• ROMARCH: Call for Papers, The Connected Past, Oxford 2018

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    The Connected Past Oxford 2018

    What? An international conference on spatiotemporal archaeological and historical network research

    When? 6-7 December 2018

    Where? University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Keynotes? Dr. Nathalie Riche (Microsoft Research) and Dr. Matthew Peeples (Arizona State University)

    Deadline call for papers? 14 May 2018

    More information? http://connectedpast.net

    Organisers? PastNet https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/themes/pastnet-network

    How do social networks evolve over very long time-scales? How did geography constrain or enhance the development of past social networks? These are fundamental questions in both the study of the human past and network research, yet our ability to answer them is severely hampered by the limited development of spatiotemporal network methods. PastNet is an inter-disciplinary network that aims to stimulate the development and application of such methods through networking meetings, a conference and a workshop.

    Formal network methods are increasingly commonly applied in a wide range of disciplines to study phenomena as diverse as the connectivity of neurons in the human brain, terrorist networks, a billion interlinked Facebook profiles, and power grids. Despite this diversity and the decades-long tradition of using network methods in the social sciences, physics and computer science, the development of techniques for the study of spatial networks and long-term network change has so far been largely neglected. Network research is also becoming more common in disciplines concerned with the study of past human behaviour: archaeology, classics and history. These disciplines have a strong tradition in exploring long-term human behavioural change and spatial phenomena, despite being forced to use fragmentary textual and material sources as indirect evidence of such phenomena.

    By bringing together network researchers from a diverse range of fields such as archaeology, computer science, history and physics, The Connected Past 2018 conference in Oxford aims to foster cross-disciplinary exchange to push network research further. The historical disciplines will contribute new spatiotemporal approaches and datasets to network research, whereas the traditional network research disciplines will further stimulate the critical application of network approaches to the study of the human past.

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  • 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.

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    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

  • ROMARCH: CAA-GR (Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology) Conference


    On behalf of the organizing committee of the CAA-Gr 2018 conference to be held in Limassol on 19-20 June 2018, I would like to inform you that the submission deadline has been extended until February 15th. The same date applies to those who want to organize a workshop on June 18th.

    More information can be found at the conference website https://www.caa-gr2018.org/

    You can submit your paper here: https://openconf.caa-gr2018.org/openconf.php

    For any information please do not hesitate to contact us through conference@caa-gr2018.org  or regarding papersubmissions at submissions@caa-gr2018.org

    Concerning registration and accommodation, please contact smartevents@cytanet.com.cy

    On behalf of the CAA-Gr 2018 organizational committee

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    Αγαπητοί συνάδελφοι,

    Εκ μέρους της οργανωτικής επιτροπής του CAA-Gr 2018, το οποίο θα διοργανωθεί στη Λεμεσό στις 19 και 20 Ιουνίου 2018, θα ήθελα νασας ενημερώσω ότι έχει δοθεί παράταση υποβολής εργασιών μέχρι και τις 15 Φεβρουαρίου.

    Σας υπενθυμίσω για τη δυνατότητα όπως διοργανώσετε στα πλαίσια του συνεδρίου θεματικό εργαστήριο (workshop)στις 18 Ιουνίου. Γιαοργάνωση workshop, παρακαλώ όπως υποβάλετε το προτεινόμενο θέμα και πάλι μέχρι τις 15 Φεβρουαρίου.

    Περισσότερες πληροφορίες μπορείτε να βρείτε στην ιστοσελίδα του συνεδρίου https://www.caa-gr2018.org/

    Για υποβολή εργασιών:  https://openconf.caa-gr2018.org/openconf.php

    Για οποιεσδήποτε πληροφορίες μπορείτε να στείλετε ηλεκτρονικό μήνυμα στο conference@caa-gr2018.org

    Για θέματα που αφορούν την  υποβολή εργασίας αποτείνεστε  στο submissions@caa-gr2018.org

    Θέματα που αφορούν την εγγραφή στο συνέδριο και διαμονή μπορείτε να στείλετε ηλεκτρονικό μήνυμα στοsmartevents@cytanet.com.cy

    Εκ μέρους της οργανωτικής επιτροπής CAA-Gr 2018

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    Professor Vasiliki (Lina) Kassianidou

    Director, Archaeological Research Unit

    Archaeological Research Unit, Department of History and Archaeology

    UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

    P.O. Box 20537.  CY-1678 Nicosia, CYPRUS

    tel. +357 22 893564,  FAX. +357 22 22895489

  • ROMARCH: Silk Road Archaeology Documentary, Mes Aynak, at CARC, Oxford

     Saving Mes Aynak: Special Film Showing and Interview with Brent Huffman

    The extraordinary Silk Road archaeological site of Mes Aynak, 25 miles south-east of Kabul is one of the largest and most important in Afghanistan, and includes extensive remains of Buddhist art and architecture from the first millennium. But the vast copper deposits beneath the site, which contributed to its ancient prosperity, also represent a phenomenally valuable resource for a a modern country in need of investment, and in 2007 the site was leased to the China Metallurgical Group for £3 billion.

    Following the rescue excavations that ensued and some of the personalities involved with the site, Brent E. Huffman’s multi-award-winning 2014 documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, focused international attention on the threat to the archaeology and the tensions surrounding it.

    As part of our Gandhara Connections project, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation, the Classical Art Research Centre is delighted to announce a special Oxford screening of Saving Mes Aynak, followed by an interview with the director, which will highlight recent developments and probe some of the complexities of the site’s predicament.

    Thursday 8th March 2018, 5-7pm, followed by a reception.

    Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU.

    All are welcome and the event is free, but please email us to book a place at carc@classics.ox.ac.uk