Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Mississippi
A.B., Bryn Mawr College
M.A. and Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hilary Becker is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean archaeology, history, and language. Her research focuses upon the archaeology of the Mediterranean basin and in particular on the Italic peoples of peninsular Italy during the first millennium BC. Her research program addresses the economy and society of Etruria and she is interested in various aspects of the economy at different levels - from the organization and control of state-level property to the votive economy of Italic sanctuaries. Directly related to these socio-economic researches is an interest in the epigraphic tradition in Etruria and Rome. Hilary is a veteran of fieldwork in Italy and is at present a principal investigator of the collaborative project in the Area Sacra di S. Omobono in Rome operated jointly by the University of Michigan (USA) and the Università di Calabria (Italy). Her ongoing work at S. Omobono includes investigating a pigment shop discovered at the site in 1974. She recently delivered a paper on the economics of the Roman pigment industry and is currently collaborating with Ruth Beeston (Department of Chemistry, Davidson College) in order to learn more about the pigments present at the site.