Doctoral Student in Archaeology and the Ancient World (Ph.D., May 2010)

Kate came to the JIAAW in 2004 after graduating from Yale with a B.A. in Classical Civilization. Her senior thesis was concerned with the potential efficacy of contraceptives and abortifacients in the Graeco-Roman World. She currently works at Tongobriga, Portugal where she has dug and done geophysical survey, and where she is helping Jason Urbanus organize a future project. She has done survey work in the Duchessa National Park in Italy, as well as conservation and analysis of Inka textiles in Arequipa, Peru. Her research interests include, among other things, reproduction in the ancient world, myth as science, ancient craft technologies, mortuary studies and archaeological theory. She is currently working on her dissertation which focuses on a corpus of 2nd-3rd century AD medico-magical uterine amulets from the eastern Roman Empire. She is also writing her Masters thesis in Classics at Brown on Terence and Sociobiology. In addition she works at the RISD museum analyzing and cataloguing their Coptic textile collection. From 2006-2008 she held the post of Secretary of the Narragansett Society of the AIA. In 2007-2008 she directed Brown’s field school: The Archaeology of College Hill. You may also recognize her from the cover of the AIA membership brochure.