You’re Invited: Our Winter 2014 Lecture on Pompeii

We are pleased to announce that Professor Theodore Peña (University of California, Berkeley) will be delivering the lecture “Investigating the life history of objects at Pompeii” on February 27th, 2014.

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The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University, Room 108. Doors open at 5:45 PM and the talk will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

The talk will center around the Pompeii Artifact Life History Project (PALHIP), presenting results from the first two field seasons in 2012 and 2013. The project seeks to add to our knowledge of life histories of Roman craft goods and use this towards understanding broader patterns of consumption in the Roman world. The talk will touch on topics such as production, distribution, acquisition, use and reuse, maintenance and disposal of craft goods at Pompeii before the great eruption of Vesuvius, using examples from the town and its surroundings.

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Finds from the site of Villa Regina a Boscoreale and Domus dei Casti Amanti (the House of the Chaste Lovers) will be discussed, and several of the objects will get their “close-up” as Professor Peña shows us how the evaluation of an artifact’s surface makes it possible to interpret its life history.

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Professor Peña is currently a Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) and Wesleyan University.  His research interests include the archaeology of Roman and pre-Roman Italy, ancient economy and economic archaeology, and ceramic studies.  Forthcoming publications include the Cambridge Handbook of Roman Pottery in the Mediterranean Basin (Cambridge University Press)

The following readings are suggested for those interested:

Peña, J.T. Roman pottery in the archaeological record. (2007).

Peña, J.T. and McCallum, M. “The production and distribution of pottery at Pompeii: a review of the evidence. Part 2: the material basis for pottery production and pottery distribution.” American Journal of Archaeology 113.2 (2009) 165-201.

Peña, J.T. and McCallum, M. “The production and distribution of pottery at Pompeii: a review of the evidence. Part 1: production.” American Journal of Archaeology 113.1 (2009) 57-79.

We hope to see many of you there!

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International Archaeology Day & Young Archaeologists’ Day is TOMORROW!

Events map

Map by Ryan Cruise. 

Tomorrow’s events will take place in a variety of locations.

AIA Narragansett has planned a number of activities at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World (Rhode Island Hall, left side of map). In addition, the institute has an “open house” that day, so in addition to our activities please feel free to check out the numerous display cases houses items from the Institute’s collection.

The events inside the building include:

Welcome Area: Information and light refreshments (main foyer)
The Bone Lab: Experts will be on hand to show specimens and talk about how we answer complex archaeological questions using human and animal remains. (mezzanine; upstairs)
The Material Culture Lab: Meet our experts on coins and pottery and find out about daily life in the ancient world. (seminar room; downstairs)
Young Archaeologists’ Day: Young archaeologists grades 7-12 are invited to join us for lunch from 12-2 to find out more about archaeology and how they can get involved. (common room)

Events outside include:

College Hill excavation: Stop by Brown University’s search for the home of the first university President, from 10-4PM. (outdoors; quiet green)
Build an Ancient House: Help lay out floorplans of houses from different civilizations, from ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome. (outdoors; quiet green)

Public restrooms are located on the basement level and there is an elevator.

Our friends at the Haffenreffer Museum (right side of map) also have activities planned; for a full schedule of their events see here.

We look forward to seeing you there!