Israeli and German researchers to construct digital network to complete “Puzzle” of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the IAA, together with the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Haifa University and Tel Aviv University, circulated English and Hebrew press releases announcing that “Computer scientists and Dead Sea Scrolls scholars are building a digital work environment for one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. This will enable the virtual joining of the “puzzle pieces” of thousands of ancient scrolls fragments found in Judean Desert caves, through the collaborative German-Israeli research of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Germany), the Israel Antiquities Authority, Haifa University and Tel Aviv University.”
Click for English press release.

27 February 2016: Visit to Constantinian Basilica at Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura

A rare opportunity on Saturday, February 27, 2016, to visit the Constantinian "circus-shaped" basilica, not ordinarily open to the public.  In Italian. Reservation information is below.
sabato 27 Febbraio ore 14,30 visita con archeologo all'intero complesso: Basilica, Mausoleo di Costantina Augusta e basilica costantiniana, di solito non aperta al pubblico!
Per prenotare: roma.archeo@gmail.com o tel 3279745531 con Esplora Roma - Itinerari tra storia, cultura, arte ed archeologia

Oxford Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions)
Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford, and Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford
Grade 7: £30,738 - £32,600 p.a.
Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, to work on the AHRC-funded project 'Facilitating Access to Latin inscriptions in Britain's Oldest Public Museum through Scholarship and Technology'. The post is fixed-term, to cover the period from 1 April 2016 to the end of the project on 31 December 2016. The principal responsibilities of the Research Fellow will be to fulfil the project's impact and public engagement agenda and to complete the development of digital resources (EpiDoc corpus and website) under the direction of Professor Alison Cooley (PI, University of Warwick) and Dr Paul Roberts (Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum).
The successful applicant must possess a doctorate in a relevant field, and be able to demonstrate experience of working in EpiDoc programming or TEI, proficient IT skills, including web design and authoring, and experience of working in collaboration with schools, whether primary and/or secondary, excellent communication skills, and the ability to carry out research independently.
Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory security screening and to a satisfactory disclosure report from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via www.recruit.ox.ac.uk<http://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/> and enter Vacancy ID 122067.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 7 March 2016.
Contact Person : Miss Clare Jarvis
Contact Phone : 01865 288391
Contact Email : recruitment@classics.ox.ac.uk<mailto:recruitment@classics.ox.ac.uk>
Please feel free to contact Alison Cooley for further details.
Prof. Alison Cooley
Head of Dept (Sep 2014-Sep 2017)
Dept of Classics & Ancient History
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

April 2, 2016: Exclusive opening of the Catacomb of Pretestato and Sculpture Museum (by reservation)

