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January 22, 2018

HARN member, Pawel Gołyźniak, has been in touch about his latest publication:

I am happy to announce that my book on ancient engraved gems from the collection of the National Museum in Krakow has just been published by Reichert Verlag! 
The volume is available to order here
Gołyźniak P. Ancient Engraved Gems in the National Museum in Krakow. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag 2017.

This book is a catalogue raisonée of a rich collection of ancient engraved gems housed in the National Museum in Krakow. It offers a thorough insight into ancient glyptic art through the considerable range of almost 780 so far unpublished objects – cameos, intaglios, scarabs and finger rings of various styles, workmanship and cultural circles: Egyptian, Near Eastern, Minoan, Greek, Etruscan, Italic, Roman, Sassanian and early Christian, dated from the second millennium BC to the seventh century AD.

Many pieces in this cabinet are notable not only for their top quality in terms of craftsmanship and design, but also for the materials used and engravings involving complex iconography illustrating religious beliefs, political allegiances, needs and desires that ancient people wished to be fulfill, fears, dangers and terrors from which they sought protection and even their daily occupations. The collection provides with a fascinating gallery of portrait studies presenting Hellenistic rulers and their queens, Roman emperors and members of their families as well as some private individuals. Some specimens are exceptional and unparalleled like the onyx cameo portraying Drusus Maior, likely executed by the hand of Eutyches, son of famous Dioscurides (cover) or a tiny but remarkably cut emerald cameo with a laureate portrait bust of Livia Drusilla as goddess Venus. Some objects have been preserved in their original settings (gold, silver, bronze, iron rings), which contributes to the study of ancient gems’ chronology and indicate their users, while others have been later re-set into eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collectors’ rings and sometimes more elaborated mounts. There are also pieces discoloured due to contact with considerable heat, which may suggest them to have been burnt with other personal objects on the funeral pyres and later deposited in burials. Noteworthy is the number of Greek and Latin inscriptions appearing on intaglios and cameos forming this cabinet. They span from owners’ names to the subtle messages communicated between lovers and invocations to the God. 

Each gem is thoroughly analysed, described and exhaustively commented as to the device it bears, chronology and possible workshop attribution. A vast number of parallel objects is referenced too. This combined with provenance study presented in the first part of the book enabled to establish where a number of intaglios and cameos were manufactured, including almost 140 objects most likely to origin from the most important Roman workshop located in Aquileia. It ought to be singled out that many gems in this volume once constituted a part of distinguished collections formed by such personalities as Tobias von Biehler, Alessandro Gregorio Capponi, Auguste le Carpentier, Alessandro Castellani, Comte de Caylus, Count Nikolai Nikitich Demidoff, Baron Albert de Hirsch, Jean François Leturcq, Sibylle Mertens-Schaaffhausen, Dr. George Frederick Nott, Benedetto Pistrucci, James-Alexandre de Pourtalès (Comte de Pourtalès-Gorgier), Paul von Praun, Andrey Kirillovich Razumovsky, Jacques Meffre Rouzan, Philipp von Stosch, Antonio Maria Zanetti and many more. They seemed lost for more than 130 years, but now have been brought back and are accessible to everyone. Consequently, the volume presents three intriguing stories of collectors whose donations contributed to the Krakow assemblage. They not only provide the reader with a sort of background for the objects discussed further, but also illustrate nineteenth- and early twentieth-century collecting practices and the art market for engraved gemstones, contributing to our knowledge of the history of scholarship and collecting. In summary, this book is intended to be useful not only for scholars interested in gems, but also those who study the history of the art market and collecting as well as all the enthusiasts of Classical art and archaeology.


IoA History of Archaeology Seminar Series

January 20, 2018

HARN member, Amara Thornton, has been in touch to say:

For your diaries, below please find details of upcoming talks.  Further details will be forthcoming – do keep checking our Twitter @HistofArchatIoA and/or website for updates and any unexpected changes to the programme.

