Much of Professor Antonaccio’s work has focused on social and cultural history through study of material culture. Morgantina, a settlement that was continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years up to the time of Augustus, has involved engagement with “the archeology of identity”. She notes that the material objects unearthed at Morgantina have revealed intriguing interactions between the native Sikel culture of Sicily and succeeding waves of new arrivals, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, and the Romans. “The kinds of interactions that the excavations have revealed,” she says, “have been sometimes violent, sometimes a negotiation, and always led to new forms.” Among numerous papers Professor Antonaccio has published that draw on her work at Morgantina are “Excavating Colonization”, in Ancient Colonizations: Analogy, Similarity and Difference, H. Hurst and S. Owen, Editors; “Siculo-geometric and the Sikels: Identity and material Culture in Eastern Sicily,” in Greek Identity in the Western Mediterranean, Edited by K. Lomas; and “Colonization and Acculturation”, in Ancient Perceptions of Greek Ethnicity, edited by I. Malkin. Her article entitled “Origins, Culture, and Identity in Classical Antiquity”, in a volume co-edited by Duke colleague P. Euben, appeared in 2010, and is currently co-editing volumes on the Greek Iron Age, the practice of Classical Archaeology in Greece (with Carolina colleague Donald Haggis), and has many other papers in progress or in press. She also continues to think and write about her earlier research interests in the uses of the past in the present in antiquity, and on heroes and ancestors in Greek society. She is currently working on the final publication of the 6th and 5th c. BCE at Morgantina and a book on colonization.
Professor Antonaccio joined the faculty at Duke after 17 years teaching at Wesleyan University, where she also served as Dean of Arts and Humanities.
Completed revisions in 2009, in press for 2010