My name is Chelsea Gardner, and I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Classical Archaeology at the University of British Columbia, in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies. My proposed dissertation focuses on the Inner Mani peninsula of southern Lakonia, Greece and my goal is to compile and synthesize relevant historical, epigraphical, and archaeological sources from the Archaic to the Roman periods to provide a better understanding of this unique geographic area.
I currently hold a Killam Doctoral Scholarship and I work as a teaching and research assistant at the University of British Columbia, and am currently an active participant on two archaeological projects: The Athenian Agora excavations and The Diros Project in the Mani peninsula.
At present I am still in the early stages of my degree and am currently enrolled in a Digital Humanities seminar focused on “spectacle” in the ancient world which provided the impetus for this current website/research project. This course was my first exposure to the Digital Humanities, and is literally transforming the way that I am approaching scholarship, data, and my own research.
After having been exposed to (and now immersed in) this wonderful, overwhelming world of Digital Humanities, I have several ideas for further projects which are more relevant to my primary field of Greek archaeology: these include mapping festival routes for ancient processions, as well as creating an Open-Access digital database for our teaching collection here at UBC.
I am eager to collaborate and forge connections with fellow archaeologists, classicists, and DH-enthusiasts. Comments and suggestions are always welcome, and please feel free to contact me at any time at gardneca[at]alumni.ubc.ca.