Candace Weddle holds a Ph.D. in classical Art History from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, an M.A. in Medieval Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in Classics from Baylor University in her home state of Texas. She is Assistant Professor of Art History at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. As an archaeologist, Candace has joined teams at several sites including Classe (the Roman Imperial fleet harbor outside of Ravenna), a Neolithic site in the Transylvanian region of Romania, and Princeton University’s Euchaita/Avkat project in north-central Turkey. She was also a member of the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s team excavating the “Temple of Domitian” in the well-known city of Ephesus in Turkey. The recipient of a Fulbright grant and a residential fellowship from the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, she spent a year in Istanbul conducting research and falling in love with that spectacular city.
Candace has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and has spoken on a variety of ancient and medieval topics at academic conferences and as an invited lecturer at universities in the U.S., Europe, Turkey, and Indonesia. Most recently, she has received very positive reviews as a Guest Lecturer on the Voyages to Antiquity cruise line sailing the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean, and as a Smithsonian Speaker on the Celebrity ship Constellation. Her current primary research interest is the sensory experience of ancient life, especially the ways in which we can use archaeological and literary evidence to better understand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other sensations experienced by worshipers during ancient religious ceremonies.