American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project
The American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project (CAP) is an ongoing, multiyear research and excavation project launched in 2013 to investigate transitions in the urban center of Morgantina. In particular, members of the CAP team have focused on identifying points of continuity and transformation in the city’s social and economic fabric during the first two centuries of Roman rule in Sicily. Under the direction of Dr. D. Alex Walthall, CAP is has been funded largely by Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology and includes members from a large number of national and international universities.
As the Data Management Supervisor for CAP, I designed and continue to maintain our multi-scalar project database; moreover, I facilitate access to this dynamic repository by numerous teams working in several different physical locations during the summer and by scholars working with our dataset during the academic year. My goal throughout has been to develop a system that provides straightforward avenues for data input during the excavation season, as well as transparent and simple access to data during the off-season. Over the years, I have been responsible for training dozens of student volunteers who actively contribute to the production of digital data in the field. At Morgantina, as with all my work in the field, I believe that creating hands-on, educational opportunities provides the best means for preparing students to engage with digital content in their own research.
For information about opportunities to work with CAP, especially as a member of the project’s Data Team, don’t hesitate to contact me.