NAHAN is a new project aimed at creating a platform for the catalogues of archaeological archives held in a series of European and North African institutions. Born of two meetings with over twenty different institutions held at the École Française de Rome, the NAHAN network is now joined by a memorandum of understanding between nineteen of those institutions, under the general umbrella of ICCROM. Work on the platform will be undertaken by the DAI, based on its well-known ARACHNE platform, with additions making it suitable for excavation archives. They have generously offered us long-term storage and curation as well.
The first project we have undertaken has been with the INP. With the support of CAORC, and CEMAT in Tunis, a fourth-year student at the Ecole de Chartes, Sophie Hachou, has spent two months at the museum of Carthage working with staff of the INP on the archives. The whole archive will be ready for upload to the new platform once it is ready. We hope to carry out a similar exercise at Volubilis in the spring. While these archives can hardly be considered endangered, archives in Libya are far more vulnerable, and we hope to begin work on these in the near future.
Dr Elizabeth Fentress
Elizabeth Fentress was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, University College London, and Oxford . She is Visiting Professor at University College London (2007-2012, 2017- ), and was Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (2010) and Mellon Professor at the American Academy in Rome(1996–99). She is a former President of the International Association of Classical Archaeology (AIAC)), corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In 2003, she set up Fasti Online, an international database of Mediterranean archaeological excavation. In 2013 the project was the winner of the first Archaeological Institute of America Award for Outstanding Digital Archaeology.
Her primary concentration has been on the application of archaeology to history of the longue durée in both Italy and the countries of North Africa, focussing on social and economic aspects of Roman landscapes of all periods, with special regard to the interaction between Roman and non-Roman peoples at their points of contact in areas such as slave markets, the limes, and urban areas. She has directed or co-directed a number of survey and excavation projects, including most recently the excavations of Villa Magna in Italy and of Utica in Tunisia, the latter co-directed with Andrew Wilson and Faouzi Ghozzi.