Clinical Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies
Sebastian Heath has an A.B. from Brown University in Medieval Studies and received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. His research interests include Roman pottery, numismatics and the role of Digital Humanities in the study of the Ancient World, including the use of 3d models in fieldwork and teaching. The focus of his work at ISAW is the role of technology in scholarly communication and publication, which includes editorial work on ISAW Papers and ISAW's born-digital books. The most recent publication in the latter series is J. Ben-Dov and S. Sanders (eds.), Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature.
Recent courses taught include the graduate seminar "Maps, Models and Databases: Digital Tools for the Ancient World" and "The Archaeology of Rome and the Empire" in the NYU Department of Classics. In Fall 2014 he is teaching "Rome: A Visual and Virtual Empire" at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His Spring 2015 seminar will be "Mapping and Data Visualization for the Ancient World" (ISAW-GA 3023).
Dr. Heath has participated in excavation and survey in Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Current field work includes publication of Roman pottery from the Lower City at Troy in Turkey and work on archival material from the American Excavation at Kenchreai in Greece. Much of his work appears in digital form. He is co-editor with Billur Tekkök of the digital publication Greek, Roman and Byzantine Pottery at Ilion (Troia), is an editor of The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project: Internet Edition, and a founding editor of Nomisma.org. Along with Jennifer Chi, he is co-editor of the exhibition catalog Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos. Other articles and chapters include "Legal Threats to Cultural Exchange of Archaeological Materials" (online) in the American Journal of Archaeology (2009); "Diversity and Reuse of Digital Resources for Ancient Mediterranean Material Culture" (online) in the volume Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity, Bodard and Mahony, eds. (2010); and "Closing Gaps with Low-Cost 3D" in Visions of Substance: 3d Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology, B. Olson and W. Caraher, eds. (2015). He was Project Manager of the NEH-Funded "Linked Ancient World Data Institute" (LAWDI). A report on LAWDI has recently appeared in Information Standards Quarterly, and reports on many of the projects presented at LAWDI are available in "Current Practice in Linked Open Data for the Ancient World," ISAW Papers 7.
From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Heath served as Vice-President for Professional Responsibilities of the Archaeological Institute of America. He came to ISAW from the American Numismatic Society, where he remains a Research Scientist and Fellow.
See https://nyu.academia.edu/SebastianHeath for links to digital copies of publications and other materials.
For more recent papers see Academia.edu.
2010. “Digitization and Reuse of Ancient Mediterranean Material Culture”, in S. Mahony and G. Bodard (eds.) Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity, Ashgate, pp. 35-52.
2009. with G. Schwartz. “Legal Threats to Cultural Exchange of Archaeological Materials,” American Journal of Archaeology 113.3 (July 2009), pp. 459-461.
2007. “Acquisitions for 2005 in the American Numismatic Society collection,” American Journal of Numismatics 19 (Second Series), pp. 183-190. With the curatorial staff of the Society.
2006-2010. with Billur Tekkök. Greek, Roman and Byzantine Pottery at Ilion (Troia). http://classics.uc.edu/troy/grbpottery.
2006. “A Box Mirror Made from Two Antinous Medallions of Smyrna,” American Journal of Numismatics 18 (Second Series), pp. 63-74.
2006. “Acquisitions for 2005 in the American Numismatic Society collection,” American Journal of Numismatics 18 (Second Series), pp. 153-202. With the curatorial staff of the Society.
2005. Susan E. Alcock et al., “The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project, Part VII: Historic Messenia. Geometric to Late Roman,” in Hesperia 74.2, pp. 147-209.
2004/5. “Acquisitions for 2003 and 2004 in the American Numismatic Society collection,” American Journal of Numismatics 16/17 (Second Series), pp. 269-303. With the curatorial staff of the Society.
2002. “Acquisitions for 2002 in the American Numismatic Society collection," American Journal of Numismatics 14 (Second Series), pp. 179-222. With the curatorial staff of the society.
2002. The British Museum Lot of Silver from the Taranto 1911 Hoard (Inventory of Greek Coins Hoards , no. 1874) . New York. Electronic publication available at http://numismatics.org/html/dpubs/taranto1911/. With John Kroll.
2001. "A sixth-century tremissis from Psalmodi (Gard, France)," American Journal of Numismatics 13 (Second Series): 63-80. With David Yoon.
2001. “Acquisitions for 2000 and 2001 in the American Numismatic Society collection," American Journal of Numismatics 13 (Second Series), pp. 151-212. With the curatorial staff of the society.
2001. “A cemetery and mausoleum on the W edge of Leptiminus: salvage excavations and recording, 1992 (Site 177),” with David Mattingly in L. Stirling, D. Mattingly, and N. Ben Lazrig (eds.) Leptiminus (Lamta). Report No. 2. The East Baths, Cemeteries, Kilns, Venus Mosaic, Site Museum, And Other Studies, pp. 397-408.
1998. “Mapping and Databases” in Jack Davis (ed.), Sandy Pylos: From Nestor to the Battle of Navarino, University of Texas Press, pp. 298-301.
1997. Jack Davis et al., “The Pylos Archaeological Project, Part I: Overview and the Archaeological Survey,” in Hesperia 66.3, pp. 391-494. Contributed the section “Data Mapping,” pp. 411-414.
1992. Gregory Crane et al. The Perseus Project 1.0. Yale University Press.
1990. "Hypertext from the Data Point of View: Paths and Links in the Perseus Project" in Hypertexts: Concepts, systems, and applications, A. Rizk, N. Streitz and J. Andre (eds). Cambridge University Press, pp. 324-336. With Elli Mylonas.