• ROMARCH: Oxford Conference, Problems of Chronology in Gandharan Art

    Apollo and Daphne: Gandharan schist dish from the Met

    Problems of Chronology in Gandharan Art,

    23-24 March 2017

    This first Gandhara Connections international workshop, generously supported by the Bagri Foundation, will take place in Oxford.

    The Gandhara Connections project identifies chronology and dating as one of the key problems outstanding in the study of Gandharan art. Chronology is not only fundamental for establishing the nature of Gandharan art’s connections with the traditions of Greece and Rome, but also for any other systematic attempt to put it in context or explain its development.

    In recent decades there have been some huge strides in understanding the chronology of Gandharan art, including invaluable results from excavations in the Swat Valley and a growing consensus about the second-century date of the Kushan ruler Kanishka and the era that he founded. However, considerable obstacles remain as a result of various factors. For example, only a portion of the thousands of Gandharan sculptures that survive come from published archaeological excavations and looting remains a big problem. Many Gandharan Buddhist sites had long lives which resulted the fascinating but confusing re-use of architectural sculpture in antiquity. There is no clear or agreed understanding about how the styles of Gandharan art changed through time, and indeed a better knowledge of dating is required to improve that understanding. We have very few inscribed artefacts which would help us to establish fixed dates, and the interpretation even of the most valuable Kushan inscriptions is sometimes still subject to debate. Finally, there are open questions about how long the Gandharan tradition continued, and consequently what its relationship is with the post-Kushan art of Central Asia. Above all, perhaps, there is further scope for understanding the art-historical implications of asking such questions.

    By pooling the most recent knowledge and critical thinking across the disciplines of archaeology, art and architectural history, epigraphy, linguistic studies and numismatics, there is the potential to move the debate forward decisively. The aim of this first international workshop in the Gandhara Connections project is to facilitate such an exchange of ideas and information. The proceedings of the workshop will be published in an open access, online book and we aim to make a recording of the event itself available online.

    Further details will follow soon. The workshop will be free, but it is necessary to book in advance by contacting: carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

    Giles Richardson
    Administrative Assistant, Classical Art Research Centre
    University of Oxford

  • ROMARCH: Summer 2017 Archaeology Program in Parthicopolis, Bulgaria

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    AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN SOFIA SUMMER PROGRAM IN ARCHAEOLOGY, 201

    Archaeological Field School at Parthicopolis with excursions to archaeological sites in Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia and Greece

    Field School Director: Dr. Emil Nankov (ARCS)

    Duration: May 30 (arrival to Sofia) – June 26, 2017 (departure from Sofia)

    Eligibility: advanced undergraduate and graduate students of universities based in North America and Europe in the fields of Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Studies, Ancient History and related studies

    The American Research Center in Sofia is pleased to announce its sixth summer season in the Middle Strymon Valley and the third Archaeological Field School at Parthicopolis (Bulgaria).

    Students will arrive in Sofia on May 30 and will spend two days exploring the archaeology and history of its Roman predecessor, Serdica. On June 2, the Team will begin an archaeological journey, visiting sites and museums in Sofia and in Plovdiv. We will arrive in the city of Sandanski on June 4, the home base of the ARCS excavations at Parthicopolis. The excavation team will reside in a hotel in Sandanski during the 3-week excavation season. Archaeological work is conducted Monday-Friday with additional excursions to Republic of Macedonia and northern Greece on Saturdays. The Team will be accompanied back to Sofia on June 25, where they will stay one night, departing from Sofia on June 26

    The fee for the ARCS Summer Archaeology Program is $1800, which covers the cost of lodging in Sofia, ground transportation during the excursion and museum/site tickets during the excursions; housing, ground transportation and most meals during the excavation season at Parthicopolis/Sandanski. This fee does not cover lunch or dinner during the excursions, international travel to/from Sofia, travel insurance; the fee also does not cover dinner on Saturdays and lunch/dinner on Sundays during the excavation season.

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  • ROMARCH: American Academy in Rome Summer School in Roman Pottery 2017

    potteryromeSKILLS IN ARCHAEOLOGY: THE HOWARD COMFORT, FAAR’29, SUMMER SCHOOL IN ROMAN POTTERY STUDIES

    Potsherds constitute the most frequent group of finds on archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Thus pottery studies form an essential part of any archaeological research project. Pottery usually offers the most important evidence for dating sites and provides a major source for studies ranging from trade relations and food consumption to questions of identity.

    The Summer School in Roman Pottery Studies is a four-week program designed to present the basics of Roman pottery studies, which can be gained only through direct contact with ceramic assemblages. As Rome had the most diversified pottery supply among sites in the ancient world, the AAR is well placed, through its own collections and other material deposited there, to teach a subject rarely offered in American universities. Since the School’s establishment in 2006 to honor the memory of Howard Comfort (a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an eminent scholar of Roman pottery), it has thus come to fill a need, gaining a reputation as the premier venue for introducing aspiring scholars to the field, and its alumni are increasingly in demand on projects in Italy and elsewhere.

    The course consists of two parts: the taught seminar, where students will learn the fundamentals of Roman pottery including single ceramic classes with their characteristics, function, date and provenience. This section will also include a variety of field trips and visits to major collections. In the second part the participants will apply their knowledge to an assemblage of ceramic Veii. This element is designed to give the participants practical experience by working on their own or in small groups under the supervision of the director.

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  • ROMARCH: 2017 Archaeological Field School: Trasimeno (Italy)

    clg15_finalreportfig12The 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.

    The Site

    Castiglione del Lago is a charming medieval town in Umbria, located on top of a small peninsula along the southwestern shores of Lake Trasimeno.  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 will 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 27th (arrival in Italy) to July 8th (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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