The Ancient Historian

Ancient history, mountaineering, cycling and other outside adventures

Archive for the month “December, 2012”

studying Egyptian papyri in the shadow of Mt Fuji, Japan

RJ and I have finished our first day examining a collection of papyri at Tokai University, near Mt Fuji. A gloriously clear day, as you can see. Wanted very much to get some climbing in, and what a beautiful mountain! Anyway, we spent all day looking at texts, and there were many surprises, including finding several Saite Period documents, and some Ptolemaic documents (fragmentary, but some good information) and even a few late Greek texts as well. Quite a range of material

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Egyptian papyri in Japan

I am off to Japan in a few hours to examine, along with my good colleague Richard Jasnow from Johns Hopkins, a collection of unpublished papyri, mostly Demotic, mostly of early to mid Ptolemaic in date (some earlier things though) They are primarily documents (contracts and letters). We are going to examine them,  make some conservation recommendations and, we hope, use this as a means to introduce both conservation of papyri and Papyrology to Japanese students. This could be a very exciting venture. This is the only (as far as I know at the moment) significant collection of Egyptian papyri in Asia. Full report when i am back in a week’s time.

Fascinating piece on the future on technology, digital humanities, and mapping

I read today a superb summary piece by Tom Elliott (ISAW, NYU) and Sean Gillies on various projects in the digital mapping/web GIS world: “Digital Geography and Classics” 3, no. 1 Changing the Center of Gravity: Transforming Classical Studies Through Cyberinfrastructure, 3/1, 2009. Really excellent reading, full of good information, and quite thought-provoking. Here it is.

Palace of the Qin Emperor discovered

Fascinating news coming out of Chinese archaeological reports of the discovery at Xi’an of the first emperor’s palace complex near the location of the famous terracotta warriors. Very big, matching his famous mausoleum. You can read about it here. And on Hans Van Roon’s blog, which is an excellent site on the Silk Road.


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