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Graduate Students

Emanuela Bocancea
Emily Booker
Sarah Craft
Samuel Crenshaw
Andrew Dufton

Pinar Durgun
Müge Durusu-Tanriover
Linda R. Gosner
Katherine Harrington
Susan Herringer

Samantha Lash
Kathryn McBride
Claudia Moser
Elizabeth Murphy
Jessica Nowlin

Ian Randall
Timothy Sandiford
Alexander Smith
Catherine Steidl
Jennifer Thum
Clive Vella

 
Emanuela Bocancea
Status: ABD
Emanuela received a B.A. (First Class Honours) in Classical Studies (2007) and an M.A. in Classical Archaeology (2009) from the University of Alberta. Her past fieldwork has included Greece (Kastro-Kallithea), Romania (Porolissum), and Menorca (harbor of Sanitja). Her current fieldwork includes survey and excavation at Petra, Jordan (Brown University Petra Archaeological Project) and on the island of Montserrat (Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat Project). Emanuela’s many research interests include the army and frontiers of the Roman Empire, the archaeology of the Roman provinces, the cult of Mithras, ancient colonialism and imperialism, Roman epigraphy, Roman social history, and ancient slavery. Her dissertation comparatively examines the creation of the last two Roman provinces, Dacia and Arabia, from the 2nd - 3rd centuries CE.

 
Emily Booker
Status: First Year
Emily received a double B.A. in Classical Civilizations and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations from the University of California, Berkeley (2013). She graduated with high honors for a thesis concerning the socio-economic implications of Cypriot cylinder seals during the Late Bronze Age, which suggest the rise of new elites in trade-focused centers. Her experience ranges from educational outreach at the San Diego Museum of Man, independent research at the British Museum, ceramic analysis at the American Academy in Rome, and field work with the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project in Jordan. Her main academic interests lie in international ties, trade, and communication, particularly in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, through a combination of archaeological, art historical, and textual analysis of materials. She plans to continue focusing her research in the eastern Mediterranean, including Anatolia, the Levant, and Cyprus.

 
Sarah Craft
Status: ABD
Sarah graduated from DePauw University with a double B.A. in Latin and Ancient Greek and a minor in Classical Archaeology (2007). Since 2005, she has surveyed in Antalya, Mersin, and Manisa provinces in Turkey, excavated in Sicily, and spent 2008-2010 in Çorum province, Turkey, working on the GIS for the Avkat Archaeological Project. She received a critical language scholarship (CLS) from the US State Department to learn Turkish in Ankara, Turkey, in the summer of 2007, then worked as an intern for the Collaboratory for GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology (CGMA) at DePauw. In 2012, she joined the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP) team. Her dissertation project, begun as a 2011 summer fellowship in Byzantine Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and tentatively entitled "Dynamic Landscapes: Travel Infrastructure and Early Christian Pilgrimage," explores the intersection of landscape archaeology, GIS technology, and contemporary texts in understanding how and with what impact people moved through their landscapes, with a particular focus on the late Roman and early Byzantine landscapes of Anatolia. As a Junior Fellow at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul, Turkey, for the 2012-13 academic year, she is continuing her investigation of how travel infrastructure 'on the ground' shaped -- and was in turn shaped by -- the practice of pilgrimage itself.

 
Samuel Crenshaw
Status: First Year
Sam graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. (highest honors) in Religious Studies. During his time as an undergraduate, he participated in fieldwork at two sites in Greece, Mycenae and Nemea. Also while at Berkeley, he volunteered at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and participated in the university's undergraduate research program, assisting in graduate archaeological research. Following graduation, Sam continued his studies at The University of Chicago, where he received his M.A. in the Social Sciences, emphasizing on Anthropology. His thesis looked at religious architecture and constructions of sacred space on the Peloponnese during Late Antiquity. Also during this time, Sam worked in the Museum Education office of the Oriental Institute, where he assisted in planning and implementing various public outreach programs in archaeology. Prior to coming to Brown, Sam was a part of Teach for America, serving as a high school teacher in the Mississippi Delta. Sam's research interests include the creation and colonization of sacred space, especially concerning the repurposing of pagan temple sites within Greece during the spread of Christianity.

