Staff and Specialists

Catalina Mas is 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.

Emanuele Madrigali received his PhD from the Università degli Studi di Sassari. He co- directs the Missione Archeologica Pani Loriga (south-western Sardinia) and is currently involved in several archaeological projects as material culture specialist in the island (Nora, S’Urachi) and in other Mediterranean regions (Spain, Tunisia). Emanuele serves as our Phoenician and Punic pottery specialist.

Kell Miklas recently completed an MA in Classical Archaeology in the Ancient Mediterranean Studies program at the University of Missouri. Kell received their BA in classical archaeology and history at the University of Michigan in 2019. Aside from their work in Sardinia, they have also excavated in central Italy (Gabii)  and Mallorca (Pollentia).Their research interests include the impacts of Punic colonialism and imperialism, natural resource exploitation, ceramic analysis, digital archaeological methods, and trans and nonbinary gender expression in antiquity. Kell has been a member of SAP from our inaugural season and now serves as a web manager, digital media specialist, and general fixer.

Seth Price recently graduated with his PhD from the University of Arkansas’ Environmental Dynamics Program. He 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, North America, and Peru. Seth has been a member of SAP since our inaugural season and serves as our expert in all things GIS, geophysics, and LiDAR related.

Tom Maltas is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Archaeology on the MIGMAG project at the Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna. His PhD investigated the roles played by farming in urbanization and the formation of sustained high levels of wealth inequality in Bronze Age western Anatolia through archaeobotany and stable isotope analysis. He is currently researching changes in land use and agricultural production strategies that accompanied human mobility and polis formation in the Iron Age Mediterranean. He is also conducting archaeobotanical research on a number of projects in western Turkey and the Greek islands. Tom is coordinating environmental archaeological work for SAP’s collaboration with MIGMAG.

Francesco Quondam is an archaeologist specializing in peninsular Italy and Sicily from the Bronze Age to the Archaic period. He received his PhD from the University of Roma “Sapienza” in 2016; from 2018 to 2021 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Basel; from 2022 he is part of the ERC-funded project MIGMAG, directed by Prof. Naoíse MacSweeney in Vienna. His main research interests include early 1st millennium Mediterranean interactions, urbanization, and the rise of complex societies. Francesco has conducted fieldwork in Southern Italy and on the north-eastern slopes of the Palatine hill in Roma. His current field projects include the excavation of the Early Iron Age necropolis at Ponte Rotto in Vulci (Southern Etruria). Francesco is aiding in our ceramic analysis, particularly for Bronze and Iron Age material, and coordinating collaboration with MIGMAG.