Leah Bernardo-Ciddio (Canada)

Life After Ertegun House

As of September 2016 I am a PhD pre-candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where my research interests have continued to evolve. My interest in identity and community in non-Roman Central and Southern Italy has led me to an increasing focus on mobility and connectivity in Iron Age Italy, with a particular focus on the ongoing relationships within the Adriatic Sea during this period. I spent the summer of 2018 forging new connections with archaeologists on the eastern side of the Adriatic, in Albania and Croatia. These are regions whose contacts with Mid-Adriatic Italy are long-standing and which are particularly embodied in the regional developments in the Italian matt-painted ceramics tradition. As of this summer, I have also taken up a position as Finds Assistant at the Gabii Project, an NEH-funded Michigan-led excavation just outside of Rome.