Current Projects

Over the past four years, Dr. Goldman has involved in revitalizing the Classical Civilizations (CLAS) Department at Gonzaga.  Recent past projects include the week-long "Greek Week" festival (March 22-28, 2010), hosting the 2011 meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN) here at Gonzaga, and coordinating a student-faculty exhibit on Classics in the Rare Book Room of the Foley Library at Gonzaga ("Collegium Gonzageum: Celebrating the Classics at Gonzaga, 1887-2011").  In the summer of 2012, he  launched a new Gonzaga study abroad program, Gonzaga-in-Turkey: Origins and Empires, which brought 17 students to Turkey for a four-week period to study the ancient peoples, civilizations and religions of Anatolia.  For more information about that program, including videos and photographs, see the Gonzaga-in-Turkey 2012 blog (  In June and July of 2013, he and his wife Amy led a new tour in Turkey for the Vergilian Society, "Gods, Myths and Sanctuaries of Asia Minor", a two-week trip with 32 participants along the southern and western coast of Turkey. 

In terms of research, Dr. Goldman is engaged in the publication of his work on Roman Gordion, the settlement and its small finds.  Most recently he has been investigating a potential workshop producing pagan and early Christian gemstones in central Turkey.  He continues to lecture on this material as a traveling lecture for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), with trips in 2013-14 to San Diego, Portland and Buffalo.  In Oct. 2013, he traveled to Oslo, Norway to participate in the final conference of the Thanatos Project, a four-year, EU-sponsored effort to examine ancient funerary customs and mortuary archaeology in Turkey.  His lecture on Roman rural cemeteries in Galatia will be published as part of the conference proceedings in 2016, as a chapter in the forthcoming volume Life and Death in Ancient Society.  Asia Minor in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Times (Oxbow Books). 

He continues his work as a local and national lecturer for the AIA, and in 2015-16 has been appointed the Kershaw Lecturer, with upcoming talks scheduled for Florida, N. Carolina and Washington DC in the spring of 2016.  He has also continued to speak at the annual AIA conferences: in Jan. 2014, he presented a lecture at the Chicago meetings on the Roman military equipment recently recovered from the Battle of the Aegates Islands (241 BCE), the final battle of the First Punic War, and in Jan. 2015 he spoke at the New Orleans meetings on Late Roman octagonal gemstones.  In Jan. 2016, he will speak at the San Francisco meetings on his recent work on the cemeteries at Gordion and rural burial in the Roman province of Galatia.