Rocco Rante, "Evolution of Settlement and Habitat in the Bukhara Oasis between Antiquity and the Islamic Periods" (Penn, 4/6)

Evolution of Settlement and Habitat in the Bukhara Oasis between Antiquity and the Islamic Periods

Rocco Rante, Louvre Museum
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Fisher Bennett Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Rooom 224, 3340 Walnut Street
This presentation focuses on the evolution of settlements in the Bukhara Oasis resulting by the several transformations of the Zerafšan delta and the evolution of urbanism between the late Antiquity and the Islamic period, mostly concentering on habitat space evolution. The recent geo-archaeological researches directed under the aegis of the Louvre Museum brought to light the water changes of the Zerafšan delta since Neolithic to the Antiquity. These transformations generated changes in human behavior in terms of the occupation of territory as well as of the urban space. This development should be now imputed to the resulting landscape changes that generated a demographic increase and thus an exponential increase of settlements.
This lecture co-sponsored by Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The Middle East Center, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, and History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania

Speakers Announced for DVMA Spring Meeting! (Hopkins, 4/22)

DVMA Spring 2017 Meeting

Johns Hopkins University

April 22


List of Speakers

Rachel Danford (Loyola University Maryland)

Erica Harman (University of Pennsylvania)—DVMA Paper Prize Winner!

Giancarla Periti (University of Toronto / CASVA)

Erin Rowe (Johns Hopkins University)

Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College)


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Call for Applications: SIMS Visiting Research Fellowship (Penn, due 5/1)

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Visiting Research Fellowship program. Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage.  Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of pre-modern manuscripts from around the world, with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections.  SIMS also hosts the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts and the annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

The SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships have been established to encourage research relating to the pre-modern manuscript collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Schoenberg Collection.  Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, located near other manuscript-rich research collections (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, among many others), and linked to the local and international scholarly communities, SIMS offers fellows a network of resources and opportunities for collaboration. Fellows will be encouraged to interact with SIMS staff, Penn faculty, and other medieval and early modern scholars in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will also be expected to present their research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.

Applications are due May 1, 2017. More information on eligibility and the application process is available here:

For more information on SIMS, go to On Penn’s pre-modern manuscript holdings in general, go to:

Our Thanks

The DVMA would like to offer its sincere gratitude to the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the Princeton Index of Christian Art for their continued support of our programs.

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