November 24th, 2009 by Patrick Laverty
On Wednesday, November 25 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s Interim Director Ann S. Woolsey and Curator of Ancient Art Gina Borromeo will celebrate an historic transfer of a 3rd century CE marble sarcophagus (with inserted ancient columns and later carving, possible 18th century) that will be transferred from the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, to The RISD Museum. Professional riggers will lift the massive, 3,500-pound marble piece and transport it across Providence. Once at The RISD Museum, the sarcophagus will undergo conservation work before it goes on view in the new Weiss Greek and Roman Gallery, which opens in Fall 2010 and features highlights from the classical art collection. The new sarcophagus will be displayed with funerary objects and Roman domestic objects related to Dionysos, the god of wine.
For more information, visit http://www.risdmuseum.org/events.aspx?id=2147485864
November 5th, 2009 by Patrick Laverty
Call for Papers: Proposed Session on Island Zooarchaeology at ASEMNE
(Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East)
29 April – 1 May 2010
Proposed Session Title: Island Zooarchaeology
Session Abstract: This session invites papers focused on zooarchaeology of
island communities in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. Living
on an island imposes restrictions on local human ecology and social groups,
whether foragers living in upland caves or pastoralists living in lowland
villages, must cope with the unique condition of being cut off from
mainland resources. The session invites papers from all time periods
spanning prehistory to modern day, and seeks to illuminate patterns of
human adaptation, particularly in subsistence strategies, in response to
constrained local environments. Papers using analytical methods such as
molecular analyses as well as biogeographic approaches are encouraged.
Please email Suzanne Pilaar (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your paper title and
abstract by *10 November 2009* if you are interested in participating in
this session, or if you have any questions!
Further information on the conference can be found at