University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Clinton, Miriam, Ph.D.

Miriam Clinton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Rhodes College, Memphis
Elected: 2008 (Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group)

Miriam received her B.A. summa cum laude with Distinction in both Archaeological Studies and Classical Civilizations at Yale University in 2005. As an undergraduate, she had field experience in the United States and in Italy, and was trained in conservation techniques and the historiography of Minoan civilizations at Palaikastro, Crete. She joined AAMW with a strong interest in the Aegean Bronze Age, especially Minoan Crete. In 2009–2010, she completed a Fulbright year in Greece. In addition to the Fulbright, she has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, the Betancourt Grant, and others. Miriam received her Ph.D. in 2013. Her dissertation, under her advisors, Prof. Philip Betancourt and Prof. Thomas Tartaron, a senior fellow, is titled "Access and Circulation Pattern Analysis in Neopalatial Architecture on Crete: A Methodology for Identifying Private Spaces." Her topic focuses on access and circulation patterns of Minoan houses, with the goals of determining 1) how these are associated with existing formal typologies of Minoan houses; 2) whether they relate to socio-economic status; and 3) how they can allow us to determine the distinction between public and private architecture.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to her appointment, Miriam was a Critical Writing Fellow at Penn.

Miriam participates in the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) in Korfos, Greece, directed by Thomas F. Tartaron and Daniel J. Pullen of Florida State University. She has conducted fieldwork at Plakias, Mochlos, Karoumes, and Papadiokampos, a Proto- and Neo-palatial town near Siteia. She currently serves as an architectural and digital archaeology specialist for projects associated with the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP) Study Center for East Crete.

She presented papers on a variety of topics including "New Evidence for Minoan Staircases," which arose directly from her dissertation research at the AIA Annual Meetings in January 2011, and "Transitional Spaces in Pre- and Proto-Palatial Minoan Tomb Architecture" in 2013. She has co-authored articles including "Rapid Cooling Effects in Early Bronze Age Copper Smelting Slags from Chrysokamino," in Aegean Archaeology 8 (2009) and "GIS in Action: Analyzing an Early Bronze Age Coastal Landscape on the Saronic Gulf," in G. Touchais, R. Laffineur, and F. Rougemont, eds., Physis: L'environnement naturel et la relation homme-milieu dans le monde égéén protohistorique, Aegaeum 37. She is currently completing four chapters for the SHARP monograph and collaborating with a ceramic specialist on Crete to find the most likely clay sources to be used in association with known Minoan sites, especially Papadiokampos and Mochlos. They will attempt to find the routes used to travel between those clay sources and the workshops where pottery was produced. Miriam has recently collaborated with Andrew J. Koh on the article "Contextualizing the Late Minoan Tombs of the Western Siteia Mountains," in Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 3.3 (2015), which hypothesizes the location of undisclosed sites on Crete using the presence of tombs with elaborate warrior burials.


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