DiFabio, Christina

University of Michigan

Research Title: Synoikism and Urbanization: A Regional Approach in Hellenistic Anatolia

Ms. DiFabio obtained her BA in Biology, Classics, and Classical Archaeology from Brown University in 2014, with honors in archaeology. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) at University of Michigan. At ANAMED she is working on her dissertation project by examining city formation in western Anatolia from around the late fourth century BCE to the first century CE and the role of local communities in the process. By using settlement pattern data to examine urbanization developments as well as evidence for political alliances, trade, and kinship ties from literary, epigraphic, material culture, and iconographic sources, she argues that local elites used urbanization to insert themselves into larger imperial and inter-city networks. She is a team member of the Notion Archaeological Survey in Turkey. Her other fieldwork consists of being a staff member with the Brown University Labraunda Project (Turkey), a trench supervisor at the Vigla Archaeological Project (Cyprus), and a trench co-supervisor at Corinth (Greece). 
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