Posted by: lukelavan | February 15, 2011

Job Advert: Late Antique Ostia Digitisation Assistant

DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDIES,
UNIVERSITY OF KENT

*The Role*
This job, permitted by a donation, is being created in order to remove
the burden of digitising and data entry from the work of Dr Luke Lavan
in preparing the late antique excavations of Ostia, port of Rome for
publication.

The post holder will be responsible for improving the excavation archive
from the Late Antique Ostia Project 2008-210 by digitising plans,
inputting data into the archive, renaming files, ensuring efficient
backup of data. The post holder will work closely with Dr Luke Lavan.

The Digitization Assistant will: i) Scan plans from paper format into
TIFF files. ii) Digitise plans of excavations. iii) Retype context
sheets and registers into the project database. iv) Rename photographic
files. v) Back up copies of the data.

*The Person*
Educated to A-Level standard or equivalent with experience of digitising
archaeological plans for publication, you will have experience of
managing an archaeological archive and of data entry. Previous
experience of using Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word and email are
essential as is the ability to use the internet as a research tool and
spreadsheets to monitor and track workflows.

*The Department*
Classical and Archaeological Studies at Kent is one of ten departments
within a large School including over 60 academic staff. The current
full-time establishment in Classical and Archaeological Studies consists
of thirteen academic members: seven archaeologists, three ancient
historians, three classical literature specialists, two post doctoral
fellows (epigraphy and heritage management) plus a dedicated
administrator and a 0.5 archaeological technician. The interests of the
Classics and Ancient History staff range from Minoan Crete and
Prehistoric Europe to Late Antiquity, encompassing a full range of
themes, from cities and political life to medicine and dress.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/classics/index.html

*Further Information*
Closing date for applications: 1st March 2011
Interviews are to be held: W/C 7th March

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to
apply for this post (please do not send your application directly to the
department). How to apply – for this type of position you will be
required to complete the on line application process. Please note we do
not accept CVs for this post.

For queries contact:
Dr Luke Lavan, Email: l.a.lavan@kent.ac.uk

*Full Job Description and application details*

search http://jobs.kent.ac.uk for the reference “HUM0166”

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The Visualisation of the Late Antique City
3 Full PhD Scholarships

Thanks to a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, the University of Kent is able to offer three full 3-year PhD scholarships beginning May 2011, on The Visualisation of the Late Antique City, as part of a research project led by Dr Luke Lavan and Dr Ellen Swift. Our research will aim to establish an academic basis for reconstructions of everyday life in Mediterranean cities of this period, through both synthetic writing and detailed case studies of specific archaeological sites.

The three doctorates will consider

i) Everyday Architectural Decoration in the Late Antique City
ii) Urban Artefact Assemblages in Late Antiquity
iii) Dress and Personal Appearance in Late Antiquity

For details of the topics see the bottom of this message

All three doctorates will be jointly supervised by LL and ES. Sources will be both archaeological, artistic and textual, and will be used to build a shared database on everyday life, which will be used by LL and ES in conjunction with a historical illustrator to produce colour images of urban scenes in selected cities. On completion of the project, the doctoral theses will be prepared for publication in a monograph series and will also contribute to a collective volume on Everyday Life in the Late Antique City.

The Centre for Late Antique Archaeology is an active research hub, with easy access to London research libraries, now 50 minutes away by train. It produces its own annual, Late Antique Archaeology, holds frequent international conferences and is engaged in a number of related field projects, at Ostia, Port of Rome, and on the Saxon Shore Forts. We enjoy good relationships with heritage practitioners of museum display, re-enactment and site interpretation for the late antique period. See http://www.lateantiquearchaeology.wordpress.com

The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies is a vibrant community, which under Professor Ray Laurence is experiencing a period of expansion. It is committed to the interdisciplinary study of the ancient world and its neighbours, from Minoan to Late Antique times. It has special interests pertinent to the project in Roman cities, Roman social life and the material culture of the Roman world, particularly ceramics, dress accessories and medical tools. It collaborates with local units and archaeological groups who often focus on the late antique to Anglo-Saxon transition. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/classics/

Duration: Full-time 3 years
Start date: 1st May 2011

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a first class or 2i degree or equivalent and an established interest in late antique archaeology. International candidates are welcome. An MA degree (merit or distinction) would be an advantage, as would practical experience of archaeological fieldwork / museums, and knowledge of one or more modern European languages (French, German and Italian). A commitment to meeting deadlines and working within a team is essential, as the project will only achieve its full potential if outputs are delivered on time and a collaborative ethos is maintained.

Scholarship
A tax-free scholarship will be provided for three years, to cover fees for at Home/EU level and to provide a living allowance of 13,000 GBP. Research expenses to cover foreign travel for the project will also be covered.

Application Process
Applications for the scholarships should consist of a CV, covering letter and an example of written work, made by email to postgraduate secretary Juliette Ashby: J.C.Ashby@kent.ac.uk. An application must also be made for the degree programme on-line at http://www.kent.ac.uk/studying/postgrad/apply/. No research proposal is required but all application materials (via email or on-line) must make clear which of the above doctorates is being applied for. Candidates are welcome to apply for more than one topic, but must specify an order of preference. A copy of the project specification with full details of the doctoral topics can be viewed at http://www.lateantiquearchaeology.wordpress.com

The deadline for submissions is 20th February 2011. Selection will be based on written submissions, with the option of interview by telephone / email.

For queries contact:
Dr Luke Lavan,
Email: l.a.lavan@kent.ac.uk
Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies,
SECL, Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent CT2 7NF

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PHD 1  ‘Dress and Personal Appearance in Urban Settings’

This thesis puts people centre-stage in our reconstructions of cities. Whilst the dress of upper social classes is well-known, that of the middling and lower classes is not, and we have little idea of regional variations in dress. Similarly, hairstyles or beards from court are well-studied, whilst the personal appearance of shopkeepers, beggars, children and slaves is somewhat neglected. Indeed, recent reconstructions of dress have produced idealised depictions based on mosaics, manuscripts and statues, of people looking their  best. We have little idea of how clothes aged, were repaired, or how they might vary seasonally. To make progress we need to understand the nature of personal representation in late antiquity. We also need to consider often neglect textiles, especially from newly-excavated Egyptian graves, along with evidence from patristic texts and depictions, to reveal seasonality, wear and repair in dress, alongside evidence of bodily modification, such as piercings or tattoos. This material could provide a basis for filling city reconstructions with credible ordinary people.

PHD 2  ‘Everyday Architectural Decoration in the Late Antique City’

Although the decoration of monumental structures, especially churches, is relatively well-synthesised, this is not true of street porticoes, shops, workshops, and ordinary houses. In order to produce convincing urban images, we need to consider not only major public structures, but also in-between spaces. It is also necessary to have an idea of how such decoration, which might not attract as great an investment as public buildings, aged, weathered, and was repaired. The art work of research associate SR has made extensive use of such ideas. However, the empirical data to support this academically has not been collected. The thesis will compile a gazetteer of dated examples of decoration for porticoes, modest houses, shops, workshops and small churches, with a thematic chapter on each, illustrated by a case study. The study will also consider evidence for light fittings, shutters, textile hangings etc, which might have modified the appearance of structures. The student will be trained in the recognition of decorative traces by SR and ES, before joining LL in visits to sites selected for reconstruction.

PHD 3  ‘Urban Artefact Assemblages’

This thesis will study the everyday arrangement and use of artefacts within selected urban settings, especially drawing on the rich occupation deposits revealed by Eastern excavations, which have had little synthetic or critical treatment. The student will reconstruct theoretical groups of objects for shops, houses and ordinary churches, and try to establish the functional connections between objects (their use). This will allow us to ‘furnish’ architectural illustrations and understand behaviour in each setting. The study will consider object groups from published occupation deposits, as well as those in depictions, inventories, and groups hypothesised from functional artefact studies. These sources will be both analysed on their own terms and compared for their value for studying object use in churches, houses and shops. Although the topic seems vast, the sources limit inquiry: for shops, we can so far only reconstruct object groups for restaurants, metal workshops, glassblowers and cloth-dyers.

