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About Us

A&P: Antiquorum et Praesentis is a collaborative history and archaeology blog created by Jesica Jayd H. Lewis (North Carolina State University) and sustained by a growing number graduate student contributors from a variety of universities in the United States. Here you’ll find scholarly works, general musings about history, and archaeology news.

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If you would like to make a contribution to the site, email the Editor Jesica Jayd H. Lewis at antiquorumhistory[at] or send us a message on Facebook.


Jayd and pithosJesica Jayd H. Lewis (Editor)

Jayd is a graduate student in the Ancient History program at North Carolina State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature, Middle East Studies, and Anthropology in 2011. After a year of post-graduate work, she entered into graduate in Ancient History program, with the goal of studying ancient languages and scripts. She is particularly interested in the Bronze Age Aegean scripts (Linear A, Linear B, and Cretan Hieroglyphics). In the future, she would like to learn to read Ancient Hittite cuneiform and Egyptian Hieroglyphic and Hieratic scripts in order to study contact and exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age. Another of Jayd’s key interests is Digital Humanities, and as a HASTAC scholar she works to incorporate the use and development of digital tools for humanities scholarship.

Outside of the classroom, Jayd volunteers as a research assistant in Thomas Parker’s Archaeology Laboratory at North Carolina State University, working mostly in the reconstruction of ceramics recovered at Roman frontier sites in Jordan. She also campaigns for animal rights, wildlife conservation and for the regulation of trade in exotic animals.

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pam in trench picPamela Koulianos (Contributor)

Pamela Koulianos graduated from NC State University with a degree in History and Education, minoring in Classical Greek language. She is currently a Graduate student at NC State University studying Ancient Civilizations and Medieval History.

Pamela’s interest in ancient history stems from her love of archaeology. She hopes to contribute to the field by reconstructing the economy of the ancients by analyzing the ceramic material from different archaeological projects. “People are pots,” and through the study of ceramics, archaeologists can begin to understand the daily life of an ancient, manufacture and production techniques, and trade patterns.

Her focus is primarily the Roman Levant, particularly Jordan or what would have been Provincia Arabia in antiquity. She is currently the ceramicist for the Petra Garden and Pool Project, and the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archeological Project along with a fellow co-worker. Previously a trench supervisor, Pamela has recently joined the Petra North Ridge Project as the ceramicist assistant under the direction of Dr. S. Thomas Parker.

“Everything has a history and we are what we were.”



Caitlin bio picCaitlin Purcell (Contributor)

Caitlin Purcell is an Early Christianity graduate student at Duke University studying the Christianization of rural Italy and Gaul. Her other interests include monasticism, hagiography, and manuscript study.











Carl “CJ” Rice (Contributor)

CJ is a first year graduate student in North Carolina State University’s department of History. He hails from the mountains and valleys of West Virginia and completed his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University where he earned two bachelor degrees, one in History and one in Religious Studies. Following from such a background, CJ is interested in the intersections of religion and history, particularly episodes of violence and persecution in the ancient world. He has conducted research on religious violence in late antique Alexandria. His current projects include the Great Persecution and the religious communities at Elephantine in Egypt. CJ has also participated in the Bethsaida Excavations Project on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee in Summer 2012. In the future, CJ hopes to teach at the university level. In addition to the countless hours at school, CJ loves traveling, reading, drinking coffee, and good food.


Tiffany Key

Tiffany Key (Contributor)

Tiffany graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in both History and Agricultural Education in 2011. Since then she has continued her education at State as a graduate student in the Ancient History program. Most of Tiffany’s work has centered on the Roman military in the East including such topics as supply, trade, storage, and economic importance. She specializes in Late Roman and Early Byzantine ceramics from Arabia and joined two archaeological projects in 2011-the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project and the Petra Garden and Pool Complex Project-as a ceramicist with a fellow co-worker. In 2012 she joined the Petra North Ridge Project as a Trench Supervisor working in one of the domestic areas. Her current research focuses largely in the Wadi Araba, where she is currently analyzing the ceramic trade centered around the 4th century fort at ‘Ayn Gharandal.


photo (3)Jason Norris
Jason is currently an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. He is a senior with a major in History and a double minor in Anthropology and Classical Studies with a Latin Concentration. He hopes to begin graduate school after graduation, with an eventual goal of working in a public history setting with material culture.

Jason’s main interest in history is Late Antiquities and Middle Age Western Europe though he occasionally wanders into older periods, especially prehistoric Europe, in his studies.
Currently, Jason volunteers in the Archaeology Lab under Dr. Thomas Parker at North Carolina State, mostly doing reconstructions, which though challenging are definitely the best part of working with the past.







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