Barry McNamara  |   Published November 16, 2015

Roman pottery

Davis and former Monmouth faculty member to present archaeology lecture
  • A sample of the nearly 20 metric tons of Roman-period pottery pieces.
Mackenzie Davis, a Monmouth College sophomore from Marlton, N.J., and Arkansas State University faculty member Victor Martinez will present an archaeology lecture on Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium, on the lower level of the Center for Science and Business.
  Titled “Report on Summer Archaeological Work on the Palatine East Pottery Project,” the free lecture is part of a series sponsored by the Monmouth College classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).   Under the direction of the University of Califirnia’s Theodore Pena, the PEPP is a long-term research program aimed at documenting and publishing the Roman-period pottery assemblage (approximately 20 metric tons) recovered from the American Academy in Rome (AAR)/Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma excavation conducted on the northeast slope of the Palatine Hill in downtown Rome.   “As associate director, my role is the day-to-day management of the project, as well as the processing of the amphorae, including identifying, quantifying, characterizing and publishing them,” said Martinez, who formerly taught at Monmouth.   Along with Davis, he will discuss the work they conducted at the site last summer, including research on clarifying and characterizing the fish sauce amphorae from the Iberian Peninsula through detailed documentation, XRF analysis and 3-D modeling. Along with the AAR Roman Pottery Summer Program, they organized a workshop on Portuguese fish products in order to understand this complex class of materials.
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