Field School in Roman Pottery (Sangro Valley project) — Deadline March 7, 2014

A new Field School in Roman Pottery, associated with Oberlin College’s Sangro Valley project, is accepting applications for its session to be held from 3 July to 27 July 2013.

The program’s aim is first to introduce the participants to the study of Roman pottery and then for them to apply their knowledge under the guidance of the director and the assistant in processing the ceramic material from the Italian Superintendency’s excavations in the forum on Monte Pallano (Tornareccio, Abruzzo).

It is assumed that the participants will have some grounding in classical studies (and hopefully archaeology) but not specifically in pottery studies. The program is directed toward graduate students, as well as advanced undergraduates and practising archaeologists. The program is open to all citizens of any country with a sufficient knowledge of English, which will be the working language.

For further information:

Archer Martin

Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology at Cornell University — Deadline March 3, 2014

Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology

The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)  ( invites applications for the  Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology starting in Fall 2014. We  invite applications from scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the last three years with a specialization in archaeology (broadly defined). The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. We especially seek applicants who offer areas of research and teaching complementary to, and not replicating, those of the existing faculty of CIAMS (see, and who would expand current teaching and research topics at Cornell: in particular, applicants who work in Asia, South America, or Africa, and/or with new methods or datasets, would be especially welcome. We seek scholars whose work addresses broader issues beyond their own area. The Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate will teach two undergraduate courses (with potentially an optional graduate section) each year, and will deliver at least one public lecture each year (one of which may form part of the CIAMS, Finger Lakes AIA, or NYSAA lecture series). The balance of the Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate’s time is to be devoted to her/his own research. A faculty mentor will be appointed to assist the Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate with their professional development. The Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate is required to be in residence at Cornell during the semesters of her/his tenure, but is free to conduct fieldwork in the summer or during the winter break if desired. The salary for this position will be $42,000 per year, with benefits, and with up to $2,000 per year available in research funds. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, applications and references must be received before March 3, 2014. A decision is expected by April 11, 2014.

Eligibility: Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree no earlier than April 1, 2011. Applicants who will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (including filing the dissertation) before appointment are eligible to apply. The completion date for the Ph.D. degree will in no circumstances be waived or extended.

Applications: Please send, by e-mail as one single pdf attachment, a letter of application, CV, writing sample (less than 30 pages), and a list of four courses each with short (maximum 100 words) blurb that you might propose to teach at Cornell to Christopher Monroe, Assistant Director, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, at addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee preferably by March 3, 2014. Please also arrange for letters from three referees to be sent to the same email address – – by the same date.

Cornell University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and educator.

Archaeology from the Sky: Course in aerial archaeology in Leiden and Italy — Application Deadline April 1, 2014.

Archaeology from the Sky –Course in aerial archaeology in Leiden and Italy

From May 12 to June 6 this year, a specialised course in aerial archaeology will take place in Leiden, Rome and Jelsi, (Molise, Italy). The course is co-organised by the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome.

MA-students and PhD-candidates with a clear interest in aerial archaeology or connected topics are welcome to apply.

During this intensive course, you will together with a small group explore the potential of Aerial Archaeology for your research interests. You will work on dierent kind of aerial photographs and satellite imagery, learn how to read and interpret these images and extract archaeological information for large (and sometimes inaccessible) swathes of landscape, as well as specic archaeological sites.

The course offers a hands-on experience on almost all aspects of the discipline of Aerial Archaeology or Aerial Remote Sensing (ARS), from analyzing historical photographs to dierent methods of remote sensing, and the elaboration of the data with software packages. From the beginning of the workshop on, we will work on practical case-studies in Central-Southern Italy. Actual flights with a Cessna and/or drones are planned as well during our stay at our new (!) study centre in Jelsi, Molise.

Organising institutions: Leiden University (UL) in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).

Organizers: Gianluca Cantoro (Leiden), Jeremia Pelgrom (Royal Dutch Institute in Rome) and Tesse Stek (Leiden)


12 May-16 May 2014: Leiden; first introduction to the course and the discipline.
26 May-29 May 2014: Rome; first-hand experience in a photo-archive, lectures.
30 May-6 June 2014: Jelsi; data collection in the field; data processing and essay.

For more information and application (by short cv, letter of motivation and stating relevant experience), please contact or

Application Deadline is April 1, 2014.

