have not reproduced the personal comments.

Postings from March 24 and before are listed below the line in the order in which they appeared

In memory of Donny George and of the looting of the Iraq Museum, the Joukowsky Institute covered our artifacts for one week, as a symbolic representation of what we all have lost. Posted 15 April 2011.
Matthew Bannister on Donny George, Owsley Stanley, Harold Massingham and Bob Greaves. Posted April 14, 2011
BBC iPlayer - Night Waves: Julian Baggini, Jennifer Egan, Donny George Obituary, UK Census  (BBC Radio: Donny George segment begins at 34:35) Posted April 7, 2011
Professor Donny George - Obituaries, News - The Independent  Posted March 31
Assyrian Calendar: International: Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage Posted March 29
- : Donny George | Iraqi archaeologist, 60  Posted March 28
Defender of Iraqi antiquities Posted March 27
A Tribute to Donny George Posted Posted March 26
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:30-6:30 Rutgers Student Center Rutgers Posted March 25
Dr. Donny George, Former Director of Iraqi National Museum, Passes Away Posted 12 March.

Charlie Rose - A conversation with Donny George, former director of the Iraqi National Museum in Bghdad Posted 12 March

Donny George - a man of knowledge, courage and grace Posted 13 March.

Twitter / Four Corners Media: Donny George used to tell ... Posted 13 March.

Remember Iraq's Heritage, Our Heritage Posted 14 March.

A conversation between Donny George and Zainab Bahrani about the Iraqi Museum looting, from CAA News Posted 14 March.

Donny George's talk at the CAA Annual Conference in 2008, which describes the tragic April 2003 events, from CAA News. Posted 14 March.

Donny George, 60, Dies; Protected Iraq’s Artifacts Posted 15 March.

In this 38-minute interview, Dr. George discusses the circumstances surrounding his decision to leave Baghdad for the United States. It focuses on the continued looting of ancient sites in Iraq, the situation at the Iraq Museum, the recovery of the statue of Entemena, the disputed Sumerian cuneiforms at Cornell University. He concludes with recommendations for safeguarding Iraq's ancient sites and near-term plans. Posted 15 March.

Donny George: Iraqi who fought to recover antiquities - Iraq - Zawya Posted 15 March.

Donny George Posted 15 March.

ICCROM - obituary: Donny George Youkhanna 1950 2011 Posted 16 March.

Archaeopop: The Past in Popular Culture: Donny George Youkhanna, 1950-2011 Posted 16 March.

DONNY GEORGE R.I.P. Posted 16 March.

ICOM - EN: OBITUARY: Dr Donny George Youkhanna - FR : NECROLOGIE : Dr Donny George Youkhanna - SP: OBITUARIO: Dr Donny George Youkhanna Posted 17 March.

2 minutes with Dr. Donny George in the Iraq Museum, February 2004 Posted 17 March.

Archaeologist Donny George Youkhanna dies Posted 17 March.

Tribute to Donny George - Culture in Development Posted 18 March.

Dr. Donny George Youkhanna Posted 18 March.

BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Last Word, Donny George, Owsley Stanley, Harold Massingham and Bob Greaves Posted 19 March.

R.I.P. Dr. Donny George Youkhanna Posted 19 March.

Donny George, el arqueólogo que salvó los tesoros de Irak · ELPAÍ Posted 19 March.

Cultural Heritage in Danger: A Tribute to Dr. Donny George Youkhanna: October 23, 1950-March 11, 2011 Posted 20 March.


Assyrian Archaeologist, Professor Donny George Youkhanna passes away Posted 22 March.

رحيل آخر الآشوريين Posted 23 March.

Cultural Heritage in Danger: Remembering Donny George: A Tribute from SAFE Posted 23 March.

Remembering Dr. Donny George - a set on Flickr Posted 24 March.

