The number of field personnel and volunteers swell in summer when the Agora’s excavation season is underway. Here are some of the faces of summer 2010.
Kevin Daly is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Bucknell University, where he teaches classes on archaeology, Athenian topography, ancient civilizations, Greek, and Latin. He has a BA from UCLA and a PhD from Harvard. A longtime member of the American School, Kevin first came to Greece for Summer Session I in 1990. As a graduate student Kevin was a Vanderpool Fellow, a Hirsch Fellow, and Norton Fellow. He now serves on the Managing Committee and has frequently lectured to the Summer Sessions at Marathon and Rhamnous. An epigraphist, Kevin has published inscriptions from the Agora, and he is assigned an Agora Picturebook on the Archaic Agora. He also works on Athenian forts and Thucydides. Kevin has dug at the Agora since 1995 and now serves as Senior Supervisor.
Laura Gawlinski is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She has a BA from Randolph-Macon College and a PhD from Cornell. While a graduate student, she was a Meritt Fellow and then a Vanderpool Fellow at the American School, and is now a member of the Managing Committee. Laura’s research interests include Greek religion and epigraphy, and she has published a fragment of the sacrificial calendar of the 5th century BC from the Athenian Agora. She is now preparing a guide to the Agora museum and revising her dissertation on the sacred law of Andania for publication. Laura has dug at the Agora since 1995 and this summer will be exploring an area east of the Middle Stoa which was originally excavated by Eugene Vanderpool in 1932.
Johanna Hobratschk received her BA and MA from Washington University in St. Louis where she studied archaeology and classics, and she is currently a PhD student in Classical Art and Archaeology through the Department of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. Johanna participated in many North American field projects prior to coming to the Agora in 2004, and after assisting Laura Gawlinski for three summers, she is now supervising the excavation of Section BH. Johanna finds ancient ceramics fascinating, and when not excavating the pottery of the Agora, she enjoys working on Apulian vase iconography. She is especially looking forward to participating in the Regular Program this year as the 2010-11 Bert Hodge Hill Fellow.
Michael Laughy began working as a field archaeologist in 1992, working initially at historic and prehistoric sites in the United States. In 1997, he began excavating at the Athenian Agora, where he has served as field supervisor since 2000. Michael holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire in Philosophy, Anthropology, and Latin, and an MA in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis. Michael recently received his PhD from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he wrote his dissertation on “Ritual and Authority in Early Athens.” Michael was a Regular Member and Michael Jameson Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in 2003-04, the Ione Mylonas Shear Fellow in 2007-08, and an Associate Member of the American School in 2008-09.
Michalis Bardanis is a stone conservator in the Ministry of Culture working for the First Ephoreia on various projects on the north and south slope of the Acropolis. Michalis gave a lecture to the summer excavation volunteers on the subject of identifying the types of stones found commonly in Attica and the Agora.
Maria Liston, Associate Professor, of the Departments of Anthropology and Classical Studies of the University of Waterloo speaks to the Student Volunteers of the summer excavation team describing her work on the human skeletal remains of the Ancient Agora.