The monument known as the Long Walls of Thrace or the Anastasian Wall lies 65 km west of Istanbul and stretched from the Black Sea coast across the peninsula to the coast of the sea of Marmara to the west of Silivri. The Wall is part of the additional defences for Constantinople constructed during the fifth century AD, which continued in use until the seventh century. The aims of the project are to study and record the surviving structure of the Wall; investigate the remains of aqueducts and water channels, examine associated remains of forts and other structures, study the settlement archaeology of the Wall and its environs. The website presents an interim report of the 1998 investigations. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme.
This is the website of The Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP). Commissioned by English Heritage, the AIP aims to compile and prepare for publication catalogues of completed archaeological fieldwork investigations. Following on from The Assessment of Assessments (1982-1991), The AIP (1990-1994; 1995-1996; and 1997-1998), the current project has resulted in The Assessment Gazetteer 1982-1991 and several supplements in The British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography. A second task is to analyse trends in the nature and extent of archaeological fieldwork undertaken in Britain between 1990 and 1996.
Archaeological Records of Europe : Networked Access (ARENA) is an online collection of information on a humanities computing initiative which aims to develop web-based information technology for preserving archive material, particularly, but not exclusively, in the archaeological and heritage sectors. Led by the UK based Archaeology Data Service and a consisting of a team of six cultural organisations in Poland, Romania, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom, the Arena website aims to develop expertise in the collection and organisation of archaeological data and to raise public and academic awareness of electronic archives and their potential. The project is funded by the EU through the Culture 2000 programme. In addition to outlining the aims and objectives of the project, this resource provides much useful information on good practice in digital archive management and a guide to the relevant technologies and protocols. Also included are: details of websites; special reports on digital archive management; listings of conferences and meetings; and published papers. While this website has immediate value to professionals working in the areas of archaeology, museums, libraries and archives, 'Arena' addresses wider issues which should be interest to the more general practitioner in these fields, including students and researchers at university level.
In 2004 all Scottish Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs) together with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Historic Scotland and the Scottish archaeological contracting units took a joint decision that the reporting of archaeological events generating new information should conform to a standard form and procedure. The result of this decision was ASPIRE, a specification of data structure, data type and required fields for reporting new archaeological information to SMRs and the RCAHMS in Scotland. The ASPIRE website has been designed in order to contain all the information needed to make a project ASPIRE compliant. However it also allows all active archaeologists to be kept up to date with developments in the ASPIRE protocol as well as forthcoming training and promotional events. In order to allow users to fully comprehend the ideas behind this initiative ASPIRE documentation and template databases can be downloaded from the site. This site is easy to navigate around and is a good source of information, largely due to the fact that it is updated regularly. Consequently, it is a good source of information for anyone involved in higher education and research sectors but especially those based in Scotland.
Archéologie Aérienne is an attractively illustrated website, in French with some English translations, which provides a useful 'hands-on' guide to many aspects of photographing archaeological sites and ancient landscapes from the air based on a wide variety of examples from France. The resource provides a brief guide to the history and early pioneers of the discipline followed by useful advice on flying techniques and optimal climate conditions; photography, GPS and cartography; legal requirements; interpretation of landscape features captures by aerial photography. The French version includes an important historical, epigraphic and archaeological study of ancient roads ('Metrique des voies antiques'). Other sections include a period-by-period sample of images of ancient, mediaeval and early modern features from the air and a bibliography of the author's many publications. There are also extensive links to academic site of archaeological interest and to tourist pages with a particular emphasis on areas with important prehistoric, Roman and mediaeval remains. The English translation, while useful in places, is not very accurate and omits the technical information included in the French version which should be used for reference purposes. 'Aerial archaeology' is a useful addition to the corpus of websites on archaeological methods and will interest undergraduates and researchers in archaeology and history, particularly those with an emphasis on France.
