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Doctoral student's prestigious fellowships will further her studies in Greece

March 22, 2012

Rebecca Worsham

Rebecca Worsham, a doctoral student in classical archaeology, has received two prestigious fellowships that will allow her to further her research in Greece.

She will spend time at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, as well as visiting archaeological sites in the Peloponnese and Central Greece.

Worsham is the recipient of the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship from the Archaeological Institute of America and the John L. Caskey Fellowship from the American School in Athens. Only one Olivia James Fellowship is awarded each year.

Her dissertation topic is “Houses, Settlements, and Social Complexity in Middle Helladic Greece.” Worsham will undertake a comprehensive study of Middle Helladic (2000 to 1600 B.C.) architecture and settlement structures. She hopes to provide a formal analysis of house and settlement types during the period, and a model of the households and social dynamics that created them. Her overall research focuses on the Aegean Bronze Age.

Worsham is advised by Donald Haggis, the Nicholas A. Cassas Term Professor of Greek Studies in the department of classics. She also received her master's in classical archaeology from UNC.

The Archaeological Institute of America is North America's oldest and largest archaeological organization.

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens provides graduate students and scholars from affiliated North American colleges and universities a base for the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present day.