National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: John Peter Oleson

Affiliation: University of Victoria

John Peter Oleson is the University of Victoria Distinguished Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria.  He holds his degrees in Classics and Classical Archaeology from Harvard University, and his areas of specialization are ancient and maritime technology and archaeology (particularly ships, harbours, and water-supply systems), and the Roman Near East.  He was Co-Director of the Caesarea Ancient Harbour Excavation in Israel, Director of the Humayma Excavation Project in Jordan, and Co-Director of the Roman Maritime Concrete Study.  He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, and has published 13 books and over 75 articles and chapters.  His main recent  publications include Building for Eternity: The History and Technology of Roman Concrete Engineering in the Sea (Oxford, 2014).

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