Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith (University of Otago) - Recent Advances in Understanding the Human Settlement of the Pacific

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Professor Matisoo-Smith is a molecular anthropologist and Professor at the University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy; she holds her degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Auckland (MA and PhD).  Her areas of specialization are Pacific prehistory and origins of Pacific peoples, ancient and modern DNA analysis, and she has recently begun work on tracking Phoenician expansions across the Mediterranean.  Professor Matisoo-Smith is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Society of Antiquities, London, and her publications include DNA for Archaeologists (with K.A. Horsburgh, 2012).

This lecture is co-sponsored with the Narragansett Society, the Rhode Island chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and is part of the AIA’s Jo Anne Van Tilburg Lecture Series.

Dr. Matisoo-Smith will also be a keynote speaker in the State of the Field 2019: The Ancient DNA Revolution in Archaeology starting on Friday, February 22 at 4:00pm in RI Hall 108.

Eduardo Neves (University of São Paulo) - From Bloom to Boom: A Deep Landscape History of SW Amazonia

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Eduardo Góes Neves is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. From 1995 to 2010, Eduardo directed the Central Amazon Project in the Brazilian Amazon. His current area of research is southwestern Amazonia, at the current border of Bolivia and Brazil, where he has been studying middle Holocene occupations on fluvial shell mounds, as well as the archaeology of late pre-colonial mound building societies.

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Ilaria Patania (Harvard University) - Investigating Palaeolithic Space: Micromorphological Studies of Cave Sites from China and Tanzania

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Ilaria Patania, a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/12/06/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019

Yves Ubelmann and Bastien Varoutsikos (Iconem) - From Documentation to Restoration, What Role for New Technologies in the Protection of Cultural Heritage

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From Documentation to Restoration, What Role for New Technologies in the Protection of Cultural Heritage
Yves Ubelmann, President and Co-founder, Iconem
Bastien Varoutsikos, Director of Development, Iconem

Today’s innovative technologies are transforming cultural heritage and archaeology. Within the realm of heritage preservation, 3D modeling has been the focus of conflicting opinions.

These new forms of recording and representation are, at the very least, seen as a new answer to old questions, but can also provide an entirely new approach to knowledge. However, 3D modeling and, sometimes, reconstruction, have also been accused of representing a particular type of cultural reappropriation, digital colonialism, or, at best, a digital gadget.

This talk will provide an overview of the work of Iconem, a French start up created in 2013 and operating in 30 countries around the world. After an introduction to Iconem’s approach, based on drone data acquisition and algorithms, to producing digital models of archaeological and cultural heritage sites, it will present how precise 3D models facilitate the documentation, assessment, preventative conservation, and restoration work of archaeologists and architects. It will finally address how developing an integrated network connecting academics, local communities, and the general public, that collaborate from acquisition to production, can help avoid the potential pitfalls of this field.

Co-sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: David Mixter (Binghamton University) - Palimpsest Urbanism: Urban Reworking as Political Action, a Mayanist’s Perspective

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David Mixter, a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University, will be discussing his research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019/

Engaged Archaeology Graduate Presentations

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Join the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World for presentations on the theme of engaged archaeology. The presenters include two graduate students and a postdoctoral fellow. Themes include oral history in Montserrat and JIAAW’s new podcast, called the Joukbox. This will be the third in a series of three events around the theme of engaged archaeology that will be held on 1, 4, and 6 February.

Archaeology and Oral History in the Shadow of the Soufrière Hills Volcano
Miriam Rothenberg (Graduate Student in Archaeology and the Ancient World)

The Promise and Pitfalls of Building Community and Mobilizing Knowledge with Podcasts
Karl Krusell (Graduate Student in Archaeology and the Ancient World)

Concluding Thoughts
Lauren Yapp (Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities)

Engaged Archaeology Undergraduate Presentations

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Join the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World for presentations on the theme of engaged archaeology. All presenters are undergraduate concentrators and members of the Engaged Scholars Program (a partnership with the Swearer Center). Themes include the US-Mexico border, historical female archaeologists, and bioarchaeology. This will be the second in a series of three events around the theme of engaged archaeology that will be held on 1, 4, and 6 February.

Looking Back at the Border: Political Archaeology and Sousveillance at the U.S.-Mexico Border in San Diego
Amanda Brynn

“On whose toil?” Married Women and the Foundations of Engaged Archaeology
Kelley Tackett

Engaging with Bioarchaeology: Humanizing the Past
Ingrid Mader

Providence’s Heritage: Above and Below Ground

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“Heritage in the Metropolis” (ARCH 0317) and “The Archaeology of College Hill” (ARCH 1900) are teaming up to present students’ final projects which focus on conducting research on an aspect of Providence’s history and then imagining/designing/proposing a way to tell that history to a broader public.

Providence is a city of hidden histories, some lying beneath the ground waiting to be unearthed and others tucked away in overlooked buildings and backstreets. Join Brown and RISD students as they share a diverse range of stories from Providence’s past that they have uncovered through archaeological excavations, archival research, and collecting local memories and oral histories. Short presentations and posters will also feature the students’ original proposals for how we might interpret and preserve these pieces of Providence’s heritage in creative, accessible, and sensitive ways.

This event is part of The Year of the City: The Providence Project, a year long exploration of the history, life and culture of Providence and the first in a series of three events around the theme of engaged archaeology that will be held at the Joukowsky Institute on February 1, 4, and 6, 2019.

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Daniel Plekhov (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University) - Scrollytelling and Archaeological Publication: Spring 2019 Project for Digital Archaeology Group (DAG)

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Dan Plekhov, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, will be discussing his research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-spring-2019/

Manuel Fernández-Götz (University of Edinburgh) - Times of Conflict: Materialities of Violence in Iron Age and Early Roman Iberia

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Dr Manuel Fernández-Götz is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, Executive Board Member of the European Association of Archaeologists, and winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Archaeology. He has authored more than 140 publications on Iron Age societies in Central and Western Europe, the archaeology of identities, and the archaeology of the Roman conquest.

Watch a video of the lecture here: Manuel Fernández-Götz - Times of Conflict

Playing the Past: Archaeology and video-games play well together

Sunday, January 27
Presentations and discussion about archaeogaming

10:00am-5:30pm
Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab
No registration required

Monday, January 28
Workshop Interactive Historytelling with Twine

10:00am-3:00pm
Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio
Registration required for Monday’s workshop - to register, email eva_mol@brown.edu

The value of video games to archaeology and vice versa has been discussed and shown in a number of related fields such as cultural heritage, ethnography, media studies, education and in a variety of archaeological thought and practice. The combination of games and archaeology, also known as archaeogaming, has grown to be a rich and multifaceted aspect in both scholarly discourse and heritage outreach. It functions not only to educate about the past and to recreate it, but also as a tool to think differently and more reflexively about archaeology and the way we engage with the past.

