From Stone to Screen is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, open-access digitization project that was founded in 2012 by graduate students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. The project freely hosts high-quality scans and images of ancient artifacts from the collections of the department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (CNERS), and the Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) branch of the UBC library.
At present, the project has digitized and published five collections:
- The George Fuller Collection features 27 artifacts collected from Cairo, Jerusalem, and Baghdad during the 1930s, and was donated to the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (CNERS) at UBC by George Fuller, Jr. in 2009.
- The Harvey F. Blackmore Collection comprises 196 artifacts from Bahrain, and was donated to the UBC’s Laboratory of Archaeology in 2014.
- The O.J. Todd Coin Collection, a selection of predominantly Roman coins dating from the 4th century BCE to 4th century CE, was bequeathed to CNERS by emeritus professor O.J. Todd in 1999.
- RBSC’s collection of 5 cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, and two Roman Egyptian papyri, the latter of which were probably purchased in the 1930’s by O.J. Todd.
- The Malcolm McGregor Squeeze Collection, the project’s inaugural collection: a corpus of Greek epigraphic squeezes (filter paper impressions of ancient Greek stone inscriptions) that was given to the CNERS department in 1975 by professor emeritus Dr. Malcolm McGregor upon his retirement. This collection represents the culmination of McGregor’s life work and includes copies of the Athenian Tribute Lists. The existence of McGregor’s collection in the CNERS department gave the students the impetus to launch the project, and is the inspiration for the digitization project’s title.
Currently, FSTS has over 30 volunteers from four continents. We provide a multitude of opportunities for our volunteers, including: bibliographic research and cataloguing, learning valuable skills such as writing code, constructing and supplementing databases, designing websites, creating undergraduate and high school teaching modules for worldwide dissemination, and translating ancient Greek, Latin, and Near Eastern primary texts. All research done on the materials in the FSTS collections is made available online for future study, research and curriculum use – as such, the FSTS material continuously grows as a resource for teaching and research.
On this website you will find information about our project’s success, the team members, open-access resources for classroom use, news about the project and all aspects of antiquity, photos, merchandise, and much more! For questions, suggestions, inquiries regarding collaboration, or to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to Follow us on Twitter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook!