Natalie Susmann is a Greek landscape archaeologist who focuses on the intersection between the natural and built environments, with a particular interest in religious spaces, place-making, and spatial memory. Natalie received her PhD in Archaeology from Boston University in 2019, with a dissertation entitled The Nature of Cult: Visualizing Continuity on the Greek Cultic Landscape in the Argolid and Messenia, c. 2800 – 146 BCE. She is currently writing thematic and methodological articles based on her dissertation. She has previously published pieces on spatial memory, open-access initiatives in archaeology, and Roman period murex dye production.
Before coming to MIT, she held lecturer positions at Boston University and Lesley University. In addition to fieldwork in Greece, she has worked on archaeological excavations and surveys in Italy and Turkey. Currently, she is the director of the Greek Natural Cults Project (GNCP). Combining archaeological data, phenomenological approaches, and geospatial technology, GNCP assesses the role of natural features in cultic contexts and how certain features came in and out of focus throughout the longue durée of Greek antiquity. This paperless and open-access archaeological project has been funded with support from Boston University, the Rafik Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, Geoeye Foundation, and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. In 2020, the project will focus on eastern Crete.
Her teaching interests include Mediterranean history, Greek and Roman archaeology, landscape archaeology, environmental history, and Geographic Information Systems.