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Sarah Norvell

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Before arriving at Princeton in Fall 2018, I received a joint BA/MA in Classics from Yale (2015) and read for an M.Phil in Greek and/or Roman History at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar (2017).

As an archaeologist and ancient historian, I am fascinated by questions of how early Greek communities used material culture to tell stories about their pasts and to situate themselves within the present of an increasingly connected Mediterranean world. My dissertation, preliminarily entitled “Material Culture and Social Practice in Central Crete and Lakonia, c. 1100-400 BCE”, examines how communities in these regions employed objects, monuments, and practices that evoke “the past” and/or “the foreign” in the formulation, confirmation, and negotiation of emerging group identities.

My other research interests include Greek and Latin historiography, Greek epic and lyric poetry, ancient religion and cult practices, the prehistoric Aegean, and the history of post-classical Greece. I am passionate about working with material culture, particularly ceramics, and I am currently involved with archaeological projects in northern Greece (Molyvoti Thrace Archaeological Project) and on Crete (Lyktos Archaeological Project). I have completed museum internships at Yale University Art Gallery and at the British Museum. 

For the academic year 2022–2023, I am in residence at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Fellow.