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Material Networks Introduction

Material Networks

The movement of people and objects has always stood at the heart of endeavors to understand the course and processes of human history. In the Mediterranean, evidence of such movements is particularly abundant, and issues like migration, colonialism and exchange have played prominent roles in archaeological, historical and anthropological discussions.

Migration and Material Culture

Migration and Material Culture

This course explores Mediterranean migration past and present through the lens of material culture by zooming in on the material surroundings of migrants and their host societies and by tracing the connections that they forged across the Mediterranean seas.

ARCH 2230  |  Wed 3.00-5.20  |  Rhode Island Hall 008

Peter van Dommelen

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Welcome to Archaeology at Brown

This site features updates on archaeology at Brown. The majority of these posts will be written by students in Archaeology and the Ancient World courses, but we may occasionally also highlight other archaeological news at the university, or of interest to our community.

In Spring 2014, students from three of our courses will be posting regular updates to this site. They would welcome comments and questions on these posts.

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2013

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

January 31
Andrea Roppa (University of Leicester)

Divergent colonial situations? Nuragics and Phoenicians in Iron Age Sardinia

February 7
Sylvian Fachard (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

As Boeotian as it gets? Studying the walls of Eleutherai within their landscape.

February 21
Alyce de Carteret (Anthropology, Brown University)

The Red Shift: Insights into Polity Aesthetics from the Maya Site of El Zotz, Guatemala

February 28
M. Willis Monroe (Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University)

The Black Stone of Desire: Diorite Trade in the Persian Gulf, Unpacking a Commodity of Opportunity

March 7
Suzanne Pilaar Birch (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Before the Neolithic…: Forager Lifeways in Mesolithic Croatia and the Transition from Hunting to Herding

March 21
Christian Marek (Classics, Brown University)

Political Institutions and language: the process of Hellenization in Western Anatolia

April 4
Rachel Engmann (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Come and Take Back Your Stuff!: Excavating The Royal Museum of Central Africa, Colonialism and Postcolonial Realities in Belgium

April 11
Susan Herringer (Engineering & Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Investigations into Archaeometallurgy using Neutron Radiography and Tomography

TUESDAY, April 16
Marjon Steedman (University of Glasgow)

Romanization and Early Latin Inscriptions on Sardinia

April 18
Alexander Smith (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Island Indigeneity and Empire: An Exploration of the Spanish Balearic Islands in Late First Millennium B.C.E.

April 25
Timothy Sandiford (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Petihor’s Problem: Living and Working in the Northern Abydos Settlement Site, Upper Egypt

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2012

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

September 13
Sturt Manning (Cornell University)

The Roman World and Climate: Context, Relevance of Climate Change

September 27
Amanda Lynch (Geological Sciences, Brown University)

The role of the Yorta Yorta people in clarifying the common interest in sustainable management of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

October 4
Fotini Kondyli (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Memory and Power at the Borders of the Byzantine Empire

October 11
Tesse D. Stek (Leiden University)

State Organization and Cult Places in Latin Colonies

October 25
Andrea Matranga (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

Mankind’s Best Mistake: How The First Farmers Accepted Subsistence Living in Exchange for Stability

November 1
Elizabeth Murphy (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

November 8
Cinzia Pappi (Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University)

Recent Excavations at Satu Qala in Northern Iraq

November 15
Alba Serino (University of L’Aquila)

The Cistercian Order in Middle Age: a topographic approach to the study of Cistercian landscape developments in France and Italy

November 29
Cristina Corsi

Radiography of the past. Integrated non-destructive approaches for studying complex archaeological sites

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2012

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

February 2
Kevin Smith (Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology)

Symbols of Power and the Color of Belief: Legitimation, Place, and State Formation in 13th Century Iceland

February 23
Julia Troche (Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies)

Education and Virtual Reality: An Exemplar of a Ptolemaic Temple

March 1
Thomas Garrison (Anthropology and Joukowsky Institute)

Re-Thinking Regional Analysis in Lowland Maya Archaeology

March 8
Eben Gay (Engineering)

REVEAL: Excavation Tools for the Twenty-First Century

March 15
Felipe Gaitan-Ammann (Anthropology)

Good to Show, Good to Eat: Traveling Pots in the Spanish Golden Age

March 22
Carrie Murray (Joukowsky Institute)

Investigating Cultural Interaction and Identity Formation through Material Culture and Social Practices at the Greek Colony of Emporion

April 5
Timothy Sandiford (Joukowsky Institute)

A City No Less than Thebes? A Report on the Northern Abydos Settlement Site (Upper Egypt) 2011-2012 Season

April 10 (TUESDAY!)
Leonardo López Luján (Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City)

Cosmology in Teotihuacan and Recent Archaeological Work at the Pirámide de la Luna

April 12 (THURSDAY!)
Sarah Ralph (Harvard University)

Performing Violence in Iron Age Europe

April 19
Felipe Rojas (Joukowsky Institute)

Signs of God, Signs of Men: Ancient Interaction with Foreign Scripts in the Mediterranean

April 26
Christoph Bachhuber (Joukowsky Institute)

The Early Bronze Age at Zincirli (Ancient Sam’al) in Southeastern Turkey: a Platform to Consider ‘Hurrian’ Monumental Modifications of Settlement Mounds

May 3
Jessica Nowlin (Joukowsky Institute)

Reorienting Orientalization: Iron Age Central Italy Beyond the ‘Princely’ Tombs

May 10
John “Mac” Marston (Anthropology)

Towards a Regional Perspective on Agricultural Sustainability in the Imperial Eastern Mediterranean

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2011

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

September 15

Professionalization: How to Write a Syllabus

September 22
Serena Love (Brown University)

The Mudbrick Architecture of Çatalhöyük

September 29
Sarah Craft (Brown University)

Dynamic Landscapes: Early Christian Pilgrimage and Travel Infrastructure in Anatolia

October 6
Brad Sekedat (Brown University)

The Places Hadrian Didn’t Go. Rural Quarries in Western Anatolia

October 13
Ömür Harmansah (Brown University)

Springs, caves and the Anatolian countryside: Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project, Field Seasons 2010-2011

October 20

October 27
Manuel Sánchez-Elipe Lorente (Universidad Compultense de Madrid)

West-central African archaeology: Iron Age burials in Corisco Island (EquatorialGuinea)

November 3
Kristine Bøggild Johannsen (Thorvaldsens Museum)

Thorvaldsen and Antiquity

November 10
Christopher Geggie (Brown University)

Greco-Roman Bilingualism and Identity: A New Interpretation of CIL 6.14672

November 17
Nicolas Lamare (Université Paris-Sorbonne)

Monumental Fountains in Roman North Africa

December 1
Rachel Mairs (Brown University)

The Second-Century BC ‘Invasion’ of Bactria: Should We Revisit ‘Nomadism’, ‘Migration’ and ‘Ethnicity’?

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2011

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

February 10
Meg Watters (Brown University)

Current and Developing Methods for Archaeological Data Visualization

February 17
Emily Button (Brown University)

Cutting Edge Technology: Ulus as Vehicles of Cultural Exchange

February 24
Eben Gay (Brown University)

REVEAL – Excavating in 3D

March 3
Laurel Bestock (Brown University)

Bookends: Early Dynastic and Ptolemaic finds from the recent Brown University Abydos Project excavations

March 17
Andrew Cochrane (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

Composing a past in north west Europe

March 24
Sarah Newman (Brown University)

The Last Supper: The Role of Ceramic Serving Vessels in Ancient Maya Mortuary Practice

April 7
Kevin Fisher (Brown University)

New Approaches to Past Built Environments: Current Research from Kalavasos to Cusco

April 14

Geralyn Hoffman and Jessica Unger (Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology)
Mariani Lefas-Tetenes and Laura Atchins (RISD Museum)
Katherine Harrington, Emanuela Bocancea, and Claudia Moser (Brown University)
Think Like an Archaeologist: Using Concepts of Archaeology to Teach Critical Thinking Skills

April 21
Claudia Moser (Brown University)

Viewing the Remains: Sacred Topography and Sacrificial Deposits at Republican Sanctuaries in Rome and Ostia

April 28
Betsey Biggs (Brown University)

The Waking-Dreamness of Sound

May 5
Jordan Pickett (University of Pennsylvania)

The Transformation of Baths as Sculptural and Epigraphic Environment During Late Antiquity: Regional Comparisons

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2010

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI


September 16th
Allison Davis (Brown University)

Excavations at Yuthu: A Community Study of an Early Village in Cusco, Peru (400 – 100 BC)

September 23rd
Jeffrey Becker and Jessica Nowlin (Brown University)

Orientalizing Infant Tombs at Gabii: Discovery, Documentation, and Interpretation

September 30th
Ian Russell (Brown University)

The Ethics of Oblivion: Against Archaeology’s Hypermodern Heritage

October 7th
Steven Ellis (University of Cincinnati)

IPads, etc.: Collecting Field Data the Easy Way, New Tools for Recording the Past

October 14th
Benjamin Anderson (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art)

The Cupola Paintings of Qusayr ‘Amra: From Art History to Archaeology and Back Again

October 21st
Thomas Leppard (Brown University)

Examining Similarities and Differences in Agriculturalist Maritime Expansions: The Lapita, Saladoid, and Cardial-Impressed Phenomena in Comparative Perspective

October 28th
Emanuela Bocancea and Timothy Sandiford (Brown University)

Dammed!  Exploring an Ancient Water Management System in Wadi Beqaa (Petra, Jordan)

November 4th
Marta Ostovich (Boston University)

Excavation of a Muslim Kitchen at Torre d’en Galmes, Menorca, Spain

November 18th
John Marston (Brown University)

Land Use and Abuse in Ancient Anatolia

December 2nd
Michael Heckenberger (University of Florida)

Haffenreffer Museum Pizza Roundtable Discussion with Amazonian Archaeologist Michael Heckenberger
To be held at 1:00 in the Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

December 9th
Susanne Moraw (Brown University)

Homer’s Odyssey in Late Antiquity: Return to Ithaka

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2008

September 25th
Roderick Campbell
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Archaeology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Ritual Killing: Death, Alterity and the Sacred

October 16th
Thomas Urban
Research Associate, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University
Electromagnetic Surveying at an Icelandic Farmstead: a case study in data acquisition, reduction and interpretation

October 30th
Elisa Foster
Doctoral Student, Department of Art History, Brown University
Moveable Feasts: Investigating the Visual Culture of Medieval Religious Processions in Le Puy-en-Velay, France

November 6th
UTRA Student Presentation

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2007

September 27
Thomas Hikade
Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
“Nothing More Permanent than a Post-hole”

October 11
Diana Ng
Visiting Assistant Professor, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
“Roman Perge: Elite Priorities and Civic Rivalries”

October 25
Carrie Swan
Doctoral Student, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
“Issues of Trade and Industry in a Changing World: New Evidence for Glassmaking in the Late Antique and Early Islamic Near East”

November 8
Krysta Ryzewski
Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Anthropology, Brown University
“Rhode Island’s Iron Age: An Industrial Evolution?”

November 29
Jason Urbanus
Doctoral Candidate at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
“A View from Afar: Aspects of the Roman Conquest of NW Iberia”

December 6
Casey Mesick
Doctoral Student at the Department of Anthropology, Brown University
“From Product to Process: constructing an anthropology of building(s) at El Zotz, Guatemala”