Kristina Zielke, a visiting graduate student from Germany, focuses on Greek and Roman archaeology. She received her B.A. and M.A. in classics from the Freie Universität Berlin. Kristina's dissertation project aims to systematically present the archaeological excavations with their finds and findings on the so-called Altis walls in Olympia and reconstruct the sanctuary's boundaries. Based on the case study of Olympia, the intention is to make a fundamental contribution to the forms, development, and design of boundaries in Greek sanctuaries in the longue durée.
She is also more interested in building research and urban development of ancient cities and sanctuaries and Digital Humanities. In addition to her dissertation, Kristina is part of the "Olympia Context" project, which uses the field documentation tool iDAI.field to reconstruct the excavations in Olympia carried out in the nineteenth century.
Kristina has excavated and worked on projects in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Sorrento (Italy), and Olympia (Greece). Additionally, Kristina received a research fellowship from the German Archaeological Institute in 2021 and a doctoral fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation in 2022.