Emily Gray

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Art History

Emily is a first-year MA student specializing in ancient art. She received her BA in Archaeology with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She has participated in field excavations in the United States, Israel, and Jordan, and hopes to participate in many more. Her senior thesis examined the nature of Nabataean domestic religion by analyzing the iconography of the Enthroned Nude Female, a terracotta figurine found in many Nabataean domestic spaces. She is also interested in how such religious and everyday objects can visually communicate important information regarding social and cultural identity. At Iowa, she hopes to focus this interest on both Nabataean and other Near Eastern cultures during the complex Hellenistic and Roman eras.