 
Andrew Dufton
Status: Third Year
Andrew received a B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology from McGill University in 2003 and went on to complete an M.Sc. in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology from University College London (2005). Following this second degree Andrew worked for six years within the British commercial sector and was involved in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork: survey, excavation, project management, digital archaeology, and community involvement. During this time he surveyed and developed an online data system for the Villa Magna Project (2006-2010), and was a founding member of the Day of Archaeology (2011-2013). Since coming to Brown, he has participated in the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (2012-2013), the Pantelleria Excavation Project (2012), the Brown University Labraunda Project (2013), and the Tunisian-British Utica Project (2012-2013). Andrew's research interests include the beginnings of urbanism in North Africa, and the impact of these early cities on later Punic and Roman colonization. Building on his experience within the Digital Humanities, he is also interested in the potential of new digital technologies within archaeological practice as a tool for reaching both academic and non-academic audiences.

 
Pinar Durgun
Status: Second Year
Pinar graduated from Bilkent University's Archaeology Department in 2010. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a short-term intern at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara (2009) and participated in the Ephesus Crisler Library Archaeology Camp (2009). Her field experience includes one season at Kinet Hoyuk (2008), and she has been part of the Bilkent University excavation project Hacimusalar (2009-2011). She receieved her MA from Koc University's Archaeology Department's Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management Program with the concentration area "Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences" (Istanbul-Turkey). For the summer of 2013 she joined Brown University's Yalburt Yaylasi project. Although her interests include prehistoric mortuary practices, as well as cultural heritage management, her primary interest is Anatolian and Aegean Prehistory (especially the Early Bronze Age). Her MA thesis focuses on the theoretical and practical approaches to the Anatolian Early Bronze Age site Demircihöyuk's cemetery, settlement and social organization. Pinar is a Fulbright grantee for 2013-2014.

 
Müge Durusu-Tanriöver
Status: ABD
Müge received her B.F.A. in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) in 2006. She completed her M.A. degree in the same university, this time in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art, in 2010. In her M.A. thesis, she focused on the Late Bronze – Early Iron Age transitional landscapes of the Upper Euphrates area and the Amuq Plain. Müge joined Brown in 2010, and was a Fulbright grantee for the 2010-2012 academic years. Her field experience includes excavating in the mound of Hacimusalar with Bilkent University (2008-2009), surveying in coastal Cilicia as part of the Mopsos Project of Penn State University (2007-2011), and in Manisa with the Boston University team for the CLAS project (2012). Since 2011, Müge has been a member of the Brown University Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Project, where she works on the analysis of second millennium BCE material culture. Müge's current research focuses on the Hittite Empire, and tries to re-envision the empire by looking at it from its edges. She studies a combination of architectural space, texts and material culture to tease out the relations between the heartland of the Hittite Empire and its peripheral areas. Müge's other interests include archaeological theory, heritage ethics, and landscape archaeology.

 
Linda R. Gosner
Status: ABD
Linda received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona, including an Honors B.A. in Classics and Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Near Eastern Studies (2008), and an Honors B.F.A. in Dance (2007). After college, she spent a year in Portugal as a Fulbright scholar researching at the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia and earning a certificate in Portuguese at the Universidade de Lisboa. Linda also worked for several years during and after college at the Arizona State Museum as a curatorial assistant. She has done fieldwork – including excavation, pedestrian survey, and ceramic analysis – in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey – most recently with Brown's projects at S'Urachi (Sardinia) and Labraunda (Turkey). Linda studies Roman archaeology with interests in the social and technological aspects of production, the ancient economy, household archaeology, archaeological ethics and theory, and museum studies. Her current research focuses broadly on the social and economic impact of Roman conquest and colonization of the Iberian Peninsula, with special attention to the changes that took place in local communities in the rural and industrial landscapes of the countryside. Her dissertation examines mining communities in Iberia, investigating changes and continuities in daily life, production practices, and economic interaction in and around mines exploited before and after Roman conquest of the peninsula.

 
Katherine Harrington
Status: ABD
Katherine received a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College in 2006, and completed the post-baccalaureate program in Classical Languages at the University of California, Davis in 2009. She has done fieldwork in Greece at the Athenian agora excavations (2005-09), the Sanctuary of Ismenian Apollo in Thebes (2012-2013), and at ancient Corinth (2013). She has also worked in Jordan with the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (2010-11) and in the Caribbean with Brown's Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat project (2011). Katherine's research focuses on the archaeology of daily life in the Greek world during the Archaic through Hellenistic periods. Specifically, she is interested in domestic space and household archaeology, as well as craft production and the domestic economy. Her dissertation will investigate the intersections of these two topics in the sphere of household industry and domestic production. Katherine's other interests include archaeological science, digging circular features and floor surfaces, and dig dogs. In 2013-2014, she is co-leading a Mellon Graduate Student Workshop with Linda Gosner, entitled "Daily Deeds and Practiced Patterns: Approaches to Studying Daily Life and Habitual Practices in the Ancient World.

