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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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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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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

Joseph received his BA in Classics from Macalester College in 2014 and studied at the ICCS in Rome in 2012. In 2017, he completed an MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Colorado Boulder. Joseph has completed field work in Israel, Turkey, and Greece, including the Athenian Agora excavations and the ASCSA excavations in Corinth as a trench supervisor. Most recently, he has participated in the University of Michigan's Notion Archaeological Survey, the Bays of Eastern Attica Regional Survey, and the Western Argolid Regional Project. Joseph's research focuses on the landscapes, material culture, and economy of the Roman Empire, especially that of Greece and the Aegean. He is also interested in theoretical approaches related to connectivity, survey methodology, and object oriented ontologies.

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Bailey Franzoi

Bailey earned her B.A. in Classics and Archaeology and the Ancient World from Brown University in 2019. She graduated with honors and completed a thesis on how Roman conquest affected dining and funerary practice in local communities across the western Roman Empire, which won the James A. Pierce thesis prize. She also studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Spring 2018. She has excavated at Pani Loriga in Sardinia (2017) and at Pollentia in Mallorca (2019), and she interned at the Penn Museum digitizing archaeological ceramics (2018). Her research interests include human osteology and zooarchaeology.

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Laurel Fricker

Laurel earned her B.A. in Classical Civilizations, Classical Archaeology, and German with High Honors from the University of Michigan. She then received her M.A. in Classics, Classical Archaeology Emphasis, from the University of Arizona. Her M.A. thesis explored to what extent the architecture and constructions at the Mycenaean palaces are emulated at non-palatial sites, focusing on domestic spaces in the Peloponnese.

Her interests range from the Bronze Age through Classical Greece and primarily include the organization of Greek households, city planning, ancient domestic spaces, the materiality of everyday life in the ancient world, and social groups not commonly represented in the ancient texts.

She has excavated as a volunteer with the Balkan Heritage Field School at the sites of Stobi in the Republic of North Macedonia and Emporion Pistiros in Bulgaria. Laurel has also been a trench supervisor at Michigan’s Olynthos Project, a field project focused on the Classical city of Olynthos in northern Greece. 

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Machal Gradoz

Machal earned a B.A. with Honors in Classical Archaeology from Macalester College and a M.A. in Classics from the University of Colorado- Boulder. Her work examines the material culture (with a focus on pottery) of northwest Greece and southwest Albania at the end of the Hellenistic period into the early Roman period and what it can say about how different groups of people living in these areas reacted in response to changing political, economic, and social conditions.

Her field experience has included work as a staff member on the Western Argolid Regional Project (2014-2019), a site supervisor at the ASCSA’s excavations at Corinth (2015-2016), finds processing at the Sikyon Excavations (2019), a survey team supervisor at the Olynthos Project (2016), and a trench supervisor at Horvat Omrit in Israel (2010-2011).

Machal is also interested in how university pedagogy and archaeology can serve different communities outside of academia through public scholarship and has participated in the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Change and Engaged Pedagogy Initiative.

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Melissa Gryan

Melissa graduated summa cum laude from College of the Holy Cross in 2018 with a double major in Classics and Art History and completed a post-baccalaureate in Classical Languages at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the reception of the Laocoön in Antiquity and the Renaissance, as well as the reception of Pliny the Elder in Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists. While at Holy Cross, she also participated in manuscript research on Pliny the Elder and ancient translations of Josephus into Latin, in addition to research on the Greco-Roman coinage at the Worcester Art Museum and the representation of foreign cultures in exhibition spaces. In 2019, she joined the University of Michigan’s excavation at Gabii. Her research interests include the legacy of the reception and interpretation of classical art and artifacts, ancient aesthetics, the interplay of text and art, and how ancient people interacted with and venerated images.

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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. In 2014, 2015, and 2017, Nadhira worked as a volunteer at the Athenian Agora Excavations in Greece. Since 2017, Nadhira has worked on the Olynthos Project, where she has been a member of the pottery team for several seasons. Her research interests include the archaeology of ceramic production, drinking and dining culture, and domestic space in Classical Greece.

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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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Ginevra Miglierina

After completing the Liceo Classico in Italy, Ginevra moved to the U.S., where she continued her studies on the ancient Mediterranean world. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Classics from the University of Arizona in 2016, and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. Ginevra has participated in fieldwork in Italy, Greece, and Spain. She is also dedicated to museum work, and has interned first with the Arizona State Museum, where she worked on the accession of project material and assisted with the repatriation of artifacts, and then at the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth as a cataloguer. Her research interests include colonization, urbanism, spatial organization, and the interaction between religion and architectural development at the edges of the Greek world.

