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UCD Summer School: Cultural Heritage and Social Change

Cultural Heritage and Social Change in Ireland: Global answers to local questions
University College Dublin, John Human Institute for Global Irish Studies Summer School

We think of heritage as rooted in the past, but our relationships to it and our management of heritage resources are contemporary choices and actions. Beyond the present, they are central to how societies plan their futures. This summer school will explore the histories and contexts of recent cultural and social changes in Ireland and how they have informed and shaped the development of cultural policy and the heritage industry. The course will feature seminars and talks by leading cultural critics, policy makers, museum curators, artists and academics. It will also incorporate site visits and case studies in and around the Dublin area, including two field trips outside of Dublin.

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Draft programme:

Summer 2010 Field School in Italy


There are still a few places open for the following programs this coming summer in San Gemini, Italy.

Ceramics Restoration and Conservation Program:
May 23 – June 19, 2010

This four-week program’s objective is to familiarize students with the materials of ceramics and the practices of restoration and conservation of archaeological ceramics. The program includes classroom study and fieldwork. Students will have the opportunity to work on archaeological artifacts from the excavation at the Roman Baths of Carsulae.

  • Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
  • Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation

For more information visit our website:

Excavations of the Public Baths of Carsulae (2nd century BCE)
June 13- July 24, 2010

This is the fifth season of excavations at the Public Baths of the ancient city of Carsuale. The Umbrian city, founded along the via Flaminia in the late third century BCE, is located near the town of San Gemini. This area has been associated with healing waters since pre-Roman times. Work includes: field excavation, documentation of the site and of the archaeological artifacts collected.

The excavation is a project of Valdosta State University with the collaboration of the San Gemini Preservation Studies, and is directed by Prof. Jane Whitehead.

For more information visit this website:

It is possible to attend both programs.


Bringing a new dimension to what we know about our past
Island of Malta     11-14 November 2010

The field is an application of the sense of hearing to the science of archaeology.  We are particularly interested in the role acoustic behavior may have had in the development and design of important architecture and ritual spaces throughout the ancient western world.     Preliminary studies have shown that manmade prehistoric chambers still resonate at a sound wave frequency which appears to shift brain activity in the prefrontal cortex; just as the rooms would have done when they were created.  This shifting is thought to emphasize a part of the brain that deals with creativity, mood and emotional processing. What effect could this have had on the people who used such spaces?  Was the phenomenon deliberately manipulated?  What practices seem to reflect an early human desire to “tune in”?  Why?  How can we apply this information today?

Maybe the Oracle at Delphi was onto something!

The intent of this conference is to provide a forum for expanding previous conceptions and introducing new methodologies exploring the importance of sound in the ancient world, with focused expertise from a variety of backgrounds:

  • Acoustics
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Biofeedback
  • History
  • Music
  • Neurology
  • Physics
  • Psychophysiology

Submission of abstracts and proposals for posters/demos will be open until 15 April. Announcements will be made by 30 April.  Registration will open 01 May.

All submissions should be made to: [email protected]

Learn more at the Conference Website:

CFP: Broadening Horizons- 3 Congress

We are pleased to send out the Second Circular for the Broadening Horizons – 3** Congress, which will be held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, between 19 – 21  July, 2010.

The aim of this event is to create a focus on landscape and the societies who peopled/settled the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. We hope to facilitate communication among young archaeological scientists from different fields and it is an excellent opportunity for dialogue, discussion and exchange of data and ideas.

Registration is now open! Both oral papers and poster presentations are acceptable.The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday 17th April, 2010! Abstracts should be in English, no more than 300 words in length. You should also mention which session you would like your contribution to be included in.You can find the registration form in the BH3 website.

We invite participants to discuss any of the BH3 themes, namely:

  1. The exploitation of the natural environment and subsistence strategies.
  2. The impact of human dynamics on landscape evolution.
  3. The socio-economic reconstruction of ancient societies based on archaeological, historical or environmental records.
  4. Settlement patterns and exchange networks.
  5. The application of new technologies in archaeological research.

Further information about the meeting is now available at the Congress’ website .

The website also contains details about registration, payment and accommodation.
Please note that:

1)      The Registration Form must be sent as soon as possible.  Online registration for participants will be open until July 10th, 2010. Participants wishing to register after this date will have to do so in person at the venue.

2)      Payment must be made to WOCMES 2010. Full instructions are available on All participants in the Broadening Horizons 3 conference will pay 50€. Please select *Participants eligible for fee reduction.

Remember that the registration fee includes all Broadening Horizons 3 events (open sessions, inaugural sessions, refreshments, and conference abstracts) as well as entry to the full WOCMES 2010 programme  (

Please direct any questions to: [email protected]