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.