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Alex Moskowitz

Alex earned a BA in Ancient History with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 2015. His research there focused on modeling processes of cultural contact at the Greek site of Sybaris. In 2017, Alex received his MA in Classical Languages (Greek and Latin emphases) at the University of Georgia. His master's thesis considered Herodotus's Histories and focused on the role of colonial narratives in blurring distinctions between Greek and non-Greek identities. Alex has also participated in the Azoria Project in Crete and the Western Argolid Regional Project. Since 2016, he has excavated at Morgantina with the Contrada Agnese Project, mostly recently serving as an assistant supervisor. Alex's research investigates economic exchange, migration, and transitions in cultural identity at the periphery of the Iron Age Greek world.

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Theo Nash

A lifelong fascination with ancient ruins led Theo to study Classics, earning First Class Honours for his Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts with Distinction at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His research so far has been focussed on the Mycenaeans and their broader contexts, starting with his Honours thesis where he explored the creation of identity during the early Mycenaean period. In his MA he argued that the Mycenaean presence at Knossos during Late Minoan II was a precipitating factor in the emergence of palatial culture on the mainland, with a special focus on the contemporary development of Linear B and the contexts in which new scripts are created. He hopes to ask further questions of how scripts develop and spread, both at the palaeographic level and in their broader societal contexts. His broader interests include the development of early Greek hexameter poetry and Attic vase painting.

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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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Lauren Oberlin

Lauren received a B.S. in Anthropology at the Ohio State University with a minor in Geographic Information Science, earning magna cum laude in 2015. In 2018, Lauren received her M.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Archaeology and her certificate in GIS from the University of Arizona. Her master’s thesis analyzed and redefined the local Minoan Crete motif, ‘trickle pattern,’ according to its presence in the Aegean throughout the Bronze Age and its linkage to wine production, storage, and consumption on Crete. Lauren has participated in the excavation at the Holder-Wright earthworks (2013), the project at the Mycenaean Lower Town (2014), and has excavated with the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project since 2017. Lauren’s primary research interests are in pottery analysis, economic exchange, food production, and cultural identity in the Bronze Age.

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Zoe Ortiz

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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James Prosser

James earned both his BA in Classical Studies with an Architecture minor in 2015 and his MA in Classical Archaeology in 2017 at Tufts University. His Master’s thesis investigated a new digital reconstruction for the plan of the Late Roman Theodosian Wall of Carthage as well as a comparative study to other Late Antique Roman urban defenses. He has participated at excavations at Binchester in England, Cerro de la Muela: El Pulpon in Spain, Piano della Civita in Italy, and Saint Martin Island in France. James has taken part in the Gabii Project excavations since 2016 and began as a member of the field staff in 2018. His research interests center on Late Antique urbanism, Roman North Africa, and the Roman military.

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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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D. Buck Roberson

Buck received his B.A. in Classical Languages with a minor in Art History from the University of Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude in 2015. In 2018 he received his M.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona. His thesis compared the levels of specialization in the production of pottery in Early Helladic II and III Lerna using indirect evidence, notably standardization analysis. He has excavated at Gabii (2014) and the Athenian Agora (2016), worked in the finds lab at Mt. Lykaion (2018-19), and participated in the ASCSA summer session (2015) and the Howard Comfort Summer School in Roman Pottery Studies at the AAR (2017).

Buck’s research interests primarily lie in ancient pottery production, cultural exchange between Aegean pre-palatial societies, and Indo-European studies. He also holds a strong interest in pursuing less traditional methodologies, such as experimental archaeology, use-wear analysis, and standardization analysis.

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Sam Ross

Sam received his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 where he studied Classical Archaeology and Classical Languages. He is most interested in the social politics, power dynamics and religious pluralism in Republican Italy, particularly as manifested through architecture. He is also interested in non-elite political expression, and his undergraduate honors thesis focused on slaves and the ways in which they were crucial to the logistics, commercial administration and inter-fort communication on military bases in northern England. Sam has supplemented these interests with excavations at a Roman cemetery in Puglia, Byzantine and Abassid houses in Jerusalem, and a Republican garden in Pompeii, as well as doing XRF and IR Spectroscopy on Roman-era plaster from northern Israel. Sam is excited to continue to pursue and expand upon these interests.

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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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