Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation

An article in The Guardian (UK)—tip of the hat to Heather Baker—drew my attention to an Egyptological gem: the Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation website. This labor of love by a team led by Jaromir Malek of Oxford University, started in 1993 and finally in sight of the finish, “is ambitious in its scope but simple in […]

Documenting and Sharing the “Living Art” of Iraq

Yesterday’s New York Times Art & Design section features a piece entitled “Iraq’s Modern Art Collection, Waiting to Re-emerge.” This article provides an excellent overview of the tragic fate of Iraq’s modern art that has inspired the creation of the Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA). MAIA is a collaborative effort between Nada Shabout, an assistant […]

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, […]

Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland

The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (CRSBI) is a growing, well-designed database of this particular type of Medieval sculptures in the British Isles (nothing yet for Scotland though). “Significant quantities of previously unrecorded material have come to light in the course of the project, and there are many examples of sculpture that are […]

New Data Publication in Open Context: Khirbat al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya

Interested in the archaeology of Jordan? Check out hot-off-the-press data from Khirbat al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya, an early Iron Age settlement in a semi-arid zone of west-central Jordan (co-directed by Bruce Routledge and Benjamin Porter). Start with the project overview and then move on to browse around the project data. A highlight of this project is the […]

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 […]

Virtual World Project

One of the better virtual-archaeological-sites websites I have come across is the Virtual World Project. It started with virtual-reality movies of excavations in Turkey and Greece but now focuses on Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The interface is smooth and navigation is easy and quick, at least with my broadband connection. Here’s an example: Lehun in […]

Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

The Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (“extensive collection of ancient vases”) was originally a print series started in the 1950s, mainly focusing on ancient Greek vases. The 300+ fascicules document specific museum collections from all over the world. The whole series is now open access. In its online incarnation, you can browse by museum,vase type, etc. There is […]