Part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service's "Guides to Good Practice" series, "Archiving Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing Data: A Guide to Good Practice" is intended to provide guidance creating and maintaining digital resources related to aerial photography, satellite and airborne remote sensing, and archaeological interpretations made from such data sources, in order to ensure that such sources can be re-used. The guide is an online version of a printed volume available from the AHDS, and as such is presented in the structured format of the book. The guide provides general advice about locating and re-using original data sources. It makes reference to existing standards for documenting and cataloguing digital resources, and to the rich existing archaeological literature on these subjects. While the importance of standards is emphasised throughout the Guide, no single standard is prescribed. The aims of this document are more generic: to inform readers of the importance of good documentation practices rather than recommending how those resources should be documented.
This is the website of the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA), which is a British national organisation for those who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting Britain's industrial heritage. The Association also monitors applications to alter or demolish industrial sites or buildings. The website provides information about the Association's work; membership; links to relevant online resources; and lists of associated organisations.
The website of the professional body for archaeological illustrators provides information about the work of the organisation which represents the interests and professional standards of archaeologists engaged in field recording, building surveys, excavation plans, drawing artefacts, interpretative artwork and graphics. Information is provided on membership details, job vacancies, conferences and other relevant events. A gallery of thumbnail images displays a sample of the work of some of the members of the Association, The archive of the Association's newsletters from 1997 to 2005 is available online, and a small selection of out-of-print technical papers can be downloaded as PDF files. A publications list provides details of printed papers available for purchase from the Association.
This website provides information about Roman roads in general and those around Birmingham in particular. The project began in 1994 as an adult education class for the University of Birmingham School of Continuing Studies. The Roman roads in the centre of Birmingham have been largely obliterated by later activities and their courses are uncertain. A set of articles gives the current state of knowledge based on archaeological investigations. A map shows the major Roman roads in Britain and a detail shows the Roman roads in the central Midlands along with the locations of known and likely Roman military encampments. The site also provides information about the construction of a typical Roman road, and provides a glossary of relevant terms. A virtual walk along the well-preserved stretch of Roman road in Sutton Park illustrates functional features. There is an extensive list of links to other websites concerned with Roman roads.
The Bonn Archaeological Software Package is a suite of over 70 functions for exploring, analysing and visualising data. It incorporates the 'Posthole' programme which searches for rectangular structures in scanned excavation plans and the 'AirPhoto' programme which corrects oblique photographs (the latter program needs to be registered). BASP is a non-profit software project written for and by archaeologists and is available for download from the website. The website provides information on all of the functions available in the package with screenshots, information on operating system requirements. BASP was written by Dr Irwin Scollar of the University of Cologne has since being re-written to run on MS Windows.
This website details the excavations of the Bala Hisar (High Fort) at Charsadda in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Excavations began at the site in 1958 under the direction of Sir Mortimer Wheeler. The website relates the history of the site and its archaeology as well as detailing the results of a recent, AHRC and British Academy funded joint British-Pakistani excavation at the site. The site includes an online exhibition which gives photographs of excavations, a history of the fort itself and detailed information about the various archaeological digs which have taken place there. There are also sections on the carbon dating of material from these digs, which have been used to challenge Wheeler's original thesis about the age of the fort. A list of publications resulting from the project is also included.
The International Committee for Architectural Photogrammetry aims to improve the methods used in the surveying and modelling of cultural monuments and sites, as a contribution to the study of cultural heritage. The improved survey techniques are also intended to benefit those involved in the preservation and restoration of valuable architectural or cultural monuments and objects, and to provide better materials for those involved in architectural, archaeological, and other art-historical research.The website gives details of the various working groups, projects being undertaken by collaborators, and forthcoming events. A number of reports in Microsoft Word format are available for downloading from the site. Examples of the Committee's work are included, some of which require plug-ins to view.