 
Susan Herringer
Status: ABT (Archaeology); ABD (Engineering)
Susan received her B.A. in Chemistry (highest honors) and Art History in 2009 and her M.A. in Chemistry in 2010 from Clark University. In the summer of 2008, she split her time between working in a synthetic chemistry lab for her honors thesis and working on the Antiocheia ad Cragum Archaeological Reconstruction Project in Güney, Turkey. With interests in both the sciences and in cultural heritage research, Susan began her studies at Brown University seeking to form a bridge between the engineering and archaeology departments. As a member of the first cohort of the Open Graduate Education Program, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in engineering materials science and her master's degree in archaeology. She has spent two summers surveying (ground and geophysical) with the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP). Her research focuses on neutron applications in cultural heritage research, which she undertakes at a national laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN. Her interests in reverse engineering materials encompasses such topics as production technology, technological choice, and cross-craft production.

 
Samantha Lash
Status: First Year
Sam graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology (High Honors) and a minor in Biological Anthropology in 2012 from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate honors thesis aimed to reconcile papyrological and archaeological data from a granary in Karanis, Egypt; exploring methodological issues as well as reanalyzing archival data. During her undergraduate years, Sam was involved with community outreach including volunteering since 2010 at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and organizing an Undergraduate Archaeology Conference in 2012. She completed a Masters in Classical Archaeology from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at University of Michigan in 2013. Sam has worked in the field for four seasons with the Gabii Project in northern Latium, Italy. Her involvement with the Gabii Project has developed her interests in the development of settlement sites and provided first hand experience related to the identification of urbanization and abandonment processes in the archaeological record. Her other interests include material spatiality, examining papyri as objects, Greco-Roman domestic and industrial architecture; urbanization and abandonment processes in the ancient world (particularly through the deposition of trash); formation and deposition processes.

 
Kathryn McBride
Status: Third Year
In 2006 Kathryn graduated with honors from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a B.A. in History and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She studied Egyptology for a semester at the American University in Cairo and her undergraduate thesis at Coe focused on the ethnic and cultural relationships within Ptolemaic Egypt. She graduated with an M.A. in Classics with an emphasis on archaeology from the University of Arizona in 2008, and her Master's thesis there also concentrated on Ptolemaic Egypt, this time on the iconography used by the Queens of that era. From 2009 to 2011 she taught History and Humanities at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Fieldwork has taken her to Greece (Mt. Lykaion), Egypt (South Asasif and Abydos), Jordan (Petra), and Turkey (Alalakh). Kathryn's main research interests include the Hellenistic world, especially Egypt, Macedonia, Arabia and Bactria, cultural interactions/hybridity, border states, iconography and propaganda. In 2013 she attended the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics and is currently working on research related to the numismatic tradition of south Arabia and that land's connections with the Mediterranean.

 
Claudia Moser
Status: ABD
Claudia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Classics (2006). Her senior thesis, focusing on the phallus as an apotropaic symbol in the images and texts of Roman Italy, investigated the interactions, correspondences, and discrepancies between the artistic and verbal representations of the phallus in the first-century A.D. After graduation, she worked in the Greek and Roman Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has also spent three years working in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on the Corinth Computer Project. As a graduate student at Brown, Claudia has worked at the U.S. Epigraphy Project and interned at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has participated in excavations and post-excavation analysis at S. Omobono in Rome, at Mt. Lykaion in Greece, at Villa Magna in Italy, at Petra in Jordan, at San Venanzo in Italy, and at Akrotiri in Greece. Claudia's main research interests include Republican sanctuaries in Rome and Latium and the ritual that is enacted within them, altars, theories of sacrifice, the interaction of native Italian with Greek and Eastern religions, and the interplay of classical languages and material objects. Having returned from two years of research in Rome, Claudia is finishing her dissertation entitled "Material Witnesses: The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium and the Memory of Sacrifice."

 
Elizabeth Murphy
Status: ABD
Elizabeth received a B.A. in Anthropology in 2004 summa cum laude from Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, with an additional concentration in Classical Studies and a Minor in Italian Literature and Language. Her M.A., obtained in 2007 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, specialized in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Having acquired years of field work experience in Cyprus, England, the Caribbean, and the American South-West, including a period as a salvage archaeologist, Elizabeth now works with the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project (K. U. Leuven) in Turkey. At Sagalassos, she is currently conducting excavations and studying material from workshops of the ancient city. By reconstructing production cycles and identifying production techniques, this research is offering insight into the working lives of crafts people, the organization of local industries, and changing patterns in production at the site throughout the Roman and into the early Byzantine periods. Her primary interests are in crafts production, ancient economy, Roman social history, ancient labor and workers, technology, material culture studies, and archaeological theory.

 
Jessica Nowlin
Status: ABD
Jessica received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a double major in Classics and Archaeology and a minor in Anthropology. She has done fieldwork in Belize, Ukraine, and southern Italy at Metaponto and Croton with the Institute of Classical Archaeology (University of Texas). She currently conducts fieldwork as a member of the topography team in the excavations of Gabii in northern Latium, Italy. Her research interests at the site focus on urban development during the Orientalizing period as well as how digital techniques of three-dimensional recording, especially close-range photogrammetry, can create an entirely new documentary record. She is now working on her dissertation, tentatively titled "Reorienting Orientalization: Local Consumption and Value Construction in Central Italy between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Sea". This work explores the ways in which local Italian populations actively incorporated eastern materials through inland trade networks that cross the central Apennines between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts. It focuses on investigating the entire funerary context instead of isolating 'exotica', entire cemeteries instead of solely elite tombs, and the interior Italian landscape rather than only the costal contact zone. Her broader research interests include culture contact and postcolonial theory, landscape archaeology, the application of GIS and remote sensing, theories of value and exchange, public archaeology and archaeological ethics.

 
Ian Randall
Status: Third Year
Ian received his B.A. in Anthropology in 2005 and M.A. in the Social Sciences in 2009 from the University of Chicago. His M.A. thesis concentrated on the potential of Port St. Symeon Ware, a 13th century Levantine ceramic, to shed light on the changing social landscape of the late Crusader States. He has conducted fieldwork on the island of Gotland in Sweden (2004) at the Viking Age Settlement of Frojel as part of a University of Gotland project, at Abydos in Egypt (2006), working on the early 18th Dynasty temple of Queen Ahmose-Nefertary with a team from the University of Chicago, at Tell Hamoukar in Syria (2010), uncovering Akkadian and Ninevite V industrial levels in the lower town in a joint University of Toronto and University of Chicago excavation, and in the Athenian Agora working on the Byzantine levels (2012). Ian has also worked in the private sector, conducting excavation and survey at Fatumafuti in American Samoa (2005), in central Illinois (2007), and most recently in North Dakota (2011), where he worked with the Three Affiliated Tribes and the Sioux. His current research focuses on early medieval Cyprus, the transitions that occurred in material culture during the Arab-Byzantine Condominium and the Lusignan Dynasty, and the implications this may have for developing a more nuanced picture of the decision making processes that shaped group identity. Ian's other interests include GIS, human osteology, postcolonial theory, and ceramic consumption.

 
Timothy Sandiford
Status: Fifth Year
Timothy graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2003 with a B.A. (with Honors) in Archaeology. He then studied for an M.Sc. in Forensic Archaeological Science at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (2004). Since 2005, he has concentrated on a number of projects based in Middle East as a trench supervisor, surveyor, cartographer and GIS technician. These projects include the Greater Abydos Mapping Project, the Shunet el-Zebib Conservation Project, the Kilise Tepe Archaeological Project, the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (2010-present), and the Brown University Abydos Project: Ptolemaic Settlement Site (2009-present). Timothy's research interests are based within the use of urban space, patterns of settlement and migration, and perceived ethnicity within the material culture of the Hellenistic World and especially in regard to Egypt and Bactria. In addition, his interests also encompass the methodology of cartography, GIS and remote sensing as it is applied more broadly across time periods within archaeology. He also has interests relating to the historiography of Egyptology and their relation to what could be termed 'political archaeologies'.

