Roman ornamental stone in North-Western Europe

Conférence au Gallo-Romeins Museum, Tongeren (Belgique), les 20, 21 et 22 avril 2016.

Roman-ornamentalConférence : Roman ornamental stone in North-Western Europe : Natural resources, manufacturing, supply, life and after-life.
20 th, 21 st and 22 th of April 2016

During Roman times particular rock types have been selected for the manufacturing of religious and funeral sculptures, others have been carefully chosen for composing architectural and ornamental pieces. The latter were restricted to public buildings or the largest private houses. This taste for ornamental stones, part of which were derived from the Mediterranean area, has generated an important supply activity of products derived from provincial quarries. Where are these materials coming from? What is their geographical distribution? What kind of social and economic mechanisms are playing here? What kind of decorative elements have they been used for? What happened after abandonment of the buildings? Have the quarries still been active during post-Roman times? What is the importance of recycling?

The conference offers an interdisciplinary and international exchange platform for archaeologists, geologists and historians interested in the provenance and distribution of ornamental stones, their extraction, processing and recycling in the Roman provinces of North-Western Europe. It will be held at the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren (BE), winner of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2011. You will have the opportunity to visit the Gallo-Roman Museum’s permanent exhibition.

Key note speakers are Prof. L. Lazzarini (University IUAV in Venice, Italy), Dr. B. Russell (University of Edinburgh, UK), Dr. J.-C. Bessac (CNRS, France)  and Prof. Catherine Coquelet (SPW/UCL, Belgium).

Researchers are invited to submit short abstracts of oral presentations (15 minutes) or poster exhibits on topics related to one of the following four conference themes:  1. Origin and  provenance of the raw materials; 2. Socio-economics of stone extraction and distribution; 3. Carving the stone; 4. Use and re-use : the life and after-life of stones.

Vous avez jusqu’au 16 octobre 2015 pour soumettre vos interventions (oral ou poster)

Pour plus d’informations : http://www.hands.be/grm
ou www.gallo-romeinsmuseum.be/roman-stone-conference


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