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Leah Bernardo-Ciddio

Leah graduated summa cum laude with her BA in Classical Studies and History from York University, Toronto in 2013, and completed her Master of Philosophy with Distinction in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford in 2015. Her Master’s thesis involved a comparative study of the use of and settlement across the rural landscapes surrounding Venusia and Metapontum from the 4th to the 1st centuries B.C.E.

Leah’s interests are focused on central and southern Italy from the Iron Age onward, particularly in Samnium and Lucania. She plans to continue her research on the evolution of cities and rural settlements, state formation, cultural identities and hybridization, and Apulian red-figure production.

She has participated in multiple archaeological projects in Italy: as a student, she excavated at Ossaia with the University of Alberta’s Cortona Archaeological Field School in 2012; as a volunteer, she conducted field survey with the Basentello Valley Archaeological Research Project in 2014; and she taught with the University of Alberta in summer 2016 at the Roccagloriosa Archaeological Field School.

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Andrew Cabaniss

Drew received his BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His thesis focused on social dynamics and economic organization at Archaic urban sites in Crete. His research makes use of quantitative and computational approaches to the archaeological record in order to structure inferences and build models of ancient cities and communities. He has been a staff member at the Azoria Project in Crete since 2013 and has spent the last two summers working as the site's topographer and GIS specialist. He has also been a part of a research group at the Santa Fe Institute examining evidence for urban scaling in the archaeological record in the Basin of Mexico.

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Erica Canavan

Erica earned her B.S. in Biology and Classical Archaeology from The University of Michigan in 2016. She has excavated with the Gabii Project (2015-2016) near Rome, Italy where she participated in the Finds School focusing on artifacts as well as ceramics produced and traded with Latium. These contributions have spurred her current research interests concerning religious practices, identity, and cultural representation in Pre-Roman and Pre-Republican settlementundefineds. After focusing primarily on biology for three undergraduate years, Erica is interested synthesizing classical archaeology with natural science. She finds paleopathology, osteology, paleoethnobotany, and zooarchaeology throughout the Mediterranean particularly significant to her research.

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Caitlin Clerkin

Caitlin earned her A.B. in Classical Archaeology from Bowdoin College (2011), where her honors thesis focused on the iconography of the Phoenico-Punic goddess Tanit. She spent Spring 2010 at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. She received her M.A. in Classical Languages (concentration in Latin) from the University of Georgia (2013); her MA thesis used a tomb at Carthage’s Roman-era Yasmina Cemetery as a case study to examine the implications of architectural and construction choices for social identity. Her interests include social identity, cultural interaction, and imperialism, particularly in the Hellenistic and the Roman imperial periods. She has excavated at the Kelsey Museum’s project at Tel Kedesh, Israel, and served as an editorial assistant for the American Journal of Archaeology while at UGA. Caitlin also is interested in both academic and public education, having received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at UGA, and has worked/interned at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the Huntington Library, and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

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Sheira Cohen

Sheira earned a BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Anthropology from the University of Auckland in 2012. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between mortuary and settlement finds in Rome and Latium from the 9th-5th centuries BCE, and argued for the multiplicity of identities discernible in the archaeological record. She took a year off from study in 2013 and participated in the Montelabate excavations in Umbria with Cambridge University. In 2015, she completed a Research Masters in Classics at the University of Sydney, researching Roman spatial perception and cognition in the Middle Republic using textual evidence and linguistic theory. Her first encounter with the University of Michigan was in 2011 when she participated in the Gabii Project excavations, and she returned in 2015 as a member of the field-staff. Her interests include Iron Age and Archaic Italian history, mortuary archaeology and landscape theory, space and cognition, and cultural interaction across the Mediterranean. She is also interested in academic publishing and editing, and was assistant editor for Brill's Companion to War and Society from New Kingdom Egypt to Imperial Rome (2015).

