It's amazing what you'll find when you count art!

Can art and statistics get along?

Check out this introductory video about the Art of Counting project. Learn how we combine art historical research and statistics to better understand our shared visual history.

The Red Looped Sash

New research on an enigmatic element of royal regalia.

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Every detail matters

Correlation

Guess what? You already understand it.

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Gorgeous colors & resplendent details are a gift from the past not to be wasted.

Ground-breaking research

Download the PhD dissertation, Excel spreadsheets of raw data and more!

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Hacking the Ankh

What does this ubiquitous Egyptian symbol really mean?

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Uncovering patterns hidden in plain sight

Factor analysis and art history

How does it work and what can it reveal?

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You put your botany in my Egyptology!

Ancient Egypt's lappet wig

Examination of pharaoh's most democratic headgear.

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Every piece is important to solving the puzzle!

Tacky Tourists

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Hacking the Atef crown

A brief discussion of this elaborate crown at Medinet Habu.

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Not just pretty pictures...

though we do have a lot of pretty pictures.

Directed vs. Data-driven research

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Cluster analysis & art history

It's not as scary as it looks!

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Hacking the king's sandals

In-depth discussion on the symbolism of pharaoh's footwear.

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  • Collaborative team deciphers ancient mystery

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    Another example of the immense benefits brought by collaboration between specialists of different fields, in this case classical philologists, mathematical historians, and expert surveyors. A 2nd century map of Germania by the scholar Ptolemy has always stumped scholars, who were unable to relate the places …

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  • Tacky Tourist: Tube-top Travesty

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you shake your head at their apparent lack of thought, some will bring an involuntary guffaw to your lips, and some will give rise to fantasies about required testing before …

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  • Crowd-sourcing and archaeology

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    Digging Digitally recently posted an entry discussing the potential of crowd-sourcing for archaeological endeavors.  There are a number of projects in the fields of astronomy, climatology, and seismology that already have shown great benefit from setting up a crowd-sourcing portal.  As the author points out, …

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  • Eye candy: video for 70 Million

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    An unusual and eye-catching music video based on art history set to the song 70 Million by Hold Your Horses.  Enjoy! 70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L’Ogre on Vimeo.

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  • iPad helping University of Cincinnatti archaeologists uncover secrets at Pompeii

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    I love it when technology solves an old problem or facilitates discoveries!  This new method for recording excavation information in the field is infinitely more efficient than the traditional ‘pencil and paper’ method, allowing the researcher to instantly retrieve information. Ellis credits the introduction of …

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  • Tacky Tourist: The Flasher

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    Our ongoing series of tourist doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will elicit a chortle, some will stun you into silence, and some will make you want to find these people and teach them some manners.  This girl was at least persistent.  Despite …

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  • The red looped sash: an enigmatic element of royal regalia in ancient Egypt-part 4

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    What meaning did the red looped sash worn at the king’s waist hold for those who saw his image?  What message was it intended to convey?  In this final post (the last in a four-part series) on the looped red sash, all of the threads …

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  • Tacky Tourist: Well, at least she is staying hydrated

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you guffaw, some will cause you to bellow in annoyance, and some will make you want to find these folks and forcibly take their passports.  This one, taken at Deir …

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  • Tacky Tourist: The Problem

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you wail like my 2 year-old, some will give you a giggle, and some will make you want to post a guard next to every decorated wall with a taser …

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  • Andrew Sullivan shows that we’re not alone: Indologists

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    While this website has no political agenda, we do wish to recognize anyone that seeks to bring multiple perspectives, approaches, philosophies, and an array of academic expertise to any subject.  For example, the Art of Counting seeks to blend visual analysis with statistical analysis across …

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The Art of Counting is dedicated to the memory of Margery Meilleur, who first taught me to view history through the eyes of the images we create.