Sabato 2 Aprile 2016 ore 16:00 Le Catacombe di Pretestato e il museo. Permesso speciale - Visita esclusiva/
Visit to the Catacomb of Pretestato and Sculpture Museum.  By reservation only at: http://www.laboratorio104.it/tours/le-catacombe-di-pretestato-e-il-museo-visita-esclusiva-permesso-speciale-sabato-2-aprile-2016-ore-16-00/
E’ concessa l’apertura su richiesta che prevede la presenza di un fossore. La visita sarà a cura di uno studioso della Pontificia commisione di Archeologia Sacra.
Max 15 persone. Contributo 23.00 euro con prepagamento
Info e prenotazioni: labcentoquattro@gmail.com
Tra la la Caffarella e la via Appia Antica sorge un complesso di catacombe che prende il nome di Pretestato.Il sito è chiuso al pubblico.
Su Pretestato non si sa nulla; è forse da identificare con un proprietario del terreno o con un toponimo preesistente.
La catacomba fu scavata nel sito del Triopeion, vasta area oggi occupata dal complesso di Massenzio, dal Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e in parte dalla valle della Caffarella, di proprietà di Erode Attico. Illustre personaggio di origine ateniese, filosofo, letterato, precettore degli imperatori Marco Aurelio e Lucio Vero.
Alla sua morte il vasto possedimento fu integrato al demanio imperiale e poi utilizzato come luogo di sepoltura di personaggi di alto rango.
Ad un’origine idraulica è forse da attribuire la cosiddetta Spelunca Magna, una lunga galleria (circa 100 m per 2 m di larghezza) con ingresso in piano e brevi diramazioni, anteriore alla catacomba e che ne costituirà un asse portante.
Nella catacomba che si sviluppa globalmente su tre livelli, sono stati identificati tre nuclei certamente precostantiniani, in seguito i tre nuclei primitivi conobbero fasi di approfondimento e di espansione con regioni diverse. Analogamente ad altre catacombe, anche in quella di Pretestato sono diversi i martiri ed i santi ricordati e celebrati. Nel sopraterra, in due distinte basiliche, oggi scomparse vennero commemorati i santi Tiburzio, Valeriano, Massimo e Zenone.
Nella spelunca magna poi erano disposte quattro stazioni devozionali, ove erano stati sepolti cinque martiri: il vescovo Urbano, Felicissimo e Agapito e Gennaro.
Scavi sistematici condotti, tra il 1847 e il 1872, da Giovanni Battista de Rossi portarono non solo la scoperta della catacomba, ma alla sua identificazione con quella di Pretestato.
Permesso speciale ed esclusivo
All’interno non è consentito fare fotografie e usare un abbigliamento e scarpe comode. E’ sconsigliato a chi soffre di claustrofobia
Il sito è gestito della Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra.
Per questa visita è previsto il prepagamento della quota ento il 20 marzo 2016. Per prenotazioni e informazioni: labcentoquattro@gmail.com – info@laboratorio104.it
www.laboratorio104.it
Appuntamento: ore 15.45 in via Appia Pignatelli, 11
Inizio visita: L’inizio della visita è previsto per le 16.00. appuntamento dalle 15,30 per permettere di svolgere le consuetudinarie pratiche dell’accoglienza.
Durata di visita: 1 ora e 30 ca.
Chi dovesse rinunciare alla visita in extremis nonostante il pagamento anticipato perderà comunque la quota versata
Indirizzo: via Appia Pignatelli, 11. Si consiglia di posteggiare per chi venisse in auto al vicolo di S. Urbano e poi procedere a piedi sull’Appia Pignatelli. Oppure prendere l’autobus 118 e scendere alla biforcazione con l’Appia Antica

CFP: Methods in dating Christian papyri (Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World session at 2016 SBL)

The Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World group is organizing a panel on old and new methods in the dating of early Christian papyri at the next Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (San Antonio, Texas, 19-22 November 2016) .
Topics may include, but are not confined to, methodology issues and problems, palaeography, papyrus case studies, and the application of new technologies.
Invited speakers: Brent Nongbri (Macquarie University) and Malcolm Choat (Macquarie University).
Instructions for submitting an abstract through this link:
http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_CallForPaperDetails.aspx?MeetingId=29&VolunteerUnitId=49
Please feel free to email me for enquiries.
Best wishes,
Dr Roberta Mazza - Classics and Ancient History
Research Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute - John Rylands Library
Academic honorary curator, Graeco-Roman Egypt antiquities - Manchester Museum
office Samuel Alexander S2.4a
tel. +44 (0)161 306 5515
email roberta.mazza@manchester.ac.uk
blog: http://facesandvoices.wordpress.com

Gary Glassman’s award-winning Petra film at TurismA 2016 (Firenze)

Petra: Lost City of Stone, a 2015 documentary by Gary Glassman (husband of ICS Director Joan Branham), winner of the 2015Città di Rovereto – Archeologia Viva prize, will be shown at "TourismA" an international exposition on archaeology in Firenze on Sunday, February 21, at 8:10 am in the auditorium of the Palazzo dei Congressi.  In italian.
Event link: http://www.tourisma.it/xii-incontro-nazionale-di-archeologia-viva-terza-parte
Petra film: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/building-wonders.html#petra-lost-city

ICS Advisors and Members at TourismA – Salone internazionale dell’archeologia 2016 (Firenze)

PALAZZO DEI CONGRESSI (Firenze)
19 - 21 febbraio 2016

tourismA - Salone Internazionale dell’Archeologia

Una manifestazione di tre giorni, negli spazi prestigiosi del centralissimo Palazzo dei Congressi.
tourismA è un momento di esposizione, divulgazione e confronto di tutte le iniziative legate alla comunicazione del mondo antico e alla valorizzazione delle sue testimonianze.

Il Salone Internazionale dell'Archeologia è rivolto a tutte le realtà culturali ed economiche attive nel settore archeologico-artistico-monumentale: istituzioni di ricerca pubbliche e private, parchi e musei, enti di promozione, operatori turistici, categorie professionali, associazionismo.