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Alexandra Creola

Alexandra earned a B.A. in Classical Studies and Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012. She graduated with Full University Honors, and her undergraduate thesis focused on gestures of revelry in the ancient Mediterranean. In 2014, she completed her M.A. in Archaeology from Cornell University. Her Master’s thesis, based on original fieldwork conducted in Pompeii, Italy, investigated the spatial relationship between household lararia and nymphaea in order to reevaluate the role of these structures in domestic cult practices. In addition to these independent research projects, she has participated in several field excavations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Alexandra’s current research interests include the archaeology of religion, construction of social identity in the ancient world, and the archaeology of domestic space.

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Andrew Crocker

Andrew received his BA in Classical Studies from Michigan State University in 2014 and his MA in Archaeology from Cornell in 2017. He has participated in excavations and surveys in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Spain and has performed geospatial analysis and created geodatabases for projects studying a Maya site in Belize and an Iroquois site in New York. His research utilizes digital mapping technologies and spatial statistics as well as anthropological and archaeological theory of landscape. He applies these methodologies and concepts to study the creation and embodied meaning of space and place in the Eastern Mediterranean under the Roman Empire. His additional research interests include social identity in the ancient world, the politics of archaeological practice, and forced resettlement under empires.

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Nicholas Cullen

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Paige DeRue

Paige received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in both Classical Archaeology and Anthropology in the spring of 2017. She has done fieldwork at a Late Roman site in Macedonia and a Classical site in Greece as a member of the Olynthos Project. She is mostly interested in daily life as well as artistic styles during the Hellenistic Period. In addition to her interests in archaeology, Paige is interested in museum studies and collections management. As an undergraduate, she interned in the collections department at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and had the privilege to complete her own project with worked bone material. Paige hopes to further refine her interests during her studies as a master’s student in IPCAA.

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Christina DiFabio

Christina earned her BA in Biology, Classics, and Classical Archaeology from Brown University in 2014, with honors in archaeology. Her field work consists of two seasons with the Brown University Labraunda Project, which aims to determine the structure and ritual function of a monumental fountain house in the Carian sanctuary of Labraunda. Her work there inspired the topic for her senior thesis, in which she utilized both epigraphy and site topography in order to reinterpret the social contexts of two Hellenistic monumental fountains (Salmakis Fountain and Laodike Fountain) in Western Anatolia. She intends to continue such interdisciplinary research, focusing on the archaeology of Hellenistic and Roman Anatolia. She is also dedicated to museum education and has interned at the RISD Museum of Art, where she assisted with public programming for contemporary exhibitions. Her other topics of interest are zooarchaeology, human osteology, and gender studies.

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Amelia Eichengreen

Amelia received an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology with minors in Latin and Greek in 2013. In 2016 she went on to receive an M.A. with Distinction from Durham University in Roman Archaeology, and in 2017 an M.A. from Columbia University in Classical Studies. Her research at Durham, “The Archaeology of Entertainment in Roman Athens: a closer look at the Theatre of Dionysus” posited a new reconstruction and suggested further functions for the theatre during the Roman period and was published in Imperia: Lo spazio mediterraneo dal mondo antico all’età contemporanea in 2016. Amelia has augmented her studies by participating in the American Academy in Rome’s Summer Program in Archaeology, interning at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and the Yale University Art Gallery, and excavating at the sites of Pompeii: Porta Stabia, Hadrian’s Villa, Onchestos, and Gabii where she currently serves as a field staff member. Amelia’s research interests pertain to the process of Roman urbanization and expansion as well as museum studies and public outreach.

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Joseph Frankl

Jospeh received his BA from Macalester College in 2014 where he completed a Classics major and Geology minor. In 2017, he earned his MA in Classics on the Classical Art and Archaeology track at the University of Colorado Boulder. At Boulder, Joseph had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant leading sections for archaeology and ancient civilization courses. Joseph has also participated in the Omrit Excavations in northern Israel, ASCSA excavations at both Athens and Corinth, and the Western Argolid Regional Project. His research focuses on the material and visual culture of the Eastern Roman Empire, especially that of Greece and the Aegean. Joseph is interested in a variety of archaeological subjects including sculptural production, survey methodology, cultural hybridity, and theoretical approaches to the material record.

