About Laryssa Shipley
Laryssa Shipley is an Anthropology Ph.D. candidate in the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World concentration. She researches cultural mixing in the Mediterranean, particularly during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, by looking at art, architecture, and material culture in the multicultural Eastern Mediterranean and Roman Near East. Additionally, she researches sensorial approaches in archaeology, specifically those consistent with phenomenological and landscape archaeology, with a special consideration for physical constructions of memory.
Laryssa is originally from Texas, but she has also had the wonderful opportunity to live in New Hampshire, Virginia, Washington, Massachusetts, and New York. She received her M.A. in Archaeology from Cornell University with concentrations in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology, and Ancient Art and Archaeology. Her master’s thesis, A Phenomenological Approach to the Kom el-Shuqafa Catacombs, utilizes phenomenological and multisensorial methods to investigate the Roman-period Kom el-Shuqafa catacombs in Alexandria, Egypt. She attended Baylor University as an undergraduate, where she received a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Classics. She has performed fieldwork in Israel, Egypt, and Greece, having been funded by ASOR, the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS), and most recently by an Arcadian Fellowship for the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project.