Pending Excavations at Maryport

A sort of catch up/latest news post … back in February (and still in my mailbox!) we read at PhysOrg (inter alia):

Led by Professor Ian Haynes, the team is focusing its attention on the site of a major discovery of Roman altars 140 years ago.

The site where the altars were found now forms part of the Roman Maryport site at Camp Farm, which is owned by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage.

“The Maryport altars have been at the centre of international debate about the nature of religion in the Roman army for decades,” said Professor Haynes, who is currently waiting for Scheduled Monument Consent from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to carry out the work.

“However, we still know very little about the context in which they were originally deposited and this project represents a marvellous opportunity to further our understanding.”

Last year, the University worked with Southampton University on an extensive geophysical survey led by Alan Biggins, a Newcastle PhD student from TimeScape Surveys. This gave archaeologists a better overview of the site, but further excavation is required to help answer many more questions about the altars’ origins.  It is hoped work will begin at the end of May 2011.

Peter Greggains is chairman of the Senhouse Museum Trust, which is commissioning and funding the excavation. “The altars found by Humphrey Senhouse in 1870 are part of the internationally important collection of Roman sculpture and inscriptions from the Maryport site which is now displayed in our museum,” he said.

“It is very exciting that we can now revisit the site where the altars were found and, with modern methods, learn more about their burial and other activity in this area more than 1,800 years ago.” […]

… and today, the BBC gives us the latest:

Experts from Newcastle University are to begin excavating an internationally important Roman site in Cumbria.

The archaeological team is focusing on the site of a major discovery of Roman altars 141 years ago.

The site where the 17 altars were found now forms part of the Roman Maryport site at Camp Farm, which is owned by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage.

It is hoped the dig, which will continue into July, will shed light on the nature of religion at the time.

Project leader, Prof Ian Haynes said: “The Maryport altars have been at the centre of international debate about the nature of religion in the Roman army for decades.

“However, we still know very little about the context in which they were originally deposited and this project represents a marvellous opportunity to further our understanding.”

The altars are housed at the Senhouse Museum Trust in Maryport which commissioned the excavation.

They were found by landowner Humphrey Senhouse in 1870 and form part of a significant collection of Roman sculpture and inscriptions at the museum.

Trust chairman Peter Greggains said: “It is very exciting that we can now revisit the site where the altars were found and, with modern methods, learn more about their burial and other activity in this area more than 1,800 years ago.”

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage, said the work was a key element in understanding the development of Roman activities in Maryport

The Senhouse Museum has a nice webpage devoted to the altar collection …

CONF: Solinus in the Twenty-First Century

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SOLINUS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Some of us who are fascinated by Solinus’ astonishingly influential and amazingly neglected Collectanea Rerum Memorabilum are gathering to talk about him and it in Craigard 26, School of Classics at St Andrews on Monday 13th June. Participants will include Eran Almagor (Ben Gurion), Kai Brodersen (Erfurt) and Andy Merrills (Leicester).

There will be no formal papers but we aim to talk about the following themes, each led by one of us.

9.00 WELCOME

9.15 Text and Context (Kai Brodersen)

10.00 Reading Some Solinus. (One or more passages will be circulated to participants in advance)

11.00 COFFEE

11.15 Solinus the Ethnographer (Eran Almagor & Greg Woolf)

12.30 LUNCH

14.00 Solinus and His Literary Context (Joseph Howley)

15.00 Solinus and His Readers (Felix Racine)

16.00 TEA

16.30 Solinus, where next? (General Discussion)

Everyone is very welcome to attend. There is no fee, but it would be helpful to know numbers so we can organize catering, and send out materials in advance.

Please would anyone interested contact Greg Woolf (gdw2 AT st-andrews.ac.uk).


