Friday, August 1, 2014

Open Osteological Data - Two Imperial Roman Cemetery Populations

Open Osteological Data - Two Imperial Roman Cemetery Populations

I defended my dissertation, Migration and Mobility in Imperial Rome, four years ago.  Because of my interest in open access and because my NSF grant required a data access statement, I've been thinking for four years about how best to open up all the data I collected.

At first, I was worried about opening up the data because I wanted to get a job.

I got a job in 2012 at the University of West Florida.  

Roman Osteology Database Screenshot
Then I worried about opening up the data because I needed to publish and get tenure, but growing interest in open data among scholars made me conflicted.  So I compromised: I posted all published isotope data as bare-bones Excel files.  But divorcing these data from their larger context didn't sit well with me.

I'm entering my third year at UWF, and I see no reason to hold back the database any longer.  While I'm still a ways from making my tenure case, I've been steadily publishing the plethora of data I generated during my dissertation fieldwork, so I feel confident in my ability to research, analyze, and write on bioarchaeology.  

More importantly, though, I think I'm just done with this project.  

That's not to say there isn't more to write or that there aren't more data to analyze or that I'm not still interested in this time and place.  There's a ton of dental and skeletal pathology data, for example, that I haven't tackled.  But I want to move on to other projects, and at this point I worry that I'm becoming too myopic.  Honestly, Imperial Rome tends to do that -- it sucks you in, making you think it is, was, and ever will be the most important city in the world full of the most important people in history.  Roman imperialism is calling out for more diverse perspectives, though.  The rise in osteological analysis of Romano-British cemeteries, for example, is created a multifaceted Empire.  And new multidisciplinary studies in the Transatlantic slave trade are raising the question of potential comparative work with slavery in the Roman world.  I still love answering questions about population interaction in the past, but I might try focusing that interest on times and places like Medieval Berlin, Greco-Roman Italy, or Pre-Emancipation Southeast U.S.  Still, I am working on skeletons from various time periods at Gabii, so I haven't abandoned Roman bioarchaeology.  And I might yet publish dental pathology data (or enlist a grad student to do it for a thesis)...

At any rate, you can find my Access database on GitHub at this link.  Please use it if you're interested in comparative data sets, if you want to check my work, if you disagree with my interpretations, or if you just like reading databases.  I only ask that you credit me appropriately.  (If you want to collaborate further for a publication, though, I'm happy to do that as well.)

The image bank HeidICON

The image bank HeidICON

The image  bank HeidICON is a valuable gratis pictorial resource for students and professionals alike. Since inception of the image pools generated by the field operations of Heidelberg University, it has grown rapidly. HeidICON includes images surrounding the Heidelberg field-work in South Asia, Yemen, Oman and most recently, Tigray, Ethiopia. These are only a small part of this data archive.

You can call up HeidICON with your browser in English language and log in as a guest. Most of the images are unpublished, or are referenced to published works. In the status row at the top of the page you can select which image pool you desire. You can download the images you desire or just browse.

HeidICON has a browser which enables you to view the images 20 at one time.
You can view up to 1000 images by means of scrolling up or down.
The images are indexed for quick searches.

HeidICON is the solution to publish numerous (6000+) archaeological images which
otherwise would never see the light of day.

Highlights of the collection include all excavated sculpture from Zafar/Yemen and
excavated field photos from the excavation at Izki, Oman

Languages and Cultures of the Near East
& University Library
Heidelberg University


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mappable places in Pleiades for Google Earth

All the mappable places in Pleiades (more than 30,000) in a single file for viewing in Google Earth (or reuse/remixing under terms of our Creative Commons license). Via Sean Gillies and Tom Elliott

Mappable places in Pleiades kml file

Latest Release of all EpiDoc code

Latest Release of all EpiDoc code
EpiDoc is an international, collaborative effort that provides guidelines and tools for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents. It uses a subset of the Text Encoding Initiative's standard for the representation of texts in digital form and was developed initially for the publication of digital editions of ancient inscriptions (e.g. Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, Vindolanda Tablets). Its domain has expanded to include the publication of papyri and manuscripts (e.g. It addresses not only the transcription and editorial treatment of texts themselves, but also the history and materiality of the objects on which the texts appear (i.e., manuscripts, monuments, tablets, papyri, and other text-bearing objects).

Past Releases

Open Access Journal: Nummus: numismática, medalhística, arqueologia

Nummus: numismática, medalhística, arqueologia
ISSN: 0871-2743
Série II, Vol. 03, 1980

Série II, Vol. 03, 1980
  Série II, Vol. 02, 1979

Série II, Vol. 02, 1979
  Série II, Vol. 01, 1978

Série II, Vol. 01, 1978

Série I, Vol. 10-3-4, Num. 34-35, 1976

Série I, Vol. 10-3-4, Num. 34-35, 1976
  Série I, Vol. 10-2, Num. 33, 1974

Série I, Vol. 10-2, Num. 33, 1974
  Série I, Vol. 10-1, Num. 32, 1973

Série I, Vol. 10-1, Num. 32, 1973

Open Access Journal: Acta Tulliana (formerly Gazette Tulliana)

Acta Tulliana (formerly Gazette Tulliana)

Gazette and Acta Tulliana

For Cicero’s Friends, provides a Gazette, which is online, free and open for all, and the Acta Tulliana, a bimonthly report. 


Our Gazette, published as a .pdf file, is more a newsletter than an academic review. Papers and notes written by scientific members are not a paid work, and are monitored by the scientific editor, Andrea Balbo.
The main purpose of the Gazette is:
  • a stage for information: open-ed, notes about our organization and the site, books and issues, schedules for conferences coming soon, announcements about ongoing projects or in the next future, etc.
  • a spot for ideas and debates: curiosities and interviews from all points of views (philology, major texts, history, philosophy, rhetorics, linguistics, iconography, and more)
  • an open place: learning and teaching, personal interest ("My Cicero") etc.
The Gazette is published in the three official languages of  and in Spanish (in the section Documents > Hispanica).

01. Gazette 2009, 1 :
Français - English - Italiano - Español

Open Access Journal: Illinois Classical Studies

 [First posted in AWOL 11 July 2009. Updated 31 July 2014]

Illinois Classical Studies
ISSN: 0363-1923
Illinois Classical Studies was founded in 1976 by Miroslav Marcovich, Head of the Department of the Classics (1973-77) at the University of Illinois. Professor Marcovich served as editor from 1976-82 and 1988-92. Professors J. K. Newman (1983-87), David Sansone (1992-2000), Gerald M. Browne (2001-2003), and Danuta Shanzer (2004-2011) were subsequent editors of the journal. ICS publishes original research on a variety of topics related to the Classics, in all areas of Classical Philology and its ancillary disciplines, such as Greek and Latin literature, history, archaeology, epigraphy, papyrology, patristics, the history of Classical scholarship, the reception of Classics in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and beyond. ICS has also published thematic volumes on topics such as Greek Philosophy, Euripidean tragedy, Latin poetry, and Byzantium.
IDEALS provides open access to volumes 1 (1976) - 23 (1998) of Illinois Classical Studies (ISSN 0363-1923). Information about current issues and subscriptions can be found at the University of Illinois Press at