Saturday, March 2, 2013

Vanča Schrunk on “Island Archaeology: A Roman Villa on St. Clement in the Adriatic”

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6pm in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College

 Adriatic islands played an important role in ancient navigation and economy. The centrality of the Adriatic Sea for travel and exchange between the Mediterranean and European societies conditioned the life and economy of the islanders. The islands’ landscape and seascape and the nature of settlements were dynamic and responded to changing historical scenarios.
The island of St. Clement, with its agricultural land, deep bays with good anchorage, and resources for salt production and stone quarrying, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Geophysical survey and excavation conducted on a Roman villa in Soline Bay since 2007 have shown the evidence of multi-period occupation, from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity. With the perspective of island archaeology and interdisciplinary approach, our international team studies the island’s society in the context of maritime culture and patterns of regional and long-distance connectivity. Our project is contributing to the preservation of Croatian cultural and archaeological heritage and to the local community development.

Note: parking is available/allowed in Macalester lots

About the speaker: 
Dr. Vanca Schrunk is senior adjunct faculty in the Department of History, at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.  Her research interests include social and economic aspects of Roman maritime villas, Roman pottery, island and coastal archaeology, cultural and historical landscapes, and archaeology and tourism. She has published numerous articles and has co-authored or co-edited several books. The two more recent publications, co-authored with her sister/colleague, are: “The Brioni Archipelago:  Functional Identity of a Historical Landscape,” with Vlasta Begovic, in Landscapes, Identities and Development, eds. Z. Roca, P. Claval and J. Agnew (Ashgate 2011) 137-149; and “Maritime Villas on the Eastern Adriatic Coast (Roman Histria and Dalmatia),” with V. Begovic, in The Roman Empire and Beyond: Archaeological and Historical Research on the Romans and Native Cultures in Central Europe, eds. Eric De Sena and Halina Dobrzanska, BAR International Series 2236. (Oxford 2011). 3-21.

A no-host dinner with the speaker will follow the lecture at Pad Thai Grand, 1681 Grand Avenue, St. Paul

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