History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Rachel Kulick

Aegean Bronze Age Art and Archaeology; Geoarchaeology

Email: rachel.kulick@mail.utoronto.ca | Website: https://utoronto.academia.edu/RachelKulick

Supervisor: Prof. Carl Knappett;  Advisory Committee: Dr. Dimitri Nakassis, and Dr. Edward Banning



Areas of Academic Interest
  • Mediterranean (Aegean) and Near Eastern archaeology and material culture
  • Geoarchaeology (soil micromorphology)
  • Upper Palaeolithic Europe
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Human-landscape interactions
  • Urban/environmental sustainability and resilience
  • Food and alcohol production and consumption
Current Research
  • My dissertation research on “Environmental Sustainability in a Minoan Bronze Age Town: A Multi-Scale Geoarchaeological Investigation of Human-Landscape Interactions at Palaikastro, Crete,” explores the relationship between anthropogenic and palaeoenvironmental change. I utilize soil micromorphology to examine transitional periods of destruction, abandonment, and other transformative processes, enabling the investigation of broader socio-economic questions relating to urbanism and human-environment interactions. I also serve as a soil micromorphologist on the Peyre Blanque Archaeological Project (Ariège, France).
  • M.Phil., Archaeological Science, High Pass (2011) University of Cambridge, St. John’s College
  • B.A., Archaeology, Magna cum laude (2009) Cornell University
Selected Publications
  • 2013

    Kulick, R. “Geoarchaeology on the Micro- and Macro-scale: Case Studies from Crete.” Archaeology, Peoples, and Landscapes: Essays in Honor of Jenna Higgins, edited by Dr. Thomas Finan. Pp. 77-106. Institute of European Archaeology Press.

Recent Awards
  • 2016—2017 Doctoral Completion Award, University of Toronto
  • 2016 DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Short-Term Research Grant
  • 2015 Archaeological Institute of America: Annual Meeting Graduate Student Paper Award
  • 2012—2015 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Government of Canada

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