Climate Change and Archaeology

April 12, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein

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In this episode we explore the role of archaeology in climate science, examining contemporary and ancient climate change. Our guests, Assistant Professor Dr. John Marston at Boston University’s Department of Archaeology and the Director of the BU Environmental Archaeology Laboratory, and Dr. Catherine West, Research Assistant Professor and the Director of the BU Zooarchaeology Lab, join Dr. Schuldenrein to discuss their cutting-edge research and methodologies. Pertinent and illuminating, Drs. Marston, West and Schuldenrein explore archaeology’s value to climate science and the affect contemporary climate change is having on archaeological sites, funding and research. Join in and learn more about fascinating conclusions being wrought from the study of human adaptation to climate and environmental change over time.

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Wednesday at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

This show targets an audience interested in archaeology. It explores myths surrounding this exotic, often misunderstood field and acquaints listeners with the contemporary practice of unearthing the human past. Themes range from Dr. Schuldenrein’s own “Indiana Jones”-like adventures in the land of the Bible to his team’s archaeological forensics effort to unearth Kurdish mass graves in Iraq. That undertaking helped convict Saddam Hussein in 2006. Topical issues contribute to the evolution vs. creationism controversy based on updated fossil records and innovative DNA studies. An episode highlights the main funding source for archaeology in the U.S. (Hint: the oil and gas industry). Experts reveal the latest high-tech approaches to buried archaeological landscapes that provide clues to understanding climate change, past, present and future. Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology is broadcast live every Wednesday at 3 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

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Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein

Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein

Joseph Schuldenrein is president and senior scientist of Geoarcheology Research Associates (GRA) in Yonkers, New York. He has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University since 1996. His professional expertise is in geoarchaeology, a sub-discipline that introduces earth science techniques to traditional archaeological excavation. Joe has worked extensively across North America and the Old World. He received his doctorate in 1983 at the University of Chicago. Recent research in North America has concentrated on the urban archaeology of New York City and Native American landscapes of the Atlantic Coast. Joe’s projects in South Asia have ranged from Human Origins investigations to the beginnings of civilization of the Indus Valley. During the Iraq war Dr. Schuldenrein’s team helped direct a forensic archaeological mission in support of the Saddam Hussein prosecution. His newest venture is an assessment of Cultural Heritage Sites in war-torn Afghanistan (2011). Dr. Schuldenrein publishes widely in numerous archaeological and geological journals. He is a reviewer for American Antiquity, Geoarchaeology, and Quaternary Science Reviews. He has acted as Principal Investigator or Consulting Scientist for grants awarded by the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory. Dr. Schuldenrein has been interviewed for PBS, as well as national and regional TV and radio outlets over the past 30 years.

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April 2017

  • 4/19/2017: Encore: Shipwrecks and Science: The Emergence of Underwater Archaeology Listen Now
  • 4/12/2017: Climate Change and Archaeology Listen Now
  • 4/5/2017: Haircombs and Vikings: The Archaeology of Everyday Life Listen Now

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Jeffrey H. Altschul

Jeffrey H. Altschul is the Chairman of the Board of Statistical Research, Inc., a for-profit cultural resource management firm headquarted in Redlands, California. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College and a PhD in Anthropology from Brandeis University. Dr. Altschul is a nationally recognized expert in the development and use of archaeological predictive modeling and has been the Principal Investigator for more than 700 cultural resource investigations and programs, predominantly in the Southwest and southern California. He has directed numerous projects for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Air Force, Bureau of Land Management, Prima County (Arizona), Navajo Nation, Arizona Department of Transportation and numerous other agencies and private sector firms. Dr. Altschul is currently president of the Register of Professional Archaeologists and sits on the Arizona Governor’s Archaeological Advisory Council. View Guest page

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Dr. David G Anderson

Dr. David G. Anderson is a professor in the Dept of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, formerly with the National Park Service. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas. His professional interests include exploring the development of cultural complexity in Eastern North America, climate change and its effect on human society, maintaining and improving the nation’s CRM program, and developing technical and popular syntheses of archaeological research. He is the founder and Director of the Paleoindian Database of the Americas and principal researcher on the Digital Index of North American Archaeology. David has served as the President of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Editor of the SAA Press, Treasurer of the Archaeology Division of the AIA, and on the AAAS Section H’s Executive Committee, among others. David has authored and edited over 450 books, articles, meeting papers and posters. View Guest page

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Dr. Steve Ashby

Dr Steve Ashby is a senior lecturer in the Dept of Archaeology, University of York. He specialises in the archaeology of everyday life, craft, and trade in Viking-Age Britain and Scandinavia. At the University of York, his research focuses on applying novel biomolecular analyses to social and economic questions about the Viking age. Dr. Ashby’s most recent projects include the application of genetic and biological analyses to bone objects, the chemical analysis of pottery in order to investigate Viking-age food culture, and the systematic synthesis of metal-detected data from around the coasts of the North Sea. His books include “A Viking Way of Life” and “Everyday Products in the Middle Ages”.
Steve is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, recognising his role as a leader in university-level teaching, and his devotion to public outreach. He works regularly with TV, most recently in Real Vikings: a documentary tie-in with the History Channel's popular Vikings drama. View Guest page

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Joe Bagley

Joe Bagley received a Bachelors of Arts in Archaeology from Boston University and Masters of Arts in Historical Archaeology from UMass Boston. He has conducted archaeological surveys throughout the east cast from Native burial recoveries in the Florida Everglades to historic farmsteads in northern Maine. Joe is the fourth Boston City Archaeologist in 30 years and runs the City Archaeology Program along with a team of dedicated volunteers from City Hall and the City Archaeology Lab in West Roxbury. Along with his wife, Joe is a live-in caretaker of the Dorchester Historical Society's 1806 William Clapp House. Joe is in the process of completing a new book through the University Press New England titled "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts" which should be released in 2015. View Guest page

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Larry Baker

From 1993 to present, Larry L. Baker has served as the Executive Director of the San Juan County Archaeological Research Center and Library at Salmon Ruins. As a Southwestern archaeologist with over 37 years of professional experience, Mr. Baker has been involved in numerous archaeological endeavors including: research, cultural resource management, and ruins stabilization/historic preservation. Research interests focus on prehistoric and historic architecture, archaeoastronomy, and the Ancestral Puebloan periods of northwestern New Mexico, having been involved in the Salmon Ruins and Rio Puerco Valley projects during the 1970's, under the direction of Cynthia Irwin-Williams. His work in cultural resource management has allowed him to meet the needs of the oil, gas, mining, and public works projects. He serves as the Principal Investigator of the Center’s archaeological consulting firm, Division of Conservation Archaeology, which has undertaken 3,357 individual projects 1993-2010. View Guest page

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Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton

Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton is a Philosopher, Information Technologist, and Game Theorist exploring the Philosophy of Data. He has a PhD in Philosophy from The University of New South Wales in addition to a MS & BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has developed a new methodology (The Social Data Flow Network) to explore how individuals in the field understand the nature of data. Currently, his research is exploring the social construction of technology, focusing on the user-driven change of technological tools, in addition to his research of data warehouse ETL strategies for disparate data sets. Beyond philosophy, Brian has experience in haptic research, specifically the use of gesture control of human computer interfaces and an abiding interest in robotics as seen in his flying robotic cable-array manta-ray. His interests include the academic study of Role-Playing games, the exploration of how science fiction literature transforms reality, and the social consequences of a technological world outpacing society’s cultural assimilation of its consequences. Brian is the FAIMS Data Architect and overseeing the development of all software designed for the project. He designed the data schema for the mobile application and splits his time working at the offices of Intersect, the developers of the mobile app. He is product owner. View Guest page

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Dr. Kimball Banks

Dr. Banks received his Ph.D. in Archaeology from Southern Methodist University. He is now the Director of Strategic Development at Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc, which he joined in 2009. Dr. Banks' position at Metcalf includes enhancing existing relationships with clients, agency principals and peer firms, and identifying and managing Federal, state, and tribal contracting opportunities. Prior to Metcalf, Dr. Banks worked in federal service for 26 years, first with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and then with the Bureau of Reclamation where he also held the position of Native American Affairs Specialist. He has worked with tribal governments of more than 30 tribes across the US. Dr. Banks also worked for the Navajo Tribe and the Colorado River Tribes. Throughout his career, he has conducted all phases of archaeological investigations and has worked in the Southeast, the Southwest, Texas, California, and the Northern Great Plains along with seven field seasons in Egypt. View Guest page

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Kathryn Bard

Kathryn Bard is a Professor of Archaeology at Boston University. She received her B.A from Connecticut College in 1968, M.F.A. from Yale University in 1971, M.A. from University of Michigan and University of Toronto in 1974 and 1976, respectively, and lastly, her Ph.D from University of Toronto in 1987. In the course of her career she has conducted field excavations in Egypt (Predynastic settlements at Hu, Hu-Semaineh and pharaonic port of Mersa/Wadi Gawasis) and Ethiopia (Ona Edna Aboi Zewge and Ona Nagast) for over 20 years. Bard also authored and coauthored numerous books and article, including “An introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt,” “From Farmers to Pharaohs: Mortuary Evidence for the Rise of Comple Society in Egypt,” and most recent book coauthored with R. Fattovich, R. Pirelli and A. Manzo “Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, A Pharaonic Harbor on the Red Sea.” View Guest page

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Dr. John Bauschatz

John Bauschatz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on Greek and Roman social history, Greek papyrology, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, and crime in antiquity. He has been named a National Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (2013–14) and has published in such journals as The Classical Bulletin, The Classical Journal, Syllecta Classica and Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. View Guest page

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Erin Baxter

Erin Baxter is a doctoral student and Graduate Teaching Instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focus is on the Chacoan and Post Chacoan (AD 900-1200) Southwest with particular interesting in architecture and ceramics. Erin's dissertation is an examination of historic photographs taken by Earl Morris during excavations of Aztec Ruins (a post-Chacoan great house) and using them along historic documents and GIS to reconstruct a biography of Aztec Ruins. Erin was a professional archaeologist for 7 years (at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center) before returning to graduate school (for an early-midlife crisis), and has had the opportunity to work in Tunisia (Roman) Bolivia (Inka), Turkey (Catalhoyuk), Ireland (Viking), and throughout much of the US Southwest... Erin is from Austin TX, and has a BA in History and Anthropology from Trinity University and an M.S. in Museum Studies from CU. View Guest page

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Tim Beach

Tim Beach holds the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs and is Professor of Geography and Geoscience at Georgetown University. He has conducted field research in the US Corn Belt, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, and Germany funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, USAID, USIA, and Georgetown University. Based on these field studies, he has published many articles and chapters and has made numerous scientific presentations around the world. His research focuses on soil and agricultural systems, environmental change, and geoarchaeology. He also teaches courses in environmental science and physical geography (climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, and environmental management) and how these relate to international management and policy in the STIA and environmental studies programs. View Guest page

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Dr. April M Beisaw

April M. Beisaw is an assistant professor of anthropology at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is on sabbatical this semester, Spring 2016, to start work on her third book - an archaeological examination of the New York City water system. Since 2012, April has been conducting surface survey of city-owned lands that are 40-80 miles away from the city. These lands have been obtained in order to ensure that Manhattan (and the rest of the city) has an ample supply of clean water. Beisaw is interested in how these land acquisitions have changed the communities whose water (and land) have been taken from them. She hopes this work can inform future water decisions for water-stressed places like Detroit, Michigan and the state of California. Her previous two books are Identifying and Interpreting Animal Bones: A Manual and The Archaeology of Institutional Life. Beisaw has also been studying the techniques of ghost hunters in the hopes of finding better ways of telling stories View Guest page

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Dr. William Belcher

Dr. William Belcher is currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Central Identification Laboratory of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. He received his B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from Western Washington University, M.S. in Quaternary Studies from the University of Maine, and he received his PhD in Anthropology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining JPAC, Bill conducted archaeological research in northern New England and the Maritime Provinces, the Pacific Northwest, and Pakistan. In the service of JPAC he has led recovery and investigation operations in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, United Kingdom, the Republic of Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Palau, the United States, and North Korea. He has over 25 years of archaeological field and laboratory experience, and has published over 30 articles and reports in professional archaeological, anthropological, and historical journals and books. View Guest page

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Dr. Miriam Belmaker

Dr. Miriam Belmaker is a Paleolithic archaeologist and paleoanthropologist at the University of Tulsa. Her research focuses on environmental change primarily in the past 2 million years and how it affected hominid biological and cultural evolution. She analyzes fossil faunal remains obtained from archaeological and paleontological sites to reconstruct ancient environments through space and time and to ask questions about human evolution. She is currently building a large comparative collection to assist her in her research. This includes comparative collection of modern species, fossil casts as well as a virtual collection based on 3D images of famous fossils. In addition to lab based research in her lab at TU, she currently has several ongoing collaborations which include excavation in several archaeological sites in Israel, Armenia and South Africa. View Guest page

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Danielle M. Benden

Danielle M. Benden is a Curator of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Anthropology. She received her B.S. in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-La Cross and M.S. in Museum and Field Studies with an archaeology emphasis from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ms. Benden has more than 10 years experience conducting archaeological investigations in the Midwest. Her own archaeological research focuses on the archaeology of southwestern Wisconsin. Currently, she is co-directing a 3-year research project that focuses on the presence of Mississippian peoples in the Upper Mississippi River Valley about 1,000 years ago. View Guest page

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Christopher A. Bergman

Christopher A. Bergman is a Principal Archaeologist with URS Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of London in 1985. He has worked extensively in the Middle East, Europe, and Japan, and in the United States has been actively involved in Cultural Resource Management studies related to natural gas and petroleum products pipelines for over 20 years. Dr. Bergman’s research interests include lithic technology, experimental archaeology, and the material culture of people living in marginal resource settings. View Guest page

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Steve Black

Steve Black is an assistant professor of anthropology at Texas State University in San Marcos. He specializes in the prehistoric foraging peoples of greater Texas, archaeological methodology, public education, and Cultural Resource Management. He is founding editor and current co-editor of (TBH), the virtual museum of Texas’ cultural heritage. Although the bulk of Steve’s career has been spent doing university-based CRM research in south-central North America (Texas), he enjoyed a sojourn doing Maya archaeology in Guatemala and Belize and spent eight years building TBH. Black’s ongoing research program, Ancient Southwest Texas, involves archaeological field investigations in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas. View Guest page

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Dr. Donald Blakeslee

Dr. Blakeslee is Professor of Anthropology at Wichita State University, where he has taught since 1976. He earned an MA from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A specialist in the archaeology of the Great Plains, his research interests range from the time of the earliest settlement of the Americas to the historic period and his work has carried him from Montana to Texas. He has worked on the archaeology and route of the Coronado expedition since the early 1990s. His research has received recognition from the Sigma Xi Honorary Society for Scientific Research, from the Kansas Academy of Sciences, the Texas Historical Foundation and Wichita State University. He is the author of six books and numerous articles in scholarly and popular journals. He has served as president of the Professional Archaeologists of Kansas and of AASCK, a society for amateur archaeologists. View Guest page

