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“Tens of thousands of years ago, before the first trails were etched into mud with the point of a stick, before the first pictures were scratched onto stone, and long before the first graphic depiction of places on anything like paper, there must have been something we might call premapping: the desire, and so the attempt, to locate oneself.”

Peter Turchi, Maps of the Imagination

Michael Jennings received his Ph.D. with honors in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. His dissertation — “Beyond the Walls of Jericho: Khirbet al-Mafjar and the Signature Landscapes of the Jericho Plain” — explored the relationship between landscape and settlement in Jericho from the Hasmonean to early Islamic periods. An interest in urbanism and urbanization has led Michael to investigate cities throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. Michael is an expert in both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and traditional topographic survey and serves on the board of the Center for Digital Archaeology at UC Berkeley and the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

Neatline’s art historical advisor is Cecilia Malaguti. After a background in classical studies at the Universita di Bologna, Cecilia completed her thesis — “Lo scavo del Podere Chiavichetta (Classe), campagna 2001: analisi e informatizzazione del dato archeologico” — which developed a GIS platform for the mapping of archaeological evidence at the Byzantine port of Ravenna. Cecilia has over twenty years of experience as a field archaeologist, materials expert, and topographer, working at excavations in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. Above all, she loves cats.

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