This two-day series of talks combined with a workshop will discuss the state of the field in gaming and archaeology with a specific focus on how interactive, virtual media function as a differential space for theory-crafting, historytelling, and public outreach. As the most popular form of entertainment globally, it is a given that games are instrumental in democratizing access to the past. Yet this often happens outside of the realm of disciplines that normally produce knowledge of the past. In short, any engagement with games includes confronting our materially-constructed and linear versions of the past with those that take place in digital playgrounds. How do games afford experiences of the past and the practice of archaeology? How do game developers craft specific versions of the past through playful, nonlinear and multi-vocal narratives in alternative virtual worlds? How can games produce awareness on past and present matters, create communities,and forge new relations between different people? But also, how can playing with time, materiality, and history in this interactive, digital medium shape the analogue study of the past?

Registration is required only for the Monday, January 28th Twine workshop. To sign up, please email: eva_mol@brown.edu

More info at: brown.edu/go/playingthepast

Light-Writings: Koutroulou Magoula 2017-2018

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Light-Writings: Koutroulou Magoula 2017-2018


Photography by Fotis Ifantidis
Curated by: Yannis Hamilakis, Justin Han, Kelley Tackett


An exhibit of photographs taken at the archaeological site of Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece, a site which was a Neolithic village for several centuries in the 6th millennium BCE and also used for burials in later periods. Since 2009, the site has being explored by the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project and is currently a collaboration between the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, other universities, and the Greek Archaeological Service (Dr. Nina Kyparissi). The selected photos, out of the many hundreds taken, come from the 2017 and 2018 seasons and fall into five themes: Diggers, Landscapes, Bodies, Tactilities, Theatre/archaeologies. The photographs are accompanied by passages from the reflective, personal diaries of some of the Brown and RISD students who participated in the project in 2018.


Archaeologists use photographs all the time, primarily for the purposes of recording and documentation. In the field, many other, non-official, “social” photographs and snapshots are taken, which rarely become part of the archaeological story. There is, however, a third kind of photographic-archaeological production: photographs that comment visually on the process of archaeology, on excavation and on field practices, photographs which are at the same time artistic creations but which can also operate as photo-ethnographic objects; as one of the outcomes of the archaeological process which can be disseminated in various ethnographic contexts, and provoke and elicit responses and reactions that can lead to further reflection and research. This is the kind of photography we exhibit here. In doing so, we foreground the archaeological site not only as a site of research and education but also as a site of cultural and artistic production.

Light-Writings: Koutroulou Magoula 2017-2018

, Atrium

Light-Writings: Koutroulou Magoula 2017-2018


Photography by Fotis Ifantidis
Curated by: Yannis Hamilakis, Justin Han, Kelley Tackett


An exhibit of photographs taken at the archaeological site of Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece, a site which was a Neolithic village for several centuries in the 6th millennium BCE and also used for burials in later periods. Since 2009, the site has being explored by the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project and is currently a collaboration between the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, other universities, and the Greek Archaeological Service (Dr. Nina Kyparissi). The selected photos, out of the many hundreds taken, come from the 2017 and 2018 seasons and fall into five themes: Diggers, Landscapes, Bodies, Tactilities, Theatre/archaeologies. The photographs are accompanied by passages from the reflective, personal diaries of some of the Brown and RISD students who participated in the project in 2018.


Archaeologists use photographs all the time, primarily for the purposes of recording and documentation. In the field, many other, non-official, “social” photographs and snapshots are taken, which rarely become part of the archaeological story. There is, however, a third kind of photographic-archaeological production: photographs that comment visually on the process of archaeology, on excavation and on field practices, photographs which are at the same time artistic creations but which can also operate as photo-ethnographic objects; as one of the outcomes of the archaeological process which can be disseminated in various ethnographic contexts, and provoke and elicit responses and reactions that can lead to further reflection and research. This is the kind of photography we exhibit here. In doing so, we foreground the archaeological site not only as a site of research and education but also as a site of cultural and artistic production.

Iranian Ceramics, Trade, and Collecting Practices

History of Art and Architecture

Martina Rugiadi, Associate Curator of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present a talk entitled Expanding the Field, Disrupting Canons: Iranian Ceramics, Trade, and Collecting Practices. Kept in storage until recently, the Minassian collection of Iranian ceramics defies expectations of what Iranian art is supposed to be. In this lecture, Martina Rugiadi will explore how trade and collecting patterns from the late nineteenth century onwards have shaped canons and (literally) fashioned objects visible in museums. Immersing ourselves in this often dismissed past is critical for expanding the field and disrupting received notions of history and art.

Co-sponsored by History of Art & Architecture, John Hay Library, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, and Middle East Studies.

Candace Rice (University of Alberta) - Beyond Connectivity: A Multi-Regional Perspective on Economic Interdependence in the Roman Mediterranean

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Dr. Candace Rice is an Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on Mediterranean maritime trade and economic development during the Roman period. She is particularly interested in exploring what the archaeological record reveals about the ways in which connectivity changed the nature of the Roman economy through enhanced supra-regional integration and specialized local economic development. Dr. Rice is also an active field archaeologist and has excavated at Etruscan, Samnite, Roman, and Medieval sites in Italy, France, and Tunisia, and spent considerable time at Roman and Late Antique sites in Turkey. She currently co-directs the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project, focused on the excavation of a late Republican to mid Imperial villa in the Sabina and, as part of this project, runs the University of Alberta Archaeological Field School in Italy.

I-UTRA Koutroulou Magoula Archaeological Fieldwork 2019 InfoSession

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The Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project: An interdisciplinary field project in central Greece

Yannis Hamilakis
Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Modern Greek Studies (y.hamilakis@brown.edu)

Koutroulou Magoula is a multi-period archaeological site (a tell - artificial mound) in central Greece, which is becoming increasingly known internationally due to its astonishing preservation and its diverse and unusual material record, as well as the pioneering archaeological and ethnographic methodologies adopted in its exploration. The main period of use of the site is the Middle Neolithic (c. 6000-5800 BCE) when it was a habitation settlement; in the Late Bronze Age (c. 1500 BCE) the site was used for burials, and an elaborate tholos (bee-hived) tomb was constructed at the top of the mound, next to the Neolithic buildings. In the 12th c. CE the site was used again for burials, and an inhumation burial of a young woman was excavated by our team.

