Rettig Lecture 2016
Natalie Abell received her BA in Classics, Anthropology, and French from Indiana University in 2003, her MA in Classics from the University of Cincinnati in 2008, and her PhD, also from Cincinnati, in 2014. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. A specialist in the archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age and the early Mediterranean, in particular the effects of trade as well as interactions between craftspeople in ancient societies, she wrote a dissertation on long-term patterns of exchange in the Bronze Age Cyclades, focusing on the settlement of Ayia Irini on Kea (ca. 2650-1400 BC). Her next project will examine, from a regional and comparative perspective, the development of market-based exchange systems in the Bronze Age Cyclades and their relation to social, religious, and cultural institutions. Dr. Abell was a Fulbright Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and, most recently, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published articles on the mobility of craftspeople and on technologies and their transmission in the Middle and Late Bronze Age.