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Rebecca Gerdes

Ph.D. Student in Classics


Rebecca is a third year PhD student in Classics concentrating in Classical Archaeology. She received her B.A. in Classics and Chemistry from Smith College in 2015, and an M.Sc. in Archaeological Science from the University of Oxford in 2016. She specializes in the application of chemical techniques, particularly the analysis of food residues in ceramics (organic residue analysis), to study topics such as foodways, consumption, climate, and materiality, and she is interested in the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods in Cyprus, Greece, and the Eastern Mediterranean.


  • Archaeology Program
  • Classics


  • Hellenistic and Roman Greece, Cyprus, and the Eastern Mediterranean
  • foodways, food choice, and diet 
  • commodities, trade, and consumption
  • organic residue analysis
  • chemistry of archaeological materials
  • paleoclimatology
  • radiocarbon dating


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