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Dr. Michael L. Blakey

Michael Blakey received a B.A. at Howard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has held numerous research appointments, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has served as President of the Association of Black Anthropologists, and as founder and curator at the W. Montague Cobb Biological Anthropology Laboratory. Since 2001, Dr. Blakey has held a joint position in the departments of Anthropology and American Studies at the College of William and Mary, where he founded the Institute for Historical Biology. Professor Blakey served as Principal Scientific Director of the New York African Burial Ground Project from 1992 -2004. He is currently a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the Mall. Mr. Blakey has consulted on many museum exhibitions including the American Anthropological Association’s “Race: are we so different” and the Visitor Center of the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City. He has received numerous honors, including, most recently, the 2012 SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America. View Guest page

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Jim Bloemker

Jim Bloemker is staff archaeologist at Williams in Houston, Texas where he has been employed since 1991. Prior to his work as an archaeologist in the natural gas industry, Jim worked as a regulatory archaeologist on the staff of the West Virginia Historic Preservation Office for seven years. Before landing these full-time positions Jim spent a number of seasons in various part-time seasonal archaeology jobs. Jim has an MS in Archaeological Resources Management from Ball State University and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology and History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. View Guest page

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Kyle Bocinsky

Kyle Bocinsky is a doctoral student at Washington State University and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His research focuses on computational approaches to understanding cultural evolution, and specifically cultural adaptations to environmental change. Kyle is a part of the Village Ecodynamics Project research team, which is a multi-institutional effort to better understand the famous depopulation of the Four Corners area of the US Southwest during the 13th century. He has participated in field projects in Mesa Verde National Park and elsewhere in southwestern Colorado. Kyle originally hails from Woodstock, Georgia and received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. View Guest page

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Dr. Stanley Bond

A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, Dr. Stanley C. Bond received a BA in Anthropology and a BS in Geology from the University of Alabama and a MA and PhD in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany. As an archaeologist Stan worked for the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board and has work on prehistoric and historic archaeological sites throughout the east, southeast, Caribbean, and Hawaii. Other position he has held include Archeologist for the US Army Environmental Center, Archeologist and Integrated Resources Manager for Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park,Displaying Stanley Bond.jpg Hawaii, Superintendent for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (California and Arizona), Superintendent for Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Cobb County, Georgia, and adjunct instructor at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida. Currently Stan serves in the Washington Office as the Chief Archeologist for the NPS. View Guest page

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Tokey Boswell

Tokey Boswell has served 10 years with NPS planning programs in Washington, DC, Denver, and Omaha. His division oversees planning for existing parks and the production of new area studies. Tokey has an undergraduate degree in archaeology and a graduate degree in urban and regional planning, both from the University of Iowa. Tokey and his spouse are returned Peace Corps volunteers, having served in Guinea, West Africa. View Guest page

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Cory Breternitz

Cory Breternitz has over 45 years of field, analysis and publishing experience. He has participated in some of the largest regional projects including the National Park Service Chaco Canyon Project, New Mexico and the Dolores Project, Colorado. He has worked for academic institutions, museums, the Navajo Tribe, and private consulting firms. For 25 years Cory owned Soil Systems, Inc. a private firm that conducted some of the largest excavations linked to the Hohokam culture in Arizona. View Guest page

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Tobi A. Brimsek

Tobi A. Brimsek is the Executive Director for the Society for American Archaeology and has held this position for the past 17 years. She received her B.A. degree from Goucher College, M.A. degree from University of Michigan, M.S. degree from Catholic University. View Guest page

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Dr. Alex Brown

Dr. Alex Brown is currently employed as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the Ecology of Crusading Project (2010-2014), funded by the European Research Council. His research interests centre on the application of palaeoecology as a tool for investigating past human-environment interactions over the course of the Holocene. Alex has over ten years’ experience working in intertidal and wetland landscapes, completing his PhD (2005) on the evidence for human impact on the prehistoric landscapes of the Severn Estuary (UK), linked to the NERC funded Mesolithic to Neolithic Coastal Environmental Change Project. Alex is also co-director (with Martin Bell) of the Peterstone Palaeochannels Project, which has been investigating the traces of Bronze Age activity within the Welsh Severn Estuary. Alex has a particular research interest in the ecology of frontier landscapes and the ecological responses to human agency and cultural change, currently focused on Medieval Europe. Alex is also developing research on the landscape impact of the Mongol invasions of central Europe. View Guest page

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Martin Brown

Martin Brown is a highly experienced archaeologist who has worked in the field and in curatorial and consultancy roles. He has worked for national heritage bodies and central and local government. Following almost 10 years with the Ministry of Defence he now works in archaeological consultancy for His particular interests include landscape archaeology and conflict archaeology, as well as public engagement. Martin is also a regular broadcaster on archaeological matters and is one of the most experienced archaeologists working in connection with the Great War (First World War) 1914-1918. He has led projects in France, Belgium and in the UK that are connected to the conflict, including training sites, battlefield and support areas and the unique terrain model of the Messines battlefield on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Martin is co-Director of the Plugstreet Project and a founding member of No-Man's-Land archaeology group. He is part of the Historic Environment Team for Defence Estates and has been a professional archaeologist for over 20 years. His media work includes Time Team, BBC Radio 4, Trench Detectives, Tales from the Grave, Weaponology, Ancestors and Inside Out. View Guest page

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Richard Buckley

Richard Buckley from the University of Leicester is the lead archaeologist on the Greyfriars project. After graduating from the University of Durham in 1979, Richard became a Field Officer with Leicestershire Archaeological Unit from 1980 to 1995. During this time he worked on the investigation of Leicester Castle Hall and John of Gaunt’s Cellar (1986), the Shires excavation (1988-89) and the Causeway Lane excavation (1991). In 1995, he formed (with Patrick Clay), University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) where, as co-director, he manages archaeological fieldwork projects principally in the East Midlands, specializing in urban sites and historic buildings. He was consultant and project manager for the Highcross Leicester Project, which led to three major excavations with a budget of over £4m. View Guest page

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William Caraher

William Caraher is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and a founding member of the Working Group in Digital and New Media at the University of North Dakota. Since 2012 he has applied methods developed during excavations in the Mediterranean to begin to document the life and material culture in the man camps in the Bakken Oil Patch in Western North Dakota. In 2014, his interest in the archaeology of late capitalism extended to his work on the famous Atari Burial Excavation in Alamogordo, New Mexico with a team of punk archaeologists and filmmakers. Perhaps Caraher’s best-known scholarly accomplishment is his blog the “Archaeology of the Mediterranean World,” which is among the most visible and widely read scholarly blogs on archaeological topics on the interwebs. He is also the co-founder of the Punk Archaeology movement with Kostis Kourelis and a peer reviewed volume on the same topic will appear in 2014. In 2006, he produced the award-winning documentary “Survey on Cyprus,” directed by Josiah Patrow, and has quietly begun a new project to develop a digital academic press at the University of North Dakota. View Guest page

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Bill Chamberlain

Bill Chamberlain is a project engineer and graduate of West Point. He has had a long and prolific career with the Army Corp of Engineers. He has also played an integral role in environmental planning, most notably, drafting environmental regulations with natural gas companies, Wiliams and Transco. View Guest page

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Susan M. Chandler

Susan M. Chandler is President of Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc., a cultural resources management firm in Colorado that she founded in 1987. Ms. Chandler holds an M.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Colorado. She has worked extensively in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and El Salvador. Her publications include articles in American Archaeology, Utah Archaeology 1990, and chapters in numerous edited volumes. Ms. Chandler has authored or co-authored over 100 papers and reports on various aspects of cultural resources. Susan is past president of the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists and the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA). She has also served as Treasurer of the Society for American Archaeology. She remains a member of the Utah Professional Archaeological Council, the Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists, and the New Mexico Archaeological Council. View Guest page

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Bonnie Clark

Bonnie Clark is committed to using tangible history – objects, sites, and landscapes—to broaden understanding of the diverse peoples of the American West. Dr. Clark serves as an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Denver (DU), as well as the Curator for Archaeology of the DU Museum of Anthropology. Since 2005, she has led the DU Amache project, a collaborative endeavor committed to preserving, researching, and interpreting Amache, the World War II Japanese American incarceration camp in Colorado. Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research led to On the Edge of Purgatory: An Archaeology of Place in Hispanic Colorado (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). Her work has been published in international venues such as World Archaeology and highlighted in Archaeology magazine. In 2011, Dr. Clark’s work was recognized by her peers with the University of Denver’s Teacher/Scholar of the Year award. View Guest page

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Geoff A. Clark

Geoff A. Clark in the course of his remarkable career was a Regent’s Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He has headed the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, and the Anthropology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Clark is the author, co-author or editor of over 250 articles, notes, reviews and comments, and 11 monographs and books on human biological and cultural evolution. His current interests turn on the logic of interference underlying knowledge claims in the various aspects of modern human origins research, and with applications of neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory in archaeology. Clark has done fieldwork in Arizona, Mexico, France, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, and Jordan. He also lectures on race, racism, and ethnic conflicts, as well as the conflict between religion and science, human evolution, and modern human origins. View Guest page

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Dr. Eric H. Cline

Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, a former Department Chair, and the current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. A Fulbright scholar, National Geographic Explorer, and NEH Public Scholar, Dr. Cline holds degrees from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former co-director at Megiddo and the current co-director at Tel Kabri and has over 30 seasons of field experience. He has won many awards for teaching from George Washington and the AIA and been thrice nominated for CASE US Professor of the Year. He is a best-selling author of 16 books, published by prestigious presses and translated into 15 languages. His book, 1177: The Year Civilization Collapsed, was considered for a Pulitzer prize. In addition, he has authored nearly 100 academic articles and presented more than 300 scholarly and public lectures. He has also appeared in more than 20 television programs and documentaries. View Guest page

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Eric H. Cline

Dr. Eric H. Cline is Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University. A former Fulbright scholar, Dr. Cline holds degrees in Classical Archaeology (BA, Dartmouth), Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, Yale), and Ancient History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania). His field experience extends for over 25 years in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. He is Associate Director (USA) at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel. Dr. Cline is a prolific author and three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for “Best Popular Book on Archaeology”. He is perhaps best known for The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (2000); Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004); From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (2007); and Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2009). View Guest page

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Dr. Larry Coben

Dr. Coben is the founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative , a not for profit organization providing sustainable business and entrepreneurial opportunities to poor communities where endangered archaeological sites are located. SPI believes the best way to preserve cultural heritage is creating or supporting locally-owned businesses whose success is tied to that preservation. SPI's grants provide a "two for the price of one" benefit: they create transformative economic opportunities for the local residents while saving archaeological sites for future generations to study and enjoy. SPI is the leading preservation organization utilizing this exciting and effective paradigm.Coben is also an archaeologist and a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. His most recent archaeological work focuses on Inca imperial expansion and the role of spectacles, rituals and theatricality in ancient societies. View Guest page

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Douglas Comer

Douglas Comer is President of Cultural Site Research and Management (CSRM) and the CSRM Foundation, and Co-President of the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) for ICOMOS. A Fulbright Scholar in cultural resource management, he served for 15 years as Chief of the United States National Park Service Applied Archaeology Center and nine years as Chair of the Maryland Governor’s Advisory Committee on Archaeology. After two terms on the Board of Trustees for the United States Committee for ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS), he now represents the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) on the Board. He is Senior Editor of the Conservation and Preservation Section of the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Senior Editor for the Springer Press/ICAHM publication series Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Archaeological Heritage Management, Fellow at the Whiting School of Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, and Visiting Independent Advisor with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech (JPL/NASA). He has published extensively on archaeology, aerial and satellite remote sensing, and heritage management. View Guest page

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Tom Conroy

Tom has designed numerous films, including East is East, Intermission, Inside I’m Dancing, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, West is West and Breakfast on Pluto for Neil Jordan. He has just completed Working Title’s Legend with Tom Hardy, to be released Autumn 2015. He has also designed many television series, including The Tudors, Camelot, Titanic: Blood & Steel and the Vikings seasons one and two. In Spring 2014 he finished Crossbones, a TV series starring John Malkovich, for NBC, shooting in the Caribbean. He won an Emmy award for his design on the Tudors, having been previously nominated twice. He is a three times winner of a Gemini award from the Canadian Academy and has been nominated twice for an Art Directors Guild Award in Los Angeles. He has been nominated many times for an IFTA, (Irish Academy) winning twice, for the Tudors and Vikings. View Guest page

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Dr. Pam Crabtree

Dr. Pam Crabtree is an associate professor of anthropology at New York University. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Crabtree’s primary area of research has focused on the study of animal bone remains from Anglo-Saxon sites in southeast England as a way of understanding early medieval animal husbandry practices, hunting patterns, and diet.

She has taken on several new projects in the past few years. She is now the zooarchaeologist for the Amheida Project in the Dakleh Oasis of Egypt, the Early Bronze Age site of Shengavit in Yerevan, Armenia, and the Kyzyltepe project in Uzbekistan. She will also begin work on the Late Bronze Age to Iron Age of Kinik in southern Cappadocia this past summer 2014.

