14.0828 Ancient World Mapping Center (UNC): Barrington Atlas

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 828.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 07:26:04 +0100
             From: Ross Scaife <scaife@pop.uky.edu>
             Subject: Barrington Atlas - invitation to comment

      From Tom Elliott of the AWMC:

    Please circulate this notice as widely as possible.

    In September 2000, the American Philological Association's Classical Atlas
    Project achieved its goal with the publication of the Barrington Atlas of
    the Greek and Roman World. This work represents an extraordinary advance in
    research tools, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the
    entire spatial spread of Greco-Roman civilization and influence. Even well
    before it achieved publication, however, there developed widespread
    awareness that the cartography and historical geography of the ancient world
    pose a set of research and instructional challenges requiring constant
    attention and revision. New evidence, methods and technology will open new
    vistas and constantly create fresh research opportunities.

    For this reason, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North
    Carolina, Chapel Hill, has established a permanent research facility devoted
    to promoting cartography and geographic information science as essential
    disciplines within the field of ancient studies: the Ancient World Mapping
    Center. The Center also enjoys the support of the APA, and holds the
    research materials assembled by its Classical Atlas Project. The AWMC, under
    the direction of Tom Elliott, is already engaged in a variety of research
    and educational projects outlined on its website at

    A vital aspect of the Center's mission is the revision and updating of the
    Barrington Atlas and its Map-by-Map Directory. Ongoing research and
    publication are sure to necessitate adjustment of maps and their supporting
    data. Equally, anyone with relevant expertise may wish to point out slips,
    or to suggest that note be taken of one or other alternative to
    interpretations presented in the atlas. In fact for this purpose the Center
    has already received valuable communications from experts worldwide. In
    order to facilitate the process for all concerned, the AWMC has created a
    form and a set of instructions. These are available in several formats from
    the web site at http://www.unc.edu/depts/awmc/updates. The form can be
    filled out interactively online, or downloaded and printed for completion
    and mailing.

    As Atlas editor and a member of the AWMC's Advisory Board, I am eager to
    join Director Tom Elliott in inviting you to assist the Center in its
    ongoing efforts to improve our understanding of the spatial aspects of the
    ancient past. Naturally, while you will retain full rights over whatever
    research findings you share, you will be asked to grant the Center
    permission to disseminate mention of them in the context of its work, with
    due authorial credit clearly given.

    Richard TALBERT
    Editor, Barrington Atlas

    Director, Ancient World Mapping Center

    CB#8110 5010 Davis Library
    University of North Carolina
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8110


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