Thea Sommerschield

My dissertation investigates the construction of salient identities in Western Sicily (550 - 350 BCE) by examining the material evidence for dynamics of contact among the communities there settled. I propose to do so by analysing the contexts and patterns of practice traceable in the written and burial culture of certain Western Sicilian key sites. I test the evidence for emic identifications and etic interpretations, and investigate the strategies, motivations and historical settings guiding the ways communities acted and interacted (without attempting to separate them into defined categories).
When not trying to fit ancient temples into a selfie, I have an active interest in Digital Humanities and in Technologies for the preservation, protection and management of Cultural Heritage - not to mention a weakness for all things Italian & Greek.

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