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Jane Francis

 

Jane Francis

Associate Professor

Office H 663.16
Tel 514.848.2424, ext. 2490
E-mail Jane.Francis@concordia.ca



My primary research focuses on the reconstruction of the landscape of Crete and its use by ancient people. I concentrate specifically on the analysis of Roman ceramics and macroscopic analysis to identify clay sources and define patterns of trade and exchange. I have studied ceramic assemblages from sites in west (Sphakia, Phalasarna, Aptera, Nopigheia) and central Crete (Skoteino Cave, Moni Odigitria, Lasaia), and am active in experimental reconstructions of ceramic production. Another of my interests is ancient beekeeping, and I am preparing several publications on Greco-Roman beehives and their use from Crete. I also study ancient sculpture and am currently working on the publication of some of the sculpture in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Onassis Visiting Professor in Classical Greek Archaeology at McGill University, Fall 2011.

Education

PhD (1994) Bryn Mawr College, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

MA (1991) Bryn Mawr College, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology   

MA (1990) University of New Brunswick, Department of Classics and Ancient History       

MA (1987) University of Ottawa, Department of Classics/Études ancienne                                                   

BMus (1983) Mount Allison University, Department of Music

                                     

Research Interests

Greek and Roman Sculpture (especially “Roman Copies”)

Landscape Archaeology and Ancient Agricultural Resources

Ancient Apiculture

Roman Crete (especially ceramics)

Greek and Roman Ceramics and Ceramic Fabric Analysis

Selected Publications:

  • Francis, J. “The Greek and Roman Pottery”, and “Catalogue of the Greek and Roman Pottery,” in The Sphakia Survey. 2 volumes, eds. L. Nixon, J. Moody, S. Price and O. Rackham (Oxford, Oxford University Press) (in final editing).
  • Francis, J. “What’s so Rural about the Landscape of Roman Crete?,” in Comparative Issues in the Archaeology of the Roman Rural Landscape, eds. P. Attema and G. Schoerner (Portsmouth, RI, Journal of Roman Archaeology. Supplemental Volume) (in press).
  • Francis, J. 2011. “A Re-evaluation of Fish Installations in Roman Crete,” Creta Antica 10: 255-278 (in press).
  • Francis, J. 2009. “Ancient Ceramic Beekeeping Equipment at the University of Ottawa,” Mouseion 9: 1-10 (in press).
  • Francis, J.  & G.W.M. Harrison, 2011. Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: The Diniacopoulos Collection (Montreal, Concordia University).
  • Francis, J. 2011. “Lighting the Way: A Romano-Egyptian Lamp,” in Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: The Diniacopoulos Collection, eds.
  • J. Francis and G.W.M. Harrison (Montreal, Concordia University) 115-120.
  • Francis, J. 2010. “Appendix: The Roman Pottery,” in Moni Odigitri: A Prepalatial Cemetery and Its Environs in the Asterousia, Southern Crete, eds. A. Vasilakis and K. Branigan (Philadelphia, Institute for Aegean Prehistory Academic Press, Prehistory Monographs 30) 28-46.
  • Francis, J. 2009. “A Republican-style Gentleman in Montreal,” The Ancient World 40: 77-84.
  • Holden, A. & Francis, J. 2009. “The Females of the Cartoceto Group and the Development of the Female Portrait in the Late Republic,” The Ancient World 40: 43-59.
  • Francis, J. &  G.W.M. Harrison, 2008. “Plutarch’s Crete,” in Proceedings of the 7th International Plutarch Society Congress, ed. A. Nikolaidis (Berlin): 791-803.
  • Francis, J. 2006. “Beehives and Beekeeping in Ancient Sphakia.” Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Cretan Studies, ed. T. Detorakis (Herakleion): 379-89.
  • Francis, J. & G.W.M. Harrison, 2005. “Fish and Ships: Fish Farming in Roman Crete,” The Ancient World 36.1: 123-133
  • Francis, J. 2004. “The Modern Problem of Roman Copies,” Mouseion 4: 345-64.
  • Fossey, J.M. and Francis, J. 2004. The Diniacopoulos Family and Collection: Greek and Roman Antiquities (Montreal, Concordia University and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts).
  • Francis, J. 2004. “Birth and Death on an Attic Stele,” in The Diniacopoulos Family and Collection: Greek and Roman Antiquities, eds. J.M. Fossey and J. Francis (Montreal) 84-89.
  • Francis, J. & G.W.M. Harrison, 2003. “Gortyn: First City of Roman Crete,” AJA 107: 487-492.
  • Moody, J., Robinson, H., Francis, J., Nixon, L., & Wilson, L. 2003. “Ceramic Fabric Analysis and Survey Archaeology: The Sphakia Survey,” BSA 98: 37-105.
  • Francis, J. 2002. “The Roman Crouching Aphrodite,” Mouseion 2: 211-243.
  • Francis, J., 2002. “The Three Graces: Composition and Meaning in a Roman Context,” Greece and Rome 40: 1-19.
  • Francis, J. 2000. “A Roman Battle Sarcophagus at Concordia University, Montreal,” Phoenix 54: 332-337.
  • Francis, J., S. Price, J. Moody, & L. Nixon, 2000. “The Agiasmatsi Cave: A Greek Cave Sanctuary in Sphakia, W. Crete,” BSA 95: 427-472.
  • Francis, J. 1998. “Re-writing Attributions: Alkamenes and the Archaistic Herm,” in Stephanos. Studies in Honor of B.S. Ridgway, eds. K.J. Hartswick and M. Sturgeon (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Monographs): 62-68.

