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September 14, 2015


Stephen Briggs (

Sometime Head of Archaeology at The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Dr C. Stephen Briggs FSA, FGS, MCIfA, is a retired generalist field surveyor and researcher who was originally attracted to archives and neglected early printed sources for re-provenancing artefacts and reconstructing lost sites in the 1960s. His perspectives have since changed slowly  to encompass some British-Irish and continental biographical, museum and institutional studies of science since the 17th century.  He strongly advocates the preservation of contemporary records, particularly personal papers, including archival and digital media. Stephen has also campaigned for responsible ethical standards in archaeological research and publication. Current projects include helping Anne O’Connor and Pam Graves to complete Greenwell Studies: the archaeological contribution of Canon William Greenwell, FRS, FSA (1820-1918); also aspects of the development of archaeology in Yorkshire until 1913; the archaeology of the Ordnance Survey in Ireland c 1830-1845, and the journeys (1846-7 and 1852) and correspondents of J.J.A. Worsaae in Britain and Ireland.

Vladimir V. Mihajlović ( Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Vladimir V. Mihajlović is a research assistant at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His research interests include the history of archaeology, Balkan and Central European studies, the relation of archaeology and text. Currently, he is also working on his PhD thesis “Luigi F. Marsigli and the reception of classical heritage in Serbian archaeology” at the University of Belgrade. The thesis is focused on questions of production, and subsequent transmission and reception of archaeological knowledge. These questions are focalized through a biography of Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli, Bolognese count and Habsburg imperial officer, but also a member of the pan-European scientific community. Working in the antiquarian tradition, Marsigli published one of the first chorographies and collections of archaeological material from the Balkans, making one of the first steps in establishing of the archaeology of Serbia. The aim of this project is to show how study of a personal biography could lead to re-reading of biographies of landscape as well as of biographies of regional archaeologies i.e. their pre-disciplinary forms.

Martin Miller ( Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Stuttgart

Martin Miller has studied classical archaeology, ancient history and art history at the universities of Tübingen and Perugia. His Ph.D. dissertation (1992) was on fortifications in Italy from the 8th to 3rd centuries BCE, after which he was rewarded a travel grant from the German Archaeological Institute. From 1994 to 1999 he worked at the Antikensammlung of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, especially with the museum archives. Martin Miller has excavated in Orvieto, Fregellae (Ceprano), Castellina del Marangone (Civitavecchia), and Canco Roano (Zalamea de la Serena, Spain), as well as fieldwork (field survey) in Kyaneai (Lycia). Since 2002 he is a member of the Italian Institute of Culture in Stuttgart. Miller has studied the history archaeology for many years, especially the history of Etruscology. His most important works include a biography of the classical archaeologist Otto Wilhelm von Vacano, and studies on German archaeologists and linguists and the Istituto di Studi Etruschi before the second world war, Alfred Rosenberg, and the Etruscans and Rome. For more information, please visit

Pawel Golyzniak ( Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University

PhD candidate in the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow. My particular interests are engraved gemstones, especially those dated to the Italic, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Currently, I am working on two research projects. Since June 2012 I have been working on the collection of engraved gems in the National Museum in Cracow. The first result will be a catalogue raisonné of the ancient gems preserved within this institution. The book will include more than 800 glyptic objects from Neo-Babylonian cylinder seals to early Christian gems. It is now being reviewed and hopefully will be published in 2016. The work is financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In the future I plan to elaborate the post-classical part of the collection as well and present it to the broader audience in the form of a two-volume publication. In 2014 I started to work on my PhD thesis. It is devoted to engraved gems as well. The subject is: “The study of propaganda on engraved gems in the period of Late Roman Republic and early principate (beginning of 1st century BC – beginning of 1st century AD) and relationships between glyptics and coinage in that period.” In June 2015 I was granted a three-years fellowship by the National Science Centre. Thanks to this, I have the opportunity to prepare my dissertation and publish it in the form of a book which will include a catalogue of glyptic objects related to propaganda issues. In connection with the first mentioned project, I have been increasingly involved in the study of collecting. I am interested in the history of collecting and collections, especially of the 18th and 19th century and the mechanisms of the art market from the 18th century onwards. Naturally, the most interesting for me is the collecting of engraved gems, but the relations between patrons and their clients, the collectors and connoisseurs and circles of people related to every single form of collecting are of interest to me as well. Amongst these, particularly interesting are various forms of reproducing engraved gems, e.g. dactyliothecae, drawings or prints. My additional interests are numismatics (mainly the Roman Republican and Augustan periods), ancient sculpture (especially Roman imperial portraiture), the reception of classical culture from the Renaissance to the Neo-Classical period, books and old publications on engraved gems and 18th-century drawings and prints.

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