Archaeological fieldwork resources and graduate research opportunities
An update from Prof. Marcello Mogetta on research opportunites for graduate students in classical archaeology in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies:
"I welcome prospective graduate students with background experience and/or research interests in Roman urbanism, architecture and material culture.
Students working under my supervision have the opportunity to participate with full support in large active fieldwork projects at Gabii (The Gabii Project: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/gabiiproject/) and Pompeii (The Venus Pompeiana Project: [site under construction]), which I co-direct. Both sites feature exceptionally well-preserved remains and deep history, providing ample material for independent research on stratigraphy and finds from different cultural periods, as well as for PhD dissertations focusing on Pre-Roman and Roman Italy.
These field projects are also notable for their use of digital tools to document archeological remains, particularly in the form of 3-dimensional models frm photogrammetry, so I welcome applications from students interested in the broader field of digital humanities. Funding opportunities for research assistantship might be available through the Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grant (https://mizzouadvantage.missouri.edu) for a collaborative project with the MU Department of Architectural Studies, whose aim is to address the need for effective and innovative ways of publishing and sharing archaeological data as collected, presenting the ongoing Venus Pompeiana Project research in a manner in which analysis, visualization, modeling and narrative are closely intertwined (as successfully experimented with the Gabii final report series: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/g/gabii).
Students interested in artifact-based approaches may become involved in the CaLC-Rome project, which focuses on the 3D modeling and surface analysis of pottery vessels from the Esquiline necropolis of Rome in order to reconstruct their manufacturing process and life cycle [insert link to Muse article]. This initiative is part of an ongoing international cultural agreement between the University of Missouri and the Capitoline Museums known as the Hidden Treasures of Rome (https://maa.missouri.edu/?q=hidden-treasure-rome-project). Current Classical archaeology students worked both on the morphological and chemical analysis of the ceramics (under the direction of experts from the archaeometry lab at MU Research Reactor: http://archaeometry.missouri.edu) and on the creation of an interactive digital data collection compliant with the main international standards used for cultural heritage (available at http://digital.lib.usf.edu/htr)."