Natalie Susmann

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Classics Department

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Boston University

Fields: Mediterranean landscape archaeology; nature, memory, and sacred space; digital humanities

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I am a Greek landscape archaeologist studying intersections between manmade and natural spaces, with a particular interest in sacred space, place-making, and spatial memory. My current research combines spatial and 3D technologies to examine the sensory experiences evoked from sacred spaces, questioning whether the ancient Greeks designed these areas to connect with the natural world. As a digitally-minded archaeologist, I use my teaching and research as a vehicle for exploring disparities in higher education digital training and resources. Some of this work is described on my teaching website.


  • CLAS199-01 Greek Arch in the Digital Age
  • CLAS199-02 Groves, Swamps, Springs, and Caves: Sacred Landscapes in Greece yesterday


2021. “Moving Down the Mountain: Pathways for Sacred Landscape Transformation at Ancient Epidaurus and Nemea.” Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness, and Culture. 14(1): 73-109.

2020. “Regional Ways of Seeing: A Big-Data Approach for Measuring Ancient Visualscapes.” Advances in Archaeological Practice. 8(2): 174-191. 

2020. “Tyrian, True, Royal, or Real: Archaeological Assumptions about the Roman Murex Dye Industry.” Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies. 8(2): 159-173. 

2019. The Nature of Cult: Visualizing Continuity on the Greek Cultic Landscape in the Argolid and Messenia, c. 2800 – 146 BCE. PhD Dissertation. Department of Archaeology, Boston University. 

2015. “Preliminary Approaches for the Identification and Classification of Mediterranean Murex Dye Sites.” Archaeological Textiles Review. 57: 89-103.

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