Friday, February 24, 2006

Susan E. Alcock, University of Michigan

John H. D'Arms Collegiate Professor of
Classical Archaeology and Classics

Current research: A project in Armenia.

"Armenia is very interesting for anyone intrigued with the archaeology of memory because it's a country that has a very strong sense of itself through time--Armenians would say it's the first Christian nation, for instance. One tempting thing about our project is that in Armenia there hasn't been that much scholarly attention paid to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Parthian periods--which are what interest me as a classical archaeologist."

"...most of the archaeology done there so far has also been in the Soviet tradition. So techniques that are quite familiar today in the Mediterranean, such as regional survey, are unfamiliar in the Caucasus. On the other hand, the local archaeologists have wonderful knowledge and control of, for example, their ceramic data. So we hope to marry these two traditions, and do something new and very exciting."

Special Interests: Hellenistic and Roman East, landscape archaeology, archaeological survey, archaeology of imperialism

Selected Publications: Graecia Capta: The Landscapes of Roman Greece, Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece (co-editor); The Early Roman Empire in the East (editor); Pausanias: Travel and Memory in Roman Greece (co-editor; forthcoming); Empires (editor, forthcoming)

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