Carrie L. Sulosky Weaver

  • Lecturer II in Mediterranean Art and Archaeology


1503 Cathedral of Learning


Carrie Weaver’s area of specialization is the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world, with an emphasis on funerary art and architecture, burial practices, and the analysis of human bone. She has excavated in Pompeii and Sicily, and analyzed human remains from Rome, Sicily, Turkey, and the UK. Her research bridges science and the humanities, drawing upon the methods of these disparate fields to reconstruct past population dynamics and cultural practices. This approach is evident in her book, The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily (University Press of Florida, 2015). Her current book project, Marginalized Populations in the Ancient Greek World: The Bioarchaeology of the Other, draws upon literary, artistic, material, and biological evidence to shed new light on groups of individuals who were typically relegated to the periphery of Greek society, such as the disabled, deformed, and ethnically disparate.

Weaver’s teaching focuses on the art, architecture, and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world (including the Near East and Egypt), and encompasses a wide variety of topics (e.g., gender, identity, ethnicity, health and wealth disparities, ritual, modern reception of classical antiquity) and time periods (ca. 3200 BCE to 7th century CE).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.A. University of Virginia
  • M.Sc. University of Sheffield
  • B.A. University of Pittsburgh

Representative Publications

Sulosky Weaver, C.L. 2019. “To Include or Exclude? Marginalization of the Deformed in the Classical Greek World.” Journal of Greek Archaeology 4: 163–79.

Graham, E-J., C.L. Sulosky Weaver, and A.T. Chamberlain. 2019. “Pars Pro Toto and Personhood in Roman Cremation Ritual: New Bioarchaeological Evidence for the Rite of Os Resectum.” Bioarchaeology International 2: 240–254.

Sulosky Weaver, C.L. 2019. “Greater in Death: The Transformative Effect of Convivial Iconography on Roman Cineraria.” In The Ancient Art of Transformation: Case Studies from Mediterranean Contexts, edited by R.M. Gondek and C.L. Sulosky Weaver, 153–180. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Gondek, R.M. and C.L. Sulosky Weaver (eds). 2019. The Ancient Art of Transformation: Case Studies from Mediterranean Contexts. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Sulosky Weaver, C.L. 2018. “An Analysis of Byzantine Burials from Hacımusalar Höyük (Turkey).” Anatolian Studies 68: 151–175.

Sulosky Weaver, C.L. 2016. “Encounters with Death: Was there Dark Tourism in Classical Greece?” Journal of Greek Archaeology 1: 211–32.

Sulosky Weaver, C.L. 2015. The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Sulosky Weaver, C.L. 2015. “Walking Dead and Vengeful Spirits.” Popular Archaeology 19.

Wilson, R.J.A. with J.W. Hayes, C.L. Sulosky Weaver, and G. Di Stefano. 2014. “Il banchetto funerario nella Sicilia della prima età bizantina: nuove attestazioni da Kaukana.” Sicilia Antiqua 11: 515–63.

Sulosky Weaver, C.L. and R.J.A. Wilson. 2014. “Probable Atretic Cephalocele in an Adult Female from Punta Secca (Sicily, Italy).” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 24: 747–56.

Smith, T.J. and C.L. Sulosky Weaver. 2014. “Near Death Experiences: Greek Art and Archaeology Beyond the Grave.” In N.S. Rabinowitz and F. McHardy (eds.) From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 13–38.

Review of Joseph L. Rife, Isthmia Volume IX. The Roman and Byzantine Graves and Human Remains (Princeton, 2012). The Classical Journal 109 (2014): 380–3.

Wilson, R.J.A. with J.W. Hayes, C.L. Sulosky, and G. Di Stefano. 2011. “Funerary Feasting in Early Byzantine Sicily: New Evidence from Kaukana.” American Journal of Archaeology 115: 263–302.

Wilson, R.J.A. with J.W. Hayes, G. Di Stefano, and C.L. Sulosky. 2009. “An Early Byzantine ‘Elite’ Tomb in a Domestic Context at Kaukana, Sicily.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 22: 412–5.

Research Category

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 1tth, 2018.