Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year Honours for Archaeologists and Anthropologist

The UK New Year's Honours List has been released. Two archaeologists and one anthropologist feature:

  • DBE: HUMPHREY, Professor Caroline, Professor of Collaborative Anthropology, University of Cambridge. For services to Scholarship.
  • CBE: FULFORD, Professor Michael Gordon, Professor of Archaeology, University of Reading. For services to Scholarship.
  • OBE: ROLT, Sonia, Mrs., F.R.S. For services to Industrial Archaeology and to Heritage.

Congratulations to them.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Growth of AWOL

Growth in traffic on AWOL since the beginning of 2009

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Road to Nasiriyah in Post Production

The Road to Nasiriyah, Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton's documentary film from Iraq is now at a one hour and forty eight minute rough cut.
About The Road to Nasiriyah
In the wake of the 2003 Iraq war, hundreds of archaeological sites in southern Iraq were destroyed by looting.  The Road to Nasiriyah is the passionate journey of two American filmmakers, Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton, an Iraqi archaeologist, Abdul-Amir Hamdani, and an interpreter, Amir Doshi, who document the story.  They risk everything in an effort to stop the looting, but their journey takes an unexpected turn when Micah and Amir are kidnapped. 
Go here to read about (and support) the film.  To read even more, and view the trailer, go to:
User: Nasiriyah
Password: Journey
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They have started a non-profit organization to help protect cultural history in conflict zones around the world, the Umma Foundation.  When the film is released, they will be using it as a fundraising tool for the Umma Foundation, an initial goal of which is to help Iraqi scholars study abroad.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A New Blog: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)
Publicly launched this week, AMIR is a project of Chuck Jones, Librarian at ISAW, and Peter Magierski, Middle East Studies Librarian NYU,  to assemble and distribute information on open access material relating to the Middle East and Islamic Studies.

As the number of open access resources grows we hope this project will provide a more complete and up-to-date list of open access journals and digitization projects.

AMIR uses Ancient World Online as a model and is available via email subscription (see the form on the right side of the AMIR homepage) or the RSS tool of your chouce. 

We welcome and encourage active participation and will add interested parties to the authors' list upon request.