NYSAA: Jeff Zorn, Storage Pits and the State in Iron Age Israel

Displaying Standing on Hole-y Ground.jpgNew York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) presents Jeff Zorn (Cornell University):  “Standing on Hole-y Ground: Storage Pits at Tell en-Naṣbeh and the Role of the State.” 
Tell en-Naṣbeh, probably biblical Mizpah of Benjamin, was excavated by W. F. Badè of Pacific School of Religion in five seasons between 1926 and 1935. About two-thirds of the 3.2 hectare/8 acre site was uncovered, providing an almost unparalleled example of settlement planning at a mid-size, fortified, rural Israelite town of the Iron Age. A unique and enigmatic feature of the site is a band of ca. 60 storage pits located around the southern periphery of the site, just inside the town’s massive fortifications. This talk explores whether these pits represent private or public storage (initiated by the Judean monarchy) and suggests that the evidence supports the latter theory.
Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 pm, 208 Center for Natural Sciences Bldg. Ithaca College. 

Field Drawing course in Italy

Dear Archaeology Students:

The University of Maryland is offering a summer course in preparing archaeological field plans, using the substantial architectural remains of the  Roman villas at ancient Stabiae, near Pompeii.  Buried during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE and quite recently explored archaeologically, the site offers a rich array of features for documentation, from architectural features with well-preserved frescoes to garden remains, roads and exterior features.   Although best suited for students with an aptitude for drawing or computer aided drafting, archaeologists wishing to know how to document sites with the latest tools in surveying, CAD, LiDAR, and other tools, as well as by hand, will find the class of value.
I just received the attached poster, but the University of Maryland Summer School Program has set a deadline of Sunday, March 1.  By this date you  need to submit the online application form with Education Abroad and submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.  A $250 deposit will then be billed by mid-March.  The full details of the application process are laid out in the links on the information poster attached: Poster_2015
I expect to be present at the Vesuvian Institute at the same time as this course, working on a small project and the Villa San Marco.  I heartily recommend the field school.  I did a similar course with Professor Vann in Rome at the start of my own career and it was invaluable.  Don’t hesitate to contact me this week with any questions.
All best,
Kathy Gleason

Paid Internships at the Johnson Museum

Fall 2015 (and beyond) paid internships at the Johnson Museum have just been posted. These positions are open to all majors, and applications are due April 6. Form here: HFJ-Internships2015


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Angela Campbell (Metropolitan Museum), Conserving Works on Paper

Art | Science Intersections lecture 
Conserving Works on Paper
Thursday February 26, 5:15 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art 

Angela Campbell, assistant paper conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss pursuing a career as a conservator of works of art on paper.  

This free public lecture is supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and held in conjunction with the exhibition An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection and the seminar “Art | Science Intersections,” a collaboration between the Johnson Museum, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). Additional support was provided through the generosity of Helen-Mae and Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47, and of Joseph W. Simon ’80 and Ernest F. Steiner ’63 in honor of Vera C. Simon ’55.

The entire Museum is open Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. now through April 30. Parking for this event is FREE at the metered spots in front of the Museum, and visitors can park at ANY Cornell parking garage. The closest is at Martha Van Rensselaer Hall off Forest Home Drive, about a five-minute walk east of the Museum.

RadioCIAMS: Liz Robinson on the Roman integration of Larinum

elizabeth_robinsonOn February 10, 2015 Binghamton University archaeologist Elizabeth Robinson met with a panel of CIAMS students (Jess Pfundstein, Liana Brent, Nils Niemeier, and Tim Sorg) and CIAMS Director Sturt Manning to discuss her lecture the evening prior and a forthcoming work on the role of local women in the integration of Larinum (Italy) into the Roman state. The recorded discussion of about an hour opens with the link below.