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DH10: Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, and Conservation of Ancient Monuments (formerly AM4)


This Continuing, Interdisciplinary Working Group focuses broadly on the Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, and Conservation of Ancient Monuments.

Open to New People

Active since: 2013

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester

Collaborative Goals

Through sponsored lectures, workshops, and other activities the group aims to develop–and expand on–collaborative projects, external grant proposals, and publications.

Group Organizers

Christopher R. DeCorse

Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Renato Perucchio

Program Director, Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures, University of Rochester

Group Members

  • Christopher DeCorse, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University
  • Renato Perucchio, Professor and Chair, Mechanical /Engineering, U. of Rochester
  • Michael Jarvis, Professor, Department of History, U. of Rochester
  • Dr. William Gblerkpor (University of Ghana)

Group Outcomes

Group discussions at the Planning Session, during the Guest Lectuer's visit, and many other discussions in-person and via Zoom developed specific plans for future collaborative work. This included planning for Professor Michael Jarvis’ NEH Digital Humanities Award; Professor DeCorse’s NEH Archaeology Award; and DeCorse’s CUSE grant, all focused on the site of English Fort Kormantine, Ghana, founded in 1631 as the first English outpost in Africa. Major archaeological excavations will be undertaken May-August 2023. Archaeological and archival work on the Kormantine site will continue through 2024-25. The possibility of continuing other collaborative work in coastal Ghana was also discussed, particularly whether to offer the digital archaeology field school in summer 2023. The field school, hosted by the University of Rochester and including staff from Syracuse University and the University of Ghana, successfully ran in 2017, 2018, and 2019, but was suspended owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was decided it was not practical to offer the program in 2023, but William Gblerkpor will offer a WUN traveling seminar open to Syracuse and Rochester students. Plans were also finalized for the guest lecture by Gerard Chouin in Syracuse in April, 2023. The planning session was followed by a dinner at Strathallan in downtown Rochester and an informal breakfast with more discussion was held the following morning.