Thursday, March 5, 2015

Iraqi Open Access Journals

 [First posted in AWOL 7 December 2012, updated 5 March 2015]

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Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals -  نبذة حول المشروع
The Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of Iraq is pleased to announce the launch of the new service "Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals" (IASJ). 

IASJ is one platform where all scholarly journals published by the Iraqi universities and research institutions are indexed and discovered. All journals in IASJ are peer-reviewed and open access. 

The main aim of IASJ is to improve the online discoverability and visibility of and access to the published scholarly research of iraqi academics. IASJ will help Iraqi authors to disseminate their research globally. 

At the moment IASJ is launched in a Beta version with only 71 journals published by 18 institutions. The service will be further developed and will cover all journals, more than 200 journals publisher by 40 academic institutions in Iraq. 

IASJ is developed and hosted by SemperTool, a company specialized in building digital library products. All content of IASJ will be included in the Iraqi Virtual Library System IVSL and it's discovery system LibHub provided by SemperTool. 

نبذة حول المشروع
يعتبر المشروع من اهم المشاريع الاستراتيجية الكبرى التي تبنتها وزارة التعليم العالي والبحث العلمي العراقية بنشر وفهرسة المجلات العراقية الصادرة من الجامعات والهيئات العراقية كافة حيث ان جميع المجلات المتوفرة على هذا الموقع هي مجلات محكمة و ستكون الاعداد متوفرة منذ عام 2005 ولغاية الان وتتحدث دوريا وسيتم تطبيق نظام استكشاف وفهرسة متطور من شركة SemperTool الدنماركية ويمتاز بالعديد من المواصفات الشبيهة بنظام المستخدم لادارة المكتبة الافتراضية العراقية

The following journals are listed under the subject Archaeology

مجلة مركز دراسات الكوفة

واسط للعلوم الانسانية
ISSN: 1812512
Publisher: Wassit University
Subject: Historical archaeology --- Education (General)

مجلة كلية التربية للبنات للعلوم الانسانية
ISSN: 19935242
Publisher: Kufa University
Subject: Historical archaeology

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Open Access Journal: Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL  31 October 2009. Updated 4 March 2015]

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Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter: A Publication of the Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee
This committee is composed of attorneys with an interest in the field of art, cultural heritage, and cultural property law and who work in a variety of settings, including private practice, museums, government, and academia. This area of law is concerned with both movable and immovable property of artistic, cultural, religious and historic interest. Topics recently considered by the committee include the 1970 UNESCO Convention and international trade in antiquities, underwater cultural heritage, art works stolen during the Holocaust, ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, and the impact of war on the cultural heritage of Iraq. Within a diverse field with often sharply differing opinions, the committee endeavors to represent a variety of perspectives and welcomes all with an interest in this timely and fascinating subject.
A&CH Law Committee Spring 2014 Newsletter
A&CH Law Committee Year in Review (2013)
Newsletters and Year in Review Archive
Call for Articles!

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM): Manuscripts

 [First posted in AWOL 13 December 2013, updated 4 March 2015]

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The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM): Manuscripts
The requirements that need to be satisfied for using these images in publication vary from manuscript to manuscript. Each possessing institute or individual has its own requirements. If you wish to publish any of these images, you will need to get permission from CSNTM first. We can then direct you to the contact person of the institute that owns the manuscript(s) for further instructions. CSNTM does not charge for the use of these images, though the institute that owns the manuscripts may. At minimum, CSNTM needs to be credited with the photographs and the possessing institute needs to be credited with ownership of the manuscript in all research for which these images are used. For more information about usage of manuscript images, contact

In order to find your way through the images of manuscripts, you should download the scripture index for each manuscript (it's the first document on each manuscript's page). Only a few manuscripts currently have a scripture index, but more are coming.

Press Release
2 March 2015
In the summer of 2013, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) digitized the Greek biblical papyri housed at the Chester Beatty Library (CBL) in Dublin, Ireland. The Chester Beatty collection includes some of the earliest and most important Greek biblical manuscripts in the world. In addition to these biblical manuscripts, CSNTM also digitized several extra-biblical Greek papyri that are part of the CBL collection.
For the first time, images of two of these extra-biblical Chester Beatty manuscripts have now been made available:
1) The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the Magicians
Jannes and Jambres is an apocryphal work. Its text is fragmentary and dated from the 3rd-4th century.
2) Enoch and Melito
Enoch is an extra-biblical work. Melito is an early Christian homily. The text is from the 4th century.
These texts are uniquely significant, as they contain an early witness to rare works for which only a handful of copies have survived, and in the case of Jannes and Jambres, this is the only Greek manuscript known to exist.
Visit the manuscript page to view these new images from Dublin.

