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Hallie G. Meredith
Washington State University (Pullman, WA 99164-0001)
Fragmentary and Unfinished Art: Documenting Undocumented Late Roman Art and Process

Research and writing leading to a monograph on late Roman carving techniques through the study of incomplete stone sculptures.

This project investigates the unfinished work of anonymous Roman artists in order to document their artistic processes. The research focuses on the third to seventh centuries AD, a period not only representing a zenith in late Roman carving but for which numerous excavated production sites are extant. This research is vital for two core reasons. First, no written sources exist documenting production by anonymous artists. Second, the Roman practice of concealing evidence of carving has led to fundamental gaps in our knowledge concerning production. This award will support research at archaeological sites and on related objects. The approach will enable unfinished pieces to take center stage by accessing fundamentally important – but obscured – visual information. This project will make a significant interdisciplinary contribution to discourse in archaeology, ancient history, art history, classics, craft history and theory, and economic studies, among other fields of study.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Arts, Other; Classics

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/16/2022 – 7/15/2022