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Machal Gradoz

Machal earned a BA in Classical Archaeology (with honors) from Macalester College and a MA in Classics from the University of Colorado- Boulder. She is primarily interested in the urban and rural landscapes of Greece and Asia Minor at the end of the Hellenistic period and how these areas changed in response to their new political, economic, and social conditions. These interests have stemmed from her field work as a crew chief on the Western Argolid Regional Project for three seasons, as a both a team member and site supervisor at ancient Corinth for two seasons, and as a square leader at Horvat Omrit in Israel for two seasons. Machal is also interested in the role archaeologists and archaeology play in fostering cultural heritage through public archaeology.

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Craig Harvey

Craig received a B.A. (Hons.) in Classical Studies and in Latin from Queen’s University in 2011 and a M.A. with a focus on Roman Archaeology from the University of Victoria in 2013. His M.A. thesis focused on ceramic heating pipes, called tubuli, and their use in Roman Arabia. Craig has dug in both Spain and Greece, but most of his field work has been in Jordan, where for five seasons, he has excavated at the sites of ‘Ayn Gharandal and Humayma. In 2012 he became assistant director of Humayma. Craig’s main research interests are in bathhouses, bathhouse technology, and building materials. His other areas of interest include numismatics, the Roman Near East, and the application of technology in the field.

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Nadhira Hill

Nadhira received her BA in Classical Studies and Archaeology from Randolph-Macon College with honors, where her senior thesis focused on using mainstream philology and feminist theory to interpret a 5th century vase depicting Helen and Paris and point out its intertextuality with Iliad 3. She presented her thesis at the Virginia Undergraduate Research Symposium for Classics in November 2015. She intends to continue her research on the ancient reception of literature, focusing on the artistic depictions of women in various types of media. Her other research interests include the archaeology of domestic space, marriage in antiquity, and gender studies, especially where gender norms are reversed or challenged. In 2014 and 2015, Nadhira worked as volunteer at the Athenian Agora Excavations in Greece.

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Zoe Jenkins

Zoe earned her B.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia in 2011. She spent two years teaching Latin in Northern Virginia before moving on to complete a post-baccalaureate in Classical Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2013-2015. At UNC, Zoe worked on projects concerning potential slave presence in the Villa of the Papyri as well as the societal effect of the Imperial Cult in Britain during the Early Empire. She has participated in the excavations at James Madison's Montpelier (2011), worked as the pottery assistant at the the Azoria Project (2014), and most recently excavated at the Gabii Project in Italy. Her primary interests are in pottery analysis, cultural reception of imperial statuary, and exhibition development for classical antiquities.

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Tyler Johnson

Tyler received several years of instruction in the classical word at the University of Arkansas where he completed a B.A. in history and classical studies and an M.A in comparative literature. He was an early member of a research group at Arkansas specializing in the virtual reconstruction of Roman houses at Pompeii. Tyler helped see the development of this group into the Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments and Game Design, where he continued working as an environmental artist until arriving in Michigan. In addition to some CRM fieldwork in the United States, Tyler is a several-year veteran of the University of Michigan's Gabii Project where he works as a field topographer and chief of 3D design. His research interests include domestic space in the Roman world, especially its abandonment and reuse during periods of the economic or cultural flux.

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Michael Koletsos

Michael earned his B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Studies from the University of Evansville in 2012.  In 2015, he received his M.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona. Michael’s thesis explored the Late Bronze Age textile industry of Messenia and the relationship between the palatial center at Ano Englianos with secondary and tertiary settlements in the region. His other interests include the transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in Greece and examining cultural interactions between groups of people. Michael began his fieldwork at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea in 2010. Since 2012, he has participated in the Jezreel Expedition, a co-sponsored project in Israel led by the University of Evansville and the University of Haifa that aims to understand the connection between the settlement surrounding Tel Jezreel and its nearby spring. Michael has served as a square supervisor, teaching assistant, and area supervisor at Jezreel.

