Natalia Toma is an Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Department of Architecture, Technical University, Darmstadt (Germany). She graduated in Classical Archaeology at the Free University, Berlin (2006), specialized in Cultural Heritage Studies and Historical Architecture at the Technical University, Berlin (2008), to obtain her PhD at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel (2015). Toma has held a postdoctoral fellowship of the German Archaeological Institute (2016) and was affiliated postdoc researcher at the Department of Natural Sciences of the homonymous Institute.
Her research is characterized by a monument-based approach and interdisciplinarity; it centers on (1) urbanism and architecture of the Mediterranean (2) architectural decoration with a focus on stone-working techniques (3) archaeometry, particularly the provenance of white marble and (4) archaeology of the Pontic region.
Toma won a research grant (2016–2022) of the German Research Foundation and received several awards: the Wülfing-Scholarship of the German Archaeological Institute (2016/2017) and the Philippika-Prize of the Harrassowitz publishing house (2016). She worked on several research projects in Romania (Histria, Adamclisi), Greece (Messene), Italy (Selinunt) and Turkey (Antiochia ad Orontes, Priene, Ephesos, Miletus) and is primarily interested in survey techniques, architectural analysis, and marble provenance.
Her publications include Marmor – Maße – Monumente. Vorfertigung, Standardisierung und Massenproduktion marmorner Bauteile in der römischen Kaiserzeit (Wiesbaden 2020) and the edited volume Unfertigkeit in antiker Architektur. Definitionen und Ursachen, Beiträge einer Sektion des 19. internationalen Kongresses für Klassische Archäologie in Köln und Bonn am 23. Mai 2018, Beih. BJb 61 (Darmstadt 2022) (with F. Rumscheid); She published on a range of topics, including the Roman marble trade “Standardization and mass customization of architectural components – New perspectives on the Roman imperial marble construction industry”, JRA 31 (2018) and technology of Roman architecture „Carving a Corinthian capital. New technical aspects regarding the carving process“ in P. Pensabene and E. Gasparini (eds.), Proceedings of the 10th ASMOSIA Conference (Rome 2015)