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Matthew Naglak M.A.


Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
424 S. State St.
Ann Arbor
MI 48109


The objective of my dissertation research is to analyze ancient Roman public spaces with respect to their physical reality as part of the ever-changing built environment both in terms of their location within the city and their functionality beyond ideological destination spaces. Through multiple approaches, piazza areas will be reintegrated into the urban landscape as spaces of dynamic as well as rhythmic action and activity of individuals over varying time scales. The goals of my project are fourfold: 1) to systematically analyze activity within piazzas from multiple perspectives while avoiding normative assumptions; 2) to engaging with numerous types of data including textual, epigraphical, archaeological, and ethnographic data when appropriate; 3) to create a model which may still be applicable sites where certain data sources are not available; 4) to place the study of Roman public spaces within the larger framework of anthropological studies of movement and activity.

Curriculum Vitae

2013 – present:

Doctoral Candidate, Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, Chair: Dr. Nicola Terrenato

M.A. (expected fall 2017) Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan
2012:   M.A. Classics (Greek and Latin), University of Kansas, Chair: Dr. Philip Stinson

B.A. (Hons) Classical Studies, University of Arkansas, Chair: Dr. Alexandra Pappas

B.S. Physics and Mathematics, University of Arkansas


Current Research Projects

The Regia Digital Analytical Publication Project, American Academy in Rome and the University of Michigan, Database design, spatial and data analyst

Notion Archaeological Survey of Notion, Turkey, University of Michigan and Brown University, Architectural survey supervisor/GIS specialist

The Gabii Project Excavation of Gabii, Italy
University of Michigan,Topography supervisor/photogrammetry specialist


Edited Volumes

In Press G. Tucker/M. Naglak, "Pinguntur enim portus: The Spatio-Temporal Context of Maritime Landscape Painting at Villa A", in, J. R. Clarke/N. K. Muntasser (Eds.), Oplontis: Villa A ("Of Poppaea") at Torre Annunziata, Italy, vol. 2: Decorative Ensembles: Painting, Stucco, Pavements, Sculptures (Humanities E-Book Series of the American Council of Learned Societies).            
2016 E. Gazda/M. Naglak, "Multiple Meanings on Display: The Marble Sculpture Collection from Villa A", in: E. Gazda (Ed.), Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii (Kelsey Museum Publication 14; Ann Arbor 2016).


Book contributions

In Press M. Naglak, "Digitization, Interpretation, and 3D Publication of Brown’s Roman Regia Excavations", in: Nuove richerche sulla Regia di Brown (University della Calabria Press).
In Press M. Naglak, "A Mid-Republican House from Gabii", in: R. Opitz/M. Mogetta/N. Terrenato (Eds.; University of Michigan Press).


Peer-reviewed articles

In Press P. Stinson/M. Naglak/R. Mandel/J. W. Hoopes, "The Remote-Sensing Assessment of a Threatened Ancient Water Technology in Afghanistan", in: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.