AIA Lecturer/Host: Naomi J. Norman
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Naomi J. Norman is Director of the University of Georgia Excavations at Carthage (Tunisia) and Associate Professor in UGA’s Department of Classics. She was recently named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in Classics at the University. Naomi was awarded the M.G. Michael Award for Excellence in Research from UGA, and has received major grants, awards, and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, American Council of Learned Societies, Parker Center at Brown University, NEH, Earthwatch, and the Kress Foundation to support her research. She has presented over sixty lectures, workshops, and papers; and has authored eleven major articles or book chapters on a variety of archaeological topics, and over a dozen interim excavation reports and numerous book reviews.
Naomi has excavated extensively at Classical period sites in the Mediterranean, and has been directing excavation projects in Carthage, Tunisia, since 1982. These projects have focused on the southwest quadrant of the Roman city—an area that is dominated by two massive entertainment complexes, the Roman circus and amphitheater—and have significantly enlarged our understanding of the nature of occupation in that district. Naomi’s current projects include a book on the archaeology of Roman Carthage, and the multi-volume, multi-author publication of the Carthage excavations. Naomi was the Editor-in-Chief of the AIA’s American Journal of Archaeology from 2004 to 2013. She is a past Vice President for Publications of the AIA and has been lecturing on the AIA’s national circuit since 1991. She has led previous study tours in Tunisia, Malta, and Sicily, and looks forward to introducing you to the unique culture of Roman Africa, especially the variety of ways that Romans interacted with the Punic and Libyan populations living there.