Elena Martelli | Kent State University

Elena Martelli


Elena Martelli

Elena Martelli graduated at the University of Florence in Classics with a major in Roman Archaeology. She subsequently attended earned a M.A. in Archaeology and Ph.D. in Roman archaeology at the University of Reading. Prof. Martelli joined Kent State University in 2014. Her research theme examines the contextual and symbolic functions of overlooked terracottas recovered in Ostia, a harbor of Rome. The research involves the analysis of how life unfolded in Roman towns during the Imperial period through the study of everyday objects by merging archaeological, epigraphic, and historical data. In 2006 Rassegna di Archeologia published her B.A. dissertation concerning the manufacturing of wine containers in a kiln near Florence and the production and circulation of wine in the Florentine area during the Roman period. Prof. Elena Martelli has been awarded a prize by the Royal Archaeological Institute for her master thesis “Clay saccarii (porters) from Roman Ostia: a study on commerce, social identity and cult.” In 2013 a revised and widened version of this work was published by British Archaeological Reports (International series). Her Ph.D. dissertation is under revision by Brill.

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