Call for papers: “Terra, legno e materiali deperibili nell’architettura antica / Clay, Timber and Perishable Materials in Ancient Architecture” (Padova, 28-30 May 2020) – Proposal submission until15th of February 2020

The Conference, promoted by the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua (Italy), aims at exploring the topic of the use of perishable materials in ancient architecture, specifically in Greek, Magno-Greek, Phoenician, Punic, Etruscan and Roman buildings. The idea of a Conference about this topic stems from the awareness that past studies on ancient architecture gave scarce attention to the use of perishable materials for construction purposes, despite their large spread in ancient buildings on par of other materials, like stone and brick. This lack of interest is probably due both to the lower level of preservation of structures made of unbaked clay and/or timber, and to the great difficulty of recognizing and analyzing this kind of structures during excavation activities.

Areas of interest: Northern Italy, Continental Europe, Etruria and Italic world, Greece and Greek Mediterranean (Aegean area, Magna-Graecia, Sicily, Adriatic area), Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean.

Participation: Researchers who carried out research on the topic of the Conference can send their proposal to the organizers ( before the 15th of February 2020, indicating if the proposal is for a paper or for a poster. Each proposal should be accompanied by the title of the paper/poster, by personal information about the author/ authors (name, surname, institution, mail address) and by an abstract of 300 words maximum written in English. The papers which will be selected by the scientific committee, split into different sessions, will be about 20 minutes long. As regards posters, graphical and dimensional instructions will be given to the authors when the final program will be drawn up. All papers and posters will be published in the Conference Proceedings, which will be a specific volume of the series Costruire nel mondo antico, after peer review process of the editorial board. A refund will be provided to a selected group of young researchers (under 40).

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