Since 2009 the site is being explored as part of the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography interdisciplinary project, under my co-direction. The project relies on the participation of a large number of scholars and other specialists, including anthropologists, geoarchaeologists, archaeobotanists, archaeozoologists, organic residue specialists, ceramic petrographers, bioarchaeologists and physical anthropologists, soil micro-morphologists, computing application specialists, even performance artists and theatre specialists. Three Universities are currently participating with students and specialists in this project: Brown, University College London (UCL), and National University of Taiwan, in addition to individual scholars from many institutions around the world.

Through this detailed interdisciplinary work, we have unearthed a very elaborate settlement with extremely well preserved, stone and mud brick buildings, occupied by a community which was engaged in large scale communal projects, including terracing and the construction of large, perimeter ditches around the settlement. This community also produced and used impressive material culture, including clay figurines, c. 500 of each have already being unearthed and studied, one of the largest such collections from the Neolithic of South Eastern Europe. They are extremely diverse in terms of technology, form, and decoration, and they often depict hybrid human-animal beings or entirely fantastic entities.

The project has the potential to rewrite the archaeology of the Balkan and European Neolithic, given its unique features, preservation, and interdisciplinary nature of our work.

Excavation dates for 2019: mid June to mid-July
Info meeting: 13 December 4.30 pm, RIH 008.

Deadline for expression of interest (inc. bio, and an idea of an independent project): 23 December 2018

Reading Period Break with the DigDUG

Archaeology Department Undergraduate Group (The DigDUG)
, Atrium

The Archaeology DigDUG is serving up cookies and hot chocolate in the atrium of the Joukowsky Institute from 11 AM to 1 PM. Please stop by and take a break from studying or writing! 

Sean Briody (Brown University) - The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

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On December 11, Rev. Lysander Dickerman, D.D., Class of 1851 (portrayed by Sean Briody ’19), will lecture on “The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt,” one of his world famous Egyptological lectures illustrated with stereopticon views. The lecture will be presented exactly as it was when Dr. Dickerman spoke before an audience of Brown University students on January 4, 1893. The event will take place in Rhode Island Hall, Room 108 at 1:30 pm. A short discussion about Dickerman, the field of Egyptology, and “Egyptomania” in the Victorian era will follow. Open to the public; all are welcome!
This event serves as the final project for an Independent Study with Professor Laurel Bestock.

Laura Banducci (Carleton University) - Escaping the Form and Function Trap: Quotidian Objects and Why the Details Matter

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Dr. Laura Banducci, Assistant Professor in Greek and Roman Studies at Carleton University, is an archaeologist, with a particular interest in the Roman republican period and in the Etruscan civilization of central Italy. Her research focuses on three principal areas: diet and dining practices, collectively referred to as ‘foodways’; how artefacts were made, used, re-purposed and discarded; and entertainment and leisure culture. Her research is grounded in the idea that an individual’s daily behavior, as reflected by the material record, can provide important insights into large-scale societal changes in the ancient world. She is currently completing a book that investigates the foodways of several sites in central Italy.

Geologics: Comparative Epistemologies of the Earth

History of Art and Architecture, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology
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This symposium explores “geologics”: systems of thought that have accounted for the relation between humans and what modern scientists consider geological features (caves, volcanos) and geomorphological processes (weathering, erosion, deposition). Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, we mobilize the insights of the literary and visual arts, archaeology, anthropology, and history to excavate deep histories and sculpt speculative futures of the earth.

Information on participants, and abstracts.

Sponsored by the Hsiao Family Fund in the History of Art and Architecture Department, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Program in Early Cultures, Joseph Edinburg Fund in the History of Art and Architecture Department, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, and the Brown Arts Initiative.

Geologics: Comparative Epistemologies of the Earth

Friday, December 7, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, December 8, 2018 (All day)
History of Art and Architecture, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology
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Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Karen Carr (Portland State University) - Swimming While White: When Did the Greeks Learn to Swim?

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Karen Carr, Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of History at Portland State University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

Andrea Brock (University of St. Andrews) - The Eternal City Rises: Discovering the Dynamic Environment of Rome’s Original Harbor

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Dr. Andrea Brock is a Lecturer in Ancient History in the School of Classics at the University of St. Andrews. Her work integrates the literary record on early Rome with new archaeological evidence, in order to produce an environmental and topographical reconstruction of Rome’s river valley. As director of the Forum Boarium Project, she has conducted a coring survey of the city’s original river harbour and harbour sanctuary. Among other findings, her research is revealing new insights on the effects of environmental stress—in particular frequent flooding and rapid sedimentation in the river valley—on Rome’s urbanization process.

Presentation of Dissertation Research by Jen Thum

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Jen Thum, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World, will present her dissertation, “Words in the Landscape: The Mechanics of Egyptian Royal Living-Rock Stelae”, in a public lecture. All are welcome.

Sacred Mountains, Climate Change, Resilience, and Adaptation among Southeast Alaskan Natives

85 Waterman, Room 015

Thomas Thorton, 2018.Thomas Thornton (University of Oxford) | Thursday, November 29th 5:30 PM | 85 Waterman Room 015

Flood narratives are common in oral traditions of Northwest Coast and other Indigenous Peoples. Unlike Biblical floods, however, these floods are often linked to rising sea-levels, the same threat humans face today with global climate change in the Anthropocene. In Tlingit tradition, Southeast Alaska was consumed by an epic flood which is linked to the activities of Raven, the Trickster-Demiurge, who also became a catalyst for adaptation to the novel environments wrought by the Flood. Humans were forced to seek refuge in “stone nests” on high mountains which are said to have “saved the people” from the deluge. Tom Thornton suggests that these narratives, still invoked as encapsulations of resilience and adaptation, hold continuing relevance today in the face of anthropogenic climate change.

Tom Thornton is an Environmental Anthropologist with 30 years of research and teaching experience, most recently as Director of the Environmental Change and Management program at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK .  His research interests are in human ecology, climate change, adaptation, local and traditional ecological knowledge, conservation, coastal and marine environments, conceptualizations of space and place, and the political ecology of resource management among Indigenous peoples of the North Pacific. His most popular books are Being and Place among the Tlingit (2008) and Haa Léelk’w Has Aaní Saax’u / Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land (2012).

Supported by generous donors to the Shepard Krech III Lecture fund. Reception to follow.   

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Praveena Gullapalli (Rhode Island College) - Chronology, Craft, Conundrum: What to Make of the South Indian Iron Age?

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Praveena Gullapalli, an Associate Professor in Anthropology at Rhode Island College, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

Liana Brent (Cornell University/American Academy in Rome) - Nameless Bodies and Disembodied Names in Roman Funerary Archaeology

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Liana Brent is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classics at Cornell University. She is the recipient of a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome (2017-2019). Her dissertation, Corporeal Connections: Tomb Disturbance, Reuse, and Violation in Roman Italy, examines post-depositional skeletal manipulation in reopened and reused inhumation graves throughout Roman Italy. She conducts archaeological fieldwork in southeast Italy as the assistant director of the Vagnari Cemetery excavations, where she has excavated since 2011.

