Fieldwork Opportunity: Akko and the Crusades, Israel — Application deadline March 3rd, 2014

2014 6-credit Summer Field Program: Akko and the Crusades, Israel

Land (Medieval city) and Underwater (Ancient Port) field experience options

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Final deadline for applications: March 3rd 2014


From May 23-June 15 2014, the History Department at the University of Rhode Island will be offering a 6-credit multi-disciplinary summer school in Akko (Acre) designed for advanced undergraduates.  Students will experience total immersion in the world of the Crusades: their history and historiography, literature, art, architecture, and archaeology. Half of this intensive 3-week course will be ‘hands-on’ practical training through URI’s unique collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Akko International Conservation Center – Citta di Roma (

While land option students participate in the International Conservation Center program within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Akko, underwater option students will take part in the IAA-URI excavations of Akko’s ancient harbor (scuba & AAUS certification required). Recent discoveries include Hellenistic port facilities and abundant ancient pottery and glass, as well as shipwrecks from the 18th and 19th centuries. Both land and underwater programs will combine for evening classes on the Crusades taught by Medieval historian Prof. Joëlle Rollo Koster of the University of Rhode Island. Students will live and attend classes within the Medieval-Ottoman Old City of Akko and participate in educational tours to archaeological and cultural sites.

The program cost of $4700 (excluding airfare) covers fees for the History of the Crusades Course and the Archaeology-Conservation Program, shared hostel accommodation, and 2-3 meals per day. For further information (including graduate credit option), please contact the program coordinator: Dr. Bridget Buxton, University of Rhode Island (, 401 874 4085).

Bridget Buxton, PhD.
Department of History
University of Rhode Island
80 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881
ph. 401 874 4085
fx. 401 874 2595

CFP: TAG 2014 – Communication in Archaeological Research: The Convergence of People, Ideas, and Data — Deadline March 7, 2014

Theoretical Archaeology Group 2014 Conference
Friday, May 23, 2014 Sunday, May 25, 2014
University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign

Session: Communication in Archaeological Research: The Convergence of People, Ideas, and Data

Organizers: Leigh Anne Lieberman (Princeton) and Gregory Tucker (University of Michigan)

Archaeological research is not conducted in isolation; rather, it is a collaborative effort between researchers, their subjects, and their colleagues, past and present. Each of us has our own unique thoughts and perspectives, our own unique specialties, and by moving beyond the model of the armchair archaeologist, by working together, our results provide a more nuanced, more descriptive narrative of past human experience. Communication has been enhanced by technological advances that have removed many of the barriers of distance and time from the research process. Individuals converge both in the field to pursue research questions from diverse perspectives and at conferences to share their results thanks to modern transport networks. Ideas converge more rapidly than ever thanks to the expansion of immediately accessible digital networks which connect communities of thinkers. Datasets collected and curated from a wide variety of sources converge into ever-larger projects in order to respond to integrative research questions thanks to increasing processing power and software that can handle big data. Our field is one of constant conversations and collaborations, and our means to conduct these discussions, our methods of  communication, are rapidly evolving. The adoption of ever-improving technologies in the field for data collection, in the office or lab during secondary processing, and in public venues to facilitate the dissemination of results have a great impact on the relationships between individual researchers, between researchers and data, and between researchers and the public.

We hope to engage in a discussion of how constantly evolving technologies are influencing archaeological practice and how they impact collaboration and dialog in our discipline. Papers in this panel should address the effects that changes in communication and information exchange have had on the people and processes of archaeological research. Potential topics could include a consideration of collaboration between onsite and offsite researchers, of interpersonal communication during the research process, of open access and self-publication allowing for quicker dissemination of ideas in public fora, or of any other topic that would address how we come together in archaeology. Papers discussing the  potential problems associated with the increased ease of contact and access to data are also welcomed. We encourage papers that use case studies to address broader issues related to communication, research that looks beyond individual projects and is interested in taking advantage of the convergence of people at TAGUS to exchange theories, thoughts, and ideas about how we communicate.

Please submit abstracts by March 7, 2014 to
Session notes: 15-minute papers

CALL FOR PAPERS- AIA 2015: Exploring Mobility and Interconnectivity in the Roman World — Deadline March 1, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS- AIA 2015 in NEW ORLEANS January 8th-11th

Exploring Mobility and Interconnectivity in the Roman World

Proposed Colloquium sponsored by the Roman Provincial Archaeology Interest Group
Organized by: Sarah Davies (Whitman College) and Samantha Lash (Brown University)
Committed Participants: Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv University), Nicholas Purcell (Oxford University)

