Professor R.R.R. Smith

Professor R.R.R. Smith

Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Oxford University ; Director, New York University Excavations at Aphrodisias

Bert Smith has worked at Aphrodisias since 1985 (as Director since 1991) and taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1985-1995, with which he continues to collaborate closely through the Aphrodisias project. He has been teaching in the Classics Faculty at Oxford University since 1995, and his research interests lie in the art and visual cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world and the archaeology of Greek cities under the Roman Empire.

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Professor Katherine Welch

Professor Katherine Welch

Associate Professor of Fine Arts, New York University; Deputy Director, Aphrodisas Excavations

Katherine Welch has worked at Aphrodisias since 1991, on both architecture and marble sculpture projects. Her research interests are in architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Hellenistic/Republican and Roman Imperial periods, particularly in Rome, Italy, Turkey and Greece. She is currently preparing a monograph on the Stadium.

New York University
Serra Somersan

Serra Somersan

DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford; Assistant Director, Aphrodisias Excavations

Serra Somersan received her BA and MA degrees in Classical Archaeology at Ege University studying the Corinthian and Late Roman pottery of Antandros. Serra has been the Assistant Director of the Aphrodisias project since 2017. Her research interests are in archaic and classical pottery, open-air sanctuaries, and the transition from the Classical to the Hellenistic Period in Western Anatolia.

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Dr. Julia Lenaghan

Dr Julia Lenaghan

Mica and Ahmet Ertegün Senior Aphrodisias Researcher; Aphrodisias Project Administrator

Julia Lenaghan holds a Classical Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University. She has worked at Aphrodisias since 1994. Her field of specialty is Roman sculpture, and she edits and administers publications for the project.

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Dip.Ing. Gerhard Paul

Dip.Ing. Gerhard Paul

Architect, Vienna; Senior Anastylosis Architect, Aphrodisias Excavations

Gerhard Paul is a founding director of the architects’ company, AAP Architects in Vienna, where he specialises in the design of schools, university buildings, and social housing. He has worked at Aphrodisias since 1983 supervising the anastylosis of several major Roman buildings: the Tetrapylon (completed 1990), the Sebasteion South Building (2012), the Propylon of the Sebasteion (2015).

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Dip.Ing. Thomas Kaefer

Dip.Ing. Thomas Kaefer

Architect, Vienna; Senior Anastylosis Architect, Aphrodisias Excavations

Thomas Kaefer has worked at Aphrodisias as an architect since 1989, supervising restoration and anastylosis projects on Roman buildings such as the Tetrapylon, Sebasteion, and Hadrianic Baths. He works with Schenk Architects in Vienna, and specialises in architectural restoration and at Aphrodisias in the anastylosis of ancient buildings.


Mr Harry Mark, FAIA

Harry Mark, FAIA

Architect, San Clemente CA; Senior Architect, Aphrodisias Excavations

Harry Mark is a founding director of the architecture and graphic design company, RSM Design, based in San Clemente, California. He has worked at Aphrodisias since 1995, on the architectural documentation of the on-going excavations and of the already excavated buildings, first as a student architect, then as Senior Architect. He was elected a Fellow of American Institute of Architects in 2014.

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Mr Trevor Proudfoot

†Trevor Proudfoot

Stone Conservator, UK; Senior Site and Marble Conservator, Aphrodisias Excavations

Trevor Proudfoot was the senior stone conservator at Aphrodisias from 1991 until his sad death in 2019. Trevor was the founding director of Cliveden Conservation, UK, and Advisor to the National Trust and English Heritage for stone and plaster conservation. At Aphrodisias he carried out a wide range of marble conservation projects and supervised a programme of lime-mortar wall-capping and site conservation. His projects included the conservation and mounting of the late antique Shield Portraits, the Zoilos Frieze, the Blue Horse, and the Sebasteion Reliefs. Trevor’s work at Aphrodisias is carried on by the local team he trained at the site and by Cliveden conservators under the direction of his son Lewis Proudfoot.

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  • Prof Michelle Berenfeld (Pitzer College) – architecture, Triconch House (‘Bishop’s Palace’)
  • Mr Ian Cartwright (Oxford University) – photography
  • Prof Angelos Chaniotis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) – epigraphy, history
  • Dr Jim Coulton (Athens, Oxford) – architecture, Temple of Aphrodite
  • Mr Seth Dugger (University of Kansas) – architectural recording
  • Dr Kenan Eren (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul) – early history and archaeology
  • Prof Christopher Hallett (University of California, Berkeley) – sculpture, Bouleuterion
  • Dr Ine Jacobs (Oxford University) – late antique archaeology and excavation
  • Dr Andy Leung (Vienna) – architecture, Stadium
  • Dr Allyson McDavid – late phases of Hadrianic Baths
  • Dr Ulrike Outschar (Östereichisches Historisches Institut, Rome) – Roman ceramics
  • Dr Esen Öğüş (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) – sarcophagi and statuary
  • Dr Muradiye Öztaskin (Pamukkale University, Denizli) – medieval and Ottoman ceramics
  • †Prof Arzu Öztürk (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul) – architecture, Hadrianic Baths
  • Prof Christopher Ratté (University of Michigan) – archaeology, North Agora, regional survey
  • Miss Joyce Reynolds (University of Cambridge) – epigraphy
  • Dr Erica Rowan (Exeter University) – archaeo-botany and environmental archaeology
  • Dr Charlotte Roueché (Kings College London) – epigraphy, late antique and Christian
  • Dr Ursi Quatember (University of Graz) – architecture, Bouleuterion
  • Dr Benjamin Russell (Edinburgh University) – archaeology, marble quarries, excavation of South Agora
  • Dr Alexander Sokolicek (Institute of Archaeology, Vienna) – archaeology, Tetrapylon Street
  • Prof Peter de Staebler (Pratt Institute, New York) – archaeology, City Walls, regional survey
  • Prof Philip Stinson (University of Kansas) – architecture, Civil Basilica, Sebasteion
  • Dr Ahmet Tolga Tek (Anadolu University, Eskişehir) – numismatics
  • Prof Andrew Wilson (Oxford University) – archaeology, water technology, South Agora excavation
  • Dr Bahadır Yıldırım (Harvard University) – sculpture, reliefs from Civil Basilica
  • Prof Julie Van Voorhis (University of Indiana) – sculpture, Sculptor’s Workshop
Website credits: Drawings are by Harry Mark and other architects; photographs by Ian Cartwright, Guido Petruccioli, and project team members; website design by Neil Leeder; and texts by R.R.R. Smith.

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