Vestal Hairdressing: Recreating the Seni Crines
February 7, 2013
At the Academic Program of the Archaeological Institute’s 114th Annual Meeting held last month in Seattle, Janet Stephens, AIA Member at Large, presented “Vestal Hairdressing: Recreating the Seni Crines.”
Stevens spent seven years examining various artifacts in an attempt to recreate the elaborate sine crines hairstyle of Roman vestal virgins, an order of priestesses. Her work is highlighted in an article that ran in the February 6 “Editor’s Picks” section of the Wall Street Journal.
After extensive experimentation, she published her findings in Roman Archaeology, and created a detailed YouTube video showing how the elaborate braided style was made (the video is an amplification of the poster presented at the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meeting.
Her experiment’s results were also covered in a piece featured on Fox News/Science.
The Site Preservation Program is funding the San Bartolo Mural Project thanks to a special gala pledge drive.
Three of the AIA’s professional members were awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies at the 2013 ACLS Annual Meeting.
Read the Program's 2013 Annual Report to learn about its many activities this past year.