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AMNH Explorer

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City has just released an iPhone app to serve as a virtual guide to its collection. “Chart your own course at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City with AMNH Explorer—a new app that is part custom navigation system, part personal tour […]

Travelers in the Middle East Archive

The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) at Rice University in Houston “is a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. TIMEA offers electronic texts such as travel guides, museum catalogs, and travel narratives, photographic and hand-drawn images of Egypt, […]

Online Museums and Indigenous Cultural Heritage

I am starting to explore and use the academia.edu website. I made myself an account and receive notifications of papers uploaded in my fields of interest. I’d like to point an interesting one: “From Loss of Objects to Recovery of Meanings: Online Museums and Indigenous Cultural Heritage” by Jeremy Pilcher and Saskia Vermeylen, in M/C […]

ICONEA’s ICOBASE

The International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusicology (ICONEA) maintains an online Database of Middle and Near Eastern Archaeomusicological Data, in short ICOBASE. “It is the receptacle of the iconography, the terracottae, extant instruments, cuneiform texts, and all materials relevant to the subject.” Tags and categories allow for finding relevant entries for, e.g., balag-drums. ICOBASE is still […]

British Museum collections database

The British Museum collections database is getting larger: “The collections of the Department of the Middle East are now available online on the British Museum website: … The catalogue includes more than 230,000 objects and inscriptions from the Middle East, ancient and modern. There you will also find relevant objects from ancient Egypt and other parts of the […]

JSTOR Auction Catalogs

JSTOR, the non-profit—but unfortunately not free for people not connected with a member university or institution—digital archive of journals and monographs from across the humanities, social sciences and sciences, has launched a new initiative: JSTOR Auction Catalogs. It is “a pilot project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to understand how auction catalogs can […]

Translations of Numismatic Terms

Via Chuck Jones, I learned that the Parthia website has an interesting feature: a “Translations of Numismatic Terms” page. It has a complex search feature with results downloadable in Excel, Word, or PDF formats. This is a nice interactive web tool. Check it out, even if you’re not into Parthian coins.

New Technology for Digitization of Ancient Objects and Documents

Announcement New Technology for Digitization of Ancient Objects and Documents; Joint project of the Archaeological Computing Research Group (ACRG) and the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), Southampton and the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD), Oxford, the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), Los Angeles-Philadelphia-Oxford-Berlin, and the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature […]

Verily VERA

This looks interesting: “The Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology (VERA) project aims to produce a fully-fledged virtual research environment for the archaeological community. It will address user needs, enhancing the means of efficiently documenting archaeological excavation and its associated finds, and create a suitable Web portal that provides enhanced tools for the user community. VERA aims to develop […]

The dangers of citing the CDLI

Today, I’m happy to give you a “guest post” by Robert K. Englund, director of the excellent UCLA-Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Cuneiform Digital Library (CDLI) project which I reviewed earlier. In a highly interesting article by Azhideh Moqaddam describing the recent Jiroft discoveries (“Ancient geometry and “*Proto-Iranian” scripts, South Konar Sandal […]