Eleni Hasaki

About Eleni Hasaki


Eleni Hasaki (Associate Professor, Anthropology/Classics) is a Mediterranean archaeologist whose research focuses on the craft technologies of Classical antiquity, the spatial organization of workshops, craft apprenticeship, and the negotiation of social status through crafts, especially ceramics. She combines archaeological, textual, and ethnoarchaeological evidence in her projects. Her archaeological fieldwork in Greece (Paros, Cyclades), the ethnoarchaeological project in Tunisia (Moknine) and an experimental open-air lab for pyrotechnology locally (Tucson) promote the knowledge of crafts both in antiquity and its relevance for modern societies. She has recently launched a collaborative project Web Atlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece, a searchable database for ceramic production in ancient Greece covering five millennia.  As the co-director of the Laboratory for Traditional Technology at the School of Anthropology she works with students on  projects of experimental archaeology wtih a focus on ancient Mediterranean. Her research has been funded by major institutions including the Archaeological Institute of America, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Dr. Hasaki is currently the Ailsa Bruce Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Art (National Gallery of Art), Washington D.C. She will spend part of her sabbatical leave in 2018-2019 as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies.

Dr. Hasaki’s teaching ranges from 300-student introduction courses on Greek Art and Archaeology to upper undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars.  She engages students in the close analysis of the classical cultures of the Mediterranean, especially the relationships between stylistic and technological changes of the material culture and their wider social contexts. Hasaki works closely with the Honors College as an Honors Professor  and as Flinn Scholar Mentor. She has advised graduate students in over 30 thesis committees. In terms of global experience 2009, Dr. Hasaki was elected to be the  Gertrude Smith Professor for the prestigious and intensive Summer Program at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and she has established the Arizona in the Aegean Summer Study Abroad program in the Cyclades (Greece). For 2014-2018 she served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Anthropology.

She has been invited to lecture at several institutions both nationally and internationally, most recently at Oxford University (England). She has served on international conference review boards and as a reviewer on grant and fellowship committees for major organizations, including Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Association of University Women , and the Archaeological Institute of America. She just finished her six-year term as the President of the Tucson Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and she has previously served as the Vice-President of the Tucson Hellenic Cultural Foundation.



Selected Publications

(contract) The Penteskouphia Pinakes and Potters at Work at Ancient Corinth. Book manuscript under contract with Hesperia Supplement Series: American School of Classical Studies at Athens:Princeton, N.J.

(2017) Ship Iconography on the Penteskouphia Pinakes from Archaic Corinth (Greece). Pottery Industry and Maritime Trade. J. Gawronski, A. van Holk, J. Schokkenbroek (eds.), Proceedings of the13th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 13), Amsterdam, 66–72 (with Y. Nakas)

(2017) The Early Roman Pottery Workshop, the Classical House, and Geometric Burials at Skiadas Plot, Paroikia, Paros. Archaeologikon Deltion – Meletes 6768 (20122013): 459482 (with Y. Kourayos)

(2016) Roman and Byzantine Ceramic Kilns in Greece (1st-15th c.)Continuities and Changes in Kiln Typology and Spatial Organization of Production. In. N. Cucuzza, B.M. Giannattasio and S. Pallecchi (eds), Archeologia delle produzioni ceramiche nel mondo antico: spazi, prodotti, strumenti e tecniche. Atti del Convegno (Genova, 1-2 Decembre 2014), Ariccia, pp. 209-229 (with C. Raptis)

(2014)  "An Archaeomagnetic and Archaeological Approach to Hellenistic-Early Roman Ceramic Workshops in Greece: A Contribution to Dating," Special Issue of Radiocarbon Journal (with D. Kondopoulou, I. Zananiri, C. Rathossi, V. Spatharas)

(2013)  Chapter 9: Craft Apprenticeship in Ancient Greece. Reaching beyond the Masters.In W. Wendrich (ed.) Archaeology   and  Apprenticeship: Body Knowledge, Identity, and Communities of Practice, University of Arizona Press, pp. 171-202.

(2012) "Chapter 13: Workshops and Technology." in T.J. Smith and D. Plantzos (eds.) A Companion to Greek Art. Blackwell: Oxford, pp. 255-273.

