Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Archaeologies of Byzantium conference

FWD from Veronica Kalas, Wayne State University

The Archaeologies of Byzantium
41st Spring Symposium of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
4-6th April 2008

This will be the first Spring Symposium directly focused on Byzantine
Archaeology and aims to consider the differing approaches to the
archaeologies of the Byzantine world as well as highlighting some
important discoveries of recent years. It will cover the archaeology of
the Byzantine world from the death of Justinian to the fall of the
city in 1453. We hope to consider how an understanding of material
culture of
Byzantine has been moulded by the differing cultural and national
perspectives of those who have inherited former Byzantine lands,
especially Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Major themes will include:
• Spanning the divide, Archaeology and History
• Nautical Archaeology
• The Archaeologies of Buildings
• National Narratives
• Material world ceramics, coins etc.
• The Borders of Byzantium: Italian and Islamic perspectives
• Technology
• Peoples and Lands: settlement, landscape and geoscience

For more information, including details for registration go to:


On Friday 4th April, at 5.30p.m., there will be a public lecture by Dr
Ismail Karamut, Director of the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, who will
talk on the Recent Excavations in the Harbour of Theodosius (Yenikapi) and
the discovery of 27 ancient ships, in Lecture Theatre 270, Old College.
To be followed by a wine reception in F1, F2b, The Old High School,
sponsored by Ashgate Books to view 'Encounters of Arts and Crafts
Architects in Byzantium', an exhibition based on the The Byzantine
Research Fund Archive from the British School at Athens. The exhibition
will be displayed over the three days of the symposium. For the BSA
archive project see:
Poster 1 | Poster 2

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