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June 5, 2024

2024 AIA Fellowship Spotlight: John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship

To celebrate our 2024-2025 Fellowship recipients, we reached out to our winners to learn about their projects and their experiences in archaeology. We’re excited for you to meet Amelia Eichengreen, this year’s John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship winner.

John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship Winner: Amelia Eichengreen; University of Michigan

Amelia W. Eichengreen (PhD candidate, University of Michigan) will spend her fellowship period doing dissertation research tracking changes in domestic architecture in Rome and central Italy in the Archaic period. Within a short time period, this region experienced a rapid transformation from mud huts to much more elaborate forms of housing. By narrowing in on the archaeological and architectural evidence of this transformation, Eichengreen will have the opportunity to provide insights on evolving social inequality. While much traditional archaeological scholarship centers on necropoleis, or cities of the dead, Eichengreen proposes to study the homes of the living in order to more accurately understand the pace of urbanization in the region between 900 and 450 BCE. Eichengreen will spend a few months traveling to sites and archaeological museums in central Italy before returning to Michigan to complete her dissertation. 

How did you get your start in archaeology? 

I got my start in archaeology by taking archaeology classes during my undergraduate.

Where in the world has archaeology brought you (fieldwork, research, conference travel, etc.)? 

I have had the privilege to travel to Italy and Greece for fieldwork.

What is one of the most memorable things that has happened to you in the field? 

I found an intaglio at Pompeii during my first excavation season.

How has the AIA contributed to your success/professional goals? 

I have attended the AIA annual meeting regularly and have benefited immensely from networking and meeting other individuals.

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