Volume 33.1, April 2018
Theme editors: Lindsey J. Fine, Jess E. Thompson
Throughout its history, archaeology has been concerned with understanding both local and large-scale processes. Far too often, however, the questions and methods used to examine these processes have tended to dichotomise each end of this scale. Yet as sociologists have recently identified, communities in the present as well as the past contain a mixture of both local and global elements – a concept which has been termed glocalisation. Originally used to describe the adaptation of products to suit local communities and cultures, this theory may be understood in broader terms as the interconnection between global and local contexts, encompassing issues such as economy, territoriality, identity and power. Although current work recognises glocalising practices mainly within the last few centuries, the adoption, or resistance to, widespread developments in technology, subsistence, and ritual practices are identifiable from prehistory onwards.
Volume 33.1 of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge provides a forum to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion surrounding the application of glocalisation to archaeological practice. Papers integrating Archaeology with other subjects such as History, Anthropology or Sociology are thus encouraged. This volume aims to add to the growing body of work within archaeological research dedicated to addressing the dialectical relationship between small-scale and broader processes. Contributions might explore, although are not limited to, the following questions:
- What challenges and/or opportunities does the application of glocalisation offer for archaeological research? Alongside theoretical developments such as agency, network theory, and assemblage theory, does it allow us to address the interaction of processes on multiple scales in the past?
- How might the concept of glocalisation change our definition of ‘local’ or ‘global’?
- Moving beyond hybridity, how are local, regional and global structures, practices and ideologies related to one another, and what are the social, cultural, political and economic effects of these processes?
- Does glocalisation help to critically address archaeological typologies, chronologies or ‘revolutions’?
- What impact does glocalisation have on modern archaeological practice and heritage management? How do tensions between local and global perspectives affect the identification, excavation, and conservation of sites of cultural significance?
Papers of no more than 4000 words should be submitted to Lindsey J. Fine (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jess E. Thompson (email@example.com) any time before 1st August 2017, for publication in April 2018. Potential contributors are encouraged to register interest early by either submitting an abstract of up to 250 words or contacting the editors to further discuss their ideas.
More information about the Archaeological Review from Cambridge, including back issues and submission guidelines, may be found online at http://www.societies.cam.ac.uk/arc/.
New methods and techniques in archaeological recording and exploration
The archaeological interventions of the 70th Empúries Archaeology Course are part of the project that started in the Roman city in 2000 with the excavation of the so-called Insula 30, and will focus specifically on the tabernae and domestic structures located in the southern half of the insula. The objective is to study evidence related to the previous occupation of this part of the city during the Late Republican Period, which preceded the transformation of the insula in the Augustan age.
With the aim of complementing the practical knowledge acquired during excavation, “New methods and techniques in archaeological recording and exploration” has been chosen as the monographic subject for this year’s course, given the importance that these questions have nowadays in the planning and undertaking of archaeological excavations. Over several theoretical sessions, as well as through practical demonstrations, an approximation will be made to the application of different methodologies, such as geographical information systems, remote sensing, geophysical prospecting and geomorphology, to archaeology. On Saturdays, several visits are also planned: the Iberian settlement in Ullastret, the cities of Girona and Tarragona.
The Empúries Archaeology Course is aimed at second cycle university students studying a degree in Archaeology or History, and at Master’s students, preferably with previous experience in archaeological excavation. People interested in participating in the course should contact their university’s archaeology department, which will be able to process applications. The deadline for applications is 31st May 2017.
In the coming weeks the final program of the course will be published together with information about lectures and other activities.
- Date: 2nd to 22nd July 2017
- Place: MAC Empúries
- Price: 300€ This price includes accommodation and board during the course, attendance at practical and theoretical sessions and the planned visits.
MAC-Empúries offers the possibility for two students to be able to obtain a grant to cover the price of the course.
Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya-Empúries
C/ Puig i Cadafalch, s/n. 17130, L’Escala, (Alt Empordà), Spain
Tel. (+34) 972 77 02 08 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration will be closing soon for our 2017 field schools. Whether you are interested in archaeology, conservation or art history expeditions, there is a project for you:
- Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos – Excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace
- Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project
- Bona Mansio – Roman Road Station on Via Diagonalis
Bresto: Digging in the Time of Troy
- Byzantine Cold Case File: Excavations of an Early Christian Мonastery near Varna on the Black Sea
- Stobi (The Capital City of Macedonia Secunda) Excavation Project
- Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe’s First Civilization TWO scholarships available!
- The Birth of Europe – Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
- Romans in Illyricum – Doclea Excavations
- Workshop for Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery
- Workshops for Conservation of Roman Pottery and Glass
- Workshops for Conservation of Roman Mosaics and Mural Paintings
- Workshop for Interventive & Preventive Conservation of Textiles, Paper & Metal
Art History Expeditions
- ”Fresco-Hunting” Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches
- Archaeology of Communism – Expedition to Communist Monuments of Bulgaria
And if you can’t decide, choose one of our packs which combines two projects for double the experience, but not double the cost!
- Ancient Greek Pack
- Prehistoric Pack Ancient
- Ancient Greek and Roman Pack
- Conservation of Ancient Pottery and Glass
- Black Sea Pack
- European Archaeology in Brief – All in one pack (combines 3 projects!)
Reminder: BHFS alumni receive a 10% discount!
For project details, visit: https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program