University of Portland Bulletin 2020-2021

Initiative for Christian Antiquities

Rev. Richard Rutherford, C.S.C., Ph.D., Emeritus, director


The Initiative for Christian Antiquities is designed to support research projects across the University devoted to study and preservation of the material heritage of ancient Christianity in all its forms.

Currently two projects realize the Initiative’s goals:
  • Pollentia Undergraduate Research Expedition (PURE), involving UP faculty/student research teams in collaboration with University of Barcelona archaeologists. PURE is devoted to a joint study of early Christianity in the Balearic Islands, particularly an early Christian cemetery in the ancient Roman city of Pollentia on Mallorca.
  • Baptisteries of the Early Christian World is an international collaboration developing a catalog of ancient baptismal architecture.

The Initiative maintains research contact with regional scholars and programs through its participation in the annual gathering of the Northwest Early Christian Studies Seminar.

For more information about the program, contact the Initiative for Christian Antiquities at (503) 943-4685 or For additional information, see