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 Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual 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 large enrollment 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 and economic 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 in 2009, Dr. Hasaki, as the Gertrude Smith Professor, led 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. Additionally, she serves as an Engagement Faculty Fellow, a student-oriented group of outstanding faculty who effectively involve students in research, collaborative projects, career-readiness efforts and community outreach.

Hasaki 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 67–68 (2012–2013): 459–482 (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/ Tree Ring Reseach  70: 27–38(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

For a full list of publications, see Eleni Hasaki's Academia Profile

Conference Papers (selection)

(2017) 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, Greece (with R. Sutton and Y. Kourayos)

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

(2017) 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, Tucson, March

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

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

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

(2015) 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

(2015) 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

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

(2014) 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

(2014) 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: Co-leader: Dr. Robert Stephan)

This program introduces the fascinating world of ancient Greece and its masterpieces in art, architecture, and literature while traveling across the mainland and the islands of Greece. Explore the famous Parthenon, consult the all-powerful oracle at Delphi, visit the palatial seat of Mycenaean King Agamemnon at Mycenae, run in the original Olympic Stadium, discover the pioneering technology of the Cycladic islands (Paros, Naxos, Santorini), and participate in harvest-to-table gastronomical adventures.

More info on the program and an application form can be found in Arizona in the Aegean Study Abroad

2018 Season (June 4-July 6, 2018)

Past Seasons: 2012 Season (June 3-30); 2014 Season (June 9-July 9) ; 2016 Season (June 6-July 6, 2016)



Courses Taught


(311) Athens through the Ages

(313) Health and Medicine in Classical Antiquity

(340A) Introduction to Greek 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 (Various topics: Labor and Society in Ancient Greece; Ancient Greek Pottery)

Graduate Theses Chaired/Served (selection)

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

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

(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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