The Computing in Archaeology website provides information on a collection of projects using computers in archaeology. Solid modelling and ray-tracing are covered in a page on visualising Roman Canterbury. A paper 'Alternative Archaeological Representations' discusses the use of virtual reality (using VRML) to present multiple alternative interpretations of ancient buildings. There is a link to the 'Mobile Computing in a Fieldwork Environment' project which examines the application of mobile and context-aware computing in archaeology and the environmental sciences. 'Managing Complexity : archaeological information systems past, present and future' discusses the use of databases and geographic information systems. The programme 'GNET', a general purpose editor/browser for directed graphs which is useful as a tool for visualising archaeological stratigraphy, is available to download from the site.
The city of Corinth, one of the richest and most important urban centres in ancient Greece, has been excavated by the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for more than a century. This attractively presented website is part of an on-going project to present some of the discoveries in digital form with special emphasis on aspects of planning and urban layout in the colony of Roman Corinth from 44 B.C. onwards as well as providing a critical guide to the various descriptions, written and artistic, of the ancient city from the 17th to the 20th centuries A.D.Highlights of the site include attractively illustrated discussions of both the urban layout and its buildings and on landscape organisation in the surrounding territory accompanied by quality maps, interactive site plans and digital terrain and digital elevation models. Travellers accounts of the topography of Corinth between the 17th-20th are deconstructed using insights drawn from ethnography while techniques of local history are employed to reconstruct parts of the ancient city now covered by the modern village of Corinth. Other features include a glossary of ancient architectural and planning terms and a bibliography for further study. An interactive site plan of the ancient city provides a building by building analysis of the architecture in addition to a 360' photographic panorama of the modern terrain. QuickTime and Autodesk Whip plug-ins are required for these features but online technical help is provided where necessary. In addition to providing an attractive resource for study for undergraduates and researchers, the Corinth Computer Project website is a valuable addition to the corpus of websites which create an interface between archaeology and digital imaging.
Danebury, an Iron Age Hill Fort situated in the county of Hampshire in southern England, has been the subject of a major programme of excavation directed by Professor Barry Cunliffe that began in 1969 and ended in 1988. The Danebury Excavations Digital Archive aims to provide a number of original datasets and images from these excavations in order to facilitate new research and interpretation. The excavation programme at Danebury has been written up in a number of volumes. Four of these are concerned with the site and the material remains from it and are also available online through the ADS Library. The digital datasets can be used in conjunction with these publications and, in the preface to the excavations volume, Cunliffe described the potential use of the excavation archive, "A data-set of the kind derived from Danebury will continue to be reworked by students for the foreseeable future asking new and increasingly sophisticated questions". The four datasets available (Pits, Pottery, Animal Bones, Daub) are available to download as comma delimited text files and documentation is provided describing the relationships between tables. The 29 JPEG images available are very high resolution and, as a result, are very large in size (c.4500kb - 5500kb). The images are, however, thumbnailed on the index page allowing for users to preview them prior to download. The site is easily navigable through the standard ADS interface and users are required to accept the ADS terms and conditions prior to accessing the resource.
"The Defences of Chester" is the website of a reconstruction project to support a recently published report on the defences of Chester. Although currently detailing only the early and middle Roman defences, the research will ultimately encompass all major periods as regards the defences of Chester. Many illustrations are provided, mainly 3D computer reconstructions, although future work aims to make animations and QTVR (QuickTime Virtual Reality) movies available.
Part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service's "Guides to Good Practice" series, the second edition of the "Digital Archives from Excavation and Fieldwork Guide to Good Practice" is intended to provide information on the best way to create and document digital material produced in the course of excavation and fieldwork, and to deposit this potentially vulnerable data safely in a digital archive facility for future use. The guide is an online version of a printed volume available from the AHDS, and as such is presented in the structured format of the book. The guide is aimed at: Agencies and bodies commissioning archaeological fieldwork, including national heritage agencies and local authorities; Creators of digital archives containing archaeological excavation and fieldwork data, including contracting and consultancy units, university-based research projects and national and local societies; Curators who will receive excavation and fieldwork digital archives, including museums, National Monuments Records and county or regional Sites and Monuments Records.
