Director of Excavations and Research at Cetamura
Dr. Nancy de Grummond is an archaeologist and art historian with special interests in Etruscan religion, myth and ritual. Her title is M. Lynette Thompson Professor and Distinguished Research Professor of Classics at Florida State University. She holds the Ph.D. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has published extensively on Cetamura and on Etruscan and Roman archaeology and art. Dr. de Grummond is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She became director of the site of Cetamura in 1983.
Laurel Taylor is Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Art and Art History and of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She holds a Ph.D. in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania and has published on Etruscan funerary monuments as well as on various aspects related to Cetamura. She currently serves as the co-chair for the Etruscan Interest Group (2019-2021) for the Archaeological Institute of America. Dr. Taylor has also directed excavations at Palazzaccio, part of the UNESCO ‘Project of 100 Roman Farms’ and excavated at the palace of Herod the Great in Caesarea Maritima, Israel, before coming to Cetamura as an Associate Director in 2010 and Field Director since 2017. She made her first foray to Cetamura as a student in 1991.
Advisory Board for Outreach
Gregg Anderson is the recently retired President of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ Registry Collection Hotel brand. He is a 1978 graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Mass Communication. Gregg was first introduced to Cetamura while studying with Dr. John Reich on the FSU Florence program in 1977 and returned to Cetamura to participate in the second Summer Field School in 1979. He spent most of those six weeks working inside Well # 1 on Zone I.
Gregg spent 14 years in various roles at Wyndham after a successful career in marketing and brand strategy with the Walt Disney Company in Japan and the US. Earlier in his career Gregg served as Marketing Director for the Pinellas County (Florida) Arts and Humanities Council, was a board member of Habitat for Humanity of the Sand Hills (North Carolina), and was a long serving local executive with the Boy Scouts of America.
Gregg lives in Windermere, Florida with his wife Shawn and is a Rotarian, trying to live every day adhering to the organization’s motto of ”Service above Self.”
Kurtis Butler is a cartographer and archaeologist. He began working as the cartographer for Cetamura in 2018. Kurtis holds a bachelor’s degree in History (University of Wyoming 2014) and a master’s degree in Geography (UW 2018). He currently works as a geospatial developer for the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, at the University of Wyoming. His research interests include Roman and Etruscan roads, ancient infrastructure, ancient travel, GIS in archaeology, map creation and usage in archaeology, geospatial analysis, and photogrammetry. Kurtis has a passion for finding innovative ways to modernize the archaeological site with technology. He first started digging (and map-making) in Italy in 2013, at the Villa Romana del Vergigno Archaeological Project.
Sara Chumbley is a management consultant who has worked in drug and vaccine development for 18 years. While she no longer works in classics and archaeology, she firmly believes that earning her B.A. (2001) and M.A. (2003) in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University provided an excellent foundation for working in the pharmaceutical industry. Sara worked for four seasons, three as a trench supervisor, at the FSU excavations at Poggio delle Civitelle (San Venanzo, Umbria), and volunteered for two years at the Florida State Museum of Fine Arts. FSU’s two excavations in Italy often visited each other and even occasionally worked at each other’s sites. That was when Sara first visited and became fascinated by Cetamura.
In 2014 she gained her MBA from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Her international clients have ranged from small biotech companies to multinational pharmaceutical companies to one of the largest global health non-profits.
Dianne Crosby loves the arts, both making art, such as mosaics and stone sculpture, and studying art of all ages. Her attraction to archaeology and ancient civilizations led to an undergraduate degree in Anthropology (U.C. Berkeley 1969) and explains her interest in the Etruscans. After graduating from law school (Arizona State U. 1978) Dianne became a federal government trial lawyer specializing in tax-exempt law and organizations. Now retired, she volunteered at Cetamura during the 2018 and 2019 seasons and hopes to return soon; nel fratempo, lei studia la lingua italiana.