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Wednesday, April 22 • 9:00am - 9:20am
The Jewelry of Cetamura del Chianti

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In this presentation, I will examine and discuss the jewelry found at the site of Cetamura del Chianti, in Tuscany, Italy. I will also discuss comparable pieces, the information and context provided by them, as well as my own theories as to the use and significance of these pieces. Jewelry is an important aspect of studying the material culture of the Classical world. It could have been both a luxury good as well as something very common, and was worn by almost everyone, just as it is today. In the ancient world, jewelry was not merely decorative. Pieces of jewelry were produced individually by artisans rather than mass-produced and thus were very personalized to the wearer, revealing details of their life and and tastes. It also had individual religious and superstitious uses as well, such as good luck tokens or signifiers of devotion to a certain deity. Studying this aspect of jewelry can reveal information on wider cultural and religious trends. For comparable pieces, I examined artifacts from Pompeii and the surrounding towns also destroyed by Vesuvius. This is because of the vast quantity of jewelry and other small personal items found at the site, as well as the comparable time periods of inhabitation between the eruption of Vesuvius in 79CE and the period most of the Cetamura pieces are dated to. Much of the Roman jewelry found at Cetamura is from the late Republic and early Imperial periods, as is much of the jewelry found at Pompeii.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:20am PDT
406 Wilma Sherrill Center