Trained as a Roman archaeologist and human
working in academic libraries.
Archaeology and history of the Late Republic-High
Roman Empire; Greek and Roman architecture; Roman
urbanism; Roman Britain; literacy; gift-giving; modern
material culture studies (including Anthrodesign); representations of the
contemporary city as ruin in art, film, and
literature. Developing interest in the
archaeology and history of the Greater Philadelphia
Area and New Jersey; developing interest in the impact
of classical antiquity on the early United States.
Stanford University, Department of Classics
Ph.D. Classics (Archaeology track)
Dissertation: A Cultural Studies Approach to
Roman Public Libraries: Social Negotiation, Changing
Spaces, and Euergetism
Committee: Profs. Michael Shanks, Jennifer Trimble,
and Ian Hodder
University College London, Institute of Archaeology
M.Sc. Archaeology and Ancient History of Disease
Dissertation: The Roman/ Anglo-Saxon Transition:
A Discussion of Life Stress and Its Visibility
Committee: Prof. Simon Hillson, Tony Waldron M.D.;
with advice from Prof. Vivian Nutton
University of Wales, Lampeter, Departments of
Archaeology and Classics (1991-1994)
B.A. (Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology, First
Dissertation: Ephesos: A Discussion of the
Negotiation of Space Under the Roman Empire
Adviser: Keith Hopwood
Special Collections Assistant, Marquand Library of Art and
Archaeology, Princeton University (2013-present)
RECENT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Library Service Assistant, University of Pennsylvania
Library Clerk, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Classics Bibliographer, Stanford University Libraries
Operations Manager, Art and Architecture Library,
Stanford University (2007-2010)
Evening Supervisor, Art and Architecture Library,
Stanford University (2005-2007)
Co-Principal Investigator with Richard Hingley, David
Petts, Michael Shanks, Melissa Chatfield, and Gary
Devore on the Durham-Stanford Binchester Roman Fort Excavations
Principal Project Manager of Mobile Media 2015, Stanford
Humanities Lab in collaboration with Daimler-Chrysler
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
PUBLICATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
Excavation: Over 80 weeks' experience working in
diverse and challenging environments (coastal and
riverside, city center, and a remote hilltop in rural
Sicily) with very different soils and conditions
(waterlogged intertidal sands and peats, Essex clays,
dry Mediterranean soils). Took part in rescue excavations for UK CRM companies: used to highly professionalized environment. Most recently excavated as
volunteer on Elfreth's Alley Project in
Philadelphia (2012) and the White Hill Mansion Excavation in Fieldsboro, NJ (2013).
Supervision: Co-Principal Investigator, Binchester
Roman Fort Excavation in Northeast England
(2009-2011); Supervisor, IRC-Oxford-Stanford
Archaeological Project in the Roman Forum (2003,
2004); Zone Supervisor, Monte Polizzo Bronze Age
Project (2002); Assistant Director, Monte Polizzo
Magnetometry Project (2001); Finds Officer, Monte
Polizzo Bronze Age Project (1999).
Skills: Identification and recording of archaeological strata and
building phases. Full onsite recording including
section/profile, elevation, and plan drawing, and the
use of different established systems for different
categories of recovered objects. Collection/interpretion of data with fluxgate gradiometer,
(as magnetometry survey Assistant Director in 2001). Familiarity with the National Register Criteria for
Evaluation of Historic Places.
Platt, David, Review of “Andrea Carandini (ed.) (2017). The Atlas of Ancient Rome: Biography and Portraits of the City, Princeton: Princeton University Press” in ARLIS/ NA Reviews (July 2017).
Exhibit: Ghostly Streets: A Fragmentary Ruins Exhibit, Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, NJ 08544 (April 2017).
Platt, David, Kathryn Schaeffer, and Jon Shaw, Prehistoric
Wessex: Towards a Deep Map. Philadelphia:
University of Pennsylvania Libraries, 2013.
Exhibit: Prehistoric Wessex: Towards a Deep
Map, Van Pelt Library, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2013).
Exhibit: Elements of Interpretation:
Interactions Between Archaeological Fragments,
Art, and Audience, Art & Architecture
Library, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2009).
Shanks, Michael, Platt, David, and Bill Rathje, “The
Perfume of Garbage: Archaeology and Modernity,” in Modernism/modernity,
11:1 (2004), 61-83.
Trimble, Jennifer and David Platt, “Magnetometry
survey at Monte Polizzo, Sicily” in Memoirs of
the American Academy in Rome 48 (2003),
Platt, David, Review of “Andy Boddington et al (1996)
Raunds Furnells: The Anglo-Saxon church and
churchyard. London: English Heritage,” in Medical
History, 41:4 (1997), 523.
