Dissertations related to Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology (since 1898)

Doctoral work in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology has been a feature of the University of Pennsylvania since 1898, largely in response to the excavations undertaken by the University Museum. The names of the programs overseeing such doctoral work have changed in the course of the last century, but they encompass the current departments of Classical Studies, History of Art, Anthropology, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Nearly 200 dissertations in Old World Archaeology and Art have been produced at Penn in the course of the last century, and they are listed below by year of completion, beginning with the most recent.
Author Dissertation Title Year
Sophie Crawford Brown Daedala Tecta: Architectural Terracottas and Cultural Memory in Republican Italy 2019
Sam Holzman Bilingual Ionic Column Capitals: Perceptions of the Past in Greek Architecture, 6th–3rd century BCE 2019
Lara Fabian Examining the Archaeology of ‘Antik’-quity: The Eastern Caucasus Beyond Rome and Parthia 2018
Sarah Linn A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Beyond Wealth and Status at the Archanes-Phourni Cemetery 2018
Kathryn Morgan A Moveable Feast: Production, Consumption, and State Formation at Early Phrygian Gordion 2018
Daira Nocera Beyond the Emperor’s Disgrace: Reconstructing the Architectural, Topographical, and Landscape Design of Domitian’s Rome 2018
Steve Renette Along the Mountain Passes: Tracing Indigenous Developments of Social Complexity in the Zagros Region during the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3500-2000 BCE) 2018
Lucas Stephens Monumental Routes: Movement and the Built Environment at Iron Age Gordion 2018
Kurtis Tanaka Anatolia in the Gap: Phrygia, Lydia, and Orientalizing Reconsidered 2018
Anna Sitz The Writing on the Wall: Inscriptions and Memory in the Temples of Late Antique Greece and Asia Minor 2017
Sarah Beckmann Statuary Collections in the Late Roman Villas of Hispania and Southwestern Gaul 2016
Peter J. Cobb Computational Analyses of Archaeological Ceramics: The Second Millennium BCE Ceramics of the Marmara Lake Basin in their Western Anatolian Regional Context 2016
Amanda S. Reiterman Keimelia: Objects Curated in the Ancient, Mediterranean (8th–5th Centuries B.C.) 2016
Margaret Andrews Down in the Valley: A Topographical Study of the Subura in Rome from Caesar through Charlemagne 2015
Emerson Avery Marsala’s Hinterland: The Evolution of Roman Settlement in Western Sicily 2015
Jordan Pickett Water after Antiquity: the Afterlives of Roman Hydraulic Infrastructure 300-800 CE 2015
Tanya McCullough Metal to Clay: "Recovering" Middle Minoan Metal Vessels from Knossos and Phaistos through their Ceramic Skeuomorphs 2014
Miriam G. Clinton Access and Circulation Patterns in Neopalatial Domestic Architecture on Crete: A New Method for Identifying Private Spaces 2013
Valentina Follo The power of images in the age of Mussolini 2013
Justin Leidwanger Maritime Archaeology as Economic History: Long-Term Trends of Roman Commerce in the Northeast Mediterranean 2011
Linda G. Meiberg Figural Motifs on Philistine Pottery and their Connections to the Aegean World, Cyprus, and Coastal Anatolia 2011
Emily Modrall Indigenous Identities in Punic Western Sicily 2011
Gabriel H. Pizzorno Material Variability and Cultural Change: A study of the transition from Bronze Age to Iron Age in North-western Iran as seen from Dinkha Tepe 2011
Stephan Zink Octavian's Sanctuary of Apollo on the Palatine: Architecture, Site, and the Development of a Sacred Topography 2011
Susan Helft Patterns of exchange/ patterns of power: A new archaeology of the Hittite Empire 2010
Peri Johnson Landscapes of Achaemenid Paphlagonia 2010
Beth Ann Judas Late Bronze Age Aegean Ceramics in the New Kingdom Nile Valley: An Analysis of Idea and Practice 2010
Karen Sonik Daimon-Haunted Universe: Conceptions of the Supernatural in Mesopotamia 2010
Elif Ünlü Technological and Stylistic Evaluation of the Early Bronze Age Pottery at Tarsus-Gözlükule, Turkey: Pottery Production and Its Interaction with Economic, Social, and Cultural Spheres 2009
Günder Varinlioğlu Rural Landscape and Built Environment at the End of Antiquity: Limestone Villages of Southeastern Isauria 2008
Dorian Borbonus Textual and Visual Commemoration in Columbarium Tombs of Early Imperial Rome 2006
Andrew Koh The Organic Residues of Mochlos, Crete: An Interdisciplinary Study of Typological and Spatial Function at an Archaeological Site 2006
