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Special Announcement: Two Leaders in Roman Archaeology Join Forces

Providence and Portsmouth, RI
March 2017

Two Leaders in Roman Archaeology Join Forces

The Journal of Roman Archaeology and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University are pleased to announce a new partnership, which will consolidate and build on our respective strengths: as a primary forum for research and debate in Roman Archaeology, and as a leading center for training and research in Mediterranean Archaeology.

The Joukowsky Institute will become the primary base of operations for the newly created position of Assistant Editor of the Journal of Roman Archaeology, beginning in July 2017. The Assistant Editor will also be appointed as a visiting faculty member of the Institute, teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes, and thereby further strengthening Brown’s expertise in the field of Roman Archaeology. (See the position announcement online at John Humphrey will continue as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief for the immediate future, which includes the publication of volume 31 (2018).

The goal of this collaboration is to ensure the journal’s longevity and success by providing a robust and supportive academic basis for the prominent role that JRA already plays in Roman Archaeology, which is an equally fundamental aspect of the Joukowsky Institute’s mission.

The Journal of Roman Archaeology is concerned with Italy and all parts of the Roman world from about 700 B.C. to about A.D. 700 This embraces Etruscan, Italic, Late Iron Age, Punic and Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Late Antique, Early Byzantine, and Early Mediaeval, amongst others. It is Mediterranean-wide in its coverage and does not give priority to any particular geographical regions within the Roman world broadly defined. All aspects of archaeology, by the broadest interpretation of that word, will be relevant for inclusion, including historical material which has an archaeological component or which is likely to be relevant for archaeologists. Contributions are printed in any of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World is dedicated to the academic study and public promotion of the archaeology and art of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East; our principal research interests lie in the complex societies of the pre-modern era. Joukowsky Institute faculty and students are from a wide range of countries and backgrounds — and Brown University’s fieldwork and research in archaeology and the ancient world reflects and builds on that multiplicity of perspectives. The goal of the Institute is to foster an interdisciplinary community of interest in the archaeology of the ancient world, and in the discipline of archaeology more generally. Its mandate is to promote research, fieldwork, teaching, and public outreach, with the Institute’s associated faculty, students, and facilities serving as a hub for this activity.

Professor Peter van Dommelen
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, Box 1837, Providence, RI 02912

John Humphrey
General Editor and Publisher
Journal of Roman Archaeology
95 Peleg Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Position Announcement: Visiting Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology and Assistant Editor of JRA-Deadline April 10, 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology and Assistant Editor of JRA

Brown University and Journal of Roman Archaeology, Providence, RI

The Journal of Roman Archaeology and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invite applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology who will serve at the same time as the Assistant Editor of JRA.  This full-time position will be shared equally between Brown University and JRA.

Candidates must have previous editorial experience as well as being engaged in a promising and developing research program. We are interested in individuals whose work focuses on any aspect of or period in Roman archaeology, and who have relevant fieldwork experience. Excellence in undergraduate and graduate-level teaching is essential.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach half time — i.e., one course per semester. In the newly created position of Assistant Editor, the successful candidate will also be responsible for assigning and editing all JRA book reviews and managing routine correspondence with authors. This will be a two-year position ideally beginning on July 1, 2017 and subject to renewal; the Ph.D. must be in hand by that date.

Exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of the Joukowsky Institute community, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and research, are particularly encouraged to apply.  We seek candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research. The successful candidate will also be expected to take a full part in the academic life and to contribute to the ongoing activities of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology.

As the newly appointed Assistant Editor, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Journal of Roman Archaeology at a key moment of strength ­- in its 30th year of publication. A good reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, and Spanish is strongly preferred, as well as a track record of high-quality writing.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, short descriptions (150-300 words) of 3-4 proposed courses, and contact information for three references by April 10, 2017. Applications received by April 10, 2017 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at  There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information:
Professor Peter van Dommelen
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
[email protected]

John Humphrey
General Editor and Publisher
Journal of Roman Archaeology
95 Peleg Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
[email protected]

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Fieldwork Opportunity: University of Virginia field schools at Jamestown, Monticello, and Poplar Forest

The University of Virginia is proud to sponsor summer archaeological field schools at three of Virginia’s premier historic sites: the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Thomas Jefferson’s primary home and plantation at Monticello, and Jefferson’s personal retreat and plantation at Poplar Forest. These field schools offer a unique opportunity for students to make a contribution to the research and interpretation of early American history. Students receive graduate credits (Anthropology 5589) from the University of Virginia.

