Archaeology of North Africa: State of the Field 2014

Friday (November 14)

5:30     Welcome (Susan E. Alcock, Brown University)

Introduction of the Conference Themes and Rationale (Andrew Dufton, Brown University; Corisande Fenwick, University of Leicester)

Living with/in the Material Past: The Politics of Remains and the Remains of Politics in Berber North Africa (Paul Silverstein, Reed College)

6:30     Reception

Saturday (November 15)

9:00 – 9:10     Welcome/Introductions (Susan E. Alcock, Brown University)

State of the Field: North African Urbanism and Urbanization

Moderator: Andrew Dufton (Brown University)

9:10 – 9:30     Iron Age Urbanization in Numidia (Joan Sanmartí, Universitat de Barcelona)

9:30 – 9:50     Saharan Urbanism and the Garamantian State (David Mattingly, University of Leicester)

9:50 – 10:10     Tales of the City: Archaeology, Urbanization and the Muslim Conquest (Corisande Fenwick, University of Leicester)

10:10 – 10:40     Discussion

10:40 – 11:00     Coffee

State of the Field: Mobility in the North African Landscape

Moderator: Jonathan Conant (Brown University)

11:00 – 11:20     Identifying Berbers (Elizabeth Fentress, International Association of Classical Archaeology)

11:20 – 11:40     Trans-Saharan Movement of Metals from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Thomas Fenn, Yale)

11:40 – 12:00     Discussion

12:00 – 2:00     Lunch

State of the Field: Encouraging New Work on Old Data Sets

Moderator: Laurel Bestock (Brown University)

2:00 – 2:20     Ceramic Production in North Africa: Outsider Perspectives, Comparative Looks (Jennifer Gates-Foster, UNC Chapel Hill; Elizabeth Murphy, ISAW)

2:20 – 2:40     Mapping Coin Hoards and the Oxford Roman Economy Project (Andrew Wilson, Oxford)

2:40 – 3:10     Discussion

3:10 – 3:30     Coffee

State of the Field: North African Archaeology and Its Broader Communities

Moderator: Steven Lubar (Brown University)

3:30 – 3:50     The Fading Firman and Ascendant Alliance: Heritage Protection in an Age of Loss (Will Raynolds, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU)

3:50 – 4:10     Pairing Archaeology and Ethnography at Zita, Tunisia: Correlation and Disjuncture (Brett Kaufman, Brown University)

4:10 – 4:30     Discussion

State of the Field: Opportunities and Options for North African Archaeology

Moderators: Susan E. Alcock, Andrew Dufton, Brett Kaufman (Brown University); Corisande Fenwick (University of Leicester)

4:30 – 5:30     General Discussion

5:30 – 6:30     Reception


All sessions will be held at the Joukowsky Institute, which is located in Rhode Island Hall, on Brown University’s Main Green (60 George Street, Providence, RI).

The workshop is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

If you have questions, please email the Joukowsky Institute, at or call (401) 863-3188.