The Electronic Repository for Dutch Archaeology (eDNA) aims to make research results and research datasets available to other researchers. 34 archived archaeological projects and about 200 registered (current) archaeological projects provide a wealth of research data on current or recent archaeological research in the Netherlands and Italy, including preliminary archaeological reports; scientific (archaeozoological and palinological) analyses; and regional studies. Each entry is accompanied by descriptive metadata that refer to the project, researchers, publisher, subject keywords, temporal and spatial coverage. Most datasets are available in Dutch, but so far only a few have been made available in English.
Also available on the site is a list of publications about archaeological projects in the Netherlands, including full-text archaeological reports, monographs and theses and information about recent archaeological findings and theories. The list is searchable and browsable by author, title, organisation. Organisations include the councils of Groningen, Den Haag, Vlaardingen, the Rijksdienst voor Archeologie, Cultuurlandschap en Monumenten (State Service for Archaeology, Landscape and Monuments formerly Rijksdienst voor Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek), RAAP (Archaeological Consultancy) and the HSL-Zuid (High Speed Line).
This website gives a fairly complete overview of current archaeological research and recent literature in the Netherlands and is an excellent resource for archeologists and historians.
A site as wonderful in its detail as it is frustrating in its navigation, Egyptian Royal Tombs of the New Kingdom is a website providing information about and diagrams of major Egyptian burial sites constructed between the 16th and 11th centuries B.C. (Dynasties XVIII-XX). With extensive descriptions, Kelley Ross (of Los Angeles Valley College) takes us through the tombs and various chambers of pyramids and the Valley of the Kings, highlighting their major features and offering brief inventories of their contents, along with scholarly theories from some of the more recent secondary sources. The majority of material is directed towards an undergraduate or general interest user who is specifically interested in the physical construction and setting of Egyptian funerary rituals, both of whom will appreciate the number of diagrams and their level of detail.
Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) are writers of Geographic Information System software. This part of their website focuses on the use of GIS in archaeology. The site provides a discussion forum; a collection of online papers on GIS in Archaeology; articles submitted by archaeological users of ESRI GIS; a section on tools, utilities, and other software of interest to archaeology GIS users and white papers and other documents. The online articles are generally detailed and well illustrated, however most of them are on American themes.
This is the official website of the Guernsey Medieval Wrecks Project, published by the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Southampton. In 1986 a Romano-Celtic wreck was salvaged from St Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey. The final phase of the project that undertook the recording and excavation of the wreck was to conduct a seabed survey of the surrounding area, ensuring that any detached fragments of the original structure were known and recorded. Many fragments were recovered, included several that did not appear to belong to the Roman wreck, but instead were more akin to a 'clinker' built vessel of Nordic tradition. The website is divided into two main sections, the first covering the background and discovery of the wrecks and the second detailing the recording techniques and analyses that were conducted. A list of maritime archaeology references are provided.
This website is intended to provide an international focal point for information and discussion on the 'Harris Matrix' in archaeological studies. The website presents the history of the Harris Matrix and a section about Dr Edward Harris, its creator. There is a list of publications related to the use of the Harris Matrix, including commercial computer programs to draw Harris matrices. The website publishes also a valuable bibliography and some publications by Dr Harris. Although the website hypes the importance of the Harris Matrix field technique in contemporary excavations, it is rarely used nowadays, the method has historical importance. Undergraduate students may find this website useful.
This Historic Churches Survey Database website, published by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, provides access to information collected as the result of a CADW sponsored initiative to conduct a pan-Wales survey of all historic churches. Surveys of the medieval churches of: Denbighshire; Montgomeryshire; Radnorshire; Brecknockshire; Eastern Conwy; Flintshire; and Wrexham are available. Each individual survey contains a photograph and descriptive summary of the church, accompanied by (often very extensive) sections on: history; architecture; and the associated churchyard, with citations for all literary sources. This resource would be of interest to: architectural historians; medieval historians; and archaeologists.
