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Exciting News from the University of Pennsylvania Museum

Kostis Kourelis forwarded an email to me last night announcing that Richard Hodges was named the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  Here’s the story from Penn’s website:

A world-leading classical and early medieval archaeologist specializing in western Europe, Hodges has been director of both The Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London and The British School in Rome. For the past nine years, he has worked extensively on archaeological and cultural heritage projects in Albania including the creation of a large cultural heritage institute in Tirana and a new archaeological museum in Butrint.


This is big news for anyone interested in the post-antique world.  But it does pose the question:  What will happen if (or once?) the academic community decides that the study of the Late Antique, Early Medieval, Early Byzantine, Late Roman world has finally come of age?  How will our responsibilities to our field change?  Will it be a good thing?

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