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Comparative scientific analyses; Perception of city walls in Late Antiquity and the post-Antique period; Spolia and the impact of the urban landscape;and empire-wide levels; Comparative analysis of building techniques and construction processes at regionalTopics covered by the event will include, but will not be limited to:empire-wide an attempt to break the divide between East and West and gain, for the first-time, ansingle class of monument. The geographic focus of the conference will be intentionally wide,aim will be to re-think regional, local, and empire-wide differences and similarities within thisspecific focus on large cities, in the late antique East and West (3th-6th centuries AD). TheInstitute of Classical Studies on 20th – 21st June 2018, will focus on fortification walls, with adiscourse. This conference, to be held at the British School at Rome and the SwedishWest, has allowed us to rethink how urban circuits were built and has led to new topics ofincrease in the number of studies on the topic, both for the Byzantine East and the Romanhowever, their final appearance and construction techniques varied greatly. The gradualeastern and western empire that dramatically reshaped and redefined the urban landscape;Late antique urban walls are an important aspect of late antique cities throughout thean empire-wide perspectiveConstructing City Walls in Late Antiquity:


The Republican Forum Romanum

Henrik Gerding, Nicolò Dell’Unto

The Forum Romanum constituted the religious, political, economic and administrative centre of Rome for more than a millennium. During this time it went through several changes. It transformed from a liminal zone in the periphery of the Iron Age settlements into a communal space and sacred ground; later into an arena for political struggle and civic ambition; and finally into a showcase for Imperial power and authority. New buildings were constantly being added and old ones rebuilt or replaced. This project deals with the architectural and spatial development of the Republican Forum Romanum. Of particular interest is the spatial configuration of the central Forum area in the mid- and late Republican periods. Thus, in a way, the study connects to the very first archaeological excavation in the Forum Romanum, conducted by the Swedish diplomat Carl Fredrik Fredenheim in 1788–89.


News from The Swedish Pompeii Project

The Swedish Pompeii Project at Lund University in collaboration with The Swedish Institute in Rome has produced a new 3D-film on the house of Caecilius Iucundus in the Insula V,1 at Pompeii. By combining traditional archaeology with 3D technology, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have managed to reconstruct a house in Pompeii to its original state before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of years ago. Unique video material has now been produced, showing their creation of a 3D model of an entire block of houses. 

After the catastrophic earthquake in Italy in 1980, the Pompeii city curator invited the international research community to help document the ruin city, before the state of the finds from the volcano eruption in AD 79 would deteriorate even further. The Swedish Pompeii Project was therefore started at the Swedish Institute in Rome in 2000. The researcher in charge of the rescue operation was Anne-Marie Leander Touati, at the time director of the Institute, now Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University.

Since 2010, the research has been managed by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History in Lund. The project now also includes a new branch of advanced digital archaeology, with 3D models demonstrating the completed photo documentation. The city district was scanned during the field work in 2011–2012 and the first 3D models of the ruin city have now been completed. The models show what life was like for the people of Pompeii before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The researchers have even managed to complete a detailed reconstruction of a large house, belonging to the wealthy man Caecilius Iucundus.

The work has been generously financed by Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs minnesfond and Familjen Rausings Stiftelse (Fondazione Famiglia Rausing).

To see the film, please follow this link:

For more information on the Swedish Pompeii project:

HISTORIES OF ARCHAEOLOGY in the Graeco-Roman World International Conference, 20-21 October 2016

The participants in the conference held at The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome

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