Maia M. Langley

Professional Experience

2000-2006 PortAnta, Archaeological Opportunities in Portugal

Director, Instructor.  Educational and Scientific Cooperative of Archaeologists

  • Program director and manager for archaeological projects
  • Planning and implementing educational curricula for archaeologists and instructors of fields schools and internships
  • Mentored the work of nearly 75 students in the National Museum of Archaeology and another 132 students on archaeological excavations.


2000-2006 Museu Nacional de Arqueologia Lisbon, Portugal

Researcher, Internship Director for Roman Ceramics Program

  • Organized major collections for the museum while teaching and supervising the work of some 75 students from foreign universities
  • Accessioned and catalogued the metal, bone and ceramic collection of one of the largest collections in the museum and am currently supervising the publications of these materials
  • Research, accessioning and transcription/translation of archival material from the former director of the National Museum of Archaeology, Dr. Manuel Heleno


2000-2004 University of Louisville Portugal

Program Manager, Instructor, Archaeologist

  • Organized, instructed and managed the study abroad program for the University of Louisville’s annual field school.
  • Budgeted and managed a $40,000 annual endowment, responsible for fiscal reports and expenditures
  • Expanded and managed the program for nearly 4 years and made important protocol decisions for the implementation of new programs in languages and culture.
  • Directed excavations at the Roman City of Ammaia and the Neolithic Dolmen of Rabuje


1998-2004 University of Louisville, Jefferson  Kentucky

Instructor                             Community College

  • Instructed courses in Roman Art and Architecture, Introduction to Archaeology, Archaeological Field Methodologies, Field Drawing, Ceramic Technical Drawing, Spatial Analysis and GIS Applications in Archaeology, Ancient to Modern Art History, Islamic Iberian Architecture and Art, Early Christian Art and Architecture, Portuguese Culture.


2002-present Universidade de Lisboa Portugal

  • Ph.D., (ABD) in History and Archaeology
  • Dissertation title “Trade and Consumption of Terra Sigillata at the Lusitanian Roman Villa of Torre de Palma:  a Case Study.”
  • 1997-2000 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
    • Masters in Art History, GPA 3.80
    • Thesis “Sacred Wood: the Wooden Stave Churches of Norway”, received a 4.0 on final thesis grade. Juried defense.
    • Degree required comps in the subjects of Ancient, Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Modern art and architecture.
  • 1987-1996 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art History, GPA 3.4
    • Minor, Archaeology, GPA 3.7
  • Current Projects

    • Direction of Scientific Cooperative, PortAnta. This organization is focused on giving international students the chance to excavate and learn from archaeologists in Portugal while working on archaeological sites as well as implementing programs that will allow for the study and research of previously excavated collections at such institutions as the National Museum of Archaeology and the Portuguese Institute of Archaeology. www.portanta.com
    • Direction Committee, Global Libraries Program, World Archaeological Congress.  Pilot project to assist libraries in third world countries to build their collections in the subjects of archaeology and anthropology.
    • Scientific Direction, Interpretation Center of the Roman villa of Torre de Palma.  Responsible for the scientific content and material display of artifacts at the museum/interpretation center of this important rural villa.
    • Monographic editor and contributor, Roman villa of Torre de Palma. Responsible for coordinating the publications of the scientific team of researchers from the excavations at this site from 1983-2000.
  • Publications and Scholarly Papers


    “The Prosapagrahic History of Torre de Palma: the Portuguese Campaigns.” AP, 2006 (at press).

    “Est In Agris: Evidence for Centuriation in Lusitania.  A Case Study.” Journada Norte Alentejana, Volume 4, 2005.

    “Archaeological Survey of Monforte, Portugal: Paleolithic to Medieval” (in review) co-written by Dr. Rui Boaventura.

    “Roman, Early Christian and Islamic Burials at Elias Garcia, Évora, Portugal:” Instituto Portuguese de Arqueologia and IPPAR, October 2003.

    “Sacred Wood.  A Survey and Study of the Stave Churches in Norway.” University of Louisville Thesis, December 2001.

    “The Norwegian Homiletic: The Dedication Homily in Stone and Wood.” Second Conference, Aland Symposium for Medieval Art, 1997.  Aland, Finland.

    “Interview with Dr. Asa Ringbom, 1997 Morgan Professor at the University of Louisville.” Parnassus, Allen R. Hite Art Institute.

    Scholarly Papers

    “Est In Agris: Evidence for Centuriation in Lusitania.  A Case Study.”  Northern Alentejo Archaeological Conference, April, 2005.

    “A Spatial Analysis of Roman Lusitanian Settlement Patterns in Monforte, Portugal.” AIA Conference 2005, Boston, USA.

    “The Stave and the Church.” Allen R. Hite Art Institute Faculty Invitation, University of Louisville.  September 1998.

    “The Norwegian Homiletic: A Newly Discovered Dedication Homily in Stone and Wood.” Second Conference, Aland Symposium for Medieval Art, 1997.  Aland, Finland.

    “The Stave Churches of Norway: Placing the Homiletic in Context.”  Kalamazoo Medieval Conference, 1998.  Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    “The Speckled Book and the Icelandic Homily: Shedding Some Light on the Stave Church Homily.”  SASS, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies, 1998.

    “The Not-So-Etruscan fresco in the J.B. Speed Art Collection.  An Analysis, Reconstruction and Reattribution.”   Museum Methods, University of Louisville, May 1997.

    “Opening Doors. Out-Reach Programs and Education in your Neighborhood Museum.” J.B. Speed Art Museum, March, 1996.

    Frontier America.  The Importance of Re-Curation and Re-Patriation in the Current Collections of American Museums.” J.B. Speed Art Institute, May, 1996.