I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeology at UvA, working the VIDI project Tracing the potter’s wheel: investigating technological transmission and cultural encounters in the Bronze Age Aegean (2016-2021). Prior to this appointment, I was a Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellow, working with Dr. Valentine Roux at CNRS UMR 7055 Préhistoire et Technologie located at Université Paris Ouest.
I earned my PhD in 2011 from the University of Exeter for the thesis entitled The Archaeological Study of Innovation: An Experimental Approach to the Pottery Wheel in Bronze Age Crete and Cyprus. I also have an MA (with Distinction) in Experimental Archaeology from the University of Exeter and a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
My dual specialties of ceramic analysis and experimental archaeology allow me to tackle issues relating to the nature of craft production in prehistory, technological change through time, and the ways that technology and craft can inform us about the social lives of past peoples. I have applied my methods to a range of chronological periods and contexts including Bronze Age Crete and Cyprus, the pre-contact Great Plains in the USA, and Neolithic Kazakhstan. I also have made contributions to integrating experimental archaeology with other approaches to the study of material culture.
VIDI project (NWO)
This project will shed new light on the trajectories of technological innovations within the ancient Aegean, and offer alternative perspectives on how the humanities can address human-object-technology interactions within complex societies. The aim of the project is to assess the appearance of the potter’s wheel as a technological innovation within two distinct chronological horizons of the Bronze Age Aegean. This approach uses the potter’s wheel as prism through which to investigate the transmission of craft knowledge during these two periods and the configuration of Aegean potting communities through time. A key project objective is to better understand the multi-scalar material, technological and social interactions that facilitated the transmission of the potter’s wheel in this region. My role within the project includes extensive use of experimental archaeology to pinpoint diachronic changes in the chaînes opératoires of pottery production, particularly those changes related to the pottery wheel.