(2011) "Crafting Spaces: Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Ethnoarchaeological Studies on Spatial Organization in Pottery Workshops in Greece and Tunisia." in M. L. Lawall and J. Lund (eds.), Pottery in the Archaeological Record: Greece and Beyond. Acts of the International Colloquium held at the Danish and Canadian Institutes in Athens, June 20-22, 2008. Aarhus: Aarhus Universtiy Press, pp. 11-28.

(2010)  "A Stratigraphy of Meanings: Integrating Antiquities into Daily Life,” in A. Stroulia and S. B. Sutton (eds.), Archaeology in Situ: Sites, Archaeology, and Communities, Lexington, pp. 373-396.


Conference Papers (selection)

(2017c) Pottery of the Early Polis: Despotiko and Paros. Parian and Cycladic Pottery of the Geometric and Archaic Periods: New Archaeological Records and Research Perspectives on Production, Functions, and Diffusion, July 8-9 2017, Paros. (with R. Sutton and Y. Kourayos)

(2017b) Space, Workforce, and Scale of Production: Ethnoarchaeological Approaches to Craft Workshops in Ancient Mediterranean, SAA Annual Meetings, Vancouver, Canada, April

(2017a) Spinning and Stoking: Ancient Greek Potters and Their Technologies of Control. Exposed: A Technical Art History Symposium, University of Arizona Museum of Art, University of Arizona

(2016c) Craft Apprenticeship and Multi-Craft Competencies, The Maker’s Share in Ancient Greek Art, Classical Art Research Center, Oxford University, UK, September

(2016b). Experimental and Archaeometric Approaches to the Cycladic “Frying Pans”, 3rd International Cycladological Conference, Hermoupolis Syros, May (with Vassilis Kylikoglou)

(2016a). Colloquium Discussant: Social Spaces and Industrial Places: Multi-Scalar Approaches to Production in the Ancient Mediterranean. AIA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January.

(2015c). Mastering Kiln Pyrotechnology in Ancient Greek Ceramic Industries, Ancient Hellenic Engineering and the Transformation of Earth through Fire, Stevens Institute of Technology and IEEE and Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Symposium, November

(2015b) Bronze Age Terracotta Statues of Ayia Irini, Kea. Experimental Reconstruction and Technical Examination (with R. Delozier; Poster), AIA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January. Recipient of Best AIA Poster Award

(2015a). Cycladic Frying Pans Reexamined: An Experimental Approach (with D. Pickel; Poster), AIA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January

(2014b). The Potters and their Wheels in Ancient Greece: Skills and Secrets in Communities of Practice. Colloque international: Archéologie des espaces artisanaux. Fouiller et comprendre les gestes des potiers. Université Rennes 2-Laboratoire LAHM France, November

(2014a). The Potter’s Wheel: Skills and Secrets on Potters in Ancient Greece, SAA Annual Meetings, Austin, March


SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM 2018ARIZONA in the AEGEAN (Director: Dr. Eleni Hasaki)

Arizona in the Aegean is a summer study-abroad program based on the Greek island of Paros in the Cyclades, an archipelago of over 20 islands in the Aegean Sea. The study of Mediterranean technologies and environmental strategies from past and present finds its natural home on the island of Paros. Famous in antiquity both for its marble and honey, modern Paros still retains many traditional aspects, providing thus the ideal setting for a diachronic exploration of key archaeological and anthropological questions on how humans utilize environmental resources and cope with challenges. Throughout their history, the Cyclades inhabitants transformed their environmental resources (e.g., wind, water, soil, clay, marble, obsidian, emery) into energy-generating machines or prestigious and highly charged symbolic works of art, such as the marble figurines. 

Maritime routes connected the Cycladic islands to each other and to other Mediterranean places throughout antiquity. The Arizona in the Aegean Program promotes this strong sense of connectivity and interdisciplinary studies of ancient and modern societies. As part of its original mission, the Arizona in the Aegean Program will provide an intellectual home for faculty from Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication, Economics, Engineering, Geology, and History to offer interdisciplinary curricula. Students from these and other disciplines will find these course offerings exhilarating while exploring the connectivity between periods, cultures, and disciplines.

