The Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua (MAMA) XI project ran between 2009-2012, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The chief outcome of the project was the simultaneous digital and print publication of a corpus of 387 inscriptions and other ancient and medieval monuments from inner Anatolia (Phrygia, Lykaonia, and south-western Galatia), around three quarters of which (292 of 387) were previously unknown and unpublished. Most of the monuments were originally recorded by Sir William Calder (1881-1960) and Dr Michael Ballance (1928-2006) in the course of annual expeditions to Asia Minor in 1954-1957; the corpus also includes a smaller number of monuments recorded by Alan Hall (1931-1986) and Richard Barnett (1909-1986).
The aim of the original MAMA project (1925-1962), sponsored by the American Society for Archaeological Research in Asia Minor, was ‘to make available facsimile records of monuments, mostly of the Roman and Early Byzantine periods, surviving above the surface of the soil in a number of selected areas’, with, in practice, a particular emphasis on central and southern Anatolia (Phrygia, eastern Karia, Lykaonia, and Kilikia). The first eight volumes in the series Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua (MAMA I-VIII, various authors) were published between 1928 and 1962 by Manchester University Press. Two further volumes in the MAMA series (MAMA IX-X, 1988 and 1993) were edited by Stephen Mitchell and Barbara Levick from the Nachlass of Sir Christopher Cox, collected for the MAMA project during expeditions in Asia Minor in 1925-6 (http://www.csad.ox.ac.uk/MAMA/index.html). The monuments recorded during the 1954-1957 Calder-Ballance expeditions represented the last part of the material collected under the MAMA aegis still awaiting publication, and represented the largest and richest body of new material from inner Anatolia to emerge in the past half-century.
A preliminary version of the full MAMA XI corpus was published online (Version 1.0) on 14 September 2012, at http://mama.csad.ox.ac.uk/. The corpus was subsequently published in its final print form in 2013, in the JRS Monographs series (Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI: Monuments from Phrygia and Lykaonia). The project also resulted in a conference volume, also published in 2013 (Roman Phrygia: Culture and Society, with Cambridge University Press), and various articles, including two papers published in JRS 2010 and 2011.
Director: Dr Peter Thonemann