Research

Ancient Methone Project

The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project explores the dynamics of landscape and landscape change, with a focus on sea level changes and related shoreline shifts. Integrated geophysical and geomorphological investigations are aimed at reconstructing the palaeoshoreline that defines the location and extent of the port of ancient Methone, crucial information that will help guide and focus plans for the broader study of the Haliakmon Delta – a unique environment linking riverine and coastline transport-communication routes to regional models of landscape evolution.

The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project

The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project is a multidisciplinary research project addressing the archaeology and history of Jaffa, which is located on the coast of Israel on the south side of Tel Aviv. Particular aspects of Jaffa as an archaeological site offer an opportunity to address archaeological and historical problems by means of ongoing excavations and the management of cultural heritage. Among these unique aspects are: (1) Jaffa's status as the most important port of the southern Levantine coast; (2) its nearly continuous occupation from the Middle Bronze Age until modern times; (3) substantial, yet mostly unpublished, exploration prior to the establishment of the JCHP; and (4) the central importance of preserving its remaining monuments as well as its archaeological remains.

Bicol Archaeological Project

The Bicol Archaeological Projects (BAP) seeks to challenge the conventional narratives of conversion, resistance, and retreat by providing us with a more nuanced understanding of how indigenous communities in the Philippines navigated the complex waters of colonialism. By investigating archaeological sites, landscapes, and incorporating community stories, the research projects aim to uncover the hidden stories of indigenous resistance and cultural transition during this tumultuous period. It's not just about unearthing artifacts; it's about uncovering the agency of indigenous peoples in shaping the Philippine landscape.

The Turin Museum of Egyptology

The collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Museo Egizio in Turin (Italy) is among the most important in the world. It includes the Old Kingdom Tomb of the Unknown, the New Kingdom Tomb of Kha and Merit, the Nubian Temple of Ellesiya, and the Turin Papyrus Map. This project aims to contribute to the analysis and publication of selected ceramic artifacts and ancient textiles, with a special focus on production techniques and communities of practice. Students will have opportunities to be actively involved in all aspects of the preservation, study and presentation of museum objects.

The Two Buddhist Towers of Preah Khan

The Two Buddhist Towers Project was established to study the transition from Mahāyāna to Theravāda Buddhism within Cambodia’s rich past through a rigorous, multidisciplinary investigation of three distinct yet interrelated aspects of Khmer society at Preah Khan of Kompong Svay (Preah Khan): temples and iconography, settlement, and history.

The project began in 2015 as part of a two-year initiative funded by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Buddhist Collaborative Research Fellowship co-sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies.