Professor Eric De Sena Presents Paper at Annual Meeting of AIA

Professor Eric De Sena presented a paper at the 113th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, January 6-8, 2012 in Philadelphia.

The paper, “Porolissum: urban transformations in the Municipium AD 106-271,” reviewed the results of the Porolissum Forum Project, an archaeological excavation De Sena has directed since 2004. This was one of five papers delivered in the session “Roman Dacia and Moesia: developments in archaeology and heritage management in Romania,” organized by Dr. Robert Wanner. The session highlighted problems faced by scholars working at Roman period sites in Romania and their solutions in the past decade.

The other scholars who presented papers in the session were Dan Weiss (University of Virginia and Porolissum Forum Project), Ioana Oltean (University of Exeter), Szilamer Panczel (Mures County Museum, Romania) and Constanze Hopken/Manuel Fielder (University of Cologne, Germany). There was an audience of about 100 people, including 15 PFP alumni and John Cabot University’s first graduate in Classical Studies, Elyse Waters. Elyse participated on the Porolissum Forum Project in 2010 and 2011 (

The Archaeological Institute of America ( is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The Institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 250,000 Members belonging to more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The organization is unique because it counts among its Members professional archaeologists and Corresponding Members, students, and many others from all walks of life. This diverse group is united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.

Prof. De Sena thanks JCU for a Faculty Development Grant that allowed him to participate in the AIA Conference.