• ROMARCH: AMS C-14 dates: gift certificate opportunity

    There is currently a gift certificate for 5 AMS radiocarbon dates from the Center for Isotopic Research on Cultural and Environmental Heritage (CIRCE) in Naples (for samples from Italy only) up for auction in the AIA Silent Auction. The opening bid starts at $600—just 20% of the normal retail price. Please pass this on to colleagues to whom this may be of interest!

    http://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/item-detail.cfm?auctionID=1716&ItemID=75310&viewType=1&style=29&font=1&catName=Trips+and+Travel

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Best wishes,

    Meredith

    Meredith Anderson Langlitz
    Senior Programs Coordinator
    ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE of AMERICA
    656 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02215
    617.358.5909
    mlanglitz@aia.bu.edu
    http://www.archaeological.org/

  • ROMARCH: Call for Participants, Binchester Archaeological Project (England) 2014

    Map of Binchester

    VINOVIUM 2014 – THE BINCHESTER EXCAVATION PROJECT

    Season dates: June 29, 2014 – July 26, 2014

    (updated) Application Deadline: 10 May

    The Binchester excavation project is currently seeking enthusiastic excavators to join our team for the 2014 season and help excavate a Roman fort and expansive town near Durham in the UK.

    Known to the Romans as Vinovium (“On the Wine Road”), Binchester protected Dere Street, the main road that ran from the legionary headquarters at York northwards to Hadrian’s Wall. It was a key element of the complex frontier system that lay on both sides of the Wall, forming the edge of empire for nearly four hundred years. Previous excavation has so far uncovered the best preserved Roman bath house in the UK and some of the most impressive mausolea seen on a Roman site for 150 years.  Geophysical survey has revealed a large town that stayed thriving long after the empire fell.  Across the river at Escomb is one of the oldest churches in Britain, built from the stones of Binchester in the 7th century, still standing as a reminder of the kingdom of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria, the heartland of Celtic Christianity and land of Arthurian romance.

    The project represents an international partnership between scholars at Stanford University (USA) and Durham University (UK). Volunteers will spend 4 weeks excavating, processing artifacts, and visiting key archaeological sites in this area of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone.

    The cost of $ 4,500 (USD) covers housing in the medieval town of Durham, all meals, archaeological instruction, and weekend field trips to Roman and Medieval archaeological sites, including several along Hadrian’s Wall. Flights and travel to Durham are not included. Academic accreditation is possible (see our website).

    To apply and learn more about the Binchester project, please see our website at http://www.vinovium.org/apply/

    Any questions, please direct them to our team at vinovium@durham.ac.uk

  • ROMARCH: Roman-period Archaeological Field School in Umbria: Vicus ad Martis 2014

    Two students on site.

    Two students at work on the site.

    Announcing the seventh season of the Vicus ad Martis Tudertium Archaeological field school in Umbria, Italy. Run by Drew University and directed by Prof. John Muccigrosso, this four-week program offers hands-on archaeological experience – and four credits – to college-age students. Non-students may also participate through the project’s Visitors program.

    The excavation takes place at the site of the Roman town of the Vicus Martis Tudertium, located on the Flaminian Way, not far from the city of Todi. The 2014 season runs from June 8 – July 5 and in addition to daily work on the site includes short excursions to nearby sites, as well as an immersive experience in small-town life in modern Umbria.

    We’ll concentrate this year on an area behind the church of S. Maria where we have been working on uncovering a large apsidal structure apparently resting on top of another, earlier building.

    Download the PDF flier for the project.

    For more details, visit the project website or contact Prof. Muccigrosso directly.

  • ROMARCH: Online Coins of the Roman Empire, updated

    OCRE – Online Database of Coinage of the Roman Empire becomes Bigger, Multi-Contributor and Multi-Lingual

    In collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new version of OCRE (Online Coins of the Roman Empire) (numismatics.org/ocre/). The OCRE project is creating a revolutionary new tool designed to help in the identification, cataloguing, and research of the rich and varied coinage of the Roman Empire. It aims to provide a comprehensive online resource encompassing every known Roman Imperial coin type. The end result will be:

    •A database of 50,000 coin types
    •A resource that collectors can use to identify their coins, estimate their rarity, and discover unknown varieties.
    •An online reference tool for researchers to help in new research on this important series.
    •Easy to use, downloadable catalogue entries for the coinage of every Roman Emperor from Augustus in 31 BC, until the death of Zeno in AD 491.

    The new version of the tool contains important new improvements.

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