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Paolo Maranzana

Paolo earned his BA in “Preservation of cultural heritage” (focus on Classical archaeology) at the Università di Pavia (Italy) in 2008, with a thesis that analyzed the urban development of Constantinople at age of Constantine and, in particular, the planning idea behind the creation of a “New Rome”. He then completed his MA in Classical Art and Archaeology at King’s College, University of London in 2010 during which he deepened his interest in town planning and urban development. His final thesis engaged in fact with the comparative study of the urban development of Aphrodisias and Hierapolis between the Late Hellenistic and the Early Roman period. Paolo’s academic interest also involves the interaction between cities and their hinterlands. At Michigan he wishes to continue such studies.     
During his student career he participated in several archaeological digs as SAMI (scavo archeologico San Miniato, with the Università di Siena), Kent – Berlin Ostia Excavation (Kent University, UK) ELRAP Jordan Project (UCSD) and Gabii (University of Michigan). In 2011 Paolo was the field director of Pessinus Excavation (University of Melbourne). He also worked for some archaeological companies in Italy.

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Matt Naglak

Matt earned a B.A. in Classical Studies and a B.S. in Math and Physics from the University of Arkansas in 2010.  In 2012 he received an M.A. in Classics from the University of Kansas, where he wrote a Master's thesis on motion and the built environment of Pompeii. Matt participated in the American Academy in Rome's Summer Program in Archaeology and excavated in Pompeii with the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia in 2012. He was also a member of the topology team with the Gabii Project (2013) near Rome. Matt is interested in the process of urbanization in the ancient world as well as the application of digital humanities in classical research and outreach. Other interests include the archaeology of domestic space and field survey methodology.

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Caroline Nemechek

Caroline earned her B.A. in Classical Civilization at Cornell University, receiving magna cum laude for her thesis on the iconography of Athena and Neith in terracotta figurines from Egypt. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a M.A. in Classical Art and Archaeology. Her Master’s thesis examined how depictions of Polyphemus and Galatea in wall-painting reflect Roman values and aspirations. She has participated in field projects in the United States, Spain, and Italy. Most recently, she worked at a program hosted by the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica and Randolph College, helping to conserve floor mosaics at various Roman villas. Caroline’s research interests include the archaeology of religion, material culture, and domestic space.

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Shannon Ness

Shannon received a B.A. in Classics and a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida in 2010. In 2013 she earned an M.A. in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Her thesis examined the representations of women in the painted domestic shrines of Pompeii. During and after the completion of her thesis, Shannon worked (2012 - 2014) at the American Numismatic Society for the Online Coinage of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project. Her time at the ANS also exercised her interest in curatorial and exhibition practices of ancient material. Previously she has excavated in Turkey. Her research interests include Western Anatolia during the Roman Empire, numismatics, and the iconography used in domestic spaces.

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Ariel Regner

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Alison Rittershaus

Alison graduated from Harvard College in 2012 where she received a BA in Classics.  Her love of classical archaeology sprung partially from spending the spring semester of 2011 abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.  Her senior thesis was a comparison of the column of Trajan and Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico, a project that led to her developing interest in the intersection between ancient texts and art.  Her other interests include the aesthetic interpretation of ancient art, the public representation of roman political and military leaders, trying to memorize the names of different types of colored marble, and methods of public engagement (such as picture books and modern art) with the classics.  She has excavated for two seasons with the Gabii Project, the second as an assistant in the finds lab, where she was able to touch lots of ancient fingerprints on the interior of lamp sherds.