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Zoë Crossland

Zoë Crossland is based in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. Her interests lie in semiotic archaeology, and archaeologies of death and the body. She writes on Madagascar, forensics, and historic burial practices in the United Kingdom, with a focus on the archaeology of the last 500 years and of the contemporary world. Crossland examines situations where new beliefs and practices are introduced, and the conflicts and negotiations that are prompted by their introduction. She works through a variety of case studies, including the archaeology of mission, and forensic exhumation to understand the material-semiotic formations through which apparently incompatible attitudes and practices may be negotiated and transformed. View Guest page

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Dr. Richard Currier

Richard L. Currier received his A.B. and Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in world ethnography, culture change, human interaction, Mexico, and the Greek Islands. He conducted his PhD field research on the island of Ios in the Southern Aegean, where he studied patterns of social interaction in traditional Greek Island culture.As an instructor in anthropology at U.C. Berkeley and a professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Currier taught world ethnography, peasant societies, Mediterranean cultures, Mesoamerican and Latin American cultures, comparative religion, comparative sexuality, human evolution, and primate social behavior; and he organized & co-chaired the historic Spring Hill Conference on American Anthropology. View Guest page

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Terence D’Altroy

Terence D’Altroy is the Loubat Professor of American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and the founding Director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology at Columbia University. He has conducted research in Missouri, California, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina since 1969. Most recently, he has been supervising research by his students in the Cuzco region and royal plantations in the jungles north of Machu Picchu. His research and publications, including 5 books and monographs and about 50 articles, have dealt primarily with the principles and practice of Inca politics, economics, militarism, and infrastructure. At present, he is completing the second edition of The Incas (Blackwell), a comprehensive overview of the empire, written for a broad audience. View Guest page

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Loren Davis

Loren Davis is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University. Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alberta in 2001 and joined Oregon State University in 2004. He is the Executive Director of the university’s Keystone Archaeological Research Fund and Director of the Pacific Slope Archaeological Laboratory. Dr. Davis’ current research focus is on initial peopling of the west coast of North America. He has conducted archaeological investigations in the Pacific Northwest and in northwest Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Loren directs an archaeological research program each summer in western Idaho at the Cooper’s Ferry site, which contains an early record of Western Stemmed Tradition occupations. View Guest page

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Dr. James P. Delgado

Dr. James P Delgado is the Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He served as the founding director of the National Park Service’s maritime preservation program, Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Executive Director and then President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), and was the host of the popular television show “The Sea Hunters”. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University, and a B.A. in History from San Francisco State University. Jim is the author, co-author or editor of over 32 books as well as numerous articles and archaeological reports. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Canadian Geographical Society, and the Explorers’ Club, and most recently was made an Officer of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain. View Guest page

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Matthew Des Lauriers

Matthew Des Lauriers is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Research Institute at California State University, Northridge. He has worked in Baja California since 2000, primarily on the island of Isla Cedros. Dr. Des Lauriers is engaged in co-operative research with scholars from the Insituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia of Mexico, Oregon State University, and the University of California, Irvine. Matthew’s contributions have extended from historic period otter hunters and miners to the earliest colonization of the Baja California Peninsula. His present Proyecto Arqueologico Isla Cedros has dramatically changed intepretations of the indigenous history of Baja California. View Guest page

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Jeremy DeSilva

Jeremy DeSilva is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. He is a functional morphologist, specializing in the locomotion of early apes (hominoids) and human ancestors (hominins). He has a particular expertise in the foot and ankle and has worked most recently on the amazing ~2 million year-old skeletons of the South African hominin Australopithecus sediba. He has studied fossils in museums throughout East and South Africa. Additionally, he has studied locomotion in wild chimpanzees in Western Uganda, and currently oversees a research project studying the range of variation in modern human walking. Before entering academia, Jeremy worked as an educator at the Boston Museum of Science and continues to be passionate about science education. When he is not studying fossil foot bones, or lecturing on human evolution, Jeremy and his wife, Erin, are quite busy with their 3 year-old twin toddlers, Benjamin and Josephine. View Guest page

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Dr. Jitse Dijkstra

Jitse Dijkstra's research centers round the question how religion became transformed in Late Antiquity. In order to answer this question, he focuses on the particular regional and local context of religious transformation rather than on the ideological and general story. Trained as a papyrologist but multidisciplinary in approach, his main interest is Late Antique Egypt. He is the author of a monograph on the religious transformation in the First Cataract region, southern Egypt, in particular at the island of Philae, and has just published a study of the graffiti in the temple of Isis at Aswan, where he has conducted field work from 2001 onwards. View Guest page

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Dr. Todd Disotell

Dr. Todd Disotell is an Anthropology professor at New York University where he studies primate and human evolution. He is also a Molecular Primatologist who uses DNA to study the evolution of Homo sapiens and other primates.
He received a B.A. from Cornell University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Disotell has also been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and several foundations. He also teaches, writes about, and lectures on human variation, race, health and disease.
For over 20 years he has specialized in generating and testing hypotheses about primate origins and their relationship. While the majority of his research focuses on primate DNA, he has also specialized in Cryptozoological primates such as Bigfoot.
He has appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, National Geographic Channel's Naked Science and Is It Real?, and History Channel's Monster Quest. View Guest page

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William H. Doelle

William H. Doelle is President and owner of Desert Archaeology, Inc. (founded in 1989) and President and CEO of the nonprofit Center for Desert Archaeology in Tucson, Arizona. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Bill’s research interests are the large-scale demographic and cultural changes of the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest. He is also involved in preservation programs and in developing public outreach venues. Desert Archaeology has a staff of 37 employees. In 2009, Archaeology Magazine, named Desert Archaeology’s project on prehistoric irrigation farming as a “Top Ten Discovery “of the year. Bill’s nonprofit Center for Desert Archaeology staff has conducted a series of grant-funded projects and its public outreach arm produces the quarterly magazine, Archaeology Southwest, web-based materials, and monthly archaeology café events. Funding is generated from grants, memberships, private donors, and endowments. View Guest page

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John F. Doershuk

John F. Doershuk is a State Archaeologist of Iowa (since 2007) and Adjunct Assistant Professor (since 1995) in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Iowa. Doershuk has 29 years of professional experience in cultural resource management archaeology including involvement as a principal investigator or project archaeologist on more than 1,200 archaeological projects throughout the Midwest. His early field experience was with a large excavation project on the Ohio Hopewell Harness Mound site near Chillicothe, Ohio; in his current role as State Archaeologist of Iowa he is intensively involved with consultation and research involving ancient mounds and cemeteries. John has published or co-published 20 articles in professional journals and co-edited two monographs in addition to being author or co-author of 45 conference papers and 100s of archaeological reports. View Guest page

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Brennan Dolan

Brennan is a cultural resources project manager and archaeologist for the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Previously, he worked for the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) in Iowa, the Louis Berger Group, and the National Park Service (Midwest Archeological Center). His professional research interests include the proto-historic period, faunal analysis, experimental Woodland period ceramic replication, fire studies, and site preservation. As a cultural resources manager Brennan has worked on a number of projects that span the identification, evaluation, mitigation spectrum. He has also worked on a number of “other” projects including the Iowa DOT Statewide Historical Sites Management Plan and the 2014 Iowa Tribal Summit on Cultural Preservation and Transportation. His educational background includes undergraduate work at the University of Northern Iowa and his graduate work at the University of of Nebraska at Lincoln. View Guest page

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Dr. Owen Doonan

Since 2003 Dr. Owen Doonan has been teaching at CSU Northridge, where he holds the rank of Professor in Art History, with courtesy appointments in Anthropology, Classical Civilizations and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Over the past two decades, Dr. Doonan's work as an archaeologist and art historian has focused on the transformative potential of colonial and post-colonial processes on communities and political formations in the ancient and contemporary world. His early interests were in the formation of Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures, and the impact of pre-colonial and colonial processes in the western Mediterranean. During these years he participated in archaeological excavations in Italy, Sicily, Sardinia and Mallorca and conducted research into the emergence of industrial scale copper and iron production in Tuscany and the development of town planning concepts in Sicily at the time of initial contact with Mycenaean traders from the east. His first (1992-95) academic position in the newly-founded Archaeology Department of Bilkent University (Ankara) introduced him to the remarkable possibilities of archaeology in Turkey. Since that time his interests have expanded to include post-colonial art movements in the Middle East and North Africa – he has organized a series of post-colonial and contemporary art exhibitions from Turkey, Tunisia and Syria in recent years. View Guest page

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Dr. Christopher D. Dore

Dr. Christopher D. Dore, a registered professional archaeologist, has both a doctoral degree in anthropology and master’s degree in business administration. His career experience includes holding executive positions in leading cultural resource and environmental consulting companies. Dr. Dore has served his colleagues and the industry as the President of the American Cultural Resources Association and the Treasurer of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). He has received a Presidential Award from the SAA and currently is the editor of Advances in Archaeological Practice. While traditionally trained as a Maya archaeologist, Dr. Dore’s research passion is now the business of heritage management. He currently serves as a consulting archaeologist, expert witness, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and Treasurer of Archaeology Southwest. View Guest page

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Dr. James Doyle

Dr. James Doyle is a post-doctoral associate in Pre-Columbian Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. His expertise lies in the civilizations of the Ancient Americas, particularly the Preclassic Period (ca. 1000 BC – AD 250) in the Maya Lowlands in the Yucatan Peninsula. His interests include emerging politics, monumental art and architecture, urbanism, landscape, performance, and human/environmental interaction, among others. He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and Brown University, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in northern Guatemala. For more information and publications, please visit View Guest page

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Richard Dumbrill

Richard Dumbrill is the world authority on the Music of the Ancient Near East. He is the Director of ICONEA (International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusiocology) at the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is a consultant for the Babylon Festival, in Babylone, Iraq, and a board member of 'Music for Syria'. Dumbrill lectures in leading univesities of the world and will be at Harvard and Yale in October. He has published numerous books and articles and appeared in many TV programmes, documentaries and radio programmes and is currently preparing a feature long documentary with ARTE TV. View Guest page

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Dr. Harrison Eiteljorg, II

Dr.Harrison Eiteljorg II is the founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Architecture. He is a classical archaeologist, specializing in the architecture and architectural practices of Classical period Greece. He has been involved in projects in Italy, Greece and Turkey, among others, since the 1960s. Dr. Eiteljorg received his Ph.D. in classical archaeology in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in 1968 from Butler University. Dr. Eiteljorg was the Vice President for Publications at the Archaeological Institute of America and has been involved with a variety of other archaeological organizations. He has written, co-written, and edited a number of publications, professional papers, and presentations. View Guest page

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Dr. Thomas E. Emerson

Thomas Emerson is a specialist in North American Eastern Woodlands archaeology, especially of the Upper Mississippi River Valley region. His research has generally centered on the archaeology, religious ideology, and political economy of late prehistoric Mississippian cultures. However, his interests are diverse and his work has included mortuary analyses, subsistence studies, archaeological ethnicity, archaeometric sourcing of raw materials, faunal analysis, Great Lakes maritime research, archaeological law and compliance, heritage and cultural resource management. He has conducted fieldwork throughout the Great Lakes region, the Plains, and Norway.
Emerson is dedicated to the publication of archeological materials and in this role has founded nine publication series. He holds numerous professional memberships and committee roles, and was also the primary author of Illinois’ major archaeological laws, as well as, portions of the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation. View Guest page

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Dr. Charles R. Ewen

Charles R. Ewen received his PhD at the University of Florida in 1987, and since 1994 has been a full professor in the Department of Anthropology at ECU as well as Director of the Phelps Archaeology Laboratory. He recently was elected the president of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Charlie’s research interests focus mostly on historical archaeology (specifically the contact and colonial periods). However, like most archaeologists, circumstances have led him to work on nearly every kind of archaeology site, from prehistoric villages to Civil War fortifications and twentieth-century homesteads. While in NC, Charlie has directed several projects at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, Ft. Macon State Park, Hope Plantation, Somerset Place, and a long-term archaeological study of Historic Bath, North Carolina. Besides several articles and book chapters, Charlie is the author or editor of five books, including Searching for the Roanoke Colonies, (NC Division of Archives and History) and X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy (University Press of Florida). He is currently under contract with University Press of Florida to co-author a book with Tom Shields to be entitled Roanoke Reconsidered: What Happened to the Lost Colony and another book on the archaeology of piracy. View Guest page

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Brian Fagan

Brian Fagan is an archaeologist, historian and a writer. He received his B.A, M.A. and Ph. D. at Pembroke College, Cambridge in archaeology and anthropology. From 1959 through 1965 he was Keeper of Prehistory at the Livingstone Museum, Zambia, where he was involved in fieldwork on multidisciplinary African history and in monuments conservation. In 1966 he moved to the United States and became Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in communicating archaeology to the general audiences through lecturing, writing, and other media. His many books include three volumes for the National Geographic Society, including the bestselling “Adventure of Archaeology”. Other works include “The Rape of the Nile,” “The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations,” “Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans,” and many others. View Guest page

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Michael Faught

Dr. Michael Faught is a senior Maritime Archaeologist at Panamerican Consultants, Inc, assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology at University of Florida and Treasurer and Board Member at Archaeological Research Cooperative. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at University of Arizona in 1978, 1989 and 1996, respectively. His research interests include Paleoindian and Early Archaic cultures, their origins, pathways, settlement patterns, and emergence of regional traditions. Dr. Faught extensively uses predictive modeling, remote sensing, underwater excavation and geoarchaeological sampling methods for submerged prehistoric sites in his research. He also has experience conducting archaeology with avocationals, high schoolers, and people with physical and mental disabilities. View Guest page

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Kenneth L. "Kenny" Feder

Kenneth L. "Kenny" Feder (born August 1, 1952) is a professor of archaeology at Central Connecticut State University[1] and the author of several books on archaeology[2] and criticism of pseudoarchaeology such as Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology.[3] His book Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum was published in 2010. He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, which studies the prehistory of the region in northwest Connecticut. Feder's next book is tentatively called Archaeological Odysseys: 50 sites in the United States You Should See Before You Die, and he is traveling all over the U.S. visiting these sites. View Guest page

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Dr. Christopher Fennell

Christopher C. Fennell is an anthropologist, lawyer, associate professor at the Univ. of Illinois, and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. His research addresses African diaspora heritage and social group dynamics among European and African Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Fennell is the founding editor of the “Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage,” an editorial board member of the “International Journal of Historical Archaeology,” past member of the SHA’s board of directors, and president-elect of the Illinois Archaeological Survey. He has been awarded the 2009 John L. Cotter Award, the 2010 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities by the Council for Graduate Schools, and a University Scholar appointment by the Univ. of Illinois. Fennell’s publications include award winning book “Crossroads and Cosmologies” (2007), among many others. He has served as a co-director of the New Philadelphia Archaeological Project for over a decade. View Guest page

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Esteban Fernandez

Esteban Fernandez is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado’s M.A program. Throughout the past five years he worked in a wide variety of field projects in the countries of Belize, Mexico, and the United States. His main research interest lies within the region of Mesoamerica, namely the production of gold artifacts used as provincial tributary payments to the Aztec empire. For the purposes of this research he embraced a multidisciplinary approach that combined ethnohistoric, archaeological and experimental evidence. Currently, he is taking a year off from school in order to explore other career options outside of archeology. View Guest page

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Dr. Israel Finkelstein

Israel Finkelstein is Professor of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He finished his Ph.D. in 1983, taught at the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne and spent research years at Harvard and the Hebrew University. Finkelstein conducted many field projects, among them the excavations at biblical Shiloh and the celebrated site of Megiddo. Finkelstein is the author of many books and about 300 articles. Notable among the books are The Archaeology of the Israelite Settlement (1988), Living on the Fringe (1995), The Bible Unearthed (2001), David and Solomon (2006 – the latter two with Neil Asher Silberman) and The Forgotten Kingdom (2013, won of the Prix Delalande Guérineau, 2014, of the Institut de France, l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres). In 2005 Finkelstein won the Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension, Archaeology. In 2009 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and in 2010 received a doctorate Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Lausanne. Finkelstein is a 'correspondant étranger' of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres. In 2009-2014 he directed the European Research Council-funded project titled "Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective". View Guest page

