Fieldnotes: Digital Resources

A permanent list of digital resources in archaeology and related fields.

See also: Directory of Graduate Programs in the United States and Canada

Abzu is a guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world.
The AJA launched a new student section on its website. This area is a starting point for research, a place to learn about a career in archaeology or about submitting your first academic article, and a collection of helpful, trusted links to archaeological material. Start exploring at www.ajaonline.org/students.
The ascsa.net digital library currently provides access to the archaeological data from the Athenian Agora and Corinth together with a selection of photographs from the Alison Frantz Collection that pertain to these excavations. Searches can be made across these collections or they can be queried separately. Publications, excavation reports, excavation notebooks, contexts, objects, plans and drawings, and photos and other images can be searched using the Agora or Corinth field names, as well as the Dublin Core metadata standard set. Users can tailor the display of their search results in many formats such as list, icons (thumbnail), and table. The table display format is especially flexible with individual fields specified by the user. Find spots for objects from the Athenian Agora and from the recent Panayia Field excavations in Corinth can be plotted in Google Earth or on excavation plans (Agora only at present). Search results may also be exported into four file formats. For additional excavations data information, consult Corinth or Agora Digital Resource pages.
By 2004 the Beazley Archive had more than twenty databases of different types of objects in different formats. To manage data more efficiently they were merged into one 'extensible' database system (XDB) between 2004 and 2005. Merging datasets also enabled the 'benefits' of one database to be transferred to another. For example, a database of inscriptions on Athenian vases was merged with the Pottery Database, and the latter was merged with Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum.
CEFAEL (Publications en ligne) posts on-line the Bulletin de Correspondance hellénique, and the whole of the monographs, thus offering the public the opportunity to consult a whole of about 250.000 pages, a collection that is expected to evolve.
Since its founding in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens has amassed a huge collection of both published and unpublished information. This includes books, journals, photographs, excavation notebooks, personal papers, maps, and scientific data sets. One of the major initiatives of the School in recent years has been to digitize these resources into an ASCSA Digital Library, which is actually a collection of several databases either administered directly by the School or in conjunction with other institutions. This page provides a central point of access to these major digital resources. ASCSA Multimedia Presentations AMBROSIA: The Union Catalogue of the Libraries ASCSA.net: Interdepartmental Database of the Agora and Corinth Excavations Alison Frantz Photographic Collection Archaeological Photographic Collection Dorothy Burr Thompson Collection Historical Archives of the Gennadius Library Scrapbooks of John (Joannes) Gennadius Mapping Mediterranean Lands
The École française d’Athènes and the British School at Athens share a long tradition of disseminating to the scholarly community the results of archaeological fieldwork conducted in Greece. Since 1920, the École française d’Athènes has devoted a part of the Bulletin de Correspondance hellénique to a wide account of archaeological research in Greece, Cyprus and, every second year, the Cimmerian Bosphorus. The British School at Athens compiles a similar annual review, Archaeology in Greece, which has been published jointly with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies as part of Archaeological Reports since 1954 – the latest step in a history of collaborative publication which dates back to the School’s foundation. Building upon this tradition, and enabling future generations of scholars to benefit most effectively from the growing volume of information available, lies at the heart of the academic mission of both Schools. We regard an electronic resource, which draws upon the strengths of both of our publications, as an essential means to this end. The British School therefore had no hesitation in accepting the invitation extended by the École française d’Athènes to collaborate in the creation of a wholly new research tool named, in our respective languages, Chronique des fouilles en ligne and Archaeology in Greece Online. The database is organised by region, searchable both by toponym and via maps. Searches using key words and chronological terms lead directly into site records in either French or English. Alternatively, individual researchers may pursue their particular interests through free text searches. The task of compiling and entering site records has been divided according to region between the École française d’Athènes and the British School, in a manner which reflects their respective histories, research traditions, and geographical areas of interest. Site records thus appear in English or French, according to the native language of the editor.
Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives ETANA is a cooperative project of: American Oriental Society | American Schools of Oriental Research | Case Western Reserve University | Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State | Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University | International Association for Assyriology | Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago | Society of Biblical Literature | Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University | State University of New York at Stony Brook | Vanderbilt University | Virginia Polytechnic and State University
Maintained by the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC), Fasti Online offers two web components of interest to Mediterranean archaeology. One is a searchable, geographically organized database of current Mediterranean fieldwork. At present, the majority of content relates to fieldwork in Italy. The other component of the site is a peer-reviewed venue FOLD&R (Fasti Online Documents and Research) for offering short field reports. At present, the geographic scope of the content includes Italy and Bulgaria.