Bank on Aegean Subjects
DBAS - @egeanLab

Structure and Aims


DBAS project, the acronym of “Data Bases about Aegean Subjects”, starts in 2005 as a complex research tool for the study of specific themes, regarding the Aegean and the East Mediterranean areas in the pre-classical period.

DBAS aims at a complete statistical cross-analysis of significant  bodies of evidences, which could be highly beneficial for the development of single research projects. The project is promoted by the University of Florence, involving a team of historians, philologists, archaeologists and computer scientists, both from the University of Florence and other Institutions.

DBAS is a web-based consultation resource, i.e. a scientific portal sorting out different research tools: Data bases for advanced research on specific topics, Bibliographic data bases, Implements for general research and for educational purposes.

The overall architecture of the web site where the project is hosted shows the merging in a joint system of a number of general features including:

  • Linking of different data/sets:
    archaeological, iconographical, philological data and other records on selected topics will come together in dedicated data bases.
  • Linking of different data bases:
    data bases on close or related matters will be combined to allow for search of chronological, geographical or thematic correlations. To further enlarge the perspective, the data bases will be connected to additional resources available at the site, like downloadable fonts, selected thematic bibliographies, photo galleries, etc...
  • Linking to different web-sites:
    the DBAS structure will ensure, with appropriate tools, the connection to other web-sites offering different materials related to the main research themes developed in this project. This is a particularly relevant feature making DBAS an open structure not only to enlarge its records but mainly to involve other scholars and to improve the scientific quality of the available data.




The DBAS hosts:

  • DBAS - ACS: Aegean Cushion Seals
    A.M. Jasink, G. Dionisio,
    C. Faralli (technical support)

    is a database on a typical Minoan production of seals, the "cushion seals". This on-line resource may be a deepening with respect to the wonderful  CMS (ARACHNE) Corpus. It represents a feasible instrument for such a specific topic, giving some additional information about this typology of seals.


            Forthcoming databases are:

  • DBAS - AQ: The Ahhiyawa Question
    M. Marino, L. Warbinek,
    C. Faralli (technical support)

    The aim of this project is to offer a complete searching tool for an analysis of all the matters related to the wide question of the Ahhiyawa land, through the evaluation of the most relevant bibliography on this topic as well as the original written sources about it. The data base will make possible also the direct reference to the texts where Ahhiya or Ahhiyawa is mentioned, offering all the texts (in PDF format) both in transliteration (or transliterations, where there is more than one version) and in original cuneiform.
  • DBAS - TWC:  Textile work areas in Bronze Age Crete. Archaeological indicators, typology and interpretation  
    M.E. Alberti,
    C. Faralli (technical support)

    Archaeological indicators, typology and interpretation M.E. Alberti

    This data base has been built to give a preliminary picture of the relevant characteristics of textile work areas in Minoan Crete, especially during the Neopalatial period. Aim of the work is to propose a preliminary typological and functional classification of the included contexts and a first differentiation among various scales of production. Such a work will be extended to the Mycenaean period, including a comparison with the Linear B evidence.

  • DBAS - MAE:  Mycenaeans and Amarnian Egypt: A Database of Mycenaean pottery found in Amarna Age Egypt
    B. Torrini
    C. Faralli (technical support)

    The aim of this work is to shed light on the topic of the contacts between Mycenaeans and Egypt during the so-called Amarna Age, by analyzing a class of archaeological records as a whole. Practically, this leads to an on-line collection of pottery of Mycenaean style (Late Helladic III A2-IIIB) found on Egyptian land. Most of these objects entered Egypt in a time span of approximately 30 years, while the country was under the rule of Pharaoh Akhenaten, and under his immediate debated successions.


DBAS offers further supports for Aegean studies:


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