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Archival material from the Megarika project now on-line

The Megarika project, under Ludmila Grinenko of the National Preserve, has now launched for public use two websites that showcase the efforts of the talented team involved. The first presents Karl Kostsyushko-Valuzhinich's reports to the Imperial Archaeological commission, documenting his work at Chersonesos in the late 19th and early 20th centuries The second makes available on-line the full texts of some rare, early 20th-century Russian archaeological periodical series The first of these series, the Proceedings of the Tauric Learned Archival Commission (ITAUK), is now available in full, and others will soon follow.

In the Press
An article by Taissa Bushnell in The Ukrainian Weekly, "Major grant helps Ukraine's National Preserve of Chersonesos" (February 5, 2006), describes ICA's involvement in the construction of a new building at the National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, through the generous support of PHI.

ICA Director Joseph C. Carter's book Discovering the Greek Countryside at Metaponto was released in January 2006.   This volume is based on Professor Carter's Thomas Spencer Jerome lectures and synthesizes much of his thoughtful and innovative work on rural life in the ancient Greek world. The book is available through the University of Michigan Press.

Upcoming Events
September 18-23, 2007, Zadar, Croatia
13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Larissa Sedikova of the NPTC, ICA collaborator and co-director of excavations in the South Region of Chersonesos, will deliver a paper entitled "Imported ceramics of the 13th century excavated at Tauric Chersonesos in 2004-2006".

October 18-20, 2007, Antibes, France
14th Meeting of the ICAZ Fish Remains Working Group (FRWG)
Wim Van Neer and Anton Ervynck, faunal analysts who are currently studying the icthyological material from excavations in the South Region, will present some of their findings.

Recent Lectures and Presentations
April 2-6, 2007, Berlin, Germany
Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference
Chersonesos excavation co-directors Adam Rabinowitz and Larissa Sedikova, with consultants Jessica Trelogan and Stuart Eve, delivered a paper entitled "The adventures of a digital dataset: a user-end examination of the practicalities of some on-line archaeological repositories". The abstract for this paper can be downloaded from the CAA 2007 website, and a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation is available for download here.

March 14, 2007, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C
Public Lecture sponsored by the Dumbarton Oaks Program for Byzantine Studies, the Georgetown University Medieval Studies Program, and the Washington Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America
ICA Assistant Director Adam Rabinowitz delivered an illustrated lecture on the organic and non-organic finds related to daily life in a Late Byzantine residential block at Chersonesos (called "Cherson" in Byzantine times). The lecture, entitled "Wood, Bone, Iron and Stone: Multidisciplinary Investigations of Daily Life at Late Byzantine Cherson (Crimea)", focused on carbonized wood and paleobotanical material that was studied with the support of Dumbarton Oaks, as well as on some of the human remains recovered from a small church incorporated in the block.

December 6, 2006, Austin, Texas
Central Texas Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America
ICA Director Joseph Carter, Assistant Director Adam Rabinowitz, and Alberto Prieto delivered a report on ICA's 2006 activities in Crimea and South Italy.

April 18-22, 2006, Fargo, North Dakota
Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference
ICA staff members and consultants Stuart Eve, Jessica Trelogan, and Adam Rabinowitz delivered a paper entitled "Precision, accuracy, and the fate of the data." The paper discussed experiences with digital data collection during excavations in the urban area of Chersonesos. It is now being revised for submission to the published proceedings of the CAA.

January 6-8, 2006, Montreal, Canada
Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America
ICA staff members and collaborators delivered papers at the colloquium session "Conservation in Ukraine: Past, Present, and Future," organized by ICA Assistant Director Adam Rabinowitz, at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Montreal, Canada.  Alberto Prieto and Cesare D'Annibale presented a poster on the role of digital geospatial technologies in active field survey projects and on ways to bring older, paper-based survey projects into the digital age. See poster, PDF download.

ICA also helped to host a series of lectures sponsored by the Onassis Foundation and delivered at the University of Texas by Professor Gocha Tsetskhladze, an esteemed scholar of the Black Sea at the University of Melbourne.

Other recent lectures and presentations by ICA scholars in the US and abroad have discussed GIS legacy data in South Italy, Byzantine daily life, the paleobotanical record at Chersonesos, the paleopathologies of the Byzantine residents of Chersonesos, and issues associated with the publication of excavation data in print and digital form.

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