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’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). Since 2014 she is 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 currently serves as the President of the Tucson Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and she has 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.

(in press)  "The Early Imperial Pottery Workshop and the Earlier Phases at Skiada Plot, Paroikia, Paros,” Archaeologika Analekta ex Athenon (with Y. Kourayos) (10,000 words)

(in press) "Maritime Trade, Politics, and Pottery Industry: The Penteskouphia Pinakes with Ship Scenes from Archaic Corinth" in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology 13 (with Y. Nakas)

(2016) Hasaki, E, and C. Raptis, 2016. Roman and Byzantine Ceramic Kilns in Greece (1st-15th c.)Continuities and Changes in Kiln Typology and Spatial Organization of Production, 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.

(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.

(2007) Review. V. Cracolici, I Sostegni di Fornaci Dal Kerameikos di Metaponto. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.09.35 (3,265 words)

(2006)  "The Ancient Greek Ceramic Kilns and their Contribution to the Technology and Organization of the Ceramic Workshops." Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Ancient Greek Technology, Athens 17-21 October 2005, Athens, pp. 221-227

(2005)  "The Ethnoarchaeological Project of the Potters' Quarter at Moknine, Tunisia. Seasons 2000, 2002." in Africa, Nouvelle série des Séances Scientifiques (Publication of the Institut National de Patrimoine,Tunis), Tunis, pp. 127-170. Click here for a partial copy of this chapter.

(2005)  "Ethnoarchaeology and Spatial Analysis of a Potters' Quarter at Moknine, Tunisia." Archaeological Computing Newsletter 61, pp. 7-15 (with E. Nell).

(2004)  Replication of an Ancient Kiln (external link). Tucson AIA Chapter, Local Incentive Grant

(2002)  Review. J. E. Rehder, The Mastery and Uses of Fire in Antiquity. AJA 107: 667-668

(2000)  “Pottery Workshops at Moknine, Tunisia.” Ethnographic TV documentary

(1999)  "Studies in Hellenistic Ilion: A Note on Rooftiles in the Lower City." Studia Troica 9: 225-236.


Conference Papers (selection)

(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.

(2015a). 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). Archaeomagnetic Research and Clay Composition: Interactions derived from Burnt Structures in Various Geological environments in Greece, 13th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics 2015, Acropolis Museum, Athens (with D. Kondopoulou, I. Zananiri, C. Rathossi, E. Aidona)

(2015c).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

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

(2014a). Roman and Byzantine Ceramic Kilns in Greece (1st-15th c.) Continuities and Changes in Kiln Typology and Spatial Organization of Production (with C. Raptis), Archeologia delle produzioni ceramiche nel mondo antico: spazi, prodotti, strumente e tecniche. Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy, December

(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

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

(2014e). An Investigation of the Remanent Magnetization of Mediterranean Potsherds. Poster. University of Arizona Honors Symposium, Tucson, February (with J.R. Keck, N. Odegaard, and W. Zimmt)

(2013)     "Decoding the Penteskouphia Imagery. The Penteskouphia Pinakes and Potters at Work in Ancient Greece," Craft and People Conference: Agents of Skilled Labour in the Archaeological Record, British Museum

(2012)     "Peacock's Modes of Production: The View from Ancient Greece." Panelist in AIA Panel for Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology to D.P.S. Peacock's Model for the Organization of Roman Pottery Production: Impact and Responses over Three decades" AIA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia



SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM 2012ARIZONA 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 (6 credits)

For more information on the Arizona in the Aegean program, please  contact Dr. E. Hasaki at hasakie@email.arizona.edu

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)


Courses Taught


250A               Ancient Greek Literature in Translation

311                  Athens through the Ages
340A                Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology
430/530           Ancient Greek Technology
454/554           Greek and Roman Sculpture: Symbols and Society in Antiquity
456/556           Greek and Roman Painting

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

465/565           Greek Pottery: Craft and Society in Ancient Greece
477//577          Greek Architecture

484/584           Roman Architecture

510A               Graduate Proseminar to Classical Methods (required graduate proseminar)
596A               Graduate Seminar: Ancient Greek Pottery

596A               Graduate Seminar: Labor and Society in Ancient Greece

195J (HRNS)  Honors Colloquium: Old World Meets New World:Technology andSociety in a Global Context

Graduate Theses Served:
(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 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)

(2013)   L. Grantham-Ortiz, "Trade and Monopolies in Ptolemaic Egypt."

(2012)   K. Burns, "The Iconography of Mystery: The Relationship between Orpheus and Bacchus in Late Roman Britain."

(2012)   B. Rolla, "The Economy of Wine Production: Considerations of Production, Storage, and Distribution in Ancient Greece" (Chair; Nominated for Norman Austin Thesis Award)

(2012)    A. Duray, "The Minoan Stone Vessels and Political Economies in Bronze Age Crete."

(2010)    B. Moore, "Women's Quarters on the Roman Frontier. A Comparison of Roman to Romano-British Households."

(2009)    L. Jaffe, "Roman Glass Workshops." (Chair; Winner of the Norman Austin Thesis Award)

(2009)    A. Basa, "Patron and Painter in the 5th and 4th cent. B.C." (Chair)

(2009)    S. Linn, "Minoan Heirlooms. A Material Connection to a Powerful  Past."

(2008)    K. McBride, "Changing Iconography of Ptolemaic Queens."

(2008)    E. Bartlett, "Persephone as the Archetypal 'Bride of Hades.' An Examination of the Motif of 'Marriage to Death' in Greek Literature and Classical Vase-Painting."

(2008)    C. Parr, "Lupanar: Rethinking the Roman Brothel."

(2008)    S. Ward, "Institutionalization of Religion in Middle and Late Minoan Crete: The Role of the Peak Sanctuaries and the Horns of Consecration."

(2007)    A. Laftsidis, "The Pentavrysos Kiln at Kastoria: Architecture and Finds." (Aristoteleion University of Salonica, Greece)

(2007)    J. Williams, "Laboring at the Edges of Empire: The Division of Labor in Romano-British Pottery Workshops." (Chair; Winner of Norman Austin Thesis Award)

(2006)    A. J. Stoimenoff, "Athens in the Late Helladic Period. Historical Perceptions and Misconceptions."

(2006)    J. Benton, "Roman Bakeries at Pompeii."

(2006)    Z. Koseva, "Pre-Roman Kilns in Thrace. Archaeometric and Archaeological Studies." (St. Kliment Ochridsky University of Sofia, Bulgaria)

(2004)    J. Kendall, "As the World Turns: Nero's iconography and the Octagonal Suite of the Domus Aurea."

(2004)    K. Burns, "The Greek World of the Dead: Its Topography in the Art and Literature of the Archaic and Classical Periods." (University of Oregon)

(2004)    K. Dicus, "Civilis/Incultus: Defining Barbarism in Roman North Africa."

(2003)    M. Baumann, "An Investigation into the Date of the Piraeus Apollo." (Chair)

(2002)    E. Johanneson, "Trade, Grain, and Blood: Eurasian Nomads and the Collapse of the Black Sea Markets in the Hellenistic Period."

(2002)    K. P. Halvorsen, "The Origins of the Decorative Elements of West Slope Pottery."



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

Ceramic Technology

Experimental Archaeology and  Ethnoarchaeology

Technologies, Spatial Economics, and Apprenticeships in Ancient Mediterranean Communities of Practice

Archaeology of the Greek and Roman Worlds


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Contact Information

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Co-Director, Laboratory for Traditional Technology
Telephone: 520.626.1398
Fax: 520.621.8516
Office: Haury 314A
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00a.m.-noon and by appointment


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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