2019 Team

Members of the 2019 SAP Team

Katie Breyer is a graduate student in classical archaeology at Bryn Mawr College and received her BA in archaeology and classics from the University of Cincinnati. Her interests include mortuary practices and landscapes, cross-cultural interactions between Rome and the provinces, urban development and Roman architecture. Katie has excavated with projects in Sicily, Southern Italy, and at Pompei.


Alex Claman is working towards an MA in Classical Studies (with a focus on material culture) and an MS in Geography (specializing in GIS) at Texas Tech University. He has previously done fieldwork in Greece. His research focuses on persistent forms within landscapes and how they are altered/hybridized over time. Alex received his BA from Carleton College.


Kelsey Kistner studies classics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her main interests are social boundary formation, the archaeology of identity, and the late Iron Age Mediterranean. She has done fieldwork in Central Texas.


Catalina Mas (University of Barcelona) is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on different aspects of late antiquity and the Roman period in the rural and island landscapes of the western Mediterranean, particularly the Balearic Islands. She has directed the excavations of the Roman villa of Sa Mesquida (Mallorca, Spain), and the Early Christian complex of Illa del Rei (Menora, Spain). Her most recent work includes a co-edited volume with Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros, Change and Resilience: the Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity (2019). Cati serves as the ceramic specialist for our Roman and medieval pottery.


Kelly Miklas (University of Missouri) is working towards an MA in Classical Archaeology in the Ancient Mediterranean Studies program at the University of Missouri. She was a member of our team last season and has also done fieldwork in central Italy (Gabii)  and Mallorca (Pollentia). Her research focuses on how different periods of colonization impact the exploitation of marine resources in the western Mediterranean. She received a BA in Classical Archaeology and History at the University of Michigan in 2019.


Josiah Olah is an undergraduate studying Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilization at the University of Michigan. Some of his interests are Phoenician civilization and colonization, the relationship between Rome and the provinces, and indigenous societies. He is an active archival researcher and will be presenting recent findings at Leiden University. Following his work in Sardinia, he will be excavating in central Italy as part of the Gabii Project.


Dan Plekhov is a graduate student at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. He has worked in Greece, Turkey, and Israel, and in addition to Sardinia is currently conducting fieldwork in Peru and Jordan. His research focuses on processes of agricultural intensification and how they relate to changes in social and political organization. He received his BA in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Dickinson College in 2014, and his MA in Archaeology from Boston University in 2016.


Seth Price is a doctoral candidate in the University of Arkansas’ Environmental Dynamics Program, and received his MA in Anthropology from the same institution and his BA in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University. His research focuses on extreme landscapes and how past humans modified and were shaped by their environments, and he specializes in quantitative methods including GIS, raster analysis, modeling, and ground-based remote sensing. In addition to current fieldwork in Sardinia, Seth has worked on archaeological projects in Israel and North America.


James Prosser is a doctoral student in the University of Michigan’s Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology. He received his BA and MA in classical studies and classical archaeology respectively from Tufts University. He has done previous fieldwork in England, Spain, France, and Italy. His research interests focus on North Africa and urban change in Late Antiquity.


Alexander Smith is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The College at Brockport-State University of New York. He received his PhD from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University in 2015. His dissertation analyzed the persistence of the indigenous Talayotic culture of the Balearic Islands in the face of Carthaginian and Roman colonial interactions in the late first millennium BCE. His research has focused on the Western Mediterranean islands and their expressions of indigeneity in the late Iron Age via settlement patterns, trade, ceramic production and funerary traditions. Alex is also a historical archaeologist, interested in themes of colonialism and regional identity from the 18th to 20th centuries in the Western Mediterranean. He has been working in Sardinia since 2013 as part of the Progetto S’Urachi. Before coming to Sardinia, Alex worked in the Balearic Islands, Rome, Jordan, Montserrat, as well as Guatemala, and he continues to work in Naples, NY. Alex served as a co-director of SAP this season.


Anna Soifer is a graduate student at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, and received her BA in Archaeology and Classics from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. Her research focuses on craft traditions and the roles production played in intra- and intercommunity relations in pre-Roman Italy. Besides Sardinia, Anna has worked on archaeological projects in mainland Italy (Tuscany), Sudan, and North America.