Amanda Gaggioli

Assistant Professor

(901) 678-3018
Mitchell Hall 135
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Amanda Gaggioli



Ph.D., Stanford University, 2022


Fields of Interest

My research and teaching focuses on the environment, technology, and society in the ancient Mediterranean. Related topics of interest include human-environment relationships, earthquakes, resilience, political ecology, environmental humanities, archaeological science, geoarchaeology, soil micromorphology, and postcolonial theory. Currently, I am working on a book manuscript entitled ‘Earthquakes and the Structuring of  Greco-Roman Society.’ My ongoing fieldwork in Greece, Cyprus, and Armenia aims at understanding how people impacted and responded to environmental change as reflected in technological and material choices, over the long-term. My work has been supported by Stanford University's Environment, Energy & Sustainability Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, National Geographic, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

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Courses taught

World History to 1500; Engineering and Technology in the Ancient World; Troy Rocks!; Geoarchaeology and Soil Micromorphology; Independent Study in Akkadian Language I/II; Intermediate Greek: Homer’s Odyssey


Representative Publications

Academic Articles

  1. Gaggioli, A. M. Applications of Soil Micromorphology to Archaeoseismology Investigations in Cyprus in Amadio, M. (Ed.), Archaeology in the Smallest Realm: Micro analyses and methods for the reconstruction of Cyprus early societies. Artemide, Archaeology Series, Roma.

2021 Gaggioli, A. The Ancients and Sustainability. Review of Usher, M.D., Plato’s Pigs and other Ruminations. Ancient Guides to Living with Nature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. The Classical Review.

2021 Gaggioli, A. M., Bauer, A. M., Morrison, K.D., Lycett, M. T. Early water management in South Asia: geochronology and micromorphology of rock pools and small-scale water catchment features in Karnataka, India. Geoarchaeology.

2021 Erdogmus, E., Turan, M., Freedland, J., Gaggioli, A. M., Hoff, M. Characterization of Historic Mortar Samples for Period Analysis and Determination of Intervention Mortars: A Case Study. 12th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC) Interdisciplinary Projects and case studies.

2020 Erdogmus, E., Pulatsu, B., Gaggioli, A. M., Hoff, M., Reverse Engineering a Fully Collapsed Ancient Roman Temple through Geoarchaeology and DEM. International Journal of Architectural Heritage 1–21.

Public Writing

2023 Blog post, A Tale of Two Seismic Cities: How Memory Prevents Disaster, Council of American Overseas Research Centers. April 18

2020 Op-Ed, On the edge of empire: Armenians and the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh in context, The Stanford Daily, October 12


Representative Conferences


2023 “Resilience and Political Ecology of Human-Geological Environment Relationships: the case of Helike, Greece.” Panel ‘Geoarcheology and paleoenvironmental evolution of the coastal areas.’ XXI INQUA Congress 2023. Rome, Italy, July 17

2023 “The Anthropogenic and Geogenic Co-production of seismically triggered Soft Sediment Deformation Structures (SSDS) in Helike, Greece.” Panel ‘Political Geologies in the Ancient and Recent Pasts: Ontology, Knowledge, and Affect.’ The Annual Meeting for the Society for American Archaeology. Portland, OR, April 2

2023 “Geoarchaeology and Soil Micromorphology Perspectives on Late Helladic Burial and Ritual at Eleon, Greece.” The Annual Meeting for the Archaeological Institute of America. New Orleans, LA, January 8

2022 “Geoarchaeology and Soil Micromorphology of Destruction and Site Formation at Kourion, Cyprus.” The Annual Meeting for the American Society for Overseas Research. Boston, MA. November 19

2022 “The Geoarchaeology and Soil Micromorphology of seismically triggered Soft Sediment Deformation Structures (SSDS),” Panel ‘Geoarchaeology at the Micro-scale: new applications of microanalytical techniques.’ The Annual Meeting for the Geological Society of America. Denver, CO, October 12

2022 “Discovering a Catastrophic Day: the 373 BCE Helike, Greece earthquake and its aftermath in cultural memory and the socio-natural ​​landscape.” Panel ‘Ruination and Emergent Futures: Archaeological Perspectives on Landscapes of Insecurity.’ The Annual Meeting for the Society for American Archaeology. Chicago, IL, April 3

2022 “Poseidon Ἐννοσίγαιος as ‘Traditional Environmental Knowledge’ of Earthquake Hazards and Risks in the Greco-Roman World.” Panel ‘Homo Necans Revisited: Diachrony and the Long-Term Study of Ancient Religions’ for the Annual Meeting for the Archaeological Institute of America. San Francisco, CA, January 7




Undergraduate Studies Committee; Awards Committee


Representative Awards and Grants


2023 U.S. National Committee for Quaternary Research (USNC/INQUA) Fellowship Grant, National Academy of Sciences

2019-2022 Environment, Energy & Sustainability Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF), Stanford University

2020-2021 Multi-Country Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers

2020-2021 Early Career Grant, National Geographic Society