22 February 2018, 6-7pm Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Introduction to the British Museum Central Archive (Francesca Hillier, The British Museum)

13 March 2018, 6-7pm Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Oscar Eckenstein and the Richard Burton archive at the Royal Asiatic Society (Nancy Charley and Ed Weech, Royal Asiatic Society)

24 April 2018, 6-7pm, Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

19th century archaeologist John Thurnam in the British Museum collections (Neil Wilkin, The British Museum)

15 May 2018, 6-7pm, Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Classical museum collections histories (Vicky Donnellan, The British Museum)


TBC June 2018, 6-7pm Room TBC, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Hieroglyphs from the Trenches (Clare Lewis, UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Where to put all the papers?

January 19, 2018

The conference-abstracts-due season approacheth, even as the snow remains.  Seriously, is anyone as cold as we are in the mid to southern US? You might think Alaska would be colder?  No, it isn’t. One day over the Christmas holiday, there was a station on Antarctica that was warmer than where I live. True story. I may digress, but it’s hard not to when faced with the nasty winter.

Winter taun tauns

There are a lot of conferences and conference panels to submit to this year. Quite a few of our members plan to be at EAA in September and a few have proposed panels (see past posts here and here). HARN has something in the works for the autumn of this year as well (more to come). What to do with those papers when they’re done?  Did you know there is an entire journal devoted to the topics we focus on?  You could your revised paper to the Bulletin of the History of Archaeology (BHA)? (Full disclosure: I am one of the editors of the BHA currently.)

For more than 20 years, the BHA has been one of the only journals devoted specifically to the history of archaeology and it maintains a wide readership.  The BHA are currently seeking articles for publication in 2018. It is an online-only, open-access journal. It is fully peer-reviewed and, while the cost to keep BHA open-access is around £250 for each author, they have author grants to help defray (or sometimes fully pay) that cost.  They would like well-researched, well-argued articles from historians of archaeology all over the world.

HARN published a special collection of papers from our 2015 conference (see here). It was so easy to work with the BHA and the process is pretty streamlined. Why should you publish with them?  You’ll get expert editors who find you expert reviewers.  Because it is all done online, turn-around time is quicker than print journals. Because it’s all open-access, nothing is behind a pay wall, which means you can share your published work quickly and easily.  Because they publish continually throughout the year, you don’t have to wait for a volume to have an opening for your article to fill, or even wait for your volume to go to press.

The most recent pieces from the BHA include Roberta Muñoz’s “Amelia Edwards in America – A Quiet Revolution in Archaeological Science,” and Kirsten Jarrett’s and Stephen Leach’s notes on an interview from Ypres in 1917 that may be Major Mortimer Wheeler.  There are so many others to view.

If you would like to consider putting your article in the BHA this year, go here to find out more information, and here to submit a paper.

Happy Friday! Especially if this is your first week of term (like it is for most of us in the US). –Kate

CfP – Tea with the Sphinx

January 12, 2018

I can’t believe I re-tweeted this but forgot to post it on the blog, doh!






At the first roundtable of ‘Tea with the Sphinx: Defining the Field of Ancient Egypt Reception Studies’ in September 2017 a debate arose surrounding the idea of ‘truth’, ‘facts’, the ways in which knowledge is formed in the popular imagination, and how this relates to reception studies as a field. This prompted discussion surrounding how reception studies should define itself, but also, and just as importantly, how myth, incorrect ‘facts’, and changing knowledge can be valuable in constructing a picture of how the knowledge of the ancient past and cultures has been formed, used and re-used, contributing to an ever-evolving history of the representation of ancient Egypt and its cultural offshoots.

