Antiquity À-la-carte

September 28, 2012 in Introduction

The Antiquity À-la-carte application is a web-based GIS interface and interactive digital atlas of the ancient world, featuring accurate historical, cultural, and geographical data produced by the AWMC in addition to the entire Pleiades Project feature set. The map is completely searchable with customizable features, allowing for the creation of any map covering Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity and beyond. AWMC welcomes feedback from community members on the experience of using the application and welcomes suggestions and comments.

Click here or on the image above in order to launch the map application. This application works best with Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
All site content and maps are released here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license.


Printing Struggles

May 3, 2014 in News

The Print server is once again acting erratically. We have redone the code to automatically allow printing when it is up and to exclude printing when it is down. We are meeting with ITS in the near future to increase the stability of the Tomcat server which powers the MapFish module driving the print capabilities of our application.



April 23, 2014 in News

We have restored the printing function, although the underlying mapfish server is still a little buggy. Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties in using it

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New Public Map Tiles and Antiquity À-la-carte 3.0 Beta

February 3, 2014 in News, Site Information, Updates

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The AWMC is proud to announce the release of a series of geographically accurate, publicly accessible map tiles ( ), suitable for use in nearly any web mapping application or GIS software suite. These tiles are hosted on Mapbox servers courtesy of ISAW, and are created by Ryan Horne from AWMC data produced by Richard TalbertJeffrey BeckerRyan HorneRoss Twele, Audrey JoRay Belanger, Steve Burges, Luke Hagemann, Ashley Lee, and others.

Offering the first (and at the time of this writing, only) geographically accurate base map of the ancient world, the AWMC tiles conform to the broad periodization presented in the Barrington Atlas, with different selectable water levels for the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique Periods. In addition, we also model inland water, rivers, and other geographical features as they appeared in antiquity. The base tiles are culturally agnostic, allowing them to be used to represent the physical environment of nearly any ancient society in the Mediterranean world. In addition to the base map and geographical tiles we also present the Roman road network, generally following the Barrington Atlas with additional work by the AWMC. Like all of our other electronic offerings, our new tiles are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license and remain absolutely free for personal, academic, and non-commercial use.


For guidelines on how to use the tiles in an application, please visit These tiles are a “living” data set, and will be constantly refined to reflect the ongoing work of the AWMC. We welcome feedback on any aspect of this work and we encourage the community to suggest enhancements, fixes, or any other comments on our dedicated site.

You can see the tiles in action in our API (see, for example, the Urban Area of Rome), the new Beta Version of Antiquity à la Carte 3.0, and at the Pleiades Project.





spain_roadsAlong with our tiles, The Ancient World Mapping Center is also releasing a beta version of Antiquity à la Carte 3.0 ( The application, engineered by Ryan Horne, builds upon the two previous iterations of À-la-carte, which appeared in Spring 2012 and October of the same year.  Continuing to draw upon the work of the Ancient World Mapping Center and the Pleiades Project, the updated version will incorporate the new AWMC Mapping tiles, along with the expanded features first introduced in v. 2.0. Until the beta version is stable with all of the previous functionality enabled, À-la-carte version 2.0 will remain operational at . In the meantime, we welcome any feedback on the beta version as we endeavor to create an application that is useful to the ancient world community. We are particularly excited that our new tiles allow us to feature modern data alongside our ancient offerings, which will open many new possibilities and applications for À-la-carte.

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Gazetteer Fix

December 11, 2013 in News, Updates

It has come to our attention that the gazetteer functionality was down. It has been fixed and should be functioning as normal.


Possible service interruptions

June 30, 2013 in Site Information

Power supply issues in Chapel Hill NC could affect the functionality of the server hosting this site.

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Temporary New User Registration Suspension

June 2, 2013 in News, Site Information

As the center will be operating on reduced staffing this summer (and the perennial problem of  spam will remain) , new registrations over the web are temporarily disabled. All applications (À-la-carteBenthos, etc) will function normally. We will once again allow web registrations at the start of the fall semester. If you wish to be added as a site user in the interim, please e-mail us directly.


Coordinates Edit Fix

June 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

The edit window now correctly repositions a location if the coordinates are changed.


Print issues

May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

Due to an error with the print server, exporting to .pdf has been temporarily suspended.


Possible interruption of service

May 6, 2013 in Site Information

Due to a brief storm-related power outage in Chapel Hill NC, users may experience problems with AWMC apps until service is restored. thank you.