Tzveta Manolova, DPhil in Archaeology (University of Oxford), has just completed a two-year Wiener-Anspach fellowship at the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she worked with Prof. Athena Tsingarida (CreA-Patrimoine). Her project –  “Protohistoric Eastern Mediterranean Ships Digital Project (1500-600 B.C.)” – led to the creation of an open access database on ship representations of the Mediterranean basin broadly covering the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age periods.

“Initially conceived as a means to publish the catalogue portion of my doctoral dissertation”, Tzveta writes, “the project has since expanded with a photogrammetry component, with further plans […] in order to provide a holistic view of the entire Mediterranean. Drawing inspiration from exciting advances in the digital humanities and an ever-growing need for open-access research tools and digital cultural heritage preservation, the project’s ultimate aim is to create an up-to-date virtual maritime museum that gathers material which is widely dispersed in dozens of institutions on multiple continents, a significant portion of which remains poorly documented or little known”.

To explore the new database : Ancient Mediterranean Digital Project.