Art History Department

Rachel Dewan


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Supervisor: Carl Knappett

I am interested in the integration of art historical approaches with the study of archaeology, focusing my research on scale manipulation and its use through time, particularly its prehistoric applications. In doing so, I take an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on archaeological, art historical, and anthropological work. I have excavated in Greece and Jordan, including the Minoan sites of Palaikastro and Gournia on Crete, interned at the Canadian Institute in Greece, and am active with initiatives related to public archaeology, outreach, and cultural heritage preservation.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Minoan art and archaeology
  • The archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean
  • The archaeology of religion
  • Scale and miniaturization
  • Materiality
Current Research
  • My research examines miniature ceramic vessels found at Minoan settlements during the Protopalatial and Neopalatial periods, investigating their changes over time and potential use in ritual. My analysis approaches miniatures as meaningful objects in a study of the manipulation of scale and the materiality of religion.
  • MSt Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford, 2014
  • BA Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2013
Selected Publications
  • “Bronze Age Flower Power: The Minoan Use and Social Significance of Saffron and the Crocus Flower,” Chronika 5 (2015): 42–55.

  • “A Mediterranean Mosaic: The Archaeological Evidence for Ethnic Diversity at Pithekoussai,” Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts 1 (2014): 1–28.

Recent Awards
  • 2017–20 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2017 Joseph and Maria Shaw Graduate Student Travel Award
  • 2016–17 Peter Brieger Memorial Fellowship
  • 2014 Keble Association Study Award
  • 2013 WLU Faculty of Arts Gold Medal

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