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Ottawa Chapter Program
Fall 2018 - Winter 2019
Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Room 1160, (ground floor) Desmarais Bldg. University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Ave. E.

  • Sponsored by the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies In partnership with AIA, and part of the Ottawa International Archaeology Day.

    Keynote speaker: Professor McKenzie Lewis, PhD, Adjunct Professor and Research Associate at the University of Waterloo.

    Excavations at the Villa del Vergigno: A Roman ‘villa rustica’ in Northern Tuscan

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    Biographical notes

    Professor Lewis has been excavating in Tuscany since 2004. He has been the Director of the Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project since 2012. It is a summer field school and a volunteer opportunity to participate in an archaeological dig.

    The Villa Romana del Vergigno is a located in northern Tuscany, west of Florence. The villa was inhabited from ca. 100 BCE to 500 CE but the area, Montelupo Fiorentino, has been continuously inhabited since the prehistoric era. It owes its importance to a docking point along the Arno River. This region was prosperous during the last few centuries BCE with its Etruscan population repeatedly subjected to waves of Roman colonization between 82 and 30 BCE, a period that is roughly concurrent with the development of the Villa Vergigno. During the Roman Imperial period, the villa boasted a large domestic area with mosaic flooring, a hypocaust system and a bath complex, as well as sectors for the production of wine, olive oil, glass, metals, pottery, and amphorae.

    Reception to follow
    Sunday, October 14,th
  • Location: Room 1160 (room to be confirmed), Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa , 55 Laurier Avenue E.

  • Main Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America, in partnership with CIMS

    Lecturer: Darian Totten, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University.

    The Salapia project.

    The town of Salapia on the Adriatic coast of northern Puglia has a complex archaeological record that stretches for almost two millennia. Established in the 1st c. BCE, on the shores of a lagoon rich in salt and providing a natural harbour, the site remained inhabited well into the 8th c. CE. (A medieval town, built atop the Roman ruins, persisted into the early 15th c.) In this talk, Professor Totten will bring to life the Late Antique and Early Medieval settlements, home to vibrant communities embedded in the former structures of the Roman town. In fact, the Roman "ruins", together with the lagoon environment, provided compelling resources that help to explain why human life persisted here in the long-term, despite broader vicissitudes wrought by the fall of the Roman Empire.

    Reception to follow
    Sunday, November 4th, 2018
  • Location: Room 1160 (room to be confirmed), Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa. 55 Laurier Ave. E.

  • Main Sponsor: Archaeology Institute of America, Kress lecture, in partnership with CIMS.

    Lecturer: Filomena Limão, (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).

    Troia (Portugal) or the “Portuguese Troy”: a mystery in the edge of the Roman Empire.

    Troia is the name of a sandy peninsula located in the southwestern Atlantic coast of Portugal, on the left bank of the river Sado, where, in Roman times since the first century CE, an important industrial complex emerged.  However, the name Troia was never mentioned in the ancient sources in contrast with Caetobriga (nowadays Setúbal), a Roman city in the mainland facing Troia pointed by Ptolemy in Geography ( II 5, 2) and quoted in the Antonine Itinerary (XII). By the end of the 15th c CE, the name Troia was well-known and the ruins of this ancient settlement in the peninsula were just about to be discovered. During the 16th c CE, enthusiastic Portuguese scholars described places and wrote historical narratives of Lusitania (understood as Portugal) making reference to events dating far back in time, as the ones related to the ancient city of Troy. This could have inspired an erudite speculation relating the name of the mythic Troy with Troia, two places lost in time. 

    This lecture aims to question what Troia may have been in Roman times besides being a noteworthy center for the production of salt fish goods as proven by the extensive workshops in the place. The current archaeological site of Troia also preserves baths, insulae, domus, diverse funerary monuments and an early Christian basilica (second half of the 4th c CE), with painted walls. A bas-relief of the god Mithras, a sarcophagus, some sculpture and a composite capital reused in a domus ladder step, are just some more pieces of a vast history worth unveiling. Our aim is to better understand whether the strategic location of Troia may have allowed it to become a confluence place of people, ideas, religion, artistic trends, material resources. 

    During Late Antiquity (6th c CE), Troia slowly declined and was forgotten until the Modern times. The discovery of Troia and the development of studies in the field of archaeology and art history nowadays, are expected to shed light in the understanding of the role of Troia in the dynamics of the Roman province of Lusitania.

    Reception to follow
    Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 303, Paterson Hall, Carleton University

  • National Annual General Meeting

    An official convocation will be sent out shortly

    The meeting will be followed by the screening of a film
    2:30 p.m: TULIP: The Light of the East, a documentary on the fascinating story of the Journey of the Tulip.

    This film, co-produced by the City of Istanbul and Radio Netherlands Television, tells the dramatic saga of the tulip as it traveled throughout history from its origin as a wild flower in Asia to Europe. This impressive documentary includes interviews with tulip experts like Mike Dash, author of “Tulipomania” and Deborah Moggach, author of “Tulip Fever”, and emphasizes the diversity and the power of the exquisite tulip.

    Reception to follow
    November or February 2019
    (date and venue to be determined)
  • Location: to be determined

  • In partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.

    Lecturer: Dr. Timothy P. Harrison, Professor, Department of Near and ME Civilizations, University of Toronto (2007-present)..

    “Mother, Goddess, Matriarch or Queen”. The recently discovered Lady of Tayanat and Female Patronage in Southeastern Turkey.

    Biographical notes

    Prof. Harrison is well-known to CIMS, having been a national Board member for several years and given several lectures on the University of Toronto project on Tayanat, near Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey.

    February 2019
    (date and venue to be determined)
  • Location: to be determined

  • In partnership with AIA.

    Lecturer: Professor Stephen Batiuk, of the University of Toronto. Dr. Batiuk is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Archaeology Center of Toronto U.

    In search of the roots of the vine in the Republic of Georgia.

    Biographical notes

    Dr. Batiuk’s more recent publications and research include an understanding of the origins of wine production in Trans Caucasia (Georgia) and the spread of this early culture across the entire Near East. GRAPE is an international multidisciplinary research project investigating the emergence of farming economies in the South Caucasus and the influence of the Near East on the development of local Neolithic cultures and, conversely, the influence of Caucasia on the Near East.

    The excavations are sponsored by the Georgian Wine Association and the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture under the umbrella of a larger international project entitled “Research and Popularization of Georgian Grape and Wine Culture” which aims to investigate the roots of wine production in the ancient world.

    Sunday, March 17th, 2019
  • Location: Room 303 Paterson Hall, Carleton University

  • Lecturer: Dr. Jean Revez, Professor, History Department, University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

    Investigating the column decoration inside a major Ramesside monument: The UQAM-University of Memphis Project at Karnak.

    Biographical notes

    His areas of expertise are the Egypt of the Pharaohs, architecture in the temples and ancient Middle East. His present project is on Karnak,in Egypt, financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

    Since 2011, the University of Quebec in Montreal and the University of Memphis have carried out a joint epigraphic mission inside the pharaonic temple of **Amon-Ra at Karnak. The main purpose of the project is to investigate the hieroglyphic texts and numerous scenes carved on the 134 columns (the largest ones reaching 20 meters in height) during the Egyptian Ramesside period (ca. 1300-1170 BC).

    Reception to follow


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    Or by telephone: 819-684-8768