1. University of Virginia
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Susan Palazzo

Fieldwork Completed

B.S. University of Michigan 2010

P.O. Box 400120

I received a BS in biology with minors in classical archaeology and German from the University of Michigan (2010). In 2006 I became involved in the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (see link below) as a member of the environmental team collecting, processing, and analyzing faunal material from the site. As of 2012 I am responsible for leading the environmental team in the field. I have also excavated on the island of Sardinia as part of Progetto Pran’e Siddi and in Tuscany at the Roman villa of Poggio del Molino. My current research focuses on the Nuragic culture on Sardinia during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (first millennium BC). I am interested in how foodways are linked to identity and how changes in identity are revealed in changing foodways as Sardinia is exposed to multiple colonial groups (Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, etc.). My primary questions are: What does colonialism look like in the archaeological record? How do foodways reveal colonial patterns in comparison to other intentionally fashioned materials such as ceramics, architecture, metal objects, etc.?

A postcolonial perspective on the study of colonialism in archaeology reveals the need to form a more flexible or inclusive theoretical framework for the archaeology of colonial encounters, which are processes rather than events and rarely clear-cut to begin with. Examples of colonial situations drawn from the island of Sardinia demonstrate the range of interactions that can be addressed within the framework of colonialism. Studying colonial situations entails recognizing social groups in the archaeological record which is difficult because it means searching for identity. Foodways offer a potential solution to this problem in that they often travel with people. Food has an active social role and is involved in constant group negotiation, constraint, and change and is therefore a potent symbol of identity. Foodways are uniquely positioned to be a better indicator of identity than other material remains. Addressing questions about the impact of the colonial process on foodways, both indigenous and colonial, will potentially provide insight into other realms of the ancient culture such as kinship, marriage patterns, and economy, and political organization within the context of colonial entanglements.

Specializations

Sardinia and southern mainland Italy; Mediterranean archaeology; faunal analysis; foodways; colonial situations; identity; non-elite households; cultural transitions

Graduate Students

Haytham Althubaiti
Pre-Fieldwork
Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Conducting Field Research
Jeffrey Attridge
Pre-Fieldwork
Julia Barnes
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Fieldwork Completed
Lee Bloch
Fieldwork Completed
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Tracie Canada
Conducting Field Research
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Brandon Dillard
Pre-Fieldwork
Bremen Donovan
Conducting Field Research
Grace East
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Conducting Field Research
Anna Eisenstein
Fieldwork Completed
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
Macario Garcia
Fieldwork Completed
Ann Githinji
Fieldwork Completed
Julia Jong Haines
Completed Fieldwork
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Erin Jordan
Pre-Fieldwork
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Zachary McKeeby
Pre-Fieldwork
Michelle Morgenstern
Conducting Field Research
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Fieldwork Completed
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Natalie Pope
Pre-Fieldwork
Xiaolei Qu
Pre-Fieldwork
Saad Quasem
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Jessica Rigney
Pre-Fieldwork
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Gregory Sollish
Pre-Fieldwork
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Conducting Field Research
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Uzma Zafar
Pre-Fieldwork
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork