2012 Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar – Applications due Feb. 10

June 11 through July 27, 2012

Study at the world’s foremost seminar in numismatic methods and theory

For over half a century, The American Numismatic Society, a scholarly organization and museum of coins, money, and the economic history of all periods, has offered select graduate students and Junior faculty the opportunity to work hands‐on with its preeminent numismatic collections. With over three-­‐quarters of a million objects, the collection is particularly strong in Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Far Eastern coinages, as well as Medallic Art. The rigorous seven-week course taught by the museum staff, guest lecturers and a visiting scholar introduces students to the methods, theories and history of the discipline. The seminar is meant primarily for those with limited or no numismatic background in order to familiarize students of (art) history, textual studies, and archaeology with a body of evidence that is often overlooked and poorly understood. Applications are due no later than February 10, 2012.  A limited number of $4,000 stipends are available to qualifying students. This year’s Visiting Scholar will be Prof. Alain Bresson of the Department of Classics at University of Chicago. Prof. Bresson is well-known for his research and publications on ancient economies, numismatics and epigraphy.

To apply, you must submit the application form and have three referees fill out the evaluation form below. Complete applications must be received by February 10, 2012.

To read the full seminar announcement, download applications forms, and more please visit the Seminar page at http://www.numismatics.org/Seminar. Please feel free to share this announcement with any interested colleagues.

Classics Goes Green: Interactions with the Environment in the Ancient World

*Deadline extended: Abstracts due by December 2, 2011*

The relationship between mankind and the environment has long been a rich and intriguing aspect in the study of history. Environmental changes and natural disasters have prompted cultural change and innovation. Humans have, in turn, left their mark on the environment, altering their landscapes physically and mentally, purposely and inadvertently. From the locations of successful cities and the effects of terracing and water engineering on the Greek landscape to Virgil’s creation of an idealized, if not idyllic, Italy, the environment often shaped and was shaped by economic, cultural, and religious practice in antiquity.

Landscapes and the environment have left a physical manifestation that can be directly studied through archaeological examination.  The cultural effects of the environment are also preserved in many ancient texts:  for instance, ancient historians were aware of the impact that environment, climate, or landscape might have on human events, while poets and agricultural writers reflected on the dual nature of the environment as both hostile and life-giving, and philosophers investigated the interrelation of man and nature. In modern scholarship, this integral connection between humans and the environment has long been a point of discussion, and is experiencing a new surge in popularity with the increasing connection of environmental research into classical studies.

This conference will explore how mankind conceived of and expressed its relationship with the environment, and how this relationship can be tracked in the archaeological, documentary, or literary record. We invite submissions from all Classics subfields and related disciplines, including ancient history, literature, material and visual culture, Greco-Roman and Near Eastern religions, anthropology, and philosophy.  Possible topics for presentation could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role of weather in shaping historical events
  • Landscape in archaeology, including cultural heritage management
  • Trash in antiquity: reuse, recycling, and rubbish
  • The effects of agriculture development on the landscape
  • Imitation (or not) of nature in architecture, material culture, and art
  • Cartography: controlling and organizing the “known world”
  • Experiences of the natural world in epic poetry
  • Cultural responses to local, regional, or global environmental changes

Graduate students wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit a  titled abstract of 300 words or less to classicsgoesgreen[at]gmail.com by December 2nd. Please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of  your abstract in the body of the email. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. Notifications will be sent by mid-November. Questions about the conference can be directed to Emilia Oddo at the same email address.

National Park Service 2012 Archaeological Prospection Workshop

The National Park Service’s 2012 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century will be held May 7-11,  2012, at the Cedar Point Biological Station near Ogallala, Nebraska.

Lodging will be at the Cedar Point Biological Station near Ogallala, Nebraska. The field exercises will take place at the site of Alkali Station near Paxton, Nebraska. Alkali Station was a major trail facility used by travelers on the Oregon and California trails, the Pony Express, the transcontinental telegraph, and the frontier army.

Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center, the Lute Family, and the University of Nebraska’s Cedar Point Biological Station. This will be the twenty-second year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources across this Nation.

The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field. There is a registration charge of $475.00.

Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page at  http://www.nps.gov/history/mwac/.

For further information, please contact:
Steven L. DeVore, Archeologist
National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center
Federal Building, Room 474, 100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3873
tel: (402) 437-5392, ext. 141
fax: (402) 437-5098
email: <[email protected]>.

Providence Pictures Internship opportunity

Providence Pictures is seeking interns for the Spring 2012 semester.  


Providence Pictures, Inc. is an award-winning film and video production company specializing in documentaries on science, history, art, and culture.  Providence Pictures programs air worldwide  including on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and NOVA on PBS.  Through stunning photography, powerful narrative, inventive animation, and cinematic re-enactment, Providence Pictures documentaries translate complicated ideas into simple, compelling stories. 

Interns at Providence Pictures actively  particpate in the development of new program pitches to major networks, as well as assist in research for currently commissioned projects.  We are looking for energetic and innovative interns with a range of backgrounds and interests both in the subject  matter of our projects and in the process of media creation itself.   Research topics vary.  Our current projects focus on ancient history, architecture, anthropology, engineering, U.S. history, and forensic science, humanities and modern culture. We also are continuing our work on an ancient engineering and architecture series.  

The internship requires a  minimum commitment of  8-10 hours/ week done over 2 shifts.   We also ask that interns participate in a monthly development meeting with other staff and interns. 


Interested students can send a brief paragraph about themselves, along with a resume and short writing sample on a subject that interests them, to:  Maureen Barden Lynch ([email protected]). 

For more information about Providence Pictures, please visithttp://www.providencepictures.com

JIAAW Faculty Position Announcement: Assistant or Associate Professor of Archaeology

Brown University invites applications for an assistant or associate professor in the field of Mediterranean or Near Eastern archaeology. Applications are welcome from scholars interested in the complex societies of any part of this broad geographic expanse. Candidates are sought with expertise and interests complementary to current Institute faculty and to Brown resources. Individuals with active fieldwork projects are particularly welcome. 

Candidates must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and leadership, as well as a proven record of publication, outreach and service commensurate with their career stage. Excellence in, and commitment to, undergraduate and graduate teaching are essential. The successful candidate will be expected to make major contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. 

All candidates should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vita. Assistant professors should ask that three letters of reference be sent directly to the Chair of the Search Committee. Associate professors should provide five names of referees with up-to-date contact information (including email, if possible); referees will be contacted directly by the Search Committee. Complete applications received by December 1, 2011 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

 For further information or to apply, write to:

Professor Susan E. Alcock
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837
Providence, RI 02912
[email protected]

We encourage the submission of applications and references via email. There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

Brown is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.