The Other Side of Campus

Episode 19: Digging Deep: Collaboration, Interdisciplinarity, and Hands-on Learning with Adam Rabinowitz

May 7th, 2021

On this final episode of our first season, Dixie and Katie speak with archaeologist Dr. Adam Rabinowitz. Adam brings his expertise in experiential learning to the show and entertains us with his powerful story from the time he was on his first archaeological expedition (as a teenager) with his aunt in Italy. Take a listen, and thanks so much for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!


Adam Rabinowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Assistant Director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds his PhD (2004) from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, where he wrote a dissertation on the role of communal wine-drinking in political and social interactions in the colonial Greek world. He is a 2002 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a field archaeologist with twenty-five years of archaeological field experience at Greek, Roman, and Byzantine sites in Italy, England, Israel, Tunisia, and Ukraine. His archaeological research focuses on daily life, domestic architecture, commensal practices and the lived experience of culture contact. He has also published on more historical questions of political organization and competition in the early Greek world. He also has a longstanding interest in the use of digital platforms for archaeological documentation and publication, which began during his work at the Roman site of Cosa in the 1990s and intensified in the course of excavations in the South Region of the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine site of Chersonesos in Crimea in the mid-2000s. Since then, in the course of his preparation of the South Region excavations for publication, he has begun to work on questions of long-term archival preservation and on the digital dissemination of rich contextual datasets.

He is also involved in several digital humanities projects related to the linking and visualization of information about the Classical past, including Pleiades (, a spatial gazetteer of ancient places; GeoDia (, an interactive spatial timeline of Mediterranean archaeology; Hestia2 (, a narrative time-map of the Histories of Herodotus; and PeriodO (, a gazetteer of scholarly definitions of archaeological, historical, and art-historical periods funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on April 28th, 2021 via Zoom.

Assistant Producers/Hosts: Dixie Stanforth and Katie Dawson
(Intro theme features additional PTF fellows Patrick Davis, Keith Brown, David Vanden Bout
Music and Sound Design by Charlie Harper ( Additional Background music by Christian Bjoerkland, Scott Holmes, Juanitos, and Ketsa
Produced by Michelle S. Daniel
Creator & Executive Producer: Mary C. Neuburger

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