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Katherine Crawford is currently a Marie Curie fellow at The Cyprus Institute in STARC on the project, EIDOS of a city: simulating the collapse and resilience of ancient Eastern Mediterranean urban environments via agent based modelling. This project questions about why some ancient Near East cities have lasted from antiquity until today while others can only be seen in archaeological ruin. Through the integration of high-performance computing (HPC) with archaeological and historical evidence, this project will begin to determine what variables contributed to a city’s ability to persist.
Katherine holds a PhD in Archaeology (2019) from the University of Southampton, UK, with a thesis that applied computational methods to study the movement routes of religious processions within the 2nd c. AD city of Ostia Antica. She additionally holds a MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of British Columbia (2013), a MA in Maritime Civilizations, specializing in maritime archaeology, from the University of Haifa, Israel (2014), and a BA in English, Latin, and Medieval Studies from St. Olaf College, USA (2011). Since obtaining her PhD, Katherine has held positions as a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia and, most recently, as a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University.
Katherine’s research has focused on trying to understand urban interactions in the past. Her previous work has focused on applying computational approaches to the archaeological record in order to understand pedestrian movement dynamics and how these facilitate various urban interactions. In particular, she has developed network analysis and agent-based models to study religious processional movement within Roman cities and has looked at the network connections that are created between social groups as movement occurs between public and private spaces within historic Pueblo settlements within the American Southwest.