Alumni (Fellow)

Robert Gorham

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Class: 2017
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
B.A. University of North Carolina (2008)
M.A. University of Arizona at Tucson (2012)
Art History

Ben has recently co-authored an article on the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project along with the directors of his ongoing excavations in Sicily. Over the last year he has been appointed as the director of Geospatial Studies at Morgantina, and has been granted an honorarium to develop the skills necessary to pilot and program unmanned aerial systems (drones) as a part of his work at Morgantina. He presented a paper at the ‘It’s a Small World After All’ conference in St. Louis and has recently passed his Ph.D. examinations and Dissertation Proposal. His dissertation on non-elite housing and property distribution at Pompeii is using GIS and spatial statistical analysis in conjunction with on-site study to offer a new interpretation of domestic space in the ancient Roman world. During the summer of 2015, Ben joined the American Academy in Rome’s Summer Pottery Program to enhance his knowledge of the production, distribution, use, and study of ancient ceramics, and is now working to publish an article on the project’s findings.

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