On those stepping into rivers staying the same other and other waters flow…

The mobility and connectivity that characterized the “Roman world” – broadly defined – has spurred a great deal of scholarly interest over the years, particularly in terms of trade entrepôts and individual “nodes” of contact. However, broader landscapes and routes of exchange, as well as the complexity of the networks through which material, personnel, ideas and religious beliefs maneuvered, remain often underemphasized and unexplored. More recently, global models and various applications of network theory have proved productive in exploring the ways in which various settlements and peoples came to be connected to each other, to regional centers, and to the Roman imperial system at large. This panel aims to explore interdisciplinary approaches and new methodological frameworks to evaluate “Roman” interconnectedness and mobility. We seek papers linked to questions of mobility, connectivity and networks in the provinces, Italy, and beyond which emphasize the “in-between” oft overlooked in nodality-focused perspectives.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to the following: infrastructures of commercial, socio-political, and militarized movements within trade; interconnections of supply and industrial landscapes to peoples, ideas and materials; relationships between long and short-distance networks, as well as “public” and/or “private” initiatives; and methodologies for tracking such mobilities in the archaeological record. Topics are by no means limited to the dispersal of objects from Rome or other major centers. Instead, we urge applicants to question ways of considering mobility in a multidirectional fashion, exploring networks as complex, multiple, and ever-changing. We also encourage papers that demonstrate comparative and collaborative approaches, exploring the use of numerous categories and sources of data. To this end, we welcome applicants whose research combines material culture with historical and literary evidence.

Abstracts for individual papers should clearly demonstrate the presentation’s relation to the colloquium theme and should not exceed 500 words. Submissions may be sent to Samantha Lash ( by March 1, 2014. Papers will be 15 minutes. Please submit anonymous abstracts in PDF or MS Word format. NOTA BENE: All presenters will have to be AIA members in good standing at the time of the Annual Meeting (renewals due by November 2014).


Conference: The Geoarchaeology of Mediterranean Islands — Cargèse, France – June 30 – July 02, 2015

International Colloquium

The Geoarchaeology of Mediterranean Islands

Multidisciplinary approaches to paleoenvironmental changes and the history of the human occupation in the Mediterranean islands since the Last Glacial Maximum

Dates : June 30 to July 02, 2015

Location : Centre de congrès CNRS de Cargèse (Corse, Corsica, France)
Official Languages : English and French

Aims of the colloquium: Situated between Europe, Africa and Asia, Mediterranean islands display unique palaeoenvironements and patterns of human occupation. Their physical properties (relief, coastal morphology, vegetation, etc.) are the long-term result of complex geological, tectonic, climatic and eustatic changes. In some cases, the current location and configuration of Mediterranean islands was dramatically different in the Pleistocene and even in the Early Holocene: Corsica and Sardinia, for example, until relatively recently formed a single island, and similar cases are found in the Tuscan archipelago, as well as the islands of the Aegean and Ionian seas.

During the Epipaleolithic and the Neolithic, the shapes of the island coastlines and valley profiles have varied widely because of several natural factors, but also on account of the anthropogenic impacts on insular environments. The chronology, character, and scale of initial island colonization in the Mediterranean, continue to be the major topics of scientific debate, as are subsequent human impacts through time.

By adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this colloquium aims to combine different approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and geosciences in order to assess long-term patterns of human-environmental interactions on Mediterranean islands during the Late Quaternary (the last 25 000 years).

Presentations should combine archaeological and (palaeo) environmental data. We encourage presenters to adopt comparative approaches between sites and regions for understanding crucial periods and key themes of research concerning the Mediterranean islands. Some possible examples include: Neolithic (or earlier) colonization of islands in the context of rapid sea- level changes (vertical and lateral); human settlement and its response to climate and vegetation change, and the environmental impact of agricultural practices in prehistoric and historic periods.

A session of the colloquium will be dedicated to the study of Ancient agriculture by adopting a geoarchaeological approach. Geographers, geologists, geomorphologists, archaeologists, historians and palaeoecology experts will discuss the results from different case studies chosen across the Mediterranean and will debate the consequences of the evolution of agricultural practices during prehistorical and historical periods on ancient economies. This empiric approach is a central issue in the current debate about sustainable development in the fragile environmental context of the Mediterranean islands.

Lemmermann Foundation 2014 Grant — Deadline March 15, 2014


2014 AWARD for RESEARCH in ROME (Italy)

The Lemmermann Foundation offers scholarships to masters and doctoral students in the classical studies and humanities. Fields of study include but are not limited to Archaeology, History, History of Art, Italian, Latin, Musicology, Philosophy, and Philology. Applicants must provide evidence for their need to study and carry out research in Rome. Topic of research must be related to Rome or the Roman culture from the Pre-Roman period to the present day.

Applicants must:
1) be enrolled in a recognized higher education program or affiliated with a research institute;
2) have a basic knowledge of the Italian language.

Next deadline for sending applications is March 15, 2014.

The monthly scholarship amount is established in 750 euro.

Applicants must include the following documents:
1) A description of their area of study;
2) Two recommendation letters;
3) A curriculum vitae;
4) A photocopy of the applicant’s passport or a birth certificate.

Applications must be sent by March 15, 2014 to
Fondazione Lemmermann
c/o Studio Associato Romanelli
via Cosseria 5 00192 Rome – ITALY

Applicants are requested to send their applications to the Lemmermann Foundation’s office in Rome by March 15, 2014 (postmark deadline). Applicants must also include the electronic application number that is obtained upon completion of the on-line application form. Further information and access to the on-line application form is at