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Surekha Davies (InterAmericas Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University) - The Global, the Local, and the Ancient: Displaying Antiquities in Early Modern Europe

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Surekha Davies, an InterAmericas Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

Opening Reception - Light-Writings: Koutroulou Magoula 2017-2018

, Atrium

Join us for the opening reception of Light-Writings: Koutroulou Magoula 2017-2018, an exhibit of photographs taken by Fotis Ifantidis at the archaeological site of Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece and curated by Professor Yannis Hamilakis and undergraduate students Justin Han and Kelley Tackett.

Koutroulou Magoula was a Neolithic village for several centuries in the 6th millennium BCE and also used for burials in later periods. Since 2009, the site has being explored by the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project and is currently a collaboration between the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, other universities, and the Greek Archaeological Service (Dr. Nina Kyparissi). The selected photos, out of the many hundreds taken, come from the 2017 and 2018 seasons and fall into five themes: Diggers, Landscapes, Bodies, Tactilities, Theatre/archaeologies. The photographs are accompanied by passages from the reflective, personal diaries of some of the Brown and RISD students who participated in the project in 2018.

John W.I. Lee (University of California, Santa Barbara) - “This young man deserves special mention:” John Wesley Gilbert at Brown University, 1886-1888

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Dr. John W.I. Lee is an Associate Professor at the UCSB Department of History. He studies the history of ancient West Asia with a focus on war and culture in the Greek and Achaemenid world from ca. 650-330 BC. He is currently writing two books: one about Civil War and Revolt in Achaemenid Persia; and another about John Wesley Gilbert (1863-1923), the first African American to attend the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the first African American to receive an advanced degree from Brown (Class of 1888).

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Nicholas Emlen (National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University) - Hearing the Voice of an Indigenous Translator in a 17th Century Aymara Text from Peru

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Nicholas Emlen, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University, will be discussing his research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

Walter Crist (American Museum of Natural History) - Anybody’s Game: Overcoming Social Distance through Gameplay in the Ancient Near East

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Walter Crist is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and a Visiting Researcher in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. His research focuses on Bronze Age Cypriot, Egyptian, and Near Eastern board games and their roles in intercultural transmissions and as social lubricants and enablers in communities.

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Jennifer Bates - Life in Indus Households: an exploration of SPatial ACtivity Environments

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Jennifer Bates, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

Light-Writings: Koutroulou Magoula 2017-2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:00 am to Sunday, January 27, 2019 4:30 pm
, Atrium

Photography by Fotis Ifantidis
Curated by: Yannis Hamilakis, Justin Han, Kelley Tackett

An exhibit of photographs taken at the archaeological site of Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece, a site which was a Neolithic village for several centuries in the 6th millennium BCE and also used for burials in later periods. Since 2009, the site has being explored by the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project and is currently a collaboration between the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, other universities, and the Greek Archaeological Service (Dr. Nina Kyparissi). The selected photos, out of the many hundreds taken, come from the 2017 and 2018 seasons and fall into five themes: Diggers, Landscapes, Bodies, Tactilities, Theatre/archaeologies. The photographs are accompanied by passages from the reflective, personal diaries of some of the Brown and RISD students who participated in the project in 2018.

Archaeologists use photographs all the time, primarily for the purposes of recording and documentation. In the field, many other, non-official, “social” photographs and snapshots are taken, which rarely become part of the archaeological story. There is, however, a third kind of photographic-archaeological production: photographs that comment visually on the process of archaeology, on excavation and on field practices, photographs which are at the same time artistic creations but which can also operate as photo-ethnographic objects; as one of the outcomes of the archaeological process which can be disseminated in various ethnographic contexts, and provoke and elicit responses and reactions that can lead to further reflection and research. This is the kind of photography we exhibit here. In doing so, we foreground the archaeological site not only as a site of research and education but also as a site of cultural and artistic production.

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Georgia Andreou (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University) - The Cyprus Ancient Shoreline Project: How does coastal erosion fit the archaeological narrative?

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Georgia Andreou, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

NEXT STEPS: Information Session on Applying to Graduate School and Searching for Jobs in Archaeology

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A discussion, led by faculty and graduate students, for current undergraduates planning for life after Brown. We will discuss applying to graduate schools in Archaeology and Classics, as well as types of jobs students with Archaeology and Classics concentrations might consider.

View additional information on Life After Graduating from Brown with an Archaeology Degree here: https://www.brown.edu/academics/archaeology/undergraduate/life-after-brown

Archaeology of College Hill Community Archaeology Day

Come be part of an active archaeological excavation! Students will be digging on the grounds of Moses Brown School (next to Brown’s athletic center), uncovering the foundations of a 19th century home and processing artifacts from that household. Stop by (with your family or on your own) any time between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to see what artifacts students are discovering or even try your hand at digging.

Moses Brown School (Excavation at the corner of Hope St and Lloyd Ave)

Uncover Archaeology: Community Archaeology Day at the Joukowsky Institute

See ancient coins from Greece and Rome up close! Touch human and animal bones! Examine and draw Persian and Roman ceramics, prehistoric tools, precious metals, and other artifacts from thousands of years ago – coached by experts!  And talk with Brown’s archaeologists about their fieldwork all over the world!

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Lauren Yapp (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University) - Reclaimed or Reified? When Colonial Modernity becomes Cultural Heritage

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Lauren Yapp, a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

Archaeological Illustration Club

, Mezzanine (Third Floor)

Learn to produce technical illustrations

Handle ancient objects close up

Drop in sessions, casual atmosphere

No experience or artistic confidence necessary

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Robert Preucel (Anthropology, Brown University) - The Predicament of Ontology

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Robert Preucel, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Haffenreffer Museum at Brown University, will be discussing his research in an informal talk titled, “The Predicament of Ontology”. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

Archaeological Fieldwork Information Session

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Where can you do archaeological fieldwork this summer?  How can you pay for it?  How do you apply?  What’s an UTRA grant?  Should you enroll in a field school or volunteer?  What courses should you take to prepare?  Do you have to be an archaeology concentrator?  What is fieldwork, anyway?  And what about study abroad?

Joukowsky Institute faculty will provide an overview on how students can get involved in archaeological fieldwork this summer.  We will discuss how to find and choose a project and how to find funding, and then lead a more general discussion on what to expect on a fieldwork project and what kinds of preparation might be necessary.  Open to all interested students.

Sponsored by the Archaeology Department Undergraduate Group

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Gretel Rodríguez - The Arch of Constantine and the Use of Colored Marbles in Late Antique Architecture

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Gretel Rodríguez, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/2018/08/02/brown-bag-talks-for-fall-2018/

AIA Lecture - Kathryn Sampeck (Illinois State University) - A Day in the Life of a Sixteenth-Century Ani-Yunwiya (Cherokee) Village

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Dr. Kathryn Sampeck is an an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University. Her research interests historical archaeology, archaeology of Spanish colonialism, political economy, ethnohistory, food history.

In this lecture, Dr. Sampeck asks: What was daily life like for Cherokees just at the moment when groups of people from across the Atlantic—Spaniards and Africans—started to become part of their world? A tour of one settlement, Cowee, lets audience members understand what Cherokee homes, communities, and networks of communities were like and the kinds of activities that were important to peoples’ lives. Each example is based on archaeologically-recovered information as well as community history and knowledge. This visit shows what an important historical moment this time was for Cherokees and colonists alike, why these settlements are places of enduring importance, and how Cherokee peoples were crucial in early colonial encounters and subsequent political and economic developments.

This lecture is co-sponsored with the Narragansett Society, the Rhode Island chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and is part of the AIA’s Nadzia Borowski Lecture series.

Tomb Raider: See the Movie...Then Think About It...

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See Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the daughter of an eccentric adventurer, embark on a perilous journey to a fabled tomb on a mythical island in an attempt to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance – on a giant screen, with surround sound! The movie will be followed by commentaries by Brown professors, examining the themes and historical basis of the movie. And free popcorn! Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Archaeology Department Undergraduate Group.

Trowelblazers@Brown Meeting

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We’d like to invite female identifying or presenting undergrads, grads, postdocs and professors to our first meeting. In this gathering we’ll discuss amongst each other whatever comes to mind - whether summer experiences, general concerns, things we’re looking forward to this year or in the near future, any ideas we might have for events etc.

Sponsored by the DigDUG (Archaeology and the Ancient World Department Undergraduate Group) *If there are any considerable conflicts, do let us know and we’ll try to find a more accommodating time/date*

Archaeology DUG Welcome Back Meet and Greet

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The Archaeology & the Ancient World Department Undergraduate Group (aka DigDUG) welcomes all Archaeology concentrators, as well as any students interested in archaeology and the ancient world, back to campus. It’s a wonderful chance to engage with others who share a love of archaeology! Refreshments will be served!

Sponsored by the Archaeology Departmental Undergraduate Group

Field Dirt: Insider Stories and Results from Brown’s 2018 Archaeological Field Seasons

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Brown University’s Professors Laurel Bestock, Sheila Bonde, Yannis Hamilakis, Felipe Rojas, Andrew Scherer, and Peter van Dommelen will share the latest news from their archaeological fieldwork this summer in Jordan, France, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Guatemala, and Italy.

Free and open to the public. All are welcome.

255th Opening Convocation

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the 255th Opening Convocation to celebrate the start of the academic year and welcome new students to Brown. President Christina Paxson will officially open the school year. Provost and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Richard M. Locke, will deliver the keynote address. The Convocation procession of incoming students will form on College Street beginning at 3:40 PM and the ceremony will begin at 4 PM on the Main Green. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Pizzitola Gymnasium.

Event Highlights of 2017-2018

The Joukowsky Institute held more than 60 events over the course of the 2017-18 academic year, ranging from a viewing and discussion of the 2017 blockbuster ‘The Mummy’ to our 2018 State of the Field conference on archaeology and social justice. See some of the year’s highlights below!

September 2017

Field Dirt: Insider Stories and Results from Brown's 2017 Archaeological Field Seasons
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brown University’s Professors Sheila Bonde, John F. Cherry, Yannis Hamilakis, Itohan Osayimwese, Felipe Rojas, and Peter van Dommelen shared the latest news from their summer archaeological fieldwork in France, Montserrat, Greece, Barbados, Turkey, and Italy.

October 2017

The Mummy: See the Movie...Then Think About It...
Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween started early with a free screening of the movie "The Mummy" (2017). Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe battled an ancient princess (played by Sofia Boutella) awakened from a crypt, followed by commentaries by Brown professors, examining the themes and historical basis of the movie.

November 2017

Fake Fossils, Fake Bones, and a Dinosaur
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Why do people fake animal skeletons and their petrified remains? How are fake “natural specimens” similar to or different from fake “cultural artifacts”? Is there anything to be gained from sustained reflection about the physical traces of beings that never were? For centuries—if not millennia—people have forged the impressions left by the bodies of animals and the hardest of body parts. To what end? Felipe Rojas (JIAAW), Kate Brunson (JIAAW), and Irina Podgorny (CONICET and Maria Elena Cassiet Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library) discussed fake fossils and bones in three very short talks followed by a public discussion.

Watch a video of the talk here: Fake Fossils, Fake Bones, and a Dinosaur

December 2017

Change and Resilience: The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity
Friday, December 1, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

This conference explored the transformation of Mediterranean islands with a primary focus on settlement patterns and the transformation of landscapes and mindscapes. Participants explored how the models of occupation of the islands changed from the Roman to the Medieval Period, focusing on change and resilience, innovation and tradition, the creation of new settlements, and the reoccupation of prehistoric sites.

Additional information is available at www.brown.edu/go/changeandresilience

Watch video from the conference here:

Keynote
Session 1 - The Western and Central Mediterranean
Session 2 - The Eastern Mediterranean
Session 3 - Island Mindscapes

February 2018

What Can You Do with a Degree in Archaeology?
Monday, February 5, 2018

Gina Borromeo (Curator of Ancient Art at the RISD Museum), Matt Glendinning (Head of School at Moses Brown School), and Bill Monroe (Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian, Humanities, at Brown University's Library) discussed how their degrees in ancient art, early history, and archaeology led them to their current positions and answered student questions about other career options.

March 2018

State of the Field 2018: Archaeology and Social Justice
Friday, March 2, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018

This workshop built on a tradition of “State of the Field” workshops hosted by the Joukowsky Institute to reflect upon trends in archaeological work, each year focusing our discussion on issues impacting an area of particular interest to our faculty and students. While previous versions have dealt with a country or region of archaeological significance, this year’s event focused on archaeology’s relationship to ongoing movements for social justice.  This workshop engaged primarily with the role of archaeology in contemporary social justice movements, while insisting that discussions of diversity in the past can inform experience in the present.

