WEEKS, J. M. ; DE MEDEIROS, J. A Research Guide to the Ancient World: Print and Electronic Sources. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, 456 p. – ISBN 9781442237391.
The archaeological study of the ancient world has become increasingly popular in recent years. A Research Guide to the Ancient World: Print and Electronic Sources, is a partially annotated bibliography. The study of the ancient world is usually, although not exclusively, considered a branch of the humanities, including archaeology, art history, languages, literature, philosophy, and related cultural disciplines which consider the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world, and adjacent Egypt and southwestern Asia. Chronologically the ancient world would extend from the beginning of the Bronze Age of ancient Greece (ca. 1000 BCE) to the fall of the Western Roman Empire (ca. 500 CE). This book will close the traditional subject gap between the humanities (Classical World; Egyptology) and the social sciences (anthropological archaeology; Near East) in the study of the ancient world. This book is uniquely the only bibliographic resource available for such holistic coverage.
The volume consists of 17 chapters and 5 appendixes, arranged according to the traditional types of library research materials (bibliographies, dictionaries, atlases, etc.). The appendixes are mostly subject specific, including graduate programs in ancient studies, reports from significant archaeological sites, numismatics, and paleography and writing systems. These extensive author and subject indexes help facilitate ease of use.
1. What Is the Ancient World?
2. Specialized Libraries Collection
3. Specialized Museum Collections
4. Guides to the Literature of the Ancient World
5. Subject Bibliographies
6. Regional Bibliographies
7. Book Reviews and Yearbooks
11. Abstracts and Indexes
12. Journal Literature
13. Biographical Information
14. Directories of Organizations and Associations
16. Photographic and Visual Collections
17. Theses and Dissertations
Appendix 1. Library of Congress Classification System
Appendix 2. Graduate Programs
Appendix 3. Archaeological Site Reports
Appendix 4. Paleography and Writing Systems
Appendix 5. Numismatics
John M. Weeks is Head Librarian, Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Jason de Medeiros is Assistant Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, USA.