New collaboration! Migration and the Making of the Ancient Greek World

We are happy to announce the beginning of a new collaboration with Migration and the Making of the Ancient Greek World (“MIGMAG”), a new European Research Council-funded project directed by Naoíse Mac Sweeney of the University of Vienna. The MIGMAG project “combines archaeological and historical evidence to explore the human mobilities c.1200-550 BCE that led to the creation of the ancient Greek world as we know it.” SAP will be providing data from our survey to think about Phoenician mobility in the central and western Mediterranean and contextualize our data with the wider aims of the project. You can find out more about this research here. Follow MIGMAG on Twitter at @MIGMAG_ERC!

SAA Poster is presented digitally!

Hi everyone! After the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting was canceled this year due to COVID-19, we decided to make our yearly poster and present it online. You can now check the poster out and read it on here. Thanks to the team for their hard work putting this together and helping to share our 2019 season work!

Upcoming team presentations at the University of Michigan 2/14-2/15

Project co-director Linda Gosner has organized a conference on Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient Western Mediterranean.  Check out the website here. As a part of the event, several members of SAP will be giving presentations:

  • Connectivity and Mobility among Indigenous Groups in Sardinia and Southern Iberia, Kelly Miklas (University of Missouri)
  • At the Margins of “Orientalization”: Funerary Ritual and Local Practice in Apennine Central Italy, Jessica Nowlin (UT San Antonio)
  • Mining, Movement, and Migration in Roman Iberia, Linda Gosner (University of Michigan)
  • Intra and Inter-inland Connectivity in the Balearic Islands in Antiquity, Catalina Mas (University of Barcelona).


Upcoming presentations at AIA 2020

The annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America will be held this year in Washington D.C. from January 2nd-5th. We will be presenting aspects of our fieldwork in two sessions:

Session 3J: Landscapes of Mediterranean “Colonization,” Friday January 3, 1:45-4:45, “An Uncaptured Sardinia? Intra-Regional Mobility and Connectivity the Coastal and Inland Landscapes of Iron Age Sardinia”

Session 4I: Surveying the Punic World, Saturday, January 4, 8-10:30, “Sinis Archaeological Project: Results from the 2018 and 2019 Seasons of Landscape Survey in West-Central Sardinia”

Some of our team members are also presenting on their own research:

Session 7F: Carthage: World City, Sunday, January 5, 8:00-11:00, “Carthaginian Imperialism: The Colonial Perspective” by James Prosser (University of Michigan)

Session 2C: Open Session Fieldwork and Survey in Egypt and the Ancient Near East, Friday, January 3 (10:45 AM – 12:45 PM, “Brown University Petra Terraces Archaeological Project: 2019 Methods and Results” by Daniel Plekhov, Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Evan I. Levine, Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Luiza O. G. Silva, University of Chicago, and Max Peers, Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

For more information, check out the preliminary program here.

Upcoming talk: Linda Gosner at the UMMAA

Project co-director Linda Gosner will give a talk about our recent fieldwork for the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology Brown Bag Series on November 20th. The lecture, “An Uncaptured Sardinia? Colonial Interaction and Resource Exploitation in the Sinis Peninsula,” will take place at noon in the School of Education building (Room 1315) on the UM campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Upcoming SAA Presentation (4/14)

The Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting is right around the corner. For those of you heading to Albuquerque for the meeting next week, be sure to check out our team’s poster presentation, “Sinis Archaeological Project: Preliminary Results of the First Season of Landscape Survey in West-Central Sardinia”! We will be presenting on Sunday, April 14th in the 8-10 am session (“New Research in the Ancient Mediterranean World”) in the “La Sala” room.

For more info, check out the SAA’s website.

Upcoming presentations at the AIA (1/3-6/2019)

The annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America will be held this year in San Diego, California from January 3-6th. We will be presenting some of our summer fieldwork in the poster session on Friday, January 4th from 10:45 am to 12:45 pm. A number of our team members are also giving presentations on their other research too. Here’s our line-up:

  • Integrating Multi-Scalar Remote Sensing and Pedestrian Survey: Results from the 2018 Season of the Sinis Archaeological Project (poster by Jessica Nowlin, Linda Gosner, Alex Smith, and Dan Plekhov)
  • Green Petra Revisited: The Brown University Petra Terraces Archaeological Project (paper by Evan Levine and Dan Plekhov, Session 5B, 10:45-12:45)
  • The Lure of the Mines: Mining, Labor, and Local Industries in Carthago Nova (Cartagena, Spain) (paper by Linda Gosner on Friday, Session 6B, 1:45-4:45)
  • Roman Conquest and Balearic Persistence: Ibizan Ceramic Production and Distribution into the Imperial Period (paper by Alex Smith on Friday, Session 6B, 1:45-4:45)
  • Mining Matters: Cross-Regional Research and Ancient Connectivity in the Mining Landscapes of Roman Iberia (paper by Linda Gosner, Session 7F, 8-11)

For more information, check out the full program here.

Poster presentation 10/24: International Congress of Phoenician and Punic Studies in Mérida

The International Congress of Phoenician and Punic Studies is this week, October 22-26th, in Mérida, Spain. There a number of wonderful contributions on Sardinia. If you are around, be sure to check out our poster: New Evidence for Local Continuity and Phoenician Influence in the Ceramic Assemblage from Iron Age Su Padrigheddu (West-Central Sardinia) by Linda Gosner, Jeremy Hayne, Emanuele Madrigali, and Jessica Nowlin. Here’s our abstract as a quick preview of the results of our small intervention at the Su Padrigheddu:

The nuraghe S’Urachi and the adjacent site of Su Padrigheddu served as important inland settlement sites in west-central Sardinia over the course of the 1st millennium BCE, when the island’s indigenous Nuragic people came into contact with Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans. Although Su Padrigheddu was long believed to be a cemetery connected with the nearby settlement at S’Urachi, analysis of materials that were brought to light after the deep plowing of the area in the 1980s revealed ceramics characteristic of a domestic assemblage. Since 2013, the Progetto S’Urachi reinitiated work at the site in an effort to better understand the daily lives of local inhabitants at S’Urachi and Su Padrigheddu in antiquity, and the cultural and economic links between them and the wider Mediterranean world. As a part of this wider research, both geophysical survey and intensive survey were conducted in Su Padrigheddu. In 2016, we opened up a 1.5 x 1.5 m test trench to explore a promising area along the northern border of Su Padrigheddu. In this poster, we present an analysis of the pottery discovered in this test trench, which attests to continuous settlement at the site throughout the Iron Age. While much of the stratigraphy was disturbed by recent plowing activity, the pottery itself shows a wide range of local Nuragic and imported Phoenician forms alongside examples of locally-produced pottery in Phoenician styles. Ultimately, the study attests to long-term contact an interaction among locals and Phoenicians at this settlement site.