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Linked Ancient World Data Institute 2013

May 17, 2013 in Interest, News, Presentation

6350518979_99e367f491_zThe 2013 Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) will take place from May 30th to June 1st 2013 on the campus of Drew University. Organized by Tom Elliott (ISAW), Sebastian Heath (ISAW), and John Muccigrosso (Drew; 2013 Host), the LAWDI focuses on Linked Open Data and represents “an approach to the creation of digital resources that emphasizes connections between diverse information on the basis of published and stable web addresses (URIs) that identify common concepts and individual items.” The initiative has received funding support from the NEH. For the 2013 iteration, AWMC’s own Ryan Horne (Ph.D. student, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill) will be one of the participants. AWMC and its partners are extremely interested in the applications of linked data to the geography and history of the ancient world. AWMC is experimenting with linked data possibilities in its Benthos project and also by its participation in the Pelagios network.

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New publication of interest: Roman Roads and Roman Society by Feng Ding Xiong

May 14, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

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Feng Ding Xiong. 2012. Roman Roads and Roman Society. China Social Sciences Press. ISBN-13: 9787516113813.

Chinese scholar Feng Ding Xiong (Zhejiang Ocean University Zhoushan 316000 China) has produced a new monograph entitled Roman Roads and Roman Society that has now been issued by the China Social Sciences Press (pub. date 2012; ISBN-13: 9787516113813). It does not appear that any Western libraries yet hold this title, but a copy kindly sent by the author will be deposited in the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Chinese-language monograph does include an English table of contents.

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Tauris re-prints An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical: Maps of the Ancient World by William Smith

March 28, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

81ZsbKDSKsL._SL1500_Publisher I. B. Tauris has re-printed William Smith’s landmark nineteenth century work An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical: Maps of the Ancient World. The new edition includes an introduction written by Richard Talbert. See Tauris’ website for ordering information. The publisher’s description, in part, states “Published to complement his Greek and Roman dictionaries, “An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical” by Sir William Smith is the rarest and most visually compelling of the volumes. Produced to the highest standard by the leading mapmaker of the day, the maps – large-scale, small-scale, historical, topographical, multiple city plans and other insets – are clear, detailed, intricately colored works of art. “The Atlas” provides the first complete set of maps of the ancient world, both classical and biblical. A full index of names and places, both ancient and modern, accompanies each of the larger maps. For each map there is also an accompanying text, giving sources and authorities for them.”

Hardback

ISBN: 9781848853522
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2013
Number of Pages: 240
Height: 495
Width: 319

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ISAW publishes Hatke Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (NYU 2013).

March 1, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

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G. Hatke 2013. Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (NYU) ISBN: 0-8147-6066-X

A digital monograph from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) has appeared. George Hatke’s Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (ISAW NYU 2013) ISBN: 0-8147-6066-X (alk. paper) is available as an e-book and as a traditional print publication. Its topic treats ancient Northeast Africa and includes three custom-made maps produced by AWMC. The electronic version is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution No-derivatives License.

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New title concering the Artemidorus Papyrus

March 1, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

Intorno al Papiro di Artemidoro, III. Geografia e Cartografia: Atti del Convegno internazionale del 27 novembre 2009 presso la Società Geografica Italiana. Villa Celimontana, Roma (LED, 2012). ISBN-13: 9788879165082.

A new title of interest has appeared on the ongoing study of the Artemidorus Papyrus. This title, edited by C. Gallazzi, B. Kramer, and S. Settis is Intorno al Papiro di Artemidoro, III. Geografia e Cartografia: Atti del Convegno internazionale del 27 novembre 2009 presso la Società Geografica Italiana. Villa Celimontana, Roma (LED, 2012). ISBN-13: 9788879165082.

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Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean

February 18, 2013 in Interest, Presentation

The College of Charleston (Charleston SC) will host the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series: Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean on February 21 and 22, 2013. Three speakers – Michael Maas (Rice), Richard Talbert (UNC) and Trevor Harris (West Virginia University) will present papers connected to the theme “Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”. Visit the College of Charleston website for more information.

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Introducing Benthos

February 15, 2013 in Benthos, Interest, News, Site Information

benthos1AWMC has launched a Beta version of its new project, Benthos: Digital Atlas of Ancient Waters. This project aims to map not only the physical geography of ancient Mediterranean waters, but also to map cultural and historical information related to transportation, communication, and commerce. The initial sample includes data for Mediterranean ports, shipwrecks, and a preliminary attempt at creating network maps for point-of-origin for some elements of commercial wares that were included in the cargo of sunken ships. AWMC feels that a platform such as Benthos has great potential both as a standalone application, but that its value is increased greatly by interfacing with other cognate projects already online. AWMC welcomes community feedback on this new project, as well as inquiries from potential collaborators and data partners.

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Visualizing and modeling ancient landscapes

February 6, 2013 in Interest, News

Several volumes have arrived in UNC’s library recently that are exciting for those interested in approaches to modeling the past and collecting data about the nature of settled landscapes in antiquity. Focusing on aerial photography, terrestrial and airborne laser scanning, and other dynamic topics, these volumes remind us of the value of studying terrain in which humans have lived – both for the sake of the land forms themselves and also for the evidence of human activity preserved therein. This is particularly true of the need to exploit the vast legacy of twentieth century aerial photography data to mine information from them, in particular for cases where the landscape has changed substantially over the course of the past 50 to 70 years, as well as moving forward with the advanced technologies that now enable digital terrain mapping and modeling.

  • G. Ceraudo. ed. 2010. 100 anni di archeologia aerea in Italia : atti del convegno internazionale, Roma, 15-17 aprile 2009. Rome: Istituto poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato. ISBN-13: 9788884313768.
  • W. S. Hanson and I. A. Oltean. 2013. Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. New York: Springer. ISBN-13: 978-1-4614-4505-0.
  • R. S. Opitz and D. Cowley. 2013. Interpreting Archaeological Topography: Lasers, 3D Data, Observation, Visualisation and Applications. Oxford: Oxbow. ISBN-13: 978-1842175163.

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New title of interest: Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past

January 25, 2013 in Interest, Publication

Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography's Forgotten Past (Tauris Historical Geography Series)

Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past (Tauris Historical Geography Series); William A. Koelsch. 2012; ISBN-13: 978-1780760643.

A recent publication of interest has appeared from I.B. Tauris – Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past (Tauris Historical Geography Series) by William A. Koelsch. From the publisher’s blurb: “Geography and the Classical World is the first full-length study to explore the emergence of classical geography – the geographical study of the ancient Mediterranean, in particular the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. With adventurous beginnings in the Society of Dilettanti, the subject flourished in both Britain and America, as geographers, explorers, classicists and historians all contributed to its rise. But in the 1920s it went into decline, and an important part of the geographical and classical tradition was lost. In recovering this field of inquiry that once lay at the heart of both geography and the classical tradition, Professor Koelsch has written a pioneering work of outstanding scholarship that will be of interest to historical geographers, classicists, historians and students of the classical tradition.”

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AWMC and Pelagios

January 15, 2013 in API, Interest, Pleiades Project

AWMC is happy to formally join the Pelagios network. Pelagios is a networking site whereby linked data for the ancient world is accessible via the common denominator of Pleiades id numbers. These stable identifiers allow many different types of online data – geographic, epigraphic, archaeological, art historical, textual – and metadata to be aggregated into virtual networks linked through place names (and the aforementioned numbers). The potential of this networking is enormous and AWMC is pleased to join with other colleagues already participating in this initiative. Read more about the AWMC and Pelagios collaboration on the Pelagios blog. One may browse the AWMC information in Pelagios here.

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