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Rowan Flad

Rowan Flad (b. 10.27.1972) is a Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. His research is currently focused on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China. This research incorporates interests in diachronic change in production processes, the intersection between ritual activity and production, the role of animals in early Chinese society - particularly their use in sacrifice and divination, and the processes involved in social change in general. Recently he has conducted excavations at a salt production site in the eastern Sichuan Basin and archaeological survey in the Chengdu Plain focusing on prehistoric settlement patterns and social evolution in that region. New research is being planned focusing on technological change along the proto-Silk Road in Northwest China (Gansu) during the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age. His publications include articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Anthropology, The Holocene, Antiquity, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Field Archaeology, Asian Perspectives, Journal of East Asian Archaeology, Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Kaogu, and Nanfang minzu kaogu. He co-edited a book on specialization in the series Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, and Climate, Landscapes and Civilizations, published by the American Geophysical Union in 2012. He is the author of Salt Production and Social Hierarchy in Ancient China: An archaeological investigation of specialization in China’s Three Gorges, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, and Ancient Central China: Centers and Peripheries Along the Yangzi River, also published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. View Guest page

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Tom Foley

Tom Foley is the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. He received his BS from Manhattan College and has worked as a civil engineer in NYC for over twenty years. Mr. Foley is responsible for all of the critical infrastructure projects in Manhattan with an active capital program exceeding $650 million, including the reconstruction of roadways, the rehabilitation of retaining walls and work related to the installation of Water Tunnel 3. View Guest page

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Dr. Maurizio Forte

Dr. Maurizio Forte, PhD, is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University and founder of the university’s DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past). He was professor of World Heritage at the University of California, Merced, and Director of the Virtual Heritage Lab. He was Chief of Research at the Italian National Research Council and their Senior Scientist at the Institute for Technologies Applied to the Cultural Heritage (ITABC), as well as Professor of "Virtual Environments for Cultural Heritage” at the University of Lugano. He received his bachelor’s degree in Ancient History (archaeology), and a Diploma of specialization in Archaeology, from the University of Bologna, and his PhD in Archaeology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He has coordinated archaeological fieldwork and research projects in Italy as well as Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Kazakhstan, Peru, China, Oman, India, Honduras, Turkey, USA and Mexico. He is editor and author of several books including “Virtual Archaeology” (1996), Virtual Reality in Archaeology (2000), “From Space to Place” (2006), and he has written more than 200 scientific papers. View Guest page

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Dr. Tyr Fothergill

Dr. Tyr Fothergill is a Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her MA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and her Ph.D. from the University of Leicester. She combines animal bone size and shape analyses with studies of disease and injury to attempt to reconstruct relationships between humans and other animals in the past. Her main research foci are past animal husbandry and species translocation. Dr. Fothergill has worked in the American Southwest, Britain, Jordan, and Libya at Pre-Columbian, Iron Age, Roman, and Garamantian sites. At present, she is in the process of collating, analysing and interpreting evidence of chicken husbandry at sites in Europe and North Africa. View Guest page

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Dr. Georgia Fox

Dr. Georgia Fox is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, where she serves as Graduate Coordinator and teaches courses in anthropology. She directs the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology and Museum Studies Program and is Director of the Heritage Resources Conservation Laboratory. She received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. Her academic interests and specializations include the archaeology of British colonization of the New World and the African Diaspora, maritime and underwater archaeology, material culture and museum studies, the conservation and preservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials, and the care and protection of cultural heritage. Dr. Fox has conducted archaeological and conservation work in Greece, Turkey, and Israel, Netherlands, California, and the Caribbean. View Guest page

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Melissa Frederick

My name is Melissa Frederick and I am a second year historical archaeology graduate student at Illinois State University. I grew up in California and moved to Tennessee when I was a junior in high school. I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. I then worked two years at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey as a technician, crew chief, and historic materials analyst before I applied to graduate programs. My areas of interest include the history and archaeology of the Cherokee Nation, slavery, and Spanish and British colonization in North America. View Guest page

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Michael Gear

Michael Gear received his B.A. and M.A. at Colorado State University specializing in physical anthropology. Around the same time he wrote his first novel. And in all he has published 12 novels and coauthored with Kathleen 23 novels on various historical and anthropological themes. His “Morning River” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and the National Book Award in 1998. And currently the Gears are working on the story for their next prehistory book, “The People of the Thunder,” a novel set as Moundville, Alabama in 1300s. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Wind River Archaeological Consultants. View Guest page

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Joan H. Geismar

Joan H. Geismar is an urban archaeologist in private practice in the New York City metropolitan area since 1981. Dr. Geismar has worked extensively on 18th and 19th century sites and buried ships. She is a founder and Past President of the Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC). View Guest page

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Isaac Gilead

Isaac Gilead is a Professor of Archaeology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. Dr. Gilead received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Hebrew University, Jerusalem in 1974, 1976, and 1982, respectively. His research interests include archaeology of Beer Sheva, the Stone Age archaeology of the southern Levant, the archaeology of the Chalcolithic period, the archaeology of arid zones, and most importantly the archaeology of Nazi extermination centers. He has done extensive fieldwork at Nazi extermination centers in Poland and, specifically, at the operation Reinhardt camps of Bełżec, Sobibór and Treblinka. He also authored and co-authored numerous books and articles that were published in various peer-reviewed journals. View Guest page

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Richard Gillespie

The son of a decorated World War Two pilot, Richard E. Gillespie grew up around airplanes and learned to fly while he was still in high school. He worked his way through college ferrying airplanes and flying charters for his hometown airport in upstate New York. Graduating from the State University of New York with a BA in History in 1969, Ric enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an officer with the First Cavalry Division. In 1973 he began a twelve-year career as an aviation accident investigator and risk manager in the aviation insurance industry.

In 1985, with his wife Pat Thrasher, he founded The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. Known by its acronym TIGHAR (pronounced tiger), the nonprofit foundation has an international membership of scholars, scientists and enthusiasts whose volunteer expertise and financial contributions support the organization's mission to promote responsible aviation archaeology and historic preservation.

As TIGHAR's executive director, Ric Gillespie has led over three dozen aviation archaeological expeditions to remote areas of the U.S., Canada, Europe, Micronesia and New Guinea. He has also conducted dozens of educational seminars at air museums around the U.S. and has organized and moderated conferences of air museum professionals in Britain and Europe.

TIGHAR’s best known historical investigation is the Earhart Project - a comprehensive, science-based inquiry into the iconic mystery of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance. Since launching TIGHAR’s investigation in 1988, Ric has led eleven expeditions – most recently in July of 2012 - to the remote uninhabited South Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro where a large and growing preponderance of evidence suggests Earhart died as a castaway. View Guest page

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Richard Gould

Dr. Richard Gould is a Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at Brown University and a forensic anthropologist with the federal Disaster Mortuary Operations Recovery Team (DMORT). Since completing his PhD. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkley in 1965, Dr. Gould studied human cultural and behavioral adaptations to stress, risk, and uncertainty. He came to Brown University as Professor of Anthropology in 1981. After the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, he led trial forensic recoveries at the WTC and full recoveries at “The Station” Nightclub Fire scene in West Warwick, RI, in 2003. Most recently, he assisted with victim identifications and recoveries as a forensic anthropologist with DMORT in Gulfport, MS, and in New Orleans/St. Bernard Parish, LA, immediately following hurricane Katrina. Dr. Gould has published 12 books and monographs as well as numerous papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals. View Guest page

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Dr. Rebecca S Graff

As a historical archaeologist with research interests in the 19th- and 20th-century urban United States, I explore the relationship between temporality and modernity, memory and material culture, tourism, and nostalgic consumption through archaeological and archival research. My dissertation, “The Vanishing City: Time, Tourism, and the Archaeology of Event at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition,” was based on an archaeological and archival project focusing on the ephemeral “White City” and Midway Plaisance of the 1893 Chicago Fair. This project was supported by the College, Department of Anthropology, and the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago, and by a Scherer Center Dissertation Year Fellowship from Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, University of Chicago. I have directed several archaeological projects in Chicago, most recently at the Louis Sullivan-designed Charnley-Persky House; a second excavation season is planned for summer 2015. View Guest page

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Dr. Jack Green

Dr. Jack Green is chief curator of the Oriental Institute Museum, part of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (2011 to present) where he manages the permanent collections and program of special exhibits. He recently co-curated two Oriental Institute exhibits: “Picturing the Past: Imaging and Imagining the ancient Middle East” (2012), and “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” (2013). In addition to overseeing the museum’s transition to a new integrated collections database, he is involved in cultural heritage projects overseas, including the National Museum of Afghanistan – Oriental Institute Partnership Project. He was previously curator of the new ancient Near East gallery at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (2007-2011). He is an archaeologist with a PhD from University College London (2006) on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age cemetery at Tell es-Sa‘idiyeh, Jordan – which is also the focus of a British Museum publication project. His related research interests are in the Bronze and Iron Ages of the southern Levant, histories of archaeology, the archaeology of death and burial, and gender and personal adornment. View Guest page

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Dr. Stanton W. Green

Stanton W. Green is a Professor of Anthropology and former liberal arts dean at Monmouth University and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also created and developed two MA Programs in Public Archaeology.
In all of his positions he has focused on engaging liberal arts faculty to connect the liberal arts curriculum with realistic career preparation for the 21st century. He writes extensively on these topics on his webpage:
His scholarship includes major archaeological field study and research in South Carolina and Ireland, the application of GIS in social science research, and the study of the cultural history of baseball. He is the author of over 30 major articles and co-editor of two books: Archaeological Boundaries and Frontiers, and Interpreting Space: GIS and archaeology. View Guest page

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Cody Gregory

Cody Gregory is an Information Systems Technician at John Milner Associates, Inc., currently based at the Army Corps VCP facility in St. Louis, MO. Cody served in the U.S. Air Force from 2003 to 2008 as a Mental Health Technician. He is an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran who deployed to Afghanistan and worked as a Hurricane Katrina responder. He recently received his A.A. degree in Biology from St. Charles Community College and he plans to pursue a B.A. in Environmental Science. Mr. Gregory was originally hired as an archaeological laboratory technician during the first term of the VCP project at the St. Louis lab. He subsequently advanced to the position of lab manager. He is now responsible for managing Information Technologies at VCP and also assists with training and technical support for the digital imaging system. View Guest page

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Nicole Grinnan

Nicole Grinnan graduated with a Master’s degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida, as well as with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Central Florida. Nicole is also certified as a SCUBA Instructor with SCUBA Diving International (SDI). Before joining FPAN as the Northwest Regional Center’s Public Archaeology Coordinator in 2012, Nicole worked as an intern with the NASA History Division, FPAN, and Biscayne National Park. Nicole is also Graduate Student Representative for the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA), a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), and a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). Her research interests include maritime archaeology and history, public interpretation of maritime cultural resources, and social history. View Guest page

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Dr. Thomas Guderjan

Tom Guderjan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at The University of Texas at Tyler and the President of Maya Research Program. He also directs MRP’s Blue Creek Archaeological Project in Belize, which focuses on a variety of topics including the structure of Maya cities, landscape archaeology and wetlands agricultural systems. In addition, the project focuses on student training and conservation of archaeological sites in the region. Dr. Guderjan received his PhD from Southern Methodist University and has published numerous books, monographs and papers on the Maya archaeology. View Guest page

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Dr Ulrike Guerin

Ulrike Guerin is in charge of the underwater cultural heritage programme at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. As such she advises governments, organizes international meetings of States and oversees UNESCO operational projects. The latter range from trainings and exhibitions to emergency assistance missions going underwater. She has been closely involved in setting up UNESCO’s new emergency assistance expert-body. This 12-expert Advisory Body just returned from helping States in three recent cases of unscientific interventions on submerged heritage sites. She is a lawyer by training. View Guest page

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Amy Gusick

Amy Gusick is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her archaeological concentration is on early maritime Pacific Rim hunter-gatherers. She is also interested in formulating models of behavioral variations in the coastal hunter-gatherers and in early migration and mobility into and within the New World. Currently, her fieldwork is centered on Santa Cruz Island, California and on a submerged landscape in the southern Gulf in Baja California. View Guest page

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Frederick "Fritz" Hanselmann

Frederick "Fritz" Hanselmann is Research Faculty and the Chief Underwater Archaeologist/Dive Training Officer with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. He is also the director of The Meadows Center's Underwater Archaeology and Exploration Initiative. Having worked on underwater sites from a wide variety of time periods, his research ranges from submerged prehistoric deposits in springs and caves to historic shipwrecks in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant, abandoned by Captain Kidd in 1699. Fritz led the first-ever archaeological survey of the Chagres River mouth in Panama as part of the Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project, the search for the famous privateer's sunken ships. He is the Principal Investigator of the Monterrey Shipwreck Project in the Gulf of Mexico, which is the deepest shipwreck excavation ever conducted in North America. Fritz is also the co-director of the Sunken Ships of Colombia project, which focuses on finding, documenting, studying, and managing historic shipwrecks along the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Fritz focuses on capacity building and training for archaeologists and heritage managers in less developed countries, as well as the development of marine protected areas and underwater preserves. View Guest page

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Dr. Jeff Hantman

Dr. Jeff Hantman is a professor of archaeology and the former director of the Archaeology Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1983. Throughout his career, Dr. Hantman has focused his research on Native American societies and cultures, most recently in the Chesapeake region of the eastern United States. He is concerned primarily with the early colonial period and constructing new histories based on a merger of archaeology, ethno-history and indigenous world-views. Dr. Hantman is currently involved in writing a history of the Monacan people of Virginia, employing a collaborative archaeology in order to create a more nuanced understanding of pre- and post- contact period Virginia. Dr. Hantman has authored and co-authored numerous professional papers, articles and books. View Guest page

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Dr. Sam Hardy

Dr. Sam Hardy is a Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Archaeology. Dr. Hardy earned a DPhil in Law Studies at the University of Sussex. His professional experience includes archaeological, historical and ethnographic work in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, NGO work in the Netherlands, and teaching in the UK. He investigates the destruction of cultural and community property; the trade in illicit antiquities; the politics and ethics of cultural heritage work, including archaeological excavation in occupied and secessionist territories; and precarious labor in the cultural heritage industry. His work on the trade in illicit antiquities has focused on the looting and smuggling of cultural property during the Cyprus Conflict. He has traced the development of the trade in parallel with the conflict; identified the relationships between antiquities looting, organized crime and political violence; and examined the impact of policing, policy and clandestine rescue on the trade. View Guest page

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Eve Hargrave

Eve Hargrave’s interests lie in the area of bioarchaeology of Eastern North America, particularly how it pertains to the relationship between social and demographic changes and mortuary studies. Most of her recent research has focused upon late prehistoric mortuary practices of Native Americans in Illinois-particularly in the area of the American Bottom around Cahokia. View Guest page

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Dr. Leslie Hartzell

Leslie Hartzell has an extensive history with California State Parks. She was a graduate student assistant and worked as an archaeologist in the 1980s. She also worked at the California State Historic Preservation Office. She received her PhD. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from UC Davis in 1992; and then earned a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She conducted field work in Australia through La Trobe University in Melbourne. She also worked with indigenous Australians on repatriation issues. She also worked at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, where she developed the Museum’s Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) policy. Leslie returned to State Parks in 2001, managing the Central Service Center in Monterey before moving to Sacramento to manage the Museum & Interpretation Section at the Northern Service Center. View Guest page

