Previous Craft Fellowship Recipients

2017 Craft Fellowship - Magee and Fiat

posted Jun 6, 2018, 8:16 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 1:22 PM ]

- Reyneir Magee, Howard University


Reyneir Magee is a 2018 graduate of Howard University where she majored in both Biology and Chemistry and performed research within the Department of Classics. For approximately two years, Reyneir worked for the ASOR Punic Project, where she amalgamated and organized files of artifacts from the Tunisian site, inputted and corrected the files, and, lastly, created a database so that the files would be accessible to the public in the near future. 


Reyneir's attendance at the AIA conference was a fantastic experience. There, she witnessed the next level of professionalism and was able to observe and interact with many AIA members. She attended an array of sessions ranging from "Galen in Medicine and Disease" to "Eating and Drinking in the Ancient World." Having been affected by such profound scholarship, Reyneir would like to participate in more annual meetings!


- Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola, The Catholic University of America


Sr. Fiat Miola graduated in May 2018 with a Ph.D. in Early Christianity from The Catholic University of America. She dedicated a large part of her dissertation, "Spaces of Salvation in Sixth-Century Arles: The Women's Monastery as Household and Family," to the examination of the archaeological and material evidence. Through an interdisciplinary methodology of integrating insights from the fields of archaeology, early medieval economy, late Roman law, manuscript studies, liturgical sourcing, and textile studies, her work can point the way towards the reexamination of other monastic foundations, and provide a methodological model for future studies in history and religion of any period. 


Through the generous AIA Craft Fellowship, Sr. Fiat was eager to attend the 2018 annual meeting of the AIA in Boston, hearing sessions on trade routes, funerary practices and objects, domestic space, Roman economy, and digital approaches to the field. Unfortunately, the Boston bombogenesis impeded her attendance, after four attempts at re-routing and re-booking flights. Nevertheless, the Craft Fellowship gave her an opportunity to get involved with the AIA on the local level and attend lectures in DC, and it more broadly encouraged her to continue incorporating archaeology in her scholarship.

2016 Craft Fellowship - Chen

posted May 14, 2017, 8:50 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 9:33 AM ]

- Amanda Chen, University of Maryland


With the generous support of the Washington D.C. Society of the AIA, Amanda Chen was able to attend the 118th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Toronto. As a first-time attendee, the Craft Fellowship not only supported her travel, but also provided her with a network of DC-based scholars. In Toronto, Amanda attended numerous panels, learned about the latest research, and exchanged ideas with scholars from across the country, including the archaeologist with whom she will be excavating in summer 2017. Amanda was also able to attend a number of special interest group meetings, including the Student Affairs Interest group, for which she will be helping plan workshops, panels, and social events for students at next year’s annual meeting. Hearing from experts inspired her own research and will no doubt be instrumental as she prepares for her comprehensive exams. 


Amanda Chen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, where she studies Roman and Etruscan art and archaeology, focusing on the material culture of death and mortuary practices.

2015 Craft Fellowship - Buch

posted May 12, 2017, 8:16 PM by AIA DC   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 9:34 AM ]

- Peri Buch, The George Washington University


Peri Buch graduated in May 2016 from the George Washington University with a B.A. in History and Archaeology. During her time at GW, her interest peaked in digital humanities and she was a research assistant, doing social networking analysis of the past. In the fall of 2016, she embarks on a Fulbright in Israel where she will study the Roman trade and technology, specifically the usage of Dolia, in the Mediterranean.

As an undergraduate student, attending the 2016 AIA Annual Meeting was a wonderful opportunity to hear from experts in the field of digital humanities and Roman archaeology. She hopes to find avenues to connect these two fields in her own research.

2014 Craft Fellowship - Petrocelli

posted May 12, 2017, 8:04 PM by AIA DC   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 9:34 AM ]

- Luke Petrocelli, University of Maryland


At the 2015 AIA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Luke Petrocelli presented the poster "Digital Recording of Architecture at the Villas of Ancient Stabiae." As an architecture graduate student at the University of Maryland, Petrocelli worked at Castellammare di Stabiae to  help document and analyze the archaeological sites. In an effort to expand the technology used at the ancient site and share this information with the world, Petrocelli persuaded the School of Architecture at UMd to split the cost of LiDAR equipment with the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS).


The work in Stabiae and his trip to New Orleans was arranged in order to compare two methods of digital recording (EDM and LiDAR), and help archaeologists and historians determine the best method of recording for their own projects.


For a 3-D reconstruction of one of the ancient villas using LiDAR, click here. Posted on You Tube, the video shows a fly-through of this incredible reconstruction.

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