We appreciate your forwarding this email to potential students. The links below will bring you directly to each property’s program.

Jamestown –
Monticello –
Poplar Forest –

Each field school provides students a foundation  in field of historical archaeology and offers  the opportunity to learn the practical skills of site survey, excavation, recording, and laboratory procedures. A good part of each day is spent doing excavation which requires physical endurance and excellent health. On-site instruction, lectures, discussion sessions, and field trips to other archaeological sites complement the field work.

Summer & Special Academic Programs
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400161
Charlottesville, VA 22904-0161

CFP: Change and Resilience-The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity

Call for Posters and Paper Proposals:

Change and Resilience: The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in  Late Antiquity

An International Conference at the
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI  02906  USA
1-3 December 2017
Proposal Deadline: 1 June 2017

During the last three decades, growing interest in the human  occupation of islands has incited the development of numerous  surveys and excavations throughout the entire Mediterranean and beyond. Island archaeology has grown exponentially as islands are now considered ideal laboratories for the study of sociocultural transformations and cross-cultural interaction. The focus has been traditionally centered on prehistory and in the colonization of islands. However, the study of islands can make momentous contributions to the understanding of the Mediterranean Sea during the transition from the Roman to the Medieval periods. This conference will explore the Mediterranean islands with a primary focus on the transformation of settlement patterns, landscapes, and mindscapes. The focus will be on change and resilience, on innovation and tradition, on the creation of new settlements, and on the reoccupation of prehistoric sites.

We extend an open invitation to propose posters on any theme related to Mediterranean islands in Late Antiquity. These posters will be displayed and discussed during the conference.  All poster presenters will be invited to contribute a paper for publication. Manuscripts will need to be submitted at the starting date of the conference, although there will be time to revise the manuscripts after the meeting to incorporate ideas and suggestions made during the conference. Manuscripts are limited to a maximum of 8000 words and ten to twelve images.  Note that authors are encouraged, but not required, to attend the conference; attendance in person is nevertheless not required for acceptance of the poster (and we regret that we are not able to support travel or accommodation).

To submit a poster proposal, please send an abstract of 500 words or less to [email protected] and [email protected] by 1 June 2017.

For questions about this CFP, or about the conference, please see  our conference website,, or email [email protected].

Fieldwork Opportunity: The Cyprus Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool 2017

The Cyprus Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool 2017

8th – 22nd July 2017

Supported by the Honor Frost Foundation ( )

Applications open on 1st February 2017 – Applications close on the 28th February 2017.

Open to all (qualifications required below) with applications specifically encouraged from young archaeologists or students of archaeology on Cyprus and from the Eastern Mediterranean Region (including Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Turkey) with scholarships (up to 90% of the fees) available to help support their attendance.

The 2017 fieldschool will be held on the Nissia Wreck in 28m of water off the coast of Famagusta Bay.  Participants will be able to contribute to genuine research on this important site, which is being studied by the University of Cyprus Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory.

The 2017 Fieldschool

Minimum diving qualification: PADI Advanced Openwater and “Enriched Air Diver” (or equivalent) with a minimum of 25 dives. The Enriched Air Diver course can be undertaken at the beginning of the fieldschool for about 60 euro). It would be an advantage to hold the PADI “Deep Diver” specialty but this is not required. All divers attending must have DAN insurance in order to participate.

Cost £1,500 (UK Pounds).  Cost includes all tuition, certification, all internal travel, accommodation, food, diving air, cylinder hire, and excursions.  Price does not include travel to Cyprus or any additional equipment hire.

Students who are awarded scholarships will be expected to pay £200.00 to attend the fieldschool.

Students who are not awarded a scholarship will be expected to pay a deposit of £500.00 (UK Pounds) to secure their place by the 26th March 2017. This will only be refundable if cancellation occurs before the 30th April 2017, but only if the vacant place is taken by another participant. A £50.00 administration charge will be applied to any cancellations.

Final balance payments will be required by the 18th June 2017.


An application form (as a MS Word doc) can be found here.

The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2017.

Completed application forms should be returned via email to Fieldschool Director Mark Beattie-Edwards.

See what happened on the 2015 and 2016 fieldschools on the Facebook page here and you can read the 2016 blog here.