GEM- Data lost forever” or “surprises in store”? Gleaning the records of past excavations at the Episcopal Basilica of Dion’.

Data lost forever” or “surprises in store”? Gleaning the records of past excavations at the Episcopal Basilica of Dion’.

Presented by Kyriakos Fragkoulis

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 23rd May 2018

More than one and a half century of archaeological survey work carried out in Greece has led to the identification of hundreds of early Christian churches, with the overwhelming majority being three-aisled basilicas, a sizeable proportion of which has been completely or partially excavated. But despite this impressive body of evidence, the number of relevant publications surely does not reflect the scale of fieldwork undertaken over all these years. Whilst Christian Archaeology or rather the archaeology of churches was for decades the focal point of the research on Late Antiquity in Greece, it has long been limited to an increasingly isolated positionMainly due to the anachronistic art-historical methodology that was applied in most cases to investigate them, the early Christian basilicas of Greece and in particular those excavated long ago (i.e. the majority of the known examples) are largely being ignored by modern scholarship or regarded as obsolete. However, we clearly cannot dismiss churches as archaeological evidence purely on the basis of the way in which they have been examined in the past. 
Through a number of examples taken from the excavation of the Episcopal Basilica of Dion in Northern Greece, the key one being that of a triconch building annexed to the church, we will attempt to illustrate the notion that our most substantial data sets for Late Antique Greece, the early Christian basilicas, still have much to offer to the archaeological research of the period. Our focus will be on a new interpretation of the function of the triconch, which gives a new turn to the issue of the overall shape and organization of the episcopal complex of Dion and will hopefully make a contribution to the study of the episcopal residences in Greece.

Assistant Professor of Classics, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Assistant Professor of Classics

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Application deadline: 31st October 2016

The Department of Classics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, to begin in September 2017. We seek a Classicist with a primary teaching and research interest in Roman-era material culture; along with more traditional material culture interests, such as art and archaeology, we also welcome applications from those who engage with the intersections of text and material culture. Preference will be given to those who complement the research interests of the current faculty.

Tenure-track faculty in Classics are expected to teach 2 courses a term, which in the case of this position might include a Classical archaeology course, in addition to undergraduate and graduate advising, service obligations, and research.


Applicants should have a completed a PhD (or equivalent) in Classics or in a related field with Classics specialization by September 1, 2017.


Please send a cover letter detailing your research and teaching interests, CV, teaching evaluations (please send a complete set from 1-3 courses), and 3 letters of recommendation via Interfolio. Additional materials may be requested from short-listed candidates. For full consideration, send materials by October 24, 2016.

The department will interview in person at the SCS in Toronto or via videoconferencing, if candidates prefer. You may direct any questions about the position to Professor James McGlew (

For more information and to apply, click here.

Junior Research Fellowships 2017, Christ’s College

Junior Research Fellowships 2017

Christ’s College, University of Cambridge

Application deadline: 27th October 2016

This year the College is offering two different stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships. With exception of the principal subject area of research, both fellowships share the same eligibility requirements, benefits and timetable.

1) Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship

Open to those whose research is principally in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Philosophy

2) A H Lloyd Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship

Open to those whose research is principally in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • Archaeology
  • English
  • History
  • Modern and Medieval Languages

Please note that applications submitted for Archaeology or English will be considered for both Fellowships, but History or Modern and Medieval Languages applications will only be considered for a the A H Lloyd Junior Research Fellowship.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta

Assistant Professor, Mediterranean Archaeology (A110530381)

University of Alberta

Application deadline: 31st October 2016

The Department of History & Classics invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Mediterranean Archaeology. The appointment will begin July 1, 2017.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, or be close to completion with a primary focus in the field of Mediterranean Archaeology preferably within the Roman period.

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in research and teaching. Research excellence will be demonstrated in a record of publications and presentations in highly regarded venues, research funding history, and letters of reference. Evidence of high-calibre teaching and supervisory potential will be demonstrated through previous teaching experiences, letters of reference, and teaching dossier.   We are looking for candidates who have the ability to teach classes in a wide range of courses in Classics, including courses on Roman civilization and material culture in both undergraduate and graduate student programs. Fieldwork experience is an asset. Candidates should have the potential to organize and direct an archaeological field school. Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative and robust externally-funded research program, regularly engage in relevant domestic and international research networks, supervise and mentor graduate students, and provide service to the Department, the Faculty, the University, as well as to professional and external communities.

The Department of History and Classics is recognized as one of the leading departments for the study of History and Classics in Canada and globally.  Classical Archaeology offers a long tradition of excellence with two field schools and a strong graduate program (Masters and PhD); for more information on the department visit here.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s largest and most-respected research universities. With a metropolitan area population of approximately one million people, Edmonton is home to numerous arts and music festivals and boasts the largest system of urban parkland in North America. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

For more information on the University of Alberta and Edmonton, please visit and

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales.

