Plagioclase, Pots, and People in 6th-Century Boeotia, Greece

Science on Tap
Monday, March 8, 2021
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)

Join us as we discuss how science, history, archaeology, and art history can combine in exciting and unexpected ways to give us insight into what life was like in the ancient world. Using her dissertation research on archaic pottery from Boeotia, Greece, Janelle Sadarananda will discuss how archaeologists move conceptually from the microscopic analysis of minerals to the sociopolitical realities of life in ancient Greece, and why this kind of research is worthwhile.

About the Speaker


Janelle Sadarananda with Greek statue

Janelle Sadarananda

Janelle Sadarananda is a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW). Her dissertation research focuses on pottery production in archaic Boeotia, Greece. She currently works at the site of Eleon in Boeotia, and has worked at Hacımusalar Höyük in southwestern Turkey, Gordion in central Turkey, and Corinth in Greece. From 2017–2019 she lived in Athens as a member of the American School of Classical Studies. She is a member of the Pyrotechnology Research Group in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials at Penn. At the Penn Museum she serves as a cultural content provider for programs such as Ancient Alcohol After Hours and the upcoming Invisible Beauty exhibit tour. Janelle also worked as a graduate assistant for the teaching collection in the learning and public engagement department.

About the Series

Our Science on Tap monthly speaker series is now online! This monthly gathering features brief, informal presentations by Philadelphia-based scientists and other experts followed by lively conversation and a Q&A. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!