This summer, Associate Professor Lynn Jones completed field research in Cappadocia for her current book project, The Cult of the Ruler in Middle Byzantine Art, with the assistance of doctoral student Sarah Mathiesen, MA student Haylee Glasel, and Earnestine Qiu, an MA student at Tufts University. The team was also assisted by FSU alumnus Dr. Brad Hostetler, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Kenyon College. Hostetler, a veteran of four previous seasons of fieldwork in Turkey, is now working on his own book project, and will visit FSU in November to give a public lecture.
The group began with 5 days in Istanbul, visiting Byzantine monuments. While in Istanbul, Dr. Jones gave a lecture on “The Cult of the Emperor” at Koç University, as part of her Senior Fellowship at their Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations. The group then relocated to Avanos, in Cappadocia, and spent 9 days in the valleys and on the plateau, negotiating ways to get from one to the other on foot and mapping the decorative programs of Middle Byzantine rock-cut churches. The team photographed and cataloged paintings in 41 Cappadocian rock-cut churches, fieldwork which proved essential for Jones’s book project and provided a valuable research experience for the students.