Friday, January 10, 2014

CIG and Its Members at the A.I.A. Meeting in Chicago

Every year, the first weekend in January, archaeologists and fellow travelers interested in the archaeological heritage of the Mediterranean world, Europe and the Middle East, from the Paleolithic period to the present, gather in a city somewhere in North America for a large four-day professional meeting. This meeting is organized by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and one or more of their local societies. There are scholarly papers, colloquia, workshops, and poster sessions (as well as joint sessions with the American Philological Association which meets at the same time ) where topics of current interest are addressed and the results of the most recent fieldwork and research presented. Many of these contributions will turn eventually into some form of publication. This year’s AIA meeting was held last week in the cold, windy and snowy city of Chicago. The meeting is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Philological Association which focuses on Greek and Latin philology and literature, ancient history and classical studies in general. Obviously, the interests of the two organizations and their members are congruent in many areas.

At the recent AIA meetings the Institute and its members were well represented as always. Below are listed where and by whom CIG made its presence known to our archaeological colleagues. The underlined individuals are CIG members. Papers with an * indicate the results of fieldwork carried out under the aegis of the Institute with a permit from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport. Dimitri Nakassis and Tristan Carter were particularly busy this year! Their planned fieldwork this coming summer should keep them in the “limelight” too at next year’s AIA meeting in New Orleans, I believe!

If I have inadvertently missed any active CIG member who gave a paper and/or participated in some fashion in the program please let me know immediately so that I can update the list!

David Rupp

Mycenaean Political Economy Session:
Dimitri Nakassis (University of Toronto) and Kevin Pluta (University of Texas – Austin): “Digital Imaging of the Linear B Tablets from the Palace of Nestor”.

Lithics and Interactions in Mediterranean Prehistory Session:
Chair: Tristan Carter (McMaster University).

Tristan Carter, Denica Mihailovic (University of Belgrade), Yiannis Papadatos (University of Athens), and Crysa Sofianou (24th EPCA): “The Cretan Earlier Mesolithic in the Eastern Mediterranean Context: New Data from Livari”.

Villas Session:
Maria Papaioannou (University of New Brunswick): “Villas in Roman Greece” From Center to Periphery”.

Poster Session:
Michael MacKinnon (University of Winnipeg): “’Crying Fowl’: Reevaluating the Role of Poultry in Roman Dietary and Ritual contexts”.

Jami Baxley (College of Charleston), Benjamin Rennison (Clemson Univerisity), James Newhard (College of Charleston), Kevin Pluta (University of Texas – Austin), Dimitri Nakassis (University of Toronto): “The Use of Structured Light Scanning for the Study of Linear B Deposits from Pylos, Messenia, Greece”.

Putting It Back Together: The Reconstruction and Interpretation of Ancient Surface Decoration Colloquium:
Anne Chapin (Brevard College) and Maria Shaw (University of Toronto): “Picking Up The Pieces – Virtually: Minoan Frescoes from the South House (Crete)”.

Reciprocity in Aegean Palatial Societies: Gifts, Debt, and the Foundations of Economic Exchange Session:
Co-Organizer: Dimitri Nakassis (University of Toronto)

Variations on a Theme: Death in Late Bronze Age Greece Session:
*Angus Smith (Brock University), Mary K. Dabney (Bryn Mawr College) and James Wright (Bryn Mawr College): “The Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Nemea”.

Network Connectivity in Old World Prehistory Session:
Zack Batist (McMaster University) and Tristan Carter (McMaster University): “Using Network Analysis to Examine Relative Resource Procurement Strategies in Anatolia and Southwest Asia from the Epipaleolithic to Chalcolithic Periods (14,000-5,700 B.P.)”.

Reports from the Field: Greece and Cyprus Session:
*Margriet Haagsma (University of Alberta), Tracene Harvey (University of Sackatchewan), Sophia Karapanou (15th EPCA), and Laura Surtees (University of Pennsylvania): “Kastro Kallithea Archaeological Project: Results of the 2007-2013 Seasons”.

Mapping the Roman World Session:
Scott Gallimore (Wilrid Laurier University): “Farm or Fiction: Identifying the Function of Roman Sites in Survey Archaeology”.

Managing Multidisciplinary Field Research Projects: Best Practices and Problem-solving Strategies Workshop:
Panelists: Michael MacKinnon (University of Winnipeg), Joseph W. Shaw (University of Toronto) and Maria Shaw (University of Toronto).

The Bronze Age Greek Mainland Session:
*Brendan Burke (University of Victoria), Bryan Burns (Wellesley College), and Alexandra Charami (9th EPCA): “Excavations at Eleon in Eastern Boeotia, 2013”.

*Trevor van Damme (Costen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles): “A Late Helladic IIIC Destruction Deposit from Ancient Eleon”.

Recent Excavations on Crete Session:
Chair: Angus Smith (Brock University)

D. Matthew Buell (University at Buffalo, SUNY) and John C. McEnroe (Hamilton College): “Gournia Excavation Project: Architectural Survey and Mapping”.

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