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Justin St P Walsh

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Art
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art
Expertise: Mediterranean Archaeology; Greek Pottery; Protection of Cultural Heritage; Space Archaeology
Office Location: Moulton Hall 144
Office Hours: M/W, 1:30-2:30pm
Phone: (714) 628-7376
Scholarly Works:
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Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Master of Arts
The University of Virginia, Ph.D.


I research and teach Mediterranean art and archaeology and I am listed in the Register of Professional Archaeologists. I have worked on excavations in the United States, Spain, Jordan, and Italy (particularly at the site of Morgantina, in east-central Sicily), since 1998. In 2014, I began a new collaborative project on the Iberian indigenous settlement of Cástulo, in Andalusia, with archaeologists from the University of Jaén and the Andalusian regional government. This work has been supported by grants from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

My publications have concerned imported pottery found at Morgantina, and the implications of that material for a new consumer-oriented perspective on the ancient economy. The final results of this research will be published in a volume of Morgantina Studies, to be co-authored with Carla Antonaccio (Duke University) and Jenifer Neils (Case Western Reserve University). A general monograph on the relationship between economic consumption and identity in the western Mediterranean and trans-Alpine Europe, titled "Consumerism in the Ancient World: Imports and Identity Construction," was published by Routledge Press in late 2013.

My other work includes problems related to cultural heritage management, especially including the emerging field of space archaeology. Together with my co-PI, Dr. Alice Gorman (Flinders University), I am developing the first large-scale archaeological investigation of a human habitation site in space: the International Space Station. Follow @ISSarchaeology on Twitter for regular updates on this project.

I have received several awards, including a Fulbright Grant to Greece in 2002-2003, a Rome Prize in 2003-2004, the inaugural Arthur Ross Advanced Research Fellowship from the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America in 2008, and a Tytus Summer Residency Fellowship from the Burnam Classics Library at the University of Cincinnati in 2010. In 2016, I was Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Bristol.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“Sicily.” In A Companion to Greeks Across the Ancient World, F. De Angelis, ed. Wiley-Blackwell. 295-317.
"Contextualizing Greek Imports at Hallstatt Sites.” In Was tranken die frühen Kelten? Bedeutungen und Funktionen mediterraner Importgefäße im früheisenzeitlichen Mitteleuropa, P. Stockhammer and J. Fries-Knoblauch, eds. Sidestone Press. 287-297.
“Purposeful Ephemera: The Implications of Self-Destructing Space Technology for the Future Practice of Archaeology.” In Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space. B.L. O’Leary and P.J. Capelotti, eds. Space and Society series. Springer Verlag. 75-90.
“Skeuomorphic Pottery and Consumer Feedback Processes in the Ancient Mediterra-nean.” In Knowledge Networks and Craft Traditions in the Ancient World: Materi-al Crossovers. Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Ann Brysbaert, and Lin Foxhall, eds. Routledge Press. 147-159.
Review of The Imagery of the Athenian Symposium, by Kathryn Topper. In the Journal of Hellenic Studies 134.
"Athenian Black Gloss Pottery: A View from the West." In the Oxford Journal of Archaeology 33 (1): 47-67. Co-author with Carla M. Antonaccio.
“Consumption and Choice in Ancient Sicily.” In Regionalism and Globalism in Antiquity: Exploring Their Limits. Franco De Angelis, ed. Ancient West and East, Colloquia Antiqua 7. Peeters. 229-246.
“Archaeology of Sicily and Magna Graecia.” Entry in the Springer Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer Verlag.
Review of "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration," American Museum of Natural History, New York, 19 November 2011-12 August 2012. In Museum and Society 10 (1): 66-68.
“Protection of Humanity’s Cultural and Historic Heritage in Space.” 2012. Space Policy 28 (4): 234-243.
“Urbanism and Identity at Classical Morgantina.” In Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 56/57: 115-136.