Nadhira Hill is a PhD candidate in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan studying ancient Greek ceramic production.
Nadhira’s research explores the intersections of ceramic production, cultural interaction, and commensal practices at the site of Olynthos, in the Chalkidiki region of northern Greece. In particular, she is interested in using the organization of pottery production to better understand broader questions about sociopolitical cohesion and diversity at the site during the Late Classical period.
Her research interests more broadly include experiential learning and pedagogy, public engagement in museums and at archaeological sites, and experimental archaeology (she has taken several courses related to wheel-throwing pottery at local pottery studios). She hopes to be able to incorporate scientific analyses (e.g. chemical and petrographic analyses) and ethnography (especially of modern day potters on the Greek mainland) into either current or future research projects.
Nadhira has excavated at the Athenian Agora Excavations (2014-2015; 2017) and as part of the Olynthos Project (2017-Present). She has also participated in two ceramic petrology courses at the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the Penn Museum (May 2018) and at the Fitch Laboratory at the British School at Athens (May 2019).