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Author: Scott A. Merriman
Title: 10 that have Stood the Test of Time
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
September 2002

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Source: 10 that have Stood the Test of Time
Scott A. Merriman

vol. 5, no. 2, September 2002
Article Type: Site Review

10 that have Stood the Test of Time

Scott Merriman (Electronic Resource Review Editor),

10 good sites not reviewed before, that were current in 1997 and still work today, at their original URL. These sites were selected from The History Highway (M.E. Sharpe, 1997)

A Walk Through Time

This site has been around for seven years, and provides a good history of "time." Looks at ancient calendars and timekeeping methods, including Stonehedge and early clocks, such as waterclocks. It also examines the rise of mechanical clocks in the 17th century, and the development of the atomic clock.

Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture

The Douglas Centre is continually undergoing improvement and has added a Bill Douglas Centre for Children and Young People. The Centre has "one of Britain's largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema." It contains two public galleries and a research centre. The site includes a list of suggestions for further reading and a biography of filmmaker Bill Douglas.

History of Money

This searchable site provides truth in advertising as it provides a history of money, complete with a chronology of money for the prehistory to the present. It also contains a series of essays, from "Warfare and Financial History" to "the Vikings and Money in England." The site also discusses inflation and has a set of related links.

Ancient Egypt

This site provides a tour of Ancient Egyptian ruins. Many of the ruins had to be moved with the construction of the Aswan Dam in the 1970s, and the site provides insight into how this was accomplished. It contains thumbnail pictures of the carving and statuary, and details what the carvings and inscriptions mean. The names of the temples are also discussed. The reconstruction efforts, and when and how these ruins were originally damaged, are noted in this work.

Ancient Roman Cooking

This site provides a translation of a Roman cookbook. Also presents conversions from Roman measurements to today's and from metric to English. A wide variety of dishes are described here, including a Roman burger, and seafood fricassee. The translator also notes and explains the Roman ingredients which are not commonly used by today's cooks.

Ancient Texts

This site is one of the few (relatively) gopher sites still around on the net. It includes works by Vergil, Aesop and Homer. The site is searchable by keyword, and the original copyright information is appended. On some of the works, a dramatis personae and a short synopsis precede the work.

Anglo-Saxon Texts

Contained here are a variety of Anglo-Saxon texts, including _The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and Beowulf. Of particular interest is the Harvard Classics translation of Beowulf by Francis B. Gummere. Also included at this site are a number of folio images of the Beowulf manuscript. A good site for those interested in old Anglo-Saxon texts.

Archive of Watermarks and Papers in Greek Manuscripts

This site discusses watermarks in Greek manuscripts with an eye towards helping scholars date those texts and establish authorship of them. Included here is an archive of watermarks, and a news section describing current research in this area. Of help to those getting started is a guide to using the site. The database is also somewhat searchable. This site has not been updated since 1999, and so may be a bit dated.

Classics and Mediterranean Archaeology

This searchable site presents hundreds of classics links. Includes connections to other sites and information about organizations which focus on these issues. Of particular interest here are the links to museums and to atlases. The site also allows one to connect to academic departments which specialize in this area. The entire site can also be sorted alphabetically, which helps those who know the name of what they are looking for, but not what sub-directory it is in.

Duke Papyrus Archives

The Duke Archives is fully searchable, and one may also browse by topic or language. For those unfamiliar with papyri, there is a section of information about papyri, including a bibliography. Information is also included about how the Archives came about. The site also provides a list of links to related sites.