Additional information is available at www.brown.edu/go/sotf2018

Watch video from the conference here:

Keynote Panel
Session 1 (Constructions of Blackness and Whiteness) and Session 2 (Diversity and Epistemic Justice)
Session 3 (Material Memory and the Archaeologies of Resistance) and Session 4 (Business as Usual? Engaging with Social Justice)

April 2018

Colloquium: Other Pasts: Comparing Landscapes, Monuments, and Memories Across the Mediterranean
Saturday, April 21, 2018

The archaeological study of memory in the ancient Mediterranean has spread like a forest fire. Although several scholars are responsible for igniting the initial tinder, it would be hard to overstate the impact of Susan Alcock on the ways archaeologists approach the challenge of exploring how people imagined their own pasts in the ancient Mediterranean and neighboring regions. Fifteen years after the publication of her main book on the subject, Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscape, Monuments, and Memories (2002), the moment was ripe for an assessment of the field after the conflagration, as it were, as well as a discussion about new and promising directions in the archaeological study of ancient memory and forgetting. Rather than collecting ever more refined case studies, scholars were invited to engage in comparative analyses.

Additional information is available at www.brown.edu/go/otherpasts

Watch video from the conference here:

Morning Session
Afternoon Session

May 2018

Learning to Look: An Exhibition of Archaeological Illustrations by the JIAAW Community
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Archaeological illustration requires us to pay close attention to the material world. Learning to draw is tied up with learning to look and by extension, to see objects in more detail. This exhibition presents work produced by the Archaeological Illustration Club and members of the Joukowsky Institute community.

Archaeology and the Ancient World Commencement Ceremony

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall

Following the ceremony on the Main Green.

Learning to Look: An Exhibition of Archaeological Illustrations by the JIAAW Community

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Friday, June 1, 2018
Rhode Island Hall

Archaeological illustration requires us to pay close attention to the material world. Learning to draw is tied up with learning to look and by extension, to see objects in more detail. The work presented in this exhibit was produced by the Archaeological Illustration Club and members of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology's community.

Presentations of Senior Thesis Research in Archaeology and the Ancient World

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Senior concentrators in Archaeology and the Ancient World, Maria Averkiou, Axel Getz, Ciara Hayden, and Luiza Silva, will share their thesis research in a series of 10-minute presentations. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome!

And the DigDUG will be hosting a pre-presentation reception, from 2:30-3:00pm, to celebrate the presenters. Come for the cookies, stay for the conversation!

Archaeology DUG Reception in Honor of Thesis Presentations

Rhode Island Hall

The Archaeology & the Ancient World Department Undergraduate Group is hosting an informal reception to celebrate the seniors presenting their thesis research at 3:00. Anyone interested in archaeology and/or the ancient world, or who wants to support the presenters, is welcome to attend. It's a wonderful chance to engage with others who share a love of archaeology! Refreshments will be served! Sponsored by the Archaeology Departmental Undergraduate Group

Elizabeth Minor (Wellesley) and Carl Walsh (JIAAW) - Power and Sacrifice: Rethinking the Kerma State

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

From 2000-1550 BC, the region of Nubia in present day Sudan was controlled by the powerful, but little understood, Kerma state. This African kingdom, named after the monumental and royal site of Kerma, is famous for its theatrical and opulent funerary traditions which seemingly involving large-scale human sacrifices. However, little research has been done on interpreting the role of these unusual funerary traditions, and how they can inform us about the nature and ideology of the Kerma state. In this talk and discussion, Elizabeth Minor (Wellesley College) and Carl Walsh (Joukowsky Institute), put forward new interpretations and ideas regarding these enigmatic burial practices based on their recent research, moving to shed light on this mysterious African rival of ancient Egypt.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Stephen Houston (Brown University) and Sarah Newman (James Madison)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Stephen Houston (Anthropology, Brown University) and Sarah Newman (James Madison University) will be discussing their research in an informal talk titled "Arrival, Return: Movement and Founding Among the Maya". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

The Battle of Kadesh

Quiet Green (Front Green)

Students in ARCH 1630 Fighting Pharaohs: Ancient Egyptian Warfare will recreate an ancient Egyptian battle on Brown's Quiet Green.

For more information, watch the trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gupB3kdUHWk) and read the Providence Journal's front page article (http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180422/chariots-swords-action).

Colloquium: Other Pasts: Comparing Landscapes, Monuments, and Memories Across the Mediterranean

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

The archaeological study of memory in the ancient Mediterranean has spread like a forest fire. Although several scholars are responsible for igniting the initial tinder, it would be hard to overstate the impact of Susan Alcock on the ways archaeologists approach the challenge of exploring how people imagined their own pasts in the ancient Mediterranean and neighboring regions. 15 years after the publication of her main book on the subject, Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscape, Monuments, and Memories (2002), the moment is ripe for an assessment of the field after the conflagration, as it were, as well as a discussion about new and promising directions in the archaeological study of ancient memory and forgetting. Rather than collecting ever more refined case studies, we invite scholars to engage in comparative analyses.

Speakers:
Susan Alcock, University of Michigan
Andrew Johnston, Yale University
Carolina López-Ruiz, The Ohio State University
Naoise Mac Sweeney, University of Leicester
Josephine Quinn, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Felipe Rojas, Brown University
Peter van Dommelen, Brown University


Find more at: www.brown.edu/go/otherpasts

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Katherine Brunson (JIAAW): Oracle Bone Divination

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Katherine Brunson, Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk titled, "Oracle Bone Divination and the Oracle Bone Database Project". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

CANCELLED -- Lecture by Matthew Barnes (Mystic Seaport) - Viking Ship Construction: Working on...

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

We regret that we must CANCEL Matthew Barnes's lecture, and apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Matthew Barnes is a 2010 graduate from the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) and is currently a boat builder and lead shipwright for the Mystic Seaport overseeing the 30 month restoration of the Mayflower II (in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.) In the summer of 2016, Matthew spent 12 weeks apprenticing at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark assisting in the traditional reconstruction of the Gislinge Boat, a 30’ fishing boat from the Viking Age. During his trip, he also visited 7 countries in Europe and Scandinavia, following the path westward of the Norse people of the Viking Age including Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Amsterdam, Scotland, Norway, Sweden and England researching and documenting the effect this expansion had on wooden boatbuilding. In his lecture he will be discussing the traditional building methods used in the construction of a ship during the Viking Age. He will also be covering his findings of the Norse effect on wooden boat building in the North Atlantic and the World, which is still evident today over a 1000 years later. Visit his blog at http://www.americanshipwright.com.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Darcy Hackley (JIAAW)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Darcy Hackley, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Lecture by Jane Webster (Newcastle) - Materializing the Middle Passage

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Dr. Jane Webster is Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology and Head of Archaeology in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. She is a historical archaeologist whose research focuses on colonial material culture, from the early Roman Empire to the eighteenth century. She works mainly in two fields: Romano-British iconography and the archaeology of slavery (looking at the latter in both in the Roman period and between 1660 and 1807). Webster is currently writing a book called "Material Culture of the Middle Passage," looking at the social world of slave ships making the Atlantic sea crossing that took slaves to the New World during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Jiang Jianxin (Jingdezhen Institute of Archeology, China): Archaeological Discoveries from Jingdezhen

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

JIANG Jianxin is the director of the Jingdezhen Institute of Archeology, the director of the Chinese Ancient Ceramics Society, and president of Jingdezhen Tang Ying Institute. Since the 1980s, he has engaged in archaeological studies on Jingdezhen ancient ceramics remains and led multiple archeological excavations of kiln ruins from the Ming and Qing dynasties, including excavations of kiln factory ruins. He has authored more than twenty academic papers and is a chief editor for multiple archaeological journals and catalogues.

The lecture, "Archaeological Discoveries from Jingdezhen, Porcelain Kilns for China's Emperors," recognizes and appreciates the main characteristics and transformation in style of porcelains from the kiln of Guan Yao across different periods of the Ming Dynasty, highlighting the history and culture, ceramic technology, and art history. It also presents new explorations on Guan Yao porcelain from a variety of historical periods and perspectives, including: the beginning and ending years of the Ming Dynasty, the “blank period” of Guan Yao, Yong-Le Guan Yao porcelain and Zheng He’s Voyage porcelain, Xuan-De Guan Yao’s impact on Cheng-Hua Guan Yao and technological achievements, and others. Based on recent archaeological studies and excavation data, the history of the porcelain industry in Jingdezhen can be traced back to the middle and late Tang Dynasty. The Leping South Kiln surrounding Jingdezhen started producing celadon and ceramic whiteware, its high quality influenced by Yue kilns and Xing kilns. This laid the foundation of the early Jingdezhen porcelain industry and provided a technological foundation for the future success of a celadon production. New archeological findings at the Luomaqiao Yuan Ming Kiln Site also revealed important artifacts, such as many blue-white glazed porcelains from late Song and early Yuan Dynasty, blue-white porcelains and white porcelains from the Yuan Dynasty, and early-to-middle Ming Dynasty utensils with various styles, many methods of decoration, and a high technological level. According to the quality of the unearthed porcelains, the kiln site may have been an important fixed-point firing kiln site for the Yuan Dynasty Fuliang Porcelain Bureau.

Presented in Chinese with English translation

Archaeology DUG Meet and Greet

Rhode Island Hall

The Archaeology & the Ancient World Department Undergraduate Group is hosting an informal reception to welcome new Archaeology concentrators. All new and current Archaeology concentrators, as well as all those interested in archaeology and/or the ancient world, are welcome to attend. It's a wonderful chance to engage with others who share a love of archaeology! Refreshments will be served! Sponsored by the Archaeology Departmental Undergraduate Group

Presentation of Dissertation Research by Ian Randall (JIAAW)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Ian Randall, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World, will present his dissertation, "Setting an Insular Table: Pottery, Identity, and Connectivity on Crete and Cyprus at the End of Antiquity," in a public lecture. All are welcome.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Linda Reynard (Harvard University)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Linda Reynard, a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk titled, "Inferring Diet and Migration from Isotopes in Bones". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Let's Talk about Death: A research poster session

Rhode Island Hall, Room 008

A research poster session by the students of ARCH 310, "Interactions with the Dead". Posters will be displayed on the lower level of Rhode Island Hall, outside the Seminar Room (RIH 008). Snacks will be provided. Everyone welcome (open to public)!

Lecture by Kieran O'Conor (National University of Ireland) - The Deserted Anglo-Norman Town and Castle of Rindoon Co. Roscommon

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

The deserted Anglo-Norman royal town and castle of Rindoon lies on a peninsula jutting out into Lough Ree – one of the great lakes of the Shannon River system that runs through central Ireland. It is regarded as one of the best examples of a deserted medieval town in the British Isles, as it only existed for just over a hundred years before its mainly English inhabitants deserted it in the early 14th century. This lecture, drawing on a recent multi-disciplinary study that included field survey, geophysics and an analysis of the surviving historical sources, will discuss each of the various elements that made up the town, particularly its multi-phase castle, and will argue that elements of what certain British archaeologists have called ‘an elite landscape’ occur at Rindoon.

This lecture is sponsored by the Brown University's Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, the Narragansett Society (the Rhode Island chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America) and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. For more information, visit http://aianarragansett.org.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Miriam Rothenberg (JIAAW)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Miriam Rothenberg, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Presentation of Dissertation Research by Catherine Steidl (JIAAW)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Catherine Steidl, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World, will present her dissertation, "Community Formation in Iron Age Ionia: Experience and Practice in Comparative Perspective," in a public lecture. All are welcome.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Anita Casarotto (Leiden) - Settlement Patterns in Early Roman Colonial Landscapes

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Anita Casarotto, a PhD student in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology at Leiden University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk titled, "A GIS Procedure to Study Settlement Patterns in Early Roman Colonial Landscapes". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series.

Archaeological Fieldwork Information Session

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Professor Laurel Bestock provides an overview on how students can get involved in archaeological fieldwork this summer.  She will discuss how to find and choose a project and how to find funding, and then lead a more general discussion on what to expect on a fieldwork project and what kinds of preparation might be necessary.  Open to all interested students.

Sponsored by the Archaeology Department Undergraduate Group

State of the Field 2018: Archaeology and Social Justice

Friday, March 2, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall Room 108

Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World will host a workshop called State of the Field 2018: Archaeology and Social Justice on March 2-3, 2018. The workshop will be the culmination of two years of discussion on this theme, but is also intended to raise new issues, ask new questions, and encourage ongoing dialogue.

Our gathering builds on a tradition of “State of the Field” workshops hosted by the Joukowsky Institute to reflect upon trends in archaeological work, each year focusing our discussion on issues impacting an area of particular interest to our faculty and students. While previous versions have dealt with a country or region of archaeological significance, this year’s event will focus on archaeology’s relationship to ongoing movements for social justice.

Within the context of archaeology, we conceive of social justice as pertaining to issues of privilege and opportunity that affect the makeup of scholars in the field, efforts among archaeologists to engage with the public and with broader social and political discussions, and the degree to which archaeological scholarship and pedagogy intersect with or impact these issues. It also refers to the asymmetries of power and structural inequalities in society at large. This choice of topic has been inspired by recent global social and political concerns, responses from universities and academia that seek to address issues of representation and access, and most importantly, grassroots movements for social justice.

This workshop thus seeks to engage primarily with the role of archaeology in contemporary social justice movements, while insisting that discussions of diversity in the past can inform experience in the present.

Additional information is available at www.brown.edu/go/sotf2018.

The Life and Legacy of John Wesley Gilbert

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Archaeology, Classics, and Social Justice:
The Life and Legacy of John Wesley Gilbert (1864-1923), African American Classicist and Archaeologist, Educator, and Advocate

A student-led symposium

 

More information at www.brown.edu/go/sotf2018.

Trials, Tragedy and Resilience: Montserrat Exhibit

Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Friday, June 1, 2018
Rhode Island Hall

"Trials, Tragedy & Resilience" is an exhibit recognizing and celebrating Montserrat’s rich cultural heritage on the 250th anniversary of the attempted St. Patrick’s Day slave uprising on 17 March 1768. The histories presented here commemorate the resilience that Montserratians have displayed over time in their responses to difficult conditions imposed by slavery, colonialism, resource scarcity, and catastrophic natural disasters. This international exhibit is running concurrently at the National Museum of Montserrat, Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), and Aarhus University (Denmark) and presents information collected during the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat project (co-directed by Brown University Professor John F. Cherry), the Endangered Archives/ICT Project, and other initiatives led by the Montserrat National Trust.

Montserrat is a small island (102km2) and British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. First inhabited by Amerindian peoples around 4,000 years ago, Montserrat has been home to many different cultural groups over the course of its human history. Some of these groups freely migrated to Montserrat, while others, like enslaved Africans, were brought against their will during the plantation era. Lasting contributions from Amerindian, African, Irish, and British inhabitants survive in the surnames, place-names, food, architecture, flora, landscape, and material culture of the island.

Montserrat has been radically transformed in the past two decades by the Soufriere Hills volcano. Beginning in 1995, pyroclastic flows from the eruptions buried the former capital city of Plymouth, rendered the southern half of the island an inaccessible Exclusion Zone, displaced two-thirds of the population, and killed nineteen residents. The volcano is still active. Demonstrating Montserratian resilience in the face of disaster, the island has recently reconfigured its settlements and society to accommodate a new way of life in the island’s north.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Jamie Forde (John Carter Brown Library) - "Broken Flowers"

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Jamie Forde, a Consulting Scholar in the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania and current Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow at Brown University's John Carter Brown Library, will be discussing his research in an informal talk titled, " Broken Flowers: Sacralizing Domestic Space in a Colonial Mixtec Household". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Trowelblazers@Brown: Coffee/Tea/Cookies

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Our first event of the semester is an informal coffee/tea/cookie hour! It is open to everyone, and is intended to be an opportunity to get to know other people in the community and chat about possible goals and directions for the group. Please invite anyone you think might be interested in joining us!

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Lynnette Arnold (Anthropology) - "Imagining Family across Borders"

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Lynnette Arnold, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at Brown University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk titled, "Imagining Family across Borders: Epistolary and Digital Communication in Migrant Families". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Emmanuel Botte (French National Centre for Scientific Research)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Emmanuel Botte, a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, will be discussing his research in an informal talk titled, "Fish & Ships: The Salted-Fish Industry in the Mediterranean During Antiquity". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch.

For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

A discussion of current issues in archaeological theory, between Joukowsky Institute faculty members and Craig Cipolla (Royal Ontario Museum) and Oliver Harris (University of Leicester), authors of the recent book, "Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium: Introducing Current Perspectives."

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Cristiano Nicosia (University of Padua) - Soil Micromorphology

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Cristiano Nicosia, a researcher in the Department of Cultural Heritage at the University of Padua, will be discussing his research and new book "Archaeological Soil and Sediment Micromorphology" in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Archaeology?

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Gina Borromeo (Curator of Ancient Art at the RISD Museum), Matt Glendinning (Head of School at Moses Brown School), and Bill Monroe (Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian, Humanities, at Brown University's Library) will discuss how their degrees in ancient art, early history, and archaeology led them to their current positions.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Marleen Termeer (Leiden University) - Coining Roman Rule?

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Marleen Termeer, a lecturer in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology at Leiden University, will be discussing her research in an informal talk. Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

InfoSession: Excavate a Neolithic site in Greece this summer!

Rhode Island Hall, Room 109

Brown and Brown-RISD undergraduate students of all backgrounds can now be funded (through I-UTRA) to participate in the excavation of the Neolithic village of Koutroulou Magoula in Greece (c. 6000 BCE) and carry out their own inter-disciplinary research, under the supervision of a team of international leading specialists. The research will be conducted in the summer of 2018, as part of the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project, under the direction of Professor Yannis Hamilakis (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World).

Come to an information session on Friday 15 December, 4 pm (Rhode Island Hall, Common Room) to find out more!

Lindsey Mazurek (Bucknell University) - Experiments in Greekness

List Art Building, Room 110

Lindsey Mazurek is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Bucknell University. She is an art historian and archaeologist of the Roman provinces, whose research applies Second Sophistic literature and religious studies to the study of Greek identity. Dr. Mazurek co-directs the Ostian Connectivity Project, a collaborative digital initiative to study social and migration histories of Rome's port in the imperial period.

Presentation of Dissertation Research by Pinar Durgun (JIAAW)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Pinar Durgun, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World, will present her dissertation research in a public lecture. All are welcome.

Eva Mol (Brown University) - License to Imagine: Representing a Roman Past

List Art Building, Room 110

Eva Mol is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. She is a Dutch Mediterranean archaeologist (PhD from Leiden University). Prior to coming to Brown University, she had been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the UChicago Classics Department on the project: ‘The materiality of ancient Mediterranean myth’. Her dissertation focused on the experience and use of Egyptian style and objects in the domestic contexts of Roman Pompeii.

Jenny Kreiger (Getty Foundation) - Painters and Social Networks in Catacombs

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Jenny Kreiger received her doctorate in classical art and archaeology from the University of Michigan in 2017. Her research focuses on late antique funerary laborers and the material evidence for their working practices, social relationships, and contributions to urban economies. Dr. Kreiger is now a Graduate Intern at the Getty Foundation where she administers grants related to art historical research and conservation.

Brown Bag Series in Archaeology: Graham Oliver (Classics and History)

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Graham Oliver, Professor of Classics and History at Brown University, will share his research in an informal talk titled, "Re-Thinking Things: Archaeological Theory, Words on Objects, and Mediation. Reflections from the Greek Inscriptions in the RISD Museum". Pizza and soda will be provided, or feel free to bring a lunch. For a full list of Archaeology Brown Bag talks, please visit http://blogs.brown.edu/archaeology/events/brown-bag-series/.

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