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June 17, 2019



Heidi J. Miller, Middlesex Community College

The history of archaeological research in South and Central Asia are of interest to me, especially how archaeological methods have influenced interpretations. My undergraduate work was done in the Levant, and while Kathleen Kenyon’s role in stratigraphic excavation techniques is well noted there, in South Asia the focus is on REM Wheeler’s methodology. I see a clear difference in past techniques/recording methods in these two regions, and for South Asia, the strong continuation in the present, and influence on political interpretations of today from the so-called teaching of Wheeler. Stuart Piggott’s work on the archaeology of South Asia is also key in this regard. Additionally, I am familiar with the work of Louis Dupree and Walter Fairservis and their research in Afghanistan as well as Baluchistan, a majority of which remains unpublished. What can we learn from revisiting these materials and records (housed in New York and Cambridge MA) and exploring ancient regions and cultures through these archived remnants?


Aimee Genova, University of Chicago

A.M. Genova received her Ph.D. in March 2019 from the University of Chicago’s Department of History for her dissertation titled – “Strategies of Resistance: Cretan Archaeology and Political Networks during the late 19th and early 20th century.” In addition to her tenure as a research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, she has excavated in the Peloponnese of Greece, as well as Salemi, Sicily for several excavation seasons. Dr. Genova’s current project discusses the relationship between archaeologists, politicians, and cultural intellects during Crete’s unification with Greece in 1913. Particularly, she challenges the way we approach the disciplinary history of Cretan archaeology.

More recently, she researched as a Library Research Fellow at Princeton University through the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies.


Welcome, Heidi and Aimee, and many thanks for joining our community!


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