Susan E. Alcock
Director of Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology, Professor of Classics:
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Phone: +1 401 863 3710
B.A. (Yale), B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cambridge)
Sue Alcock is a classical archaeologist, with interests in the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. Much of her research to date has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. Her fieldwork has, until recently, taken the form of regional investigations in Greece and Armenia, but she is now co-director of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project - (BUPAP) - in southern Jordan.
She was trained, at Yale and at the University of Cambridge, in the field of classical archaeology that is the archaeology of the circum-Mediterranean world. Her research interests chiefly target the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. She has also worked on the long-term history of Messenia (southern Greece), the homeland of the famed 'helots' of antiquity. Much of her research to date has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. Her work attempts to straddle the usual divide of 'historian' and 'archaeologist.'
For most of her career, her fieldwork was located in Greece, and typically has taken the form of regional investigations. She is a proponent of the relatively new methodology of systematic pedestrian survey, and has pioneered the employment of this type of archaeological evidence to answer historical questions. Her fieldwork includes the urban survey of Phlius in the northeast Peloponnese (as part of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project) and co-directorship of the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (in Messenia, southwestern Greece) and of the Vorotan Project in Armenia.
In 2010, Alcock launched the first season of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP),a multi-disciplinary archaeological research project designed to understand the development of Petra and its surrounding landscapes diachronically, throughout the region and at multiple individual sites.
Greek and Roman archaeology and art history; food in the ancient world; archaeologies of empire; archaeologies of memory; field archaeology