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Geoffrey Haymes

Archaeologist Bureau of Land Management, Farmington Field Office
Geoffrey Haymes is has been an archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) since 2008. As part of the Cultural Resources team in Farmington, New Mexico, under the guidance of lead archaeologist Jim Copeland, he works to ensure compliance with various cultural protection authorities (e.g., NHPA, ARPA, AIRFA, NAGPRA) in an area with substantial oil and gas development and to identify and manage archaeological resources on public lands. With prior work in northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, his professional experience has centered on cultures occupying the northern periphery of a more robust and better-understood Puebloan sphere of influence. View Guest page

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Dr. Kristin M. Hedman

Kristin Hedman is a physical anthropologist specializing in human osteology, paleopathology and bioarchaeology. Her research interests focus on mortuary behavior and skeletal evidence of health, activity and interactions; isotopic evidence of diet and population movement; and the social implications of cultural modification of human bone, both pre- and post-mortem. Much of her research has focused on prehistoric populations of the American Bottom region in Illinois. Kristin has supervised ISAS bioarchaeology projects and staff since 1989. As Associate Director of the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM), Kristin helps to integrate and facilitate interdisciplinary scientific research projects focusing on archaeological materials and ancient technologies, both within ISAS and with other University units and Institutions. View Guest page

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Zach Herrmann

Zach Herrmann came to Stephen David Entertainment (SDE) in 2013. He’s written on a number of projects, including the EMMY-nominated The World Wars Sons of Liberty. Previously, Zach spent three years working at Don Buchwald and Associates. His short film Elijah the Prophet was the winner of the 2010-11 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, and the film has since screened at festivals around the world. View Guest page

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Vance Holliday

Vance Holliday is Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Geosciences University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Colorado-Boulder (1982). His research interests extend into geoarchaeology, Paleoindian archaeology and Quaternary landscape evolution. His research areas are focused on the American Southwest and northern New Mexico. Dr. Holliday is also Executive Director of the Argonaut Archaeological Research Fund (AARF) which is dedicated the to study of the earliest peopling of the Greater Southwest. Vance has also done field work in the Pampas of Argentina and the Don River Valley in Russia. He has authored and edited several volumes including Soils in Archaeology: Landscape Evolution and Human Occupation (1992), Paleoindian Geoarchaeology of the Southern High Plains (1997), and Soils and Archaeological Research (2004). View Guest page

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Brent E. Huffman

Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. He is also an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. His work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera. He has been making social issue documentaries and environmental films for more than a decade in Asia, Africa and Middle East. Huffman was also an editor of Julia Reichert’s and Steven Bognar’s Primetime Emmy winning PBS documentary series A Lion in the House about children battling cancer. He also recently completed a book about his experiences in China called Life in the Heart of China: Diary from a Forbidden World. Most recently, he completed documentary The Colony for Al Jazeera about China in Africa. He is currently working on two new documentaries in Afghanistan and China. View Guest page

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Melinda Hunt

Melinda Hunt, president 2014-2016, is an interdisciplinary artist and founding director of the Hart Island Project. She holds an M.F.A from the Yale School of Art (1985) and M.S. in Digital Imaging and Design, NYU (2007). She began working on Hart Island with photographer Joel Sternfeld in 1991. They published a book, Hart Island, Scalo (1998). Melinda directed a film Hart Island: An American Cemetery (2008). She received awards from NYSCA in public art (1995), film (2000) and electronic art (2011). She received two Canada Council Interarts Awards for Artist and Community Collaboration (2008, 2009) and worked to develop an on-line community and database that document the identities and experience of Hart Island. View Guest page

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Dr. Asma Ibrahim

Archaeologist Dr. Asma Ibrahim is the Director of the State Bank Museum & Art Gallery Department in Karachi, Pakistan. She received graduate degrees from the University of Karachi and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Fulbright Scholar in Ancient Human Remains at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the Director and founding member of the Centre for Archaeological and Environmental Research, which is dedicated to the study and long term preservation of the art and heritage of Pakistan. Dr. Ibrahim has carried out excavations in the Indus Delta Area in the province of Sindh for several years. She has done extensive work at the site of Ratoo Kot in Sindh and Turbat and Nal in Baluchistan. She served as Co-Director of the French-Italian Archaeological Mission at the site of Banbhore and has worked as the Co-Director of the joint Pakistani and German Archaeological Mission to Kalat. She speaks seven languages and can read and write Kharoshti, Brahmi, Greek, and Cuneiform script. View Guest page

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Bill Iseminger

Bill Iseminger is the Assistant Site Director, curator, and public relations manager at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. He has worked at Cahokia for most of his professional career. Bill received his M.A. from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale). He has written extensively on Cahokia and the Mississippian culture for a variety of professional and popular publications. He has most recently authored the volume Cahokia Mounds, America’s First City. View Guest page

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Dr. Richard Janko

Dr. Richard Janko is a Professor of Classical Studies. He earned a B.A. in Classics (First Class) in 1976 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Trinity College in 1980. His field of interest include Homer, Linear B, Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, Herculaneum papyri, ancient literary theory, ancient religion, and aspects of Presocratic philosophy.

At university his fascination with Homer inspired him not only to study classics, but archaeology as well. Specifically, he took courses in Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, Linear B, classical philology, and historical linguistics. In the summers he took part in excavations at Ayios Stephanos, Mycenae, and Koukounaries.

He has held many prestigious positions. He started as a Temporary Lecturer in Greek, University of St Andrews from 1978 to 1979, was a Research Fellow at Trinity College in 1979 to 1982 . From there he took an Assistant Professorship in Classics at Columbia University in New York for until 1985 then became an Associate Professor until 1987. He also taught at University of California, Los Angeles and University College London.

Dr. Janko currently is a professor at the Gerald F. Else Distinguished University at University of Michigan View Guest page

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Dr. Anne Jensen

Dr. Anne Jensen has over 31 years of anthropological fieldwork experience in Alaska. She is currently the PI on the NSF-funded project “Learning From the Past: Archaeology of Nuvuk” which analyzes the excavations of a major Thule cemetery and newly discovered Ipiutak habitation site, as well as smaller NSF-funded projects working with collections from Walakpa and Utqiaġvik. Much of the work on these projects has been done by local and international high school and college students and volunteers. Dr. Jensen’s current research focuses on human adaptation in Arctic and subarctic environments, coastal adaptations in the North, global change effects on the archaeological and paleoecological record, digital archaeology and paleoeconomy and paleoenvironments. She is currently Senior Scientist for UIC Science LLC, where she is responsible for cultural resources issues on Ukpeaġvik Inupiat Corporation (an Alaska Native corporation) lands, as well as an active cultural resource consulting practice. She also manages a contract to run a climate monitoring site for Sandia National Labs and the US Department of Energy. View Guest page

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Dr. Susan Johnston

Dr. Susan Johnston is an archaeologist and anthropologist specializing in Irish prehistory at George Washington University. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania where she analyzed prehistoric Irish rock art. The chief focus of Dr. Johnston’s field research has been prehistoric Ireland, although she has also done public archaeology in the U.S. She led the archaeological team that surveyed the royal site of Dun Ailinne between 2006-2008, which found evidence for a number of structures and enclosures. She will be returning to Dun Ailinne in 2016 to conduct excavations. She is particularly interested in religion and ritual and their presence in the archaeological record and in the public imagination. View Guest page

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Dr. JW Joseph

J. W. (Joe) Joseph holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina and a M.A. in American Civilization and PhD in Historical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied and worked with notable historical archaeologists Stanley South and Leland Ferguson at the University of South Carolina and Robert Schuyler at the University of Pennsylvania, all three of who are recipients of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s prestigious Harrington Award. Dr. Joseph was hired as an archaeological field technician upon graduating high school and has worked in compliance archaeology for the past 40 years. A principal with the cultural resource management firm New South Associates and the President of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Dr. Joseph specializes in the archaeology of the African American past. View Guest page

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Dr. Rosemary A. Joyce

Dr. Rosemary Joyce of Central America employed material things in actively negotiating their place in society. She is especially interested in the use of representational imagery to create and reinforce gendered identities, especially in Classic Maya monumental art and glyphic texts, and Formative period monumental and small-scale images. Much of her published work is concerned with the use of representational imagery to create and reinforce gendered identities, and includes examinations of Classic Maya monumental art and glyphic texts, and of Formative period monumental and small-scale images. Dr. Joyce specializes in the study of ceramics, including analysis of the functional implications of vessel distributions, and of the symbolism of representational pottery vessels and figurines. Dr. Joyce has participated in field research in northern Honduras since 1977, and currently co-directs a project investigating the earliest evidence of village life in that country. She previously worked on archaeological projects in the Naco and lower Ulua Valleys, and co-directed a project in the Cuyumapa River drainage, always using multi-scalar approaches involving regional settlement patterns and detailed household archaeology View Guest page

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Ray Karl

Ray Karl is Professor of Archaeology and Heritage at Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom. Originally from Vienna, Austria, he moved to Britain over a decade ago. He has worked mostly in later prehistoric 'Celtic' archaeology, both on the European continent and in Britain. His other main research interest is archaeological practice, heritage management, and public archaeology. He has conducted the Austrian study for the “Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe” project, which examined the European archaeological labor market and is currently conducting the Austrian part of the “Studying Archaeology in Europe” project. He has also recently published a major monograph critically examining the neo-positivist foundations of Austrian archaeology (2010), and another one assessing Austrian archaeological heritage management law and practices (2011). View Guest page

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Dr. Morag Kersel

Morag M. Kersel is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at DePaul University and affiliated faculty with the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law in the College of Law at DePaul. Her work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes from looting. She co-directs the Follow the Pots Project, which traces the movement of Early Bronze Age pots from the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan. Kersel earned her doctorate from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a master of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. She recently co-authored (with Christina Luke)U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology: Soft Power, Hard Heritage (Routledge 2013) and co-edited (with Matthew T. Rutz) Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology and Ethics (Oxbow 2014). View Guest page

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Dr. Thomas F King, PhD

Tom King’s background is in archaeology, anthropology, historic preservation and environmental impact assessment. A U.S. Navy veteran and former employee of the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and other government agencies, King is now a self-employed cultural heritage consultant based in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has published eight textbooks and many journal articles about archaeology, historic preservation, and environmental impact assessment. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. He has conducted archaeological field research in the western United States, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Kiribati, and helped establish government historic preservation programs in the FSM, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He has been an advisor to U.S. government agencies, most recently the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and regularly consults with American Indian tribes and local communities. View Guest page

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Dr. Rachel Kousser

Dr. Rachel Kousser is a professor of Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and a BA in classics and art history from Yale University. Dr. Kousser has published extensively on topics ranging from the Parthenon to Roman Germany. She has been a Mellon Post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University, an American Numismatic Society summer fellow, and a summer fellow at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin. View Guest page

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Lisa A. Kraus

Archeologist Lisa Kraus has a Ph.D. in Anthropology/Historical Archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked as an archeologist for the Maryland Environmental Service/Maryland State Highway Administration since 2009. Recent projects include a Phase II study of 18th century taverns in New Market, Maryland, which Dr. Kraus designed and managed. Since 2009, Dr. Kraus has been working with website developers, archaeologists, and the public to create a website devoted to SHA’s archaeological work in Bladensburg, Maryland, relating to the War of 1812. View Guest page

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Nicolas Laracuente

Nick Laracuente is the Site Protection Program Administrator at the Kentucky Heritage Council. While he spends his weekdays doing review and compliance, he devotes his free time to researching Kentucky's whiskey distilling history. He volunteers with the Jack Jouett House Historic Site as the director of the award-winning Jack Jouett Archaeology Project,a community archaeology program. The project focuses on the history of the whiskey industry through the excavation of farm and abandoned industrial distilleries and oral history accounts from project volunteers. Last year, he was hired as the Bourbon Archaeologist by Buffalo Trace Distillery to document and guide the excavation of the remains of their buried and forgotten 1883 O.F.C. Distillery Building. The "Bourbon Pompeii" is a unique example of an archaeological site being preserved and exhibited within the heart of an active distillery. It will be open to tourists in early 2017. He can be reached via twitter: @archaeologist. View Guest page

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Curtis E. Larsen

Curtis E. Larsen is a geoarcheologist and geomorphologist recently retired from a career with the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.). He has had a rich and varied career undertaking both geological and archeological endeavors, combining them whenever possible. Curt received his geological training (B.S.) at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He received his M.A. in anthropology and archeology from Western Washington University and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He is the author of far-ranging geological as well as archeological papers. His book, Life and Land Use on the Bahrain Islands (1983) is an early example of the fruitful interaction between geology and archeology that has become known as geoarchaeology. Curt had a distinguished career as a consulting archaeologist in the cultural resource management field before moving on to government at the U.S.G.S. Larsen continues to be interested in impacts of sea level variation on archeological resources. View Guest page

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Michael Laughy

Michael Laughy is Assistant Professor of Classics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire in Philosophy, Anthropology (Archaeology), and Latin, and an MA in Greek and Latin Literature from the Washington University in St. Louis. He received his PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1997, Dr. Laughy’s field work has been mostly focused upon modern and ancient Greece. He currently serves as field supervisor of the Athenian Agora Excavations in Athens, Greece, where he has excavated since 1997. Dr. Laughy’s research interests include the history and archaeology of Archaic and Classical Athens, ancient Greek religion, Greek epigraphy, and world archaeology. His first book, co-authored with Dr. Floris van den Eijnde of Utrecht University, is entitled Cult and Society in Early Athens: Rituals, State Formation, and Group Identity in Attica, 1000-600 B.C.E., and is due out next year. View Guest page

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Paula Kay Lazrus

Paula Kay Lazrus is the current President of the AIA’s New York Society and an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. She received her B.A. in Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. at Boston University. She has worked, lived, and traveled extensively in Italy over the past thirty years. Her research interests range from the protection and conservation of antiquities to changing land-use patterns in Italy, and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software as a tool for better visualizing and understanding past. She is also very involved in the exciting and stimulating world of the Reacting to the Past pedagogy which gives students a challenging way to take command of their studies through intense role playing activities organized around pivotal events in history and the documents and literature that surround them. View Guest page

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Stephen H. Lekson

Stephen H. Lekson is Curator of Archaeology (Museum of Natural History) and Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado. He has directed more than 20 archaeological projects across the Southwest. Dr. Lekson's publications include numerous articles and several major volumes including A History of the Ancient Southwest (2009), The Architecture of Chaco Canyon (2007), and Archaeology of the Mimbres Region (2006). Steve lectures extensively on Southwestern archaeology at professional and popular venues. View Guest page

