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Italian Marine Archeologist to Speak on LRU Campus

Wed Mar 27 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — On Friday, April 12, Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome to campus Dr. Dante Bartoli, a marine archeologist specializing in ancient Greek and Roman studies. This presentation will be held in room 115 of Mauney Hall on campus at 10:00am and is free and open to the public.

Born in Milan (Italy), where he studied Classical Literature at the Università Statale degli Studi, Dr. Bartoli received his degree in Classical Archaeology in 1999, with a B.A. thesis on the pottery production of Magna Graecia.

After moving to the U.S., he earned his doctorate at the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University in 2008, with a dissertation on the Roman marble trade. His research focused upon the archaeological remains of the Punta Scifo A shipwreck, a Roman Imperial marble carrier sunk in the sea of Croton (Calabria, Italy), that he mapped during two seasons of field work. He has directed, or actively assisted in, several underwater research projects sponsored by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and Italy.

Since 2003, Dr. Bartoli has co-directed, jointly with representatives of the Italian Fine Arts Bureau, yearly underwater archaeological survey campaigns and historical research, mostly in southern Italy, but also in Latium and Tuscany. Currently, he is leading ProMare’s marine operations in Italy, which has completed three successful seasons of research in Latium, Tuscany, and Calabria.

Dr. Bartoli’s research interests include the Graeco-Roman world in the Mediterranean, with a special emphasis on Greek colonization in the West, Greek and Roman seafaring, and the marble and stone trade in antiquity.

Dr. Bartoli has been in communications with LR assistant professor of psychology Dr. Gordon Cappelletty for the past year, and has expressed an interest in the university’s use of technology, hybrid course offerings and inquiry-guided learning. Dr. Bartoli will also be sitting in on a few of courses to see how technology can be integrated into the classroom.

On this event, Dr. Cappelletty said, “I invite all interested individuals to attend what I think will be a fascinating discussion of ancient cultures and the foundation of much of Western civilization.”

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