Posted by: lukelavan | November 7, 2010

Job Advert: Graduate Teaching Assistant

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Centre for Late Antique Archaeology,
University of Kent

The University of Kent wishes to appoint a 12 month graduate teaching assistant beginning January 2010, to join the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies to teach 6 hours per week during term on pre-prepared undergraduate courses, relating to Late Antique Archaeology, the Late Antique City and Everyday Life in the Roman Empire. For the department, see http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/classics/

The Centre for Late Antique Archaeology is an active research hub, with easy access to London research libraries, now 50 minutes away by train. It produces its own annual, Late Antique Archaeology, holds frequent international conferences and is engaged in a number of related field projects, on Ostia, Port of Rome, and on the Saxon Shore Forts. The GTA would be enrolled in the Centre and be invited to participate in these activities. For the centre see http://www.lateantiquearchaeology.wordpress.com

Duration: Full-time 12 months
Start date: January 2011

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have some experience of teaching and an established interest in late antiquity or Roman cities. A good MA degree or equivalent is required. International candidates are welcome. Knowledge of one or more modern European languages (French, German and Italian) would be an advantage. Candidates must submit a successful PhD application, pertinent to Late Antique Archaeology or other work of the Centre.

Scholarship
A tax-free scholarship of 12,500 GBP will be offered, to cover fees for one year at Home/EU level of 3,800 GBP and to provide a living allowance of 8,700 GBP. Further postgraduate scholarships are available within SECL, which the successful candidate would be invited to apply for.

Application Process
Applications should consist of a CV, covering letter and research proposal (one side of A4) and an example of written work, made by email to postgraduate secretary Juliette Ashby: J.C.Ashby@kent.ac.uk. To apply on-line for the PhD visit http://www.kent.ac.uk/studying/postgrad/apply/ The deadline for submissions is 30th November 2010. Selection will be based on written submissions, with the option of interview by telephone / email.

For queries contact:
Dr Luke Lavan,
Email: l.a.lavan@kent.ac.uk
Tel: 01227769665
Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies,
SECL, Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent CT2 7NF

Posted by: lukelavan | June 9, 2010

Visualising Late Antiquity Workshop 2

Visualising Late Antiquity Workshop 2
Shops in Late Antiquity

A one day workshop of the Universities of Kent and London (King’s College) to be held at King’s College, London on Saturday June 26th.

11.00-11.30 Ardle MacMahon (OU) Sources for shop interiors: the early empire and late antiquity compared.
11.45-12.30 Luke Lavan (Kent) Commercial structures in Late Antiquity

14.00-14.45 Luke Lavan (Kent) Shop interiors and the shopping experience
14.45-15.30 Elias Khamis (Oxford) The shops of Scythopolis

16.00-16.30 Jon Conyard (Comitatus) Reconstructing workshops practical issues
16.30-17.00 Conclusion

Room details: Room B6, at King’s College (Strand Campus), the Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. Tube station: Temple.

Location details: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/campuses/strand-det.html.

Entrance is free.

Posted by: lukelavan | January 20, 2010

Conference LAA 2010

LATE ANTIQUE ARCHAEOLOGY 2010

LOCAL ECONOMIES? PRODUCTION & EXCHANGE OF INLAND REGIONS

King’s College, London, Friday 12th to Saturday 13th March 2010

Studies of the late antique economy often stress sea-borne interregional trade as a motor of prosperity. But why were inland regions able to flower at this time? Was wealth generated mainly by local production and exchange? How important was this to the economy as a whole?

FRIDAY 12TH MARCH (in the Great Hall)

Theoretical Papers

14.00-14.40 Mark Whittow (Oxford)

How much trade was local, regional and inter-regional? Comparative perspectives

14.40-15.20 Peter Sarris (Cambridge)

Rural production dynamics: autarchy, tax and forms of exchange, seen from papyri.

16.00-16.40 A. Macmahon (OU) and L. Lavan (Kent)

Specialisation in artisanal production: what does it mean for local exchange?

 

SATURDAY 13TH MARCH (in Safra Lecture Theatre)

Prosperity in Inland Regions (forms of production )

10.40-11.10 Kim Bowes (Cornell) Spain and Gaul.

11.10-11.40 Emanuele Vaccaro (Cambridge) Interior Sicily.

 11.50-12.20 Lynda Mulvin (Dublin) Pannonia.

12.20-12.50 Elizabeth Fentress (UCL) Numidia.

14.00-14.30 David Mattingly (Leicester) Garamantia.

14.30-15.00 Hannelore Van Haeverbeke (Burdur) Pisidia and Lacaonia.

