Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group
Lara Fabian is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World graduate group. She graduated from the City University of New York - Hunter College in 2011, with a degree in Classical Archaeology. She also holds a BFA in Theatrical Scenic Art from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and worked as a theatrical artist from 2006 to 2011.
At Penn, she specializes in the archaeology and historiography of the South Caucasus and northern Mesopotamia, and the Roman limes. Her dissertation, "Between East, West, and the Steppe in Transcaucasia: Regional Perspectives on the Roman-Arsacid Parthian Borderland" discusses eastern Transcaucasia (modern Azerbaijan and eastern Georgia) ca. 100 B.C.E. – 300 C.E. Using ceramics, numismatics, architecture and mortuary material, the project explores local life on the edge of great empires, as well as the imperial logics that brought geopolitical powers to this dynamic zone. During the summer of 2014, she received a Critical Languages Scholarship to Tbilisi, Georgia, where she studied Russian and Georgian, as well as a graduate fellowship from the American Research Council in the South Caucasus (ARISC) to support preliminary dissertation research in Georgia and Azerbaijan. For summer 2015 she has received an American Numismatic Society Summer Seminar Fellowship, and for 2015–2016 she has a Penn Dissertation Research Grant, a Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources.
While at Penn, Lara has excavated and surveyed in Azerbaijan as part of the Naxcivan Archaeological Project. During this time, she has also worked on several excavations in Iraqi Kurdistan as well as Roman-period sites in Italy and England. During 2014, she presented papers at the annual meeting of the AIA ("Traces of Rome and Parthia in Azerbaijan") and the SAA ("Revisiting Roman-period Eastern Transcaucasia"). She co-wrote a paper with Kolb Junior Fellow Kate Morgan, presented at the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE 9) in Basel, Switzerland ("The Assyrians Abroad: Space Syntax Analysis and Administrative Architecture at Zincirli, Turkey"). She also presented "The Romans Who Saw the Caspian Sea: Developing a Dissertation about South Caucasia in the Roman-Parthian Period" at the Douglas G. Lovell, Jr., Annual "Reports from the Field" at the Penn museum in October.