Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 204 A (Level 2 (Indigo)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB)
Theme: Issues of Provenance
This session will consist of a panel of speakers addressing the ethical and scholarly issues concerning the presentation and publication of unprovenanced artifacts.
Christine Thomas, University of California-Santa Barbara, Presiding (10 min)
Daniel Schowalter, Carthage College, Presiding (10 min)
Timothy Potts, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Publishing and Provenance: Museums, Collectors, and Scholars (30 min)
This presentation addresses the evolution during the past twenty years of U.S. museum practice and policy regarding the collecting of antiquities, and the parallel debate over the ethics of publishing “unprovenanced” (or “poorly provenanced”) artefacts and inscriptions. Central to these discussions has been the question of a nexus between acquiring (whether by museums or individuals) and publishing such material on the one hand, and the ongoing looting of sites in crisis regions like Iraq and Syria on the other; and whether, assuming such a nexus can be demonstrated, it outweighs the scholarly responsibility to record and make accessible important new data.
Roberta Mazza, University of Manchester
Papyri, Collections, and the Antiquities Market: A Survey and Some Questions (30 min)
In recent years the publication and in some cases public exhibition of papyri, originally from Egypt, transmitting glamorous lost ancient texts, have stirred polemics on their provenance and acquisition circumstances. The Artemidorus papyrus, the Gospel of Judas codex, the so-called Jesus wife papyrus, and more recently the London Sappho papyrus and the Green collection papyri have been presented in the media as surrounded by an allure of mystery, which has intrigued the wider audience, but in fact has more to do with the scarcity or quality of information given on their purchase. The aim of this paper is to provide a wider context for these famous cases. I will survey post-1951 (the year of the issue of the Egyptian law n. 215 on the protection of antiquities) acquisitions of papyri by both private collectors and public institutions in order to discuss questions and problems relating in particular to three areas: public access to data on the acquisition of papyri, publication and professional association policies, and academics’ communication with the media.
Michael Peppard, Fordham University
, Mosaics from a Fifth-Century Syrian Church (30 min)
In late 2013 Fordham University (New York) acquired through donation group of nine mosaics from the heir of a private collector. Under the curatorship of Jennifer Udell and the directorship of Gregory Waldrop, the mosaics are to be installed in the Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art. On this panel, I will explain the provenance work that I did during the summer and fall of 2013 on behalf of our museum, prior to acceptance of the donation, which led to more detailed understanding of the ancient and modern histories of these mosaics. To the extent permitted by my university’s legal counsel, I will summarize the legal due diligence performed by our lawyers, through independent expert counsel, and my own correspondence with senior colleagues abroad. Finally, I will describe lessons learned about the publicization of new acquisitions and the interacting roles of “new” and “old” media in the process.
Douglas Boin, Saint Louis University, Respondent (15 min)
David Trobisch, The Museum of the Bible (Green Collection), Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Call for papers
The Second International Conference on Christian Egypt
Historiography in Christian Egypt 284-641 AD.:
Historical, Ecclesiastical, Documentary, and Archaeological Evidence
Ain Shams University, Cairo, 5th -7th May 2015
I have the pleasure to invite you to attend the conference “Historiography in Egypt 284-641 AD.: Historical, Ecclesiastical, Documentary, and Archaeological Evidence " which will be held on 5th – 7th May 2015 and will be organized by History Dept., Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in collaboration with “The Annual Symposium of Medieval History, Ain Shams University”.
The organizing committee will cover 4 days accommodation (breakfast and lunch), transfer from and to the Airport, and file of the conference. We will arrange also a for free tourist tour during the days of the conference. The accommodation will be at the Guest House (Dār al-Dyāfah) of the university (single or double rooms with bath).
The themes of the conference are:
- The historical writings on Egypt.
- The ecclesiastical history of Egypt.
- The literary and papyrological sources.
- Archaeological Evidence.
The Scholarly Committee of the Conference:
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Römer
Prof. Dr. Vassilios Christides
Prof. Dr. Pablo Argárate
Dr. Eleni Pachoumi
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim
Prof. Dr. Ishaac Ebied
Prof. Dr. Sayyed M. Omar
Prof. Dr. Wesam A. Farag
Prof. Dr. Zbida M. Atta
The Organizing committee of the Conference:
General Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Abdel-Razek M. Barakat (Dean of the Faculty)
Executive President: Prof. Dr. Tarek M. Muhammad (Vice-Dean of the Faculty)
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Mustafa Mortada (Vice-Dean of the Faculty)
Prof. Ibrahim M. Gendi
Prof. Dr. Mahasen el-Waqaad
Dr. Abdul Aziz M. Ramadan
Secretary: Samer Qandil and Omar Imam
Fees of the conference are 200 $ for non Egyptian scholars, which have to be paid before the conference or during the registration in the morning of the first day of the conference, 350 EP for the Egyptian scholars, and 250 EP for the minor researchers and MA-PH.D students.
A 250-300 words abstract must be sent by 25th December 2014 and the complete papers by 1st May 2015 .
Languages of the conference are Arabic and English.
Contacts: Professor Dr. Tarek M. Muhammad, chairman of the conference and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts, e.mail: email@example.com and Mr. Omar Imam, secretary of the conference: firstname.lastname@example.org
1-All the papers will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers in one volume.
2Participants who would like to stay many days in Cairo after the conference, we can arrange their staying in the Guest House of the university at their expense with the same price of the conference.
Participants who will not stay in the Guest House of the university, we advise them to stay in the hotel of Triumph, Heliopolis (4 Stars). http://www.hotelscombined.ae/Hotel/Triumph_Hotel.htm
Executive President of the conference
Prof. Dr. Tarek M. Muhammad
Vice-Dean of the faculty of Arts
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.