“L’insediamento funerario di Monte Stallone a Formello”. Conferenza e visita alla Catacomba di Monte Stallone il 2 dicembre 2017

Conferenza - "L'insediamento funerario di Monte Stallone a Formello: Storia, carattere e cronologia". Conferenza pubblica nella sala grande a Palazzo Chigi a Formello il sabato 2 dicembre 2017 ore 10:30, tenuta dall'archeologa Alessandra Cerrito, collaboratrice della Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra. A seguire, ci sarà una visita alla Catacomba di Monte Stallone. Informazioni e prenotazioni: museo@comune.formello.rm.it; 06/90194240.


Ancient Jew Review “Dissertation Spotlight” series features Catacomb Society Executive Director, Jessica Dello Russo

As part of the International Catacomb Society's on-going collaboration with the peer-reviewed web journal "Ancient Jew Review" (AJR) to highlight current research on Ancient Judaism in its Mediterranean context, this week's "Dissertation Spotlight" is authored by International Catacomb Society Executive Director Jessica Dello Russo (the first article of the AJR/ICS series, by Catacomb Society Director and Providence College Professor Arthur Urbano, discusses clothing used to "fashion" the image of the Christian intellectual in Late Antiquity).  

In the November 29, 2017 AJR article, Dello Russo summarizes a number of key issues addressed in her doctoral dissertation for the Vatican's Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome, from which she also received the Baccalaureate and Licentiate degrees in Christian Archaeology. In the course of her dissertation research in the USA and Europe, Dello Russo has identified and in many instances published for the first time artifacts and documents pertaining to the creation, use, and modern excavation and maintenance of Jewish catacombs in Rome. A number of Dello Russo's articles on ancient Jewish cemeteries in Rome are available in pdf on the ICS website, and she will speak at the upcoming AIA/SCS annual meeting in Boston in January, 2018 about the International Catacomb Society's foundation in 1980 at a critical time in deliberations over the condition and future maintenance of these sites.

The Ancient Jew Review article link is here. Ancient Jew Review is a web-based journal for the study of Ancient Judaism, featuring cutting-edge scholarship in a wide variety of relevant fields. It is proudly funded by the American Academy for Jewish Research. Subscription to AJR is free at: http://www.ancientjewreview.com/

Assistant Professor in Religious Studies (Early Christianity) at Scripps College, CA

(Source: Scripps College): Scripps College, a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies with a specialization in early Christian studies. The position is for academic year 2018-2019 with a possibility of renewal for 2019-2020. The teaching load is five courses for the year, and advising on senior theses is anticipated. Specific course subjects are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose courses can engage with critical and feminist theory.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, c.v., three letters of reference, and sample syllabi to academicjobsonline.org. For questions regarding the search, please contact ReligiousStudiesSearch@scrippscollege.edu. Consideration of applications will begin on February 15, 2018.

Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges Consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. In a continuing effort to build a diverse academic community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, Scripps College actively encourages applications from women and members of historically under-represented groups.

Aperture speciali di catacombe normalmente chiuse al pubblico nel dicembre 2017

Sabato 2 dicembre 2017

Visita alle Catacombe ebraiche di Vigna Randanini: sabato 2 dicembre 2017 ore 11
Costo: 15 euro tutto incluso. Prenotazione obbligatoria: visite@tuscola.it o sms al 371.1423882; http://www.tuscola.it/vignarandanini.

Visita alle Catacombe di Generosa: sabato 2 dicembre 2017 ore 15.30. 
La partecipazione alle visite è gratuita e non necessita di prenotazione.
Per ogni ulteriore informazione: 349 7930661; http://www.comitatocatacombedigenerosa.it/.

Sabato 16 dicembre 2017

Visita alle Catacombe di Priscilla con l'apertura di una parte non aperta al pubblico. Sabato 16 dicembre ore 16. Prenotazione obbligatoria: http://www.miramuseo.com/catacombe-di-priscilla/.

Foundation Challenge Grant

The global movement Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving, is a perfect time to donate to the International Catacomb Society (ICS). For one day only, on November 28, 2017, Facebook has waived transaction fees for all donations made on the ICS Facebook page and, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will match up to $50,000 in donations to individual nonprofits on that date between 8 a.m. and midnight (EST).* With your generous support and this extraordinary chance to obtain matching funds, ICS can continue and strengthen its mission of helping scholars from a broad range of national and cultural backgrounds realize and share their life's work.

Please take the special opportunity of Giving Tuesday to make a financial contribution to the ICS in any amount. Individual and corporate contributions to the ICS are fully tax-deductible, and will be recognized in the 2017 Annual Report. With a contribution of just $50 ($30 for students), you can join the International Catacomb Society and receive all member benefits. Naming rights to individual scholarships are also possible with an endowment gift.

