Sylvia Deskaj

  • PhD Candidate


355 Baker Hall

Twitter: @sylviadeskaj

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Anthropological Archaeology
  • European Prehistory (Neolithic-Iron Age)

Biographical Info

Sylvia Deskaj (M.A.) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology.  Her dissertation research aims to better understand the nature of prehistoric social interaction between foreign and indigenous human populations in the Balkans. She is beginning a dissertation on human mobility during the Bronze Age in the Shkoder region of northern Albania, where she has been working since 2010 as a member of the PASH project, and is particularly interested in the social aspects of death and tumulus burial.  In 2012, Sylvia began work on the DIROS project in Greece, focusing on the massive Neolithic cave complex called Alepotrypa (Fox Hole), where she is studying the distribution of 100s of pieces of scattered human bone. Doctoral Committee:Dr. Lynne Goldstein (Chair)Dr. William A. LovisDr. Helen PollardDr. Jon FreyDr. William A. Parkinson


2011   Chapter 21 contributed to The Routledge Handbook of   Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation: an international guide to laws and practice in the excavation and treatment of archaeological human remains (with S. Schermer and E. Shukriu), edited by N. Marquez-Grant and L. Fibiger. Routledge. London.