The Beazley Archive is a research unit of the University of Oxford's Faculty of Literae Humaniores; this is its website. The original archive of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) included about 250,000 photographs, notes, drawings and books relating to ancient Greek and Roman art. In 1979 information technology (IT) projects began with the Pottery Database of Athenian figure-decorated vases of the 7th-4th centuries BC. Since 1992 IT projects on other aspects of classical art have been created. This website displays information about the Archive, including publications and bibliographies, and gives access to the IT projects and databases. These include: gems; pottery; sculpture; and the dictionary. For example: Pottery - The Beazley Archive text database records information about Athenian figure-decorated vases illustrated in publications available to the Ashmolean Library. Begun in 1979, it now has over 67,000 entries, with fourteen fields, including bibliographical references, find-place, shape and iconographical terms. In 1992 the Archive began to participate in a European Union project (RAMA) linking the collections of seven museums across Europe via the Internet. This project enabled the Beazley Archive to begin digitising its photographs and drawings. These include a vast collection of images of classical sites. An enhanced version of the original database is now available via the website (users may search for images according to location). The Dictionary feature of the resource is an excellent alphabetical guide to classical sites and terminology (including references to places, technical terms, buildings, people, gods and other figures from myth); each explanatory entry is accompanied by relevant images from the archive's collection. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Resource Enhancement Scheme.
The website Diotima: materials for the study of women and gender in the ancient world has been constructed by the Stoa Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities. The resource is called Diotima after a woman praised for her wisdom by Socrates in Plato's Symposium. Resources are concentrated in the field of women in classical antiquity, especially in ancient Greece. There is also information relating to women in the context of Biblical studies, including New Testament Christianity, early Church history and the medieval period. The site offers links to online texts, essays and criticism, bibliographical material and links to image-based resources, including paintings, archaeological images and costume sketches.
This AHRC-funded resource presents a collection of twenty-three silkscreen prints by Douglas Howcroft Mazonowicz . These prints are copies of pre-historic rock art from key sites in France, Spain, Algeria and of Etruscan tomb murals. These offer a useful supplement the now largely inaccessible or faded originals.
Etruscan News Online publishes a few articles on Etruscan studies as well as notices of relevant events. The key resource is the "Etruscan News" newsletter, available for free in PDF format (large files; early issues published in a linked website). The newsletter contains short illustrated articles; news; events; a page on Etruscan language; reviews; calls for papers; and obituaries. It is a very useful tool for the advanced (postgraduate) student and researchers wishing to remain informed on the latest news in the field of Etruscology. Undergraduate students are encouraged to check out the newsletter if they are interested in this field; they should also note that the newsletter lists several excavation opportunities, many of which are in Italy and Europe.
Fararcheo is the personal website of Patrizia Farello focusing entirely on zooarchaeology in Emilia Romagna, Italy. The author presents a series of short articles (articoli) organised by period on animal remains found at several sites excavated in the region. The quality and contents of the articles is variable but some include numerical data organised in tables. Most of the articles concentrate on the Iron and Middle Ages. A few articles on zooarchaeological discoveries in Etruscan sites (such as Rubiera, Mirandola and the Po valley) are included in the Iron Age section. One article presents a discovery of remains of dogs dating to the late Roman period in the sewers of Classe (where the eastern Roman fleet was based) and includes an English abstract.
This is the website for the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne, opening in 2009. This museum, part of the Great North Museum project brings together world class collections from the Hancock Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, and the Shefton Museum. The Museum’s collections encompass natural history, palaeontology, archaeology, Egyptology, Ancient Greek and Etruscan art, a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, ‘World Cultures’ - ethnographic objects from the last 250 years and a planetarium. The website includes information about the project as well as basic information about the museums’ collections and location as well as a link to the Hatton Gallery, the other component of the Great North Museum Project. The Museum's funders include the AHRC and MLA.
This website published by the library of the University of Heidelberg contains a significant number of free and full-text e-books on archaeology; Egyptology; and modern languages literature. It is possible to access digitised manuscripts (Bibliotheca Palatina; Codices Salemitani; and Heidelberger Handschriften) as well as documents and books on the region of Heidelberg; incunabula; documents about the university of Heidelberg; geological writings; art history books (especially nineteenth century European art); archaeology (Minoan, Mycenaeans, Greeks, Romans, Etruscans, iconography, pottery) and Egyptology books; literature of South Asia; World War I archival documents; and other special documents preserved at the university. It is possible to search or browse through the documents and books, mostly written in German. Among the texts are the full-text edition of Arthur J. Evans' "The Palace of Minos" and other works by Evans; works by Adolf Furtwängler, Bernard de Montfaucon, Heinrich Schliemann, William M. Flinders Petrie, and John Ward; and Matthew A. Sherring's "The sacred city of the Hindus: an account of Benares in ancient and modern times". The list of available books is increasing. Since fundamental works of archaeology in the public domain can be accessed through this website, archaeologists at all stages may find this website useful.
