Dr Gillian Shepherd
Gillian Shepherd PhD is Director of the Trendall Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe, Australia. She specialises in the Greek colonisation of Italy and Sicily.
Dr Shepherd researches in Ancient Greek colonisation, tracking cultural self-definition, emerging hierarchies, and relations with the mother city and the indigenous population through examination of burials, sanctuaries and dedications. She is interested in the historiography of colonisation, especially the effect of the British empire on approaches to ancient colonial practice. In her role as Institute Museum Curator, she is involved with the Canopic Jar Project and the casting project with the IRC (University of Birmingham) on ancient metal vases, for which a metal replica of a Rhodian Wild Goat style stemmed dish in the Instititute's collection has been made.