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    Squeezes: a definition
     

    A squeeze is an indented relief imprint of a inscription made with paper in an improvised fashion. From the very beginning of the nineteenth century, this technique was used to produce copies of inscribed surfaces that would be easy to transport and preserve, in order to be able to study the engraved text ‘remotely’.
    An essential tool for epigraphers’ work, these paper facsimiles have the advantage of being easy to handle and, when correctly positioned under light, of providing a quality of reading often much better than that of their originals. Often they make it possible to correct or complete the published version of inscriptions that have been damaged, if not lost, over time. Finally, by reproducing letter forms and the arrangement of a text on its medium, squeezes reliably attest to the great variety of writing styles and graphic choices in use in the Greek world throughout antiquity.

     

    Institutional framework and funding

     
    The programme for the long-term archiving and circulation of a Digital Text and Image Library of Greek Squeezes that can be consulted freely is funded as part of the Digital Academic Library initiative piloted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, under Axis 5 (the digitisation of the national academic heritage collections of Higher Education and Research). The goal of this initiative is to increase significantly the amount of academic resources available online and to bring together a critical mass of digital content based on close links with other local, national and European projects.
    The mission statement of this call for projects hence undertakes to:
     
    - make accessible to all and enhance for the benefit of research the corpora and collections of documents in Higher Education and Research, by means of digital collections produced in accordance with good practice, formats and open standards in order to guarantee the interoperability, reuse and longevity of the data.
    - promote the free and open circulation of academic heritage, in free access and with guarantees of the stability of this access.
    - to work in synergy with other initiatives in the field of digitisation.
     
    The E-STAMPAGES programme is due to be carried out in eighteen months, from January 2015, by a consortium of four partners: the French School at Athens, the HiSoMA laboratory (UMR 5189 of the CNRS), the Information System and Network Centre of the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux and the Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project of the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
     
    During this first phase, the squeeze collection of the French School at Athens and the part of the HiSoMA collection linked to it by a shared institutional history will be brought together in the same consultation and display space. The intention is to transform these academic archives, to which at the moment access is relatively restricted, into an informative tool available to the public, as one of the richest collections in Europe after that of the Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. By doing this, the French School at Athens and the HiSoMA laboratory are following the same procedure as the great foreign research centres that for several years now have been putting images of squeezes online, such as the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents at Oxford, the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at Ohio State University and the Images of Inscriptions of the Cornell University Library. In due course, the E-STAMPAGES digital text and image library will aim to encompass other digitised and digital archives and collections of squeezes.
     

    Academic approach and technical implementation methodology
     

    The programme meets the most up-to-date technical standards for the digitisation and interoperability of data developed for the publication of academic and heritage collections. The digitisation and structuring of the data will also be carried out in formats suitable for permanent archiving in accordance with the guidelines of the CINES.
    In order to digitise the squeezes and create 3D views with variable lighting, the Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project of the University of Florida is offering its specialist knowledge and its web application, which are also used by the Library of Congress in Washington, the University of California at Berkeley, the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Cornell University, the University of Vienna, and the Berlin Academy.
     

    Contacts

    FSA:
    Amélie Perrier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Anne Rohfritsch
    Louis Mulot, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    HiSoMA:
    Michèle Brunet, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Adeline Levivier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Information System and Network Centre of the MOM:
    Patrick Desfarges, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Bruno Morandière, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project:
    Angelos Barmpoutis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    Eleni Bozia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     
     

    ARCHIMAGE : The latest pictures

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    Thasos - Acropole ; Athénaion (sanctuaire d'Athéna), GTh 65 - R1454-002

    Sujet : vase attique Matériau : argile Technique : tourné Cat.style : figure noir état de conservation : fragment
    Archimage is intended to gradually put online the graphic and photographic documents, kept in the Archives service of FSA.

    Archaeology in Greece ONLINE

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    Eleusis, Drainage works. Kalliopi Papaggeli (?' ????) and Chrysanthi Tzavali (?' ????) report on the antiquities found during extensive works on the local drainage system (Figs. 1, 2). On Kontouli and Hatzigeorgiou parts of Roman buildings, and Hellenistic and Archaic walls were found. On Miaouli Roman walls, floors and drains, as well as a Hellenistic retaining wall were revealed. The latter could have supported an ancient road. On Thanasoulopoulou, a kiln and three burials were found. The latter are 1 tile grave and 2 inurned cremations, one of which is Late Archaic. On Kimonos 2 Roman walls and a Roman cist grave were found. On Keleou 2 Late Archaic inurned cremations were excavated. On Stathi 10 Hellenistic-Roman burials (7 tile graves and 3 cist graves) were revealed. On Lysikratous a
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