Message #312:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Archaeology and Volcanoes
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 96 09:44:00 MST
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From:  Miriam S. Balmuth

Two conferences in November 1996 will treat archaeology and volcanoes, 
combining disciplines to illustrate ancient reactions to and impressions of 
volcanic phenomena, and the use of volcanic materials in the past. They 
demonstrate that not only technology is constantly moving and developing, 
but so, too, are our archaeological interpretations.

sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, UNESCO, and the 
International Association of Volcanology, will be held in Santa Fe, New 
Mexico, November 10-15, 1996. Archeology-anthropology will be one of the 
categories covered to explore the use of tuff in the past. The purpose of 
the workshop is to bring together an interdisciplinary group to exchange 
information and ideas, to initiate new collaborations, and to prepare a 
handbook.  For more information, contact: Grant Heiken, MS D462, Los Alamos 
National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545.  PH: (505) 667-8477; F: (505) 
665-3285; E-mail: .  Information is available on the WWW 

volcano-related conference,will be held immediately following the Santa Fe 
workshop, on November 16-17 at Tufts University in Medford, MA., with an 
updating of the first conference of this name held in the shadow of Vesuvius 
at Cumae in October 1995, with some of the same speakers. The history of 
ideas about volcanic eruptions will be illustrated with examples from 
ancient mythology, science, poetry, and art.  The use of applied sciences to 
study an ancient site will be demonstrated, using Pompeii as an example. 
Other examples will come from far beyond Vesuvius to the New World and go 
beyond the classical to the universal.  Anyone interested in contributing 
ideas please contact: Miriam S. Balmuth, Department of Classics, Tufts 
University, Medford, MA 02155.  Tel. 617-627-3216; Fax: 617-627-3610; 
E-mail: .  For a program, contact: Wendy 
Patterson, Department of Classics, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155. Tel. 
617-627-3213; Fax 617-627-3032; E-mail: