Woodworth, Bradley D., 1963-
Arvustus: Darius Staliūnas. Making Russians. Meaning and practice of russification in Lithuania and Belarus after 1863. On the boundary of two worlds: identity, freedom, and moral imagination in the Baltica, 11. (Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2007)
Full Text Available Les héroïnes de tragédies ont un statut spécial dans le monde figuré du Peintre de Darius. C’est le cas de Médée et de Créuse (mère d’Ion auxquelles le céramographe apulien réserve de véritables « épiphanies ». Pour quels motifs et quel est le lien entre deux héroïnes apparemment bien différentes ? L’ A. procède à un réexamen critique d’iconographies célèbres, valorisant certains détails, souvent négligés, dont la compréhension est essentielle. Le P. de Darius conçoit le lien entre ses héroïnes à travers sa connaissance des auteurs tragiques athéniens du Ve siècle, principalement d’Euripide. Or, comment et pourquoi les problèmes affrontés par Médée et Créuse, reflétant le contexte politique et social de l’Athènes classique, sont-ils susceptibles d’intéresser le public de l’artiste apulien, formé de citoyens de poleis italiotes (notamment Tarente ou par des représentants de communautés non grecques (notamment dauniennes ou peucétiennes ? L’A. esquisse aussi une réponse à ces questions en examinant les motifs guidant le Peintre de Darius lorsqu’il transpose et réactualise les débats de la polis athénienne du Ve siècle dans le contexte politique, géo-politique et social de la Grande Grèce du IVe siècle.
Brüggemann, Karsten, 1965-
Arvustus: A pragmatic alliance. Jewisch-Lithuanian political cooperation at the beginning of the 20th century. Hrsg. von Vladas Sirutavičius und Darius Staliūnas. Verlag CEU Press. Budapest und New York, 2011
Het is alles behalve gemakkelijk deze bedreigingen in hun historisch verband te rangschikken. Bij een profetie als Jes. 21: „Gevallen, gevallen is Babel en al haar afgodsbeelden heeft. Hij ter aarde verbrijzeld”—zou men nog aan de eerste berichten kunnen denken, die Jeruzalem omtrent de verwoesting van Babylon door ...
Strateegia carry trade kasutamisest valuutaturgudel. Carry trade on tehing, mis enamasti toimub valuutaturul, kus investor laenab raha sisse valuutas, mille intressid on madalamad ning paigutab selle valuutas, kus intressid on kõrgemad. Diagramm
Ioannis M. Konstantakos
Full Text Available La storia dei doni simbolici inviati da Dario a Alessandro Magno (Romanzo di Alessandro 1.36-38 è derivata da una raccolta ellenistica di lettere fittizie che raccontavano la spedizione del conquistatore Macedone. Un modello diretto di quella narrazione fu la leggenda sui regali enigmatici mandati dagli Sciti a Dario I, che è narrata da Erodoto (4.131-132 e altre fonti ed era ben nota nell’epoca ellenistica. Oltre a questo, la storia di Alessandro e Dario è anche influenzata da tradizioni orali di folclore e divertimento, ugualmente riconducibili all’età ellenistica. Il re Persiano e quello Macedone competono nell’offerta di spiegazioni contrastanti degli oggetti simbolici; le loro spiegazioni sono collocate in una sorta di scala ascendente dal più debole al più forte. Secondo l’interpretazione di Alessandro, gli oggetti rappresentano le nozioni di potere e di conquista, superando in tal modo l’allegoria più debole di puerilità e sottomissione proposta da Dario. Questo schema narrativo ricorda giochi di enigmi con analoga struttura a gradi, che vengono attestati da Difilo e Clearco di Soli per simposi di prima età ellenistica. In tali gare scherzose, due o più giocatori tentavano di superarsi l’un l’altro, trovando ogni volta una soluzione più forte per lo stesso indovinello.
