Tyler Wolford

Ph.D. Candidate


Tyler is a Byzantine archaeologist interested in how power is negotiated on the rural landscapes from late antiquity to the middle Byzantine period.  Of particular interest to him is the role of monasteries in the changing of settlement patterns and as settlements themselves.  His current dissertation project explores these themes within the mountainous landscapes of Western Asia Minor.  His Master’s Thesis (Koç University, 2014) focused on the monastic hospitals and guesthouses of late antique Egypt and Palestine.  He has participated in excavations in Turkey, including Küçükyalı ArkeoPark in Istanbul and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, as well as in Bulgaria and the United States.

Classes Taught:

  • The Miraculous and Mundane Byzantine Saint (Spring 2021).
  • Byzantine Cities (Fall 2019 / Fall 2020).
  • Suspended from Heaven: Rhetoric of Byzantine Architecture  (Fall 2018/Spring 2019).
  • Greek Myth and Art (Spring 2015, Butler University).
  • Art and Architecture of Rome and Greece (Co-Taught, Spring 2015,  Butler University).

Research Focus

  • Late Antique and Byzantine Monasticism
  • Byzantine Hospitals and Medicine
  • Hagiography
  • Late Antique Urbanism
  • Spatial and Landscape Theory
  • Byzantine Archeology


  • “To Each According to Their Need: The Various Medical and Charitable Institutions of the Pantokrator Monastery.” in Piroska and the Pantokrator: Dynastic Memory, Healing and Salvation in Komnenian Constantinople.  Marianne Sághy and Robert Ousterhout, edd. CEU Medievalia 19.  Budapest: CEU Press, 2019.
  • (Co-authored with Mark Groover) “The Archaeology of Rural Affluence and Landscape Change at the Clemens Farmstead.” Journal of African Diaspora: Archaeology and Heritage 2(2): 131-150. 2013.