Course : ANTH/CLAS 341 Mediterranean Craft Technologies and Environmental Strategies: Past and Present (3-6 credits)

To request an application form,  please visit http://studyabroad.arizona.edu/databaseshowitem.aspx?id=2013

2014 Season (June 9-July 9, 2014)

2016 Season (June 6-July 6, 2016)

2018 Season (June 6-July 4, 2018)


Courses Taught


(311) Athens through the Ages

(313) Health and Medicine in Classical Antiquity

(340A) Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology

(430/530) Ancient Greek Technology

(462/562) Classical and Controversial: Critical Debates from Classical Antiquity

(465/565) Greek Pottery: Craft and Society in Ancient Greece

(510A) Graduate Proseminar to Classical Methods (required graduate proseminar)

(596A) Classics Graduate Seminar: Ancient Greek Pottery

Graduate Theses Served (selection)

(2017) E. Keyser, A Comparative Study of Arkadian Sanctuaries (Mt Lykaion and Bassae)

(2017) C. Rasmussen, A Comparative Spatial Analysis of Roman Water Systems in Nîmes and Pompeii (C. Rasmussen)

(2016) L. Alberti, Feasting at the Palaces of Mycenae and Pylos: Spatial Considerations and The Manipulation of Ideological Power (Co-chair; Winner of the Norman Austin Outstanding M.A. Thesis Award)

(2015) S. Martin, Abandoning Akrotiri: Investigating Human Responses to Volcanic Eruptions and Natural Disasters (Co-chair)

(2015) E. Prosch, Technological and Iconographic Continuity from Aegean Bronze Age Seals to Archaic Greek Coins (Winner of the Norman Austin Outstanding M.A. Thesis Award)

(2015) M. Koletsos, Integrating Palatial and Household Textile Industries in Late Bronze Age Messenia

(2015) K. Suzuki, Postpalatial Life beyond the Palaces: A Study of Spatial Analysis of Mycenaean and Minoan Houses

(2015) C. Ramsey, Roman Perfume and Unguentaria: Production Networks in Local and Large-scale Economies

(2014) N. Olya, "Mismatched  Names and Mixed-up Places:  Understanding the Connections between the Amphorae of the Attic 'Tyrrhenian' Group and the Amphoraw of the Etruscan 'Pontic' Group in Vulci." (Chair: Winner of the Norman Austin Outstanding M.A. Thesis Award)
(2014) C. Doody, "The Naval Fresco at West House, Akrotiri. Technique, Viewing, Narrative, and Reading." (Chair)

(2013)  A. Browne, "Considering Collectors: Cicero, Sir William Hamilton, Charles Townley, and J. P. Getty as Collectors of their Age." (Chair)

(2013)  M. Pihokker, "A Sacred Landscape: Mapping Pilgrimage around Mt Lykaion." (Co-chair)



Areas of Study

Greece (mainland, Cyclades) and Eastern Mediterranean

North Africa (Tunisia)


Select News Clippings:


(2015) "Eleni Hasaki Presents at Pyrotechnology Symposium" (link to article)

(2015)   "Eleni Hasaki Lectures on Experimental Kiln Technology at Johns Hopkins University." Apr. 2015 (link to article)

(2015)   "Hasaki and DeLozier Receive Award at AIA Meetings." Jan. 2015 (link to article)

(2014)   "Confuelncenter Grant Helps Fund Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Potters' Communities in Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean." Oct. 14 (link to article)

(2014)   "Eleni Hasaki Delivers Keynote Lecture at Italian Conference." May 2014 (link to article)

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Director, Experimental Replica of an Ancient Greek Kiln, Tucson, AZ

Director, Moknine Ethnoarchaeological Project (Tunisia)

Despotiko Excavations, Paros, Cyclades (Pottery Analysis)

Roman Pottery Workshop, Paros, Cyclades

Previous fieldwork experience in the Mediterranean: Greece (Paros, Panakton-Thebes, Kardamaina-Cos, Naxos, Alonnissos); Italy (Fregellae); Tunisia (Leptiminus); Turkey (Troy)


Research Interests

Craft Apprenticeship and Communities of Practice

Ceramic Technology

Experimental Archaeology and  Ethnoarchaeology

Spatial Economics of Ceramic Workshops in Ancient and Modern Mediterranean

Archaeology of the Greek and Roman Worlds


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Contact Information

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics; Co-Director, Laboratory for Traditional Technology
Fax: 520.621.8516
Office: Haury 314A
Office Hours: ON LEAVE (please contact by email)


Ph.D. in Classics and Classical Archaeology, University of Cincinnati
M.A. in Classics and Classical Archaeology, University of Cincinnati
B.A. in Archaeology and Art History, University of Athens, Greece (summa cum laude)


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