Ancient Crafts and Technology
Rediscovery of Antiquity/Ancient Revival Styles; Museology; Protection of Cultural Property
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Classical Archaeology
American School of Classical Studies, Athens
M.A. University of Oregon, Art History
B.A. University of Oregon, Mathematics; Smith College
I am an archaeologist, archaeological illustrator, and Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, specializing in the history of ancient furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and metalwork; ancient crafts and technology; and the protection of cultural property. Before coming to the Bard Graduate Center in 1993, I taught at Duke University and Sarah Lawrence College and was a curator in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As Director of the Gordion Furniture Project, I hold the position of Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia. For my work on the Gordion wooden objects, I received an award from the Republic of Turkey (1998) for the protection of the Turkish cultural heritage. Grants for my research include awards from the National Geographic Society, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the 1984 Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the Getty Grant Program, and the American Council of Learned Societies. My publications include The Gordion Wooden Objects I: The Furniture from Tumulus MM (2010), Gordion Wooden Furniture (1999), and The Spoils of War—World War II and Its Aftermath: The Loss, Reappearance, and Recovery of Cultural Property (1997).
Selected Recent Publications:
- Simpson, E. “An Early Anatolian Ivory Chair: The Pratt Ivories in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” In Amilla: The Quest for Excellence. Studies Presented to Guenter Kopcke in Celebration of His 75th Birthday. Edited by Robert B. Koehl. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press (forthcoming 2012).
- Simpson, E. The Gordion Wooden Objects, Volume 1: The Furniture from Tumulus MM. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
- Simpson, E. “Furniture.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Edited by Michael Gagarin, 252-255. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Simpson, E. “Tall Tales: Celts, Connoisseurs, and the Fabrication of Archaeological Context.” Source 24, no. 2 (2005): 28-41.
- Simpson, E. “‘A Perfect Imitation of the Ancient Work’—Ancient Jewelry and Castellani Adaptations.” In The Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry. Edited by S. Walker and S. Soros, 201-226. New York: Bard Graduate Center, 2004.
Elizabeth Simpson's courses include:
|542||Ancient Ceramics and Glass|
|544||The Rediscovery of Antiquity|
|602||Attic Red Figure Vases and Their Influence|
|613||Ancient Jewelry and Metalwork|
|632||Topics in Ancient Furniture|
|827||Issues in the Study of Ancient Art|
|850||Ancient House and Garden|
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