NYU is happy to announce a workshop as part of the project launch of the International Inscriptions of Aphrodisas project, funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Board, at King's College, London. This event is the first in a series of workshops to disseminate and gather information about the application of new technologies to gathering, interpreting and displaying archeological research materials, particularly in relating inscriptions to their archeological setting.

The workshop will take place at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, on May 18-19, 2004, and is co-sponsored by the InsAph project, the Institute, and NYU’s Humanities Computing Group. Leading experts in the field have been invited to present work they have conducted on the applications of technology to classical archeology, around the topic: Digital Publication: the example of Aphrodisias.

The aim of the workshops is both to disseminate and to gather information. The workshop theme will be explored in four sessions, during which participants will have an opportunity to present work in progress, explain and explore ideas, and learn from each other's achievements and (perhaps more usefully!) mistakes. There will be ample opportunities for discussion, particularly around questions of how to achieve technical compatibility without compromising editorial freedom.

Workshop Location

New York University
Institute of Fine Arts
The James B. Duke House
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10021

The Workshop will be held in the Seminar Room, on the Main Floor

Programme of Events

Tuesday May 18th

Session 1

9am-12pm, Seminar Room

Applications of technology to the excavations at Aphrodisias, including demonstrations of 3d modeling applications, databases, and the online presentation of materials.

  • Charlotte Roueché, King’s College London: Introduction and intellectual objectives of the project and workshop
  • Harold Short, King’s College London: the Centre for Computing in the Humanities and the humanities computing context
  • Gabriel Bodard, King’s College, London, and Tom Eliot University of North Carolina: Epidocs
  • Paul Spence, King’s College London: The XML publishing framework

NYU: Archaeology at Aphrodisias

  • Christopher Ratté, NYU: Technology and archaeology at Aphrodisias
  • Jean Marc Gauthier, ITP - Tisch School of the Arts – NYU: Virtual archaeology at Aphrodisias
  • Christopher Ratté, Matt Zimmerman, Gary Shawver, Nicola Monat-Jacobs, NYU: Developing an Image Database for IFA's Aphrodisias Project

12-1 LUNCH, Oak Room

Session 2

1pm-3.30pm, Seminar Room

Digital presentation of documentary evidence

  • Tom Elliott, University of North Carolina: The EpiDoc Collaborative for Epigraphic Documents in TEI XML
  • Roger Bagnall, Columbia: From APIS to APIS-plus: Integrating Digital Tools in Papyrology
  • John Bodel/Elli Mylonas, Brown: U.S. Epigraphy Project Update
  • Michael Satlow, Brown University: Inscriptions from the Land of Israel
  • Josh Sosin, Duke: The Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri: Past, Present, and Future
  • Michael Arnush, Skidmore College: Digital Epigraphy for Demos


3.30-4.30pm, Oak Room

There will be a Tea for workshop participants.


6pm-9pm, New York University Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

The Torch Club is the NYU Faculty Club, located on the Washington Square (Downtown) Campus. 18 Waverly Place is between Greene St. and Mercer St. in Greenwich Village. Telephone: (212) 998-6724

Wednesday May 19th

Session 3

9am-12pm, Seminar Room

Digital presentation of archaeological evidence

  • Christopher Ratté, NYU: Digital archeology at Aphrodisias
  • Sebastian Heath, American Numismatic Society: Data Structures for the Field and for the Web from the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP).
  • Neel Smith, Holycross: The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project's databases and its web-site


12pm-1pm, Oak Room

Session 4

1pm-4pm, Seminar Room

New directions in InsAph

  • Charlotte Roueché, King’s College: international epigraphy and archaeology
  • Harold Short King’s College: technical developments
  • Hugh Cayless, University of North Carolina: Toward the Next Generation of Scholarly Online Publication

The workshop will end with a discussion of future plans and suggestions for further co-operation.