Current Epigraphy
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29 December, 2009

Call for Papers 2010: Archeomatica, Cultural Heritage Technologies

Filed under: news,publications — FranciscaFeraudi @ 16:01


Call for Papers 2010

Archeomatica, Cultural Heritage Technologies

Issues 1-2-3-4 / 2010


Archeomatica is a new, multidisciplinary journal, printed in Italy, devoted to the presentation and the dissemination of advanced methodologies, emerging technologies and techniques for the knowledge, documentation, safeguard, conservation and exploitation of cultural heritage.

The journal aims to publish papers of significant and lasting value written by scientists, conservators and archaeologists involved on this field with the diffusion of specific new methodologies and experimental results. Archeomatica will also emphasize fruitful discussion on the best up-to-date scientific applications and exchanging ideas and findings related to any aspect of the cultural heritage sector.

Archeomatica is intended also to be a primary source of multidisciplinary and divulgatia information for the sector of cultural heritage.

The journal is divided in three sections Documentazione (Survey and documentation), Rivelazioni (Analysis, diagnostics and monitoring), Restauro (Materials and intervention techniques).

The issues are also published on line at the website <

Archeomatica invites submissions of high-quality papers and interdisciplinary works for the next issues in all areas related to science and technology in cultural heritage, particularly on recent developments.

If you are interested please submit an original paper to

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The papers will be subject to review by the scientific board after which they are accepted or rejected in order to maintain quality. Applicants will be notified by email as to their acceptance.

Topics and trends relevant to the Archeomatica Issues include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Methodologies and analytical techniques for the characterization and for the evaluation of the preservation state of historical masterpieces
  • On-site and remotely sensed data collection
  • Digital artefact capture, representation and manipulation
  • Experiences in cultural heritage conservation
  • Methods for data elaboration and cataloguing
  • Setting of historical architectures
  • Intelligent tools for digital reconstruction
  • Augmentation of physical collections with digital presentations
  • Applications in Education and Tourism
  • Archaeological reconstruction
  • Electronic corpora
  • XML and databases and computational interpretation
  • Three-dimensional computer modeling, Second Life and virtual worlds
  • Image capture, processing, and interpretation
  • 3-D laser scanning, synchrotron, or X-ray imaging and analysis
  • Technology
  • Metadata of material culture
  • Optical 3D measurement
  • Cultural heritage recording
  • Terrestrial laser scanning
  • Virtual reality data acquisition
  • Photogrammetric processing
  • GPS
  • GIS
  • Remote sensing
  • Culture portals
  • Advanced systems for digital culture in museums, archives and art institutions
  • Digitalization of cultural property
  • Web 2.0 and development of social networks on the top of cultural heritage portals
  • Applications of mobile technologies for digital culture and cultural heritage
  • Ubiquitous and pervasive computing
  • Methodologies and approaches to digitization
  • Augmented reality, virtual reality and digital culture
  • Access to archives in Europe
  • Books and electronic publishing
  • 2/3/4D Data Capture and Processing in Cultural Heritage
  • Web-based museum guides
  • Applications of Semantic Web technologies in Cultural Heritage
  • Non-Destructive analytical techniques for the study of the composition and decay of cultural heritage components
  • Management of heritage knowledge and data
  • Visualization for cultural heritage

Publication Frequency
The journal is published quarterly a year

Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Copyright Notice
Copyright for articles published in this journal is transferred by the authors to the journal.

By virtue of their appearance in this journal, articles can be reproduced or copied in whole or in part, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.

Interested authors should download and read the Instructions to Authors Manual for all details of requirements, procedures, paper mechanics, referencing style, and the technical review process for submitted papers.

Color diagrams, figures, and photographs are encouraged. Papers should be submitted in a plain text, single-spaced Word or RTF file. Formatting should be kept to an absolute minimum. Do not embed graphics, tables, figures, or photographs in the text, but supply them in separate files, along with captions.

Papers, diagrams, tables, etc. should be emailed as attached files to the email address listed in the Instructions Manual.

December 27, 2009

Renzo Carlucci

Editorial Director

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17 December, 2009

Stamp Query

Filed under: query — PaulIversen @ 22:51


I’ve received the above picture of a stamp with the following query:

When I was on a trip to Petra, Jordan, I happened to find an object that looks like a lead (bronze?) stamp. It bears an inscription in letters which are definitely Greek. Its diameter is 2 cm, the shape reminds of a truffle (a cone with a rounded tip).

I would really like to know when and where it was made, how it could get to Petra and what it says. You see, I am a philologist passionately interested in connections between nations, but I live in Sweden and here I could not find anyone knowledgeable enough to give me a trustworthy answer. I realize that it is a pretty difficult question to answer as Petra was visited by people from many countries, and Greek was so wide-spread. But please tell me what you think.

I am enclosing a picture on which the image is reversed – that is how the impression of the stamp would look.

Any idea what it says?  Perhaps a reference to Τύχη?

