INSTITUTE OF NAUTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
The official website for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, a not-for-profit underwater archaeology organization founded in 1973. The website contains an interactive world map featuring past and present INA projects; current and archived issues of INA QUARTERLY; and blogs for many ongoing INA projects.
NAUTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
The website for the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) at Texas A&M University. The website offers downloadable copies of theses and dissertations by M.A. and PhD students. The website also houses the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, a research center for the NAP, which contains information and media on nautical archaeology tools and methods, such as ship modeling and 3D imaging, in addition to pictorial catalogs of project artifacts (like those of the Red River steamboat wreck survey).
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MARITIME MUSEUM
Website for the museum which “houses several unique galleries that explore WA’s [Western Australia’s] relationship with the sea.” The website offers open-access databases of artifacts from the museum’s varied maritime archaeology expeditions, such as a numismatics database containing images of coins discovered in shipwrecks.
Official Internet page of the Italian Government Department for Archeology of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia.
This page offers a general overview of the archeological sites destroyed by the eruption of the Vesuvius of 79 CE. For each site the page offers descriptions of the main monuments, as well as accounts of the history of the excavations. For the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum the monuments are grouped under major typologies – such as private houses and public buildings.
Internet Archive of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).
This project is dedicated to the digitizing and indexing of old documents regarding archeological sites and finds in Israel. A large part of these documents dates to the period of the British Mandate. The purpose of the project is to prevent their physical deterioration and allow access to them to a wider public. The archive contains digitations of hand and typewritten texts, photographs, maps and plans.
Classical Research Center and Beazley Archive of the University of Oxford.
This is a large archive of images of Classical art. The main section is the Beazley Archive, which is the world’s largest collection of images of Classical figure-decorated pottery. The other sections are dedicated to different typologies of archeological finds or documents relevant for archeological studies. Particular attention is dedicated the database of images of engraved gems.
The following sites provide readers with a solid overview of the field of archaeology in Ireland today; they also offer tools for the interested reader, amateurs, and professionals to learn more about specific sites and artefacts.
1) irisharchaeology.ie: Irish archaeologist, Colm Moriarity, created this blog to share “Ireland’s amazing archaeology, as well as sites from around the world.”
As such, this blog offers readers fun and informative entry points into the field, as well as providing informed readers timely news and updates. A recent post looked at “Hipsters” in sixteenth century Ireland, and speaks to the bloggers desire to ensure Irish archaeology feels relevant and approachable.
2) www.museum.ie/en/intro/archaeology-and-enthnography: The Irish Museum of Ireland site provides access to, and information about, the national museum’s holdings of archaeological objects.
The site is a portal to images and information about two million artefacts of Irish archaeology including: prehistoric gold collections, ecclesiastical metalwork, early medieval period, and Viking Dublin, among others.
3) archaeology.ie: The National Monument Service of Ireland created this site as an essential and useful resources for all, including: professional archaeologists in Ireland and beyond, amateurs, and the general interest visitor.
The website includes information on specific archaeological sites, access to the archaeological survey database, links to codes of practices, as well as timely news updates and events listings.
Archeological Data Archive
(Archivio di Documentazione Archeologica)
This is an open-source website for studying/sharing documents on the archeology and history of the city of Rome, provided by the Italian Superintendence for Roman Archeology (physically situated in Palazzo Altemps, Rome).
It is intended for professionals to research documents hosted in Italian archives, as well as to popularize archeological knowledge among the general public.
A section provides the history of and directions to Palazzo Altemps, where the Special Superintendence for Roman Archeology is located.
A second section is devoted to research: it provides access to the Altemps Archives, as well as a description of and direct links to other relevant archives, and digital inventories (mostly jurisprudence).
A final section is devoted to creating a community and popularize archeology. There are links to specialized reviews, doctorate/PhD dissertations recently completed/in completion, relevant research in progress (book projects to excavations), and relevant exhibitions.
The website is user-friendly and bilingual (EN/IT); however, almost all of the documents are in Italian.
Projects of the Department of Classics at Stanford University
This webpage introduces the ongoing projects organized by the Department of Classics at Stanford University. For each project, individual links direct the user to a dedicated website.
Projects range from a study of maritime landscape and seaborne communication off the southeast coast of Sicily, Italy, to a geospatial network model of the Roman Empire, aiming at reconstructing the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity. 7 out of 9 projects deal with the Italian peninsula.
These projects, from my perspective of non-specialist, are exemplary for their combined use of specialized human research and advanced technologies. Visualizations are highly seductive; could their aesthetic component prevent us from focusing on datas?
Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments
Organized by Zainab Bahrani, Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at Columbia University, this website is devoted to a topographical survey of architectural remains of Mesopotamia (the modern region extending from Kurdistan to Iraq). The project is part of a series of similar endeavors. These so-called Archmaps include surveys of architectural remains of Japan, ancient Serbia, and global Gothic.
The website is organized around 3 rubrics and a ‘search’ window. One rubric is introductory (Home), and another presents the other projects (Archmaps).
The main body of the website is Map, and it is rather impressive. A map of the area is constellated by orange points, that correspond to architectural remains. By clicking on each dot the user is redirected to a digital archive of the archeological site, that includes/will include animated images and a bibliography.
The first step of the project is to document the standing monuments and rock reliefs, their state of preservation and condition for historical and conservational purposes. The second step is to record and archive digitally the monuments, and make them available for scholarly and for public use, and for use by the State Board of Antiquities locally.
Since the website is a work-in-progress, for the time being there is very little information on the individual sites, and it is partially restricted.
Keys to Rome
Keys to Rome is an international exhibition, available both online and at sites in Alexandria, Amsterdam, Rome and Sarajevo , that uses interactive tools to bring ancient Rome to life. This visually stunning online resource highlights the collaborative nature of Archaeology by bringing together experts in art history, architecture, computer science and communications. In addition to providing access to digitized objects in 3D and recreated virtual environments, the site also provides information for downloads.
Sudan Archaeological Research Society
The website of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society provides valuable information on its field work at various sites in the Sudan. In addition to useful publications related to their overall work in the area, there are also detailed site-specific guides. The site guide on the Kawa Excavation Project by Derek Welsby, for example, is particularly well-written and beautifully produced. Due to dam construction and general economic development, the work of this society is urgently important.
International Council on Monuments and Sites
The International Council on Monuments and Sites is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes the application of theory, methodology and scientific techniques to the field of architectural and archaeological conservation. The website has useful links to national committees, international scientific committees and partner organizations (e.g. UNESCO, ICCROM, etc.). Its links to publications and databases is particularly useful.
~FASTI Online FASTI Online is a database of excavations, which cover areas of the Roman Empire, performed since 2000. The project was developed by the International Association of Classical Archaeology (AICA) and the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy of the University of Texas at Austin (CSAI). Originally set up as a print edition and now exclusively online, the project provides summaries of various, although not all, excavations. Each participating country is solely responsible for uploading collected data. This database is a helpful resource to obtain a general overview of recent and contemporary excavations, acting as a starting point for further investigation and research.
The Archaeology Data Service is an open-access digital archive of data, text, images and documents developed by the University of York, and supported by various archaeology departments from UK universities and other organizations. Not only is it supported by academic programs but it works in conjunction with government, local and commercial sectors. Most of the materials focus on European prehistoric to modern archaeology. It is a great tool which not only provides extensive information, but also shares external databases and links for further research and support.
The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan provides us with holdings from a wide range of periods, such as from prehistoric to medieval in areas from all around the Mediterranean and the Near East. The website provides online access to its current and past exhibitions, as well as fieldwork that the museum itself has sponsored in various regions. The Kelsey Museum Artifacts Database provide users with a full record of items held by the Museum. The Kelsey newsletter is a great tool to keep readers informed of the museum’s current involvement and archaeological updates. The information found on this site would be beneficial for research, education and general interest.
