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Christopher Witmore

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Ph.D. Classical Archaeology, 2005
Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University

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Christopher Witmore received his doctorate from Stanford University in 2005, with a dissertation on archaeological practice and Greek landscape entitled Multiple-field approaches in the Mediterranean: Revisiting the Argolid Exploration Project. During the following year he accepted a postdoctoral position with the Stanford Humanities Lab and Metamedia where he continued to develop digital initiatives, co-founding both archaeolog.org (http://archaeolog.org) and archaeography.com (http://archaeography.com). From 2006 to 2009 Dr Witmore was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. In 2009, Dr Witmore joined the faculty of Texas Tech University as assistant professor.

A kind of specialist generalist in archaeology, Dr Witmore's work follows three complementary paths. From the development of agricultural practices in the Neolithic to pastoral economies and the dynamics of the Greek polis to contemporary land-use he has developed geographies of the Greek countryside over the very long term. Second, his work has explored the relationships of people and things, specifically in the context of ‘media' (whether 2 nd-century BCE inscriptions, 1st-century CE coins, or 18th-century maps) as developing modes of circulating actions and ideas. Third, his interests have led him to questions related to archaeological knowledge design and the place of digital media.