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David Pickel

David Pickel

Ph.D. Candidate - Classical Archaeology
B.A. Classical Archaeology, Florida State University
M.A. Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona

David is focusing in classical archaeology, with research interests in Roman villas, Imperial and Late Antique Roman Italy, and ancient health and disease, in particular malaria. He received a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University (2012), a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (2013), and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Arizona (2015). David is also Director of Excavations for the 'Villa Romana di Poggio Gramignano Archaeological Project,' a multidisciplinary research project focusing on the Augustan-period villa at Poggio Gramignano and its related Late Antique (mid. 5th cent. CE) infant and child cemetery, both located along the Tiber river near the Umbrian town of Lugnano in Teverina, Italy.

David's dissertation concerns the archaeology and history of malaria in Roman central Italy (2nd cent. BCE to the 5th cent. CE). More specifically, it examines the interactions between humans, mosquito vectors, and malaria parasites, and the ways in which the environment, material artifacts, and human practices exposed people in the past to this disease.