By Katina Lillios, Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Katina Lillios is an archaeologist and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Katina has a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University and a BA in Archaeology and Art History from Boston University. She has taught at the University of Iowa since 2003. Katina is interested in the ways that people use their material world to create social identities and cultural differences. She has devoted her career to exploring this question for the peoples of the Neolithic through Bronze Age of the Iberian Peninsula (4000-1500 BCE), a period of profound social and climate changes. Through archaeological excavation and the study of artifacts, and often working in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, her work has centered on understanding the ways that people of the past used things and monuments, such as heirlooms, sacred objects, and ancestral burials, to shape their futures.
Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Katina is the author of Heraldry for the Dead: Memory, Identity, and the Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia (Texas, 2008), In Praise of Small Things: Death and Life at the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age Burial of Bolores, Portugal (BAR, 2015, coauthored with Waterman, Artz, and Nilsson-Stutz), and The Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula: From the Paleolithic through the Early Bronze Age (Cambridge, 2019).