This project, funded by the European Research Council
2010-2013, is hosted by the Centre for Advanced Religious and
Theological Study at the University of Cambridge.
The aim of the project was to assemble for the first time all
the data on the presence of Jewish communities in the territories
of the Byzantine Empire (the Southern Balkans, Aegean islands and
Anatolia), and to generate interactive online maps using GIS
(Geographic Information Systems). The data in question came mainly
from inscriptions and archaeological investigations, and from a
broad range of documentary and literary sources in Greek, Hebrew
and other languages. Much of this data had never before been
published or collected.
The maps, as well as related tables, graphs, etc., are readily
accessible to scholars and the general public alike. The project
makes significant contributions to both Jewish history (in which
the Byzantine region has largely been overlooked) and Byzantine
history (where the study of minorities is a neglected area which is
only now starting to be studied in earnest). The innovative use of
GIS was also intended as a pilot that will generate further
applications of this important new technology for historical study
and similar fields.
HUMlab held overall responsibility for the design,
implementation and testing of an explorative interface; a combined
research and public web interface for the mapping of Jewish
communities of the Byzantine Empire. HUMlab also acted in an
advisory role so as to ensure the quality of data modelling,
information integration, data consistency and long-term
preservation by means of regular contact, meetings, workshops and
Principal investigator: Nicholas de Lange, Professor of
Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Cambridge.
To try out the application, go to: http://www.byzantinejewry.net/
Contact person at HUMlab: Fredrik Palm: firstname.lastname@example.org