AJA

130 Years of Scholarship

We’re excited to celebrate the 130th birthday of the journal in 2015 by showcasing a slightly redesigned interior on our print edition, beginning with this volume year. Expect some small additional stylistic changes in our pages, as well as some refinements to our website, throughout the anniversary year.

Distinguishing Between Rouletting and Chattering on Ancient Mediterranean Pottery

Jaye McKenzie-Clark

Although the various techniques used in ceramic production are obvious to those who work with clay professionally, they are not always recognized by archaeologists. A surface decoration commonly found on Greek and Roman fine wares, including Attic and Campanian Black Gloss, Thin-Walled Ware, Eastern Sigillata, Italian Sigillata, African Red Slip Ware, and Vesuvian Sigillata, is usually called rouletting, but I argue that in most cases the pattern is achieved by another technique known as chattering.

A Preliminary Report on a Coastal and Underwater Survey in the Area of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Ralph K. Pedersen

In March 2012, Philipps-Universität Marburg conducted a 12-day survey along a section of the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia reaching from Rabigh in the north to al-Shoaiba in the south. As the beginning of a five-year archaeological project, this preliminary venture sought to define the logistical situation and to discover any sites of archaeological importance that may exist within the zone. The survey included the search for and the examination of harbor sites, as well as shipwrecks. Sites of antiquity and the Early Islamic period were of particular interest.

Stasis and Change in Roman Domestic Space: The Alae of Pompeii's Regio VI

Elisabetta Cova

This article investigates the space of the alae within the atrium houses of Pompeii. It reviews ancient and modern references and presents as a case study the alae of Pompeii’s Regio VI. Following several seasons of architectural survey in Pompeii and drawing on newly published archaeological evidence from this region, data concerning the distribution, number, placement, and architectural features of the alae are presented.

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Mercury on the Esquiline: A Reconsideration of a Local Shrine Restored by Augustus

Margaret M. Andrews and Harriet I. Flower

In this article, we present a reexamination of a shrine to Mercury preserved in situ in the basement of the apartment building at Via San Martino ai Monti 8, part of the ancient Clivus Suburanus, on the Esquiline Hill in Rome. A new campaign of documentation has yielded many new insights about the character, chronological development, and historical importance of this local shrine.

Masks and Ritual Performance on the Island of Cyprus

Erin Walcek Averett

The island of Cyprus is well known for its abundance of masks, which have been the subject of focused studies as well as broader investigations on Phoenician and Punic masks. Yet, there is no comprehensive and diachronic overview of this important corpus contextualized within its Cypriot setting. This article reevaluates the evidence for masking rituals in Late Bronze and Iron Age Cyprus through close analysis of archaeological contexts and use patterns to reconstruct masked performances.