Elisha Ann Dumser The Architecture of Maxentius: A Study in Architectural Design and Urban Planning in Early Fourth-Century Rome 2005
Kimberley Michelle Brown Fluxgate Gradiometry and the Investigation of Archaic Period Rural Settlement in Central Italy (600-450 B.C.) 2004
Konstantinos Kourelis Monuments of Rural Archaeology: Medieval Settlements in the Northwestern Peloponnese 2003
William Bradley Hafford Merchants in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean: Tools, Texts and Trade 2001
Julia Louise Shear Polis and Panathenaia: The History and Development of Athena's Festival 2001
Leigh-Ann Bedal The Petra Pool-Complex: A Hellenistic Paradeisos in The Nabataean Capital (Results from The Petra 'Lower Market' Survey and Excavation, 1998 2000
Laurel L. Taylor Dying Like A Roman: Funerary Monuments and the Creation of Provincial Material Culture in Roman Venetia 2000
Susan Lynn Petrakis Ayioryitika: A Neolithic Settlement in Eastern Arcadia, Greece 1999
Elin Corey Danien The Chama Polychrome Ceramic Cylinders 1998
Shawna Leigh The Aqueduct of Hadrian and the Water Supply of Roman Athens 1998
Lada Onyshkevych Archaic and Classical Cult-Related Graffiti from the Northern Black Sea Region 1998
Paul Douglas Scotton The Julian Basilica at Corinth: An Architectural Investigation 1997
Polyxeni Bougia Ancient Bridges in Greece and Coastal Asia Minor 1996
Anton Jansen Stations Along the Roads in the Area of Mycenae: An Analysis of the Mycenaean Road System and its Relation to the Mycenaean State 1994
Christofilis Maggidis Burial Building 19 at Archanes: A Study of Prepalatial and Early Protopalatial Funerary Architecture and Ritual 1994
Lee Ann Turner The History, Monuments and Topography of Ancient Lebadeia in Boeotia, Greece 1994
Kim S. Shelton The Late Helladic Pottery from Prosymna 1993
Eleni Spyridonos Banou Pottery Groups from the West Side of Area A at Pseira 1992
David Hulburt Conwell The Athenian Long Walls: Chronology, Topography and Remains 1992
Heidi M. C. Dierckx Aspects of Minoan Technology, Culture, and Economy: The Bronze Age Stone Industry of Crete 1992
Jean M. Donohoe The Lapithos-Lower Geometric Cemetery: An Early Iron Age Necropolis in Cyprus (Report of the 1931-1932 Excavations of the Cyprus Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania Museum) 1992
Georgia Salapata Lakonian Votive Plaques with Particular Reference to the Sanctuary of Alexandra at Amyklai 1992
Martha Rhoads Bell The Tutankhamun Burnt Group from Gurob, Egypt: Bases for the Absolute Chronology of LH III A and B 1991
Jennifer Lynn Tobin The Monuments of Herodes Atticus 1991
Marilyn Louise Simon Late Bronze Age Ivories from Cyprus 1990
Jodi Magness A Typology of the Late Roman and Byzantine Pottery of Jerusalem 1989
Martha Kay Risser Corinthian Conventionalizing Pottery 1989
Alaa El-Din M. Shaheen Historical Significance of Selected Scenes Involving Western Asiatics and Nubians in the Private Theban Tombs of the XVIIIth Dynasty 1988
Barbara Barrett Kling Mycenaean III C: 1B and Related Pottery in Cyprus 1987
Judith Weinstein Balthazar Copper and Bronze Working in Early through Middle Bronze Age Cyprus 1986
Pamela Jaye Russell The Pottery from the Late Cypriot IIC Settlement at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus: The 1979-1984 Excavation Seasons 1986
Jane Derose Evans The Legends of Early Rome Used as Political Propaganda in the Roman Republican and Augustan Periods (Numismatics, Painting, Sculpture) 1985
Elizabeth Simpson The Wooden Furniture from Tumulus MM at Gordion, Turkey 1985
Murray C. McClellan Core-formed Glass from Dated Contexts (Classical, Mediterranean) 1984
Frederick Alan Winter Late Classical and Hellenistic Pottery from Gordion: The Imported Black Glazed Wares 1984
Fredric Richard Brandfon Beginning of the Iron Age in Palestine 1983
Cynthia Milton Harrison Coins of the Persian Satraps 1982
Nicholas Bains Hartmann Iron-Working in Southern Etruria in the Ninth and Eighth Centuries B.C 1982
Robert Barry Koehl The Imported Bronze and Iron Age Wares from Area II, Sounding X at Sarepta (Modern Sarafand), Lebanon 1982
Mary Elizabeth Moser The "Southern Villanovan" Culture of Campania 1982
Barbara Jeanne Hayden The Development of Cretan Architecture from the LM IIIA through the Geometric Periods 1981
Paul Forsythe Johnston Ship and Boat Models in Ancient Greece 1981
David Gilman Romano The Stadia of the Peloponnesos 1981
Kristine Stuart Brown The Question of Near Eastern Textile Decoration of the Early First Millennium B.C. as a Source for Greek Vase Painting of the Orientalizing Style 1980
Irene Bald Romano Early Greek Cult Images 1980
