Recipients of 2017 CAMWS Excavation/Fieldwork Awards

Esther Knegt is in the MA program at Brock University in Ontario; the CAMWS award will enable her participation in two archaeological projects.  The first, the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project, focuses on the excavation of a 6th century AD Roman wreck; here she will be supervised by her graduate advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Greene. The project is directed by Justin Leidwanger of Stanford University and Sebastiano Tusa, Soprintendenza del Mare, Sicily. The second project is the excavation of a workshop area at the harbor of Burgaz on Turkey’s Datça peninsula, associated with the early habitation of the Knidians.  Esther’s work will contribute to her graduate thesis on Greek sanctuaries, and brings her into the field for the first time: she plans to complete a PhD after her master’s.

Kaoru Yui, originally from Japan, is an undergraduate at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, with a double major in Art History and Classical Studies.  CAMWS will enable her participation in excavations at the Temple of Venus in Pompeii, led by Dr. Ilaria Battiloro.  Kaoru’s preparations include not only numerous courses in Classics and archaeology, but chemistry for conservators, and plans to apply to graduate school for conservation programs.   

Jordan Bonadurer, an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will participate in the Via Consolare Project in Pompeii, directed by Michael Anderson. Jordan is pursuing a triple major in Classics, English and Art History; she has been pursuing undergraduate research into the iconography of theater masks on Roman sarcophagi, and time in the field will provide the critical fourth element in her approach to the ancient world, which currently include objects, iconography and texts.  Her professional goal is to work as a museum curator for antiquities.   

Elizabeth Wilcox is the recipient of the prize named for Peter Knox. Elizabeth is completing her undergraduate degree at Austin Peay State University, majoring in Latin as her foreign language with a minor in Classical Civilizations and Geology. She will be applying to Leicester University in Fall 2017, for their Ancient Mediterranean History and Archaeology Program. Elizabeth is an Army veteran, and has already begun learning the techniques of Ground Penetrating Radar for use in the field.  She will spend her summer with the Roman Imperial settlement excavation in Rapoltu Mare,