Ho Lihn Piuh
Full Text Available Presentation of the exhibition "Mobility in the process of engraving," the artist in Iara Strobel Department of Culture Curitiba.There is this creative phenomenon, using a strategy he called "refraction" poetic, the Bakhtinian sense. The refraction through the verbal non-verbal, by hypothesis allows to manage a "language without language," though not without codes to be unveiled in the critical operation. Will, in this case, the very instrument of analysis requires a shift in bias reference for the poetic.Apresentação da exposição "Mobilidade em processos de Gravura", da artista plástica Iara Strobel na Secretaria de Cultura/Curitiba. Observa-se este fenômeno criativo, recorrendo a uma estratégia a que chamaria de "refração" poética, no sentido bakhtiniano. A refração do verbal através do não verbal, permite por hipótese gerenciar uma "linguagem sem língua", embora não isenta de códigos a serem desvelados na operação crítica. Tenciona, nesta ocorrência, o próprio instrumento de análise exigindo um deslocamento do pendor referencial para o poético.
Hansapanga galeriis leedu kaasaegse kunsti näitus "Õppides ja lauldes". Kuraator Kestutis Kuizinas. Osalevad Laura Stasiulyte, Gediminas ja Nomeda Urbonas, Vita Zaman. Videod ja slaidiprogrammid näitavad tõelisi või lavastatud episoode naiste elust tänapäeva Leedus
John O. Hyland
Full Text Available Darius II’s invitation to the Olympic victor Poulydamas and Cyrus’ friendship with Thessalian aristocrats were renewals of old ties between Persia and Thessaly and part of Persian intervention in the Peloponnesian War.
Full Text Available Este texto foi originalmente publicado no livro Villa Lituania, que aborda o trabalho homônimo, apresentado pela dupla de artistas lituanos Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas na 52ª Bienal de Veneza, em 2007. O título designa o edifício que até 1940 sediou, em Roma, a primeira embaixada da república independente da Lituania, mantido sob jurisdição das autoridades russas mesmo após a queda do bloco soviético, em 1989, e considerado, pela ex-república soviética, território nacional ocupado. O trabalho implicou na construção de um pombal na Villa Lituania e numa série de ações de conotação política e social em Veneza, Roma e Vilna, cidade onde a dupla reside. Os artistas são conhecidos internacionalmente pela dimensão política e social que pretendem infundir a suas ações. Não obstante a forte carga ideológica que envolveu a intervenção de Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas na Bienal de Veneza, neste ensaio o autor, tributário da tradição marxista, demonstra notável ceticismo em relação à potência crítica do discurso marxista evocado em parte significativa da arte contemporânea.This text has been originally published in the book Villa Lituania, which approaches the homonymous work presented by the lithuanian artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, at the 52ª Venice Biennial, in 2007. The title is the name of the building used until 1940 as the seat for the first independent Lithuania Republic's embassy, in Rome, nevertheless kept under the jurisdiction of Russian authorities since the fall of the soviet bloc, in 1989, and considered, by the ex-soviet Republic, national territory under foreign occupation. The work involved the creation of a pigeon loft at Villa Lituania building, as well as a series of actions targeted at social and politic issues in Venice, Rome and Vilnius, where the tandem lives. Socially and politically addressed actions have made the artists internationally known. Notwithstanding the strong ideological drive
Mäetamm, Marko, 1965-
Marko Mäetammest, kes esindas Eestit väljapanekuga "Luuseri paradiis" (kuraator Mika Hannula) 52. Veneetsia biennaalil ja kellel oli äsja näitus "Destilleeritud armastus" Hobusepea galeriis. 52. Veneetsia biennaali parimaks rahvuspaviljoniks kuulutati Ungari paviljon ja Andreas Fogarasi, Kuldsed Lõvid pälvisid Leon Ferrari, Emily Jacir ja Benjamin Buchloch, elutööpreemia sai avamisel Malick Sidibe. Eraldi toodi välja Leedu paviljon ning Gediminas ja Nomeda Urbonas kuraatorinäituselt Nedko Salakov
Rwanda Journal Series F: Medicine and Health Sciences Vol. 2 No. 2, 2015. Workplace Setting of Mental Health Nursing Program Graduates in Rwanda. Marie Claire Gasanganwa. 1. , Benoite Umubyeyi1, Darius Gishoma1. 1. University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Rwanda. Background.
