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Victoria Moses

About Victoria Moses

Victoria (Vicki) Moses recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation uses faunal analysis from five key sites in Rome and nearby cities to show how meat production, distribution, and consumption reflect larger processes of urbanization and state formation during the 9th-5th centuries BCE. She studied animal remains from the Area Sacra di Sant'Omobono, the Curiae Veteres, the Regia, Veii, and Gabii for her dissertation.

Some of Vicki's major awards include a two year Rome Prize fellowship (2018-2020), the Archaeological Institute of America Student Paper Award (Honorable Mention, 2019), a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2017), and an Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship (2013), as well as support from the School of Anthropology, Graduate and Professional Student Council, Institute of the Environment, and Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute. She was a finalist in the UA Grad Slam in 2015.

Vicki has presented at major conferences including the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, and the International Council of Archaeozoology Roman Period Working Group. She has given invited lectures in English and in Italian at the Swedish Institute in Rome, The University of Calabria, and the Centro (Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies). She actively participates in public outreach, such as lecturing at a Senior Living Center, Elementary School, and co-developing a workshop on zooarchaeology among other modes of engaging the public.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles (* denotes peer-reviewed)

2019    *Acosta, Andrea, Kristina Killgrove, Victoria Moses, and Elizabeth Turner, Nourishing Urban Development: A Paleodietary Study of Archaic Gabii, Italy (6th-5th c BCE). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 27:1-10.

2019    * Moses, Victoria, Brett Kaufman, Ali Drine, Hans Bernard, Sami Ben Tahar, Elyssa Jerray, Megan Daniels. Meat Consumption in Zita, Tunisia (2nd c. BCE-2nd c. CE). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 29:549–559.

2018    * Moses, Victoria and Ugo Fusco. Urbanization, meat consumption, and ritual practices at Veii, 9th–4th centuries BCE: Zooarchaeological findings from Campetti, area Sud-Ovest excavations. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 20:922-929.

2016    * Moses, Victoria. Notes from the Field. Arizona Anthropologist 27:48-5.

Book Chapters (* denotes peer-reviewed)

2020    * Moses, Victoria. Powerful Pups: A Case Study for Dog Sacrifice in Archaic Rome from the Area Sacra di Sant’Omobono. In Dogs: Archaeology beyond Domestication. Edited by Brandi Bethke and Amanda Burtt, pp. 232-252. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Florida.

2019    Moses, Victoria. Zooarchaeological Analysis of the Area Sacra di Sant’Omobono. Book chapter, in Ricerche nell'area dei templi di Fortuna e Mater Matuta, edited by Nicola Terrenato, Paolo Brocato, and Monica Ceci, pp. 217-251. Università della Calabria Press, Calabria, Italy.

Book Reviews

2021 Moses, Victoria. Invited book review for The Role of Zooarchaeology in the Study of the Western Roman Empire, edited by Martyn Allen for the JRA Supplemental Series. American Journal of Archaeology 125.1. In press.

Courses Taught

Courses taught as sole instructor:

100 level course: Many Ways of Being Human (Cultural Anthropology)

300 level course: The Archaeology of Food (Archaeology)


Present and Former Roles on Archaeological Projects

Zooarchaeologist and Environmental Archaeologist: The Falerii Novi Project, Francavilla Marittima Excavation, The Gabii Project, The Sant’Omobono Project

Zooarchaeologist: Palatine-Pendici Nord Est, The Zita Project, Veii-Campetti Southwest, The Mount Lykaion Field Survey and Excavation Project, Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (PARP:PS), The University of Michigan Zooarchaeology Laboratory

Mapping Specialist (GIS): Arizona Sicily Project

Excavation and Survey: Arizona Sicily Project, Gabii Project, Sant’Omobono Project, Kranka Dada Excavation Project, Siddi Plateau Project, Carp Creek Field School

Research Interests

Zooarchaeology; Early Rome and Latium; Mediterranean Archaeology; The Archaeology of Religion; Urbanization and State Formation; Environmental Archaeology

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2020: Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona

2014: Master of Arts in Anthropology, Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona

2012: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & French, Highest Honors and Distinction, Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Michigan

Dissertation Title

The Zooarchaeology of Early Rome: Meat Production, Distribution, and Consumption in Public and Private Spaces (9th-5th centuries BCE)