Last House on the Hill – the Web Edition Launches Softly

It has been a long journey from the beginning of the BACH (Berkeley Archaeologists @ Çatalhöyük) project in 1997 to the launching (albeit softly) of its Web Edition. The BACH Project and its publication was the first collection of data to be auditioned by the Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA). In fact it was one of the first raisons d’etre for the creation of CoDA. But the publication of the BACH project has been a slow and long  adventure. First we saw the publication of its print edition with the same name (Last House on the Hill) finally in November 2012 as part of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (UCLA) Press Monumenta Archaeologica series:

Ruth Tringham and Michael Ashley hold the first copy of the printed version of Last House on the Hill at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 17, 2012.

Inside the book, there was a link (  to the future digital edition of Last House on the Hill which until a few days ago took you to Web pages about the Last House on the Hill project within the Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA) main blog. Since last week, however, this same link now takes you to a very different site and a very different animal: the Web edition of the Last House on the Hill. This represents a happy merging of the two primary products of CoDA: Codifi, the robust solution to documenting, organizing, relating, and archiving the entities of a research project, and Mukurtu, the amazing content management system that allows us to share our content with the world through the Web and its Cloudy horizons.

The resulting Web Edition of the Last House on the Hill is gorgeous and will, once its content is fully in place, be spectacular and like no other archaeological publication out there. During the week of December 2nd-6th, 2013, the complete CoDA team worked intensively together to create the Web Edition of the Last House on the Hill.

The best way that I can describe to you what we created during that week is to think of this Web Edition as a physical House. We created the framework as an amazing stable structure, yet flexible enough to withstand the strongest earthquake; we gave the house a beautiful sturdy skin (the Front Page), which allows you to see through the windows into every room in the interior. The doorway is a carousel that takes you into the entry hallway where there are videos and presentations that introduce you to the House and how to explore it.

Inside the House, it is beautifully decorated in gorgeous colors. There are a few items (videos and one or two items in each room) to give you a taste of what it will be like when the house is full of furniture, things hanging on the walls, and the hum and bustle of people inside going about their business. We will be furnishing it with many gorgeous people and items whose relationships will entice into you ever further exploring the house (as we upload content).

I am anxious and impatient to show you our House with everything in it. I am very proud of the House on the Hill that we at CoDA have built, and we’ll be sure to post another message here inviting you to our House-Warming for the Last House on the Hill.

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