21. II-16. III eesti-läti-leedu-inglise ühisprojekt "Skriinseiver". Projekti eesotsas on kuraatorid Anders Härm, Hanno Soans ja troubleproduction. Esinevad Eriks Bozhis (Läti), Darius Mikshys (Leedu), John Frankland (Inglismaa), troubleproductions, ESTO TV ja 11 osalejat Eestist
Komissarov, Eha, 1947-
Leedu kaasaegse kunsti näitus "Omas mahlas" Tallinna Kunstihoones (Evaldas Jansas, Egle Rakauskaite) ja Rotermanni soolalaos (Loreta Bilinskaite-Burke, Laura Barbshtiene & Arturas Bumshteinas (G-Lab), Jonas Gasiunas, Arunas Gudaitis, Linas Jablonskis, Dainius Lishkevicius, Mindaugas Lukoshaitis, Gintaras Makarevicius, Deimantas Narkevicius, Egle Ridikaite, Irma Stanaityte, Laura Stasiulyte, Mindaugas Shimkus, Arturas Valiauga, Rimaldas Vikshraitis, Darius Zhiura). Kuraator Anders Kreuger leedu kunstniku kuvandiloomest
Research by the Centre for Holocaust Education has suggested that students need and want more help with building an overview of the historical roots of antisemitism and that they often lack knowledge of Jewish life prior to the Holocaust. Darius Jackson has attended to these problems with a lesson that examines the context of antisemitism in two…
This paper is concerned with the craft and pedagogy of contemporary classical composition, starting with an examination of French pedagogy as I received it from Darius Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger in the late 1950s. I discuss their different points of view (briefly the global approach to composition vs. what might be termed the molecular), the…
Prier, Darius D.
"Culturally Relevant Teaching" centers hip-hop culture as a culturally relevant form of critical pedagogy in urban pre-service teacher education programs. In this important book, Darius D. Prier explores how hip-hop artists construct a sense of democratic education and pedagogy with transformative possibilities in their schools and communities. In…
Department of Defense Civilian Lt Col Nathan “ Chili ” Lindsay, United States Air Force COL Darius Lukowski, Polish Army Ms. Diane Meyer, Department...efforts of the USG. Recommendations This Liberia case study demonstrates the benefits and costs of using contractors for the execution of U.S...PMFs and the USG to explore innovative ways to partner such that both parties would benefit by identifying requirements and capabilities in a more
Univ. of Texas - Arlington. 1983. Evered, R The Falklands War: Intercultural and transcultural issues Int. Soc. of Political Psychol. Conf., Oxford Univ...OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (cont’d) Valenta, J Empire strikes back: Falkland Islands crisis Atlantic Allies and Discord...H; Darius R G Responding to crisis in Southwest Asia: the RDJTF and its alternatives IN R. H. Magnus and J. W. Amos: Regional reaction to the RDJTF
Full Text Available ) • Animal feed supplements • Food supplements – colorant, Vitamin A supplement • OTC pharmaceuticals (health supplements) – anti-oxidant, Vitamin A supplement © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.zaSlide 4 Production • Chemical synthesis... • BASF, DSM (formerly Roche) • Algal production (Dunaliella salina) • Betatene (Cognis), Koor Foods, NCSA • Extraction from natural sources (carrots, palm oil) • DSM (formerly Roche), Hanson and Darius • Fungal production (Blakeslea trispora) • DSM...