This is the website of the Medieval Settlement Research Group (MSRG). The MSRG aims to advance knowledge of settlements of all kinds, particularly those in the period between the 5th and 16th centuries. A detailed Policy Statement outlining research, survey, conservation and excavation of medieval rural settlements is published on the web-site. There is also information on MSRPG research grants, conferences and meetings, current projects, publications and a guide to MSRG archive held at the National Monuments Record.
The Mediterranean Archaeology GIS website is a digital repository of data from archaeological surveys carried out in and around the Mediterranean region (including Europe, North Africa and Middle East). The simple interface allows the visualisation of surveyed regions (the precision of the surveyed area varies depending on the available information) through maps. It is possible to access some basic data about the surveys, including contact details, publications and websites if available. It is necessary to have popups enabled to access survey data using the "spatial search". A separate "database search" provides direct access to the data and allows the construction of advanced queries. Archaeologists are invited to submit data of their own surveys (simple registration required for this); all submitted data are usually reviewed. The website is being developed and users should expect improvements and additional sites being added at short notice. This website could become a very important research tool in the near future. It is possible to request the code written for this website. The project and website have been financed through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
MIDAS Heritage is the official UK data standard for information about the historic environment, which has been developed for and on behalf of the Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH). It states what information should be recorded to support effective sharing and long-term preservation of the knowledge of the historic environment, making it possible to understand what work has been done, how decisions were taken and where to find further information. This website publishes some background data on the standard and a PDF copy of the standard itself. The PDF copy will be updated as necessary and therefore the copy on the website will always be the latest. A separate mailing list is also available. People interested in standards in cultural heritage and those working in the UK heritage sector will find this website essential.
This website describes a programme of research to further the understanding of the monuments in the Avebury region being carried out in collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Leicester, Newcastle and Wales at Newport. This research includes excavations, fieldwalking, surveying and computer-aided 3D modelling. The research programme is described. There is an illustrated description of the prehistoric landscape of the Avebury region. There are interim reports (in PDF format) for excavations at Lonstones Field, Beckhampton. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme.
This website provides aerial photographs of some of the Maori earthwork fortifications scattered across New Zealand. The Maori word for such a fortification is 'pa', and there are about 6,000 in all, mostly the product of widespread warfare in the pre-European period from about A.D. 1500 to A.D. 1800.The website explains the characteristic features of a pa, and supplies oblique or low oblique (near vertical) images of some of those that the author has photographed. Site navigation is via a clickable map.
A prototype for a comprehensive interactive report on the Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Assyria (Iraq). The process of constructing a fully rendered 3D computer model is described in some detail. There is a gallery of test renderings and a partial VRML model of the throne room is available to explore. There are samples of scanned photographs and line drawings used in the design of architectural features. There is a section of transcripts of Conference Talks and Presentations related to the project and the background, including archaeological investigations is presented. This website is a preliminary version of a research study aimed primarily at researchers.
This website presents information and photographs relating to archaeological surveys undertaken in the forum at Pompeii, which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The Pompeii Forum Project is a collaborative venture sponsored by the National [USA] Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Virginia (amongst others). A large archive of black and white images of the buildings found there is online here, along with detailed reports on the technology and instruments used to undertake the surveys. Further reports give details of a project which uses the principles of structural engineering to investigate the reconstruction of Pompeii after an earthquake there in AD 62 (seventeen years before the eruption of Vesuvius). The focus is on the urban centre of the Roman city of Pompeii, and its urban history through to modern times. There are also links to further resources on Pompeii for use by teachers and students, and a list of lectures and publications relating to the project.
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project is putting online the corpus of ancient papyri excavated from Oxyrhynchus (Al-Bashnasa in Egypt) by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt since the late nineteenth century. The Project has an online table of contents for volumes 1, 2, 7, and 11-72 of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. The user may search by keyword, author, date, title, genre or papyrus ID, and is then presented with images of the relevant papyrus and a reference to the volume of POxy in which it has been published. Images are available as either 150 dpi or 300 dpi resolution. Each papyrus record includes location information, editorial details, and notes. The Project's website also includes an introduction to Oxyrhynchus and the excavations; details of how the papyri were digitized; as well as articles on papyrology, and information about the Project's work in imaging and classifying the papyri; features on individual papyri; and the text of media reports relating to the collection. This extensive database is an excellent resource for students and researchers of papyrology.