Donations can be made by credit card or PayPal by using our secure donation link or by check to the International Catacomb Society, 217 Hanover Street, Suite 130413, Boston, MA 02113.

We are most grateful for your support!

Please share your generosity via social media by letting family and friends know about your support of the ICS campaign: #CatacombSociety #ShohetScholars #givingtuesday #unselfie

* Donations to nonprofits made through Facebook's charitable giving tools on November 28th will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit or $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out. The match will begin at 8AM EST (5AM PST).

Philo’s Mission to Rome: A Historical Archaeological View. Lecture in Berlin by ICS Directors Annewies van den Hoek & John J. Herrmann, Jr. (December 7, 2017)

Philo's Mission to Rome: A Historical Archaeological View - Lecture (in English) by Annewies van den Hoek (Harvard University) and John J. Herrmann, Jr. (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Thursday, December 07, 2017, 6:00 pm, in the Theological Faculty of Humboldt University, Burgstr. 26, 10178 Berlin, seminar room 117  Vortrag_vdHoek_071217 (invitation pdf)

Abstract: In spite of its highly rhetorical character, Philo’s Legatio ad Gaium reflects a historical situation with real people and real places. New light can be shed on Philo’s embassy to the emperor Caligula in 38-39 CE by coupling the fields of archaeology and philology. Archaeologists have used Philo’s account in his Legatio to interpret excavated remains in Rome, and these remains can in turn offer some new perspectives on the philosopher-ambassador’s rhetoric. The emperor wanted veneration from the Jews and pampered Philo with access to his private retreat. However, Philo’s response to the luxurious setting, while not entirely indifferent, was not what the emperor expected.

Annewies van den Hoek taught at Harvard University (1989-2016) and is now retired. She wrote a monograph on Clement of Alexandria and Philo (1988), a Greek text edition of Clement's Stromateis IV (2001), and co-authored with John Herrmann: Pottery, Pavements, and Paradise (2013). She is currently preparing a commentary on Philo's De Cherubim.

John J. Herrmann, Jr. is Curator of Classical Art Emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and vice president of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA). His articles, books, and contributions to catalogs catalog Greek, Roman, and Early Christian art and architectural decoration.

An Update on Early Christian Archaeology in Israel. Lecture by Prof. Joseph Patrich at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome (November 24, 2017)

An Update on Early Christian Archaeology in Israel. 
Lecture by Prof. Joseph Patrich, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology
viale Napoleone III, 00185 - Rome, Italy
T. 06/4465574; segreteria@piac.it; www.piac.it.

PSU & Eisenbrauns Launch new book series on ancient Near East, the archaeology of the Mediterranean, and Jewish and Christian history and texts

(Source: PublishersWeekly): "The Pennsylvania State University Press (ICS note: whose Director is longtime ICS advisor and former executive board member, Patrick Alexander) and academic publisher Eisenbrauns have entered a partnership on a new imprint, Eisenbrauns, which will publish books from both presses on the ancient Near East, the archaeology of the Mediterranean, and Jewish and Christian history and texts.

The partnership arrives just a week ahead of the annual meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL). Both conferences for scholars of religion, ASOR will take place in Boston from Nov. 15-18, while AAR/SBL will take place in Boston as well from Nov. 18-21."

The new website for Eisenbrauns, now an imprint of PSU Press, is: https://www.eisenbrauns.org/.

Photo: Penn State University Press Director Patrick Alexander in the Vigna Randanini catacombs with ICS Executive Director Jessica Dello Russo and colleagues.

Viterbi Visiting Professorship in Mediterranean Jewish Studies 2018-2019 at UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies

(Source: UCLA): The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for the Viterbi Visiting Professorship in Mediterranean Jewish Studies during the 2018-19 academic year. Rank is open; however, preference will be given to junior scholars, including post-doctoral students. The duration of the appointment will depend on rank, and includes the prospect of a full-year postdoctoral appointment. The successful candidate will be in residence at UCLA during the tenure of the appointment and is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in his/her field of expertise. The candidate's research could focus on any dimension of the experience of Jews, including their interaction with other peoples and cultures, in the Mediterranean basin.

Recruitment period is November 1st, 2017 through January 12th, 2018. Link to apply is here (link).
If you apply to this recruitment by January 12th, 2018, you will have until January 15th, 2018 to complete your application. Review of Applications will begin January 15, 2018 and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For more information contact cjs@humnet.ucla.edu. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy. (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

Catacombs at Beth She’arim, Cultural Heritage Management in Jordan & Iron Age Diet: ICS Advisor Talks at the 2017 ASOR (Boston, November 15-18, 2017)

Two members of ICS's advisory board, Prof. Joseph Greene of the Harvard Semitic Museum and Prof. Zeev Weiss of the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, are presenting at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. ASOR-Program-2017-online.