source of Greek literature written about Alexander is from the famous biographer Plutarch . He wrote the Life of Alexander in the second century C.E...emperor Trajan, was appointed governor of Greece for a short time, and like Arrian, also served as Archon. It was in his later years that Plutarch began...and heavy troops were positioned by their territory behind the main battle line. According to Arrian and Plutarch , 41 Darius’ army at this time
count rate of Bob’s detectors. In this detector-limited regime , it is advantageous to increase M to encode as much information as possible in each...High- rate field demonstration of large-alphabet quantum key distribution Catherine Lee,1, 2 Darius Bunandar,1 Zheshen Zhang,1 Gregory R. Steinbrecher...October 12, 2016) 2 Quantum key distribution (QKD) enables secure symmetric key exchange for information-theoretically secure com- munication via one-time
Group Chemical Changes and Physical Property Correlations in Refining of Lube Base Stocks. Physico-Chemical and Adsorption Chromatography Parameters Corrélations entre les propriétés physiques et les changements de composition chimique au cours du raffinage des huiles de base. Paramètres physico-chimiques et de chromatographie par adsorption
Full Text Available Changes in twenty-two lubricating oil base stocks prepared from Darius and Assam Mix Crudes by different types of refining treatment and severity of refining have been investigated. Changes in the viscosity index with progressive refining in base stocks of different viscosity have been studied in relation to physico-chemical properties, structural analysis and saturate contents of the base oils. Correlations between the concentration of saturates, saturate-to-aromatic ratio and VI of the base stocks are reported.
Vera Beatriz Siqueira
Full Text Available resumo O artigo parte da análise do balé O homem e seu desejo, criado por Paul Claudel (poema plástico, Darius Milhaud (música e Audrey Parr (cenografia e figurino quando estavam no Rio de Janeiro entre 1917 e 1918. A ideia básica é pensar essa obra como parte integrante dos diálogos interculturais que fundam a modernidade global do início do século XX, investigando o papel desempenhado pela cultura e pela natureza brasileira no projeto de Claudel de articulação entre vanguarda, classicismo e primitivismo.
The aim of this bachelor thesis is to introduce Arms and Armour of Achaemenid Army. In this study I describe briefly clothing, arms and armour of the Persian army during the period since the reign of Cyrus the Great until the reign of Darius III. Kodomanés. War strategy of the Persian army will be also mentioned, whereas it is not possible to present military equipment without an adequate description of the method of use. Firstly we use the historical writings by Greek authors to describe Ach...
Polcaro, V. F.; Valsecchi, G. B.; Verderame, L.
A total lunar eclipse occurred during the night preceding the decisive Battle of Gaugamela (20th September 331 BCE), when the Macedonian army, led by Alexander the Great, finally defeated the Persian king Darius and his army. This astronomical event, well known to historians, had a relevant role on the battle outcome. The eclipse was described in detail by Babylonian astronomers, though, unfortunately, the text of their report has only partially been preserved. We have reconstructed the evolution of the phenomenon as it appeared to the observer in Babylonia, by using the positional astronomy code "Planetario V2.0". On the base of this reconstruction we suggest a number of integrations to the lost part of the text, allowing a finer astrological interpretation of the eclipse and of its influence on the mood of the armies that set against each other on the following morning.
On 29 September, CERN celebrated its 60th anniversary with a gala celebration. Hundreds of CERN staff members and users, dignitaries from CERN Member States and representatives of international organisations filled the marquee for a ceremony featuring speeches as well as music from the EU Youth Orchestra. CERN Recruitment Unit section leader Anna Cook was called in at the last minute to host the ceremony. Anna had just got back from a run on her day off when she got the call. On the line CERN60 project leader Sascha Schmeling, Globe manager Bernard Pellequer and video editor Jacques Fichet had a problem. French-Swiss journalist Darius Rochebin, who had been pegged to host CERN's 60th anniversary ceremony, had been forced to cancel at the last minute, just three days before the event. Would Anna host the celebration – a ceremony to be attended by hundreds and broadcast around the world for all to see? After asking whether it was a joke, she said: “OK, I&rsquo...
Joseph J. de Bruyn
Full Text Available This article states that, with his narrative, the author of Daniel 6 creates the presence of Elohim outside Jerusalem and Israel, within non-Israelite environments. Applying a body-space frameset to the texts of Daniel 6 helps to read the text as a construction of concepts. With his narrative the author creates the presence of Elohim outside Jerusalem and Israel, within non-Israelite environments. Furthermore, a spatial frameset shows that the story of Daniel 6 can be read as a conclusion to a larger narrative that stretches from Daniel 1–6. In this narrative the author utilises spatial concepts such as the character of Daniel; the lion’s den; Jerusalem and King Darius, to establish the omnipresence of the God of Israel. In constructing this presence of-God reality the author conveys a message of hope and trust in the authority of the God of Israel. In this regard Daniel 6 is not just a story about the character Daniel being persecuted for his faith; rather it is a story about the God of Israel establishing his presence and his ability to act through and within space and time.