Memorial Service for Dr Donny George Youkhanna: Sydney Posted 24 March.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Past Preservers teams up with Crimson Bamboo


Past Preservers teams up with Crimson Bamboo to develop historical tours for iPhone app

NEW YORK CITY and CAIRO—March 21, 2011—Past Preservers and Crimson Bamboo LLC announced today that they would be teaming up to develop tours for Rama, Crimson Bamboo’s flagship augmented reality app for iPhone.

Named by BBC Travel in 2010 as one of the ten best new travel apps, Rama is a mobile phone platform that takes users on historical walking tours which not only tell the story behind the stops on the tour, but also show archival images of how those locations once appeared. Past Preservers, a historical and archaeological consultancy that has previously provided support for programming for such major television networks as the History Channel and Al-Jazeera International, will tap into its considerable media connections and expertise to produce innovative new tours on locations around the world, which will be sold directly to users on Rama.

“We are very excited to work with Past Preservers on offering new tours for Rama,” Michael Carroll, co-founder of Crimson Bamboo, stated. “We founded our company with the mission of delivering top-quality content to users while also providing authors with new tools for telling—and showing—history’s greatest stories. Past Preservers has one of the largest networks of historical and new media experts in the world and we are sure that the tours we produce with them will continue to expand Rama’s reputation for providing users with the opportunity to understand and experience history like never before.”

Both companies also stressed that, in addition to providing a new form of immersive content for users, the collaboration would also focus on serving the authors of the tours.

“Past Preservers has always been dedicated, first and foremost, to helping academics and professionals to earn money doing the things that they are most passionate about,” said Past Preservers’ president, Nigel Hetherington. “Rama not only offers the perfect opportunity to reach new audiences using one of the most cutting-edge platforms available, but also offers our clients a new opportunity to write first-class historical content that they can sell directly to customers. This is a truly innovative publishing model that we are convinced will really serve our clients’ interests.”

Historical walking tours jointly produced by the two companies will be available for purchase within the Rama app, and are generally priced between $0.99 and $2.99. Rama can be downloaded on iTunes at

Crimson Bamboo is a New York City-based Limited Liability Company founded in March 2010, with the mission of creating new convergences between people, data, and the world.

Past Preservers, founded by Nigel J. Hetherington in 2005, taps into its extensive network of archaeologists, historians, Egyptologists, engineers, geologists, and other specialists to provide historical and archaeological consultancy and professional support to the media industry. With offices in Cairo and London and representatives throughout the Middle East, North America, and Europe, Past Preservers has a strong hold in the international media scene, having completed assignments for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Al-Jazeera International, TLC, and Living Channel.


Lydia Wittgenstein
Crimson Bamboo LLC

Nigel Hetherington
Past Preservers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Teaser: AWDL

Would you like a preview of the the book viewer of ISAW's Ancient World Digital Library?  Come on in!

Comments are welcome below or to me directly.

Friday, March 11, 2011

TLG the victim of "coordinated pirate attackers"?

Apparently so:

Update (March 7, 2011):

The Online LSJ was released on February 24, 2011. Within hours of its release, our site became the target of individuals attempting to download our data. By March 1 our server was bombarded by hundreds of coordinated pirate attackers seeking to break into our server security. As a consequence, we were forced to suspend access to LSJ while we are taking steps to address the security of our servers.

We are working to reestablish access gradually and hope that LSJ will be back up within the next few days.

We regret the inconvenience this action has caused to our legitimate users.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Rumors, and a sound from long ago.

One of the very many rumors out of Egypt this week is that one of the the trumpets from Tutankhamun's tomb is a victim of the looting within the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.  I hope it isn't true.

The silver trumpet was played by a military bandsman, James Tappern, on BBC radio (and recorded) in 1939, using a modern mouthpiece, causing it to split. The bronze trumpet survived being played in 1939 and in 1941, the last time without a mouthpiece.  The recording was bundled into a version for delivery over the web in the 1990s, and was made accessible online by Hans van den Berg and Nigel Strudwick at the Website of the Center for Computer-Aides Egyptological Research (CCER) which, as you can see, has been closed down.  The Wayback Machine at the IA preserves the CCER text, but not the .exe file,  Fortunately, several other sited have preserved those files and you'll find them here:Trumpet.exe

Even more fortunately, there is a much more elegant version at the Africa page of the Philharmonia Orchestra Sound Exchange.  Click on Tutankhamun's Trumpet, and press play.

I don't suppose it sounded like that in antiquity.

Monday, February 21, 2011


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February 21, 2011
Contact: Anna Kipervaser, Writer, Producer (847) 571-6943


On Look Films announces the addition of renowned archaeologist and TV producer Nigel J. Hetherington, founder of media and heritage consultancy company Past Preservers, as advisor to the documentary film project Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo. Nigel has been consulting with the producers of On Look Films since the project’s infancy, and now in his official role, Nigel will bring his vast expertise in Egyptian cultural history and the contemporary local Cairo media world to influence the realization of the film.

Nigel J. Hetherington is an archaeologist and TV producer as well as a specialist in heritage conservation. He earned a BA in Egyptian Archaeology and an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Nigel has lectured at various institutions in Egypt and elsewhere on the need for the urgent protection of archaeological sites, and strives to facilitate and support the happy marriage of rigorous and scientific archaeology to innovative and entertaining media projects.

Past Preservers was founded by archaeologist and media consultant Nigel J. Hetherington to provide historical and archaeological consultancy and professional support to the media industry, and draws on a global network of expertise to deliver innovative and effective heritage management and technology services to non-profit, business, and government clients. With offices in Cairo and London and representatives throughout the Middle East, North America, and Europe, Past Preservers has a strong hold in the international media scene. Previous assignments include work for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Al-Jazeera International, TLC, and Living Channel. Network of specialists include Archaeologists, Historians, Egyptologists, Heritage Consultants, Engineers, Geologists, and Anthropologists. For further information, visit


Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo is produced by Ukranian-born artist Anna Kipervaser and directed by award-winning Brazilian-born filmmaker Miguel Silveira, and includes a diverse international team of filmmakers and scholars.
The project encompasses a documentary film, audio archive, sound installation and interactive media library. Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo will be the most accurate record of the endangered 1,400 year-old tradition of the adhan (Islamic call to prayer) in Cairo before it is erased forever. The team is currently seeking funding to complete production of the documentary film.
Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo is fiscally sponsored by The Hartley Film Foundation, a 501(c)3, with additional support from National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project and the Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund. All donations are tax deductible. For further information and to watch the trailer and behind the scenes footage for this project, please visit

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Grim Threat

"Between 1993 and 2003 the proportion of all new full-time faculty appointments employed on short-term contracts and without prospect of tenure increased from 50 percent to 58.6 percent of those hired. This “restructuring” has been going on since the mid-1970s and shows no sign of slowing down: between 1976 and 2005 the full-time contingent academic workforce grew by 223 percent, the part-time contingent workforce grew by 214 percent, while the tenured and tenure-track workforce grew by just 17 percent"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 Meeting of the Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication

The Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication (FCLSC) will meet during the APA/AIA meetings on Saturday January 8th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Marriott Riverwalk’s Valero Room
The Forum brings together people interested in the intersection between classical studies, libraries, and scholarly communication, in order to promote timely exchange of information and ideas. Members also collaborate on projects of mutual concern. As an officially affiliated group of the American Philological Association, the Forum aims to support initiatives of the APA relating to libraries and scholarly communication.
This year's meeting will include a progress report on the joint FCLSC/LC project to match e-text to LC bibliographic records, discussion of the CLIR report Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day : Buidling a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics, by Alison Bebeu, Perseus Project, and other business.

FCLSC welcomes any and all who are interested.

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A New Blog: Paperless Archaeology

John Walrodt is now blogging at Paperless Archaeology
This blog is focused on the creation, curation, and publication of entirely digital content from archaeological excavations. Most of the examples come from work done for PARP:PS (Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia).

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