Petition for the Preservation of the Institute of Classical Archaeology and the Collection of Antiquities of Leipzig University/Germany

Preservation of the Institute of Classical Archaeology and the Collection of Antiquities of Leipzig University/Germany

On 21 January 2014 the Rectorate of Leipzig University announced without prior notice that it will close the Institut für Klassische Archäologie. Two reasons were given: 1) the Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst of the Freistaat Sachsen will introduce further severe cost-cutting measures in higher education within in the next six years; 2) the Leipzig institute is smaller than the Seminar für Klassische Archäologie at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg situated nearby. Both reasons, however, are not valid. The cost-cutting measures can be implemented only when the professorships whose holders will retire within the next six years are axed. This random principle is the main reason for closing the Institut für Klassische Archäologie. It makes the lack of any substantial or structural argument painfully obvious. In addition, the Halle Seminar of Klassische Archäologie and the Leipzig Institut für Klassische Archäologie need and complement each other in structure, research and teaching.

Founded in the 19th century the Leipzig Institut für Klassische Archäologie is one of the oldest and most renowned of its kind in the German-speaking world. It has survived not only several wars but also the difficult period of communism between 1945 and 1989. In the aftermath of the Peaceful Revolution in late 1989, the Leipzig institute and its re-opened Antikenmuseum have established themselves as a new flourishing centre for Classical Archaeology. Esteemed international scholars have regularly contributed to the teaching. All junior scholars from the institute are now holding top positions in the field, such as the President of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. In Leipzig, Classical Archaeology has been right at the heart of Classics, is the indispensable ‘Brückenfach’ for disciplines such as Prehistory, Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies, Greek and Latin Philology and Ancient History, and its twin Art History. To take a single example, the most popular and successful major ‘Archaeology of the Ancient World’ taught together by Prehistoric and Classical archaeologists is now doomed to die.

Another jewel of Classical Archaeology at Leipzig is the institute’s distinguished Antikenmuseum. The generous contributions made by dedicated people of Leipzig have significantly supported its spectacular come-back. The museum has been dependent on and has played a vital role in research and teaching. And with its numerous well attended exhibitions the museum has served as a vital academic stage to the public. Can it be true that the endorsement of Classical Archaeology and the Antikenmuseum so enthusiastically announced and subsidised by Leipzig University in 1993 has now turned out to be a white elephant, a political and financial disaster of higher education in the Freistaat Sachsen? Let us be clear, the closing of the Leipzig Institut für Klassische Archäologie will unavoidably mean the demise of the Antikenmuseum and it will gravely damage the ‘Altertumswissenschaften’ in Leipzig and beyond.

As the Leipzig decision is so destructive and ill founded, the signatories and the almost 1000 members of the Deutscher Archäologen-Verband urge the Staatsminister für Wissenschaft und Kunst of the Freistaat Sachsen und the Rectorate at Leipzig University in the strongest possible terms to revoke their disastrous decision to ax the Institut für Klassische Archäologie in Leipzig.

Honor Frost Foundation Grants in Maritime Archaeology — Deadline April 1, 2014

The Honor Frost Foundation’s next deadline for HFF Grants is 1 April 2014 for projects in Marine and Maritime Archaeology with a regional focus on the Eastern Mediterranean.

HFF Grants are available to independent scholars, affiliated scholars and institutions, and are intended to support or facilitate research projects covering any period or aspect of maritime archaeology primarily for work in the Eastern Mediterranean.  HFF grants can also support proposals that are involved with training, publications, workshops and conferences, conservation work, museum exhibitions, and public engagement and education in maritime archaeology.

Applications from institutions and scholars based in the Eastern Mediterranean are particularly welcome with a focus on Cyprus, Lebanon and Western Syria. The HFF also gives preference to projects that show strong collaboration with regional partners and include local training opportunities.  For a list of previously funded projects, please go the HFF website’s project page.

Individual grants will not normally exceed £10,000, which could be the total cost of a piece of work, a contribution to work already in progress, or the cost of a pilot study that might in due course lead to a major research project or for publications, training opportunities, sponsorship of workshops and conferences and other related projects in Maritime Archaeology and work that promotes the protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.


The deadline for the next round of HFF Grant Applications is 1 April 2014 and Grant Awards will normally be announced within four months. Please use the newly revised HFF Application Form and ensure your referees have your application to review and are aware that the reference form is available on the HFF website.  We will be contacting referees directly as required for their references and will provide them with a deadline for replies.

Decisions on grant awards are final and no feedback will be given on any applications.


After being notified of a grant award, Grantees will be required to provide a summary of their project and an appropriate image for the HFF website.  Upon completion of the project, Grantees must provide a written report of their work and provide an accounting of expenses. All or part of grantees’ reports may be published on the HFF website and possibly in future HFF newsletters. A summary of our Grant Conditions can be viewed on the website,


Please contact the HFF Executive Director by using details on the Contact page