Khirbat en-Nahas Project خربة النحاس

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Khirbat en-Nahas Project خربة النحاس 
As a part of the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project the UCSD Levantine Archaeology Lab under the direction of Prof. Thomas Levy, has excavated three seasons at Khirbat en-Nahas (KEN). This study of Iron Age state formation in southern Jordan is deeply rooted in three conceptual frameworks: a) general anthropological theory concerning processes of secondary state formation and the evolution of social power, b) historical models concerning the Iron Age based on Anthropology, Biblical and extra-Biblical sources, and c) Middle Range theory that aims at linking raw archaeological data with more complex generalizations and conclusions about the past based on the hard archaeological evidence retrieved from the excavations. Fundamentally, the research was a response to the unsolved problem of who controlled metal production at this key Levantine site during the Iron Age, a period that follows the collapse of many of the Late Bronze Age civilizations in the eastern Mediterranean region. Recent field work at KEN and limited AMS radiocarbon dating have pushed back the dates for the Iron Age in Edom some 200 to 400 years earlier than previously thought (Levy et al 2004, 2005; Higham et al 2005). This has opened up new research questions that challenge models that explain the emergence of the Edomite state (i.e. core-civilization (Assyrian) dominance over Edom vs. local peer polity interaction with neighboring statelets such as Israel, Judah, Moab and others).
Field Directors
Research Team Members
1365 digital objects.
Levy TE, Najjar M, and Ben-Yosef E, editors. 2014. New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan - Surveys, Excavations and Research from the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP). Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press UCLA.
Preferred Citation
Levy, Thomas E.; UC San Diego Levantine Archaeology Laboratory (2014): Khirbat en-Nahas Project. UC San Diego Library Digital Collections.
Scope And Content
Since 1997, the UC San Diego Levantine Archaeology Laboratory has worked closely with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan on a deep-time study of the role of mining and metallurgy over nine thousand years from the Neolithic period to Islamic times – in Jordan’s Faynan district, some 50 km south of the Dead Sea. Faynan, located near the beautiful Dana Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature Biosphere Reserve, is home to one of the world’s best preserved ancient copper mining and metallurgy districts. The UCSD project is called the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project, or ELRAP. ELRAP is special because of its focus on developing and using a high-tech, on-site digital archaeology system. Through the project students have gained extensive experience not only participating in archaeological survey and excavation, but also mastering an array of digital survey and recording tools. There is also a strong daily field laboratory component to the research that includes analysis of ceramics, zooarchaeology, archaeometallurgy, lithics, digital photography, GIS and more.

The excavated material from KEN consists primarily of ceramics and material associated with the process of copper production, including slag, furnace fragments, tuyere pipes and copper left behind. Other special finds include scarabs, beads and other objects related to daily life at KEN. The digital collection consists of the spatial data collected during excavation, descriptions of important finds, illustrations, photographs, video, three-dimensional scans of objects and the site, and spectrographic data.
Location Of Originals
The physical collection is on permanent loan from Jordan to the Levantine Archaeology Lab at UC San Diego.
View formats within this collection
Related Resource
  • UCSD Research Data Collections

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News from the The Annotated Corpus of Luwian Texts (ACLT)

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From "Ilya Yakubovich" <>:
The Annotated Corpus of Luwian Texts (ACLT), available for public use at <>, has now been updated to includes the analysis of Luwian cuneiform texts published in Die keilschrift-luwischen Texte in Umschrift (StBoT 30) by Frank Starke. The Iron Age Luwian texts published since the appearance of the Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions (CHLI) by J. David Hawkins have also been included in the new version of the corpus.

The interface of the corpus contains the provisional Luwian glossaries, whose lemmata can be used as entries for automated search. For practical reasons, the glossaries to the cuneiform and hieroglyphic corpora are given separately, even though they reflect essentially the same language. I The narrow transliteration of the hieroglyphic texts used in the corpus generally follows the system of the CHLI but incorporates several modifications reflecting the recent progress in the Luwian Studies. The narrow transliteration of the cuneiform texts reflects the conventions of StBoT 30 and its computer adaptation by H. Craig Melchert. Note that the present corpus, as a rule, does not contain isolated Luwian forms occurring in Hittite texts.

This project has been completed with the assistance of a research grant of the Corpus Linguistics Program sponsored by the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ilya Yakubovich acted as the principal investigator of the project, whose team consisted of Dr. Timoofey Arkhangelskiy, Mr. Sergey Boroday, and Dr. Alexei Kassian.

Queries and corrections of both linguistic and technical errors will be warmly welcomed.
For linguistic issues, please contact Ilya Yakubovich (
For possible problems with computer interface, please contact Timofey Arkhangelskiy (

New Online from the CHS: Giovanni Parmeggiani, ed., Between Thucydides and Polybius: The Golden Age of Greek Historiography

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This is a collection of prose texts in various historical languages which I have marked up with notes on grammar, vocabulary (lots of vocabulary), text criticism and history. The model is similar to the poetry texts at The main difference is that the prose texts here may be in a less complete stage of commenting. It is hoped others will find them useful, but they are probably less useful for beginners than for intermediate and advanced readers. 

Those who know LaTeX — and are familiar with the Unicode-aware XeTeX variant of it — can get the LaTeX source for any document by changing the .pdf in the file name to .tex. It is a quirk of the ledmac library that you will have to run xetex two or three times on the file to get the vocabulary notes to settle firmly in the correct position.

The Wiki was retired on April 30th, 2012. Certain documents from that site were reformatted and preserved here, however.

Classical Greek

First, there are a number of texts of Greek philosophy in various stages of commenting:
Light letters and dialogs:
Finally, things that don't belong anywhere else:

Classical Nahuatl

I have recently started studying Classical Nahuatl, on and off. With Greek and Latin texts, we usually have regularized critical texts to work from, but this is much less common for Nahuatl, where interesting spelling and abundant variants are usual.
Someone produced a series of translations, both linguistic and cultural, of the fables of Aesop.