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

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    Application deadline extended to 17 February!

    SKILLS 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: AIA meeting 2018, call for papers, Dura-Europus colloquium

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    Proposed “Colloquium Session” for AIA Annual Meeting

    Boston, January 4-7, 2018

    Archaeology from a distance: Dura-Europos in the new millennium

    Organizers/discussants:

    Dr. Jen Baird, Birkbeck College, University of London and Dr. Lisa Brody, Yale University Art Gallery

    We invite proposals for papers (15-20 minutes each) presenting research on the site of Dura-Europos and its multicultural heritage. Identified almost a century ago, Dura on the Syrian Euphrates is one of the most extensively excavated urban sites of the Arsacid and Roman Near East. While the site has been heavily looted during the current conflict in Syria, there is tremendous potential for new research and analysis of the site and its archaeology, including that which builds on the archives and objects from Dura held in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery.

    This session aims to bring together international scholars working on Dura-Europos and we invite papers that investigate the site and address questions including:

    What is the status of Dura in the 21st century? How might Dura inform our understanding of the Roman Empire and its interaction with eastern cultures? How can the Dura archives and collection at Yale facilitate reinterpretation of existing theories and assumptions regarding culture in the Roman East? What are the potentials and pitfalls of working with ‘legacy’ data, especially when the site is no longer accessible to Western scholars?

    In order to participate, please submit an abstract (up to 400 words) to Jen Baird (j.baird@bbk.ac.uk) and Lisa Brody (lisa.brody@yale.edu) by February 24, 2017.  The abstracts are reviewed anonymously so attach a PDF or WORD document without your name and affiliation to your e-mail message.