Samuel H. Kress Grants for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture Expanded

Archaeological Institute of America

November 1, 2015
March 1, 2016

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is delighted to announce that it has received funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support publication activities critical to both current and future archaeological research. 

The Samuel H. Kress Grant for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture funds publication preparation, or research leading to publication, undertaken by professional members of the AIA. Its purpose is to assist scholars in preparing, completing and publishing results of their research in Graeco-Roman Art and Architecture, and the broader Mediterranean world of Classical antiquity. Awards may be used for research leading to the publication of an art historical monograph or for costs associated with publication, such as image licensing.  Applicants still in the research stage must have a publication contract in place with either a non-profit or commercial publisher. Research may be undertaken at domestic or international universities, libraries or study centers, or through excavation or preservation projects of Classical sites. Proposals must include a timetable for completion of the manuscript, specific plans for publication including budget information, and a description of how the grant will be utilized. The deadline for application is November 1 and March 1, annually. Grants of $3,000 each are available; it is possible that larger amounts may be awarded at the discretion of the AIA review committee.

Established in 1929, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era. The AIA is grateful to the Kress Foundation for making important archaeological research possible through its funding.

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Current Recipients

R. Köster / A. Babbi (RGZM)
R. Köster / A. Babbi (RGZM)

The Mediterranean Mirror: Cultural Contacts in the Mediterranean Sea between 1200 and 750 B.C., edited by Andrea Babbi, Friederike Bubenheimer-Erhart, Beatriz Marín-Aquilera, and Simone Mühl, and published by RGZM (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum).  This volume brings together senior scholars and talented post-doctoral and young researchers from various disciplines to explore changing patterns of maritime connectivity in the ancient Mediterranean—a conversation that was begun at the international conference of the same name in October 2012.  The Kress Grant will fund the final copy-editing of the volume. 

The Mount Zion Archaeological Excavations Directed by Magen Broshi. Volume 1: Excavations along Western Old City Wall, edited by Shimon Gibson of University of North Carolina, Charlotte, published by Eisenbrauns. This volume compares and contrasts the existing historical texts pertaining to Mount Zion, first addressing architectural and stratigraphical matters relating to the city fortifications, then focusing on the pottery and artifacts through different periods, and finally describing the many hundreds of coins from the site with catalogues and stratigraphic lists.  The $3,000 Grant will be used towards publication costs, including photography and drawing of artifacts, editing based on important new chronological information, and copy-editing.

Sikyon I: the Urban SurveySikyon I: the Urban Survey, edited by Yannis Lolos of the University of Thessaly, published by the National Hellenic Research Foundation. This publication will offer the results of the Sikyon Survey Project – an interdisciplinary research project focusing on the urban area of this important ancient city in the northeastern Peloponnese. In five consecutive field seasons, nearly half the total area of the ancient city was surveyed, allowing a reconstruction of the history of the Sikyonian plateau from the earliest times to the modern era. Sikyon has proven to be a cityscape rich in artifacts and the Sikyon project is one of the largest and most comprehensive urban surveys ever conducted in the eastern Mediterranean.  The $3,000 grant will be used towards publication costs.  

The Roman Street: Urban Life and Society in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome, by Jeremy Hartnett of Wabash College, published by Cambridge University Press.  This monograph represents the first book-length treatment of the Roman street as a social space.  Roman civilization was distinctly urban, and as centers of political, economic, and, therefore, social life, cities offered Romans the greatest opportunities for the creation (or loss) of fame and fortunes. Professor Hartnett’s book explores the negotiation of status in this most used, yet least studied, of Roman urban spaces.  The $3,000 Kress Grant will be used the support volume’s illustration program.

During the 2012 season of excavations at Horvat Omrit, a solid carnelian (holo-lithic) ring was found still worn around a finger bone in an 11th-12th century C.E. grave in the area of the temple temenos. (Copyright Omrit Excavations)During the 2012 season of excavations at Horvat Omrit, a solid carnelian (holo-lithic) ring was found still worn around a finger bone in an 11th-12th century C.E. grave in the area of the temple temenos. (Copyright Omrit Excavations)

Past Recipients

The Temple Complex at Horvat Omrit, Volume 2: Stratigraphy, Pottery and Other Finds edited by Michael C. Nelson of Queens College (CUNY), J. A. Overman of Macalester College, and D. N. Schowalter of Carthage College, and published by Brill, USA. This second volume of a three volume series serves as the final publication of the excavations of the Roman period temple complex at Omrit in northern Israel.  The eleven chapters in Volume 2, each written by specialists in their specific field of artifact studies, present the various types of archaeological data collected in the field and discuss the ramifications of this new data in both the immediate regional and the broader Mediterranean historical contexts.  The Kress Grant will fund the preparation of graphic illustrations, principally line drawings, that will accompany the two chapters on pottery and lamps.

Word Becomes Image: Openworks Vessels as a Reflection of Late Antique TransformationWord becomes Image: Open-work Vessels as a Reflection of Late Antique Transformation by Hallie Meredith of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, published by Archaeopress, British Archaeological Reports.  This two-volume work will exam these late Roman luxury items (such as the Lycurgus Cup) and attempt to put them in their cultural context; the first volume will be printed, and the second volume, an illustrated catalogue, will be in electronic format.  The $3,000 grant will be used towards reproduction fees, photography costs, and copies of the volumes for copyright holders.

The Sanctuary of Demeter at Eleusis: The Bronze Age by Michael B. Cosmopoulos of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and published by the Athens Archaeological Society.  The volume constitutes the complete and final publication of the extensive Bronze Age finds from past excavations, allowing the Sanctuary and materials to be viewed as a unified whole for the first time, and shedding new light on the early life and development of this important site and of the Eleusinian cult.  The volume has been awarded a $3,000 Kress Grant, and is also receiving a $3,500 Subvention through the AIA’s von Bothmer Publication Fund; the funds will be used towards the costs of printing and bookbinding.

Jewelry from the Iron Age II Levant by Amir Golani of the Israel Antiquities Authority, published by the Freibourg Academic Press in the series Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica.  Based on the author’s Ph.D., this work is an innovative study of the jeweler’s craft in the Levant, c. 1000-586 B.C., which examines past and new archaeological finds.  The volume moves beyond a superficial inventory and classification of jewelry as artifacts, and examines the evolving technologies developed to craft these items, and their changing role within Bronze and Iron Age Near Eastern Society.  The $3,000 grant award is being used toward the volume’s printing costs.