This short webpage outlines the project "Material Connections: Mobility, Materiality and Mediterranean Identities" undertaken at the University of Glasgow under the joint direction by Peter van Dommelen, Bernard Knapp and Michael Rowlands. The project will investigate how materiality, migration, colonial encounters, and connectivity or insularity influence social identities and will focus on Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Crete, Cyprus, the Balearics.
This website details the excavations being undertaken in the Mugello Valley in Italy, by a team of archaeologists from the Southern Methodist University of the U.S.A. The Mugello Valley is situated in the region of Tuscany, about twenty miles northeast of Florence. It was the site of an Etruscan settlement between the seventh and third centuries BCE, and is one of the few accessible archaeological sites from which an understanding of urban Etruscan life can be reconstructed. These web pages include full archaeological reports from 1996 to the present as well as reports on individual trenches. There is a bibliography and a list of research projects relating to the excavations. The diaries being kept by the directors and students working on the dig may be accessed online. A brief archaeological history of the site and its surroundings is also provided. A field school is organised as part of the project, and interested students may obtain further information on forthcoming activities through this website.
The Perseus Project is a large digital library of online texts and images for the study of ancient Greece and Rome. The resources available via Perseus are extensive, including the following: primary texts (in the original ancient Greek and Latin languages as well as English translation); secondary texts relating to various aspects of the ancient world; a set of linguistic tools; and a number of large databases relating to the study of ancient archaeological sites and artefacts. The art and archaeology section of the website offers a searchable collection of art objects, sites and buildings, with descriptions and images drawn from museums worldwide. It includes architecture, sculpture, coins and vases, and provides access to supporting tools such as atlases and encyclopaedias. The study of the classical world via Perseus is further enhanced by: an interactive atlas; an extensive encyclopaedia with embedded cross-references; and a series of overview articles. The site also offers several further collections of primary and secondary texts: papyri (from the Ptolematic and Roman periods); English Renaissance texts (including all of Marlowe's works, a facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays and other resources); London (atlas from 1780 to the present, texts about London, photographs and other materials); books on California and the Upper Midwest from the Library of Congress American Memory Collection; and documents on the history of Tufts University. Mirror sites are available in Berlin and Chicago.
Sisyphos is an Internet search engine providing access only to archaeological and Egyptological websites. Similarly to Intute, the resources accessible through this website have been selected according to their scientific relevance. Sisyphos covers all aspects of Classical (Greek-Roman) Archaeology as well as the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations; Etruscan studies; and Egyptology. In addition, the website also lists general archaeological resources (history of the subject, theories, methods, institutions, excavation techniques). The bilingual interface in German and English is effective; it is possible to search or browse the listed resources. The strength of this website is evident for its core fields of Classical Archaeology and Egyptology, and within them, the ancient art of those civilisations. The available metadata is sufficient to determine the relevancy of the resources, but there are no descriptions evidencing merits and faults of the websites or the targeted audience. It is therefore recommended to use its search facilities performing a full-text search of the included resources; it works like Google but it yields more relevant results.
This is the official site of the Superintendence for archaeological heritage of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, which supervises all excavations within that region. The website provides administrative information and contact details, but it also contains articles on museums, existing archaeological areas and preliminary reports on some ongoing excavations. Among the excavations recently carried out are: the harbour of Classe, where remains of a bridge and a Byzantine silver table set, formed by a cup and six spoons, have been uncovered; the Etruscan town of Marzabotto; a Roman villa with mosaics at Russi; Roman necropoleis at Modena and Bologna; a Roman villa at Cannetolo; the Roman town of Claterna; a pre-Roman hut at colle Garampo; a Neolithic (middle of fifth millennium BC) sepulture with female figurine at Vicofertile. A section is dedicated to the Villanovan necropolis of Verucchio (seventh century BC), where forty-five incineration tombs have been found, one still with a wooden-plank cover. Inside this latter tomb, a wooden throne, a small table, and footrest have been found together with bronze vessels. The other tombs have yielded amber, textiles, jewellery and ceramic artefacts. In addition, the Verucchio section makes available several videos filmed during the excavations and interviews with archaeologists. This website represents an essential resource for researchers with an interest in the history and territory of Emilia-Romagna.
This is the website of the US Epigraphy Project, which is based at Brown University and is devoted to information about Greek and Latin inscriptions which are preserved in the USA. The digital catalogue is based on the contents of the book Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist, written by J Bodel and S Tracy. The key feature of the online resource is a searchable database of these inscriptions. The user may browse by collection or publication, or by using a search form which has a range of fields including: language; place of origin; date; type of inscription; type of object; and type of material. Searches then produce an image of the inscription along with essential information (provenance, date, material and object type) and bibliographic details, along with the inscription's US epigraphy number. There is also a list of links to other epigraphy websites and relevant search engines.