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).

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Selected Recent Publications

“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 Brithday, edited by R. B. Koehl, 221-261. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2013.


The Gordion Wooden Objects, Volume 1: The Furniture from Tumulus MM.
Leiden: Brill, 2010.


“Gordion Furniture and Wooden Artifacts.” In Phrygians: In the Land of Midas, In the Shadow of Monuments (Frigler: Midas’ın Ülkesinde, Anıtların Gölgesinde), edited by T. Sivas and H. Sivas, 334-357. Istanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2012.

“Gordion Textiles.” In Phrygians: In the Land of Midas, In the Shadow of Monuments (Frigler: Midas’ın Ülkesinde, Anıtların Gölgesinde), edited by T. Sivas and H. Sivas, 360-375. Istanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2012.

Selected Courses
542 Ancient Ceramics and Glass

544 The Rediscovery of Antiquity

613 Ancient Jewelry and Metalwork

632 Topics in Ancient Furniture

827 Issues in the Study of Ancient Art

850 Ancient House and Garden

937 Ancient and Ethnographic Costume and Textiles

947 Excavation - Conservation - Display