The Palatine East Pottery Project: The Study and On-Line Publication of 20 Tons of Pottery from Downtown Rome

Lecture | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 J. Theodore Peña, Professor, University of California, Berkeley Classics

 Archaeological Research Facility

During the period 1989-1996 the American Academy in Rome undertook the excavation of large mid- to late-imperials structure located at the foot of the northeast slope of the Palatine Hill in downtown Rome. The speaker is in charge of the study and publication of the ca. 20 metric tons of Roman-period pottery recovered in the course of this project. The assemblage, what spans most of the first five centuries CE, consists of a wide array of tablewares, cookwares, utilitarian wares, and transport amphoras originating in many different regions of the Roman empire. In this talk the speaker describes the various methods - both traditional and innovative - that the research team that he directs has been employing to classify, characterize, and quantify these materials and for the presentation of the resulting data on line on RES ROMANAE, the website of the University of California, Berkeley Roman Material Culture Laboratory.