Lisa Niziolek

Sr. Director Gantz Family Collection Center Director

Gantz Family Collections Center
Science Focus

    Dr. Niziolek is the Boone Research Scientist in Asian Anthropology. Her research focuses on the Museum's 12th or 13th century Java Sea Shipwreck collection, which, along with other archaeological and historical materials, she is using to investigate maritime trade networks in East and Southeast Asia. Dr. Niziolek also looks at the production and distribution of ceramics using compositional analysis.

    Education and Work

    PhD 2011 University of Illinois at Chicago (Anthropology/Archaeology)

    BA 1996 University of Chicago (Religion and the Humanities)


    Dr. Niziolek served on the curatorial teams for the permanent exhibition the Cyrus Tang Hall of Chinaand the special exhibition China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors.Along with colleagues Drs. Deborah A. Bekken and Gary M. Feinman, she co-edited China: Visions through the Ages,a companion book to the Cyrus Tang Hall of China.Niziolek, Lisa C., Deborah A. Bekken, and Gary M. Feinman. Introduction. In China: Visions through the Ages, edited by Lisa C. Niziolek, Deborah A. Bekken, and Gary M. Feinman, pp. 1–15. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Niziolek, Lisa C. The Java Sea Shipwreck and China’s maritime trade. In China: Visions through the Ages, edited by Lisa C. Niziolek, Deborah A. Bekken, and Gary M. Feinman, pp. 277–297. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Niziolek, Lisa C., Deborah A. Bekken, Gary M. Feinman (eds.). China: Visions through the Ages. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Niziolek, Lisa C. Jingdezhen ceramics at sea during the Song Dynasty: evidence from the Java Sea Shipwreck. In 海上丝绸之路:陶瓷之路 (Maritime Silk Road: Ceramic Road), edited by Guo Jiezhong and Wang Heng, Proceedings of the Maritime Silk Road—Ceramic Road International Seminar on Jingdezhen Ceramics and Strategy of “One Belt, One Road,” pp. 327–346. Beijing: Science University Press.

    Lambert, J. B., A. J. Levy, L. C. Niziolek, G. M. Feinman, P. J. Gayford, J. A. Santiago-Blay, and Y. Wu. The resinous cargo of the Java Sea Wreck. Archaeometry59(5) (October): 949–964. Doi: 10.1111/arcm.12279.

    Niziolek, Lisa C., and Amanda Respess. Globalization in Southeast Asia’s Early Age of Commerce: evidence from the 13th-century Java Sea Shipwreck. In The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization, edited by Tamar Hodos, pp. 789–807. Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom.

    Niziolek, Lisa, Anne Underhill, Luan Fengshi, Fang Hui, Yu Haiguang, Gary Feinman, and Linda Nicholas. 鲁东南地区龙山文化泥质 黑陶的成分研究 (Compositional analysis of fine paste black pottery from southeastern Shandong). In 两城镇—1998-2001年发掘报告 (Liangchengzhen: 1998-2001 Excavation Report), edited by the Chinese American Collaborative Team (Luan Fengshi, Anne Underhill, Yu Haiguang, Fang Hui, Cai Fengshu, Wang Fen, and Geoffrey Cunnar), volume III, section 2, pp. 1206–1239. 4 volumes. Wenwu/Cultural Relics Press, Beijing.

    Niziolek, Lisa C., Deborah A. Bekken, and Gary M. Feinman. Terracotta Warriors: ancient pigments/modern physics. In the Field fall: 14.

    Respess, Amanda, and Lisa C. Niziolek. Exchanges and transformations in gendered medicine on the Maritime Silk Road: evidence from the thirteenth-century Java Sea Wreck. In Histories of Medicine in the Indian Ocean World, Vol. 1, The Medieval and Early Modern Period, edited by Anna Winterbottom and Facil Tesfaye, pp. 81–113. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Niziolek, Lisa C., Wenpeng Xu, and Gary M. Feinman. Chinese ceramics from the Java Sea Shipwreck of the Song Dynasty. Bulletin of Chinese Ceramic Art and Archaeology6 (December): 37–41 (in Chinese).

    Bekken, Deborah A., Gary M. Feinman, Lisa C. Niziolek, and Lu Zhang. Preface. In Song You Si cang Lanting ben宋游似藏兰亭本 [You Si’s version of Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion]. Beijing, China: Guojia tushuguan chubanshe.

    Niziolek, Lisa C. A compositional study of a selection of Song dynasty Chinese ceramics from the Java Sea Shipwreck: results from LA-ICP-MS analysis. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, Special Issue: Papers from the Conference Recent Advances in the Archaeology of East and Southeast Asia35: 48–66.

    Riebe, Danielle J., and Lisa C. Niziolek. Investigating compositional variation of ceramic materials during the Late Neolithic on the Great Hungarian Plain: preliminary LA-ICP-MS results. Open Geosciences1: 423–445.

    Niziolek, Lisa C. The Java Sea Shipwreck: portal to the past. In the Field85(3): 10-11.

    Niziolek, Lisa C. Examining changes in the organization of earthenware production in a prehispanic Philippine polity using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. In Proceedings of the 38th International Symposium on Archaeometry, edited by R. H. Tykot. Open Journal of Archaeometry 1(e81): 36-42.

    Niziolek, Lisa C. Earthenware production and distribution in the prehispanic Philippine polity of Tanjay: results from laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Journal of Archaeological Science40: 2824-2839.

    Junker, Laura Lee, and Lisa Niziolek. Food preparation and feasting in the household and political economy of prehispanic Philippine chiefdoms. In Inside Ancient Kitchens: New Directions in the Study of Daily Meals and Feasts, edited by Elizabeth Klarich. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.