Dr. Emma Ljung teaches archaeology and heritage management in the Writing Program at Princeton University. She received her PhD in Classical Archaeology from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University (2012), and holds an MA in Classical Art & Archaeology from Princeton (2007) as well as a BA in Classical Archaeology & Ancient History from Lunds Universitet (2003). She has excavated extensively across the Mediterranean including sites in Greece, Cyprus, and Portugal. Her research focuses predominantly on the ancient economy, heritage management, and cultural landscapes in the ancient world, and her dissertation From Indemnity to Integration: Economic Decline in Late Hellenistic Aitolia has won numerous international awards and grants. An expert on field survey, Emma hopes the Santa Susana team will uncover important data to aid in our understanding of economic behavior, especially in terms of landscape use over time.
Rui Mataloto is the archaeologist and cultural officer for the Municipality of Redondo, Portugal. He holds an MA in Prehistory and Archaeology from the University of Lisbon and has worked as a professional archaeologist in the Alentejo region for over a decade. He also serves as a researcher for UNIARQ, the Center for Archaeology at the University of Lisbon, and as vice president of the PortAnta Archaeological Cooperative. He has published extensively on the archaeology of Alto Alentejo, including the Carta Arqueológica de Redondo (2001) and many articles on topics in the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman Republican periods. Rui's research interests encompass lithics, prehistoric landscapes, and interactions between indigenous Alentejans and Roman settlers. He hopes to rediscover the mosaics at Santa Susana mentioned by early 20th century Portuguese archaeologists.
Dr. Joey Williams is a lecturer in the Department of Humanities & Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a PhD in Mediterranean Archaeology from the Department of Classics at the University at Buffalo (2014), an MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona (2007), and a BA from Hendrix College (2004). Joey has worked extensively on archaeological projects in both Italy and Portugal, and he has run summer programs at the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia in Lisbon. His recent book, The Archaeology of Roman Surveillance in the Central Alentejo, Portugal, uses geographic information systems and material culture analysis to examine the negotiation of the ancient Luso-Roman colonial landscape through the use of watchtowers. As a specialist in Roman material culture, Joey hopes the Santa Susana team will bring him plenty of Roman pottery, especially finewares, transport pottery, and their local imitations.
current Staff & Specialists
Betsy Bevis (2013-2017) is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds an MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a BA in Classics from Gustavus Adolphus College. Her research interests center on the art and archaeology of the late Roman west – more specifically late Roman villa culture and its early medieval reception, the connections between text and image, and ancient dress and textile production. She has excavated at projects in Italy and Portugal, and hopes that the site contains fascinating reuses of Roman material culture or even just some spindle whorls.
Dr. Brandi Bethke (faunal specialist) is the lab director for the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma. She holds a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She completed her BA in Anthropology, Classics, and History at Augustana College in 2010. She then went on to receive her MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Exeter with a thesis that explored the relationship between humans and animals during the Roman Period, focusing particularly on dogs and their incorporation into human kinship systems as evidenced by funerary remains. At the University of Arizona Brandi has shifted her focus to the study of interactions between humans, animals, and the landscape among prehistoric and contemporary groups in the Northern Great Plains. She has conducted field and laboratory research on projects in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Italy, Portugal, and Britain. At Santa Susana, Brandi provides identification and analysis of faunal remains.
Dr. Andrew Donnelly (ceramics specialist) took his PhD in History from Loyola University Chicago. He also holds an MA in History from Boston University and an MA in Classical Archaeology from Tufts University and has participated on excavations in England, Italy, and Portugal. His dissertation Food and Society in Late Antique and Early Medieval Italy looks at textual and archaeological evidence for cooking in the Italian peninsula and studies the relationship between food preparation and transforming ethnic, regional, and religious identities. Andrew hopes that the finds at Santa Susana will reveal information about the end of villa culture in Late Antique Iberia and really hopes the site produces lots of cooking wares.
Alex Elliott (2017-2018) is a graduate student in Ancient World Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Emily Jonsson (2018)
André Pereira (2015-2017) is a professional archaeologist with experience on a myriad different sites. He is especially well-versed in prehistoric archaeology, and specializes in flint tools, schist plaques, and rock painting.
Karilyn Sheldon (2016-2018) earned her MA in Classics at the University of Notre Dame after completing her BA in Classics, Anthropology, and Ancient Greek at the University of New Hampshire. She is a Centrista (ICCS Spring '12), and has taught courses on Roman architecture and archaeology in Rome and Pompeii for the University of New Hampshire. She has worked close to the fringes of the Roman Empire, doing excavation and research in Portugal and Albania. Karilyn has experience with a variety of artifact types, from lithics and ceramics to seashells and water-logged wood, and has served as an excavator and supervisor on other projects in Portugal, including the excavation of Caladinho. She currently teaches Latin at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, Virginia, where she enjoys using her experience in the field to enrich her students' understanding of the ancient world.
Bianca Viseu (excavation supervisor, 2018)
Past Staff & Specialists
Catarina Alves (2013-2014) is a PhD candidate in Roman Archaeology at the University of Lisbon. She holds an MA in Archaeology from the same university and has worked as a professional archaeologist in the Alentejo region for almost a decade. She also serves as a researcher for UNIARQ, the Center for Archaeology at the University of Lisbon, and holds a doctoral research grant from FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology). She has published several articles related to fieldwork carried out in Alentejo. Her dissertation is entitled Povoamento romano (fortificado?) no Baixo Alentejo, Portugal. Catarina's research interests encompass Roman ceramics, ancient landscapes, and interactions between indigenous Alentejans and Roman settlers.
Dr. Chris Campolo (2013-2014)
Michael Kat (2013-2014)
Mark Nakahara (2013-2017) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in Classical Studies. Since then he has been working as a Latin and Greek teacher at Scranton Preparatory School in Scranton, PA, teaching all levels of Latin and Greek to high school students. He has been working on excavations in Portugal since 2011, and uses this experience to aid his teaching, as well as to prepare for an eventual return to graduate school.