Monday, October 24, 2016

The Society for Classical Studies Launches New Website Front Page, Blog, and YouTube Channel

The Society for Classical Studies Launches New Website Front Page, Blog, and YouTube Channel
The Society for Classical Studies is proud to announce many new additions to our online presence.
First is the reinvigoration of the SCS blog, which was led by the Communications Committee and its current chair, Chris Francese. Along with the blog comes a new front page to our website, which will feature the Blog content as well as Amphora articles. There will be a new blog article every week, with new Amphora content on the way.
We are also happy to showcase our YouTube channel, a new outreach vehicle for people to find out what it is we do and what Classics is about. The channel will mainly feature interviews with people touched by Classics in some way, but will also showcase any video we collect from conferences or other SCS events. A new video will come out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and you can watch the first one here.
If you want to write a piece for the Blog or be interviewed for the channel please contact

Ancient Places in Today's Library: Pleiades URIs and MARC

Ancient Places in Today's Library: Pleiades URIs and MARC 
By Gabriel McKee
In September, the ISAW Library submitted a proposal to the Library of Congress to add the Pleiades gazetteer to its list of authorized sources for subject heading terms. That same month the proposal was accepted, and Pleiades was entered into the official list and assigned an identifying code. With this code, place names from Pleiades can now be entered into library catalog records.
Though this may seem like a somewhat arcane bit of technical news, it’s actually a big step forward for both Pleiades and the role of libraries in the Linked Open Data movement. The ability to use Pleiades names in subject headings is useful for keyword searching, as it allows us to provide access to both the ancient and modern names of some locations. Under the cataloging rules used by American academic libraries, inhabited places are cataloged using their modern names. For instance, the latest ISAW publication, Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna, is assigned the LC geographic heading İzmir (Turkey), the modern name of the city. Since Pleiades is now a recognized source of authoritative name data, we can now add to this book's record a geographic heading for the city’s Pleaides heading, which records not only one ancient name, but three: Naulochon/Smyrna/Palaia Smyrna
But additional name access is not all that this change allows.
recent change to MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging)—the standard format in which library catalog records are coded—allows for the entry of uniform resource identifiers (URIs) in subject headings. URIs—unique character strings used to identify a resource or thing—are one of the foundational principles behind Linked Data. Though you may not have heard of URIs, you probably use them every day—web URLs are a form of URI, and due to their utility and ubiquity most URIs are now structured in HTTP format and point to an online location. Though the names of places in Pleiades are useful, it is the unchanging URIs that Pleiades associates with those names and places that truly distinguish it as a 21st-century linked data resource. By encoding the URI for Smyrna ( in the metadata for a resource about that place, we create a connection between the resource, the conceptual place, and other resources that also connect to it. The Pleiades page in turn contains references to additional resources about the place in multiple periods. The metadata model known as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) describes individual information resources—from books to websites to physical artifacts—in three-part units of information (subject : predicate : object), called triples, that connect URIs to one another semantically, representing each resource as a part of web of interconnected information. Each portion of a triple is represented by a URI. For example:

RDF uses the relationships, represented by the links used above, to link resources to each other. A linked data library catalog or other database would use these links to draw connections between related resources. In the example above, a user would be able to easily navigate from Graffiti from the Basilica to Letter to the Philippians, other works by Polycarp, and other works concerning Smyrna. This would enhance the user's ability to discover information, and could highlight unexpected connections between different resources.
The use of URIs in library cataloging is relatively new, but has the power to transform the usefulness of cataloging and cataloging metadata. The Library of Congress is currently at work on the BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework) Initiative, an entirely new framework for resource cataloging that is intended to replace MARC. Though it is not likely to be implemented on a large scale for several years, BIBFRAME is built entirely on linked data principles, and will rely on URIs for connecting users to information. In preparation for this, the controlled vocabularies used for subjects and names are beginning to shift to a URI-based model.
The ISAW Library is ready to be an active agent in that conceptual shift. Beginning this semester, we will be adding Pleiades headings and URIs to many of our records for new materials. We are already beginning to think about different uses for this metadata, including the creation of browsable maps of our collection and the automatic updating of Pleiades pages with information about new resources that link to them. And we will also work to expand and enhance Pleiades itself, creating new Pleiades IDs for places represented in our collection but not yet in the gazetteer, particularly in Central Asia and Ancient China.
For more information about this project, please email or .