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Emma Sachs

Emma studied Classics and Art History at Stanford University, where she received a B.A. with honors in 2008.  For her senior thesis, she attempted to address the trend of repatriation of Classical objects from American museums with a proposal to redesign a gallery at Stanford's Cantor Center for Visual Arts.  Her scholarly interests include Roman sculpture and monumental architecture, the reception of Classical art from antiquity to the present, and Classical museology -- i.e., the study of Classical objects in the museum space.  Emma attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome in Fall 2006.  She has participated in Stanford's Monte Polizzo Project in Western Sicily and interned at the Getty Villa and at Christie's.  In the year after Stanford, she worked in the Local Grantmaking Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and served on the board of Art in Action, an arts education nonprofit.  Her broader interests include issues surrounding the ethics of collecting and cultural heritage around the world.

Dissertation Title: Stylistic Illusions in Campanian Wall Painting

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Elina Salminen

Even though she earned her BA in Greek Language and Literature from the University of Helsinki in 2010, Elina's interests started shifting towards Classical Archaeology during her year at the University of Edinburgh in 2007-2008. Since that time, she has slowly worked her way up the timeline and the Mediterranean from Neolithic Cyprus to Hellenistic Thrace with a fair few stops along the way. Most recently, she has worked at Kastro Kallithea (University of Alberta) and the Molyvoti peninsula (Princeton University). Her current main interests revolve around the mortuary record and identities in and around the Argead kingdom before Alexander the Great. She is also interested in archaeological theory, and is working on an MA in Anthropology in addition to her PhD. Her past employers include the National Museum of Finland and The Finnish Institute at Athens. She has written for the publication of the Association for Classical Philology in Finland and continues to write reviews for Arctos, the Finnish journal for Classical philology. She received a Fulbright fellowship for 2011-2012.

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J. Troy Samuels

Troy earned his BA in Classical Languages from Carleton College in 2011, spending the fall of 2009 at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. His primary research deals with the archaeology of non-elites in the Ancient World. Specifically,  he is interested in the effects wide ranging external factors had upon peasants during the Roman Republic. Other interests include the archaeology of Roman economies, zooarchaeology, and field survey methodology. Troy has excavated at Kenchreai in Greece (2009) and with the Gabii Project (2010-2012) near Rome, Italy, where he currently serves as a member of the field staff.

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Gregory Tucker

Gregory received a BA in Classics from the University of Florida and a MA in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton with a dissertation titled "Trends in Public Construction at the Principal Harbours of Imperial Rome".  He has been closely involved with the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia and The Portus Project in a variety of roles, from excavation to geophysical and spatial data collection and processing.  In addition to these projects, he was a Research Assistant in Geophysical Survey for the British School at Rome’s Camerone from 2008-2010, and has worked on excavations and surveys in the US, UK, Spain, Italy, Tunisia, and Romania.  His research interests include ethnicity and identity in the ancient world, ports and harbours – especially their use as conduits of message and ideology, and seaborne commerce in the early Roman Imperial period.

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Arianna Zapelloni Pavia

Arianna earned her B.A. in 2008 at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Classical Archeology. She went on to complete her M.A. at “La Sapienza” (2011) where she deepened her interest in the topography of the Roman world and the urban development of Italic cities during the Middle and Late Republican periods, as well as the different ways in which Rome influenced topographical and architectural practices in the Italian Peninsula.  The aim of her final thesis was to reconstruct the so-called Large Substructure of the ancient Umbrian town of Ocriculum and to propose a reasonable explanation of the function and chronology of the complex. This study provides a new understanding of the monument itself and sheds further light on the organization of the settlement, and daily life in Ocriculum during the Late Republican period.

Arianna has participated in several archaeological excavations: Canosa di Puglia, the Palatine hill, Pietrabbondante, Castel di Guido (“La Sapienza”), and Pompeii (with  the University of Cincinnati). In 2013, Arianna joined the Gabii Project (University of Michigan) and took part in the excavations.  Arianna is a collaborator of the “FastiOnline” Project, a database that facilitates the communication of archeological findings to the larger academic community.

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