History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Rachel Kulick


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

Supervisor: Carl Knappett

Advisory Committee: Dimitri Nakassis, and 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).
  • MPhil Archaeological Science, High Pass, St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, 2011
  • BA Archaeology, Magna cum laude, Cornell University, 2009
Selected Publications
  • “Geoarchaeology on the Micro- and Macro-scale: Case Studies from Crete.” In Archaeology, Peoples, and Landscapes: Essays in Honor of Jenna Higgins, edited by Thomas Finan, 77–106. Institute of European Archaeology Press, 2013.

Recent Awards
  • 2016–17 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
  • 2012–15 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Government of Canada

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