Open Access Journal: Thamyris, nova series: Revista de Didáctica de Cultura Clásica, Griego y Latín

Thamyris, nova series: Revista de Didáctica de Cultura Clásica, Griego y Latín 
ISSN: 2254-1799
Delegación de Málaga de la SEEC en colaboración con los Deptos. de Filología Griega y Latina de la Universidad de Málaga

Open Access Book: Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future

Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future
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Mobilizing the Past is a collection of 20 articles that explore the use and impact of mobile digital technology in archaeological field practice. The detailed case studies present in this volume range from drones in the Andes to iPads at Pompeii, digital workflows in the American Southwest, and examples of how bespoke, DIY, and commercial software provide solutions and craft novel challenges for field archaeologists. The range of projects and contexts ensures that Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future is far more than a state-of-the-field manual or technical handbook. Instead, the contributors embrace the growing spirit of critique present in digital archaeology. This critical edge, backed by real projects, systems, and experiences, gives the book lasting value as both a glimpse into present practices as well as the anxieties and enthusiasm associated with the most recent generation of mobile digital tools.
This book emerged from a workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities held in 2015 at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. The workshop brought together over 20 leading practitioners of digital archaeology in the U.S. for a weekend of conversation. The papers in this volume reflect the discussions at this workshop with significant additional content. Starting with an expansive introduction and concluding with a series of reflective papers, this volume illustrates how tablets, connectivity, sophisticated software, and powerful computers have transformed field practices and offer potential for a radically transformed discipline.
Edited by Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek B. Counts
With additional contributions by Rebecca Bria, Bridget Buxton, William Caraher, J. Andrew Dufton, Steven J. R. Ellis, Samuel B. Fee, Shawn Fehrenbach, Eric C. Kansa, Morag M. Kersel, Marcelo Castro López, Christopher F. Motz, Brandon R. Olson, Eric E. Poehler, Adam Rabinowitz, Ted Roberts, Shawn Ross, Matthew Sayre, Adela Sobotkova, Matthew Spigelman, John Wallrodt, and Steven Wernke.

Download the book or individual chapters either from this website (below) or with full metadata at a stable URL from Digital Commons at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A paper copy of the book is available at
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Table of Contents
Introduction. Mobile Computing in Archaeology: Exploring and Interpreting Current Practices Jody Michael Gordon, Erin Walcek Averett, and Derek B. Counts Download | Chapter from Digital CommonsSupplemental Materials
1.1. Why Paperless: Technology and Changes in Archaeological Practice, 1996–2016 John Wallrodt Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials

1.2. Are We Ready for New (Digital) Ways to Record Archaeological Fieldwork? A Case Study from Pompeii Steven J. R. Ellis Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials

1.3. Sangro Valley and the Five (Paperless) Seasons: Lessons on Building Effective Digital Recording Workflows for Archaeological Fieldwork Christopher F. Motz
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1.4. DIY Digital Workflows on the Athienou Archaeological Project, Cyprus Jody Michael Gordon, Erin Walcek Averett, Derek B. Counts, Kyosung Koo, and Michael K. Toumazou
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1.5. Enhancing Archaeological Data Collection and Student Learning with a Mobile Relational Database Rebecca Bria and Kathryn E. DeTore
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1.6. Digital Archaeology in the Rural Andes: Problems and Prospects Matthew Sayre
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1.7. Digital Pompeii: Dissolving the Fieldwork-Library Research Divide Eric E. Poehler
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2.1. Reflections on Custom Mobile App Development for Archaeological Data Collection Samuel B. Fee Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
2.2. The Things We Can Do with Pictures: Image-Based Modeling and Archaeology Brandon R. Olson Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
2.3 Beyond the Basemap: Multiscalar Survey through Aerial Photogrammetry in the Andes Steven A. Wernke, Gabriela Oré, Carla Hernández, Aurelio Rodríguez, Abel Traslaviña, and Giancarlo Marcone Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
2.4. An ASV (Autonomous Surface Vehicle) for Archaeology: The Pladypos at Caesarea Maritima, Israel Bridget Buxton, Jacob Sharvit, Dror Planer, Nikola Mišković, and John Hale Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
3.1. Cástulo in the 21st Century: A Test Site for a New Digital Information System Marcelo Castro López, Francisco Arias de Haro, Libertad Serrano Lara, Ana L. Martínez Carrillo, Manuel Serrano Araque, and Justin St. P. Walsh Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
3.2. Measure Twice, Cut Once: Cooperative Deployment of a Generalized, Archaeology-Specific Field Data Collection System Adela Sobotkova, Shawn A. Ross, Brian Ballsun-Stanton, Andrew Fairbairn, Jessica Thompson, and Parker VanValkenburgh Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
3.3. CSS for Success? Some Thoughts on Adapting the Browser-Based Archaeological Recording Kit (ARK) for Mobile Recording J. Andrew Dufton Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
3.4. The Development of the PaleoWay Digital Workflows in the Context of Archaeological Consulting Matthew Spigelman, Ted Roberts, and Shawn Fehrenbach Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
4.1. Slow Archaeology: Technology, Efficiency, and Archaeological Work William Caraher Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
4.2. Click Here to Save the Past Eric C. Kansa Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
5.1. Response: Living a Semi-digital Kinda Life Morag M. Kersel Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
5.2. Response: Mobilizing (Ourselves) for a Critical Digital Archaeology Adam Rabinowitz Download | Chapter from Digital Commons | Supplemental Materials
Some open access content that complements this book:
J. Huggett, “Challenging Digital Archaeology.” Open Archaeology 1 (2015): 79-85.
J. Huggett, “A Manifesto for an Introspective Digital Archaeology,” Open Archaeology 1 (2015): 86-95.
Eric C. Kansa, Sarah Whitcher Kansa, and Ethan Watrall, eds. Archaeology 2.0: New Approaches to Communication and Collaboration. Cotsen Digital Archaeology 1. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 2011. 
Brandon R. Olson and William R. Caraher, Visions of Substance: 3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology. Grand Forks, ND: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota 2015.
Christopher H. Roosevelt, Peter Cobb, Emanuel Moss, Brandon R. Olson & Sinan Ünlüsoy, “Excavation is Destruction Digitization: Advances in Archaeological Practice,” Journal of Field Archaeology 40.3 (2015), 325-346.

