Amanda Kelly

Visiting Fellow, Fall 2023

  • Affiliation
    University College Dublin
    Research Project:
    The Venetian Aqueduct of Candia (Iraklio), Crete
Contact Info

Amanda Kelly is an archaeologist specialising in Roman aqueducts and baths (with a focus on the island of Crete). She is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin (Ireland). Dr Kelly leads the project "Aqueducts in the Greater Iraklio Area (AGIA)" which is generously funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Dr Kelly has held residential fellowships at the University of Cincinnati (Margo-Tytus Fellow 2013), Harvard University (Fulbright Fellow 2004-5) and the British School at Athens (Macmillan-Rodewald Scholar 2001-2). Dr Kelly’s research looks at how water, and access to it, has shaped settlements and cityscapes through time.

About the Research Project

The Venetian Aqueduct of Candia (Iraklio), Crete

During her fellowship at Princeton, Dr. Kelly will prepare her book on the Venetian Aqueduct of Candia (modern Iraklio in Crete), commissioned by Francesco Morosini in 1626. Dr. Kelly has just completed her drone modelling study of the bridges along this aqueduct route, including an elegant two-storey bridge at Karydaki, a free-flow single-arched bridge at Caronissi and a collapsed bridge at Silamos. Beyond fieldwork, there is also a substantial archive of letters and reports (held in the State Archives in Venice), cartography (including a 17th-century map of the aqueduct route and three elaborate sketches of the bridges at the time of their completion), and photography (courtesy of the Gerola Archive in Venice and the archives of the British School at Athens) to organize. Dr. Kelly will dovetail this archival material with the findings from her modern field survey to present a comprehensive study of this impressive civic monument.

Previous Roles

  • Visiting Research Fellow
    2023 - 2023