Organizzazione e  Segreteria organizzativa
ARCHEOLOGIA VIVA
Via Bolognese 165, 50139 Firenze
Tel: +39 055 5062302
Fax: + 39 055 5062929
archeologiaviva@giunti.it
http://www.tourisma.it/

 

 

CFP: “The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation” Biennial Shifting Fronteirs in Late Antiquity Conference at Yale University (2017)

SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN LATE ANTIQUITY - TWELFTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
“THE FIFTH CENTURY: AGE OF TRANSFORMATION”
Yale University
23 - 26 March 2017

The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the Twelfth Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity will be held at Yale University on the topic of “The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation.” The conference will be cosponsored by the University of Groningen.

In chronological terms there can be little doubt that the fifth century is the pivot point of Late Antiquity. It is arguable that it also represents the major watershed between a monolithic world still dominated by the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries and the more tessellated worlds of the sixth and seventh. Whereas the fourth century is still very much an age of continuity with the earlier empire, the fifth can rightfully be viewed as the moment when Mediterranean Eurasia and North Africa witnessed profound political, social, religious, economic and cultural transformations. Shifting Frontiers XII seeks to investigate the nature and impact of these changes. We are particularly interested in six areas of research which reflect this transformational trend.
1) Shifts in the archaeological and material record: archaeology of the frontier; art and power; spoliation, collectionism, preservation
2) State formation, re-formation, transformation: emperors, kings, rulers; law codes; new loci of political power – desert and steppe
3) Transformations in religious authority: east and west – tension and cooperation; traditional religion; notions of the divine; popular practice
4) Changes in climate, environment, geography: demography, disaster, microclimates / macroclimates; resource allocation
5) Literary transformations: epitomes, canons, excerpts; commentary; vernacular literature (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian); translation / transcription
6) Identity transformation: ethnicity and identity; gender and sexuality; uses of alterity – etic and emic

As in the past, we intend for the conference to provide an interdisciplinary forum for historians, archaeologists, and specialists in religious studies, near-eastern or Asian studies, and scholars of Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Georgian, Armenian, Persian , and Ge’ez literature. The conference should open a forum for the exploration of intersections between the world cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa and the ways in which these peoples and places collided and were recombined to launch the global Middle Age.

Proposals should be clearly related to the theme of the conference and one of the above areas of research, and should state clearly both the problem being discussed and the nature of the new discoveries, insights, or conclusions that will be presented. Abstracts of not more than 500 words for 20-minute presentations may be submitted via e-mail to Professors Noel Lenski and Jan Willem Drijvers, at shiftingfrontiers.12@gmail.com. Deadline for submission of abstracts October 15, 2016.

“Affreschi Salvati” – Press conference and tour of the Catacombs of Pietro e Marcellino February 23, 2016

AFFRESCHI SALVATI: I restauri eseguiti nelle Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro con il contributo della Heydar Aliyev Foundation

A press conference and tour of the newly-restored frescoes in the Catacombs of SS. Pietro e Marcellino in Rome

Link to invitation: InvitoAffreschiSalvati_ok

S.Em. il Cardinale Gianfranco Ravasi, Presidente della Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra è lieto di invitare la S.V. all’incontro che si terrà il 23 febbraio 2016 alleore 15.00 presso il Museo Nazionale Romano – Palazzo Massimo, Largo di Villa Peretti, Rome

AFFRESCHI SALVATI: I restauri eseguiti nelle Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro con il contributo della Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Interverranno: S.Em. Cardinale Gianfranco Ravasi - S.E. Signora Mehriban Aliyeva, Presidente della Heydar Aliyev Foundation - Dott.ssa Rita Paris, Direttore Archeologo Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo alle Terme - Prof. Fabrizio Bisconti, Sovrintendente Archeologico delle Catacombe

Verrà proiettato un breve video sui restauri

Coffee break

Ore 16.15 Partenza in pullman per le Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro (via Casilina, 641) dove si terrà la visita inaugurale alle opere restaurate.

Per esigenze organizzative, si prega di confermare la propria adesione: pcas@arcsacra.va

“Vatican Splendors” Exhibit in Philadelphia integrates ICS resources into curriculum

In light of ICS founder Estelle S. Brettman's vision of providing educational resources to schools through a multi-sensory approach, the ICS is pleased to be a resource for the unit on "The Church Underground: Exploring the Past through Archaeology" in the school guide to the exhibit "Vatican Splendors: a Journey through Faith and Art" on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
http://vaticansplendors.com/attachments/contentmanagers/510/TeachersGuide-Tour.pdf