Open Access Journal: CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica

CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
ISSN: 1676-3521
Revista do Programa de Pós-Graduação em
Letras Clássicas e do Departamento de Letras Clássicas da UFRJ

CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2011 - Número 20


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2011 - Número 19


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2011 - Número 18


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2007 - Número 17


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2007 - Número 16


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2006 - Número 15

CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2006 - Número 14


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2005 - Número 13


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2004 - Número 12


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2003 - Número 11


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
2001 - Número 10


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1993 - Número 09


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1989 - Ano VI - Número 08


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1988 - Ano V - Número 07


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1987 - Ano IV - Número: 06


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1986 - Ano III - Número 05


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1986 - Ano III - Número 04


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1985 - Ano II - Número 3


CALÍOPE: Presença Clássica
1984 - Ano I - Número 01


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Open Access Journal: Studia Philologica Valentina

Studia Philologica Valentina
ISSN: 1135-9560
Departament de Filologia Clàssica
Studia Philologica Valentina, publicación de periodicidad anual, acogerá en sus páginas colaboraciones inéditas referidas a la Filología Clásica en general y a los estudios relacionados con ésta. El criterio preferente para la publicación atenderá, sobretodo, al carácter científico del método y a los resultados.

ARCANE Project: Synchronizing Cultures and Civilizations of the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Third Millennium BC

[First posted in AWOL 10 July 2013, updated 23 October 2016]

ARCANE Project: Synchronizing Cultures and Civilizations of the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Third Millennium BC
The ARCANE project aims at synchronising the third millennium BC regional assemblages of archaeological material in the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, with the goal to produce a reliable relative and absolute chronology.
To reach this aim, it was decided to review the complete material culture, but to examine it under the specific point of view of chronological variation, leaving aside other historical and archaeological problems. A common methodology will be used by all regional groups, and participants will try to develop, in the course of the project, a common terminology in order to define both periods and different types of material.
The proposed methodology is based on three main points: 1) to concentrate on stratigraphically safe contexts and sealed assemblages (e.g. in situ material on floors, material inside a room sealed by the collapse of the roof, undisturbed, not reused graves) and on complete objects; 2) to analyse complete assemblages (combinations of co-occurring artefacts): these have to be studied together, in order to establish the co-occurrence of different types of objects in the different phases; and 3) not to limit the study to already published material, but to include as much as possible unpublished material, provided by the directors of excavations and their collaborators, which will be involved to different degrees in the project Work will proceed in successive steps: first at a regional level, by establishing regional periodizations, then at a supra-regional level, by synchronising the different regional periodizations. Finally, a general synchronisation will be attempted at...

ARCANE Project
Modus Operandi
Regional and
Transversal Groups
Publication Phase
New Periodization Table
ARCANE Database
Database Tools
Meeting Reports
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