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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.

Field Director

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

Dr. Rodney Reeves has a special place in his heart for educating and nurturing children and students. He holds the Ph.D. from Florida State University in Instructional Design for Higher Education.   He served as Director of Habitat for Humanity of Tallahassee and has many times taught, consulted or counseled on issues of education, economics and sociology. Among his many exciting adventures, Dr. Rodney volunteered for the work at Cetamura in the summer of 2019.  He is the founder and sponsor of the Reeves Museum Internship.

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.

Joan Matey has designed and assembled two historic museums in Carrabelle, Florida, the 1895 Crooked River Lighthouse Museum and the Carrabelle History Museum. She currently works as curator and program developer for both sites. After earning a graphic arts degree from Florida State University (1973), with a minor in art history, Joan worked for the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee as site manager and program developer for the 1843 Knott House Museum for 8 years, in Tallahassee’s downtown historic district.  As a private artist, Joan is a sculptor and loves making thought-provoking dioramas, presenting themes on human behavior. She is becoming locally well-known for her performance art production called the Fishy Fashion Show.

Wyatt Haywood was born and raised in Northern California. In 2019, he graduated from the University of California, Davis, with Bachelor Degrees in Art History and Classical Languages, during which he worked at the Manetti Shrem Museum and spent a semester at the ICCS in Rome. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University, during which he will complete his field work requirement at Cetamura del Chianti. Wyatt has a passion for museums, the connections between ancient and modern art, and sharing ancient art and material culture. He hopes to become a curator and use his rural upbringing to help make exhibitions more accessible. Outside of academics, Wyatt loves to cook, play video games, and build/repair things around the house.