History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Rachel Dewan

Ancient Art (Minoan art and archaeology)

Email: rachel.dewan@mail.utoronto.ca | Website: https://utoronto.academia.edu/RachelDewan

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 investigates the manipulation of scale in Minoan art and the materiality of Bronze Age Aegean ritual and religion.
  • BA Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology (2013) Wilfrid Laurier University
  • MSt. Classical Archaeology (2014) University of Oxford
Selected Publications
  • 2015

    “Bronze Age Flower Power: The Minoan Use and Social Significance of Saffron and the Crocus Flower,” Chronika 5 : 42-55.

  • 2014

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

Recent Awards
  • Peter Brieger Memorial Fellowship
  • Keble Association Study Award
  • WLU Faculty of Arts Gold Medal

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