 

Internet Publications

          (http://sphakia.classics.ox.ac.uk/) (2000).

Book Reviews

  • Giuman, M., Melissa. Archeologia delle api del miele nella Grecia antica, in AJA online, http://ajaonline.org/onlinebookreviews, 114.4 (October 2010).
  • Di Vita, A., ed., Gortyn VI. Scavi 1979-1982 (2004), in JRA, 20 (2007) 588-91.
  • Haggis, D., Kavousi I. The Archaeological Survey of the Kavousi Region (2005), in Phoenix 61 (2007) 386-88.
  • Palagia, O., ed. Greek Sculpture. Function, Materials, and Techniques in the Archaic and Classical Periods, in Mouseion 6 (2006) 259-64.
  • Briese, M.B. and L.E. Vaag, eds., Trade Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean from the Late Hellenistic Period to Late Antiquity: The Ceramic Evidence, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.08.30.
  • Tomber, R. and J. Dore, The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection. A Handbook, in Mouseion 5 (2005) 353-57.
  • Alcock, S.E., Archaeologies of the Greek Past. Landscapes, Monuments, and Memories, in Phoenix 58 (2004) 354-55.
  • Raab, H.A., Rural Settlement in Hellenistic and Roman Crete: the Akrotiri Peninsula, in JRA 16 (2003) 1-4 (with G.W.M. Harrison).
  • Padgett, J.M. ed., Roman Sculpture in the Art Museum Princeton University, in Mouseion 46 (2002) 293-298.
  • Coldstream, J.N., Knossos Pottery Handbook. Greek and Roman, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.08.36.
  • Neils, J., ed., Worshipping Athena. Panathenaia and Parthenon, in EMC/CV 17 (1998) 411-416.
  • Havelock, C.M., The Aphrodite of Knidos and Her Successors. A Historical Review of the Female Nude in Greek Art, in EMC/CV 16 (1997) 211-215.
  • Ridgway, B.S., ed., Greek Sculpture in the Art Museum, Princeton University, in EMC/CV 14 (1995) 175-180.