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that includes an overview of your program of research and the names of the three referees
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and course outline(s) (Attach under “Statement of Teaching/Research Interests”)
  • copies of up to three publications (Submit as one attachment under “List of Publications” option)

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Applicants are expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in History & Classics, Shufen Referees should enter “A110530381 REFERENCE” in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Dr. David Marples, Chair, Department of History & Classics.

Review of applications will start on 31 October 2016. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Project Curator, British Museum

Project Curator: Empires of Faith (1582723)

British Museum

Application deadline: 12:00 PM 8th September 2016

A fantastic opportunity has arisen at the British Museum for a Project Curator to support the Leverhulme Trust funded ‘Empires of Faith’ research programme, which focuses on religious imagery, material culture and their political and social contexts in the time period c.200 to 800 CE from the Mediterranean to South Asia.

As Project Curator, you will collaborate with other programme staff to ensure the successful delivery of the exhibition ‘Encounters: Art and the rise of world religions’, which will be displayed at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford from 2017 till January 2018. This role will also involve contributing to the exhibition publications, alongside the Ashmolean Museum.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level in Art History/Archaeology/a related subject with a focus on religious traditions, cultures and politics from the Mediterranean to South Asia c.200 to 800 CE, or equivalent. With demonstrable research and museum experience, you will also be experienced in project management.

We are looking for a team player who is a confident communicator, with the ability to build effective working relationships with a variety of colleagues. You will be knowledgeable in appropriate material and visual culture and will have your own academic publications in preparation, or already published.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Internships, British School at Athens

Knossos curatorial project internships

British School at Athens Knossos Research Centre, Crete

Application deadline: 12th September 2016

Fixed-term: 2 months

The British School at Athens seeks two short-term (8 weeks) full-time interns for its Curatorial Project based in the Stratigraphical Museum at Knossos. These positions are available from 10th October to 2nd December 2016.

The Curatorial Project entails the cleaning, photographing, and repackaging of the Stratigraphical Museum holdings, and the creation of catalogue records in the School’s Museums and Archives Online system (using KE Software’s EMu programme) under the supervision of the project manager, Hannah Gwyther. Candidates should hold a degree in Museum Studies, Conservation, Archaeology or a related subject, and wish to gain practical experience in handling a wide range of materials and object-types dating from the Neolithic period to Late Antiquity. Interns will be required to prepare and enter catalogue data after training in the EMu system.

The British School will provide School membership and travel costs of up to €250. Self-catering accommodation is available at a subsidised rate in the School’s research centre at Knossos.

Further information about the School and its facilities at Knossos is available at Informal enquiries about the Curatorial Project and these positions may be addressed to the Knossos Curator, Dr Caroline Thurston (

Applications should be sent as e-mail attachments to the School Administrator, Mrs Tania Gerousi ( to be received by Monday 12th September 2016. Candidates must also ensure that their referees send letters of reference (via email) to Mrs Gerousi by the closing date.

Applications must include:

  1. A curriculum vitae, with contact details
  2. The names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of two referees.

We would expect to respond to the successful applicants within a week.

Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck

Associate Lecturer A in Medieval History (11964)

Birkbeck, University of London

Application deadline: 12th September 2016

Purpose and Main Duties

We are looking for someone to teach the undergraduate module, entitled Living in the Middle Ages, as maternity cover for the academic year 2016-17.

This is an optional module, Level 6 (Group 2), for advanced undergraduates on BA Archaeology and BA History. It covers the history and archaeology of daily life in the period between ca. 350 and ca. 1500. This module develops students’ familiarity with medieval material culture and textual records, concentrating on daily life in Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world from ca. 350 to ca. 1500.

It will be taught on Thursdays, from 6pm-8pm, between October and March, with an exam in May/early June. This module is taught as a weekly 2-hour session, delivered by a combination of lecturing, group work, and seminar discussion to concentrate on primary source material and theoretical or historiographic analysis of the medieval evidence.

Candidate Requirements

The minimum requirements for selection are listed below:

  • Breadth or depth of specialist knowledge within the subject areas of Medieval Archaeology or History;
  • Effective presentation skills and ability to lecture and lead taught sessions clearly and effectively;
  • Formal teaching experience;

Please note: candidates need to demonstrate competence or significant potential in all areas.

In addition it is desirable that candidates have:

  • Research interests in medieval Archaeology and History, broadly defined;
  • Experience of teaching within a HE environment or with adult learners.

For more information and to apply, click here.