 
Alexander Smith
Status: ABD
Alex graduated from Brandeis University in 2009 with a B.A. in both Classical Archaeology and Anthropology. As an undergraduate, Alex was part of the Boston University Mediterranean Field School in Menorca, Spain from 2007-2009, as well as the American Institute for Roman Culture excavation at the Villa delle Vignacce site in 2008. He also participated in the Classical Artifact Research Center at Brandeis University as both an intern (2007-2008) and a student supervisor (2008-2009). In 2010, Alex was introduced to regional jungle survey in Guatemala with the El Zotz Archaeological Project. He participated in two survey projects during the summer of 2011, the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat (SLAM) project and the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP). Alex has since returned to work with the Boston University team in Menorca as a survey specialist, completing the first season of systematic survey in and around the site of Torre D'en Galmes in 2012. His main research interests include the archaeology of Spain, Roman and indigenous interaction, theories of colonization and imperialism, as well as comparative methodologies of regional survey around the world. Some of Alex's other interests include geographic information systems, geophysics, industrial archaeology, and archaeometric applications.

 
Catherine Steidl
Status: Second Year
Catie graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with a B.A. in both Archaeology (Honors) and German Studies. Her honors thesis addressed the difficulties with various interpretations of the korai on the Athenian Acropolis, and the possible social implications of their dedication during the Greek Archaic period. After graduating from Wesleyan, Catie spent a summer working in the North American Archaeology Lab at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Following this, she spent a year at the University of Tübingen on the Connecticut—Baden-Württemberg Exchange Scholarship, where she studied Latin, Ancient Greek, and a variety of other archaeological topics. Her field work experience includes work with the UCLA Cotsen Institute in Pucará, Peru, and the Bucknell University project on the Ismenion Hill in Thebes, Greece. Her interests include the Greek Archaic period; the archaeology of women and social constructions of gender, particularly in Greece and Anatolia; and how cross-cultural interactions can be used to shed light on these aspects of daily life. She is also interested in domestic practice, pottery and vase painting, sculpture, and our modern interactions with ancient objects -- museums, museum theory, repatriation, and the associated ethical concerns.

 
Jennifer Thum
Status: Second Year
Jen received her B.A. in Archaeology from Barnard College/Columbia University (2009), with a thesis focusing on modern viewership of Graeco-Roman mummy portraiture from Egypt. She also holds an M.Phil. in Egyptology (2012) from the University of Oxford, where she was a Clarendon Scholar, with a dissertation on Late Period sacred animal "reliquaries". As an undergraduate, Jen interned with both the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Archaeology Department at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Before beginning at Oxford, she spent a year split between the Registration Department at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and the Pleiades Project at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World/NYU. Jen has excavated with the Megiddo Expedition at Tel Megiddo, Israel, since 2006, where she is a registrar. Her other field experience includes three seasons with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Israel; three seasons with the Amheida Project in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt; and two seasons with the Athienou Archaeological Project in Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus. Jen's interests include archaeological science for small finds, Reflectance Transformation Imaging, the relationship between text and image (especially with hieroglyphic scripts), depictions of the human physiognomy, the "Late Ramesside Letters", panel-painting in Graeco-Roman Egypt, Carian and its relation to Egypt, and early Christian art.

 
Clive Vella
Status: ABD
Clive received his B.A with Honors (2004) and M.A with distinction (2009) in Archaeology from the University of Malta. His graduate dissertation was the first research-driven study in the Maltese Islands to deal with lithic tools and their subsequent effects on prehistoric interpretations. In 2008-2009, he worked on grant-funded research at the Universita Degli Studi Di Roma "La Sapienza". Clive has numerous years of CRM and post-excavation experience in Malta and the US. He has also participated in research excavations in Southern Italy (Chiancudda 2009 and Coppa Nevigata 2007- 2009), Gibraltar (2009) and Jordan (2011-2013). He is currently a staff researcher at the Tas-Silg excavation led by the Missione Archeologica Italiana a Malta. Presently, Clive is involved in the Pantelleria Excavation Project (2012-2013) as Assistant Director, which is an undergraduate field school project organized by Brock University and focused on the arrival of the Phoenicians on Pantelleria during the Iron Age. He is also studying the extensive prehistoric lithic material recovered by the Brown University Petra Archaelogical Project in Jordan. His research interests are focused on the Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age Western Mediterranean, especially offshore islands and their role with the Italian peninsula. He studies the effects of islands on their settlers, the powerful act of voyaging and expressions of inequality in later prehistory.