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Danish Research Council takes a stand on Open Access 7 January 2010

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I seem to have slept on this, but the Danish Research Council has for at least a year now promoted open access to academic journals. As stated in their current guidelines, all journals that receive funding from the council must be made available freely online within one year of initial publication. This is good news and a step in the right direction.

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Elektroniske tidsskrifter skal være gratis og frit tilgængelige på internettet. Papirtidsskrifter skal have en hjemmeside, hvorfra artiklerne er gratis og frit tilgængelige i elektronisk form senest et år efter udgivelsen af en årgang. I en overgangsperiode vil FKK kunne dispensere fra dette krav, såfremt der i ansøgningen angives en konkret plan for, hvornår tidsskriftet vil kunne opfylde kravet. Dette skal senest være opfyldt, inden bevillingsperioden udløber. Der vil ligeledes i en overgangsperiode kunne søges om ekstraordinære tilskud til at oprette en digital platform. Endelig kan der søges om særskilt støtte til retrodigitalisering af ældre numre, gerne i et samarbejde mellem tidsskrifter. I ansøgningen angives en konkret plan for oprettelse af digital platform og for retrodigitalisering.

In related news, AJA has just announced that all their book reviews from now on will be online only as well as freely accessible. Will this become a trend that more journals will follow?

Bathing Culture in the Near East 13 December 2009

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Hypocaust in the late 4th-early 5th century Western Bathhouse at Scythopolis (Baysan / Beit She’an), Israel. Photo: TMK, June 2009.

Here’s a pretty cool French blog on Near Eastern bathing culture from antiquity to today: Balneorient, run by a research project with the same title. Its latest post reports on the discovery of a 5th century AD bathhouse at Tell al-Kasra, 45 km north-west of Deir ez-Zor. See also this short notice from SANA (HT: Research News in Late Antiquity).

Karnak Cachette Online 9 November 2009

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Painting of saint in the Festival Hall of Thutmose III, Karnak. Photo: TMK, May 2007.

The French institute in Cairo has just announced the first online version of their database of the Karnak cachette, a massive haul of sculpture unearthed at Karnak between 1903 and 1907:

L’IFAO a le plaisir de vous annoncer la sortie de la base de données‘Cachette de Karnak’, désormais accessible librement en ligne à l’adresse suivante : http://www.ifao.egnet.net/bases/cachette/.

Elle est le fruit d’une collaboration entre l’IFAO et le Conseil Suprême des Antiquités de l’Égypte et présente le premier essai d’inventaire général des objets (statues, stèles, etc.) de toutes époques découverts entre 1903 et 1907 par G. Legrain dans la « Cachette» de la cour du VIIe pylône de Karnak.

Ce travail s’est appuyé sur une documentation photographique très riche issue principalement du Corpus of Egyptian Sculpture du Brooklyn Museum, mais aussi de plusieurs milliers de photographies prises par l’IFAO en 2008-2009 au Musée égyptien du Caire. La collaboration avec les conservateurs du Musée du Caire et les promoteurs de l’Egyptian Museum Database a permis d’étudier de manière très approfondie les registres du Musée et de faire connaître pour la première fois certains objets conservés dans les réserves. L’inventaire s’est également fondé sur le réexamen des archives G. Legrain recensées par M. Azim et G. Réveillac (2004) mais aussi sur de nouveaux documents, par exemple les volumes du Catalogue Général préparés par G. Legrain et Ch. Kuentz et restés inédits ou les estampages conservés au CFEETK à Karnak.

La version 1 de la base, disponible actuellement, offre un inventaire aussi exhaustif que possible des objets (raisonnablement) attribuables à la Cachette, avec pour chacun une bibliographie hiérarchisée. Les quelques objets portant un numéro « K » de Legrain mais ne provenant pas de la Cachette ont également été inclus. Une version 2, comportant notamment un volet prosopographique plus détaillé, est en préparation.

Les données seront mises à jour régulièrement, notamment pour la bibliographie où l’exhaustivité n’a évidemment pu être atteinte. Les auteurs sont reconnaissants à tous les collègues qui voudront bien leur faire part de toute remarque, addition ou correction qui permettra d’améliorer cet outil de recherche.

Speaking of Egypt, my article “Embodied Images: Christian Response and Destruction in Late Antique Egypt” has just been published by Journal of Late Antiquity (online here).

Blogging Pompeii 17 April 2009

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Beware the dog! A warm welcome to the House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii? Photo: TMK, May 2005.

I may (or may not) get back to blogging some more in the near future. This is just a quick post to point to the very useful ‘Blogging Pompeii‘ blog. The list of the contributors to the blog reads (almost) like a who’s who of Pompeian studies. Have a look for yourself.

Antioch Photo Archive 11 November 2008

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Nude fishing. Detail from a mosaic in the Antakya Archaeological Museum. Photo: TMK, August 2003.

I was pleased to read, over at the Antiochepedia, that plans are underway to digitize and make available online the Princeton Antioch Photo Archive. This would create a wonderful resource of over 5,000 images of late antique sites and monuments in the region of Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey).

Egyptian Bookmarks 5 November 2008

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I have recently discovered these two very cool websites on Egyptian archaeology:
Description de l’Égypte – the whole thing online with high-resolution scans!
Digital Karnak – helpful to understand the complex chronology of this massive site.

Ostia Excavations Blog 4 September 2008

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A street in Ostia. Photo: TMK, March 2006.

Luke Lavan, Axel Gering and their team have recently begun excavations in Ostia, the harbour city of Rome. They will be looking at the late antique street system and use of urban space. They have also just launched their blog: Berlin-Kent Ostia Excavations.

BMCR RSS 22 July 2008

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Big news! Bryn Mawr Classical Review gets an RSS feed.

Update 11 August: And a blog!

Archaeological Engagements: New Media and Beyond 15 July 2008

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European Journal of Archaeology volume 10.1 has just appeared online. It includes a special reviews section, ‘Archaeological Engagements: New Media and Beyond’, edited by yours truly. The seven contributions that make up this section all explore the engagement of archaeology in new media and a number of contemporary cultural phenomena such as computer games and online worlds. It covers well-established formats, such as cinema, photography and the internet, as well as alternative forms of engagement, such as the subculture of urban exploration. It includes the following contributions:

Introduction: Archaeology and New Media: Practices and Possibilites by Troels Myrup Kristensen

Playing with the Past: A review of Three ‘Archaeological’ PC Games by Andrew Gardner

Second Lives: Online Worlds for Archaeological Teaching and Research by Shawn Graham

300 Six Packs: Pop Culture Takes on Thermopylae by Jenny Wallensten

Archaeology on the Web: A German Perspective by Constanze Witt

Electric Strata: Assemblage and Changes in Postgraduate Publication on the Internet by Alun Salt

Archaeology on the Ground: The Memory Practices of David Webb by Chris Witmore

Urban Exploration as Archaeological Engagement: A Review of http://infiltration.org by Tim Flohr Sørensen

The section could come not have come together without the aid of a number of fellow bloggers and I’d like to thank them all for their enthusiasm in this venture. Also look out for an online companion of URLs and SLURLs coming very soon on the EJA blog .

D.M. Ross Scaife 18 March 2008

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Professor Ross Scaife, founder of the Stoa Consortium, passed away on Saturday. This is indeed sad news. I was in touch with Ross when I contributed to the Stoa Image Gallery from 2005 to 2006 and on those occasions always found him to be enthusiastic about all things old and new. Byzantinists and Late Antique scholars should also appreciate his effort in putting the Suda online.