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Dr. Mark Loewen

Mark Loewen holds a M.Sc. in paleontology from Loma Linda University and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Utah. He specializes in research on Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs with an emphasis on the evolution and dispersal of meat eating, armored and horned dinosaurs; like Allosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Ankylosaurus and Triceratops. He is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah and teaches the popular World of Dinosaurs and Natural Disasters classes. He conducts research on dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum of Utah where he is a Resident Research Associate. He is also a research associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. View Guest page

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Alyssa Loorya

Alyssa Loorya is Principal Investigator and President of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants in Brooklyn. She received her BA from Brooklyn College, her MA from Hunter College, and her M Phil from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has over fifteen years of experience in cultural resource management. Her research focuses on 18th-19th century urban and industrial infrastructure and development and the Revolutionary era of New York City. Some of her projects include the South Street Seaport Area of Manhattan and New York City's City Hall. View Guest page

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Sandra L. Lopez Varela

Sandra L. Lopez Varela is a full-time research professor and co-founder of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Morelos (UAEM), Mexico. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and then obtained her M.A. in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology of the University College London, and her Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of London. She received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2012. She is currently holding the Archaeology Seat of the American Anthropological Association. She has served as President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences (2009-2011) and as President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation-Mexico (2008-2010). Since 2009, she is a Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Arts, Technology and Humanities. View Guest page

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Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach is Professor of Geography at the George Mason University. She received her B.A. from California State University-Chico (1982), M.A and Ph.D. from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis (1984, 1990). Her research and teaching specialties are in Hydrology and Water Quality, Geoarchaeology, Earth Systems Science, Spatial Statistics, Global Change, and Gender and Science. Dr. Luzzadder Beach has conducted field research in California, Iceland, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Turkey, and Syria. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles spanning fields from geography, geology, and archaeology to ethnobiology. View Guest page

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Dr. Allan Maca

Dr. Allan Maca is an archaeologist, historian, and social scientist affiliated with Colgate University. His current research projects focus on the study of ancient cities, architecture, ritual plants, and the philosophy of science. He received his PhD from Harvard University and has done archaeology in Israel, Central America, California, and Kenya. He continues to work in Latin America, is fluent in Spanish, and for fifteen years has led excavations at the ancient Maya city of Copan in Honduras. Allan has appeared in documentary films and television, most recently for Lucasfilm and the History Channel. He grew up in and still lives in New York City. View Guest page

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Dr. Aren Maeir

Dr. Aren Maeir was born in Rochester, NY, in 1958, and immigrated with my family to Israel in 1969. He completed elementary and secondary schooling in Jerusalem. Between 1977 and 1982 he served in the Israeli army, attaining the rank of Captain. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attaining a B.A. in Archaeology and Jewish History (1986, summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. in Archaeology (1997, summa cum laude). His primary expertise is Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology. He has participated in excavations at numerous sites in Israel, including: Hazor, Jerusalem, Beth Shean, and Qasile, and have directed archaeological excavations and surveys in Jerusalem (The Western Wall Tunnels, Mamilla, Kikar Safra, Malha), Tell es-Safi/Gath, the Beth Shean Valley, and Tel Yavneh. Currently, his primary professional focus is the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project (see Over the years Dr. Maeir has published more than 100 scholarly and popular studies in various journals and books, and has written and edited several books. Dr. Maeir has served as the chairmen of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, where he teaches Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology. He also serve as the co-director of the Bar-Ilan University/Weizmann Institute of Science Joint Program in Archaeological Science. View Guest page

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Dr. Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Shecurrently holds a senior distinguished chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the UNC at Chapel Hill. Magness has published dozens of articles in journals and edited volumes as well as several prize-winning books. Her research interests include ancient pottery, ancient synagogues, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Roman army in the East. She has participated on 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece, and since 2011, has directed excavations at Huqoq in Galilee.
As a leading scholar, Magness has been consulted on a number of popular presentations of Biblical archaeology and history. She also consulted for and is featured in a National Geographic giant screen film on Jerusalem and will begin her term as the President of the Archaeological Institute of America in 2017. View Guest page

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Dr. John (Mac) Marston

John Marston is an Assistant Professor in Boston University’s Department of Archaeology and the director of BU Environmental Archaeology Laboratory. He received his PhD in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2010 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University. Mac studies the long-term sustainability of agriculture and land use, especially in the Mediterranean and western Asia, through the analysis of archaeological plant remains. His research focuses on how people make decisions about land use within changing economic, social, and environmental settings, and how those decisions affect the environment at local and regional scales. He is an editor of the book Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany (University Press of Colorado, 2014) and author of the forthcoming book Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion (University of Pennsylvania Museum Press, 2017). He is also co-editor of the academic journal Ethnobiology Letters. View Guest page

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Beth McCord

Ms. Beth McCord is an archaeologist with over 20 years of Midwestern archaeological experience. She is currently the Indiana Branch Manager for Gray & Pape, Inc., national consulting firm specializing in cultural resources management. She received an MA in Anthropology from Ball State University. During her career, Ms. McCord has received many federal and state grants, authored published articles and technical reports and presented her research to a variety of audiences. One of her research interests are Middle Woodland earthworks and she has conducted research of the Anderson Mounds for over a decade. She is a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Archaeology Council and serves on the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board. View Guest page

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Dru McGill

Dru McGill is a PhD candidate in the Indiana University Department of Anthropology and Associate Faculty at Indiana University South Bend. His recent research focuses on late-prehistoric peoples of the American Midwest and social-context archaeology, with special foci in cultural property law and archaeological ethics. He is a former 6-year member of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Committee on Ethics where he acted as an organizer of the SAA Ethics Bowl. He is co-author of the book “Ethics in Action: Case Studies in Archaeological Dilemmas” (2008). He is currently a member of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) Committee on Ethics and was recently elected Treasurer of WAC. View Guest page

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Dr. Thomas McGovern

Dr. Thomas McGovern is Professor of Archaeology at City University of New York Graduate Center and Hunter College. He received his PhD at Columbia University in 1979. Dr. McGovern specializes in zooarchaeology and has extensive fieldwork experience in North America, Europe, E. Arctic and Caribbean with a major focus on the European expansion of the Viking Age (c 800-1000 CE) into a very diverse set of North Atlantic island ecosystems and the subsequent dynamics of human impact, climate change, and inter-cultural contacts. He is one of the founders of the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) and its coordinator since 1992. He also directs the Hunter College Zooarchaeology lab, and is an Associate Director of the Human Ecodymanic Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. View Guest page

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Kate McMahon

Kate McMahon serves as the Laboratory Supervisor for the Veterans Curation Project (VCP). She is employed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (St. Louis District) and provides training and oversight for artifact rehabilitation for the three VCP labs. She completed her undergraduate work at the College of Wooster with a major in Archaeology and minors in Geology, Anthropology, and Sociology. Her honor's thesis focused on the Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age Transition Period in Ireland. Ms. McMahon has participated in numerous archaeological investigations throughout the southwestern United States. These include surveys and excavations throughout California and Arizona; including the La Osa Archaeological Survey (Red Rock, AZ) and the Joint County Courts Cemetery Excavation Project (Tucson, Arizona). Kate received a National Science Foundation Grant to excavate at the Athienou Archaeological Site, in Cyprus. View Guest page

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Francis P. McManamon

Francis P. McManamon is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity, an organization devoted to broadening and improving the ease of access to the archaeological information and to the long-term preservation of archaeological information. He also holds a position of a Research Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. View Guest page

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Bernard K. Means

Bernard K. Means has a B.A. in Anthropology from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. His dissertation research involved applying new theories and cutting-edge technologies to American Indian village sites from southwestern Pennsylvania, many excavated during the 1930s by New Deal archaeologists. Dr. Means's scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village life from cross-cultural studies of village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of archaeological collections, and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially during the Great Depression. He is author of Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition (2007) and editor of and contributor to the Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America (2013), as well as numerous articles on the Monongahela tradition and New Deal archaeology. Dr. Means currently teaches archaeology at the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and is director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, which is creating three-dimensional digital models of archaeological objects. View Guest page

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David Meltzer

David Meltzer is Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University. Dr. Meltzer received his Ph.D. at the University of Washington (1984). His research interests center on the origins, antiquity and adaptations of the first Americans who colonized the North American continent at the end of the Pleistocene (Ice Age). He seeks to explore how hunter-gatherers met the challenges of moving across and adapting to the vast, ecologically diverse landscape of Late Glacial North America, during a time of significant climate change. Dr. Meltzer is the author of numerous books including Folsom (2006), Search for the First Americans (1993), and First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America (2009). Dr. Meltzer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. View Guest page

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Dr. Vito Mocella

Vito Mocella graduated (Laurea) in Electronic Engineering at the "Federico II" University of Naples in 1995, in 1999 he got the French Ph.D (Doctorat) in Physics working at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France. From 1999 to 2001 he worked with Optics Group of ESRF and with SRI-CAT Group of the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne Illinois (USA). In 2002 he joined the National Council of Research (CNR) in Naples working on photonic crystal and metamaterials in particular on negative refraction based effects and devices. In november 2006 he has been nominated Cavaliere all'Ordine del Merito della Repubblica from the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano . View Guest page

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Dr. Christopher Moore

Dr. Moore received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2011, where he studied the organization of production of the stone and bone tool technologies of the Kentucky Green River Archaic. During this time he began investigations into the location of the Spanish mission on Sapelo Island, Georgia, with Dr. Richard Jefferies. Dr. Moore has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including World Archaeology, Journal of Social Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, North American Archaeologist, and the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology. He is qualified as a Principal Investigator in the State of Indiana and works closely with archaeologists from the Indiana State Museum. He is also on the board of the Indiana Archaeology Council, Indiana's statewide organization of professional archaeologists. View Guest page

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Kristen Mt. Joy

Kristen Mt. Joy is the Cultural Resource Manager for the Texas Army National Guard. In supporting the mission of training soldiers, her program ensures heritage resources such as archaeological sites and historic buildings and features are managed efficiently and military activities are in compliance with Federal and State historic regulations. She also coordinates government-to-government consultation with Native American tribes, which are recognized as sovereign nations, on issues of cultural and sacred properties on Texas Army National Guard training lands. She holds anthropology degrees from University of Utah (BA) and Eastern New Mexico University (MA). She has worked in the American Arctic on coastal and inland archaeological sites, with the late Thor Heyerdahl on excavations at the Pirámedes de Güímar in the Canary Islands, and throughout New Mexico, Texas and Utah. From 2000-2004, she worked as a Field Archaeologist/Outreach coordinator at one of the U.S. Army’s largest training facility View Guest page

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Terry Norris

Terry Norris is a Senior District Archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District. He received his PhD in Colonial Studies at St. Louis University. Terry’s interests are in the prehistory and colonial heritage of the central Mississippi Valley as well as in 19th century rivercraft and historic cartography. Dr. Norris is president of the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and serves on the Board of the St. Louis Science Center. View Guest page

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Dr. Beth O’Leary

Space Archaeology and Heritage expert Dr. Beth O’Leary has investigated the material culture and history of the early space age (c. 1957 – 1972) and its context in the Cold War. Her interests include iconic space sites and artefacts, focusing on the lunar landscape. As of July 2014, Dr. O’Leary is Professor Emerita in the Anthropology Department at New Mexico State University (NMSU) where she taught for 23 years. For the last 14 years she has been involved with the cultural heritage of outer space and the preservation of the Apollo lunar sites. She is one of the leaders in the emerging field of space archaeology and heritage and has been interviewed and/or written for The Washington Post, NY Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, CBC, Le ciel et espace and other international media. Her work includes The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage with A. Darrin, eds. 2009 (CRC Taylor and Francis); The Archaeology and Heritage of Human Space Exploration with P.J. Capelotti (2014 Springer, in press) and forthcoming in 2015, In the Shadows of Saturn V: Reflections of Apollo, with Lisa Westwood and M. Wayne Donaldson, University Press of Florida. View Guest page

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Kathleen O’Neal

Kathleen O’Neal received her B.A. from California State University in Bakersfield, and her M.A. from California University in Chico. She conducted PhD studies at the University of California in LA and did post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. In the 80’s she worked for the US Department of Interior as the Wyoming State Historian, and later as the Archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska. She has twice been the recipient of the federal government’s “Special Achievement Award” for outstanding management of our nation’s cultural heritage. She has been writing full-time since 1986 and has over 100 non-fiction publications in the fields of archaeology and history, authored 9 novels, and coauthored with her husband 23 international bestsellers. View Guest page

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Charles E. Orser, Jr.

Charles E. Orser, Jr., is an anthropological historical archaeologist who investigates the modern world as it was created after about 1492. He gained his experience in historical archaeology in the United States (eastern and southern), Europe (Ireland), and South America (Brazil). He is the author of over 90 professional articles and a number of books, including Historical Archaeology, A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World, The Archaeology of Race and Racialization in Historic America, Race and Practice in Archaeological Interpretation, and Unearthing Hidden Ireland: Historical Archaeology at Ballykilcline, County Roscommon. He is also the founder and continuing editor of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology. His research interests include historical archaeology and anthropology; post-Columbian archaeology; practice, network, and sociospatial theory; globalization and consumerism; social inequality, discrimination, and poverty. His regional interest is the Atlantic world. View Guest page

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Laurie Ott

Laurie Ott is President of the University Health Care Foundation, a nonprofit organization for patient care in Augusta, Georgia. The endowed Foundation provides many community benefits through including support of the area’s only certified Breast Health Center. Ms. Ott received her BA in Latin American Studies from George Washington University and an M.A. in Communications from Gonzaga University. Ms. Ott was the founding Executive Director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project, a community based model for returning U.S. service members from Iraq and Afghanistan. From 1994 to 2007, Ms. Ott was an anchor and reporter at WRDW, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, where she won numerous reporting awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Investigative Reporting award. Laurie has also been honored with the Associated Press and Georgia Association of Broadcasters reporting awards. In 2010 she received the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service at Fort Gordon, GA. View Guest page

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Samir S. Patel

Samir S. Patel is a science journalist, photographer, and editor based in Brooklyn. In addition to his full-time work as Deputy Editor at Archaeology, his work has appeared in Nature, The New York Times, Discover,Outside, Seed, Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Magazine, and ArtAsiaPacific, among other publications. He has reported from all over the world—India, the South Pacific, Tanzania, Brazil, Australia, and more—and has covered a wide range of topics, including climate change, art conservation, neuroscience, chemistry, wildlife biology, business, ecoterrorism, and, of course, archaeology. Samir is an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, and an accomplished editor of art publications. View Guest page

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Tate Paulette

Tate Paulette is an archaeologist, specializing in Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East. His research revolves around the themes of risk, power, and inequality, with a particular focus on agricultural practices, human-environment dynamics, and gastro-politics. As an undergraduate, he studied Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, and he is now a PhD Candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation is a study of grain storage practices in Early Bronze Age (3000-2000 BC) Mesopotamia. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Scotland, and the United States. His current research also includes an effort to model the growth and collapse of cities in Mesopotamia using agent-based computer simulations, an examination of early administrative devices using CT technology, and an attempt to recreate Sumerian beer. View Guest page

