AIA Lecturer/Host: Joan Breton Connelly

Archaeologist and Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University

Joan Breton Connelly is Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University and a specialist in the archaeology of Cyprus. She has excavated at Kourion, Paphos, and ancient Marion and, since 1990, has directed the New York University Yeronisos Island Excavations and Field School just off the coast of western Cyprus. Here, she has pioneered eco-archaeology, integrating ecological and archaeological fieldwork. Connelly is the author of Votive Sculpture of Hellenistic Cyprus (1988) and numerous articles on Cypriot art, archaeology, and religion. The AIA has honored her with its Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award as well as its James R. Wiseman Book Award for Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (2007), also named a “Notable Book of the Year” by the New York Times Book Review and winner of the Association of American Publishers’ Award for Best Book in Classics and Ancient History. Her latest book, The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the World’s Most Iconic Building and the People who Made It (2014), has been named as the Editor’s Choice, New York Times Book Review.