Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Natalie    Abell 

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Natalie Abell is Ph.D. candidate in Classics, with a specialization in Aegean prehistory.  She holds a B.A. in Classics, Anthropology, and French from Indiana University (2003) and a M.A. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati (2008).  She has excavated in Sicily and Greece (in Crete, East Lokris, and Macedonia); she also has worked in museums and apothekes in Albania, Malta, Crete, and Kea.  She is particularly interested in the effects of short- and long-distance exchange on social change and the creation of local identities.  Her dissertation re-evaluates Bronze Age Aegean chronology and cultural connections from the Early to the Late Bronze Age, on the basis of remains from one of the most important trade hubs of the Bronze Age Aegean -- Ayia Irini on Kea.  Other research interests include archaeology of the central and western Mediterranean, especially in Malta, Sicily, and southern Italy; Greek colonization; ceramic production, use, and social meaning; and scientific applications in archaeology.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • Abell, Natalie. Insularity without Isolation: Rethinking Identity Construction in the Maltese Temple Period. University of California-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference “Local Identities in the Ancient Mediterranean,”, Berkely, CA. 2008.
  • Abell, Natalie. The Beginning of the Late Bronze Age at Ayia Irini, Kea: A Ceramic Perspective from House B. Annual Meeting, Archaeological Institute of America. 2011.
  • Abell, Natalie. Cretan Connections in Middle Bronze Age Ayia Irini, Kea: An Analysis of Ceramic Shapes and Fabrics from Area B. Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. 2012.
  • Gorogianni, Evi, Jill Hilditch, and Natalie Abell. Learning Curve or Choice? The Introduction of the Potter’s Wheel at Ayia Irini, Kea, Greece. Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, TN. 2012.
  • Gorogianni, Evi and Natalie Abell. Insularity and Cosmopolitanism at Ayia Irini, Kea. University of Amsterdam Conference “Island, Mainland, Coastland, and Hinterland: Ceramic Perspectives on Connectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean”. 2013.
  • Abell, Natalie and Jill Hilditch. Local Responses to Acculturation Processes: Investigating Cycladic Community Interactions through the Ceramic Record of the Second Millennium B.C.. Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Seattle, WA. 2013.

Events Organized

  • Conference. University of Cincinnati Classics Graduate Student Conference, “Minding the Masses: Methods of Recognizing Non-Elite Identity in the Ancient World” (),  Cincinnati, OH.
  • Other. American School of Classical Studies at Athens optional trip to Malta (with Amelia Brown, UC-Berkeley) (),  .
  • Other. Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting Paper Session, “Up From the Ashes: Creativity and Conservatism in Rebuilding after Disasters” (with Lyra D. Monteiro, Brown University) (),  .

Poster Presentations

  • Andreou, Stelios, Kalliope Efkleidou, Katherine Swinford, and Natalie Abell (2009).  New Excavations at Thessaloniki Toumba: Continuity and Communality in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages. Annual Meeting, Archaeological Institute of America, .
  • Abell, Natalie and Katherine Swinford (2009).  New Excavations at Thessaloniki Toumba: Continuity and Communality in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages. University of Cincinnati Graduate Student Poster Forum, .

Honors & Awards

  • Paul Rehak Memorial Traveling Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2010), American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2010.
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowship, UC Research Council (2010), University of Cincinnati Research Council, 2010.
  • Fulbright Fellowship -- Greece (2009-2010), United States Educational Foundation in Greece and Institute of International Education, 2009 to 2010.
  • Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship, Archaeological Institute of America (2009), Archaeological Institute of America, 2009.
  • Best Arts and Humanities Poster (with Katherine Swinford), UC Graduate Student Poster Forum (2009), University of Cincinnati Graduate Student Poster Forum, 2009.
  • Outstanding Master's Student, UC College of Arts and Sciences (2008), University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences, 2008.
  • Marion and Dorothy Rawson Fellowship, UC Department of Classics (2007), University of Cincinnati Department of Classics, 2007.
  • Cedric Boulter Memorial Fellowship, UC Department of Classics (2006), University of Cincinnati Department of Classics, 2006.
  • Travel Grant, English Speaking Union of Cincinnati (2006), English Speaking Union of Cincinnati, 2006.
  • Marion and Dorothy Rawson Fellowship, UC Department of Classics (2011), University of Cincinnati Department of Classics , 2011.
  • Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Archaeological Institute of American Annual Meeting (2011), Archaeological Institute of America , 2011.
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowship, UC Research Council (2012), University of Cincinnati Research Council, 2012.

Experience & Service

Courses Taught

  •  15-CLAS-238 GRK LAT ELE MEDTECH.
  •  15-CLAS-110 INTRO TO CLASS CIVH.
  •  15-CLAS-111 INTRO TO CLASS CIVH.
  •  15-CLAS-345 MYTHOLOGY.
  •  15-CLAS-112 INTRO TO CLASS CIVH.
  •  15-CLAS-101 INTRO ANC HISTORY.
  •  -LATN-1011 ELEMENTARY LATIN 1 .

Additional Information

Website: https://uc.academia.edu/NatalieAbell

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