Monthly Archives: March 2014

Funding update

Our project has just been awarded funding from UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund – Flexible Learning. The funding will enable us to photograph the McGregor squeeze collection and create an online database accessible to scholars around the world. A huge thanks to Maude Côté-Landry,  Larissa Ringham (Digital Projects Librarian, UBC Library), and Gwynaeth McIntyre who put the proposal together.

Our test website is up and running, with 15 inscriptions available for study.




With funding for the next 2 years from TLEF, we will be able to digitize the collection and create a resource that we hope will be used to instruct Classics students around the world about the study of epigraphy. Part of our work will be providing transliterations and translations of the squeezes:


Translation by Natalie MacDougall, UBC


This is very exciting news and a great way to end the first year of our project!


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Archaeology Day 2014

UBC’s  Archaeology Day Symposium, “Digital Perspectives on the Past: New Methods and Research in Digital Archaeology” is coming up on Saturday March 15:
Digital methods are revolutionizing the way most archaeologists do their work.  New geospatial technologies, including ground-based and airborne methods of remote sensing (e.g., laser scanning, or the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones”) now allow for the rapid and accurate 3D recording of archaeological phenomena from single artifacts to excavation units and even entire landscapes.  Analog data from earlier projects are being digitized, providing fresh insights and re-interpretations as they are analyzed in new ways.  Geographical Information Systems have become increasingly important as a means of integrating these digital data streams and have moved beyond traditional uses in predictive modeling to more nuanced ways of looking at human-environment interactions.  The visualization of data in 3D is allowing the virtual exploration of various archaeological discoveries, providing not just an important means of public engagement, but allowing us to ask new questions of the things we find.  Archaeologists are only beginning to come to terms with the practical and ethical implications of this rapid digital transformation.  This symposium explores some of this new terrain, while showcasing current work in the digital realm by archaeologists working at UBC, SFU, University of Victoria, and beyond.
We are delighted to have been asked to present on our efforts to digitize the CNERS Department teaching collections, and Maude Côté-Landry will be speaking on behalf of the team. It is also a great chance to see Dr. Kevin Fisher present his work on Bronze Age Cyprus, where he is using some exciting cutting edge technology, including the “octocopter” below.
Please check out the program below, and if you’re local, we hope to see you there!
poster archy day

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Happy ἐξελαύνω Day!

Everyone, it’s March 4th!  That means that it’s ἐξελαύνω (exelauno) Day for Hellenists everywhere, or Progredior Day for the Latinists among us.  (Classicists get to celebrate both versions.)

The occasion for celebration?  Both ἐξελαύνω and progredior have the root meaning “to march forth”.  Can you tell that classicists love puns?

exelauno definition

The tradition of making this terrible pun once a year is said to have started with teacher  Clarence “Pop” Gleason, who also edited a popular Greek primer for students.  He taught for many years at Roxbury Latin School, the oldest continuously operating school in North America.   Gleason decreed that on March 4th there would be no homework for Greek and Latin students; instead, a declamation contest takes place on this day every year.  You can watch last year’s competition here.

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