CONF: Beyond Self-Sufficiency – Households, City-States, and Markets in the Ancient Greek World

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Beyond Self-Sufficiency

Households, City-States and Markets in the Ancient Greek World
Durham, 2nd-5th July 2011

We are rapidly filling up our spaces for the ‘Beyond Self-Sufficiency’
conference, but if you wish to attend there are several spaces left;
please contact the organisers if you hope to come along:

Mark Woolmer ( mark.woolmer AT durham.ac.uk )
David Lewis ( d.m.lewis AT durham.ac.uk )

We will not be able to take any further names after 11th June; however, it
is recommended that prospective attendees let us know well before that
date as there may be no further spaces available by that point.

Programme:

Saturday 2nd July

(1) 5pm-6pm E.M. Harris (Durham University)
Markets in the Ancient Greek World: A Typology

(2) 6pm-7pm J.K. Davies (Liverpool University)
Markets and Market-places in Ancient Greece

Sunday 3rd July

(3) 9am-10am C. Pébarthe (University of Bordeaux)
Beyond The Ancient Economy, ancient economics

(4) 10am-11am P. Acton (independent scholar)
The Household Mode of Production: Political Ideology or Economic
Rationality?

(5) 11:30-12:30 B. Ault (SUNY Buffalo)
Households and Self-Sufficiency

(6) 12:30-1:30 B. Tsakirgis (Vanderbilt University)
Whole Cloth: Exploring the Question of Self-Sufficiency through the
evidence for Textile Manufacture and Purchase in Greek Houses

(7) 3-4pm J.H. Kroll (Oxford University)
Changes in Athenian Weights Standards and Their Implications for Athenian
Trade

(8) 4-5pm S. Psoma (University of Athens)
Weight-Standards in Coinage outside Athens and Trade between Poleis

Monday 4th July

(9) 9-10am M. Lawall (University of Manitoba)
Transport Amphoras as Evidence for Motivation and Market Behaviour in the
Economies of Classical and Hellenistic Greece

(10) 10-11am C. Tzochev (independent scholar)
The Export of Thasian Amphoras and Markets in the Black Sea Region

(11) 11:30-12:30 T. Panagou (University of Athens)
Patterns of Amphora Stamp Distribution. Tracking Down Export Tendencies

(12) 12:30-1:30 M. Woolmer (Durham University)
Honours and Rewards for Merchants

(13) 3-4pm D. Lewis (Durham University)
The market for slaves from the Persian Empire in the fifth and fourth
century Aegean

(14) 4-5pm G. Kron (University of Victoria)
Classical Athenian Trade in comparative perspective: Literary and
archaeological evidence, demand and infrastructure

Tuesday 5th July

(15) 9am-10am A. Bresson (University of Chicago)
Markets and the Role of the State

(16) 10-11am P. Van Alfen (American Numismatic Society)
An Overview of Commodities in Long-Distance Trade c. 500-300 BCE

CONF: Colloquium in honour of Niall Rudd

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THEMES IN LATIN LITERATURE AND ITS RECEPTION:
A COLLOQUIUM IN HONOUR OF NIALL RUDD

Monday, 13 June 2011, 1.15 pm – 6.15 pm

Bosanquet Seminar Room, School of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology,
12 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool

The Department of Philosophy and the School of Archaeology, Classics,
and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool are delighted to announce
a colloquium in honour of Emeritus Professor Niall Rudd, who
successively held the Chairs of Latin at Liverpool and then at Bristol.

The programme for the afternoon is as follows:

1.15 Arrival and welcome

1.30 Fred Jones (Liverpool): ‘The Garden of Anthologies: The Roman
garden, poetry, and cognitive development’

2.20 Tony Woodman (Virginia): ‘On not writing history: Cicero and Pliny’

3.10 Richard Gaskin (Liverpool): ‘Horace and A. E. Housman’

4.00 Tea

4.30 Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): ‘George
Buchanan (1506-82) – the Scottish Horace’

5.20 Niall Rudd (Liverpool): ‘Johnson’s Latin Poems’

All welcome! There is no charge for attendance, but it would be very
helpful if those intending to come could please contact Bruce Gibson
(bjgibson AT liv.ac.uk).