Obara, Shin’ya; Kawai, Masahito; Kawae, Osamu; Morizane, Yuta
Highlights: ► The characteristics of a microgrid composed of SOFCs and tidal power generators were investigated. ► The CO 2 emissions of this microgrid were calculated based on an oceanographic investigation. ► The frequency and wave form quality of the electric power system were investigated. ► The voltage regulation and reactive power control of the electric power system need to be improved. -- Abstract: The development of local energy systems is important to curtailing global warming and improving public safety. Therefore, in this work, the basic performance of an independent microgrid consisting of tidal power generators, photovoltaics, fuel cells, and heat pumps to locally produce energy for local consumption was analyzed. Fast tidal currents near inlets that join lakes to the sea were converted into electrical energy via a three-phase synchronized generator connected to Darius water turbines. On the basis of the results of an oceanographic survey, the production of electricity and the CO 2 emissions of each generator were calculated using balanced equations for electricity and heat. The calculations indicated that 33% of the CO 2 emissions were associated with the energy supplied through conventional methods during the summer season. Although the frequency and waveform of the electricity of the microgrid were high quality, improvement in the voltage regulation was still required.
Makino, T. [Tobishima Corp., Tokyo (Japan)
There are not much examples applying tidal energy conversion, but tide and tidal current phenomena can be forecasted so correctly regardless of weather that the applying tidal energy is to be expected in the future. The largest tidal power plant is at Reims in France and install 24 Kaplan turbines each of which outlet power is 10,000kW (rotational direction is reversible) on the breakwater (750m is length). Tidal range at this place being 8.5m on an average, during the period of flowing seawater into the reservoir and on the contrary during the period of discharging seawater to the sea generation is both performed. Though there is no actual result of tidal power plant in Japan, in tidal current power system experimental generators have been installed at Kurushima channel and Naruto channel. Nihon University carried out various kinds of experiment using a Darius turbine (1.6m in dia.) at Kurushima channel and got outlet power of 3kW at the maximum (1983-`88). There are few coasts which have sufficient tide range in Japan, but there are so good many applicable coasts in China and Southeast Asia that the tidal power generation is to be expectatively. 12 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.
Full Text Available The article represents the results of study of a unique composite horse trapping and breast belt, found by expedition of S.I. Rudenko in the 5th Pazyryk kurgan (Mountain Altai, mid. 3rd century BC, and initially attributed as Iranian. The research has been aimed at definition the place and time of creation of three fragmented ornamented textiles, which decorated the trapping and the belt; as well as their original usage and way of coming to the Altai. To achieve the goal the author carefully studied the structures of items under research. The one with purple ground and “tower’s” pattern, which covers the ends of felt foundation of the trapping, is woven with wool and linen Z-spun threads, in warp sharing “kilim” technique, “dove tail” variant. The cloth is identified as Syrian, supposedly the time of reign of Darius I. Two other ones, with “lion procession” pattern (breast belt and “priestess and maidservant in front of an incense burner” (framing of panels was also made from wool and linen, although of different quality and S-spinning, in slit-kilim technique. Both are identified as Egyptian, and dated (most probably to the XXVII (Persian dynasty period. Comparison with representations of similar in decor textiles from synchronous in time monuments, and study of historic data on textile industry of the Achaemenid Empire made it possible to suggest, that “purple kilim” and “lion procession” belt made parts of ceremonial dress of Achaemenid nobility. The cloak could be brought to the Altai by one of the “Scythians”, who got it as a reward when served in the army of Alexander the Great during his Asian campaign.
