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Erin Walcek Averett, PhD

Associate Director, Honors Program

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Erin Averett

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Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Fine & Performing Arts
Art History
Classics
Classical and Near Eastern Studies
LECA - Lied Education Center for the Arts

Erin Walcek Averett, PhD

Associate Director, Honors Program

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Erin Walcek Averett graduated with a B.A. in Latin and Classical Archaeology from the University of Georgia, and her MA and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Dr. Averett is an associate professor of archaeology at Creighton University and also serves as the adjunct curator of antiquities at the Joslyn Art Museum. She has excavated widely in Greece and Cyprus, and is currently the assistant director of the Athienou Archaeological Project on Cyprus, which is funded by an NSF-REU grant. She also serves as the President for the Lincoln-Omaha Archaeological Institute of America chapter. Her research area includes Cypriot art and archaeology, with special focus on terracotta figurines and Iron Age ritual and religion in the Eastern Mediterranean. She has recently published an article on Cypriot masked performances in The American Journal of Archaeology, on her new 3D imaging project in Antiquity, and has co-authored a site report on the last three seasons of the Athienou Archaeological Project in the Journal of Field Archaeology. Dr. Averett has recently organized a workshop on digital archaeology, Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology, that was funded by an NEH grant.

Research Focus

The archaeology of Cyprus, Greek art and archaeology, ancient religion, figurine studies, Eastern Mediterranean interactions, the construction of gender in the ancient Mediterranean, digital technology in archaeology, and 3D imaging in archaeology

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Fine & Performing Arts

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Professor

Books

  • Brill
    “Theriomorphic Figures in Hellenistic and Roman Arcadia: Nostalgia and Ritual,” in Proceedings of the Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas: Mediterranean Networks and Cyprus Conference, 3-5 June 2013, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, edited by D. Michaelides and G. Papantoniou. Brill. 2019
  • ASOR and The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota
    Visualizing Votive Practice: Limestone and Terracotta Sculpture from Athienou-Malloura through 3D Models. D. Counts, Erin Walcek Averett, K. Garstski, and M.K. Toumazou 2019
  • The Digital Press, University of North Dakota
    “Mobile Computing in Archaeology: Exploring and Interpreting Current Practices,” in Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology, edited by E.W. Averett, J.M. Gordon, and D.B. Counts. [co-authored by J.M. Gordon, Erin Walcek Averett, and D.B. Counts]., p. 1-28 2016
  • The Digital Press, University of North Dakota
    “DIY Digital Workflows on the Athienou Archaeological Project, Cyprus,” in Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology, edited by E.W. Averett, J.M. Gordon, and D.B. Counts., p. 111-141 2016
  • Fairfield University
    “Antiquity Depicted: the Drawings of Katherine Schwab and the Tradition of Archaeological Illustration in Greece,” in An Archaeologist’s Eye: the Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab, edited by G. Bucher and J. Deupy. Fairfield University Press. [co-authored by Erin Walcek Averett and B. Martens]. 2014
  • Academic Press
    “The Ritual Context of the Malloura Terracotta Figurines,” in Crossroads and Boundaries: The Archaeology of Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, edited by M. K. Toumazou, P.N. Kardulias, and D. B. Counts. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Series 65. Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research., p. 133-147 2011

