Institute's collaboration in Marie Curie Initial Training Network

28 October 2010


The Institute of Archaeology is one of 10 partners participating in a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, headed by Cyprus University, on ancient Eastern Mediterranean material cultures (NARNIA).

NARNIA - the New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches to ancient material studies - is an interdisciplinary project, the main objective of which is to provide young researchers with the means to conduct research on ancient Eastern Mediterranean material cultures, developing their analytical skills through a series of research and training activities.

NARNIA brings together universities and research institutes from five European countries, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece and the UK and a partner country, Jordan, with the goal of contributing to the development of the field of archaeological sciences by the provision of high-quality advanced training courses on analytical techniques for the study of ancient pottery, glass, metals, mosaics, and on techniques for the dating of ancient materials.

The award to the Institute is set at c Euro 800,000 (of a total budget of 4.6M) for this four year project, and includes three 3-year funded PhD fellowships. The Institute will lead the work package (WP) on the study of metals and metalworking in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean to be co-ordinated by Thilo Rehren and Marcos Martinón-Torres. The Institute will also contribute to the work package on ancient glass and offer specific training courses in ancient mining and metallurgy for all fellows across the NARNIA network. In addition to staff expertise in these areas, project Fellows will also be able to make use of the Institute's renowned Wolfson Archaeological Sciences Laboratories.