Andrew Tharler
Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program

I am an archaeologist trained in the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Ancient Near East. My first experience on an archaeological excavation was at an Iroquois site in upstate New York, and I have since worked on projects at Pompeii and Morgantina, where I currently serve as a supervisor for the Contrada Agnese Project (CAP). My main research interests include colonization and cross-cultural interactions, urbanization, and the material culture of religion. My current project examines household religion in the ancient Greek world, with a particular focus on the terracotta altars of Hellenistic Sicily.

I believe that archaeology offers students a powerful perspective on a range of important issues shaping our communities today, from controversial monuments to disinformation and conspiracy theories. My courses at Duke address these issues directly, exploring history and culture through a materialist approach that draws connections across time periods, from discussions of megalithic architecture in Neolithic Turkey to primary research in the cemeteries in Durham, North Carolina. By practicing and applying different archaeological frameworks, I hope to show my students how the study of the ancient world can illuminate our own.

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