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Individual Faculty Research Profile—Christopher Witmore, Ph.D.

Dr. Witmore received his doctorate from Stanford University in 2005, with a dissertation on archaeological practice and Greek landscape entitled Multiple-field approaches in the Mediterranean: Revisiting the Argolid Exploration Project. During the following year he accepted a postdoctoral position with the Stanford Humanities Lab and Metamedia where he continued to develop digital initiatives, co-founding both archaeolog.org (http://archaeolog.org) and archaeography.com (http://archaeography.com). From 2006 to 2009 Dr Witmore was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. In 2009, Dr Witmore joined the faculty of Texas Tech University as assistant professor.

A kind of specialist generalist in archaeology, Dr Witmore's work follows three complementary paths. From the development of agricultural practices in the Neolithic to pastoral economies and the dynamics of the Greek polis to contemporary land-use he has developed geographies of the Greek countryside over the very long term. Second, his work has explored the relationships of people and things, specifically in the context of ‘media' (whether 2 nd-century BCE inscriptions, 1st-century CE coins, or 18th-century maps) as developing modes of circulating actions and ideas. Third, his interests have led him to questions related to archaeological knowledge design and the place of digital media.

Dr Witmore is co-author of Archaeology: The Discipline of Things (2012), co-editor of Archaeology in the Making (2013), and co-editor of the Routledge Archaeological Orientations series with Gavin Lucas. His current book project is a chorography through the Corinthia and Argolid in Greece.

Education

Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Stanford University 2005

M.A., Landscape Archaeology, University of Sheffield 1998

B.A. (summa cum laude) Archaeology, Classical Studies, and Geography, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1996

Research Interests

Classical Archaeology, Things, Landscape and Chorography, Archaeological Theory and Practice, Digital Media, and the History of Archaeology

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