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Lela Urquhart

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009
phone: 404-413-5208

Lela Urquhart studies the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean basin, with a primary concentration on Greek and Phoenician colonization during the Archaic and Classical periods. She earned her Ph.D. from the Classics Department and the Archaeology Center at Stanford with a dissertation entitled “Colonial Religion and Indigenous Society in the Archaic Western Mediterranean: Religious Integration in Sicily and Sardinia between 750 and 400 BCE.” This project involved a comparative analysis of indigenous responses to Greek and Phoenician religion and related patterns of religious change to broader processes of state formation in the colonial world of the west Mediterranean. Dr. Urquhart is currently completing two articles based on her earlier dissertation research. The first examines treatments of religion and religious change within the development of the "Hellenization" narrative in modern historiography between the 17th and 20th centuries, while the second considers the economic investment of temple building in Archaic and Classical Sicily. Dr. Urquhart was a Geballe Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center in Stanford, CA in 2008-2009 and a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome 2009-2010. She has excavated in North Carolina, Sicily, Crete, and Israel and was an assistant director of the Monte Polizzo Archaeological Project in Salemi (TP), Sicily.