Scott Pike
  • Scott Pike
  • Associate Professor of Environmental & Earth Sciences
  • Collins 218
  • 503-370-6587
  • 503-370-6773 fax

Scott Pike

Education

  • Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Georgia, 2000
  • B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College

Courses/Programs

Introduction to Environmental Science, Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Archaeological Geology, Senior Seminar, Archaeological Field School, Advanced Archaeological Field School, College Colloquium (Homer’s Odyssey as Natural History; The Unnatural Hazards of Natural Disaster Movies and Collaboration & Competition: Natural Resource Economics and Policy of the Columbia River Gorge), Summer Collaborative Research Program, TIUA

Professional Interests

As both a trained geologist and archaeologist, my research uses geological theories and methodologies to tackle archaeological and art historical problems. Currently, I am pursuing two major research trajectories. The first is a study on the synergistic relationships between societies and their changing landscapes. That is, I am using geologic principals and methods to understand how the landscape influences the development of human cultures and, in turn, how dynamic landscapes influence social and cultural stability and change. My second line of research focuses on the procurement, use, trade and aesthetics of white marble used in the ancient Mediterranean basin. Current marble research in this area includes analysis of marble samples from the Parthenon and Propylaea on the Athenian acropolis as well as marble analysis from samples of the Temple of Apollo at Bassai and from marble fragments collected from a sunken Roman marble transport ship being excavated off the coast of Turkey.

Recent Publications

In Print

  • Pike, S., 2009.  A stable isotope database for the ancient white marble quarries of Mount Pentelikon, Greece.  In BCH Supp, 51, ASMOSIA VII, The French School of Athens, 699-708.
  • Romano, I., Gazda, E. and Pike, S., 2009.  The Hartwig-Kelsey fragments: A Pentelic marble case study.  In the Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Marbles and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA) VIII, L’Atelier Méditerranéen Special Volume, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, 273-290. 
  • Palagia, O and Pike, S, 2009.  The marble of the Bassai Frieze.  In the Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Marbles and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA) VIII, L’Atelier Méditerranéen Special Volume, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, 255-272.
  • Sheedy, K. and Pike, S., 2008. The Delos Colossus Project. In La Sculpture des Cyclades à l’Épique Archaïque Histoire des Ateliers, Rayonnement des Styles, Fr. Prost and Y. Kourayios eds., BCH Suppl. 48.
  • Pike, S., 2004. Intra-quarry sourcing of the Parthenon marbles: applications of the Pentelic Marble Stable Isotope Database. In The Sculptures of the Parthenon, M. Cosmopoulos ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 196-206.
  • Pike, S., Herrmann, Jr. J., and Herz, N., 2002. A provenance study of calcitic marble from the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. In ASMOSIA V: Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone, J. Hermann, Jr., N. Herz and R. Newman eds., Archetype Publications Ltd., London.
  • Pike, S. and Gitin, S., 2000. The Practical Impact of Science on Near Eastern and Aegean Archaeology, Wiener Laboratory Publication Number 3, Archetype Publications Ltd., London.
  • Pike, S., 1999.  Preliminary results of a systematic characterization study of Mount Pentelikon, Attica, Greece.  In Archéomatériaux - Marbres et autres roches:  The Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Marbles and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA) IV 1995, M. Schvoerer ed., CRPAA Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, pp.165-170.
  • Vaughan, S., Herz, N. and Pike, S., 1997.  The application of stable isotope analysis to a ceramic provenance study of Early Cycladic Marble Ware.  In Abstracts of Papers, 213th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Symposium: Geochemistry and Archaeology, San Francisco, Spring 1997.
  • Pike, S., 1996.  A geologic survey on Mount Pentelikon and its implications on sampling.  In Archaeometry 94: The Proceedings of the 29th International Symposium on Archaeometry, S. Demirci, A.M. Özer and G.D. Summers eds., Tübitak, Ankara, pp. 111-119.