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Theme Group Welcomes Archeologist Nancy Winter

Academic Guest

This month the NIAS Theme Group "Biographies of Buildings: Virtual Futures for our Cultural Past" welcomes Nancy Winter (University of California at Santa Barbara). Winter will share her expertise on the decorative roofs of Cumae and Satricum at discussions about the proposed 3D reconstructions of monuments in these Roman satellite cities. 

Patricia Lulof, Theme Group Coordinator: ‘We are glad to welcome our new guest in our Research Theme Group. She will stay one month and we are looking forward to introduce her to the NIAS community”.

Nancy Winter will contribute to the NIAS seminar (23 April) on the advantages of 3D modeling in reconstructing decorative roof systems.


About Nancy Winter 

Dr. Nancy A. Winter (Distinguished Senior Researcher, Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program, University of California at Santa Barbara) specializes in Archaic decorative roof systems. 



BA cum laude in Classics, University of California at Santa Barbara 1967. MA Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 1970. PhD. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College 1974. Terracotta Representations of Human Heads Used as Architectural Decoration in the Archaic Period. 


American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, Editorial Associate, Publications Office, 2007-2013; Librarian of the Blegen Library 1971-1982, 1985-2000.
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek and Classical Archaeology 1982-1984.  

Relevant publications 

Symbols of Wealth and Power: Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C. (Suppl. to the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 9) (Ann Arbor 2009). 
Greek Architectural Terracottas from the Prehistoric to the End of the Archaic Period (Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology) (Oxford 1993).  
“The phenomenon of terracotta: architectural terracottas,” in J. MacIntosh Turfa (ed.), The Etruscan World, London/NY 2013, 903-913.
“Soluzioni degli angoli frontonali nei tetti etruschi di VII e VI secolo a.C.,” in C. Chiaramonte Treré, G. Bagnasco Gianni, and F. Chiesa (eds.), Interpretando l’antico: Scritti di archeologia offerti a Maria Bonghi Jovino (Quaderni di Acme 134), Milan 2012, 139-156.


About the Theme Group

The Theme Group “Biographies of Buildings: Virtual Futures for our Cultural Past” explores the usage of visual digital research tools to clarify patterns in the transformations of buildings, from early antiquity until the early modern era. The focus will be on monuments in Rome and its satellite cities, such as Cumae and Satricum. Mapping and modelling will be done in two and three dimensions, and across time, which produces our fourth dimension. In this research experiment we will transform traditional data (material from excavations, archival documents, drawings, prints) into advanced digital 3D models, an intermediate stage being the drawing in pen and ink. The exploration of the most modern digital media involves systematic interdisciplinary research, some of which is as old as the humanities: philology. And we will test earlier reconstructions of some iconic buildings and the ways they were produced and used by various social groups.


Lex Bosman, University of Amsterdam
Bernard Frischer, Indiana University
Bram Kempers, University of Amsterdam
Patricia Lulof, University of Amsterdam 
Carlos Rescigno, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli