Fieldwork Opportunity: Kom Al-Ahmer and Kom Wasit


Season 2016: April 20th -May 19th and May 20th -June 15th
Kom al-
Ahmer, Beheira, Nile Delta, Egypt

The archaeological sites of Kom al-Ahmer and Kow Wasit are located in the Western Delta of Egypt, 50 km southeast of Alexandria, in the province of Beheira. In ancient times, this region was known as the Metelite nome and played a pivotal role on the trade routes that went through Alexandria and the Mediterranean Sea. The project includes work in two sites pertaining to the late Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods – two settlements inter-connected by their history. Kom Wasit was the administrative centre of the region during the late Pharaonic period until the early Roman period, when its inhabitants moved to the nearby settlement of Kom al-Ahmer. This became one of the wealthiest cities of the Metelite nome – perhaps its capital. Meterlis is the last nome capital yet to be located. Our mission is the first in 70 years to start a comprehensive study of these two sites. Archaeologists and Egyptologists are invited to join the team and share the search for the capital. Work will consist of: excavation, survey, conservation, and the study of material culture. Every participant will be assigned to an excavation unit and will be involved in all of the activities relevant to the dig: excavation – recording materials – onsite field documentation – photography – survey – cataloging of materials – cleaning and analysis of materials – report and date management.

For more information, please contact the mission directly (see information below). Those interested in participating must contact us before August 15th, 2015.

Coordinated by: il Centro Archeologico Italo-Egiziano, joint mission with the Universita di Padova.

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CFP: Bridging the Gap – Connecting Different Scales of Human Interaction

BU Archaeology Biennial Graduate Student Conference
The Graduate Student Association of Boston University’s Department of Archaeology invites papers for the Twelfth Biennial Graduate Student Conference on October 23-25, 2015. This conference series is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of current issues and perspectives in Archaeology and its related fields, including Anthropology, Art History, Near Eastern Studies, Museum Studies, Classics, Geography, and others from language and area studies.

This year’s theme addresses the need for understanding social, spatial, and temporal scales of human behavior. Scholars in archaeology and allied disciplines work in scales encompassing issues ranging from the individual to global populations, specific sites to landscapes, or individual texts placed within specific social milieu. A literary critic studying an individual text cannot understand it without examining the social context within which it was written. Similarly, an archaeologist cannot understand the material remains of past individuals without an understanding of the greater social networks within which these were embedded. In order to understand the complexity of human behavior, we must seek to better understand the interplay between these dimensions. In highlighting these issues during the conference, we expect to receive multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary papers.

Topics for submission could include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily practices of individuals viewed through household remains
  • Social impacts of colonial religious conversions
  • Connections between diasporic individuals and their relationship to the larger homeland and culture
  • Material analysis of archaeological remains and their implications for larger cultural patterns

The conference will start with an address by our distinguished keynote speaker, Cynthia Robin on Friday, October 23rd.  On October 24th, the Graduate Students will present their papers. The conference will conclude with a round table forum on Sunday, October 25th with Dr. Robin, allowing conference presenters and attendees to discuss the presentations.

Papers are limited to 20 minutes and may address any time period, geographic area, or related theoretical issue. Please submit a typed abstract of up to 250 words via our online submission page listed below:

The deadline for abstracts this August 30, 2015. There is no registration fee for this conference. Selected participants will be notified by September 10th, and your full paper will be due by October 10, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at:

Graduate Student Conference Committee Department of Archaeology, Boston University 675 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

General conference information can be found at:

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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Research Position in the Material Culture of the Ancient Mediterranean at the University of Michigan — Deadline June 20, 2015

Postdoctoral Research Position in the Material Culture of the Ancient Mediterranean
University of Michigan

The Ancient World Project (Teaching and Learning for the Third Century: Changing the Way We Teach the Ancient World; in collaboration with the Department of Near Eastern Studies is seeking candidates for a 1-year postdoctoral position, renewable (although not guaranteed) for a second year, to begin September 1, 2015.

We are looking for people with broad graduate training in the archaeology and/or history of the eastern Mediterranean regions and their physical environment, with preference (although not a requirement) to the Graeco-Roman eras, and with some knowledge of the Jewish and/or Christian realms. They must also be comfortable and capable in researching ancient artifacts and writing about them. A PhD degree is required prior to appointment. The successful candidate will work on his/her own project for a minimum of 20 hours per week, and an additional 20 hours will be devoted to work for the Ancient World Project under the guidance and supervision of one of its senior members.

Salary for this position is $50,000 for a 12-month appointment. The position also includes a full benefits package, $2,000 research allowance, and up to $3,500 in moving costs.

Only online applications will be accepted. To apply and upload your material, go to You will need (1) a cover letter stating your interest in coming to the University of Michigan, and explaining your expertise and abilities to contribute to the Ancient World Project; (2) CV; (3) a 1-2 page personal research proposal for the year with detailed stages and timeline; (4) a writing sample, either a published or forthcoming article, or a chapter from a dissertation; (5) emails of two recommenders who will be asked to upload their letter separately.