Session 5C Cultural Heritage Management: Methods, Practices, and Case Studies I.
Thursday, November 25, 8:20. Joseph Greene (Harvard University), “Cultural Resource Management in Jordan, 30 Years On” (20 min.) Glenn J. Corbett (American Center of Oriental Research), presiding.

Joseph Greene (Harvard University), “Cultural Resource Management in Jordan, 30 Years On”

Abstract: This is a retrospective on cultural resource management in Jordan over the past three decades, 1987–2017. The Jordan Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Project began in 1987, jointly supported by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DAJ). The idea for the CRM Project grew out of a desire to help ACOR cope with the increasingly urgent calls from the DAJ for assistance with archaeological rescue. In the mid-1980s, a building boom in Amman and the expansion of roadways and other infrastructure throughout the Kingdom had overwhelmed the DAJ’s slender resources. In its original conception, however, the CRM Project was not aimed primarily at meeting the need for more emergency excavations (although the CRM Project did conduct a rescue project on the Amman Citadel), but rather at promoting coordination between the DAJ and the various ministries and departments concerned with economic development, infrastructure expansion, and local, regional, and national planning. In the following decades, the CRM Project evolved under successive directors, sponsors, and funders into other aspects of CRM: computerized site inventories (JADIS; MEGA-Jordan), cultural heritage management capacity building, tourism-based site reconstructions, and local income-generating enterprises. Simultaneously, Jordanian universities created programs to train students in CRM and to conduct archaeological rescue, site rehabilitation, and monument reconstruction. As a result, after three decades the expression “cultural resource management” is no longer the foreign phrase it was in Jordan in 1987.

Thursday, November 25, 3:40. Session 7D: Archaeology of Jordan I.  Marta D’Andrea (Sapienza University of Rome) and M. Barbara Reeves (Queen’s University), presiding. 

Wilma Wetterstrom (Semitic Museum, Harvard University; Ancient Egypt Research Associates) and Joseph Greene (Semitic Museum, Harvard University), “Unpublished Plant Remains from Tell el-Kheleifeh Provide New Insights into an Edomite Entrepôt”

Abstract: Glueck’s 1938–1940 excavations at Tell el-Kheleifeh produced archaeobotanical and geological collections not included in Pratico’s 1993 publication of the architecture, pottery, epigraphy, and metallurgy from the site. The unpublished plant remains, part of the Nelson Glueck–ASOR Archive at the Semitic Museum, Harvard University, are now being studied by Wilma Wetterstrom. These remains, nearly all charred, open a new window onto Tell el-Kheleifeh. They include foods to be expected at any Iron Age Near Eastern settlement: barley, wheat, dates, and figs. The figs—a liter of exceptionally well preserved fruits—suggest the possibility of local cultivation. Plump and free of wrinkles, they appear to have been burned while fresh. Since fresh figs are perishable it is unlikely that they were imported but rather grown locally, tended by hand-watering. The barley, over 9,000 charred hulled grains found in a pot along with minute quantities of wheat and chaff, may have been cultivated locally as well. Rainfall runoff could have supported cereal farming in this semi-arid region (Ramsay and Parker 2016). Also present are woody species, which offer clues to local conditions. Charred palm timbers suggest limited access to true trees. Fragments of burnt fuel comprise a variety of species rather than one or two woods, suggesting that firewood came mainly from shrubs and small trees found in the Wadi Arabah.

Thursday, November 15, 4:20-6:30. Session 4J: New Discoveries at Beth She‘arim, Hancock. Adi Erlich (University of Haifa), presiding.

Zeev Weiss (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Beth She‘arim and Beyond: Urban Necropoleis in Roman and Late Antique Galilee” (15 min.)

Abstract: The Beth She‘arim necropolis is central to the study of Jewish society in late antiquity. Over thirty catacombs have been excavated to date, and presumably there are more that have not yet been uncovered. The uniqueness of this necropolis lies in its number of graves, their variety, and the quality of the finds, which include many burial inscriptions in Greek and Aramaic as well
as artistic portrayals incised in stone and in relief. This paper will focus on the necropolis at Beth She‘arim but will also examine—owing to its status as a patriarchal burial site—whether its finds are more varied or of a higher quality than those from other sites in Roman and late antique Galilee, or whether the archaeological finds from these other Galilean sites are modest and therefore present an asymmetric picture of the burial and burial practices in the region.
In light of the evidence, it will be argued that the wealth of architectural, artistic, and epigraphic discoveries from the Beth She‘arim necropolis should not be compared to those from rural settlements, but to the material found in the necropoleis of Tiberias and Sepphoris, the two main urban centers reflecting wealth and culture in Roman Galilee. Such a comparison changes the parameters of the equation and provides important observations regarding the nature, size, and magnitude of the urban Galilean necropoleis beyond Beth She‘arim.