AWARDS, HONORS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
Initiated into Beta Phi Mu, MLIS Honors Society (2018)
Research Fellowship (2003-2004)
Stanford University Graduate Fellowship (1999-2003,
University of Wales Research Fellowship (Sept 1997-Dec
British Academy of Humanities Postgraduate Fellowship
(Oct 1995-Sept 1996)
University of Wales, Lampeter, Ancient History Prize
British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara Travel
Grant (Summer 1993)
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Charles Conrad Abbott: Archaeologist, Naturalist, and New Jersey Psychogeographer.” Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography, University of Huddersfield, UK. Sept 2018.
“Boundary Objects & Boundary Work: Challenges for the 21st Century Museum Library.” University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA. June 2016.
“Mapping the Archive: Drawing Prehistoric Wessex.” Archaeological Society of New Jersey, Feltville/ The Deserted Village, NJ. Oct 2014.
“Prehistoric Wessex: Towards a Deep Map—Tour.” Philadelphia SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing). Jul 2013.
“Prehistoric Wessex: Towards a Deep Map—Curator's Remarks.” Van Pelt Library, UPenn. Mar 2013.
“Magnetometry at Roman Binchester and Piercebridge." Stanford Archaeology Center. Oct 2009.
“Reading Libraries: Libraries and Literary Culture in
the Roman Empire” at the Stanford Humanities
Center. May 2004.
“Beyond the Façade: Reading Libraries in the Roman
Empire” at the Stanford Archaeology Center
Workshop. Feb 2004.
“Where London Stood: Representations of the
Contemporary City as Ruin” at the Stanford Archaeology
Center. Jun 2003.
“The Agony and the Agon: Choosing a
Dissertation Topic in Archaeology”—joint presentation
with Meg Butler, Stanford Archaeology Workshop.
“The Mighty Mini,” Stanford Archaeology Center.
Moderator and Organiser, Panel on The Gendered
Body, Stanford Archaeology of the Body
Conference. Feb 2002.
Co-Organiser, Archaeology of the Body Conference,
Stanford. Feb 2002.
“Beyond the Façade: The Library of Celsus in Ephesos,”
Stanford Archaeology Center. Oct 2001.
“Meaning and the Mini: Nostalgia, Hyperreality, and
Changing Meaning,” Stanford Classics Graduate
Colloquium. Dec 2000.
“Ephesos: A Discussion of the Negotiation of Power
Relations in a Greek City Under Rome,” Liverpool
TAG. Dec 1996.
Devised and taught own lecture courses at Stanford
(ARCHLGY 82, Introduction to Roman Archaeology, 2005)
and Rowan (ANTH 02-203-01, Introduction to
Archaeology, 2011); seminar leader for 4 quarters/
terms (1999-2005). Led seminar discussions, assisted
Advised undergraduates on research methods for
individual projects and provided bibliographic
instruction on Binchester Roman Excavation (2010). Provided bibliographic instruction for incoming Stanford Classics graduate students (2009).
Taught archaeological excavation and recording
techniques in the field. Roman Forum Project (2003,
2004) and Monte Polizzo Excavation (2002).
Taught magnetometry survey and finds processing/ lab
techniques in the field. Monte Polizzo (2001 and 1999,
Co-coordinator for ARLIS Archaeology & Classics Special Interest Group. 2018/2019.
Secretary for New Jersey chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the MLIS Honors Society. 2018/2019.
Peer reviewer: Art Documentation (2018); Canadian Review of American Studies, 2013; Stanford Archaeology Journal, 2003.
Volunteer at Collingswood Public Library New Jersey History Room. 2017-present.
Judge for Camden Regional Contest of New Jersey History Day: Junior Group Exhibits and Junior Group Websites. 2017.
Member of SULAIR Disaster Response Team. 2008-2010.
Member of SULAIR Circulation Planning Group. 2007-2010.
Founding Member of Stanford Archaeology Center's
Theory Reading Group. 2007.
Co-compiler of bibliography for 28 articles in the Cambridge
Economic History of the Greco-Roman World,
edited by Ian Morris, Richard Saller, and Walter
Chair and Organiser, Classics Graduate
Graduate Student Representative, Stanford Archaeology
Center Faculty Committee. 2002-2003.
Secretary, Archaeology Student Meetings.
Moderator and Organiser, Panel on The Gendered
Body, at the Stanford Archaeology of the Body
Conference. Feb 2002.
Co-Organiser, Stanford Archaeology of the Body
Conference. Feb 2002.
Teaching Support, IHUM 42: Contested
Identities. Fall 2001.
Teaching Support, CLASSART 33: Landscape.
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