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Justin Leidwanger: Talk on 2013 summer fieldwork/research trips to Burgaz (Turkey) and Marzamemi (Sicily)

Thursday, February 14 at 4:00pm

Classics Department, Main Quad, Bldg 110, Rm 112

Coffee and snacks provided!

Prof. Leidwanger's will join Stanford's faculty in July 2013. These are his current archaeological fieldwork projects in the Mediterranean during summer 2013:
Now entering its third field season, the Burgaz Harbors Project aims to investigate long-term change in the maritime landscape of an Archaic through Late Roman port town on the Datça Peninsula in Turkey. Burgaz—known as ‘Old Knidos’ for its likely role as home to the early Knidians—served as a political and economic center from before the Archaic period (see generally http://burgaz.metu.edu.tr/). With the establishment of Knidos at the tip of the peninsula in the 4th century BC, the site took on a new role as a regional and international economic center for the export of agricultural produce. Two field seasons in 2011 and 2012 surveyed the underwater structures of the four separate harbors associated with the site and conducted test excavations in one of these ports. The 2013 season aims to expand these excavations both within what may be the earliest harbor as well as in the largest port developed only later in the Hellenistic and Roman eras. The Burgaz Harbors Project is undertaken in collaboration with Elizabeth Greene of Brock University in Canada, and is affiliated with the land excavations conducted at the site under the auspices of Numan Tuna at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. We expect to be in the field for 4-6 weeks around mid-July to late August 2013, and are seeking students interested in participating in the shallow-water excavations (0.5-2 m deep, occasionally deeper), onshore field survey, and artifact study. Although the site is generally shallow and diving is often unnecessary, most participant roles will require basic open water SCUBA certified before heading into the field.
The newly established Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project will initiate its first full field season in late August and September 2013. This collaborative initiative between Stanford and the Soprintendenza del Mare, headed by Sebastiano Tusa, represents a long-term project of archaeological survey, excavation, and heritage management of shipwrecks off the coast of Marzamemi (near Syracuse, southeast Sicily; see generally http://www.regione.sicilia.it/beniculturali/archeologiasottomarina/sez_eventi/marzamemi_ott2012.htm). The discovery of more than a dozen shipwrecks off this coast provides testimony to the role of Sicily as a nexus of communication and commerce between the eastern and western Roman Mediterranean. The 2013 fieldwork will focus on two sites: a Roman vessel carrying massive granite columns along with ceramics, and a Late Antique ship engaged in the transport of prefabricated marble architectural elements probably bound for some newly constructed church. Equally important to the project, however, is the role this fieldwork will play in the establishment of a local museum at Marzamemi and the associated development of local heritage management and tourism initiatives. Opportunities are available for students interested not only in excavation, but in issues of conservation, display and reconstruction, museum studies, and cultural heritage management generally. The project will necessarily be small for its first field season, but 5-6 graduate and undergraduate students will be invited from the start, and more opportunities will be available in successive seasons. Basic open water SCUBA certification is mandatory for most roles in the project, although again the depth is quite shallow (8-10 m).
At the info session, Prof. Leidwanger will provide more details and discuss with students individually how they might play different roles in these projects, and how these projects might fit into their own research interests.