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Ismini Miliaresis

B.S., Civil Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 1999
M.A., Art History (Classical Archaeology), University of Virginia, 2007
Ph.D. Candidate

After earning her BS in civil engineering at the Cooper Union and working for five years as a Land Development Engineer in New York and California, Ismini decided to seriously pursue her interest in archaeology. Her MA thesis at the University of Virginia, Fuel Consumption in the Stabian Baths of Pompeii: a Thermodynamic Approach, examined the structure of the heating system of the Stabian Baths in Pompeii to determine how much wood was necessary to keep them running on a daily basis. Ismini's dissertation, Heating and Fuel Consumption in the Forum Baths at Ostia, is a comprehensive continuation of this project and focuses primarily on the ancient city of Ostia. At UVA she has been a teaching assistant several times, and she also has taught an undergraduate seminar entitled, "Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome".

Ismini has excavated at several Native American sites in Southern California and at the Archaic Greek site of Eleutherna in Crete. She was awarded the Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship in 2006 to excavate at the Hellenistic site of Morgantina, Sicily. In 2007, Ismini began excavating at the imperial Roman villa site of Villa Magna, in Lazio, with Dr. Elizabeth Fentress and the British School at Rome. In 2009 and 2010 she supervised the excavation of the Roman cistern that provided the water supply for the villa. Her study of the cistern, water supply, and drainage of the villa will be included in the forthcoming publication of the site. In 2011, Ismini was awarded the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship and spent six months traveling to sites throughout Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. Ismini returned to Rome for the 2011-2012 school year to complete the research and writing of her dissertation. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2013.

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