This website presents the results of the Pylos Regional Archaeology Project (PRAP), which investigated the history of land use and landscape development around the Late Bronze Age palace (the so-called Palace of Nestor) near Pylos in Messenia, south-western Greece. In addition to preliminary reports of fieldwork between 1992-1997 and a bibliography of research by PRAP members, the site also provides detailed reports on the re-examination of finds from 1998-2005. The site also contains the following: a gazetteer of archaeological sites with accompanying thumb-nail maps; pottery and small finds databases, with images and descriptions of finds; a three-dimensional tour of the Palace of Nestor (this requires Quick Time); and photographs of the study area. This resource will be of particular use to undergraduate students and researchers interested in Mediterranean landscapes and survey methodology and in the long-term economic and social history of south-western Greece.
This website gives a full transcription of the progress report of the archaeological survey of western India for the year 1898. It includes a facsimile of the title page of the government publication in which it was made public, as well as copies of the maps and photographs it included, which can be expanded by clicking on the thumbnail versions included in the document. The survey itself was a detailed examination of the excavations and tours carried out by members of the Survey during the year and the report gives details of sites visited, the progress of digs and a list of those areas in which sites of archaeological interest were found. A useful reproduction of an official document of interest to those studying Indian archaeological history.
The website "Return to Titanic" features a National Geographic multimedia presentation of the 2004 exploration of the Titanic, the famous ocean liner that sank during her maiden voyage (April 1912). The expedition by Dr Robert D. Ballard was chronicled in occasional dispatches, which have been stored on the site. They contain a few pictures taken from the various phases of the mission; more pictures are in the photo gallery, which contains over 50 annotated pictures. A section concentrates on the background of the expedition and includes a video interview with Dr Ballard. Particularly important is the discussion about the preservation of the Titanic. Dr Ballard comments on the degrading that the shipwreck has suffered in the nearly twenty years from his last visit. An interactive section benefits from Macromedia Flash animations to present an annotated picture of the ship on the seafloor. Each section of the Titanic can be illuminated by clicking on it, and a wireframe reconstruction can be superimposed. National Geographic has produced a TV documentary and a preview of it is freely available. Another section of this website offers more pictures for download, in formats suitable for use as computer wallpaper and screensaver. This website can be useful to anybody who is interested in the preservation of shipwrecks, with issues of underwater tourism referenced, or just wants to see the latest pictures of the Titanic. The higher education community may find useful the dispatches to present the organisation and instruments required in a underwater archaeology project.
Roman Amphorae: A Digital Resource is a website that provides information on and catalogues of Roman empire amphorae and fabrics. Amphorae were pottery vases used to transport agricultural goods over long distances. The website features a detailed introductory discussion of the significance of amphorae as a source of information on trade during the Roman empire, along with information on amphora studies and classification. Catalogues of amphorae and the clay fabics from which they were made can be searched alphabetically, or by characteristics, date, location of production or distribution, or contents. The amphora catalogue includes, as available, the details, characteristics, drawings, petrology, specimens, pictures, and a bibliography relating to the item. The fabric catalogue can be searched separately. This resource is a product of the Amphora Project, based at the University of Southampton, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The website is freely accessible, but the user must first agree to terms and conditions before entering the site.
This is the website for St Peter's Project Barton-upon-Humber. St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, lies on the south bank of the Humber Estuary close to the Humber Bridge. Held as one of the most architecturally important churches in Britain, containing examples of Anglo-Saxon and Saxo-Norman overlap architecture, it has been subject to several archaeological excavations from the late 19th Century to the most recent between 1978 and 1984. Details of the excavations are presented with illustrations, and their results have enabled the construction of a full chronology of the structural developments of the church between c.970 AD and 1897 AD. Much of the text included is from "The Parish Church and its Community" written by Caroline Atkins, Hilary Cool and Warwick Rodwell. At the time of review some links were not working and some pages were missing.
This is currently the main website for the 1,500-item Staffordshire Hoard. The Hoard is a very large and significant find of Anglo-Saxon worked gold and silver, discovered by a metal detectorist in a mid Staffordshire field in 2009. The find was saved for the nation through public fund-raising in 2010, and will be permanently displayed in Stoke-on-Trent (the collecting authority museum) and Birmingham in the UK. At June 2010 the website has: an archive of the initial press and media materials; details of the partners working to conserve and buy the Hoard; a questions and answers page; potted biographies of the individuals concerned; and an interactive slide show of the excavation of a village of the period. The most useful parts of the website for scholars will be found via the Artefacts page - an initial 'Catalogue of the objects in the hoard' which is available for download as a PDF file. This catalogue is accompanied by a 659 image gallery of the Hoard.
The Tarbat Discovery Programme is a study of the church of St Colman at Portmahomack and the Pictish, Norse and Medieval site in which the church stands and its context in the Moray Firth area. This study is being carried out in order to mount an exhibition in the restored church displaying the discoveries made by the research programme. The project is a collaboration between Tarbat Historic Trust, Highland Council and the University of York. The website presents the project description and discoveries to date in a concise format suitable for the general public. Full reports illustrated with plans (included as AutoDesk WHIP images in some cases), sections, finds drawings and site photographs are given as Annual Bulletins for the five seasons of work so far carried out. Bulletins also contain detailed artefactual and environmental reports and assessments. There is an illustrated catalogue of architectural fragments.
This website provides information from the Theban Mapping Project (TMP). Established in 1978, the project aims to build "a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes", the ancient Egyptian capital. This website documents the project's mapping of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. It includes two online atlases, both delivered via a Flash interface: the 'Atlas of the Theban Necropolis', providing detailed aerial mapping; and the 'Atlas of the Valley of the Kings'. This second atlas provides detailed descriptions of more than sixty royal tombs, including videos, plans, and images. It also includes a 3D narrated tour of the tomb of Tausert and Setnakht (19th and 20th Dynasties). As well as the maps, the site hosts a number of well-illustrated essays and articles on tomb development, the history of the Valley of the Kings, mortuary beliefs and practices, and the ongoing excavations of KV 5 (the tomb of the sons of Rameses II). A resources section contains a bibliography, glossary, links to other relevant Internet sites, and advice on becoming an Egyptologist. A timeline provides a useful overview of Egyptian history from pre-history to the end of the Byzantine period. This is a first-class website that should be useful for students and scholars at all levels.
3-Dimensional Documentation of 'Complex Heritage Structures' is a research paper that studies the advantages of, and methods for developing, three-dimensional documentation of 'Heritage Structures' for reference and archiving. To date, important heritage structures have been documented in the form of orthographic projections, which remain non-interactive, very technical, non-user-friendly, and cumbersome. The scope for human errors and missing data is also a risk in constructing such representations. Taking as an example the Indian palatial complex at Fatehpur Sikri, the website details the capabilities and advantages of three-dimensional reconstruction through digital methods. Images of the reconstructions are provided as an accompaniment to the text, and a link is provided to the finished project website, where users can experience a 'walk-through' of Fatehpur Sikri.
This website describes the University of Chicago's excavations, since 1989, of the sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia near Corinth; this was one of the most important religious centres of the ancient Greek world and the location of the pan-Hellenic games. In addition to reports for the 1989-2007 field seasons, the resource includes a number of articles on various aspects of ancient Isthmia as well as a bibliography of publications by the project team. The resource offers numerous useful maps, plans and photographs of the sanctuary. Particularly attractive is a series of 3D views and contour plans illustrating the architectural development of the sanctuary of Poseidon from the 8th to the 3rd centuries BCE. Ability to view large images (using Adobe Acrobat) is required. This site will be of value both to undergraduates and to those initiating research into the archaeology of Greek religion and social life.