Thus, the organisers of Tea with the Sphinx 2018 invite papers on any aspect of the reception of ancient Egypt in the global imagination, and especially those which engage with the following themes:

  • Myths, curses, and legends
  • Magic and ritual
  • Mysticism, occultism, and spiritualism
  • Re-incarnation and transcendental experiences
  • Orientalism and imperialism
  • Mummymania
  • Literature and fiction
  • Newspapers and the media
  • Visual representations and the arts
  • Replicas, souvenirs, and Egyptomania’s paraphernalia
  • Museums and display
  • Talismans and amulets
  • Science and ‘rational truth’ vs superstition
  • The ‘celebrity’ of Egyptology and Egyptologists
  • Historical ‘fact’ and evolving knowledge of ancient Egypt

Abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers along with a short biographical note (in the same Word document) should be sent to by February 9th 2018.

The organisers also encourage PGRs to submit ideas for poster presentations to be presented during lunch of the first day of the conference.

Call for Papers – EAA Barcelona 2018

January 8, 2018

In relation to the previous post, Harn member, Ana Cristina Martins, has sent us the following:

24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists – Reflecting Futures

Barcelona, 5-8 September

CALL FOR PAPERS – 2 Sessions (#302 and #598)

The deadline for submitting or modifying an abstract is 15 February 2018, 23h59 CET.


Gendered, diverse, inclusive archaeological museums? Proposals and experiences for a more equal approach to heritage

During the last decades more and more archaeological museums started to include a gender perspective and developed new exhibitions and educational projects. By establishing a critical attitude towards the traditional androcentric discourses and gender roles, museums started to make not only women, but also other marginalized groups in society more visible. Modern archaeological exhibitions seem to be more diverse and inclusive.

Therefore, it is time to present and discuss the different experiences carried out in recent years in European archaeological museums with more gendered, diverse and inclusive approaches, in order to develop a framework of reflection in a “museology of gender and diversity”, conceived as a more integrative, social and egalitarian approach to the heritage presented there.

Paper and poster proposals may include topics like

– theoretical advances in the studies of gender archaeology and its reflection in museums

– museums as an educational tool to achieve gender equality

– experiences in community museums and temporary exhibitions

– public studies as a diagnostic tool to advance in education of equality

– aspects of communication, journalism and merchandising

– experiences of museum educational service and informative departments

With the organization of this session, we intend to highlight the idea that archaeological museums can transmit an inclusive history that helps to make visible the traditionally marginalized groups of society, in order to contribute to a more egalitarian education and to provide a more equal approach to heritage.


Museums, archaeology, gender, diversity, Heritage

Main organiser:

Prof. Lourdes PRADOS TORREIRA (Spain)


Prof. Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann (Germany)
Dr. Ana Cristina Martins (Portugal)



Archaeology and interdisciplinarity & interdisciplinarity in archaeology: stories of a long and diversified journey (19th-21st centuries)

Rooted in scientific areas as diverse as architecture and geology, archaeology was affirmed in the 19th century through collaboration with other disciplines such as philology and anthropology. On the other hand, archaeology played a fundamental role in the establishment of the fields of conservation and restoration. Meanwhile, it was contemplated in heritage policy and legislation, contributed to the production of knowledge divulged in different supports and ways, as well as to the development of the tourism.

Bringing together interests, purposes and procedures defined by different actors, individual and collective, public and private, local, regional, national and transnational, archaeology has been evolving theoretically and methodologically due to new ways of looking at the past. New ways that have been and are being generated by (and together to) other human and social sciences, as well as enhanced and / or urged by exact and natural sciences.

This session invites papers and posters dealing with topics such as:

– archaeology and other sciences;

– interdisciplinarity, reanalysis and reuses of the past;

– archaeology, heritage preservation and museums;

– teaching archaeology;

– archaeology, journalism, mass communication, digital platforms and new social nets;

– archaeology, cultural tourism and sustainable development.

Following the previous seminar organized within the research project ‘InterArq-Archaeology and Interdisciplinarity’ (Barcelona, 2017) this session aims to obtain a broader (geographical, chronological and thematic) picture of this issue.


Archaeology, Interdisciplinarity; Reanalysis; Reuses.

Main organiser:

Dr. Ana Cristina MARTINS (Portugal)


Prof. Isabel Ordieres Díez (Spain)

EAA Barcelona – call for papers

January 8, 2018

Harn member, Margarita Díaz-Andreu, has been in touch about the next meeting of the EAA, Margarita says:

I would like to draw your attention to the sessions organized at the EAA 2018 ( in Barcelona on 5-8 September. There is a very simple search engine that allows searchers to find sessions by keyword or any word or name in title/abstract information. It is really easy to use (NOTE  that it is half way down the page). 

Find below the list of sessions that have been proposed relating to the history of archaeology. Please, take into account that the deadline for the call for papers is 15 February


603 Alibi Archaeologies: Excavating in Archives, Museums and Storerooms



628 The past and future of hillforts – challenges, chances, perspectives

81 Political Matters in Prehistory: Papers in Honor of Antonio Gilman Guillén

Notification of New Publication

January 8, 2018

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Harn member, Csaba Szabó, has been in touch to inform us about the publication of his new edited volume Adalbert Cserni and his Contemporaries The Pioneers of Archaeology in Alba Iulia and Beyond. Edited by Csaba Szabó, Viorica Rusu-Bolindeț, Gabriel Tiberiu Rustoiu and Mihai Gligor this book is written in English, divided into 5 sections with chapters by many leading scholars:


Csaba Szabó: Reconstructing Béla Cserni’s biography

Viorica Rusu-Bolindeț: Adalbert Cserni’s contribution at the discovery of Governor’s Palace from Apulum – old and new perspectives

Radu Ota:Adalbert Cserni and the Roman provincial art. Case studies from Apulum


Irina Achim, Corina Borș: Grigore Tocilescu – a Pioneer of Romanian Archaeology in a European Perspective

Ioan Bejinariu: Fetzer J. Ferencz (1856–1939) and the Archaeology from Sălaj

Olivér Gábor: Szőnyi Ottó’s time capsule from 1913

Kirill Gusev: The visit of D. N. Anuchin in Europe (1877–1879) and the international
cooperation in archaeology and physical anthropology

Eszter Istvánovits: András Jósa and his Contemporaries

Jenny Kaurin: Charles Cournault (1815–1904) á la découverte des collections pre-romaines en Europe de L’Ouest (1873–1880)

Emanoil Pripon: Dr. Mártonfi Lajos (1857–1908), a precursor of Transylvanian Museology

Vladislav Sobolev: People and fates. Pioneers of medieval archaeology in North-Western Russia (1870–1914)

Adrienn Wéber: Juhász László (1842–1911), a pioneer of archaeology and antiquarian as founder of the Museum of Pécs


Florin-Gheorghe Fodorean: Archaeological sites recorded by Téglás István in the territory of Potaissa

Ana Cristina Hamat: Stories about Tibiscum. The research carried out by the priest Iosif Mircea at the Roman ruins from Jupa

Julien Trapp: Johann Baptist Keune and Metz Museums (Moselle, France). The birth
of modern archaeology in the annexed region of Lorraine (1892–1918)


Cristina Bodó: Archaeological research undertaken by the members of the History and
Archaeology Society of Hunedoara County

Delia Roxana Cornea: Unpublished testimonies about the beginnings of museology in Dobrudja in the late 19th century

Evgenia Zastrozhnova: Archaeological materials from the excavations of Phanagoria (19th century) in the collection of the State Historical Museum (Moscow)


Phil Freeman: The consequences of Francis Haverfield’s visits east of Vienna in the 1880s

Heinrich Zabehlicky: A political research-history: The case of Bruckneudorf between Hungary and Austria

Laura Coltofean: Zsófia Torma: A pioneer of prehistoric archaeology in nineteenth-century Transylvania

Béla Santa: In ‘the interest of science… from distant Transylvania’: Zsófia Torma’s research for British academic patronage

Csaba Szabó: Histories of archaeology in Transylvania. A short overview

Maria Medvedeva: The Imperial Archaeological Commission (1859–1919) and the national system of archaeological investigation in Russia