• ROMARCH: Archaeological Field School in Roman Pottery, Sangro Valley Italy, Summer 2014

    A new Field School in Roman Pottery, associated with Oberlin College’s Sangro Valley Project, is accepting applications for its session to be held from 3 July to 27 July 2014.


    The program’s aim is first to introduce the participants to the study of
    Roman pottery and then for them to apply their knowledge under the guidance of the director and the assistant in processing the ceramic material from the Italian Superintendency’s excavations in the forum on Monte Pallano (Tornareccio, Abruzzo).

    Potsherds constitute the most frequent group of finds on archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Pottery usually offers the most important evidence for dating sites. Furthermore, ceramological databases provide a good source for investigating issues ranging from trade relations to the consumption patterns of food and questions of identity. Nevertheless, the study of Roman pottery is often considered daunting, and the necessary hands-on experience is difficult to obtain.

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  • ROMARCH: Liverpool Research Day: Pompeii



    (further information will be posted when it becomes 

    Saturday 15th February 2014

    The Gallery, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

    Pompeii is the most iconic city of the ancient world and has come to stand as a symbol for the ancient world in the popular imagination and contemporary media. However, there is still much that we do not fully understand about this most famous of archaeological sites and exciting new research directions are taking seek to contextualise our understanding of Pompeii as a living community within its contemporary Roman context as well as an enduring emblem of the achievement of Roman culture and the destructive power of nature.

    Aimed at researchers, learners and the general public, this day consists of lively illustrated lectures on all aspects by leading international researchers on their latest research into ancient Pompeii and modern perceptions of the city and its cultural legacy. Papers cover aspects of history, archaeology, geology and the reception of Pompeii by contemporary societies. There will also be a hands-on demonstration of Roman artefacts during the break.

    To book a place online go to: http://payments.liv.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=38&catid=45&prodid=190

    <see below for the full programme>

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  • Castel Rigone, Week 22: Royalty

    Re-blogging from Shades of Umbria, 3 Feb. 2014. This is the 15th in a series of posts on the ethics of competition, focusing on Castel Rigone Calcio, and part of the ‘Ethics of Combat‘ category on quemdixerechaos. This blog series completes a DePauw University Faculty Fellowship that examines how and why rules and customs develop for, and in, combat and competition.

    Shades of Umbria

    The sun was shining in Perugia on Saturday afternoon, but above Lake Trasimeno clouds and mist prevailed. In a parallel struggle at the edge of the sod and mud, visiting tifosi tried to lift the atmosphere, spreading red-and-yellow banners (and one flag), and calling out their songs to the tunes of ‘Aida’, ‘The Entertainer’, and even ‘God Save The Queen’. Poggibonsi’s English aspirations even extended to one of the supporters’ groups, ‘Old Lion‘. Their team had not lost in six games.

    The home side were not sporting color; with the stewards in their usual light-grey Cucinelli slacks and charcoal pea coats, and the fans in dark winter gear, the mood was tense and uncertain. Castel Rigone had lost its last three matches.

    The pitch had been vacuumed of water, but more was to come — not long after the opening whistle, the skies opened up. The morass…

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