Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) - Professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. It represents the interests of archaeology and archaeologists to government, policy makers and industry, sets standards and issues guidelines, improves member career prospects by promoting and organising training and informing them of developments in professional practice, and through its Registered Organisations scheme improves employment practices and raises standards of work.
Czech Institute of Egyptology - The archaeological exploration of the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Abusir has been for almost 40 years concentrating on the Abusir pyramid field, located 20 km to the southwest of Cairo. Abusir is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt. It contains two types of monuments: tombs of kings, queens and private individuals coming from the time of the 5th dynasty (Old Kingdom), and tomb from the Saite-Persian period.
CyArk - Spurred by the Taliban's destruction of the 1600-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today. CyArk operates internationally as a 501(c)3 non profit organization with the mission of using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the world's cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time.
Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA) - Organisation for professional archaeologists in the United Kingdom, including information on membership, services for members, conference news, special interest groups, standards for archaeological practice and publications.
International Council of Museums (ICOM) - Created in 1946 by and for museum professionals. ICOM works for society and its development and is committed to guaranteeing the conservation, continuation and protection of cultural goods.
Israel Antiquities Authority - In charge of the country's antiquities and antiquity sites, their excavation, preservation, conservation, study and publication thereof, as well as the country's antiquity treasures.
Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) - Protects and promotes the cultural heritage of Egypt, both independently and in cooperation with national and international organizations. It ormulates and implements all policies concerned with antiquities; issues guidelines and permits for the excavation, restoration, conservation, documentation, and study of sites and monuments; and manages a country-wide system of antiquities museums. [Previously known as the Supreme Council of Antiquities.]
Oriental Institute - A research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the Institute, a part of the University of Chicago, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations. Also see index to its Chicago House Bulletin newsletter.
Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) - A listing of archaeologists who have agreed to abide by an explicit code of conduct and standards of research performance, who hold a graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, art history, classics, history, or another germane discipline and who have substantial practical experience. Registration is a voluntary act that recognizes an individual's personal responsibility to be held accountable for their professional behavior.
Sammlungen der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - The national museums in Berlin represent the result of centuries of collecting. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the holdings increased enormously through generous donations, through archaeological fieldwork and through ethnological expeditions undertaken. The national museums in Berlin consist of 16 museums, each with its own special area of competence.
Archaeological Museum at Olympia - One of the most important archaeological museums in Greece, hosting artefacts from the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, in Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were born and hosted.
Athena Review - Journal of archaeology, history, and exploration.
Artefacts Canada: Archaeological Sites - A database containing information on more than 70,000 archaeological sites administered by Canadian provincial, territorial, and federal government departments or agencies.
Ashmolean - Ancient and modern art and antiquities covering world civilisations. Located in Oxford, England.
Cave of Lascaux - Virtual history and tour of the cave at Lascaux whose Painted Gallery is justifiably considered the pinnacle of Palaeolithic cave art.
Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) - Represents the efforts of an international group of Assyriologists, museum curators and historians of science to make available through the internet the form and content of cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3200 B.C., until the end of the third millennium.
Dig Ashkelon - The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, coastal city in the South District of Israel on the Mediterranean coast. A summary of our results from 1985-2004 in the form of two final report volumes: Ashkelon 1 and Ashkelon 2.
Digital Karnak - The Digital Karnak Project aims to make the site of Karnak more accessible to students and instructors in the English-speaking world. The features of this website have been designed to provide college classrooms (and the interested public) with easily accessible, up-to-date, expert material relating to the temple precinct. As part of this goal, a 3-D virtual reality model of the temple was constructed, offering students a completely new way to view the temple: reign-by-reign, following the complex patterns of royal construction, modification and destruction that are now obscured by the latest building phases at the site. Footage of this model, as well as original videos and maps, are accompanied by thematic essays written and reviewed by Egyptologists to supply students and instructors with reliable information in a digital and visually dynamic platform. A simplified version of the virtual reality model of the temple is also made available in Google Earth, for a completely interactive experience.
Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection - Cairo, Egypt. The impressive collection of the Egyptian Museum includes masterworks belonging to different epochs of ancient Egypt: statues reliefs as well as monumental pieces of Egyptian architecture document the different time periods of ancient Egypt from 4000 BC up to the Roman Period. In addition to the bust of Queen Nefertiti, whose original colour is preserved without restoration since the Amarna period, other pieces such as the sculptured portraits of the royal family and members of the royal court are also unique. The most significant work of the late period is the so called Berlin "Green Head" named after its darkgreen stone (ca. 500 BC).
Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk - Aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. In order to facilitate identification, the Emergency Red List describes the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally bought and sold.
English Heritage - From visits to historic properties and battle re-enactments to conservation grants, from archaeological digs to children's books, English Heritage offers insights into England's past. Publishes the State of the Historic Environment Report annually.
Evolutionary Anthropology - Focuses on issues of current interest in biological anthropology, paleoanthropology, archaeology, functional morphology, social biology, and bone biology-including dentition and osteology-as well as human biology, genetics, and ecology.
Field Museum, The - An international leader in evolutionary biology and paleontology, and archaeology and ethnography.
Great Archaeological Sites - Presented by Ministry of Culture and Education in Paris, France. From prehistory to the Middle Ages, history and the lives of men in times past are presented here by the most accomplished of specialists, in a presentation accessible to everyone, including: excavations, archaeological research, homo erectus, decorated caves, Lascaux, Chauvet-Bridge-in Arc, homo sapiens, prehistoric art, paleolithic, neolitic, Chalain, Clairvaux, Romania, Entremont, Gallic, Egypt, Saqqarah, Thèbes, France, Vienna, Saint-Germain of Auxerre, Charavines, Colletières, Saint-Denis, Slats, Lattara.
Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science - Part of the Weizmann Institute of Science. It is among the first to have a graduate research center devoted to microarchaeology (using instruments to reveal the microscopic archaeological record) with the aim of educating a new generation of students trained in both archaeology and the natural sciences.
Looting Matters - Discussion of the archaeological ethics surrounding the collecting of antiquities and archaeological material.
National Park Service: National Archeological Database (NADB) Permits - Provides access to information about significant archeological and paleontological projects carried out during the history of U.S. federal archeology. The records in the database are for permits issued by the Department of the Interior under the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Archaeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA) of 1979. A few records are for permits issued after the granting authority was delegated to individual federal agencies in 1984.
National Archeological Database (NADB) Reports Query Form - An expanded bibliographic inventory of approximately 240,000 reports on U.S. archeological investigation and planning, mostly of limited circulation. This "gray literature" represents a large portion of the primary information available on archeological sites in the U.S. NADB-Reports can be searched by state, county, worktype, cultural affiliation, keyword, material, year of publication, title, and author.
Public Archaeology - International, peer-reviewed journal providing an arena for the growing debate surrounding archaeological and heritage issues as they relate to the wider world of politics, ethics, government, social questions, education, management, economics and philosophy. The journal includes ground-breaking research and insightful analysis on topics ranging from ethnicity, indigenous archaeology and cultural tourism to archaeological policies, public involvement and the antiquities trade. From the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) - Provide a full array of cultural resource management (CRM) services. PAL's approach relies on integration, blending the skills of historic, prehistoric, industrial, and marine archaeologists, architectural and industrial historians, historians, preservation planners, conservators, and technical support staff. Clients rely on PAL for its ability to rapidly mobilize staff and resources to conduct cultural resource surveys, preservation planning studies, eligibility determinations, environmental impact assessments, regulatory compliance, and consultation.
Rosetta Stone - Information and resources from the British Museum. The inscription on the Rosetta Stone is a decree passed by a council of priests, one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.
Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation - The complete records of Howard Carter's excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun based on Carter's own numbering of the objects as presented in Handlist to Howard Carter's Catalogue of Objects in Tut'ankhamun's Tomb, by Helen Murray and Mary Nuttall. Numbers of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (Journal d'Entre as well as exhibition numbers) are given for each item.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 125,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.
KWSnet Twitter provides news, culture, environment, media, politics, sci-tech, society, #art, #comics, #politicalcartoon, #illustration, #botd, #obit, but KWSnet is taking an extended leave of absence from the social networking service; it is not posting there at this time.
My Zotero Library provides news articles, primary and secondary sources, and bibliographic information for your research. More information on Zotero – a powerful, easy-to-use research tool – can be found at its site. Also recommended, subscribe to My Zotero Library RSS content for the latest updates.
KWSnet is completely non-commercial. It has no commercial objective or emphasis. Instead, it is intended for educational purposes, research, and personal use. It is updated regularly.
KWSnet is IPv6 enabled, HTTPS deployed, and fully HTML5 compliant.
KWSnet may be contacted via email with any comments, suggestions or link submissions. KWSnet is designed and maintained, in its entirety, by Kirk W. Smith.