Associate Professor, Art and Archaeology
My research focuses on cultural interaction in the central Mediterranean from the Archaic to the early Imperial Period. In particular, I examine archaeological evidence of different types of cultural exchange linked to ritual practices in sacred and funerary contexts. My doctoral research explored the development of social hierarchy in Etruscan and early Roman society. Afterwards, I became a Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust Greek Colonization and European Development Project at the University of Cambridge, where I investigated Greek, Punic, and Etruscan expansion in the central Mediterranean. More recently, I have been investigating the social implications of different forms of sacrificial practices and votive offerings. The themes of cultural interaction and ritual practices also form the core of my fieldwork objectives. I am the Director of the Brock University Archaeological Project at Pantelleria in collaboration with the Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, Sicilia. The island of Pantelleria, situated in the Strait of Sicily, bears numerous layers of settlement and cultural interaction over millennia. Our project aims to reveal the character of the Punic to Roman Periods at the Lago di Venere sanctuary site.
2020 Visiting Scholar, University of St Andrews
2016 Fellow, Archaeological Institute of America and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Exchange Program
2019. (co-editor with J. Lucas, S. Owen) Greek Colonization in Local Context. Case studies in colonial interactions. University of Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology Monograph Series no. 4. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
2019. “Constructing Colonies: Physical Manifestations of Social Action within Greek Colonization” in J. Lucas, C. Murray, S. Owen (eds.) Greek Colonization in Local Context. Case studies in colonial interactions. University of Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology Monograph Series no. 4. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
2017. (co-author with C. Vella, T. Urban and M. Anastasi) “Pantelleria. Results of fieldwork at Lago di Venere for the 2014, 2015 seasons”, Antiquity Project Gallery Online April issue.
2016. Editor. Diversity of Sacrifice: Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond. Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Series. Albany: SUNY Press.
2016. “The Value and Power of Sacrifice” in C. Murray (ed.) Diversity of Sacrifice: Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond. Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Series. Albany: SUNY Press.
2015. (co-author with Thomas Urban, Clive Vella, and Amanda Lahikainen). “Ground-penetrating radar investigation reveals an ancient (Punic/Roman) architectural complex at Lago di Venere on the island of Pantelleria (Italy)”, Journal of Applied Geophysics vol 113: 164-169.
2011. “Constructions of Authority through Ritual: Considering Transformations in Ritual Space as reflecting Society in Iron Age Etruria” in N. Terrenato and D. Haggis (eds.) State Formation in Italy and Greece: Questioning the neoevolutionist paradigm. Oxford: Oxbow, 199-216.
2010. (co-author with R. Roth) “Excavations on the Acropolis of Capena (La Civitucola (Roma))— short progress report for the 2009 season,” Papers of the British School at Rome 78: 336-337.
2009. (co-author with R. Roth) “Excavations on the Acropolis of Capena (La Civitucola (Roma))—preliminary report for the 2008 season,” Papers of the British School at Rome 77: 327-328.
2007. “Elite Interaction in Archaic Etruria: Exploring the exchange networks of terracotta figured frieze plaques,” Journal of Mediterranean Studies 17.1: 135-160.
2019. “Gathering at the Lake’s Edge: Report for the 2017 and 2018 Seasons at the Lago di Venere, Pantelleria.” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
2017. “Long Distance Votives: Evidence of Multicultural Worship at the Lago di Venere Volcanic Crater Lake, Pantelleria,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.
2016. “Volcanic Devotion: Investigating the Punic and Roman Sanctuary Site at Lago di Venere, Pantelleria,”Fellowship Lecture, Hauskolloquium, DAI Berlin, Germany.
2016. “Questioning Sanctuaries and Divinities: Investigations at Lago di Venere, Pantelleria,” Invited Lecture, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Tübingen, Germany.
2016. “At Face Value: Questioning the visibility of gender in Etruscan funerary art,” Presenter and session co-organizer, Read My Lips: Gender and Literacy in Ancient Italy, Session in Honour of Ruth Whitehouse and John Wilkins. Seventh Conference of Italian Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway.
2016. “Venus Envy: Investigating the terracotta figurines from the Lago di Venere, Pantelleria,” Accordia Research Institute, University College London, UK.
2016. (with Clive Vella), “Building Blocks of a Punic and Roman Community: Excavations at the Lago di Venere Site, Pantelleria, Italy,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2016. Moderator of roundtable “Volcanic Landscape Archaeology,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2013. “The Hidden Past of Pantelleria: Field Report of the First Season of the Pantelleria Project,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
2012. “Investigating Identity Formation through Material Culture and Social Practices at Emporion, Spain,”Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2012. “Gender and Italian Archaeology,” American Institute of Archaeology, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
2011. Organizer and Chair, “Worlds of Sacrifice: Exploring the Past and Present of Gifts for the Gods,” Institute of European and Mediterranean Archaeology, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.
2010. “Artifacts versus Ecofacts: Redefining the Meaning of Material Culture,” Society for American Archaeology, Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
2009. “Gifts of War and Death: The Elephants of Pyrrhus at Capena,” Association of Social Anthropologists Conference, Bristol, England.
2008. “Questioning Colonization and Cultural Expansion at Marzabotto,” AIAC (International Association of Classical Archaeology), Rome.
Program Coordinator, Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America