Alison Crandall

Education

B.A. Chemistry, Brandeis University, B.A. Classical Studies, Brandeis University

M.A. Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, Brandeis University

Areas of Interest

Ancient technology, commodity production, and associated trade networks in the eastern Mediterranean

Profile

Alison Crandall is originally from western Massachusetts. She earned a B.A. in chemistry and classical studies (’13) as well as an M.A. in ancient Greek and Roman studies (’15) at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Alison learned to combine her experience to pursue a career in archaeological science, with a specialization in organic residue analysis. Recently, she has studied additives used in wine for flavor and preservation, the adulteration of purple dye (from shellfish), and Levantine tree resins. She has excavated at the site of Petras in Crete and at Tel Kabri in Israel, and she works as assistant director of the ARCHEM Project. Her research with this team has led to an interest in ancient technology, commodity production, and associated trade networks in the eastern Mediterranean. Additionally, Alison studies Roman domestic life, particularly as reflected in the structure and decoration of the domus. Her M.A. thesis explored Roman wall structures and pigment use in the Bay of Naples, with a case study of several fragments in private collections. This work renewed her interest in the materials sciences, which Alison will pursue at University of California Los Angeles with Drs. Ioanna Kakoulli and Sarah Morris. In her spare time, Alison enjoys writing fiction, exploring wooded areas, and researching alternative energies, organometallic catalysts, and nanomaterials.

Research

 Roman domestic life, particularly as reflected in the structure and decoration of the domus.

Field Experience

Petras in Crete and at Tel Kabri in Israel

Presentations

Of Wine and Residues: Materials and Methods from the Tel Kabri Palatial Storerooms to the Chemistry Laboratory

The Minoan Dye Industry on Crete: Organic Residue Analysis of the Pottery from the Workshop at Alatzomouri-Pefka

Containers and Commodities in the Age of the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Chemical Analysis of Several Small Levantine Vessels and Their Contents

Advisors

 Dr. Ioanna Kakoulli and Dr. Sarah Morris