Alan Stuart Walker A Chronological Study of the Greek Imperial Coinage of Athens Based on the Collection of the Agora Excavations at Athens 1980
Philip Howard Young Building Projects and Archaic Greek Tyrants 1980
Cynthia Jones Eiseman The Porticello Shipwreck: A Mediterranean Merchant Vessel of 415 - 385 B.C. 1979
Charles Warner Gates, III Burials at Ialysos and Kameiros (Rhodes) in the Mid Archaic Period, ca. 625-525 B.C 1979
Jeanne Marty-Peppers Selected Roman Pottery, Isthmia Excavations, 1967-1972 1979
Engin Özgen The Urartian Bronze Collection at the University Museum: The Urartian Armor 1979
Alan Cunningham Brookes The Chronology and Development of Daedalic Sculpture 1978
Ellen Carol Herscher The Bronze Age Cemetery at Lapithos, Vrysi Tou Barba, Cyprus; Results of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Excavation, 1931 1978
Arcadia Xenia Kocybala Greek Colonization on the North Shore of the Black Sea in the Archaic Period 1978
Gerald Paul Schaus Archaic Greek Pottery From The Demeter Sanctuary, Cyrene 1969-1976: Minor Fabrics 1978
Jean Schneer Silverman The Gournia Collection in the University Museum: A Study in East Cretan Pottery 1978
Charles Kaufman Williams, II Pre-Roman Cults in the Area of the Forum of Ancient Corinth 1978
Barry John Brady Etruscan Bucchero Chalices in the University Museum 1977
Maurizio Gualtieri Iron in Calabria in the Ninth and Eighth Centuries B.C. 1977
Peter Ian Kuniholm Dendrochronology at Gordion and on the Anatolian Plateau 1977
David Michael Van Horn Bronze Age Chipped Stone Tools from the Argolid of Greece and their Relation to Tools Manufactured from Other Materials 1976
Joanna Alice McClellan The Iron Objects from Gordion, A Typological and Functional Analysis 1975
William Edward Stevenson, III The Pathological Grotesque Representation in Greek and Roman Art 1975
Elizabeth Ruth Jewell The Archaeology and History of Western Anatolia During the Second Millennium, B.C. 1974
Jeremy Bentham Rutter The Late Helladic IIIB and IIIC Periods at Korakou and Gonia in the Corinthia 1974
Phoebe Aldrich Sheftel The Ivory, Bone and Shell Objects from Gordion from the Campaigns of 1950 through 1973 1974
Karen Donne Vitelli The Greek Neolithic Patterned Urfirnis Ware from the Franchthi Cave and Lerna 1974
Livingston Vance Watrous An Archaeological Survey of the Lasithi Plain in Crete from the Neolithic to the Late Roman Period 1974
Nina Poe Zouck Turned and Hand-Carved Alabaster from Gordion 1974
Harrison Eiteljorg, II The Greek Architect of the Fourth-Century B.C.: Master Craftsman or Master Planner 1973
Jeffrey Scott Soles The Gournia House Tombs: A Study of the Architecture, Chronology and Use of the Built Rectangular Tombs of Crete 1973
William Stanton Woodard Prolegomena to the Religion of Knossos 1973
Merle Kenneth Langdon The Sanctuary of Zeus Ombrios on Mount Hymettos 1972
Michael Max Eisman Attic Kyathos Painters 1971
G. Kenneth Sams The Phrygian Painted Pottery of Early Iron Age Gordion and its Anatolian Setting 1971
Philip Pablo Betancourt The Origin and Diffusion of Metallic Shaft-Hole Implements in the Aegean Early Bronze Age 1970
James Robert Carpenter Propylon in Greek and Hellenistic Architecture 1970
Wellington Willson Cummer, III A Monumental Roman Tomb at Corinthian Kenchreai 1970
Keith Robert Devries A Study of Boeotian Incised Fibulae and their Antecedents 1970
Joseph Winterbotham Shaw Minoan Building Materials and their Uses 1970
Charlotte Alice Brodkey Moore Description and Analysis of the Bronze and Lead Objects in the Herman V. Hilprecht Collection. The University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania 1969
Sterling Peter Vinson An Archaeological Survey in South Italy 1969
William Richard Biers Investigations at Phlius 1968
Pamela Hemphill An Archaeological Survey of the Hill Region South of Lago Bracciano, Southern Etruria 1968
Jane Williams Sammis The Gnathian Pelike: Local Centers of Production 1968
James Andrew Dengate The Coinage of Klazomenai 1967
Stephen Lloyd Glass Palaistra and Gymnasium in Greek Architecture 1967
Frederick Hendrik Van Doorninck, Jr The Seventh Century Byzantine Ship at Yassi Ada: Some Contributions to the History of Naval Architecture 1967
Crawford Hallock Greenewalt, Jr Lydian Pottery of the Sixth-Century B.C.: The Lydion and Marbled Ware 1966
Oscar White Muscarella Phrygian Fibulae from Gordion 1965
George Fletcher Bass Cape Gelidonya: A Bronze Age Shipwreck 1964
Thomas Warren Jacobsen Prehistoric Euboia 1964
Ann Konrad Knudsen A Study of the Relation Between Phrygian Metalware and Pottery in the Eighth and Seventh Centuries B.C. 1961