Erin W. Averett, PhD
Erin W. Averett, PhD

Erin W. Averett, PhD

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Honors Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Fine & Performing Arts

Position

  • Associate Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Biography

Erin Walcek Averett graduated with a B.A. in Latin and Classical Archaeology from the University of Georgia, and her MA and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Dr. Averett is an associate professor of archaeology at Creighton University and also serves as the adjunct curator of antiquities at the Joslyn Art Museum. She has excavated widely in Greece and Cyprus, and is currently the assistant director of the Athienou Archaeological Project on Cyprus, which is funded by an NSF-REU grant. She also serves as the President for the Lincoln-Omaha Archaeological Institute of America chapter. Her research area includes Cypriot art and archaeology, with special focus on terracotta figurines and Iron Age ritual and religion in the Eastern Mediterranean. She has recently published an article on Cypriot masked performances in The American Journal of Archaeology, on her new 3D imaging project in Antiquity, and has co-authored a site report on the last three seasons of the Athienou Archaeological Project in the Journal of Field Archaeology. Dr. Averett has recently organized a workshop on digital archaeology, Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology, that was funded by an NEH grant.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • “Theriomorphic Figures in Hellenistic and Roman Arcadia: Nostalgia and Ritual,” in Proceedings of the Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas: Mediterranean Networks and Cyprus Conference, 3-5 June 2013, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, edited by D. Michaelides and G. Papantoniou. Brill., Brill, 2019
  • Visualizing Votive Practice: Limestone and Terracotta Sculpture from Athienou-Malloura through 3D Models. D. Counts, Erin Walcek Averett, K. Garstski, and M.K. Toumazou, ASOR and The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2019
  • “Mobile Computing in Archaeology: Exploring and Interpreting Current Practices,” in Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology, edited by E.W. Averett, J.M. Gordon, and D.B. Counts. [co-authored by J.M. Gordon, Erin Walcek Averett, and D.B. Counts]., The Digital Press, University of North Dakota, 1-28, 2016
  • “DIY Digital Workflows on the Athienou Archaeological Project, Cyprus,” in Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology, edited by E.W. Averett, J.M. Gordon, and D.B. Counts., The Digital Press, University of North Dakota, 111-141, 2016
  • “Antiquity Depicted: the Drawings of Katherine Schwab and the Tradition of Archaeological Illustration in Greece,” in An Archaeologist’s Eye: the Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab, edited by G. Bucher and J. Deupy. Fairfield University Press. [co-authored by Erin Walcek Averett and B. Martens]., Fairfield University, 2014
  • “The Ritual Context of the Malloura Terracotta Figurines,” in Crossroads and Boundaries: The Archaeology of Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, edited by M. K. Toumazou, P.N. Kardulias, and D. B. Counts. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Series 65. Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research., Academic Press, 133-147, 2011

Articles

  • “3D Artifact Modeling and Customized Structured Light Scanning at Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus,” Antiquity. [co-authored by Erin Walcek Averett, D.B. Counts, and K. Gartski]., Academic Press, 349, 206-18, 2016
  • “Masks and Ritual Performance on the Island of Cyprus,” American Journal of Archaeology 119.1: 3-45., American Journal of Archaeology, 119.1, 3-45, 2015
  • "Shedding Light on the Cypriot Rural Landscape: Investigations of the Athienou Archaeological Project in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, 2011-2013,” [co-authored by M.K. Toumazou, D.B. Counts, Erin Walcek Averett, J. Gordon, and P.N. Kardulias]., Journal of Field Archaeology, 40:2, 204-20, 2015
  • Averett, Erin Walcek Review of Papantoniou, G., Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos (Mnemosyne Supplements 347). Leiden: Brill, 2012., Journal of Hellenic Studies, 134, 243-244, 2014
  • Averett, Erin Walcek Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos [book review], Journal of Hellenic Studies, 2014
  • Averett, Erin Walcek Review of Leibundgut Wieland, D. and L. Frey-Asche, 2011. Weihgeschenke aus dem Heiligtum der Aphrodite in Alt-Paphos. Terrakotten, Skulpturen und andere figürliche Kleinvotive. Ausgrabungen in Alt-Paphos auf Cypern Band 7. Mainz: von Labern. http://www.ajaonline.org/online-review-book/1616., American Journal of Archaeology, 117, 2013
  • “Drumming for the Divine: a Female Tympanon Player in the Museum of Art and Archaeology,” MVSE. Annual of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, MVSE. Annual of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, 36-39, 15-28, 2004

Publications

  • “Playing the Part: Masks and Ritual Performance in Rural Sanctuaries in Iron Age Cyprus,” in The Physicality of the Other. Masks from the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, edited by A. Berlejung and J. Filitz. Orientalische Religionen in der Antike., Mohr Siebeck, 305-37, 2018
  • “Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology,” National Endowment for the Humanities White Paper, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant #HD-51851-14. https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:12289/, National Endowment for the Humantiies, 2016
  • “(Re)Constructing Antiquity: 3D Modeling the Terracotta Figurines from Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus,” The Association for Coroplastic Studies News and Notes 12: 15-17., The Association for Coroplastic Studies News and Notes, 12, 15-17, 2014

Editing and Reviews

  • Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital ArchaeologyEdited by Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek B. Counts, The Digital Press, University of North Dakota, 2016
  • Invited review of Papantoniou, G. 2012. Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos. Brill., Journal of Hellenic Studies, 134, 2014
  • Review of Smith, J. 2009. Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age. Cambridge UP.  http://ajaonline.org/online-review-book/883., American Journal of Archaeology, 115, 2011
  • Averett, Erin W. The Sanctuary of Hermes and Aphrodite at Syme Viannou IV. Animal Images of Clay = To iero toy Erme kai tes Aphrodites ste Syme Viannoy IV. pelina zodia. Library of the Archaeological Society at Athens no. 256, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2010.02.44, 44-44, 2010
  • Invited review of Fourrier, S. 2007. La Coroplastie Chypriote archaïque: Identités culturelles et politiques à l’époque des royaumes. Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, No. 46. Lyon. In Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research., Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 357, 96-99, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • The archaeology of Cyprus, Greek art and archaeology, ancient religion, figurine studies, Eastern Mediterranean interactions, the construction of gender in the ancient Mediterranean, digital technology in archaeology, and 3D imaging in archaeology

Grant Funding Received

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship Research Grant, Creighton University Graduate School. Project Title: "A Fragmented Past: (Re)Constructing Antiquity Through 3D Modeling Phase II."
  • George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund. Project Title: A Fragmented Past: (Re)Constructing Antiquity through 3D Modelling.
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship Research Grant, Creighton University Graduate School. Project Title: "The Monstrous and the Uncanny: a Re-evaluation of Apotropaic Objects in Iron Age Cyprus."
  • Principal Investigator, Kripke Center for the Study for Religion & Society Research Grant, Creighton University. Project Title: Publication Grant for the Votive Figurines from the Sanctuary of Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus
  • Consultant: Terracotta Domain Expert, Research Grant Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Project Title: "From Scanner to Scholar: The Publication of 3D Models in the Digital Age."
  • Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Level I Start-Up Grant (# HD-51851-14). Project Title: "Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology."
  • Collaborator, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, FRACAS Grant. Project Title: "Developing Custom Structured Light Scanning Scanning and Modeling the Votives of Athienou-Malloura."
  • Principal Investigator, Kripke Center for the Study of Religion & Society Research Grant, Creighton University. Project Title: "Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus."
  • Oscar Bronzer Travel Grant, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
  • Homer & Dorothy Thompson Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
  • Fulbright Fellowship to Greece (declined)
  • Brunilde Ridgway Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
  • National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant
  • George F. Haddix Research Incubator Award. Project: "Cypriot Sanctuaries: Ritual and Sacred Space in Ancient Cyprus, ca. 1200-300 BCE"

Awards and Honors

  • Dean’s Award for Tenure Track Teaching, Creighton University, 2015
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Georgia, 1998
  • Eta Sigma Phi, zeta iota chapter, University of Georgia, 1995