2022 Team

Jacob Argo is a senior at Texas Tech University studying anthropology in addition to archaeology and history. He is a member of the Honors College at Texas Tech and has been on several archeological excavations. He plans to attend graduate school to further his career in archaeology after finishing his undergraduate degree.

Katie Breyer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology program at Bryn Mawr College. Her interests include memory practices and landscapes, cross-cultural interactions between Rome and the provinces, urban development, and Roman architecture. Katie has worked with our project since 2019 and has excavated with projects in Sicily, Southern Italy, and at Pompeii.

Tarynn Callier is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio, receiving her BA in Anthropology with minors in Archaeological Practice and American Indian Studies. She’ll be attending Texas Tech in Fall of 2022, pursuing her MA in Classical Archaeology. Her research interests include Roman religion, burial practices, and race and gender relations.

Alex Claman is a PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill. His research interests include landscape archaeology, archaeological methodology and theory, modern engagement with the past(s), and literary reception. They received a BA in Classical Studies from Carleton College in 2017, then earned an MA in Classics (specializing in Classical Archaeology) and an MS in Geography (with a certificate in GIS) from Texas Tech University in 2021. While at TTU, they completed their Master’s thesis, entitled “Toward a Morphic History of Landscape.” He has participated in field survey projects on the Greek mainland, Sardinia, and the Cyclades.

Clara-Maria Hansen is a PhD student of the MIGMAG project at the Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna. She examines the formation of identity in settlements of Magna Graecia during the Archaic age and its visibility in the archaeological record. Clara-Maria completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna. In her MA thesis, she concentrated on trans-cultural interaction between the Roman and Sasanian Empires via the investigation of iconography. In recent years, she participated in various excavation campaigns, notably in Southern Italy and Jordan.

Caleb Lightfoot is a professional architect whose work straddles the worlds of art, architecture, and archaeology. He received an Masters in Architecture from Texas Tech University where he participated from the Land Arts of the American West program. He is a member of the American Excavations on Samothrace senior team and was most recently a 2021 33oc artist in residence in Toffia, Italy.

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 urbanisation 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.

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.

Kell Miklas recently completed their 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 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 is a doctoral candidate in the University of Arkansas’ Environmental Dynamics Program, 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. Seth has been a member of SAP since our inaugural season and serves as our expert in all things GIS, geophysics, and LiDAR related.

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. Naose 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).