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.