Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group
Emerson Avery earned a B.A. in Ancient Greek from Haverford College and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College in 2005. His senior thesis examined the expression of a nascent Greek ethnic identity at the colony of Empúries, Spain, during the Iron Age. He spent the 2005 academic year developing this research as a Fulbright Fellow at the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid. He joined AAMW in the fall of 2006.
Emerson has worked on projects in Spain, Italy, and France. His research interests lie with the construction of identity, especially in colonial and other situations characterized by an unequal power dynamic. His dissertation explores the development of settlement and communication dynamics in the hinterland of Marsala, Sicily during the period 300–900 C.E., from landscape archaeological and practice theoretical perspectives. This stems from his work with the Marsala Hinterland Survey (MHS), under the direction of Drs. Robert Schon of the University of Arizona and Emma Blake of Tufts University. In the summer of 2010 Emerson received departmental funding and a Salvatori Research Award from the Center for Italian Studies at Penn for his research in Sicily. In addition to his work at Marsala, He participated as a team member at Sofiana, an important Roman site in the province of Enna, Sicily, and one whose length of occupation parallels some of the villae documented in the area of Marsala. He recently gave a lecture on his research undertaken during the summer, in fulfillment of the terms of the Salvatori Research Award, entitled "Important Enough to Ignore: Sicily's Age of Imperial Inattention (1st–7th Cent. CE)."