Spring 2017 - updates from four of our students

Caroline Cheung (pictured below and right) is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, where she is working on her dissertation, Storage and Packaging for an Empire: Agricultural Economies of West-Central Italy, c. 200 BCE-200 CE.

The project examines dolia at Cosa, Pompeii, and Ostia to understand the production, use, and maintenance of storage and packaging containers in west-central Italy. The study will examine developments in the technology and organization of labor for the industries that propelled the largest pre-modern economy and food supply system.

Caroline Cheung

Caroline Cheung
She will complete her dissertation in Rome during the next academic year as a University of California Dissertation Year Fellow.

Her research interests include the archaeology of Roman and pre-Roman Italy, social and economic history, ancient agriculture and foodways, material culture studies, papyrology, and Greco-Roman Egypt.

Caroline is currently involved in the Pompeii Artifact Life History Project (PALHIP), Cosa Excavations, and the American Excavations in Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project (AEM:CAP). She has excavated at various sites in Italy including San Martino, Cetamura del Chianti, and Pompeii.

Aaron Brown (pictured right) is a fourth-year Classical Archaeology Ph.D. student whose research focuses on urbanism, visual culture, and identity formation in ancient Italy. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Pompeii Artifact Life History Project (PALHIP), directed by Prof. J. Theodore Peña, whose goal is to enhance our understanding of the life histories of Roman craft goods through the description and analysis of previously excavated sets of objects from contexts within and around Pompeii. In 2016, PALHIP began an study of the numerous, well preserved amphoras from "Villa B" at Oplontis.

Aaron Brown

Jarrid Dulaney (pictured left) is working in the exciting field of underwater archaeology to study ancient Roman shipwrecks.

Kevin Moch (pictured right) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at Berkeley, working on dissertation entitled "Quoium Pecus? Representation of Italian Identity in Vergil's Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid" under the direction of Professor Ellen Oliensis. Kevin's dissertation project aims to highlight the effect Vergil's own local, northern Italian identity had on the poetry he produced, and especially the ways in which this local identity served as an inspiration distinct from and even at odds with the terms of his identity as a Roman citizen.

Kevin will complete this project in the coming academic year as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome, having been awarded the Arthur Ross Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Ancient Studies for 2017-18.

Kevin has also spent time in Italy as a visiting student of Maurizio Bettini at the University of Siena in late 2016, and as part of the excavations on the ancient site of Gabii east of Rome, under the auspices of Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. While the main focus of his scholarship is on Latin literature of the late Republic and early Empire, Kevin's interests in the social and cultural aspects of the ancient world are broad ranging, running the gamut from Roman luxury and villa culture, local Etruscan and Italic identity and archaeology, and formation and development of concepts of Roman citizenship and identity.

Marvin Morris (pictured left), one of our undergraduate alumni, spent his senior year at Berkeley as a Haas Scholar working on his thesis on Etruscan Studies titled “First in Flight: A Comprehensive Study of Etruscan Winged ‘Demons’” which won the 2016 Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

Marvin was invited by the Soprintendenza of Southern Etruria to conduct his research on the winged figures which appear frequently in ancient Etruscan funerary art.

In the summer of 2015 he was given access to the Banditaccia Necropolis at the ancient Etruscan city of Cerveteri where he was allowed to do his research on the unpublished contents of the tombs. This opportunity was arranged by the newly founded Mario Del Chiaro Center and is an example of what the center can do to provide amazing academic opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Read more about Marvin's research.