THE SUMMER SCHOOL IN ROMAN POTTERY
May 29 - JUNE 25, 2022
with Profs. Archer Martin, Andrew Donnelly, and Joey Williams
Potsherds constitute the most common finds on archaeological sites in the classical world. Pottery offers important evidence for dating sites and provides a major source for studies including trade relations and economic exchange, food consumption, and aspects of identity. So, pottery studies form an essential part of any archaeological training, the basics of which can be gained only through direct contact with ceramic material.
The Summer School in Roman Pottery Studies is a four-week program designed to introduce the participants to Roman pottery analysis. In 2022, it will be held at Lugnano in Teverina, a hill town in the Tiber Valley just north of Rome, which is considered one of the most attractive small towns in Italy. Via the train station at Attigliano-Bomarzo, it has good connections to Rome and Orvieto, as well as other destinations.
Students will learn the fundamentals of Roman pottery through seminars, field trips, and the hands-on exploration of a ceramic assemblage. In the first half of the summer school, overall concepts and the single ceramic classes with their characteristics, function, date, and provenience will be presented. In the second half, participants will apply their knowledge to a pottery assemblage excavated near Lugnano. This element is designed to give the participants practical experience by working under the supervision of the directors with the final goal of publishing the assemblage if the participants wish.
Graduate and advanced under-graduate students, junior faculty, professionals, and avocational scholars in archaeology and any related field are encouraged to apply. Applications should consist of a cover letter explaining why the applicant wishes to attend, a CV, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 15, 2022.
Tuition is $2600 for 4 weeks and includes the cost of instruction, field trips, and room & partial board (lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday). Participants will be housed in a shared apartment in Lugnano. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs, travel/medical insurance and any incidental expenses. Participants will also be receive membership in the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, an international society dedicated to the study of Roman pottery.
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