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OrientLab Web Projects is a research website about the archaeology of the ancient Near East and about new methodologies for the study of ancient societies and their environments. The website is run by the Chair of Near Eastern Archaeology of the Department of History and Cultures, Bologna University and is open to the cooperation with all scholars and students. The Editor is prof. Nicolò Marchetti, the Web Designer is Silvano Bertossa.

Web projects

OrientGIS is a research website about a networked approach to GIS applied to near eastern landscapes and sites. We aim at creating visual tools for studying and characterizing ancient societies and their environmental setting (both ancient and modern), building on materials acquired or designed by our research group or processed after downloading, receiving or scanning them with due credit from various sources.

Visit the OrientGIS website.


The Joint Expedition is directed by Nicolò Marchetti (Bologna University), with Hasan Peker (Istanbul University) as deputy director. The founding Universities of the project are those of Bologna, Gaziantep and Istanbul, with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism (General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums, Gaziantep Conservation Committee and Gaziantep Archaeological Museum). Technical partnerships are active with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Gaziantep Governate, Şahinbey Municipality, Karkamış Municipality and Karkamış Local Governate. Financial sponsors for the project are the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research and the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna and the Sanko Holding.

Visit the Karkemish website.


PastWeb hosts old websites of scientific interest in order to keep their web memory. Hosting is free and anybody can submit a request.


The Tilmen Höyük Project is an excavation in south-eastern Turkey which took place under the auspices of the University of Bologna and that of Istanbul between 2003 and 2008. The website, both in English and in Turkish, presents a gallery of the excavation areas in the lower town and offers access to a complete web database of 928 finds from the investigations in that sector.

Visit the Tilmen website.


An online relational MySQL public and full database with all the finds (pottery, small finds and samples, more than 30,000 entries overall) from the excavations carried out by the Chair of Near Eastern Archaeology of the University of Bologna. The first batch released concerns the 2003-2007 excavations in the lower town of Tilmen Höyük in Turkey.

Visit R-Dig.