Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in Mediterranean island identity and insularity (Fitzwilliam Museum, Department of Antiquities)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in Mediterranean island identity and insularity, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Department of Antiquities, Cambridge, UK.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to be held within the Museum focusing on the disciplines of Mediterranean island identity and insularity.
This is a 2-year research project based in the Antiquities Department, Fitzwilliam Museum, supported by international collaborations. The project will culminate with a large exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, planned between October 2021 and January 2022, as well as a programme of public-engaging activities, seminars and workshops centred around the theme of insular cultural identity in the Mediterranean and other European regions (for example, Britain's own -perceive or not- island identity).
This project will explore how insularity affects and shapes cultural identity in the examples of Cyprus, Crete and Sardinia. In addition, it will provide a platform to debate cultural evolution in the islands as opposed to their surrounding mainland. The cultural history of the large Mediterranean islands, from Antiquity to the present day, is very complex and can narrate - as well as explain - many complex social phenomena. Islands such as Cyprus, Crete and Sardinia demonstrate through their art and material culture production a continuous battle (or influence and assimilation) between indigenous forms and representations with patterns, art techniques and forms travelling from their surrounding mainland regions. These large Mediterranean islands have not just been a place with expansive contacts by sea, but also loci for the transmission of many products and ideas across a variety of people from the Near East and the rest of the Mediterranean.
We are looking for enthusiastic researchers with a specialism in either the fields of Mediterranean/Island Archaeology or Greek and Roman Archaeology (with a diachronic perspective). Previous Museum experience is desirable, but not necessary, as the Museum considers this post as a training opportunity for young professionals considering a Museum career. Knowledge of either Greek and/or Italian is desirable as well, as the project entails extensive communication with the Greek, Cypriot and Italian archaeological authorities and relevant research organisations.
To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years' full-time equivalent research experience. Fellows may come from any country except the UK, or if the Fellow is already in the UK, have been resident for less than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission deadline.
Applicants are expected to have significant research recognition and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.
To be considered for this opportunity, you will need to submit a CV and 1-2 page summary of your project by June 20, 2018 to We will let you know whether you have been selected by mid-July. Our Research Facilitator will support you to complete your application by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie deadline of 12 September 2018.

Fully-funded, four year Ph.D. Position for Project on Tomb-Robbing and Reuse of Grave Materials in Late Antiquity (University of Bern/Swiss National Science Foundation)

The Institute of Ancient Studies at the University of Bern invites applications for a four year fully funded PhD position. The position is scheduled to start on November 1, 2018. The PhD candidate will be a member of the project "Plundering, Reusing and Transforming the Past: Grave Robbing and Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
In close exchange with the methods of the project (i.e. digital visualizations, spatial turn theories and field surveys in Italy and Turkey) the successful candidate is expected to write his or her thesis focusing on the transformation and urban embedding of water features and related buildings (especially nymphaea and fountains) in the late imperial world.
Applicants for this position must hold a Master’s or equivalent degree within ancient studies (preferably Classical Archaeology, Late Antique or Byzantine Studies or Ancient History). The candidate should have good knowledge of Italian and English and preferably also German and French. Latin or Greek or equivalent level in one of the languages is required.
We offer:
- a four year fully funded (100%) PhD position according to SNF salary requirements
- the University of Bern/Swiss National Science Foundation sponsors travel expenses
- strong national and international networking
- survey participation in Italy and Turkey
- co-organisation of an international conference and workshop
- furthermore, a 3 months stay at the University of Oxford and an 8 month stay in Rome is intended
Please send your application written in English or German as a single PDF file to the following email address: by June 26, 2018.
The application should include a CV, transcript of records and language certificates (copies), one reference letter, a writing example (max. 20 pages preferably from the MA thesis or a significant seminar paper).

De Rossi Lapidary & Wilpert Watercolors on display at Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology “Open House” 13 June 2018

In celebration of the 4th Annual Month of International Culture at Rome, the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology (PIAC) will open its building and special collections to the public, including Giovanni Battista de Rossi's personal epigraphic collection, specialized library holdings, and original watercolors commissioned by Josef Wilpert of paintings in the catacombs of Rome.
The event is the morning of Wednesday, 13 June 2018. To reserve a spot on one of the tours, which are free and open to the public, contact the PIAC at 064465574. PIAC is located two blocks from Termini Station, on viale Napoleone III, n. 1.
Calendar of events during the Month of International Culture at many of the city's foreign academies and institutions is here (giugno2018).