16 December, 2009

7-9 gennaio 2010: Lo spazio ionico e le comunità della Grecia nord-occidentale. Territorio, società, istituzioni

Filed under: events — LuciaCriscuolo @ 15:22

The results of the research program of the Universities of Calabrie, Napoli Federico II, Parma, Roma Sapienza,Venezia Ca’ Foscari on La ‘terza’ Grecia e l’Occidente:

Lo spazio ionico e le comunità della Grecia nord-occidentale Territorio, società, istituzioni

a cura di Claudia Antonetti
Giovedì 7 gennaio 2010
10,00 Saluti del Rettore dell’Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Filippo Maria Carinci (Preside della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia) inaugura il convegno

Luisa Breglia (coordinatrice del PRIN, Università di Napoli Federico II) presenta il progetto di rilevante interesse nazionale La ‘terza’ Grecia e l’Occidente

Claudia Antonetti (responsabile dell’Unità di ricerca dell’Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia) presenta il convegno


11 December, 2009

Matthew Canepa, ‘Inscriptions, Landscape, and the Built Environment in the Eastern Mediterranean and Iran in Late Antiquity’ (Oxford, November 2009)

Filed under: BES,news,report — Charlotte Tupman @ 12:49

Paper delivered at the British Epigraphy Society Autumn Colloquium, November 21st, 2009, Oxford. Report by Emma Rix.

‘Inscriptions, Landscape, and the Built Environment in the Eastern Mediterranean and Iran in Late Antiquity’ (Oxford, November 2009)

Matthew Canepa, Oxford, November 21

In this paper, Professor Canepa demonstrated how the rulers of the Sassanian Empire used monumental sculpture and inscriptions to create and emphasise their cultural and racial decent from the Achaemenids, as well as simultaneously interacting with and differentiating themselves from their more recent predecessors, the kings of the Hellenistic Seleucid empire. A crucial feature of this interaction and hence of Canepa’s study was the way in which rock reliefs and other inscriptions interact with and become part of the landscape or building on which they are placed; this interaction can be a key part of their significance.


9 December, 2009

Elizabeth Frood, ‘Claiming Space and Memory: the Development of Priestly Inscriptional Practices in Late New Kingdom Egypt (ca. 1190-715 BC)’ (Oxford, November 2009)

Filed under: BES,news,report — Charlotte Tupman @ 10:13

Paper delivered at the British Epigraphy Society Autumn Colloquium, November 21st, 2009, Oxford. Report by Charlotte Tupman.

Claiming Space and Memory: the Development of Priestly Inscriptional Practices in Late New Kingdom Egypt (ca. 1190-715 BC)

Elizabeth Frood, Oxford, November 21

Dr. Elizabeth Frood of St. Cross College, Oxford, began with a paper which showed that although “epigraphy” does not exist as a discrete discipline within Egyptology, and there are elements to the study of Egyptian texts which do not pertain to the study of inscriptions in Greek and Latin, there is much that is familiar to the classical epigrapher.

Frood introduced a new project, currently in its development phase, to study the epigraphy of Egyptian temple environments. There were three elements to Frood’s paper: an overview of epigraphy in a temple context; a description of the nature and range of this inscribed material; and a case study of one particular inscription that could affect the way in which we understand Egyptian temple environments.


7 December, 2009

EpiDoc Training at DH Summer School, Dublin, June/July 2010

Filed under: EpiDoc,training — Gabriel Bodard @ 17:28

2010 DHO Summer School
in conjunction with NINES and the EpiDoc Collaborative

28 June – 2 July 2010

The third annual Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) Summer School will
take place in Dublin from 28 June to 2 July 2010. Following the highly
successful 2009 Summer School, next year’s event will see the expansion
of popular workshop strands such as:

  • A Practical Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative
  • Data Visualisation for the Humanities
  • An Introduction to EpiDoc Markup and Editing Tools
  • The One to Many Text: Text Transformations with XSLT

The Summer School will feature lectures by Dr. Hugh Denard (King’s
College London Visualisation Lab) and Dr Ian Gregory (University of
Lancaster). Workshop facilitators include Dr Gabriel Bodard (King’s
College London), Dr James Cowey (University of Heidelberg), Professor
Laura Mandell (Miami University of Ohio), Dr Susan Schreibman (Digital
Humanities Observatory), Justin Tonra (NUI, Galway) and Dana Wheeles
(University of Virginia).

Major workshop strands will be conducted over four days allowing
delegates to choose a mini-workshop on Wednesday from one of the
following offerings:

  • Geospatial Methods for Humanities Research
  • Using Digital Resources for Irish Research and Teaching
  • Visualising Space, Time and Events: Using Virtual Worlds for Humanities Research
  • Finding the Concepts In the Chaos – Building Relationships With Data Models
  • Planning Digital Scholarly Resources: A Primer

The introduction of the one-day mini-workshops allows people to choose
to attend a single-day event only at a reduced cost.

3 December, 2009

Elizabeth Solopova, ‘The Earliest Runic Inscriptions: Problems of Language and Interpretation’

Filed under: BES,events,report — PhilipDavies @ 10:03

Paper presented at the British Epigraphy Society Autumn Meeting. (Brief Report by Philip Davies)

The Earliest Runic Inscriptions: Problems of Language and Interpretation

Elizabeth Solopova, Oxford, November 21st, 2009

In keeping with the theme of the British Epigraphy Society’s Autumn Colloquium, (‘Epigraphy, but not as we know it’) this interesting paper took us away from the familiar territories of the Mediterranean to consider the Runic alphabet (or, to give it its proper name, futhark) used by Scandinavian and Germanic peoples from the second century through to, in the case of Scandinavia, the early modern period. Specifically, her paper examined the difficulties of interpreting ‘older runes’, these being the futhark as extant from approximately the 2nd to the 6th centuries AD. After this the futhark entered a phase of transition, developing and diversifying into regional variations, known collectively as ‘younger runes’.


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