Digital Gordion: The Gordion Archaeological Project

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Digital Gordion: The Gordion Archaeological Project This website is produced by the Gordion Archaeological Project at the Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Our goal is to make key Gordion information and interpretations more immediately accessible to the world at large, and to encourage the broadest interest in this historically important place and the many cultural associations that have marked it through the centuries. Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We hope […]

Prehistoric ‘bookkeeping’ continued long after invention of writing

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An archaeological dig in the southeast of Turkey has unveiled a considerable number of clay tokens that were used as records of trade until the advent of writing, or so it was believed. But the new cohort of tokens dates from a time when writing was common-thousands of years after the technology had been considered obsolete. Researchers compare it to the continued use of pens in the technological age of the word processor. The tokens-small […]

Pre-historic tokens used in conjunction with cuneiform

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A new find of tokens at Ziyaret Tepe, dates from a time when writing was commonplace – thousands of years after it was previously assumed this technology had become obsolete (0)

Zooarchaeology of Neolithic Anatolia: Research Outcomes from Large-Scale Data Integration with Open Context

We are happy to report the publication of a paper synthesizing several integrated datasets documenting zooarchaeological specimens from Neolithic Anatolia. The open access journal PLOS ONE published the paper on Friday. The paper presents results of a large-scale data sharing and integration study funded by a “Computable Data Challenge” award from the Encyclopedia of Life and by the National Endowment for the Humanities (see project description). Ben Arbuckle led the collaboration which involved over 30 […]

Odyssey from Iskenderun to Beirut to America: An Extraordinary Memoir in “The Way It Turned Out”

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Iznik Tile, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Third Phase, 16th c. By P. F. Sommerfeldt -  Memoirs are by nature usually suspect; this one truly raises the bar. Here honesty is cherished and myopic self references are at a minimum. Especially when they are filled with rationalizations of bad behavior, railing curses against foes or aimed at generating sympathy for a gargantuan mea culpa, memoirs can make a reader bilious, wondering what has been omitted or embellished […]

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