The PIAC is a Vatican institution set up by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to train archaeologists in the study of ancient Christian monuments and other material remains. Its doctoral program in Christian Archaeology, open to students who have completed at least four years of post-secondary study (i.e., Bachelor's degree), includes a year of lessons (November-May), and several years of research in a chosen field of study, including archaeology, architecture, epigraphy, hagiography, liturgy, and patristic literature. Qualified doctoral candidates in other Ph.D. programs at the Vatican and abroad may audit one or more courses with permission. Registration begins in September for qualifying exams in mid-October. A limited number of scholarships are available for the duration of the doctoral program. The language of instruction is Italian, but the official languages for research and publication are English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Latin. The doctoral program also requires fluency in at least two of these languages, plus a solid reading knowledge of Ancient Greek.

PIAC also organizes undergraduate and graduate-level diploma programs in Christian Archaeology for teachers, guides, students in degree programs in other institutions, and anyone else seeking a better understanding of Christianity within a broader social context from Antiquity through the early Middle Ages. A catalogue of programs and courses is on the PIAC website

“Roman Teamsters: Muliones and the (Dis)Organization of Transport in the Roman Empire” – lecture by ICS Director John Bodel at University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Rome, 30 May 2018)

“Roman teamsters: muliones and the (dis)organization of transport in the Roman empire”.
Prof. John Bodel (Brown University) Visiting Professor in Latin Epigraphy
Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 3 p.m. in Aula XXII, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia - Sapienza Università di Roma, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5 Rome (link).

CFP for Special Issues of Arts on “Ancient Mediterranean Painting” (ca. 3000 BCE – 600 CE)

CFP for Special Issues of Arts on “Ancient Mediterranean Painting" (ca. 3000 BCE - 600 CE)
(Sharing by request of organizers):

Regina Gee, Vanessa Rousseau, Mark Stansbury O’Donnell, and Annette Giesecke are guest editors of two Special (thematic) Issues of Arts on the subject of “Ancient Mediterranean Painting.” Arts is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal which provides a forum for scholarly exploration of visual arts, music and performance arts, applied arts, popular arts, and arts and technology. Volume 1 of “Ancient Mediterranean Painting” will focus on painting to 100 BCE, and Volume 2 will focus on painting from roughly 100 BCE to 600 CE. The editors welcome submissions of full articles or brief essays on this topic. Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 1, 2018.

“Ancient Mediterranean Painting” Arts Special Issues Submission Information

From the Bronze Age Aegean, Egypt, and Mesopotamia to the late Roman Empire, painted images mediated the experiences and interactions of the individuals whose cultures produced them. They influenced and even shaped the rituals of home life, work, religion, and other social experiences in myriad, complex ways. For example, iconography, patterns or other embedded references could function as cues related to social status/relationships, pathways or belief systems. At the same time, images specific to a particular culture could ‘travel”, whether as paintings on portable objects like ceramics and panels or as a cultural import in the form of new subjects and motifs decorating architecture. Across a long timeline shaped by inter-cultural traffic and exchange, painted imagery could also “travel” diachronically, fluidly picking up and shedding meaning(s) through changing audiences, different patrons, and new viewing contexts.

In consideration of both of these ideas, the creation of distinctive cultural products and an ongoing mutable “life” through circulation and receptions, these two volumes focus on new insights into the interaction(s) between viewer and painted surface. Proposed subjects include the relation between patrons and makers, the relevancy of distinctions between fine art and craft for understanding contemporary value and viewer reception, the exchange of ideas and motifs between cultural groups, the influence of various representational media on each other, kinaesthetic address, or the experiential effect of painted imagery with a consideration of time, movement, and body position, as well technical studies that bring the meaning of two-dimensional renderings into sharper relief.

