William Caraher

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William Caraher (2013-10-25)


William Caraher is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Dakota. He took his B.A. in Latin and History at the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in History at Ohio State University in 2003 with a dissertation titled “Church, Society, and the Sacred in Early Christian Greece”. This work focused on a social reading of Early Christian basilica style architecture in Greece and Caraher has published on the abandonment of these buildings, evidence for resistance in Early Christian architecture, and issues of monumentality in Christian Greece. Since 2003, Caraher has been co-director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project in Cyprus. This is an integrated, diachronic survey and excavation at a site on the south coast of the island which featured a major Roman and Late Roman harbor town, a Hellenistic fortification, and a probable Iron Age sanctuary. The monograph-length, synthetic study of the survey component of the project co-authored with David Pettegrew and R. Scott Moore has been accepted for publication with the American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Report Series as *Pyla-Koutsopetria: Survey at an Ancient Harbor Town*. The second volume on the results of our excavations is currently in manuscript form. Several reports have appeared in the *Report of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus* (*RDAC*) and *Near Eastern Archaeology*. This work received funding from the University of North Dakota, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Curtiss and Mary T. Brennan Foundation, and the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust. Caraher has also published and published on his regional survey work with the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey in Greece between 1997 and 2009, and this work has included sites of almost every historical period as well as archaeological methodology. His publications have appeared in the *Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology* and *Hesperia*. Since 2010, Caraher has worked with an interdisciplinary team to publish the result of over 20 years of excavation at the site of Polis-*Chrysochous* on Cyprus by the Princeton Polis Expedition. The primary focus of this work has been on the two Early Christian basilicas at the site, and a synthetic report on the Early Christian to Medieval components of these buildings appeared in 2012 in the *Polis: City of Gold* exhibition catalogue published by Yale University Press. Work at the site has received support from the University of North Dakota and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library. In 2012 he has applied the methods developed in the Mediterranean to begin to document the the life and material culture in the man camps in the Bakken Oil Patch in Western North Dakota. This initiative is a collaboration with Prof. Bret Weber in the Department of Social Work and earned a University of North Dakota Collaborative Research Grant and University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies Seed Grant. Caraher has edited two volumes, a festschrift for Timothy E. Gregory with Linda J. Hall and R. Scott Moore and a volume of in the *International Journal of Historical Archaeology*. He is currently co-editing a volume on method and theory in Byzantine archaeology with Kostis Kourelis. He is also co-editor with Bret Weber of the *Grand Forks Neighborhood History Series* which supports academic-quality public history volumes on the buildings and neighborhoods in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The first volume in the series, written by Christopher Price and titled *The Old Church on Walnut Street: A Story of Immigrants and Evangelicals* appeared in 2012. Perhaps his best-known scholarly accomplishment is his blog the *Archaeology of the Mediterranean World* which is among the most visible and widely read scholarly blogs on archaeological topics on the interwebs. He is also the co-author of the blog *Punk Archaeology* with Kostis Kourelis which will become part of a peer reviewed volume on the same topic in 2013. In 2006, he produced the award winning documentary *Survey on Cyprus*, directed by Josiah Patrow, and has quietly begun a new project to develop a digital academic press at the University of North Dakota. Caraher is a founding member of the Working Group in Digital and New Media at the University of North Dakota. He is also a member of the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Schools of Oriental Research. In 2007-2008 he was the Carpenter Fellow at the American Schools of Classical Studies in Athens (and Jacob Hirsh and Doreen C. Spitzer Fellow from 2001-2003).

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