March 14, 2015 – FLAME workshop

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Dear colleagues,

<this email is also relevant if you are not attending the workshop in person, please see below>
As time is moving on towards our workshop in two weeks, I wanted to begin to share some of our plans and schedule. First, we will all meet on Friday evening (27/3) on campus and go have dinner together in one of the nearby venues. After a good night’s sleep (those participants who will be flying here will be accommodated, of course), we will all meet at Scheide Caldwell room 103 for the day-long workshop during Saturday (28/3). Our tentative schedule will be:
9:00-9:30 Breakfast in SCH 103
9:30-10:00 General overview of the project, open to a limited public
10:00-10:30 Introduction and broad discussion of our results so far, also open to a limited public
10:30-10:40 Coffee break
10:40-12:30 Presentations (10 min/participant)
12:30-13:00 Round table – concluding the first stage of the project
13:00-14:15 Lunch outside SCH 103
14:15-14:35 Digital tools for the second stage of the project
14:35-15:00 Tutorial: how to input information for the second stage of the project
15:00-15:30 Round table – practical and theoretical issues in the project’s second stage
15:30-16:00 Future directions for the project
~16:00 End of workshop
~17:30 Dinner (location TBA)
As you can see, we will begin with a general overview of the project by Alan, who will also be showing some coin images. I will continue with the introduction and broad discussion of our results so far, for which I will use our developed map software (see below). A Q&A session will follow. All of this will be open to some interested faculty and a few additional graduate students, although our advertising of this will be limited and we do not expect a large attendance.
Following the coffee break, each of us (including some participants who will be Skyping in) will present a ten minute summary of his/her region. This should generally include an overview of your findings with regards to minting, interesting observations you have noticed and problems you have encountered (with secondary literature, with the data itself, with the digital side of things, etc.). Although our digital query-based map is still undergoing development, I will be able to supply you with specific maps based on your spreadsheets. Starting in a week, please let me know which kind of maps you would like to use for your presentation (which years/subregions/metals). I am attaching an early example of how this currently looks like; it might change over the next week and might have some minor remaining issues with specific mints. Discussion about each specific region will be limited in time, but we will follow everything with a round table in which we will conclude the project’s first part.
The second section after lunch will be dedicated to the next part of the project – from practical and theoretical perspectives, and will conclude with our plans for the future.
Those of us who will be attending the workshop: other than the presentations, please be ready to raise specific issues you have had in your region over the first stage during the round table, and issues you forsee for the next stage of the project from your region’s perspective. Any other comments about the project in general would be greatly appreciated. 
Those participants who will not be attending in person: we will be able to broadcast whatever parts you will be interested in attending (I would recommend especially the first two). We would also be more than interested in hearing your own presentations of your regions, and can accommodate whatever timeslot you would prefer (between 10:40-12:30 eastern time). Please inform me as soon as you know so I can take care of the logistic matters here. If you have comments such as those discussed above and will not be able to stay connected for the entire day, please email them to me so I can bring them into the discussion.
And as a sidenote: As Alan mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there is going to be a symposium in Princeton on Friday about Princeton’s archaeological projects in the past and present (Scheide-Caldwell 103, 1:30 pm). Alan is going to discuss the excavations in Antioch and what happened about it, while John Haldon is going to discuss his own Avkat project. Other speakers will cover projects in Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Romania.
Looking forward to our first workshop,
Lee

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