SEMINARS AND COLLOQUIA
This is the germ of an e-mail list for the Black Sea surveys in the summer of '98. I hope to use it as a general means of communication, perhaps also as a forum for relevant discussion. It should grow beyond its current small size, so please send me names of people who should be involved.
I'd like to begin a "Working group on deep-water archaeology," to begin familiarizing ourselves with some of the intellectual issues here, everything from ancient Sinop to technology development. Such a group will meet regularly in a seminar format at MIT, perhaps one afternoon per month, and we can use it as a forum to present our own work and begin learning about what each other is doing. A number of topics for such sessions already suggest themselves:
-Results of Skerki Bank '97
-Results of Black Sea Land Surveys, '96, '97
-Methodology in deep-sea archaeology
-Academic background to Black Sea trade (i.e. Why is it important?)
-Oceanography of the Black Sea
-Introduction to sonar survey technologies
Obviously, there can be many more. My approach would be to plan a few at first and leave a few more open, so we can invite people for things which emerge as important. More ideas are welcome.
Happy New Year!