Ancient Athens 3D
This site offers 3-D models of ancient Athens in the following eras: Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Medieval, and Ottoman. Most models are of the Acropolis and the agora, although there are other parts of Athens (such as the south slope of the Acropolis) that appear in certain eras. These models are based on the latest archaeological and historical research, thus allowing the researcher to see the buildings and areas in the time period he/she is studying.
The Archaeology web site has “slide shows,” “articles” and “interactive digs” links at the bottom: slide shows currently are the latest finds of the Etruscans; rock art of Comanche warriors; and the dig at an African palace of a sultan; and the current article is on a Civil War POW camp with images in color. There are several interactive digs, which include field notes, context and chronology, and excavation history. The site also includes scroll box with the latest headlines in archaeology and links to see short articles, which used to be available via RSS feed.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
The ASCSA has links to its research libraries, digital resources, programs, field work, publications and news. The ASCSA fieldwork centers on the Athenian agora, excavations in Corinth, and North American field projects. Among the news links are items of new exhibitions, digs, notes from the field, and conservation information.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: Collections Database
Their database, which I have used for both my archaeology and art history projects, contains over 600,000 objects that were obtained directly from excavations or anthropological research. These objects ranged from the Mediterranean and Near East, to Africaand Asia as well as the Americas. Along with identifications, such as Archaeology Area or Provenience, many objects also contain a Bibliography that refers to the user to obtain more information regarding the object.
Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel (HA-ESI)
This is an electronic journal publication from the Israel Antiques Authority covering excavations throughout Israel. The site allows the user not only to pull up specific site reports, but also to be able to research very specific issues, such as comparative analysis of Ionic capitals or glassware from Masada with sites in the north. This is useful for both archaeologists and art historians.
CLAROS – University of Oxford, et al.
This is an excellent resource for researching images from various databases in the world. It also provided to the user links to several prominent field schools and archaeological reports. Again, this site provides a useful interdisciplinary tool for archaeologists and art historians.
The Penn Museum
This museum has information about current and old archeological projects. These projects are from every region of the world. This is a good resource if wanting brief summarizations of each project and its importance.
This site does not indicate anything about specific archeological sites, but, instead discussing the different methods used in archeology, the history of archeology, etc. So, this site acts as a dictionary for the terms needed for a person new to archeology.
This site allows you to look at the Nubian years in egypt with pictures of artifacts, descriptions of different sites and finds. This museum is fairly new but has interesting facts about this time period.
Museum of High Altitude Archaeology
A museum of Andean artifacts located in Salta, Argentina, the MAAM’s website provides in-depth information about their collection, facilities, and an extended description of the archaeological expeditions that led to the discovery of most objects in their collection, including the preserved mummies of three Inca children discovered in 1999 on the summit of Mount Llullaillaco. The website translates into English through a Google plug-in; although the translation is not perfect, the images and videos on the site are very informative.
The New Library of Alexandria
The center for one of the region’s largest collections of Middle Eastern manuscripts, research materials, maps, publications and artifacts, the New Library of Alexandria’s website provides a centralized site for accessing their multiple locations and collections. Due to a recent initiative to digitize their collections, especially those that related to Egyptian history, many objects and documents are now also available online. It is possible to view the main site in English, French and Arabic, although the digital project (Memory of Modern Egypt/ MoME) is only in Arabic (but with lots of helpful icons and thumbnails).
Society for American Archaeology – Archaeology for the Public
Although access to journal articles and their archives is restricted to members, saa.org features an open-access ‘Archaeology for the Public’ section, in which educators can access curriculum from K-12 and sample graduate course syllabi. The site also includes an extended bibliography of fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as movies, TV shows, and games, all related to archaeology. In addition, several links to other sites and blogs, and general archaeological information is provided.