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Dr. Rebecca M. Seifried completed her Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research (2017–2019) at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas in Rethymno, Crete. She earned a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016 and received the university’s “Outstanding Dissertation Award” for her study on the Mani Peninsula in Greece. In 2016–2017 she was the Project Manager at the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, where she assisted the Afghan Heritage Mapping Partnership in documenting and assessing cultural heritage in Afghanistan. In August 2019, she joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the university’s first GIS Librarian.

Rebecca’s research combines archaeological data, remotely-sensed imagery, and historical sources to understand the experience of living in imperial frontiers and peripheries. Her archaeological field experience includes excavating, leading survey teams, and developing GIS databases for projects in the Southwestern United States, Hungary, Greece, and Croatia. She has won over €200,000 in funding and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Seifried, R.M. and C.A.M. Gardner. 2019. “Reconstructing Historical Journeys with Least-Cost Analysis: Colonel William Leake in the Mani Peninsula, Greece.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24: 391–411. (link to PDF)

Hammer, E., R. Seifried, K. Franklin, and A. Lauricella. 2018. “Remote Assessments of the Archaeological Heritage Situation in Afghanistan.” Journal of Cultural Heritage. (link to PDF)

Gardner, C.A.M. and R.M. Seifried. 2016. “Euboean Towers and Aegean Powers: Insights into the Karystia’s Role in the Ancient World.” Journal of Greek Archaeology 1:149–176. (link to PDF)

Seifried, R.M. 2015. “The Shifting Tides of Empires: Using GIS to Contextualize Population Change within the Landscape of Seventeenth to Nineteenth-Century Mani, Greece.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 19(1):46–75. (link to PDF)

Seifried, R.M. and W.A. Parkinson. 2014. “The Ancient Towers of the Paximadi Peninsula, Southern Euboia.” Hesperia 83(2): 277–313. (link to PDF)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Pullen, D.J., M.L. Galaty, W.A. Parkinson, W.E. Lee, and R.M. Seifried. 2018. “The Diros Project, 2011–2013: Surface Survey and Site Collection in Diros Bay.” In: Neolithic Alepotrypa Cave in the Mani, Greece, edited by A. Papathanasiou, W.A. Parkinson, D.J. Pullen, M.L. Galaty, and P. Karkanas, pp. 407–425. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Seifried, R.M. 2017. “Situating the Paximadi Towers in the Classical and Roman Landscapes.” In: An Island Between Two Worlds: The Archaeology of Euboea from Prehistoric to Byzantine Times, edited by Ž. Tankosić, F. Mavridis, and M. Kosma, pp. 431-440. Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens, Volume 6. Athens: Norwegian Institute at Athens. (link to PDF)

Galaty, M.L, W.A. Parkinson, D.J. Pullen, and R.M. Seifried. 2014. “Mycenaean -scapes: Geography, Political Economy, and the Eastern Mediterranean World-System.” In Aegaeum 37: Proceedings of the 14th Aegean Conference PHYSIS, edited by G. Touchais, R. Laffineur, and F. Rougemont, 449–454, plates 137-141. Leuven: Peeters. (link to PDF)

Book Reviews

Seifried, R.M. 2018. “Review of Medieval Rural Settlements in the Syrian Coastal Region (12th and 13th Centuries) by Balázs Major.” Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 6(3):252-255. (link to PDF)


Seifried, R.M. and C.A.M. Gardner. 2018. “Data package for modeling the journey of Colonel William Leake in the southern Mani Peninsula, Greece, using least-cost analysis.” [Dataset]. Zenodo.

Seifried, R.M. 2018. “Measurements of abandoned cisterns and potential roof catchments in the southern Mani Peninsula, Greece.” [Dataset]. Zenodo.


Seifried, R.M. 2016. “Community Organization and Imperial Expansion in a Rural Landscape: The Mani Peninsula, Greece (AD 1000–1821).” Unpublished PhD dissertation. University of Illinois at Chicago.