Students

Andrea Brock
Ivan Cangemi
Caitlin Clerkin
Alexandra Creola
Christina DiFabio
Dan Diffendale
Jason Farr
Craig Harvey
Nicole High-Steskal

Ryan Hughes
Jenny Kreiger
Katherine Larson
Paolo Maranzana
Charlotte Maxwell-Jones
Neville McFerrin
Jana Mokrisova
Matt Naglak
Shannon Ness

Alison Rittershaus
Emma Sachs
Elina Salminen
J. Troy Samuels
Gregory Tucker
Arianna Zapelloni Pavia

 

 Andrea Brock

Andrea Brock

Andrea earned her BA in Classical Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. After graduating, she spent a year working for the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, excavating local Native American material. Andrea also has six seasons of excavation and survey experience in Italy, including the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla (2007-2009), the Gabii Project (2010-2012), and Sant'Omobono Project (2011-2012). At Michigan, her primary research revolves around Archaic Rome, specifically dealing with questions of environment and topography of the nascent city.
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 Ivan Cangemi

Ivan Cangemi

Ivan received his B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies from the University of Chicago in 2008. He is primarily interested in social developments in central Italy between the MBA and EIA. He has participated in fieldwork projects in Italy, England, and the U.S. Currently, he is a member of the S. Omobono Project (University of Michigan-Università della Calabria).
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 Caitlin Clerkin

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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 Alexandra Creola

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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 Christina DiFabio

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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 Dan Diffendale

Dan Diffendale

Dan received his B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. At Penn he worked with the Archaeological Mapping Lab, and returned as lab manager there from 2006 to 2009. In addition to fieldwork in Pennsylvania, Ann Arbor, and at Trebula Mutuesca in Italy, he supervised excavation of the ash altar of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Dan is currently topographer for the Michigan/Calabria project at Sant'Omobono in Rome. His research focuses on Iron Age cult places and ceramic epistemology in classical archaeology.
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 Jason Farr

Jason Farr

Jason received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005, with a double major in Archaeology and Classics. While there he worked with Mississippian artifacts in the Archaeology laboratory, and also received the Eugene Tavenner Award for Excellence in Classics. After graduating he spent two years working on several cultural resource management projects involving both survey and excavation in the Midwestern U.S. Jason has also acquired extensive field experience in Europe: at Pompeii (2004), the Roman military fort at Sanisera, Spain (2006-2007), and most recently at Gabii, Italy (2008). He is primarily interested in issues of identity and cultural interaction during early Roman expansion, particularly in Italy and the western Mediterranean. His broader interests also include field survey methodology, ceramic analysis, and domestic architecture.

Dissertation Title: Lapis Gabinus: The Quarries at Gabii and the Roman tufo Industry
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 Craig Harvey

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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 Nicole High-Steskal

Nicole High

Nicole completed her Magister (Master) in 2008 at the University of Vienna, Austria with a major in Classical Archaeology and minors in Papyrology and Ancient History. The central point of her thesis was the ships and boats on the Nile mosaic in Palestrina, Italy. By combining her interests in papyrology and archaeology she hopes to further explore the Late Antique Roman East. Her past field work experience includes several seasons in Palmyra - Syria, Ephesos - Turkey, Amheida - Egypt, Carnuntum - Austria, Velia – Italy. She most recently participated in the Summer Institute of Papyrology hosted by the University of Michigan.

Dissertation Title: Domesticating Spectacle in the Roman Empire. Representations of Public Entertainment in Private Houses of the Roman Provinces
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 Ryan Hughes

Ryan Hughes

Ryan earned his B.A. in 2003 at Hanover College in Classical Studies and Philosophy. He went on to earn his M.A. at Tufts University where his master's thesis used evidence from North Africa to rethink the study of Roman aqueducts and their effect on rural as well as urban development. While at Tufts he received a formal award for Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education in recognition of his work as a teaching assistant. Ryan has five seasons of excavation experience in Italy working at Pompeii with the Anglo-American Project and at Murlo where he served as assistant director for one season. Most recently, he has worked as the GIS technician for the Aphrodisias and Vani regional surveys. Ryan's research interests include consumptive practice and identity construction, the archaeology of the Black Sea, Pre-Roman North Africa, Roman imperial infrastructure and theoretical archaeology. Methodologically, he is interested in techniques of regional survey as well as the application of computers in the recovery, analysis, formation and presentation of archaeological data.
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 Jenny Kreiger

