17th International Congress of Christian Archaeology


LOCATION: The masterclass will take place in the congress center “In the Driehoek”, which is a converted chapel in short walking distance from Utrecht Central Train Station, at Willemsplantsoen 1C, for a map, click here (scroll down).


The conveners of CIAC XVII will organize a masterclass on the art, archaeology, and epigraphy of Late Antiquity on June 30, 2018. This event is geared towards Research Master and Ph.D. students.

As evident from the program below, the masterclass is structured around six specialists that are directing archaeological fieldwork at various sites across the later Roman world. Speakers will talk about what it actually means to be working in this specific field, on the basis of case-studies relating to their own work. Their contributions will illustrate current developments in the field of ‘Christian Archaeology’ from an interdisciplinary perspective. Expanding on the theme Christian Archaeology Across Bordersthey will encourage participants to reflect on broadening horizons characterizing this particular field, both in terms of content as well as method.

The setting of the workshop is an interactive one, offering the participants the opportunity to engage in conversation with the presenters. The masterclass will take place in Utrecht, two days before the opening of the Congress.

If you are a graduate student and interested in participating, you can register for this event free of charge by sending an e-mail to: teiresias.uu@gmail.com. Please note that participants will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. The maximum number of participants has been set at 25.

Prior to the event, a reading packet will be distributed. Students who participate actively can receive a transcript for 1 ects. The event will take place in the city center of Utrecht. The exact location will be announced on here, soon.


Masterclass Christian Archaeology Across Borders

10:00-10:10             Opening

Sible de Blaauw and Leonard Rutgers

10:10-10:50             The Archaeology of Sketis: Texts and Trenches

Karel Innemee, University of Amsterdam

10:50-11:30             Reflections of Beliefs and Rituals in Material Culture. The Case of Teomim Cave, Jerusalem Hills  

Boaz Zissu, Bar-Ilan University

11:30-11:45             Coffe/Tea break

11:45-12:30             The DANUBIUS Project and the International Archaeological Mission at Zaldapa (Krushari, Bulgaria): Two Innovative research Programs in Christian Archaeology

Dominic Moreau, University of Lille

12:30-13:30             Lunch (own expense)

13:30-14:10             Building Archaeology and Early Christian Architecture in the Study of the Baptistery of Albenga

Olof Brandt, Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology

14:10-14:50             The Roman catacomb of St. Hyppolitus on the Via Tiburtina. Past and Future

Donatella Nuzzo, University of Bari

14:50-15:05             Tea break

15:15-16:00             Christian Epigraphy Today? A Case Study of the Inscriptions from the Domitilla Catacomb in Rome

Antonio Felle, University of Bari