Everyone has always wanted their very own squeeze, right? In response to demand (and to help raise funds for our upcoming conference in Paris we have opened a store on Zazzle.ca to sell posters, mugs & other products featuring some of the artifacts and squeezes in our collection.
We’ve chosen Zazzle for a number of reasons. Their product quality is well-reviewed, and all products are print-on-demand, which means we do not have to purchase the merchandise up front. Instead, each product is created as it is ordered by the customer. Zazzle has worldwide shipping and dedicated customer service which means we can keep our focus on the project rather than on merchandising. All of the products can be customized – right or left-hand mugs, poster size and paper options are up to you. We recommend reading this paper review before purchasing a poster to ensure you are happy with the quality of your purchase. Please note that changing options (travel mug vs basic coffee mug / matte paper vs semi-gloss) will change the price of the item. All of our products are priced so we receive an average profit of $1.50.
Products can take up to 24 hours to appear on the main storefront, so here are links directly to products:
Mug – Epigraphic Chart
Poster – Epigraphic Chart
Poster – Squeeze IG I2 24
Poster – IG I2 124
T-shirt IG I2 124 (this can be customized for mens, womens, childrens or infants clothing items)
We will update as soon as more products are available – keep an eye out for the cuneiform tablet!
We’ve had a poster submission accepted for the 2014 Eagle Conference in Paris this fall. This is an exciting opportunity not only because we get to send one or two lucky team members to Paris for a couple of days, but since the conference is for epigraphists, we get a chance to talk about the technical details of digitizing the collection and our work with Digital Initiatives. It will be a completely new experience to talk about the collection with specialists, as most of our presentations to date have been to audiences unfamiliar with epigraphy.
We are hoping that our process of photographing the squeezes will help other universities realize the potential of digitizing their own collections, and look forward to learning more about digital epigraphy from the conference, as well has having a couple days to explore Paris.
From their website, the Eagle Project is dedicated to creating a digital library of epigraphy:
Co-funded by the European Commission under its Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme, EAGLE aims to create an e-library for Digital Epigraphy of unprecedented scale and quality for ingestion to Europeana.
EAGLE is also aiming at creating a network of experts and people interested in Epigraphy and Cultural Heritage. This event is intended to be a forum for anyone willing to share and discuss experiences and current general best practices for digital editions. It is open to researchers, archivists, industry professionals, museum curators and others seeking to create a forum in which individuals and institutions can find a place to collaborate.
And for those who have an interest in epigraphy, you can check out the following Eagle Project collections on their site, including Arachne (from the German Archaeological Institute), the Epigraphic Database Bari (Epigraphic Documents of Christian Patronage), and discover the rich epigraphic collections out of Spain and Portugal at Hispania Epigraphica Online.