Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
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The Archaeology of Italy: The State of the Field 2011
Susan E. Alcock (Director, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology, Professor of Classics; Professor of Anthropology, Brown University) 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 involved with the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP).
Francesco de Angelis (Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University) is Associate Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology at Columbia University. His research interests focus on various aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art and archaeology, among which: the relation between visual evidence and written texts; mythological images and their contexts; the role of monuments in the transmission of cultural memory and identity; the reception of classical past in modern scholarship. His approach lays strong accent on intercultural influences and on the value of cross-cultural comparisons.
Hilary Becker (Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Davidson College) is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean archaeology, history, and language. Her research focuses upon the archaeology of the Mediterranean basin and in particular on the Italic peoples of peninsular Italy during the first millennium BC.
Jeffrey A. Becker (Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) is a Mediterranean field archaeologist whose research focuses primarily on the archaeology of first millennium BC Italy and the architecture and urbanism of Italic cultures. While his research interests encompass the whole of ancient Italy and the Roman Empire, he is in particular interested in issues related both to regionalism and regional interaction and the role played by these phenomena in the fashioning of Italy during the time of the Roman Republic, as well as issues dealing with the development and morphology of architectural forms in first millennium BC Italy. Educated at Franklin & Marshall College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jeffrey is at present the Managing Director and a co-principal investigator of the The Gabii Project in Central Italy, an urban excavation of an ancient Latin city.
Abigail Crawford (Ph.D. candidate, Department of Archaeology, Boston University) is a Ph.D. candidate in Archaeology at Boston University. Crawford is presently writing a dissertation entitled, “The Archaeology of Rural Production in Roman Central Tyrrhenian Italy”. She is also the finds supervisor for the Gabii Project in central Italy.
Nick DePace (Rhode Island School of Design)
Steven Ellis (Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati) is a Roman archaeologist who directs the Project Director for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia.
Allison Emmerson (Ph.D. student, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati) is a PhD candidate specializing in Roman archaeology. She holds a BA from Denison University and an MA from University of Cincinnati. Her particular interests include funerary archaeology, cultural interaction, non-elite studies, and gender studies. Her dissertation deals with the tombs of Pompeii and the surrounding region. She has participated in fieldwork projects in Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, and the US. She is currently working on projects in Pompeii, Italy and Isthmia, Greece.
Richard Hodges OBE (Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Hodges is a leading classical and early medieval archaeologist specializing in western Europe, and has been director of both The Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture in London and The British School in Rome. For the past nine years, he has worked extensively on archaeological and cultural heritage projects in Albania including the creation of a large cultural heritage institute in Tirana and a new archaeological museum in Butrint.
Andrew Johnston (Ph.D. candidate, Department of the Classics, Harvard University) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University. He is presently an assistant trench supervisor for the Gabii Project in central Italy.
Marco Maiuro (Assistant Professor. History Department, Columbia University) is assistant professor of Ancient History. He specializes in History of the Greek and Roman world, with a particular focus on the social and economic history of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire. As an archaeologist, he has worked on many international projects in the Mediterranean, and he is currently responsible for the classical section in the international archaeological project of Villa Magna
Annalisa Marzano (Department of Classics, University of Reading and visiting research scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University). Annalisa Marzano's research interests rest in the sphere of Roman social and economic history; in her research she uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines textual and archaeological evidence.
Lisa Mignone (Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Brown University). Lisa Mignone's area of interest is the social history of the Roman Republic with a particular focus on the relationship of place and historical events in the city of Rome.
Claudia Moser (Ph.D. candidate, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) is currently a fourth year graduate student in the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2006 where she majored in Classical Archaeology and Classical Languages. Claudia's main research interests include Republican sanctuaries in Rome and Latium and the ritual that is enacted within them, sacrificial altars, theories of sacrifice, the interaction of native Italian with Greek and Eastern religions, changes in burial practices and funerary customs, and the interplay of classical languages and material objects. She is currently working on her dissertation, Material Witnesses: The Memory of Sacrifice and the Altars of Republican Rome and Latium, which examines the archaeological record of sacrifice at specific altars in the Republican period.
Jenny Muslin (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin)
Jessica Nowlin (Ph.D. candidate, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) 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. Her senior honors thesis, titled "Settlement Patterns in Veii and Arezzo between 400 BC and AD 14", focused on combining archaeological and literary evidence to better understand the cultural interaction between Rome and Etruria as Rome began its expansion. After one season of excavation in Belize (2004), she conducted the majority of her fieldwork with the Institute of Classical Archaeology (Univ. of Texas), including two years of excavation in Chersonesos, Ukraine, one year of survey in Metaponto and Croton, Italy, and one year as the GIS specialist for the excavation of a Roman tile factory in Metaponto. She currently conducts fieldwork as a member of the topography team at the excavation of the early urban site of Gabii in northern Latium, Italy. Jessica is broadly interested in dissecting processes of cultural contact and interaction within central Italy, such as ‘romanization’ and increasingly, the Orientalizing period. Her other research interests include landscape archaeology, the application of GIS and remote sensing, economy and trade, road networks and boundaries, public archaeology and archaeological ethics.
Corinna Riva (Lecturer in Mediterranean archaeology, University College London) is a Mediterranean archaeologist whose research interests include Iron Age Italy and the 1st millennium BC in the Central Mediterranean and the interaction between the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Sea regions.
John Robb (Reader in European Prehistory and editor of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge). John Robb's research interests are quite varied. The major field area in which he has worked is Mediterranean prehistory; his fieldwork has involved survey and excavation of Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in Calabria, Southern Italy. As co-director of the Bova Marina Archaeological Project, he runs an annual field season at the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula. In the past, most of his research there has been excavating Neolithic sites; currently he is excavating Bronze Age, Classical Greek and medieval sites and carrying out various landscape studies.
Cliva Vella (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) received his B.A (with Honors) in Archaeology from the University of Malta in 2004. In 2009, he completed his M.A with distinction in Archaeology from the same university. His dissertation was the first research-driven study in the Maltese Islands to deal with lithic tools and their subsequent effects on prehistoric interpretation. Between 2008 and 2009, he held a government research grant at the Universita Degli Studi Di Roma “La Sapienza” where he worked on the application of use-wear analysis to lithic assemblages. Clive has numerous years of CRM and post-excavation experience in Malta and has also participated in research excavations in Southern Italy (Chiancudda 2009 and Coppa Nevigata 2007, 2008, 2009) and Gibraltar (2009). He is currently a staff researcher at the Tas-Silg excavation led by the Missione Archeologica Italiana a Malta. His research interests are focused on the Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age Western Mediterranean, especially offshore islands. He studies the effects of islands on their settlers, subsequent trade, and the act of voyaging. Finally, he is also interested in the internal organizational set-up of settlements, especially fortified Bronze Age settlements.
Margaret Watters (Adjunct Lecturer, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) specializes in three dimensional visualization of remotely sensed and excavated archaeological data for a new perspective on non-invasive modeling and analysis of archaeological sites. Watters works in geomatics and archaeological landscape visualization with interests in developing technological applications to help solve archaeological problems. Much of her research has focused on geophysical site mapping and 3D visualization of archaeological landscapes. Her fieldwork includes investigations around the globe with special research concentrations at the Catholme Ceremonial Complex, Staffordshire, UK; Stabiae, Italy; and the Euchaita / Avkat Project in Turkey.
Nicholas Wolff (Ph.D. candidate, Department of Archaeology, Boston University) is a Ph.D. candidate in Archaeology at Boston University. His work centers on the Neolithic period in South Italy.