Dr. Leah Long

Adjunct Faculty


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Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A. New York University, New York City
B.A. Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Trained as a classical archaeologist, Professor Long teaches a range of courses on the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world.  A specialist in Greco-Roman material culture, her work focuses on urbanism in the eastern Mediterranean, geochemical analyses of marble, the production of sculpture, and the ancient economy.  She is working on turning her dissertation, Urbanism, Art, and Economy: The Marble Quarrying Industries of Aphrodisias and Roman Asia Minor into a monograph.  The study explored the intersections between the exploitation of marble resources, local artisanal traditions, and exchange markets, shedding new light on the social and economic role that marble played in the Greco-Roman cities of Asia Minor. 

She is also writing a collaborative manuscript on The Roman Decorative Stone Collection in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, which documents Francis W. Kelsey’s pursuits in amassing a collection of colorful building materials derived from ancient buildings throughout the Mediterranean.  The American Research Institute in Turkey and the Society for American Archaeology has funded her research, and she regularly contributes to the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meeting. 

She has participated in archaeological field projects at Tel Kedesh (Israel), Thapsus (Tunisia), and Aphrodisias (Turkey).  Before joining the Art History faculty at VCU Qatar, she was a junior fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Classics Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. 

Research Interests

  • Roman Architecture and Sculpture
  • Roman Urbanism and Economy
  • Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor
  • Geoarchaeology        



The Roman Decorative Stone Collection in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, with C. Fant and L. McAlpine, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Publication Series, ISD Scholarly Books, 2017


Peer reviewed journal articles

“Extracting Economics from Roman Marble Quarries,” Economic History Review, 2016, doi: 10.1111/ehr.12375


Book chapters

 “Marble,” in The Countryside of Aphrodisias, in C. Ratté and A. Committo (eds.), Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Publication Series, ISD Scholarly Books, 2017

 “Marble at Aphrodisias: The Regional Marble Quarries,” in Aphrodisias Regional Survey: Special Studies, C. Ratté and P. De Staebler (eds.), Aphrodisias Final Reports, Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 2012


Conference proceedings

“Fractures, Flaws, and Fakes: Some Comments on Geological Aspects of Marble Quality from Aphrodisias,” in Marmora Phrygiae: Cave e Cantieri  Antichi d’Asia Minore, Conference Proceedings in Rome, Dec. 2-4, 2015, in T. Ismaelli and G. Scardozzi (eds.), Bibliotheca Archaeologica Series, Edipuglia, in press


Encyclopedia and catalogue entries

“Phrygia,” entry in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History, R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. Huebner (eds.), 2012

“Two Praenestine Cippi,” Catalogue of the Near Eastern and Classical Antiquities in the Collection of NYU, in L. Bonfante and B. Fowlkes (eds.), 2007


Book reviews

Greco-Roman Cities of Aegean Turkey: History, Archaeology, Architecture, College Art Association Reviews, 2015

Imperial Mines and Quarries in the Roman World: Organizational Aspects 27 BC-AD 235, Journal of Roman Archaeology 24, 2011