Workshop Presenters

Linda Gosner (University of Michigan), Workshop Organizer, Edited volume co-editor
Linda’s research centers on local responses to Roman imperialism in rural and industrial landscapes of the western Mediterranean. In particular, she studies the impact of empire on technology, craft production, labor practices, economies, and everyday life in provincial communities. Linda’s current book project examines the transformation of mining communities and landscapes in the Iberian Peninsula following Roman conquest. In addition to ongoing research and fieldwork in Spain and Portugal, Linda has co-directed the Sinis Archaeological Project in west-central Sardinia since 2018 and worked as a core collaborator with the Progetto S’Urachi since 2013. Across these varied projects, Linda’s work engages with broad questions about human-environment interaction, community and identity, labor history, mobility, and culture contact. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. She will join the faculty of Texas Tech as an Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology in fall 2020.

Jeremy Hayne (Independent Scholar), Edited-volume co-editor
Jeremy Hayne’s research interests cover the western Mediterranean Iron Age and Classical and Phoenician/Punic periods. His PhD (Glasgow) focused on local/foreign interactions on Iron Age Sardinia and specifically the results of long-term contacts on the island throughout the 1st millennium BCE. He is especially interested in the concepts of colonialism, migration, connectivity and the archaeology of identity and draws on anthropological and postcolonial theory to explore islandness, hybridization and connectivities of the peoples of the Tyrrhenian and western Mediterranean Iron Age through examinations of their material culture. He is an active archaeologist and has excavated for many years at indigenous and Phoenician sites on Sardinia and is currently part of a project involving the study of the later Iron Age on Sardinia.

Philip Andrew Johnston
Philip’s archaeological research focuses on the the relationship between daily activities and long-lived social and economic institutions in the Iron Age Mediterranean, with a focus on Phoenician-Indigenous relations in SW Spain. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a secondary field in Anthropology, from Harvard University in 2015. Philip lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is the US representative for the French cultural heritage startup Iconem.

Catalina Mas (University of Barcelona)
Catalina is an archaeologist focusing on Roman and Late Antique archaeology, especially in the western Mediterranean. Her research examines the transformation of landscapes with a particular interest in island systems and rural areas. She has co-directed or directed excavations in the building at the Ripoll street of Barcelona, excavations of early Christian set of l’Illa del Rei (Mahon, Menorca) and excavations of the Roman villa at Sa Mesquida (Calvià, Mallorca). Catalina is currently co-director of excavations at the Roman city of Pollentia (Alcúdia, Mallorca) and the project, Remote sensing, geophysical survey and paleoenvironmental reconstruction on the island of Mallorca from Antiquity to early Medieval Ages. She has recently co-edited the book, Change and Resilience. The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity (2019, Oxbow Books). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Barcelona.

Jessica Nowlin (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Jessica is an archaeologist focusing on the local responses of indigenous groups to cultural interaction and colonial encounters in the western Mediterranean during the early 1st millennium BCE. Her research articulates the local acceptance, adaptation and transformation of imported objects and practices from the eastern Mediterranean by communities in mainland Italy and Sardinia. In addition to her research in Abruzzo, Jessica has conducted fieldwork in multiple regions within Italy and she is currently a co-director of the Sinis Archaeological Project. Jessica’s approaches to research and fieldwork include network analysis, quantitative methods, GIS applications, photogrammetry, and digital methods of archaeological recording. Jessica is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Classics and GIS Specialist at the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Anthony Russell
Anthony graduated in 2011 from the University of Glasgow with a PhD in archaeology. His research interests include the Middle and Late Bronze Age in the central Mediterranean, cross-cultural consumption, materiality, globalisation, and intangible heritage. For the past nine years he has been involved in culture resource management in both Scotland and western Canada.

Antonio Saéz Romero (University of Seville)
Antonio Sáez Romero (PhD Archaeology, University of Cadiz). Assistant Professor at the University of Seville (Spain), has participated or directed several research projects in Gibraltar, Portugal, Morocco, Italy and Greece. His research goals concentrate on Phoenician, Punic and Early Roman pottery production and distribution in the Western Mediterranean, Maritime Archaeology studies (ports and underwater finds) and the ancient economies of urban and rural settlements in southern Iberia and their Mediterranean connections. Has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, edited books, and conference presentations, mainly focusing on ancient economies, artisanal sites, pottery contexts and typologies and maritime trade.

Giulia Saltini Semerari (Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan)
Giulia’s main research interest is Mediterranean connectivity, in particular the methodological and conceptual challenges of understanding the interplay between local social changes and broad Mediterranean-wide shifts. Her PhD (Oxford) focused on Italian-Greek interactions from the end of the Bronze Age to the Greek colonization. Subsequently, thanks to a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (VU Amsterdam) and a Gerda Henkel Postdoctoral scholarship (Tübingen), she initiated and directed an international, collaborative project applying a spectrum of archaeometric and archaeological analyses to a series of indigenous and early colonial cemeteries in southern Italy. She is currently a research affiliate at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan.

Alejandro Sinner (University of Victoria)
Alejandro is an Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria. His research covers the social, economic and cultural history of Roman Spain, and his publications include books and articles in peer reviewed journals exploring Ibero-Roman material culture (especially ceramics and coinage), demography, Palaeohispanic languages, pre-Roman and Roman domestic and religious spaces, and the construction of identities and the processes of mobility cultural change in ancient colonial contexts. Since 2006, he has been excavating at the ancient site of Ilduro (Cabrera de Mar, Catalonia) in northeastern Spain, where he directs a research project and leads an international archaeological field school.

Catherine Steidl (Koç University)
Catherine is a post-doctoral fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (Koç University, Istanbul). Her primary research interests include the dynamics of community and identity in the 1st millennium BCE Mediterranean, the development of communal identity in Anatolian Ionia, and the dynamics of regional identity in the northwestern Mediterranean. Her current project explores the trajectory of Ionian identity from the 12th-5th centuries BCE in the context of settlement continuity across the Bronze to Iron Age divide, and growing pressure from external powers in the surrounding regions.