Jenny Kreiger

Jenny earned her BA with honors in Classical Studies from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in 2008. She is currently revising her undergraduate thesis, “Remembering Children in the Catacomb of Domitilla,” for publication in a volume forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her work also appears in A Cemetery of Vandalic Date at Carthage (JRA Supplementary Series 75). Two seasons at the Leptiminus Archaeological Project (Tunisia) and a semester of study at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Rome) comprise her field experience. Jenny’s research interests revolve around children and childhood in the ancient world, especially their representations in funerary art and epigraphy in late-antique Rome and North Africa.
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 Katherine Larson

Katherine Larson

Kate has a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and an M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology from the University of Minnesota.  She has been a supervisor at the Kelsey Museum’s excavation at Tel Kedesh in northern Israel since 2008, before which she worked on other archaeological projects in Israel and Greece.  Kate has also participated in the American Academy in Rome’s Summer Program in Roman Pottery, and in 2012/13 she will be a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  Kate is especially interested in craft production and ancient social and spatial networks.  Her dissertation will examine artistic transmission and innovation in the Hellenistic world, using glass as a case study.  Kate is also a member of the Museum Studies Program and believes strongly in the importance of teaching and academic outreach.

Dissertation Title: Crafting the Hellenistic World: Technology and Innovation in Hellenistic Glass Production
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 Paolo Maranzana

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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 Charlotte Maxwell-Jones

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones

Charlotte received her B.A in Classical Archaeology and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2003 and completed a post-baccalaureate in Classics at the University of California-Davis. She has excavated in Belize (Mayflower), the Republic of Macedonia (Konjuh), and Israel (Ashkelon, Tel-Kedesh). Her main research interests lie in Hellenistic Bactria, with a particular focus on native and non-elite populations, imperial frontiers, and long-distance trade. Her other interests include osteology, queer theory, and Callimachus.

Dissertation Title: Ceramics of Bactra, 500 BCE-500 CE, Typology, Chronology, and Exchange
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 Neville McFerrin

Neville McFerrin

Neville received her BA in 2008 from Oberlin College, where she triple majored in Latin, Greek, and archaeology, receiving high honors in Greek and archaeology for her thesis on identity negotiation in Samnium.  She has excavated in Italy with the Gabii project, the San Martino Archaeological Field School, and the Sangro Valley Project, where she acted as field supervisor for multiple seasons.  More recently, she served as a materials specialist in northern Romania with the Porolissum Forum Project.   Her current work focuses on the interactions between viewer and viewed in Pompeiian domestic space, the depiction of jewelry in Campanian wall painting, and ways in which Latin texts may be used in conjunction with archaeological evidence to suggest potential re-interpretations of these spaces.

Dissertation Title: Obscured Meanings: Privilege and Viewing in the Pompeian House
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 Jana Mokrisova

Jana Mokrisova

Jana received her B.A. in Classical Studies from Trent University, Canada in 2009. Her past research focused on Aegean Prehistory, Anatolian archaeology and state formation. At Michigan, more specifically, she hopes to explore the processes of colonization and migration in Western Anatolia during the Iron Age and Early Classical period with a special focus on identity studies.
Her secondary areas of interest include landscape archaeology and the applications of GIS in survey methodology. Her fieldwork experience includes projects in Italy (Sicily, Fiumedinisi and Sardinia, the Siddi Plateau), Georgia (Vani Regional Survey) and Turkey (Aspendos).
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 Matt Naglak

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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 Shannon Ness

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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 Alison Rittershaus

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 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

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

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 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 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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