Elisabeth Alföldi Rosenbaum Fellow
(September 2016 to May 2017)
Keven is a native of the region of Quebec City, and completed his BA degree in archaeology at Université Laval and his MA in classical archaeology at the Université de Montréal. He is now a PhD candidate in the History Department of the Université de Montréal. Keven’s MA degree was on the fortifications of Northern Greece, from the Archaic to Hellenistic period, and his thesis was mainly focused on cataloging the remains of fortification walls in this region and providing a brief commentary on each of them. For his doctoral dissertation, Keven is pursuing his research on fortifications in Northern Greece, but with a multidisciplinary approach including the historical, geographical and architectural studies of these fortified settlements and their regions. His thesis will also try to demonstrate the presence of local and regional phenomena in the architectural styles which are most likely linked with the movement of populations coming from the Cycladic Islands and the West coast of Anatolia.
Since 2008, Keven has participated in archaeological digs in Jordan, France and Quebec City, and he is part of the Argilos Archaeological team (Greece) since 2010. He is also involved in the Botevo rescue archaeological project in Bulgaria, as co-director of the excavation.
Elisabeth Alföldi Rosenbaum Fellow
(September 2016 to December 2016)
After obtaining his B.A. in Classics from Brock University, Mark went on to pursue an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. He successfully defended his dissertation, Late Roman Ceramics from the Panayia Field, Corinth (late 4th to 7th c.): The Long-Distance, Regional and Local Wares in their Economic, Social and Historical Contexts, in May 2015, following several years of research as a member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA). While identifying and characterizing all of the major excavated wares, his dissertation focused on Corinth’s local and regional patterns of ceramic production and distribution, illustrating a level of urban continuity and growth through the 7th century despite the picture painted by decreasing imports. In addition to Corinth, Mark has participated in various excavations, surveys, and study seasons throughout the Mediterranean, notably contributing to the forthcoming publication of the survey of the Galatas region on Crete. Over his academic career, he has also gained experience in teaching, museum and library work, and the scientific study of archaeological finds through neutron activation analysis and collaborating in petrographic analyses.
This semester, Mark returns to Greece to research a small body of ceramic material recovered by the ASCSA during the 1933 excavations of the so-called Hill of Zeus cemetery in Corinth. These 43 intact funerary vessels are not only informative of the burial practices and rituals performed in Late Roman Greece, but the fabrics of the majority of these vessels also appear to correspond with some of the local and regional wares that Mark characterized during his dissertation. Thus it is possible to comment not only on the distribution patterns of funerary vessels, but also on the similarities and differences of vessels manufactured at different regional centres that were ultimately put to the same use. In addition to the library and archival duties that he will perform at the CIG, Mark will travel to Lisbon in September for the 30th Congress of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, where he will present aspects of his research from the Panayia Field in a poster focused on ceramic regionalism within the context of a globalized Roman world. He will also be preparing a paper for the 118th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Toronto this January which will focus on the regional production and distribution of polychrome sgraffito ware on Venetian Crete.
It is expected that the Neda and Franz Leipen Fellowship will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year.