Anastasia Dakouri-Hild

B.A., Archaeology and Art History; University of Athens, Greece, 1997
M.A., Archaeology/Classics; University of Durham, U.K., 1998
Ph.D. Archaeology/Classics; University of Cambridge, U.K., 2004

Visiting Assistant Professor, Aegean and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology

Dr. Dakouri-Hild’s specialty is Aegean prehistory, located within the broader framework of prehistoric societies and material cultures of the Old World. She has an interest in the application of digital technologies in heritage management and archaeology (especially Geographic Information Systems), as well as instructional technology and pedagogy. Her research interests include palaeo-economics in the context of Mycenaean palatial societies, ceramic analysis and technology, social aspects of technology and technique, artifacts, monuments and memory, phenomenological approaches to cognition, the body and material culture, and archaeologies that utilize a multi-sensorial approach to studying the past. In her doctoral thesis she addressed the interrelationship of value, meaning and style, the construction of corporate identities using material culture and the intricate play between dominant/élite and non-élite identities in shaping regimes of value within a society.

She has co-edited Autochthon: Papers Presented to O.T.P.K. Dickinson on the Occasion of his Retirement (Oxford 2005, with Sue Sherratt) and Beyond Illustration: 2D and 3D Technologies as Tools for Discovery in Archaeology (Oxford 2008, with Bernard Frischer). Her recent publications include contributions to the Oxford Handbook to the Bronze Age Aegean (ed. Eric Cline, 2010) and The Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia (ed. Margalit Finkelberg, 2011).

Dr. Dakouri-Hild has taught undergraduate lectures on the prehistoric Aegean (ARTH 2056), ancient Egypt (ARTH 2052), Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Syria and Palestine (ARTH 2051). She has also taught graduate, upper level and undergraduate seminars in Aegean, Levantine and Egyptian archaeology, art making and appreciation in relation to embodied cognition and the brain, collecting and connoisseurship, nationalism, looting and the politics of the past. She has directed undergraduate and graduate independent studies on Aegean and Egyptian archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, gender theory, and the archaeology of the Levant and Cyprus.

Alongside her teaching and research presence at the Lindner Center and IATH, Dr. Dakouri-Hild is an active field archaeologist in Greece. Formerly an employee of the Archaeological Service (heritage management and rescue excavations), she has collaborated with the 9th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities since 1997 for the re-excavation and final publication of the House of Kadmos (also known as the Old Palace of Thebes). The fieldwork was completed in May 2010 and the results are being written up as a monograph entitled The House of Kadmos at Thebes, Greece: the excavations of Antonios D. Keramopoullos (1906–1929). She is also involved in the final publication of the Theban cemeteries, a collaboration with the Archaeological Museum of Thebes.

Her work on the House of Kadmos has earned her the prestigious Michael Ventris Award (Institute of Classical Studies, University of London; 2001), a three-year grant from Harvard University (Semitic Museum, 2001-2003) and a year-long faculty fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2008-2009).

Her complete c.v. can be found here.

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