Academic Conference Presentations

  • Francis, J., “Ancient Cretan Beekeeping: Island and Regional Preferences,” 10th Roman Archaeology Conference. Frankfurt, Germany (Mar. 2012).
  • Francis, J., J. Moody, & E. Nodarou. “The Fabrics of Cretan Amphoras from Sphakia,” 11th International Congress of Cretan Studies. Rethymnon, Crete, Greece (Oct. 2011).
  • Francis, J. “The Domed Beehives of Roman Phalasarna,” 11th International Congress of Cretan Studies. Rethymnon, Crete, Greece (Oct. 2011).
  • Francis, J., “Phocaean Red Slip Pottery from the Cilicia Survey Project (Misis), Turkey,” KERAMOS. An International Symposium on Ceramics: A Cultural Approach (May 2011).
  • Francis, J. “Experiments with Ceramic Beehives: Varro and Columella were Wrong,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX (Jan. 2011)
  • Moody, J., J. Francis, & H. Robinson. “Sponge Spicule Ceramic Fabrics in Minoan and Post-Minoan Crete,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX (Jan. 2011).
  • Francis, J. “Cooking pottery from the Sphakia Survey (West Crete): Shapes, Fabrics, and Function,” Ceramics, Cuisine and Culture: the Archaeology and Science of Kitchen Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean World. London, British Museum (December 2010).
  • Francis, J. “Beehives, Beekeeping, and the Landscapes of Antiquity,” All Roads Lead to Archaeology: Interdisciplinary Crossroads. The Archaeological Box / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Montreal (Oct. 2010).
  • Francis, J. “A Re-evaluation of Fish Installations in Roman Crete,” 27th/28th International Congress on the Anthropology of Food. Kamilari, Crete, Greece (June 2009).
  • Francis, J. “What’s so Rural about the Cretan Countryside?,” 8th Roman Archaeology Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (April 2009).
  • Holden, A., & J. Francis. “The females of the Cartoceto Group,” Classical Association of Canada, Annual Meeting. Montreal (June 2008).
  • Francis, J. “The Romans at Skoteino Cave, Crete,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting .San Diego, CA (Jan. 2007).
  • Francis, J. “The Face of Roman Portaiture,” The Gilded Bronzes of Pergola. Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (Nov. 2007).
  • Francis, J. “Roman Pottery South of the Asterousia,” 10th International Congress of Cretan Studies. Chania, Crete, Greece (Oct. 2006).
  • Francis, J. Garum and Romanitas in Roman Crete,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. Montreal (Jan. 2006).
  • Francis, J. “Landscape Archaeology in Roman Crete,” L’archéologie à Montréal : Un monde de découvertes. Archaeological Institute of America, Montreal Chapter / Musée Pointe-à-Callière (Oct. 2006).
  • Francis, J. & G.W.M. Harrison. “Plutarch’s Crete,” 7th International Plutarch Society Congress. University of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece (May 2005).
  • Francis, J. & G.W.M. Harrison. “Something Fishy in Roman Crete,” 16th International Congress of Classical Archaeology. Boston, MA (Aug. 2003).
  • Francis, J. & G.W.M. Harrison. “Pursuing Pirates: A Phantom Menace?,” 99th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Lexington, KY (April 2003).
  • Francis, J. “Three Coastal Sites in Roman Sphakia (West Crete),” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA (Jan. 2003).
  • Francis, J. & G.W.M. Harrison. “The Functional Interpretation of Water Installations,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA (Jan. 2003).
  • Francis, J. “Beehives and Beekeeping in Ancient Sphakia,” 9th International Congress of Cretan Studies. Elounda, Crete, Greece (Oct. 2001).
  • Francis, J. “Sole Sisters: the Erechtheion Caryatids, their Copies and their Shoes,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA (Jan. 2001) (abstract published in AJA 105 [2001] 281).
  • Francis, J. “A Roman Battle Sarcophagus at Concordia University, Montreal,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (Dec. 1999) (abstract published in AJA 104 [2000] 323).
  • Francis, J.“Finds of Graeco-Roman Beehives from Sphakia, West Crete,” Beekeeping in the Graeco-Roman World. University of Oxford (Nov. 2000).
  • Francis, J. “Beehives, Honey, and the Whole Ball of Wax,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. Washington, DC (Dec. 1998) (abstract published in AJA 103 [1999] 268).
  • Francis, J. “Macroscopic Fabric Analysis and the Sphakia Survey Project,” Round table presentation, “Analyzing Survey Pottery,” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Washington DC  (DATE)????
  • Francis, J. “Re-evaluating Attributions: the ‘Crouching Aphrodite’ and Doidalsas,” 15th International Congress of Classical Archaeology. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (July 1998).
  • Francis, J. “Powder-sand Wares from Agiasmatsi Cave,” 5th International Congress on Hellenistic Ceramics. Chania, Crete, Greece (April 1997).
  • Francis, J. “Re-writing Attributions: Alkamanes and the Hermes Propylaios,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting. New York, NY (Dec. 1996) (abstract published in AJA 101 [1997] 346).
  • Francis, J. “Agiasmatsi Cave: A Late Hellenistic and Roman Cave Sanctuary in Sphakia,” 8th International Congress of Cretan Studies. Herakleion, Crete, Greece (Sept. 1996).
  • Francis, J. “Alkamenes and the Archaistic Herm,” Classical Association of Canada, Annual Meeting. Montreal (May 1995).
  • Francis, J. “A Courtship Scene by the Amasis Painter,” Atlantic Classical Association Conference. Dalhousie University, Halifax (Oct. 1993).
  • Francis, J. A Re-examination of the Crouching Aphrodite Motif in Greek and Roman Art,” Classical Association of Canada, Annual Meeting. Ottawa, ON (May 1992).
  • Francis, J. “Problems of Figure Placement in Archaic Athenian Pedimental Sculpture,” Atlantic Classical Association Conference. Mount Allison University, Sackville (Oct. 1989).

Ceramic Workshops

“How to Analyze Pottery,” Concordia University (1996, 1997, 1998)

“Macroscopic Fabric Analysis and the Sphakia Survey Project,” Round table presentation, “Analyzing Survey Pottery,” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Washington DC (Dec. 1998) (with Melissa Moore).

“How to Analyze Pottery,” Phalasarna Excavations, Crete, Greece (July 2008) (with J. Moody).

“Fabric Analysis,” Phalasarna Excavations, Crete, Greece (July 2009) (with J. Moody).

Archaeological Fieldwork Projects

2006-- Pottery analyst, The Cilicia (Turkey) Survey, University of Pisa

2008-2010 Pottery analyst, Phalassarna (Crete) Excavations, Greek Ministry of Culture

2009 Pottery analyst, Aptera (Crete) Excavations, Greek Ministry of Culture

2009 Co-director/pottery analyst, Cretan Amphora Fabric Project (with J. Moody)

2008-2009 Co-director/pottery analyst, Sphakia Survey Petrography Project (with J. Moody)

2004-2005 Pottery analyst, The Moni Odiyitria Survey (Crete), Sheffield University

2003-2005 Pottery analyst, Skoteino Cave (Crete) Excavations, American School of Classical Studies in

Athens

1993-2005 Pottery analyst, apotheke director, The Sphakia Survey Project (Crete)


 
 
 

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