Ze współpracy z zagranicą .................................................................................. 145 Susana Callao, José I. Jarne, Dawid Wróblewski – Debates and studies on earnings management: a geographical perspective – Dyskusja na temat zarządzania zyskiem: perspektywa geograficzna ........... 145 4 Spis treści Darius Vaicekauskas, Jonas Mackevičius – Developing a framework for audit quality management in the audit firms –Ramy zarządzania jakością audytu w firmach audytorskich ........................ 171 Konferencje naukowe w dziedzinie rachunkowości i finansów organizowane w 2014 roku przez szkoły wyższe w Polsce ................................................... 195 Informacja dla autorów ....................................................................................... 199 Instructions for authors ....................................................................................... 207
Nefedkin, Alexander K.
Full Text Available In the 6th and first half of the 5th century BC, Persian horsemen were armed with bows and javelins, and fought as a light cavalry. In the second half of the 5th century in the western regions of the Persian empire there was an increase in heavily-armoured cavalry, armed with the spears (palta for thrusting and throwing. I propose that this evolution is connected with the long wars against the Greeks and the deterioration of the morale quality of Persian warriors. The attempt of the last Persian king Darius III to re-arm his horsemen with lances to fight the Macedonian Companions did not succeed in saving the Achaemenid empire from collapse. En el siglo VI y la primera mitad del siglo V A. C. los caballeros persianos fueron armados con arcos y jabalinas y luchaban como caballeria ligera. En la segunda mitad del siglo V A.C. en las regiones occidentales del Imperio Persa se extienden caballeros de armadura pesada, armados con lanzas (palta, aunque la mayor parte de caballeria estaba formada con armados ligeramente. Segun mi opinion, estos cambios en caballeria persiana eston relacionados con la lenta guerra contra los griegos y tambien con empeoramiento de completacion de caballeria local. El intento de Dario III de rearmar a sus caballeros con las lanzas largas para luchar con exito con caballeria macedonica, fracaso por causa de caida del Imperio Aquemenido.
In the 6th and first half of the 5th century BC, Persian horsemen were armed with bows and javelins, and fought as a light cavalry. In the second half of the 5th century in the western regions of the Persian empire there was an increase in heavily-armoured cavalry, armed with the spears (palta for thrusting and throwing. I propose that this evolution is connected with the long wars against the Greeks and the deterioration of the morale quality of Persian warriors. The attempt of the last Persian king Darius III to re-arm his horsemen with lances to fight the Macedonian Companions did not succeed in saving the Achaemenid empire from collapse.
En el siglo VI y la primera mitad del siglo V A. C. los caballeros persianos fueron armados con arcos y jabalinas y luchaban como caballeria ligera. En la segunda mitad del siglo V A.C. en las regiones occidentales del Imperio Persa se extienden caballeros de armadura pesada, armados con lanzas (palta, aunque la mayor parte de caballeria estaba formada con armados ligeramente. Segun mi opinion, estos cambios en caballeria persiana eston relacionados con la lenta guerra contra los griegos y tambien con empeoramiento de completacion de caballeria local. El intento de Dario III de rearmar a sus caballeros con las lanzas largas para luchar con exito con caballeria macedonica, fracaso por causa de caida del Imperio Aquemenido.
Oza, Shefali; Jazayeri, Darius; Teich, Jonathan M; Ball, Ellen; Nankubuge, Patricia Alexandra; Rwebembera, Job; Wing, Kevin; Sesay, Alieu Amara; Kanter, Andrew S; Ramos, Glauber D; Walton, David; Cummings, Rachael; Checchi, Francesco; Fraser, Hamish S
.5 months of full-time development. OpenMRS-Ebola was used for 112 patient registrations, 569 prescription orders, and 971 medication administration recordings. We were unable to fully implement phases 2 and 3 as the ETC closed because of a decrease in new Ebola cases. The phase 1 evaluation suggested that OpenMRS-Ebola worked well in the context of the rollout, and the user feedback was positive. To our knowledge, OpenMRS-Ebola is the most comprehensive adaptable clinical EHR built for a low-resource setting health emergency. It is designed to address the main challenges of data collection in highly infectious environments that require robust infection prevention and control measures and it is interoperable with other electronic health systems. Although we built and deployed OpenMRS-Ebola more rapidly than typical software, our work highlights the challenges of having to develop an appropriate system during an emergency rather than being able to rapidly adapt an existing one. Lessons learned from this and previous emergencies should be used to ensure that a set of well-designed, easy-to-use, pretested health software is ready for quick deployment in future. ©Shefali Oza, Darius Jazayeri, Jonathan M Teich, Ellen Ball, Patricia Alexandra Nankubuge, Job Rwebembera, Kevin Wing, Alieu Amara Sesay, Andrew S Kanter, Glauber D Ramos, David Walton, Rachael Cummings, Francesco Checchi, Hamish S Fraser. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 21.08.2017.
