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XVII Congresso Internazionale di Archeologia Cristiana


The International Congress of Christian Archaeology takes place once every five years. From its inception, the congress’ primary aim has been to provide archaeologists working on early Christianity and Late Antiquity with a forum to share their latest discoveries and insights and ponder the many challenges and opportunities involved in this particular area of scholarly endeavour and expertise.

The 17th International Congress of Christian Archaeology will take place in the Netherlands, from July 2 – 6, 2018,  and will be hosted jointly by Utrecht University and the Radboud University Nijmegen.

The main thematic focus of this instalment will revolve around questions pertaining to boundaries, borders, borderlands and transitional zones of the Later Roman World (up until the seventh century CE). This year’s conference’s aim is to explore this thematic focus from a variety of perspectives, including thematic-conceptual and spatial-geographic ones.

In keeping with the congress' main topic a special session will be devoted to discussing the on-going destruction of Christianity's cultural heritage in the Near East.

The conference will take place in two main venues, namely at Utrecht (Monday through Wednesday) and in Nijmegen (Wednesday through Friday). Prior to the conferences and in the weekend directly following it, several excursions will be organised to pertinent archaeological sites and museums.


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