Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group
Amanda earned a B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale University in 2002, with her senior thesis examining the role of the crocus in the Bronze Age Aegean economy and rites-of-passage. The following year she earned her M.St. in European Archaeology at Oxford University with concentrations in Greek Vase-painting and the Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece. In 2006, she completed the Post-baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. The same year, she entered the Ph.D. program in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World at Penn. During the 2010–2011 academic year, she studied in Athens as a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies with the support of the Anna C. and Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship from the Penn museum.
Amanda's dissertation, entitled "Κειμήλια: Objects with Histories in Greek Mainland and Colonial Contexts during the 6th and 5th Centuries B.C." and advised by Prof. Ann Brownlee, explores the archaeological and historical contexts of objects that were curated by their ancient owners. Her other current research interests include ceramic production technology at the Potters' Quarter of Corinth, Greek vases and iconography, the small poros pediments of the Archaic Athenian Acropolis, the Homeric epics, and, in general, how ancient societies approached the past.
Her fieldwork experience includes excavations in Connecticut, Copacabana Bolivia, Akrotiri, Pompeii, the Agora Excavations in Athens, S.H.A.R.P. (the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project), and Dickinson College's Excavation of the Lower Town at Mycenae. Her first publication, "Clamp-holes and Marble Veneers: the Pantheon's Lost Original Facing," the result of a research project supervised by Prof. Lothar Haselberger, appeared as an Archaeological Note in the 2010 issue of the Journal of Roman Archaeology. She presented this research as a poster at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, which won the prize of Runner-up for Best Poster. At the 2010 AIA meeting, she delivered a paper on Early Bronze Age trade networks in the Northeastern Peloponnese, which was informed by her work at S.H.A.R.P with Prof. Thomas Tartaron. She continues to assist Prof. Ann Brownlee with the publication of Penn museum's red-figure cups for the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (CVA). She was named a Dean's Scholar in 2010, and received the School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students in the same year. During 2009–2010, Amanda served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Amanda has recently published "Keimêlia in Context: Toward an Understanding of the Value of Antiquities in the Past," in Valuing the Past in the Greco-Roman World (2014). In May 2014, she participated in the Ninth Annual Kolb Spring Junior Fellows Colloquium presenting "Antique, Heirloom, Curiosity, or Amulet?: Identifying and Assessing 'Curated' Objects in the Ancient Mediterranean." She also just delivered a paper "The Imperfection of Mass Production: Evidence of Experimentation from the Potters' Quarter at Corinth" (with Bice Peruzzi, Eleni Aloupi and Artemi Chaviara) at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Istanbul in September 2014.