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Dr. Mike Parker Pearson

Dr. Mike Parker Pearson is one of Europe's leading prehistorians. His research domain extends across Britain and Denmark. He has also worked in Madagascar. Dr. Pearson has specialized in the study of later prehistory, especially Neolithic and Bronze Age societies. He earned his BA at Southampton University and continued towards a PhD at Cambridge. His professional career included serving an Inspector of Monuments for English Heritage, and moving on to an academic position at Sheffield University, where he worked for 22 years. Michael joined the faculty at University College London in 2012 as Professor of British Later Prehistory. He is the author and editor of 18 volumes, in addition to numerous scholarly papers, Dr. Pearon’s work is widely cited and he is recognized as a leading authority on death and symbolism in the prehistoric world. He has pioneered archaeological investigations in the Hebrides of Scotland. In 2003 he began work on the Stonehenge Riverside Project, which has revolutionized our understanding of the history, use and significance of one of the world's most famous and intriguing archaeological monuments. Currently Dr. Pearson is engaged in re-assessing the role of the Beaker people in English prehistory. View Guest page

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Dr. Ekaterina “Kate” Pechenkina

Dr. Ekaterina “Kate” Pechenkina was born in Tashkent, Uzbekestan, then the Soviet Union, in 1972. She graduated from Moscow State University with an MS in Biology and Anthropology in 1994. That same year, she came to the US to begin graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kate began fieldwork in Peru in 1997, and then switched to China in 1998. She received her PhD in 2002 from UM and joined Queens College-CUNY in 2003. She has recently received a job offer from ANU and will be moving to Australia in two weeks. Kate has 3 kids, ages 18, 12, and 11 months. View Guest page

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Tom Penders

Tom Penders has been an archaeologist since 1984, working throughout Florida and also in Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Belize. He is currently the cultural resources manager for the 45th Space Wing, USAF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. He also heads a small CRM firm called Thomas Penders and Associates and runs volunteer archaeological research projects on weekends from January to April as part of the Indian River Anthropological Society, a local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society. They have developed a partnership with the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, conducting archaeological research projects on their lands and assisting them with their management of cultural resources. Tom’s research interests are in aerospace archaeology, the Indian River Cultural Area, faunal artifact analysis, and wet site archaeology. In addition to his personal life, he is the father of Becky who is 15 years old. She has bilateral Anophthalmia (blind, she has no eyes), has epilepsy and is autistic. Tom and his wife Nell have been married for 26 years. View Guest page

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Dr. Peter Peregrine

Dr. Peregrine is a Professor of Anthropology at Lawrence University. His research focuses on “big questions” of human history: Why did people come to live in cities? How do coercive leaders maintain their power? What happens when people from very different cultural and linguistic backgrounds come to live together? He has pursued answers to these questions in a variety of different ways—from archaeological excavation to complex cross-cultural statistical analyses. Most recently he has been working with other scholars at the Santa Fe Institute to integrate archaeological, linguistic, and genetic information to understand how modern humans expanded across the earth in the last forty to fifty thousand years and, more specifically, how the diversity of human languages emerged in the last twenty thousand years. In addition to writing academic books, Dr. Peregrine has recently self-published an e-book aimed at the casual reader entitled, What Happened in Prehistory? exploring five major “revolutions” in human life, from the origin of our genus to the Modern Age. Two other books, Why Anthropology Matters and Americans are WEIRD are due out by the end of the year. View Guest page

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Tara Pettit

Tara Pettit is a 16-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) and Project Manager with the Denver Service Center in Lakewood Colorado. During her NPS career, she has held positions with the Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science Directorate in Washington DC, with Petersburg National Battlefield in Petersburg VA, and with Fire Island National Seashore in Long Island New York. She holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in history with a concentration in archaeology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After college, she worked as an archaeologist leading crews in field excavations. In 1995, Tara joined the U.S. Coast Guard serving on both active and reserve duty and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She is an avid hiker and dog lover who enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, swimming and surfing. She lives in Denver Colorado with her husband and black lab. View Guest page

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Dr. Kendall Phillips

Kendall R. Phillips is professor of communication and rhetorical studies and associate dean for global academic programming and initiatives at Syracuse University. His research focuses on rhetorical dimensions of popular and political culture with a particular focus on the place of the horror film in American culture. He is author of several books including Projected Fears: Horror and American Culture (2005), Controversial Cinema: The Films that Outraged America (2008), and Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter and the Modern Horror Film (2012). Phillips received his Ph.D. from Penn State University and currently holds honorary positions at Massey University (New Zealand) and York St. John University (UK). View Guest page

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Dr Aleks Pluskowski

Dr Aleks Pluskowski teaches the archaeology of later medieval Europe and crusading at the University of Reading. His interests include exploring ecological diversity across medieval Europe, focused on zooarchaeology and inter-disciplinary perspectives of human-animal relations. He is the author of Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages (Boydell, 2006), which compares human responses to wolves and their shared environments in medieval Britain and Scandinavia. He has published several articles on responses to the wolf in the Middle Ages, as well as on the treatment of exotic animals, hunting space and broader understandings of predation in medieval society. He is currently preparing two volumes: an ecological survey of medieval Europe, and a new cultural history of the European wolf. Aleks is regularly involved in organising and moderating sessions at international archaeology and medievalist conferences. View Guest page

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James Potter

James Potter is a principle investigator for PaleoWest, archaeological consulting firm. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkley and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1997. Since then he has worked on projects throughout the American Southwest, including the Animas-La Plata Reservoir Project in southwest Colorado, the Large-site Mapping Project on the Ute Mountain Reservation, and the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in Northwestern New Mexico. Dr. Potter authored and coauthored numerous books and monographs, as well as published articles in various journals, including American Antiquity, Kiva Journal Anthropological Archaeology, and the Journal of Field Archaeology. His research interests include early village formation in the American Southwest, landscape studies, faunal analysis, hunting and feasting as social practice, identity construction, and American Indian involvement in archaeology. View Guest page

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Dr. Timothy Pugh

Dr. Timothy Pugh is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at CUNY Queens. His interests include the Maya, architecture, spatial analysis, ritual, social memory, and cultural contact. His archaeological research focuses upon reconstructing the political geography of 15th to 17th century central Petén, Guatemala. Dr. Pugh obtained is PhD in Anthropology in 2001 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His dissertation examined how the Kowoj of Petén utilized ritual architecture and performances as foundations of ethnic identity. He conducted excavations at Zacpetén, a site that lies in the former Kowoj region, and found that in the mid-15th century, the ceremonial architecture of Zacpetén was reconstructed to resemble that of Mayapán. He compared the architecture and activity areas of Zacpetén with those of sites both inside and outside Petén to understand how ritual practices and architecture helped to differentiate the Kowoj from other ethnic groups in Petén. This project is significant beyond the clarification of historical facts as it adds to the understanding of how ritual performances contribute to the construction of ethnic boundaries; how history is used as a foundation of social identity; and the processes of ethnogenesis that follow the collapse of complex societies. View Guest page

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Chris Pulliam

Chris Pulliam is currently an archaeologist and team leader in the St. Louis District Curation and Archives Analysis Branch as well as the assistant director of the Corps’ Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections. Prior to working with the Corps, he was an archaeologist with the American Archaeology Division at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the manager of the Missouri Archaeological Society. Over the past 19 year he has worked on numerous archaeological collections management projects. He also served as an archaeologist on JPAC and was involved in the recovery attempts of Vietnam War missing in action military personnel. View Guest page

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Dr. Anne Pyburn

Dr. Anne Pyburn is a professor in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University. She studies ancient Maya cities and the ethics of heritage conservation. Pyburn has directed major excavations of three ancient Maya cities in Central America, where she discovered a previously unknown style of water conservation and irrigation technology, developed a new perspective on ancient political economy, and has proposed an alternative explanation for the Maya "collapse." Most recently she has collaborated with colleagues in Central Asia promoting grassroots development of projects for cultural preservation. Through her work she has inspired students, introduced curricular reforms and promoted the rights of indigenous communities. Pyburn has conducted numerous archaeological field schools in Belize, where she emphasized collaboration with the local community in the context of rigorous scientific research. View Guest page

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Dr. Duane Quates

I have worked as a U.S. Army federal archaeologist for the Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program since 2009, which is responsible for the management and stewardship of nearly 1000 historic properties on approximately 108,000 acres of military training lands in northern New York State. I am a cofounder, a former chairperson, and the current secretary of the Military Archaeology Resources Stewardship (MARS) interest group with the Society for American Archaeology. This group is dedicated to creating a forum for archaeologists that work on military lands and to generate a dialogue between the military and academic archaeologists in order to achieve the goal of bettering historic preservation and cultural property protection during military operations at home and abroad. You can read more about MARS at View Guest page

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Dr. Sean M. Rafferty

Trained as a specialist in the archaeology of prehistoric Eastern North America, Sean Rafferty has conducted excavations throughout New York State on a variety of archaeological sites and conducted substantial laboratory research, using techniques from chemistry and physics, to understand the function of ancient artifacts. Rafferty received his bachelor's in anthropology from Hartwick College (1990), and his master's (1994) and doctorate (2001) in anthropology from Binghamton University. He joined UAlbany as an assistant professor of anthropology in 2002. Within the region of Eastern North America, he is particularly interested in the interplay between ritual practices and cultural variability, especially within the area of mortuary practices and smoking rituals. He has research interests in the field of archaeometry, with a specialty in residue analysis using chromotographic approaches. These research interests coincide with his ongoing investigation into the origins of tobacco smoking in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. Together with Robb Mann, Sean is the editor of Smoking and Culture. My research involves the archaeology of Eastern North America. Within this region, I am interested in the interplay between ritual practices and cultural variability, especially within the area of mortuary practices and smoking rituals. I have research interests in the field of archaeometry, with a specialty in residue analysis using chromotographic approaches. These research interests coincide with my ongoing research into the origins of tobacco smoking in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. View Guest page

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James Ramsey

James Ramsey is a designer, architect, and inventor. As principal of RAAD and creator of the LowlLine, James has founded a firm that holds true to the traditional idea that design should remain informed by the craft of building and shaping materials. James’ intellectual energy and creative drive emanate through his life and his work. James studied architecture at Yale University where he won a Bates Fellowship to study cathedral design in Europe. He then went to work as a satellite engineer for NASA, an integral part of the team that created the Pluto Fast Flyby and the Cassini satellites. James founded RAAD in 2004. RAAD now consists of three divisions—products, architecture and urban design. James closely oversees each of these aspects and personally holds several patents for inventions. James is also the creator of the LowLine, an initiative to create the world’s first underground park, and the inventor of the solar technology that makes it possible. View Guest page

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Mandy Ranslow

Mandy Ranslow is cultural resources management professional with over ten years of experience. She earned her BA at Boston College ('03) and master's at University of Connecticut ('09). She also completed a certificate in geographic information systems ('15) at the University of Connecticut and will finish a second masters at the Central Connecticut State University ('21). She has worked for consulting firms, museums, and is currently an archaeologist at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. She has organized and led excavations on both pre- and post-contact sites from survey to data recovery. Her passion is for public outreach and education in archaeology. View Guest page

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Donald Redford

Donald Redford is a professor of Egyptology in the departments of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and History at the Pennsylvania State University. He is an internationally renowned scholar of ancient Egypt and Biblical studies, and a noted expert on the 18th Dynasty Amarna period. Dr. Redford is the author of several books, including Akhenaten, The Heretic King (Princeton, 1984) and Israel, Canaan & Egypt in Ancient Times (Princeton, 1992), and numerous articles. He has been frequently featured in series and documentaries on A&E, The History Channel, and the BBC. Prof. Redford has been the director of the Akhenaten Temple Project since 1972. View Guest page

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Dr. Julian Richards

Dr. Julian Richards, is Director of the Archaeology Data Service, and Co-Director of the ejournal Internet Archaeology. Julian first came to York to take part in the Coppergate Viking excavations, and returned in 1986 to lecture on Anglo-Saxon and Viking archaeology. The Department has grown tremendously from when he first joined, when he was only one of 5 staff members with around a dozen students. It now has over 60 staff, with over 300 undergraduates and 100 graduate students. Julian's involvement in archaeological computing began in 1980 when he started his PhD research studying pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon burial ritual. In 1985 he co-authored the first textbook in archaeological computing for Cambridge University Press, and has subsequently written numerous papers and edited a number of books on the applications of information technology in archaeology, as well as on Anglo-Saxon and Viking archaeology. He is also Director of York's Centre for Digital Heritage, and from October 2013 he will be the founding Director of The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH). View Guest page

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Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose is an historical archaeologist and adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University. Born and raised in northern California, Chelsea has been consumed with a love of history and archaeology from an early age. She focuses her research on the early settlement and development of the American West, and often invites students and the local community to join her on archaeological digs across the Pacific Northwest. Chelsea received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, and her graduate degree at Sonoma State University. This is Chelsea's second season with Time Team America. View Guest page

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Jordan Rosenblum

As a writer and development executive, Jordan Rosenblum has worked on a number of Stephen David Entertainment productions, including the EMMY-nominated The World Wars and Sons of Liberty. Before joining SDE in 2013, Jordan Rosenblum worked in Development at Left/Right TV and received his MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While at AFI, Jordan worked in the writer's room at Mad Men. His AFI thesis film Paste has screened at various film festivals. View Guest page

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Richie Roy

Richie Roy is currently enrolled in University of Massachusetts Boston's masters program in Historical Archaeology. He works as a GIS data entry person at the Massachusetts Historical Commission. His research interests include zooarchaeology, foodways, environmental archaeology, and GIS. He’s 5'11" and a Taurus. View Guest page

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Dr. Dan Sayers

Trained in philosophy, anthropology, history, and archaeology, Dr. Sayers is a Historical Archaeologist who works in the United States. Currently, his Great Dismal Swamp Landscape Study is exploring the social and economic history of communities that existed in the swamp interior from 1607 up through the Civil War. The project includes several scholars from around the U.S. as well as several AU graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Sayers is also working to develop an archaeological project centered on transient laborers and hobos in 1920-1950 America. Additionally, Dr. Sayers is developing a novel animal emancipation agenda for historical archaeology, he is elaborating original marronage theories and perspectives, he is engaged in the politics of the "Underground Railroad", and, he continues his work the 19th century transition to agrarian capitalism in the Midwest and beyond. View Guest page

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Dr. Tom Scanlon

Dr. Tom Scanlon received his Ph.D. in Classics at Ohio State University in 1978, and is the current Department Chair and Professor of Classics and Comparative Ancient Civilizations/Literature at the University of California. His teaching interests encompass most areas of Greek and Roman literature and culture, including courses on religion, gender, mythology, ancient sports, and most genres of Greek and Latin literature. He has taught graduate seminars on the Roman Historians, Thucydides, and Sallust. His research specializations include ancient Greek and Roman historical writing, Greek and Roman Sports, Gender and Sexuality, and Religion in the ancient world. He is a participant in the Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Classics (UCI, UCR, UCSD). Dr. Scanlon is the author or editor of publications such as Oxford Readings in Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds and Eros and Greek Athletics. Ancient authors he would want to bring along if he were stranded on a deserted island include (in alphabetical order): Aristophanes, Catullus, Euripides, Herodotus, Homer, Plato, Sallust, Sappho, Sophocles, Thucydides, Vergil. On second thought ... he'll take his iPad. View Guest page