Volume 1 will be dedicated to painted works issuing from Greece, the Near East, Egypt, Italy, and Sicily in the years roughly between 3000-100 BCE. Anticipated areas of discussion include, but are not limited to, wall painting in private houses, tombs, palaces, temples; the painted decoration of ceramic vessels; and mosaic as a representational medium closely aligned with evolving trends and techniques in painting.

Volume 2 will be focused on painting from roughly 100 BCE to 600 CE in the Mediterranean, starting from the Italic peninsula as a crucible whose interactive elements included Greek and Etruscan, and expanding outward to consider Roman spheres of contact and exchange across Europe, Africa, and the Levant. Anticipated areas of discussion include, but are not limited to, wall painting in domestic and public spaces, tombs, and relationships between across media and functional and geographic boundaries.

For more information about the Special Issue, please see:

If you are interested in contributing to one of these volumes, please send an abstract by July 1, 2018 to:
Abstracts for Vol. 1 (painting to c. 100 BCE):
 Annette Giesecke,; and Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell,
Abstracts for Vol. 2 (painting c. 100 BCE-600 CE):
Regina Gee,; and Vanessa Rousseau,
We look forward to hearing from you and will be in touch about submitting final articles, which will be due 20 February 2019.



Complete Program for “New Lives of Ancient Arts – An Evening with the International Catacomb Society” 24 May 2018

New Lives of Ancient Arts: An Evening with the International Catacomb Society
Thursday 24 May 2018 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Grogan & Company, Auctioneers
20 Charles Street, Boston, MA

Honoring the remarkable work and vision of International Catacomb Society founding directors, Estelle Shohet Brettman & Florence Zundell Wolsky

Program of Events

6:30 - Social hour with wine and Mediterranean buffet generously provided by David Basile of Janney Montgomery Scott Financial Planners and the Grogan Family of Grogan and Company, Auctioneers

7:30 - Opening remarks and guest speaker introduction by Prof. Annewies van den Hoek, Vice President, International Catacomb Society

7:35 - Multi-media artist Janet Shapero on “Recollections and Interconnections – from Catacombs to the Cosmos”

8:00 - Short intermission

8:10 - A Calling to Classical Arts: Remembering Florence Z. Wolsky with Alfred Wolsky, Esq., President, International Catacomb Society, and Dr. John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art (emeritus), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

8:30 - Karen Audette, filmmaker, introducing the showing of her documentary film, “The Nike Chariot Earring,” (2016)

9:00 - Concluding remarks by Jessica Dello Russo, Executive Director, International Catacomb Society

Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Ted D’Amato, Susan & Larry Weiner, and Benjamin and Beverly Weiner for generous contributions to the ICS Scholarship Program in Florence Wolsky’s honor.

ICS also is most grateful to event sponsors and providers, the Grogan family of Grogan & Company Auctioneers, David Basile of Janney Montgomery Scott Financial Planners, Alfred Wolsky and family, and Annewies van den Hoek for invaluable assistance with planning and program design.

About the International Catacomb Society:

The International Catacomb Society was founded in 1980 by Estelle Shohet Brettman (1925-1991). The society strives to increase knowledge about the interconnections between Judaism, Christianity, and the surrounding ancient world by issuing grants, sponsoring lectures, and disseminating information and publications. More about ICS's unique mission and global outreach can be found at:

About Grogan & Company:

Grogan & Company is a family-run business located in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood and currently holds four major auctions annually, attracting buyers from around the world. In addition to scheduled auctions, Grogan provides a full line of estate services including complimentary in-home consultations, appraisals, and estate liquidation. Grogan's schedule and services are detailed at:

Our Evening Honorees:

Estelle Shohet Brettman (1925-1991) was a scholar of iconography of ancient gems and seals, and docent and lecturer on these subjects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Becoming a dealer in antique jewelry, she made frequent trips to Italy, where she was impressed by the wealth of information about the Roman catacombs and the people buried there. Disturbed by the fragility of the remains, and the losses effected by time and nature, she set about trying to draw attention to the catacombs and their valuable remnants of the past, founding the International Catacomb Society, developing the exhibition "Vaults of Memory", and researching and writing a study of the catacombs, especially the little-known Jewish catacombs, from an art historical and ecumenical point of view.