Articles

  • Academic Press
    “3D Artifact Modeling and Customized Structured Light Scanning at Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus,” Antiquity. [co-authored by Erin Walcek Averett, D.B. Counts, and K. Gartski].
    349, p. 206-18 2016
  • American Journal of Archaeology
    “Masks and Ritual Performance on the Island of Cyprus,” American Journal of Archaeology 119.1: 3-45.
    119.1, p. 3-45 2015
  • Journal of Field Archaeology
    'Shedding Light on the Cypriot Rural Landscape: Investigations of the Athienou Archaeological Project in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, 2011-2013,” [co-authored by M.K. Toumazou, D.B. Counts, Erin Walcek Averett, J. Gordon, and P.N. Kardulias].
    40:2, p. 204-20 2015
  • Journal of Hellenic Studies
    Averett, Erin Walcek Review of Papantoniou, G., Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos (Mnemosyne Supplements 347). Leiden: Brill, 2012.
    134, p. 243-244 2014
  • Journal of Hellenic Studies
    Averett, Erin Walcek Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos [book review] 2014
  • American Journal of Archaeology
    Averett, Erin Walcek Review of Leibundgut Wieland, D. and L. Frey-Asche, 2011. Weihgeschenke aus dem Heiligtum der Aphrodite in Alt-Paphos. Terrakotten, Skulpturen und andere figürliche Kleinvotive. Ausgrabungen in Alt-Paphos auf Cypern Band 7. Mainz: von Labern. http://www.ajaonline.org/online-review-book/1616.
    117 2013
  • MVSE. Annual of the Museum of Art and Archaeology
    “Drumming for the Divine: a Female Tympanon Player in the Museum of Art and Archaeology,” MVSE. Annual of the Museum of Art and Archaeology
    36-39, p. 15-28 2004

Publications

  • Mohr Siebeck
    “Playing the Part: Masks and Ritual Performance in Rural Sanctuaries in Iron Age Cyprus,” in The Physicality of the Other. Masks from the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, edited by A. Berlejung and J. Filitz. Orientalische Religionen in der Antike., p. 305-37 2018
  • National Endowment for the Humantiies
    “Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology,” National Endowment for the Humanities White Paper, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant #HD-51851-14. https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:12289/ 2016
  • The Association for Coroplastic Studies News and Notes
    “(Re)Constructing Antiquity: 3D Modeling the Terracotta Figurines from Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus,” The Association for Coroplastic Studies News and Notes 12: 15-17.
    12, p. 15-17 2014

Editing and Reviews

  • The Digital Press, University of North Dakota
    Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology, Edited by Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek B. Counts 2016
  • Journal of Hellenic Studies
    Invited review of Papantoniou, G. 2012. Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos. Brill.
    134 2014
  • American Journal of Archaeology
    Review of Smith, J. 2009. Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age. Cambridge UP.  http://ajaonline.org/online-review-book/883.
    115 2011
  • Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Averett, Erin W. The Sanctuary of Hermes and Aphrodite at Syme Viannou IV. Animal Images of Clay = To iero toy Erme kai tes Aphrodites ste Syme Viannoy IV. pelina zodia. Library of the Archaeological Society at Athens no. 256
    2010.02.44, p. 44-44 2010
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
    Invited review of Fourrier, S. 2007. La Coroplastie Chypriote archaïque: Identités culturelles et politiques à l’époque des royaumes. Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, No. 46. Lyon. In Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
    357, p. 96-99 2010

State

  • Consultant: Terracotta Domain Expert, Research Grant Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
    Project Title: "From Scanner to Scholar: The Publication of 3D Models in the Digital Age."

  • Collaborator, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, FRACAS Grant.
    Project Title: "Developing Custom Structured Light Scanning Scanning and Modeling the Votives of Athienou-Malloura."

Federal

  • Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Level I Start-Up Grant (# HD-51851-14).
    Project Title: "Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology."

  • Fulbright Fellowship to Greece (declined)

  • National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant

Foundation/Association

  • Oscar Bronzer Travel Grant, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.

  • Brunilde Ridgway Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.

Other

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship Research Grant, Creighton University Graduate School.
    Project Title: "A Fragmented Past: (Re)Constructing Antiquity Through 3D Modeling Phase II."

  • George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund.
    Project Title: A Fragmented Past: (Re)Constructing Antiquity through 3D Modelling.

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship Research Grant, Creighton University Graduate School.
    Project Title: "The Monstrous and the Uncanny: a Re-evaluation of Apotropaic Objects in Iron Age Cyprus."

  • Principal Investigator, Kripke Center for the Study for Religion & Society Research Grant, Creighton University.
    Project Title: Publication Grant for the Votive Figurines from the Sanctuary of Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus

  • Principal Investigator, Kripke Center for the Study of Religion & Society Research Grant, Creighton University.
    Project Title: "Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus."

Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Tenure Track Teaching
    Creighton University
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    University of Georgia
  • Eta Sigma Phi, zeta iota chapter
    National Classics Honors Society
    University of Georgia