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Eric R Hostetter

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Art & Design
143 Art & Design
408 E Peabody Dr
M/C 590
Champaign, IL 61820

Professor Emeritus


My research has focused on Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology. The study of the figural and banqueting bronzes from the Graeco-Etruscan port of Spina revealed much about the social, artistic, and economic interactions between Etruscans, Greeks and Veneti in a colonial emporium. Exploration of the Romano-British courtyard villa at Castle Copse in Wiltshire allowed the investigation of the succeeding relationships between an Iron Age hill-fort, native settlement, Roman villa, and Saxon market town. Excavations on the NE slope of the Palatine Hill demonstrated the complex dynamic of urban development in the imperial capital from the 3rd century B.C. through the present. Most recently, in a joint project, I have been establishing the dates and geochemical compositions of the last flows of water to the Baths of Caracalla. Lastly, a PBS documentary on the Tarahumara explored the complex relations between Indian and non-Indian in the Sierra Madre Occidental of northern Mexico!

Recent Publications

Brandt, J. R., St. Clair, A., Hostetter, E. R., & Rose, M. (Eds.) (2014). Palatine East: Excavations of the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma and the American Academy in Rome, 1988-1994. (The Palatine East Series). De Luca Editori d'Arte.

Hostetter, E., Brandt, J. R., & Ammerman, A. J. (2009). Palatine East Excavations: Stratigraphy and architecture. (The Palatine East Series). De Luca Editori d'Arte.

Hostetter, E. (2001). Bronzes from Spina II: Instrumentum Domesticum. Verlag Philipp von Zabern GmbH.

Hostetter, E. (1998). Banqueting Bronzes at Spina: The Archaeological Context. Etruscan Studies: Journal of the Etruscan Foundation, 5(1).

Hostetter, E., & Howe, T. N. (Eds.) (1997). The Romano-British villa at Castle Copse, Great Bedwyn. Indiana University Press.

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