Florence Z. Wolsky (1923-2018) joined the Department of Classical Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1974, and was a member of the Department until 1991, when, at Estelle Brettman's request, she became a co-author with Amy Hirschfeld, of Vaults of Memory: The Roman Jewish Catacombs and their Context in the Ancient Mediterranean World. With Prof. Emily Vermeule of Harvard University, Ms. Wolsky was the co-author of Toumba tou Skourou, the publication of the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston archaeological excavation in northwest Cyprus. Ms. Wolsky was a founding board member of the International Catacomb Society, and, for over two decades, served on its executive board as Secretary.

Photogallery of images from Estelle and Florence's ICS 

Conferenza, “I luoghi dei martiri nelle catacombe ‘Ad duas lauros'” (Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro)

Conferenza, "I luoghi dei martiri nelle catacombe 'Ad duas lauros'" (Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro)
Relatori: Dott.ssa Raffaella Giuliani, Ispettrice delle Catacombe di Roma, Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra; Prof.ssa Elena Zocca, docente della storia del Cristianesimo, Sapienza Universita' di Roma
1 giugno 2018 ore 19 presso l'aula magna dell'Istituto Cavanis, via Casilina n. 600 Roma
L'ingresso è libero, gradiamo una prenotazione via: +39 339 5628 887;

New Lives of Ancient Arts: An evening with the International Catacomb Society (24 May 2018)

New Lives of Ancient Arts: An evening with the International Catacomb Society
Please join us on Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6:30- 9:00 pm, to celebrate Boston women who have enhanced our experience of ancient Greek, Jewish, and Roman Art. (Invitation May 24 pdf)
The event will take place on Boston's historic Beacon Hill at Grogan & Company Auctioneers, 20 Charles Street, Boston, MA

Janet Shapero, a Boston-based artist and close friend of Estelle Brettman (International Catacomb Society founder) will be our guest speaker. She will talk about the impact of their friendship and shared Italian experiences. While showing images of her celebrate Rete-Chromes she will discuss sources of inspiration from catacombs to cathedrals – from stone to light itself.

There will also be a screening of Boston-based film director Karen Audette's award-winning short documentary, "The Nike Chariot Earring" (2016), starring Florence Z. Wolsky (1923- 2018), whose incredible drive and remarkable sleuthing skills led to the recovery of the priceless Greek earring, which had been stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1963.

In between the presentation and screening, several friends and family members will speak about Florence as a scholar, a mentor, a mother, and dear friend.

A social hour with refreshments will precede the program and allow people to meet and mingle with others from Florence's many circles of friendship in Boston and beyond and especially at the Museum of Fine Arts and the International Catacomb Society.

We hope to see you at this special event honoring the remarkable work and vision of women with deep roots in the Boston community. It is requested that RSVPs be sent no later than Friday, May 18, 2018 to:

If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute in Florence’s name to the scholarship program of the International Catacomb Society that she was instrumental in founding to support research on the Ancient Mediterranean, please use this donation form ICSPledgeForm2018 or make a charitable contribution online at All donations are tax-deductible, and will be named in the event program.

Pictured: Janet Shapero, “Menorah: In Memory of Estelle” (2013)

AGCA 14: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christliche Archäologie Conference in Bonn, 10-12 May 2018

The 14h Meeting of the AGCA ("Christian Archaeology Association") of Germany will be held in Bonn from May 10-12, 2018. Program flyer in pdf: agca

A unique theme for this year's event is "Forschungsgeschichte als Aufbruch.
Die Geschichte der Christlichen Archäologie und Byzantinischen Archäologie / Kunstgeschichte im Raum der AGCA", that will address the study of Early Christian and Byzantine Archaeology by AGCA-affiliated organizations (universities, museums, non-profits, historic preservation studios, etc.) and guest institutes. ICS Advisor, Prof. Christoph Markschies, Professor of Theology and Ancient Christianity at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will be presenting with Prof. Tomas Lehmann on the collection of Christian artifacts at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

There is also a session dedicated to work in progress by early career researchers. 

For information: