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, three of which can be found on our Omeka site:
1) The George Fuller Collection, featuring 27 artifacts collected from Cairo, Jerusalem, and Baghdad during the 1930s.
2) The Harvey F. Blackmore Collection, which comprises 196 artifacts from Bahrain.
3) The O.J. Todd Coin Collection, a selection of predominantly Roman coins dating from the 4th century BCE to 4th century CE.
Two of our collections can be accessed elswhere:
- RBSC’s collection of cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, and two Roman Egyptian papyri
- The Malcolm McGregor Squeeze Collection, a corpus of Greek epigraphic squeezes. 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, and 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.