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CFP: In the Trenches, Issue 31.1 — March 8, 2015

The Archaeological Review from Cambridge is pleased to announce a call for papers for Issue 31.1: In the Trenches. This edition, scheduled for publication in April 2016, focuses on the interactions between archaeology and conflict.

For this issue, the editor welcomes contributions that discuss the correlation between archaeology and conflict from any time period and any geographical location. Similarly, papers discussing issues related to the field of archaeology are encouraged, including conservation, heritage management and history. The goal is for this issue to discuss the various topics where archaeology and war overlap:

  • What effect, positive or negative, have hostilities had on site management, material culture and cultural heritage? What steps can be taken to ensure that sites and artifacts in war zones are protected or preserved in some way?
  • What methodologies might be employed to ensure that the maximum amount of information is gained from sites that are under threat?
  • How should battlefields and related material artifacts be preserved in order to achieve the best results for a scholarly and popular audience?
  • What can the excavation of battlefields tell a modern audience about the social history and implications of war?
  • What unique opportunities are presented by combining first-hand civilian and military accounts with archaeological material from the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries?

Abstracts of no more than 500 words describing your potential paper should be sent to Meghan Strong (mes66@cam.ac.uk) by 8 March 2015. First drafts of papers (of no more than 4000 words) will be due in early June 2015.

The Archaeological Review from Cambridge is a not-for-profit journal managed and published on a voluntary basis by postgraduate archaeology research students at the University of Cambridge. Issues are published twice a year. Although primarily rooted in archaeological theory and practice, the ARC accommodates a wide range of perspectives in the hope of establishing a strong, interdisciplinary journal which will be of interest to those engaged in a range of fields, and therefore breaking down some of the boundaries that exist between disciplines.

We look forward to reading your submissions. For questions, please contact the theme editor, Meghan Strong, at mes66@cam.ac.uk

Fieldwork Opportunity: Italy Preservation Field School – Buildings, Ceramics, Paper, Books and Art

The San Gemini Preservation Studies Program is now accepting applications for the summer 2015 field school, now in its 16th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy.

San Gemini Preservation Studies is a summer field school that organizes lectures, research, fieldwork, workshops and fieldtrips in the disciplines of historic preservation, restoration and conservation. It is located in Central Italy in the city of San Gemini.
These programs focus on the study of architectural survey and restoration, traditional methods of painting, conservation of archaeological ceramics, and the restoration of books and works of art on paper. The field projects involve the survey and restoration of medieval buildings, the archaeological excavation in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae, as well as work on local archival material.

The program is a collaboration between scholars from various universities and local preservation groups, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to historic preservation. All academic activities are held in English.

Session One (June 1 – 26)
Building Restoration* Revised program
Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy
Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings
Ceramics Restoration
Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy

Session Two (July 13 – August 7)
Book Bindings Restoration
Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings in Italy
Workshop on the Restoration of Book Bindings
Paper Restoration
Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Restoration Workshop – Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques
Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging
Painting Workshop – Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
Restoration in Italy – Issues and Theory
*Field Projects:
Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th Century)
Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city

Inter-Session Programs (June 27 – July 10)
Structural Treatments on Canvas Paintings (June 29 – July 10) Workshop
An expert workshop dealing with the restoration of canvasses: the structural support of oil paintings. The program includes theoretical classes and practical workshops.
Inter-session Field Trip – Italy (June 28 – July 7)
A ten day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.
Inter-session Field Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 10)
A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city lead by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit http://sangeministudies.org/

Fieldwork Opportunity: “la Biagiola” Summer School in Italy

An exciting four-week program uncovering ancient Etruscan, Roman and Lombard civilization! The Summer School is taking place from July 27 to August 23, 2015, with two weeks shifts.

 

The “la Biagiola” program is open to archaeology or anthropology students or simply to students interested in learning more about the subject. We provide an exciting opportunity for a first-hand experience in archaeological fieldwork. You’ll take part in an exploration of an ancient site in Tuscany, working alongside expert archaeologists and foreign students.

 

This program is offered in collaboration with the cultural heritage office of Tuscany, the regional authority that manages archaeological sites and monuments. Additionally to first-hand experience in archaeological excavation and study, you will be able to enjoy many of the wonders of Tuscany, from cultural and historical monuments that span over 3,000 years, to gorgeous natural sites.

For more information, visit www.culturaterritorio.org

Fieldwork Opportunity: Apolline Project

Call for participants – Summer fieldwork opportunities in Pompeii and on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius
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The Apolline Project is an open research network, which sheds light on the hitherto neglected past of the area to the north of Mt. Vesuvius, in the Bay of Naples. The project has run actively since 2004 and has several components, with current major work focusing on a Medieval church, a Roman villa with baths buried by the volcanoclastic debris of Vesuvius, and the Suburban Baths in Pompeii.
The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for its summer 2015 field season. Dig participants who join the first or last sessions of the excavation season will have the opportunity to spend an additional week before (May 18-31) or after (Oct 3-18) their chosen program at the project’s accommodation for no additional charge in order to better explore the region (subject to availability).
This year we will be offering a select number of scholarships to participants.
For further information, including course descriptions and fieldwork opportunities, visit: http://www.apollineproject.org/dig.html.

Fieldwork Opportunity: Sa Cudia Cremada Field School

Mediterranean Archaeology in Minorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) 2015 Campaign

Session #1: August 10-28
Session #2: August 31- September 18

3 weeks course in a Protohistoric archaeological site in a unique Mediterranean island
You will learn about: Fieldwork methods, Lab work, Indigenous, Punic and Roman Archaeology
You will explore: Mediterranean Nature, Culture, History, Geology and Traditions

The main a2im of fieldwork is that of approaching the talaiotic culture to students through different tasks related to an archaeological excavation. Fieldwork will be combined with lab work, lectures, workshops as well as excursions to discover the natural environment of an island which was declared Reserve of the Biosphere by the UNESCO in 1993. During the course free days will be available to students so they can explore and enjoy the traditional horse festivals, whose origins date back to the medieval period, which take place in several towns in Menorca during summertime.

 

The Field School
For 2015 Sa Cudia Cremada Field School offers archaeological courses for students interested in gaining first- hand experience on fieldwork and laboratory tasks. We welcome university students, professionals as well as everybody who is interested in Archaeology and Mediterranean Protohistory (Iron Age). Thus, previous experience on the subject in not required. 2015 courses will take place in several sessions with a length of 3 weeks each. During the course, students will dig in the settlement’s sanctuary during the first half of the day, whereas the second part will be devoted to lectures, laboratory tasks and workshops.

Fees and Contact Information
3 weeks course: 1,200 Euro, including: fees, materials, accommodation, transportation to the site/ the accommodation, excursions, insurance
and snack during school time (Transportation to/from Menorca and meals outside school time are not included).

For further information and signing up for the course, please contact:

Email: sacudiafieldschool@gmail.com
Skype: sacudiafieldschool
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