Counts, Derek B.

Distinguished Professor, Classical Art and Archaeology


    • PhD  Brown University, Old World Archaeology and Art, 1998
    • MA    University of Georgia, Classics, 1994
    • AB    Davidson College, Classics, 1992

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Ancient Mediterranean archaeology and art (Prehistoric Aegean, Greece, Italy, ancient Near East and Egypt)
  • Visual and material culture of the ancient Cyprus; Cypriot sculpture and sanctuaries; ancient religious practice and associated iconography
  • ancient ‘globalization’ and postcolonial theory; contact zones
  • 3D visualization in archaeology; digital archaeology; academic publishing

Courses Taught:

  • ArtHist 101: Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 312: Minoan and Mycenaean Art and Archaeology
  • ArtHist 313: Greek Art and Archaeology
  • ArtHist 316: Roman art and Archaeology
  • ArtHist 413: Greek Sculpture
  • ArtHist 710: Roman Copies, and the Problem of Originals
  • ArtHist 710: The Parthenon and the Athenian Acropolis

Other Relevant Professional Activities:

  • Co-Director, Athienou Archaeological Project (Athienou, Cyprus)
  • President, Milwaukee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Selected Publications:

Books/Edited Journals

Visualizing Votive Practice: Exploring Limestone and Terracotta Sculpture from Athienou-Malloura through 3D Models. (Grand Forks: Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2020). [with E. W. Averett, K. Garstki, M. K. Toumazou]

Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology. (Grand Forks, ND: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2016) [ed. with E. W. Averett and J. M. Gordon]

New Approaches to the Elusive Iron Age Polities of Ancient Cyprus. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 370 (2013), 1-206. [ed. with M. Iacovou]

Crossroads and Boundaries: The Archaeology of Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus. ASOR Annual no. 65. (Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2011) [ed. with M. K. Toumazou and P. Nick Kardulias]

The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography (Budapest: Archaeolingua, 2010). Main Series no. 24. [ed. with B. Arnold]


"Scaling Religious Practice from Landscape to Artifact: Digital Approaches to Ancient Cyprus." In C. D. Cantwell and K. Petersen, eds. Digital Humanities and Research Methods in Religious Studies: An Introduction (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021), 165-192. [with E. W. Averett]

"A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Rethinking Archaeological Publication." Near Eastern Archaeology 83:4 (2020), 264-269. [with K. Garstki, E. W. Averett, S. W. Kansa, E. Kansa]

"Chemical Analyses and Production Technology of Archaeological Glass from Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus.” Journal of Archaeological Science. Reports 23 (2019), 700-713. [with Y. Lin, T. Liu, M. Toumazou, I. Kakoulli]

"Evaluation of hydroxyapatite effects for the consolidation of a Hellenistic-Roman rock-cut chamber tomb at Athienou-Malloura in Cyprus." Construction and Building Materials 150 (2017), 333-344. [with X. Ma, M. Balonis, H. Pasco, M. Toumazou, I. Kakoulli]

"3D Artifact Modeling and Customized Structured Light Scanning at Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus." Antiquity 90: 349 (2016), 206-218. [with E. W. Averett and K. Garstki]

"Shedding Light on the Cypriot Rural Landscape: Investigations of the Athienou Archaeological Project in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, 2011-2013." Journal of Field Archaeology 40: 2 (2015), 204-220. [with M. K. Toumazou et al.]

"Myth into Art: Foreign Impulses and Local Responses in Archaic Cypriote Sanctuaries," in A. B. Knapp and P. van Dommelen (eds.), The Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 285-98.