Camille Reiko Acosta

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Assistant Professor of Art History, Archaeology, and Visual Studies, Art History
School of Humanities
Ph.D., UCLA, 2023, Archaeology
M.A., University of Oxford, 2015, Classical Archaeology
B.A., University of Edinburgh, 2011, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology
University of California, Irvine
3210 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2785
Irvine, CA 92617
Research Interests
Greek art and archeology, migration and colonialism, Greek-Egyptian interactions, ceramics, craft production, history of archeological theory and practice
Research Abstract
My research focuses on migration and mobility in the ancient Greek world with the goal of understanding the lived experiences of migrants themselves. Currently, I am working on the burial practices of migrants who died in Classical Athens (5th-4th centuries BC). While archaeological interpretations of migrant burials have traditionally focused on the degree to which migrants are assimilated or “othered,” I argue that intersecting aspects of identity, such as age, gender, and status, along with the circumstances of the migration event must also be considered in order to develop a migrant-centered approach to the ancient evidence. This work also draws on anthropological and sociological studies of contemporary migrant funerals, as well as my own experiences growing up as part of two migrant communities in Los Angeles.

I am currently part of two excavation projects, including at the site of Naukratis, a Greek port-of-trade in Egypt, a site which offers insights into how migrant Greeks lived, traded, worshipped, and interacted with the local Egyptian community in the 6th-4th centuries BC. In addition, I am working at the site of Methone in northern Greece, a colony of Eretria in southern Greece, where I am publishing the material from a 7th century BC workshop that produced ceramic, bronze, and ivory objects. I am also interested in the history of the discipline of archaeology, how the ancient Greco-Roman past has been used throughout history until today and am passionate about making the field of Classical archaeology more diverse and accessible.
Graduate Programs
Visual Studies
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