Natalia Toma is a postdoc fellow at the Department of Natural Sciences of the German Archaeological Institute (D.Phil. Kiel, Germany, 2015,). She is currently engaged in archaeological field work at Miletus, Turkey. Her interdisciplinary research is characterized by a monument-based approach which centers on: (1) urbanism and architecture of the Mediterranean, (2) architectural decoration with a focus on stone-working techniques, (3) archaeometry, in particular the provenance of white marble, and (4) archaeology of the Pontic region.
Toma won a research grant (2016–2020) from the German Research Foundation. She also received the Wülfing-Scholarship of the German Archaeological Institute (2016/2017) and the Philippika-Prize of the Harrassowitz publishing house (2016) for her doctoral thesis. She has worked on several research projects in Romania (Histria, Adamclisi), Greece (Messene), Italy (Selinunt), and Turkey (Antiochia ad Orontes, Priene, Ephesos, Miletus). Her primary interests are 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); “Standardization and mass customization of architectural components – New perspectives on the Roman imperial marble construction industry”, JRA 31 (2018); “Carving a Corinthian capital. New technical aspects regarding the carving process” in P. Pensabene and E. Gasparini (edd.), proceeding to the 10th ASMOSIA Conference (Rome 2015).