Graduate Program in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

Phil Watson, PhD Candidate

Phil Watson, PhD Candidate


I am a PhD student at the University of Chicago (Anthropology, specializing in Archaeology). 


I received my Master's degree in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. I have worked as an archaeologist in Bulgaria, partnering with archaeologists from LMU Munich and the New Bulgarian University; Cyprus, where I helped survey a Bronze Age anchorage and a nearby settlement; and Turkey, where I researched ceramics recovered off the Turkish Mediterranean coast. 


My research interests concern both archaeological theory and practice. I research Greek and Roman colonization, Balkan archaeology and its modern-day applications, maritime connections (particularly in the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean), and archaeological theory, specifically philosophical realism and object-oriented ontology.


When not freezing in the Chicago winters or living in the library, I spend my time riding motorcycles, exploring Chicago, and planning my next adventure.