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Thomas Landvatter

Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities
Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

I earned a BA in History and a BA in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State University in 2006, and my PhD in 2013 from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Reed in 2015, I taught at Kalamazoo College and Valparaiso University. My teaching and research interests both center on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, in particular during the Hellenistic period (323-30 BCE). Geographically, I focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, especially Egypt. However, my broader interests encompass issues of cross-cultural interaction, imperialism, and material culture across the entire ancient Mediterranean, from the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1200 BCE) into Late Antiquity (ca. 700 CE). My research specifically focuses on the archaeology of death and burial, and uses data from human burials to understand the social structures and practices of ancient societies. I am a field archaeologist, and I have excavated in Israel, Poland, and Egypt, where I conducted the field component of my dissertation research at the cemetery site of Abydos (a short article summarizing my finds can be found here). Recently I received a fellowship to undertake research in Cyprus.

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