 

Regional exchange (forms of consumption)

15.00-15.30 Sauro Gelichi (Venice) Northern Italy  

16.10-16.40 Michel Bonifay (Aix en Provence) Africa

16.50-17.20 Jeroen Poblome (KULeuven)  Asia Minor

17.20-18.00 Agnes Vokaer (ULB) The Near East

Entrance is free, though places are limited. To reserve a place please email info@lateantiquearchaeology.com. Held at the Strand Campus, King’s College London. Location details: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/campuses/strand-det.html. Temple Tube station. For flights try www.skyscanner.net. Cheap UK train tickets can be obtained from www.thetrainline.com. Ask for GroupSave4 tickets: 4 people for the price of 2. Organised by the University of Kent (Centre for Late Antique Archaeology) and King’s College London (Centre for Hellenic Studies Dept of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies) 

Generously supported by Museum Selection and Brill Academic Publishers

www.museumselection.co.uk            www.lateantiquearchaeology.com           www.brill.nl/laa

Posted by: lukelavan | July 29, 2009

Late Antique Economy: conference dates for 2010

The conference dates for Late Antique Archaeology 2010 are now available. We will meet at King’s College London, on the Strand, on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th March 2010. The theme of the conference will be focused on regional trade and self-sufficency in late antiquity, a counter-balance to current studies of the economy which have stressed interegional trade as a source of prosperity in this period. More details soon

Posted by: lukelavan | June 17, 2009

Postscript on Visualisation Conference

For those of you who didnt get to London last week – Caroline Lawrence has posted her paper on law courts, with images of the scenes from ‘Roman Mysteries’ on her blog

http://flavias.blogspot.com/2009/06/roman-law-courts.html

It is a good resume of law court in the late republic and early empire with much of direct relevance to Late Antiquity.

Posted by: lukelavan | June 2, 2009

Visualising Late Antiquity M.A. Fee Waiver

MA in Archaeology by Research – Fee Waiver
Visualising Late Antiquity: Everyday Life AD 300-650

Centre for Late Antique Archaeology, University of Kent

The School of European Culture and Languages is able to offer two MA fee waivers at Home /EU rate for the academic year 2009-2010, to support guided research into the Visualisation of Everyday Life in Late Antiquity. This degree will be taught through tutorials and guided research, although  it will also be necessary to attend lectures and
seminars on late antique archaeology in the first term. Assessment will be based on a 40,000 word dissertation, though students will be asked to write preparatory essays in the first term, connected to their subject.

The theme of the dissertation will be set by their supervisor and may include topics such as the architecture, furniture and material culture in late antiquity.

Programme Duration: Full-time 12 months
Start date: September 2009

Entry Requirements: Applicants are generally expected to have obtained an upper second-class honours degree, or the international equivalent, in archaeology or a related field. Applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have obtained IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 570. Candidates should have an established interest in late antiquity and its
architecture or material culture, and intend to progress to a PhD at Kent on this theme, if the opportunity presented itself. Excavation experience and organisational skills are desirable, as students will be expected to participate for one month in the Ostia Excavation Project, and offer some administrative assistance to the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology during the year. Knowledge of one or more modern European languages (French, German and Italian) would be an advantage, as would experience of Mediterranean archaeology.

Fee Waiver: the successful candidates will be offered a fee waiver of 3,670 GBP to cover one year of postgraduate fees at home / EU rate. No maintenance fee would be offered. Fees could be repayable in whole or part if the degree was abandoned without completion, or if efforts made were deemed to fall below the acceptable minimum standard for MA work.

Application Process
To be eligible for these studentships, candidates must send to Dr Luke Lavan (via email) a CV and a letter explaining why they would like to be considered for the University of Kent studentship,  accompanied by a piece of written work. The deadline for submissions is 16th June 2009. Selection will be based on written submissions, with the option of
interview by telephone / email.

Contact: Dr Luke Lavan,
Email: l.a.lavan@kent.ac.uk
Tel: 01227769665
School of European Culture and Languages,
Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent CT2 7NF
http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/classics/staff/LukeLavan/
www.lateantiquearchaeology.com

*Visualising Late Antiquity Workshop 1*

*Law Courts in Late Antiquity*

A one day workshop of the Universities of Kent and London (King’s College)

to be held at King’s College, London on Saturday 6th June.

PROGRAMME

11.00-11.30 Luke Lavan (Kent) Reconstructing Everyday Life in Late Antiquity: Potential and Problems

11.40-12.40 Luke Lavan (Kent) Visiting the Courts in Late Antiquity: an Overview

14.00-14.40 Sebastian Rascon (Madrid) A Law Court at Complutum: a Virtual Reality Approach

14.40-15.20 Caroline Lawrence A Law Court at Ostia: Acting a ‘Roman Mysteries’ scene for the BBC

Break

16.00-16.30 Jon Conyard (Comitatus) Dressing for Court in Late Antiquity: Experiments in Replica Reconstruction 

16.30-17.00 Caroline Humfress (Birkbeck) Respondant

17.00-17.30 Discussion 

Room details: Council Room (K2.29) , near the chapel, on the first floor of King’s (Strand Campus), the Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

Entrance is free, though places are limited. To reserve a place please email Michael Mulryan on info@lateantiquearchaeology.com.

Location details: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/campuses/strand-det.html. Temple Tube station is closest. For flights try www.skyscanner.net.

Cheap UK train tickets can be obtained in advance from www.thetrainline.com. Direct trains from Canterbury West on Saturday morning leave at 8.35 or 9.06 and arrive 10.00 and 10.36 respectively, at Charing Cross. The best direct train from Oxford leaves at 9.01, and arrives at 9.59 Paddington. Ask for GroupSave4 tickets to allow four people to travel for the price of two.

Posted by: lukelavan | February 13, 2009

LAAConference London Saturday 7th March

*Late Antique Archaeology 2009*
*Late Antique Finds: Excavation and Analysis*

 

The study of late antique artefacts is no longer limited to silver plate and pilgrim tokens. Yet on many sites, finds are still excavated without thought for the information that they ultimately provide. Rich destruction deposits are excavated to a ‘one size fits all’ method, and finds are often studied only when digs have finished. Sadly, specialists are often kept out of trenches, despite the insights they can provide from finds into deposits actually under excavation. So do we simply collect finds?, or is there information, particular to each object type, and to late antique deposits, that needs to be recorded in order to study them properly? This meeting will examine the methods appropriate to the recovery and analysis of late antique finds, focusing especially on problems specific to the period and on new discoveries.

A joint conference of the University of Kent and King’s College, London,
to be held at the Safra lecture theatre, KCL Strand Campus, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

10.30 Welcome by Luke Lavan (Kent) and Tasssos Papacostas (KCL)

10.40-11.10 Steve Roskams (York) Animal Bones
11.10-11.40 John Pearce (KCL) Digging the Dead : Current and Future Approaches

11.50-12.20 Jerry Evans & Phil Mills (Leicester) Late Roman Pottery
12.20-12.50 Joanita Vroom (UEA) Early Medieval Pottery

2.00-2.30 Veerle Lawyers (KULeuven) Glass
2.30-3.00 Anthea Harris (Birmingham) Everyday Metals
3.00-3.30 John Casey (Kent) Coins

4.10-4.40 Stefan Groh (Vienna) The Archaeology of Waste in the Roman Fort and Vicus of Mautern-Favianis, Noricum (Austria)

4.40-5.10 Phil Mills (Leicester) Building Materials

5.10-5.40 James Gerrard (Pre-construct archaeology) Excavating and studying the hoard from Drapers’ Gardens, City of London

Entrance is free, though places are limited. To reserve a place please email Michael Mulryan on info@lateantiquearchaeology.com.

Location details: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/campuses/strand-det.html. Temple Tube station is closest. For flights try www.skyscanner.net. Cheap UK train tickets can be obtained in advance from www.thetrainline.com. Direct trains from Canterbury West on Saturday morning leave at 8.35 or 9.06 and arrive 10.00 and 10.36 respectively, at Charing Cross. The best direct train from Oxford leaves at 9.01, and arrives at 9.59 Paddington.

This conference has been generously sponsored by www.romanmysteries.com and www.brill.nl

— 
Dr Luke Lavan
Lecturer in Archaeology,
Classical and Archaeological Studies,
School of European Culture and Languages,
Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent CT2 7NF

www.brill.nl/laa
www.lateantiquearchaeology.com
www.lateantiqueostia.wordpress.com

Telephone +441227823944

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