Chelsea Gardner

At present I am pursuing a four-year PhD in Classics with a specialization in Classical Archaeology and am in the third year of the academic program.

My dissertation focuses on the Inner Mani peninsula of southern Lakonia, Greece and my goal is to compile and synthesize relevant historical, epigraphical, and archaeological sources from the Archaic to the Roman periods to provide a better understanding of this unique geographic area.

I work as a teaching and research assistant at the University of British Columbia, and am currently an active participant on four archaeological projects: The Athenian Agora excavations, The Central Zagros Archaeological Project (CZAP), The Norwegian Archaeological Survey of the Karystia (NASK) and The Diros Project in the Mani peninsula.

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Areas of Focus

  • Greek Sanctuaries, The Archaeology of Religion
  • Greek and Roman Art & Archaeology
  • Topography of Athens
  • Death and Commemoration in the Roman World
  • Animals in the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Archaeological Theory

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Courses Currently Taught

1) 2013 Archaeological Institute of America: Annual Meeting

“Revealing Domestic Religious Practice: A Study of the Distribution of Private Altars in Olynthus”

2) 2012 University of British Columbia: CNERS Graduate Student Conference

“More than a Memory: Panthera leo and Greek sculpture”

3) 2012 Classical Association of the Canadian West: Annual Meeting

“The Achilles Painter in Vancouver? : An examination of a remarkable white- ground lekythos”

4) 2012 University of British Columbia: Archaeology Day

“Religion in a Town with No Temples: private altars and domestic ritual in Classical Olynthus”

5) 2010 University of Alberta: HCGSA Graduate Conference

“Ancient Cures and Modern Science: The inherent curative properties of Asklepios’ sacred animals”

6) 2009 Classical Institute of Canada: Annual Meeting

“Roman Deliciae: Gratuitous Commemoration of Female Children and Pets”

7) 2009 University of British Columbia-Musqueam: Open House

“Ground Penetrating Radar and Electromagnetic Conductivity in the 2009 Field Season”

8) 2009 Duke University-UNC Chapel Hill: Graduate Colloquium

“The Gravestone of Helena: An examination of superfluous tribute”