• ROMARCH: 2018 Archaeological Field School: Trasimeno (Italy)

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    The Trasimeno Archaeology Field School of the Umbra Institute in Perugia provides a curricular concentration in Archaeology and History based in Castiglione del Lago on the shores of Lake Trasimeno between Umbria and Tuscany.

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    The fieldwork takes place on an archaeological area located on the shores of Lake Chiusi, on the Umbrian-Tuscan border just a few miles from Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno. On fieldwork days, a bus will take students, faculty, and staff to the site for a full-day’s work and research. Lunch will be on-site, and students will return home in the mid-afternoon. Alternating days will be spent in class, at the local museum, or on field trips to nearby sites of interest. This archaeological site was only recently discovered and this project is the first scientific investigation. After a season of survey and two seasons of excavation, findings indicate the presence of a 2nd-c BC-3rd c. AD Roman villa, including a bath complex, tile manufacturing, and a possible Roman road. The Archaeological Field School is a long term project run in cooperation with local institutions. Every summer, students contribute to the uncovering of the site and the display of artifacts in the expanding archaeological museum of Castiglione del Lago.

    The Town 

    Castiglione del Lago is a charming medieval town in Umbria, located on top of a small peninsula along the southwestern shores of Lake Trasimeno. It featured in a recent article by The Guardian as one of the best lakeside towns in Europe.  A member of the prestigious I Borghi più Belli d’Italia Association (The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy, www.borghitalia.it), Castiglione lies among renowned historical cities, such as Orvieto, Chiusi, Arezzo, Cortona and Perugia. All Field School participants stay in Castiglione during the summer term, only a few miles away from Perugia and easily accessible either by bus or train.

    The Academic Program

    The Field School consists of two courses, one theoretical and one practical, both held in Castiglione del Lago. The program aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of up-to-date theories and methods of archaeological research and fieldwork as applied to the civilizations that shaped the history and culture of central Italy. The Field School runs for 6 weeks. Program dates for the summer 2017 will be May 26th (arrival in Italy) to July 7th (departure). 

    The course ARFW 350: Archaeological Field Workshop is an archaeology practicum. Students will work alongside professional archaeological staff to gain fundamental skills in archaeological research and apply them to the project.
    Course Credit: 3

    The course ARCL 340: Archaeology in Central Italy: The Etruscan and Roman Heritageintroduces students to the region’s history and heritage, and provides context for the archaeological research project.
    Course Credit: 3

    Both courses are non-prerequisite and mandatory. They include fieldtrips to various archaeological and cultural sites, including an overnight trip to Rome. Fieldtrips are designed to enhance student understanding of the territory’s history, while also providing the opportunity to study and visit neighboring archaeological sites and major museum collections.

    Click on the host website: http://www.umbra.org/academics/archaeology-summer/

    Or visit the project blog, including links to publications: https://archaeotrasimeno.wordpress.com

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  • ROMARCH: Late Antique Archaeology Conference, 17 March 2018, Birkbeck College, University of London

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    The Late Antique Archaeology conference reviews the state of late antique funerary practices, on a thematic basis, from scientific examinations of skeletons and their DNA, to treatments of the deceased body, to the nature of memorial structures and how they were treated over time.

    SCHEDULE:

    (A) DEMOGRAPHY

    (i) OSTEOLOGY: LATE ANTIQUE LIVES FROM BONES

    09.45-10.45 Flavio de Angelis (Sop. Arch. Di Roma) and Andrea Battistini (Sop. Arch. Di Roma) Lives from Bones: Anthropological Evaluation in the City of Rome

    (ii) BIOMOLECULES IN LATE ANTIQUITY (ISOTOPES, DIET, MIGRATION, EPIDEMIC, ENDEMIC DISEASE)

    11.00-11.30 Alexandra Chavarria (Padova) Northern Italy

    11.30-12.00 Mathew Emery (McMaster) Southern Italy (via Skype)

     

    (B) RITUALS AND IDENTITIES: DEATH RITUALS AND TREATMENT OF THE BODY

    12.15-12.45 Rhea Brettell (Bradford) Organic residues from mortuary contexts (Britain).

    12.45-13.15 Thibaut Devièse (Oxford) Colourants and dyes

    Respondant: Béatrice Caseau (Paris IV) Treatment of the body: Ointments and perfumes

     

    (C) COMMEMORATION, MONUMENTS, FUNERARY TOPOGRAPHY

    (i) MEMORIALS – LATE ANTIQUE COMMEMORATION,

    14.00-14.30 Zsolt Magyar (?Budapest) Mausolea in Pannonia

    14.30-15.00 Chris Sparey-Green (Kent) Mausolea in NW Europe

    (ii) SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS OF DEAD TO LIVING

    15.15-15.45 Judit Ciurana Prast (Barcelona) Funerary Landscapes of Catalonia

    15.45-16.15 Efthymios Rizos (Oxford) Christian elite burials in Anatolia / Constantinople & the cult of relics

    (iii) MEMORIAL AND OBLIVION: SPOLIA AND ATTITUDES TO TOMBS

    16.30-16.45 Luke Lavan (Kent) Spolia and the archaeology of memory

    16.45-17.15 Douglas Underwood (Kent) City walls and tomb destruction (Skype)

    17.15-17.45 Nick Mishkovsky (Kent) City walls and tomb preservation

    17.45-18.00 Conclusion.

     

    Date: Saturday, 17 March, 2018

    All are welcome. Admission 25 GBP, 10 GBP Students.

    Registration is via Eventbrite: https://laaburial2018.eventbrite.co.uk

    Venue: Room 421 inside Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX. Metro: Russell Square.

    Conveners: L.Lavan/M.Mulryan (Kent) T.Penn (Edin.) R,Darley (Birkbeck).

    Sponsors: University of Kent, Birkbeck (University of London), J.Beale, Brill.

    https://lateantiquearchaeology.wordpress.com