Starostenko, Vitaly; Stephenson, Randell; Janik, Tomasz; Tolkunov, Anatoly
A number of independent but inter-related projects carried out under the auspices of various national and international programmes in Ukraine including DARIUS were aimed at imaging the upper lithosphere, crustal and sedimentary basin architecture in the north-eastern Black Sea, southern Crimea and Kerch peninsulas and the Azov Sea. This region marks the transition from relatively undisturbed Precambrian European cratonic crust and lithosphere north of the Azov Sea to areas of significant Phanerozoic tectonics and basin development, in both extensional as well as compressional environments, to the south, including the eastern Black Sea rift, which is the main sedimentary basin of the study area. The wide-angle reflection and refraction (WARR) profile DOBRE-2, a Ukrainian national project with international participation (see below), overlapping some 115 km of the southern end of the DOBREfraction'99 profile (that crosses the intracratonic Donbas Foldbelt) in the north and running to the eastern Black Sea basin in the south, utilised on- and offshore recording and energy sources. It maps crustal velocity structure across the craton margin and documents, among other things, that the Moho deepens from 40 km to ~47 km to the southwest below the Azov Sea and Crimean-Caucasus deformed zone. A regional CDP seismic profile coincident with DOBRE-2, crossing the Azov Sea, Kerch Peninsula and the north-eastern Black Sea southwest to the Ukraine-Turkey border, acquired by Ukrgeofisika (the Ukrainian national geophysical company) reveals in its inferred structural relationships the ages of Cretaceous and younger extensional and subsequent basin inversion tectonic events as well as the 2D geometry of basement displacement associated with post mid-Eocene inversion. A direct comparison of the results of the WARR velocity model and the near-vertical reflection structural image has been made by converting the former into the time domain. The results dramatically demonstrate that
Natural asphalt (or bitumen) deposits, oil seepage and liquid oil shows are widespread in the Middle East, especially in the Zagros mountains of Iran. Ancient people from northern Iraq, south-west Iran and the Dead Sea area extensively used this ubiquitous natural resource until the Neolithic period (7000 to 6000 BC). Evidence of earlier use has been recently documented in the Syrian desert near El Kown, where bitumen-coated flint implements, dated to 40,000 BC (Mousterian period), have been unearthed. This discovery at least proves that bitumen was used by Neanderthal populations as hafting material to fix handles to their flint tools. Numerous testimonies, proving the importance of this petroleum-based material in Ancient civilizations, were brought to light by the excavations conducted in the Near East as of the beginning of the century. Bitumen remains show a wide range of uses that can be classified under several headings. First of all, bitumen was largely used in Mesopotamia and Elam as mortar in the construction of palaces (e.g. the Darius Palace in Susa), temples, ziggurats (e.g. the so-called 'Tower of Babel' in Babylon), terraces (e.g. the famous 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon') and exceptionally for roadway coating (e.g. the processional way of Babylon). Since the Neolithic, bitumen served to waterproof containers (baskets, earthenware jars, storage pits), wooden posts, palace grounds (e.g. in Mari and Haradum), reserves of lustral waters, bathrooms, palm roofs, etc. Mats, sarcophagi, coffins and jars, used for funeral practices, were often covered and sealed with bitumen. Reed and wood boats were also caulked with bitumen. Abundant lumps of bituminous mixtures used for that particular purpose have been found in storage rooms of houses at Ra's al-Junayz in Oman. Bitumen was also a widespread adhesive in antiquity and served to repair broken ceramics, fix eyes and horns on statues (e.g. at Tell al-Ubaid around 2500 BC). Beautiful decorations with stones