Fieldnotes: News Briefs

Brief news items on the AIA professional membership and newsworthy activities in the field, including links to recently published institutional press releases or articles in the media.

University of Michigan News Service
March 29, 2010
2009 discovery of an unusual Roman lead sarcophagus at Gabii, located 11 miles east of Rome in modern-day Lazio. The University of Michigan's Gabii Project was launched in 2007 with the objective of studying and excavating the Latin city of Gabii, a city-state that was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC. Located in the region of Italy once known as Latium, the site of Gabii was occupied since at least the tenth century BC until its decline in the second and third centuries AD.
Owen Jarus for Heritage Key
March 29, 2010
A team of archaeologists has unearthed five chamber tombs in the Nemea Valley, just a few hours walk from the ancient city of Mycenae. The tombs date from ca. 1350 – 1200 BC, roughly the same time that Mycenae was thriving. The people buried in the tombs were likely not from the city itself, but rather from Tsoungiza, an agricultural settlement that lies next to it. The cemetery has been named Ayia Sotira. But despite a wealth of human remains, there have been no discoveries of elite burials. Are the archaeologists yet to discover the prize tombs, or could this be evidence of ancient egalitarian society?
New York Times
February 16, 2010
John Noble Wilford's article on the Plakias Survey, identifying sites associated with caves and rockshelters and collecting stone artifacts attributable to the Mesolithic and the Lower Palaeolithic periods.
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
January 2, 2010
Article on the Plakias Survey, led by Eleni Panagopoulou (Ephoreia of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology, Southern Greece) and ASCSA alumnus and Managing Committee member Thomas Strasser (Providence College) under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Greece. The survey identified 29 sites associated with caves and rockshelters and collected a sample of just over 2,000 stone artifacts attributable to the Mesolithic and the Lower Palaeolithic periods. Since Crete has been an island for five million years, these findings have significant implications for the history of seafaring in the Mediterranean.