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Dr.  Chris  Motz
Dr. Chris Motz
Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
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Dr. Motz is an archaeologist specializing in the art, architecture, and other material remains of the ancient Roman world. His research explores social and economic history with a focus on daily life, crafts and industry, infrastructure, and urbanism. This work engages with questions about social networks and connectivity, economic systems, modes of learning, architecture, and construction. Currently, he is working on a book project that examines the circulation of craft knowledge in the Roman world. A second thread of his research centers on digital archaeology.

He currently conducts fieldwork at the coastal Punic/Roman city of Tharros, Sardinia (follow the project on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) and at Pompeii's Porta Stabia neighborhood (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook). He has previously conducted fieldwork in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, and Belize. He has also developed digital field recording systems for archaeological projects in Italy, Libya, and Belize, and he has consulted on systems for projects in the US, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, and the UK.

Grants and Fellowships

2018.  Dean's Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Graduate School.

2018. Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship, Archaeological Institute of America.

2017. Graduate Student Governance Association Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati.

Getzel M. Cohen Memorial Travel Grant, University of Cincinnati.

2017. University Research Council Graduate Student Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati.

2016. Marion and Dorothy Rawson Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati.

Presentations

2022. “Tracing Knowledge in Roman Workshops.” University of Arizona. March 16. Online lecture.

“Technology and Technique in Roman Workshops.” University of Cincinnati. March 10. Online lecture

2022. “Disconnection or Rejection? Examining Workshop Construction Practices in Two Roman Industries.” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. San Francisco, CA. Jan. 7–10.

2022. “Integrating Custom Maps Into Off-the-shelf Database Programs With Leaflet.” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (Lightning Talk, Ancient MakerSpaces). San Francisco, CA. Jan. 7–10.

2021. “Building Roman Industries: Exploring Ancient Communities of Knowledge Through History and Archaeology.” Elon University, Art History Speaker Series. Nov. 9.

2021. “A New Understanding of the Division of Specialized Labor in the Roman Building Industry.” Specialized Labor in Classical Antiquity: Economy, Identity, Community. May 14–15. Online conference.

2020. “New Excavations at the Punic-Roman City of Tharros, Sardinia.” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Washington, D.C. Jan. 2–5. Co-authored with S. Ellis, E. Poehler, L. Lieberman, S. Wenner, A. Marko, A. Trentacoste, J. Millar.

“Constructing Cetariae: The Role of Knowledge Networks in Building the Roman Fish-Salting Industry.” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. San Diego, CA. Jan. 3–6.

2018. “Mapping Knowledge Networks and Workshop Construction in the Roman Fish-Salting Industry.” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Boston, MA. Jan. 4–7. Poster.

2017. “The Knowledge Networks of Constructing Roman Fish-Salting Workshops.” The Bountiful Sea: Fish Processing and Consumption in Mediterranean Antiquity. Oxford, UK. Sept. 6–8. Poster.

2017. “Artifacts in Contexts: Beyond Time and Space.” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Toronto, Canada. Jan. 6. Co-authored with C.K. Baker and L.A. Lieberman.

2016. “Categories, Space, and New Perspectives in A Late Classic Maya Community.” Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Orlando, FL. April 7. Co-authored with J. Wright, S.E. Jackson, and L.A. Brown.

2016. “Contextualizing Small Finds at Pompeii: A New Take on Old Things.” Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Rome, Italy. March 19. Co-authored with C. Baker and L.A. Lieberman.

2015. “Integrating Digital and Physical Workflows in Archaeological Fieldwork: Lessons from Three Paperless Projects.” Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology, Wentworth Institute of Technology. Boston, MA. Feb. 28.

2012. “Next Steps in Paperless Recording: An Update from the Sangro Valley Project.” Taking Archaeology Digital: Redford Conference in Archaeology, University of Puget Sound. Tacoma, WA. Oct. 27.

2012. “Paperless Recording at the Sangro Valley Project.” Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, 40th Annual Conference. Southampton, UK. March 28. Co-authored with S. Carrier.

Selected Publications
Articles

2021. S. Ellis, E. Poehler, L.A. Lieberman, S. Wenner, A. Marko, C.F. MOTZ, A. Trentacoste, and J. Millar, “New Excavations at the Punic-Roman city of Tharros, Sardinia,” The Journal of Fasti Online 516, pp. 1–23.

2016. “Sangro Valley and the Five (Paperless) Seasons: Lessons on Building Effective Digital Recording Workflows for Archaeological Fieldwork,” in Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology, ed. E.W. Averett, J.M. Gordon, and D.B. Counts. Grand Forks, ND: Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, pp. 77–109.

2016. S.E. Jackson, C.F. MOTZ, and L.A. Brown, “Pushing the Paperless Envelope: Digital Recording and Innovative Ways of Seeing at a Classic Maya Site,” Advances in Archaeological Practice 4.2, pp. 176–191.

2013. C.F. MOTZ and S. Carrier, “Paperless Recording at the Sangro Valley Project,” in Archaeology in the Digital Era. Papers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, 26–29 March 2012, ed. G. Earl, et al. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 25–30.

2012. A. Christensen, H. Conley, S. Kane, M. MacKinnon, C.F. MOTZ, B. Munro, and V. Singleton, “Tornareccio (CH). Excavations at San Giovanni 2012,” in Quaderni di Archeologia d’Abruzzo 4 [2016], pp. 196–202.

2011. S. Kane, E. Bispham, A. Christensen, B. Fidelibus, H. Conley, R. Scopacasa, J. Countryman, and C.F. MOTZ, “Tornareccio (CH). Excavations and survey work at San Giovanni,” in Quaderni di Archeologia d’Abruzzo 3 [2014], pp. 410–416.

Chapters

In press. “The Cisterns of Insulae VIII.7 and I.1, Pompeii,” in S. Ellis, A. Emmerson, and K. Dicus, The Porta Stabia Neighborhood at Pompeii. Vol. 1: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Space. Oxford.

In press. “The Drains of Insulae VIII.7 and I.1, Pompeii,” in S. Ellis, A. Emmerson, and K. Dicus, The Porta Stabia Neighborhood at Pompeii. Vol. 1: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Space. Oxford.

In press. “The Fish-Salting Vats of Insulae VIII.7 and I.1, Pompeii,” in S. Ellis, A. Emmerson, and K. Dicus, The Porta Stabia Neighborhood at Pompeii. Vol. 1: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Space. Oxford.

In press. C.F. MOTZ and J. Wallrodt, “The Database,” in S. Ellis, A. Emmerson, and K. Dicus, The Porta Stabia Neighborhood at Pompeii. Vol. 1: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Space. Oxford.

Education
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.A., University of Cincinnati
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., Oberlin College
Contact Information
411 Humanities Building
(804) 289-8302
Areas of Expertise
Roman Archaeology
Ancient Crafts and Industry
Urbanism
Digital Humanities