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Call for papers--American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) annual meeting

From: Laura D'Alessandro <lada<-a>
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Call for Papers

"Pigments, Paints and Polychromies in the Ancient Near Eastern
American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Annual Meeting
    and Workshop
Westin Hotel
San Diego, CA
November 19-22, 2014

Workshop Organizers:

    Laura D'Alessandro
    Head Conservator, Oriental Institute, Chicago

    Alexander Nagel
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History,
    Department of Anthropology, Washington DC

With sophisticated and increased technology, documenting and
investigating aspects of paint and polychromy of ancient near
eastern art has advanced greatly in recent years. The means to
understand the process of paint application have greatly improved,
not only through the contribution of analytic methods of the natural
sciences, but also by increased interest in experimental
photography, imaging techniques, pigment analysis, all of which
provide a much broader spectrum in looking at the interface between
technology, history, archaeology and cultural studies.  Until
recently, however, the general significance of polychromy in ancient
near eastern art has generally been overlooked and published
discussions of distinct technologies, the paint processes and raw
materials are still missing. Developments in the sciences and
technologies, including new photographic and imaging techniques,
geochemistry as well as new modes in interpreting ancient polychromy
have provided the means to base these debates on more secure
grounds. Growing interest in polychromy and paint archaeology has
accelerated the study of sites, monuments and single artifacts.

In this workshop, professionals from Conservation Science,
Archaeology, Anthropology and other disciplines working on aspects
of the role, technology and preservation of polychromy and color in
ancient near eastern art. The focus will be on documenting remaining
traces of paint and other surface finishes in architectural
sculpture and other materials. Interested speakers will need to
submit a title and abstract (maximum 200 words) at


by February 15, 2014. Please send inquiries or questions to
Alexander Nagel <nagela<-a t->si< . >edu.) or Laura D'Alessandro
<lada<-a t->uchicago< . >edu>.

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