About our project:
Graduate students from the Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Department at the University of British Columbia have begun a collaborative project to create a digital database of the department’s archaeological teaching collections for the benefit of students and faculty alike. There is a significant collection of archaeological material in the possession of the department that is, at present, inaccessible and unavailable to students. Through the creation of a digital database we aim to fulfil the following objectives:
1) to create a useful and meaningful online resource that can be modified and augmented in future years;
2) to bolster the department’s online presence; and
3) to establish a collaborative project for the graduate students to contribute to and work on together with the hopes of gaining experience in the Digital Humanities and creating a legacy for future students.
The fundamental project would consist of the database itself. We envision a multi-lingual, navigable resource which allows students to examine the objects for purpose of individual study or as a pedagogical tool. The first category of objects to be studied will be the epigraphic squeezes currently stored in the slide room. These are an obvious first choice, as their utility as a resource for countless members of the department is undeniable. By making these available, students and faculty will have the opportunity to study epigraphic records which are valuable for scholars of literature, history, and archaeology alike. Ideally, the squeezes would be studied individually, catalogued, photographed (and possibly scanned), and then entered into a digital database.