Review of applications will begin immediately after June 20th and will continue until a hire is made. Please refer all questions to the project’s director, Professor Yaron Eliav (

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Position Announcement: Post-doctoral Assistant in Archaeology, Ghent University — Deadline June 15, 2015

Ghent University

Job Vacancy
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Academic assisting staff

We are looking for a full-time post-doctoral assistant for the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy within the department of Archaeology (LW02).

About Ghent University
Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 7,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.

What we are looking for:
* A doctoral degree in archaeology or a degree recognized as an equivalent. (The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment);
* Thorough knowledge of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Near East with a focus on Mesopotamia, Iran or Syro-Mesopotamia and Levant/Cyprus, for example evidenced by the doctoral research;
* Experience  in research within the field of the Bronze and Iron Age of the Near East, backed up by publications in international scientific journals with an International Review Committee and/or contributions in books, as well as participation in scientific conferences by giving lectures;
* Extensive field experience on sites with Bronze and Iron Age material in the region concerned;
* Highly motivated candidates who can function perfectly within a team;
* Flexibility and mobility;
* Competence in the organization of scientific workshops and conferences.

Your tasks
* Scientific research at a high level on a research topic concerning the Bronze and Iron Age in the Near East;
* The candidate should scientifically and administratively assist the field work of the research group in the Ancient Near East, and for this purpose participate in archaeological missions ca. 4 to 6 weeks per year;
* You will assist in teaching activities at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level of the Ancient Near East;
* You will provide support to the services and expertise offered by the department.

What we can offer you
* We offer you a three-year appointment. The appointment cannot be renewed.
Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a post-doctoral assistant at a university within the Flemish Community, you cannot apply for this position.
* Your appointment starts September 1st 2015 at the earliest.
* Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP5. More information about this can be found on our website.
* All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as 38 days of paid leave, a wide range of training and education opportunities, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits can be found on our website.

Your application must be received no later than 15/06/2015 at 23:59 (CET) at, with the following documents attached as one file:
* Application letter
* CV
* A transcript of the required degree
* A text (of max. 1500 words) with your vision on the job, including a concrete research and publication plan
* An overview of your relevant scientific publications

Please clearly indicate the position and department you are applying for, as well as the following reference number: 2015-05-12. You will get a confirmation e-mail as soon as we have received your application.

Attention: Late applications are not accepted.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

More information
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Frank Vermeulen (,  09/331.01.68).

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Fieldwork Opportunity: Conservation in Archaeology & Biological Anthropology in Sanisera (Menorca – Spain)

Conservation in Archaeology & Biological Anthropology focused on the Dig of the Roman City of Sanisera (Menorca – Spain)

Main facade of British Museum

In 2008 the Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools started its courses at the Roman city of Sanisera. During all these years many students have come from all over the world to study abroad to Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in order to dig up the Roman remains located at this classical site on the Northern coast of the island.

The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and studies what happened in this Roman port connected to the maritime traffic that sailed the Mediterranean during those times. As a result, we know that this is a very interesting archaeological site, with abundant findings of multiple artifacts that will help us to reconstruct its past.

The excavation at the Roman city of Sanisera provides all the archaeological documentation necessary for the student to acquire enough training and experience in all aspects involving an excavation dating from the Roman period, between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century AD.

In addition to this, we have excavated 90 tombs so far, which belong to a Roman cemetery that could have been related to a basilica in the Roman city if Sanisera, which dates from the 4th and 6th centuries AD. The Osteology corpus in this necropolis includes more than 232 individuals.

Conservation is an integral part of the archaeological process and the post-excavation study of archaeological finds. During the excavation you will find urban structures, Roman graves and archaeological remains from the Classical period including Roman pottery, amphoras, glass, human bones, faunal remains, coins, metals –bronze, iron, silver-, ivory, etc. All these artifacts have to be treated in a particular way depending on the material they were made of, by applying a set of techniques and methods to preserve and protect them in perfect conditions against deterioration.
Once fieldwork is finished, those archaeological structures belonging to buildings and tombs remain out in the open and exposed to both human and natural agents of all types. Fieldwork in conservation will apply a program and a set of practices to the preservation and consolidation of archaeological remains located in the Roma city of Sanisera.

Also all archaeological materials found at Sanisera will be treated properly at the laboratory, where we will clean, inventory and classify them. When necessary, materials will be restored before packing them properly in boxes that will be sent to safe storage areas in the museum.

For more information and to apply, go to:

Session #06 2015 | July 28th – August 16th  $ 1,200
Session #07 2015 | August 19th – September 7th $ 1,800
Session #08 2015 | September 10th – September 29th $ 1,500
Session #09 2015 | October 2nd – October 21st $ 1,300
Session #10 2015 | October 24th – November 12th $ 1,300

Course fee includes

  • Course tuition
  • Accommodation.
  • Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accident insurance at the site
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Excursions
  • Certificate of participation

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