Erin W. Averett, PhD
Erin W. Averett, PhD
Associate Director, Honors Program
College of Arts and Sciences
- Fine & Performing Arts
- Associate Professor
- Classical & Near Eastern Studies
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.
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Research and Scholarship Interests
- 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
Grant Funding Received
- 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
- 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."
- 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."
- Collaborator, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, FRACAS Grant. Project Title: "Developing Custom Structured Light Scanning Scanning and Modeling the Votives of Athienou-Malloura."
- 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."
- Oscar Bronzer Travel Grant, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
- Fulbright Fellowship to Greece (declined)
- Brunilde Ridgway Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
- National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant
- Dean’s Award for Tenure Track Teaching, Creighton University, 2015
- Phi Beta Kappa, University of Georgia, 1998
- Eta Sigma Phi, zeta iota chapter, University of Georgia, 1995