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Dr. Timothy J Scarlett

Dr. Timothy Scarlett is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University. He received degrees in anthropology and/or archaeology from the University of Arizona (BA, 1991), Boston University (MA, 1994), and the University of Nevada (Ph.D., 2002). Dr. Scarlett is committed to interdisciplinary and inclusive public archaeology. He has worked to develop several best-practice models for archaeological fieldwork that integrate field and lab research with community-based collaboration, education, heritage tourism, and traditional and new media documentary production. He received the John L Cotter award in Historical Archaeology in 2003 from the SHA. His research projects include Industrial Archaeology and Industrial Heritage at Pullman, Illinois, the Cliff Mine Archaeology Survey, The Utah Pottery Project and the West Point Foundry Archaeological Project. View Guest page

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Dr. Daniel Schavelzon

Dr. Shavelzon founded and directed the Center for Urban Archaeology (FADU, UBA) since 1991, the Area of Urban Archaeology in the City Government of Buenos Aires since 1996 (currently under the Directorate General of Heritage) and the Foundation Area of Mendoza from 1988 and others. It has promoted the formation of research groups working in the country and in Latin America. He earned his degree in Architecture (University of Buenos Aires) in 1975, a Masters in Restoration of Monuments (The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México/National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico) in 1981, and a PhD (UNAM, Mexico) in 1984. His areas of work are historical archeology in urban areas has developed and promoted in Buenos Aires and elsewhere in the country and abroad; and also it works in conservation of cultural heritage, cultural policies and illegal trafficking in works of art. He has received several national awards for scientific output and his work on the national heritage. View Guest page

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Lawrence H. Schiffman

Lawrence H. Schiffman is a Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University. He received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He taught for 39 years at New York University, where he was Edelman Professor of Hebrew and chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. He is a specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in late antiquity, the history of Jewish law, and Talmudic literature. View Guest page

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Douglas Scott

Douglas Scott is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Doug received his PhD. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1977). Doug specializes in nineteenth century military sites archaeology and forensic archaeology. He is particularly noted for his expertise in battlefield archaeology and firearms identification having worked on more than 40 battlefield sites, including Palo Alto, Sand Creek, Big Hole, Bear Paw, Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, Centralia, and Santiago de Cuba. He was awarded the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for his innovative research in battlefield archaeology that started with his work at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Doug has also been involved with human rights and forensic investigations since the early 1990s. He has worked with the United Nations and various human rights organizations in El Salvador, Croatia, Rwanda, Cyprus, Iraq, and Canada. View Guest page

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Linda Scott-Cummings

Linda Scott-Cummings is founder (1972) and president of Paleo Research Institute (PRI) in Golden, Colorado. The firm originally focused on analyzing the botany at archaeological sites through scientific analysis and interpretations of pollen and seeds. Dr. Scott-Cummings received her Ph.D. in 1980. PRI’s services have expanded to include a variety of specialized human subsistence resource studies, including phytoliths (small silica casts of cells in plants), starch, protein residue, chemical assays of organic remains, and radiocarbon dating. PRI is now integrating multiple analyses to model past climates and to interpret the composition and human utilization of past environments. PRI has 10 employees and performs analyses for clients world-wide. Linda continues to develop new methods and has transferred her skills by offering workshops (at Colorado State University) and designing a series of on-line courses about archaeobotany and past diets and environments ( View Guest page

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Lynne Sebastian

Lynne Sebastian is an archaeologist specializing in the American Southwest, and has carried out fieldwork in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Her publications include The Chaco Anasazi, a book about the political and economic structure of the Chaco system, and an edited volume entitled Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management: Visions for the Future. Dr. Sebastian received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico where she currently holds an adjunct associate professorship. She is a former New Mexico State Archaeologist and State Historic Preservation Officer. She is currently Director of Historic Preservation Programs at the SRI Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing historic preservation through education, training, technical assistance, and research. Dr. Sebastian is a past President of the Society for American Archaeology and the current President-elect of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. View Guest page

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Jason A. Shellenhamer

Jason A. Shellenhamer has fifteen years experience in archeology and a Master’s of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland. His projects have included archeological survey work at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historic Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Peterson House at Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site. View Guest page

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Sarah Sherwood

Sarah Sherwood is currently an Assistant Professor in the Environment Studies Program at Sewanee: the University of the south, where is also serves as the University Archaeologist. She received her PhD from the University of Tennessee in 2001. Prior to coming to Sewanee Dr. Sherwood worked as a consulting Geoarchaeologist and Associate Director for the Archaeology Research Laboratory at the University of Tennessee. She has conducted field work across the Eastern US and overseas in Iceland, South Africa, Western and Eastern Europe. She is currently working in two very different parts of the world, on the Southern Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee and Alabama and in the Balkans of Eastern Europe. View Guest page

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Hampton Sides

Hampton Sides is the author of numerous bestselling works of narrative history and is an award-winning contributor to such publications as Outside, National Geographic, and The New Yorker. His 2001 World War II narrative Ghost Soldiers has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Blood and Thunder, his history of Kit Carson and the conquest of the West, was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2007 by Time magazine. Hampton's most recent bestseller, Hellhound on His Trail, about the hunt for MLK assassin James Earl Ray, is under development with Universal Pictures. A frequent lecturer at universities and literary conferences and a consultant to numerous PBS documentaries, Sides is a fellow of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Edwards Media Program at Stanford, and serves on the board of directors of the Author’s Guild. A native of Memphis and a graduate of Yale, he lives in Santa Fe. View Guest page

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Dr. Peter Sinelli

Dr. Sinelli is an instructor of anthropology who specializes in archaeology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2010. Dr. Sinelli’s research interests include Caribbean prehistory, migration and island colonization theory, settlement patterns and ecological adaptation, archaeological ceramics, physical anthropology and maritime and underwater archaeology. Dr. Sinelli has been at UCF since 2006 and teaches The Human Species, General Anthropology, Sex, Gender, and Culture, Archaeology of Caribbean Piracy, Archaeology of Sex and conducts a Caribbean Archaeology Study Abroad program. View Guest page

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Dr. Adam T. Smith

Adam T. Smith is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University and Director of Graduate Studies for the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies. He is also a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU. Smith holds a Ph.D. (1996) and M.A. (1993) from the University of Arizona's Department of Anthropology and an M.Phil. (1991) from the Social and Political Science Faculty at Cambridge University. He is the recipient of research awards from an array of public and private institutions including the National Science Foundation. Dr. Smith is a co-founder of the joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies (Project ArAGATS). His research is currently focused on the emergence of complex societies in the South Caucasus and the materiality of political authority more broadly. He is the author of a number of books including his most recent The Political Machine: Assembling Sovereignty in the Bronze Age Caucasus (Princeton University Press). View Guest page

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Dr. Claire Smith

Dr. Claire Smith is President of the World Archaeological Congress and Professor at Flinders University, Australia. She received her PhD in archaeology at the University of New England in 1996. She is the recipient of Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, held a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for Natural History and was a visiting scholar at universities in South Africa and the USA, including Columbia University, New York. Claire authored, co-authored and co-edited nine books and more than 40 refereed articles in English, Spanish, Catalan and Japanese. Her research interests include the impact of the Northern Territory Emergency Response on Aboriginal identity in the Barunga region, and an analysis of the possession and distribution of Ngadjuri knowledge, and how this articulates with notions of identity, heritage and land use. View Guest page

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Dr. Frederick Smith

Frederick H. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and archaeology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. He is author of Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History (University Press of Florida 2005) and The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking (University Press of Florida, 2008). He has also published numerous articles on the role of alcohol in Caribbean society drawing on archaeological, documentary, and ethnographic evidence. For the past 20 years he has conducted archaeological investigations in Barbados. His work includes studies of seventeenth century British colonial drinking patterns in the urban context of Bridgetown, Barbados and the study of drinking by enslaved peoples at Mapps Cave located in the sugarcane fields of St. Philip, Barbados. His interest in rum began as a graduate student when, after discovering and excavating an unmarked slave burial ground in the Pierhead section of Bridgetown, workers poured libations of rum into the excavated graves. This led smith on a long journey to find the European and West African origins and antecedents of these practices. Smith explores the reasons why peoples drank, especially sociability, anxiety, boredom, health, and the maintenance of Old World traditions. His primary argument is the rum and other alcoholic beverages in the Caribbean offered peoples a temporary for of escape that he calls alcoholic marronage. View Guest page

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Michael E. Smith

Michael E. Smith is Professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University. He is an archaeologist who has directed fieldwork projects at numerous Aztec sites in central Mexico, pioneering the excavation of houses and the study of daily life. He has published six books and numerous scholarly articles on the Aztecs; his books include Aztec City-State Capitals (2008), and the population textbook, The Aztecs (3rd edition, 2012). In addition to the study of the domestic realm, Smith’s research in Mexico has focused on Aztec cities and urbanism, imperialism, and economics. He also carries out interdisciplinary and comparative research on cities and urban life, from deep history to the present. View Guest page

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Dr Adela Sobotkova

Dr Adela Sobotkova completed her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Michigan (Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Art and Archaeology) in January 2012. Dr Sobotkova supervises the Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project (TRAP), in Bulgaria. She has been in charge of the data management system for this project, especially the mobile data collection. She used the surface survey data from this project as the basis for her dissertation on the evolution of settlement patterns and polity in Ancient Thrace. Her interests include the history and archaeology of the Black Sea region during late prehistory and Roman periods, archaeological surface survey, theories of state formation, integration of different categories of data and the application of GIS and remote sensing to archaeology. View Guest page

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Mark Staniforth

Mark Staniforth is an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He received his M.A. in History from the University of Sydney (1993) and his Ph.D. from Flinders University, Adelaide (1999). Mark is one of leading maritime archaeologists with extensive experience in historical archaeology, maritime archaeology, museum and heritage studies gained during a thirty-year career. He is the author of numerous articles as well as books, including “Material Culture and Consumer Society.” He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a member of two International Scientific Committees - International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management and International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage. Currently Mark is a member of the Bach Dang and Van Don Battlefield Research Projects as well as one of the three Chief Investigators for The Australian Historic Shipwreck Protection Project. View Guest page

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Charles Stanish

Charles Stanish is the Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and professor of Anthropology at UCLA. He specializes in the development of complex political and economic systems in the pre-modern world. He has worked extensively throughout South America. His theoretical work focuses on the roles that trade, war, and labor play in the evolution of human cooperation and society. He holds the Lloyd Cotsen Chair at UCLA, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. View Guest page

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Julie K. Stein

Julie K. Stein is Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, where she remains Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Julie holds M.A and Ph.D. degrees (University of Minnesota). Her research focuses on geoarchaeology, especially sediments at archaeological sites and archaeological stratigraphy. She explores prehistoric coastal adaptations of the Northwest Coast, and the geoarchaeology of historical sites. She has published several books on Northwest Coast shell midden sites, including Is it a House? Archaeological Excavations at English Camp, San Juan Islands, Washington (2011), Vashon Island Archaeology: A View from Burton Acres Shell Midden (2002), and Deciphering a Shell Midden (1992). The volume Effects of Scale on Archaeological and Geoscientific Perspectives examines interdisciplinary research; and Sediments in Archaeological Context assesses archaeological sediments laid down in various environmental settings. View Guest page

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Dr. Robert R. Stewart

Robert R. Stewart holds a B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Stewart has been a full professor and Division Lead (geophysics) at the Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Houston since 2008. He currently holds the Cullen Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Houston and is Director of the Allied Geophysical Lab. His career has included Chevron, ARCO, and Veritas Software where he worked as a processing geophysicist and senior research geophysicist. He co-founded the CREWES Project, a university-industry research consortium. He served as President of the Canadian SEG, was awarded the CSEG Medal, served, and is a Lifetime CSEG member. His professional interests include all things related to multicomponent seismic exploration, geo-archaeology, and planetary geophysics. He was recently inducted in the Explorers Club of New York. View Guest page

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Dr. Elizabeth Stone

Dr. Elizabeth Stone is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at SUNY-Stoneybrook. She received her BA in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, an MA at Harvard in 1973, and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1979. She has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles. Her research interests include Near Eastern archaeology, state formation, and ancient Mesopotamian economy and society. In particular, her research has been directed towards the ways in which urban structures reflect the underlying social, political and economic organization of their civilizations. Dr. Stone has directed many archaeological projects using a mixture of remote sensing, GIS, survey and excavation. She is now using high resolution satellite imagery to assess both the damage to Iraq's cultural heritage as a result of war, sanctions and occupation, and to develop a new understanding of ancient Mesopotamian settlement patterns. View Guest page

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Peter Stone

Peter Stone is Head of School of Arts and Cultures and Professor of Heritage Studies in the International Center for Culture and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. In 2003 he worked as adviser to the Ministry of Defense regarding the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage of Iraq. He has remained active in working with the military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict. Peter has worked extensively overseas and advised UNESCO on the development of the World Heritage Education Program and helped draft the World Heritage in Young Hands kit. He has published widely on heritage management, interpretation and education, including The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008) with Joanne Farchkh Bajjaly, and edited Cultural Heritage, Ethics and the Military (2011). View Guest page

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Omar Sultan

Mr. Omar Sultan is an expert on Afghan culture and heritage. He served as Deputy Minister of Information and Culture to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 2005 through 2011. He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Art and Archaeology from Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, Greece. A brilliant spokesperson and representative for the preservation of Afghan cultural heritage, Mr. Sultan is a native of Kabul and participated in several important excavations in Afghanistan in the 1970s. He currently lives in North Carolina and is a founding member of Americans for Permanent Peace in Afghanistan. View Guest page

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Amanda Sutphin

Amanda Sutphin is Director of Archaeology, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The agency safeguards NYC’s architectural, historical and cultural heritage. Its Archaeology Department oversees the city’s archeological resources. Ms. Sutphin (M.A. Pennsylvania State University) has worked as an archaeologist in New York City for over sixteen years. View Guest page

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Dr. James Tabor

Dr. James Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where he is professor of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism. Since earning his PhD. at the University of Chicago in 1981, Tabor combined work on ancient texts with extensive fieldwork in archaeology in Israel and Jordan, including Qumran, Sepphoris, Masada, and Wadi el-Yabis in Jordan. Over the past decade he has teamed up with Shimon Gibson to excavate “John the Baptist” cave at Suba, the “Tomb of the Shroud” discovered in 2000, and ongoing work at Mt. Zion. Most recently, Tabor, along with Rami Arav, have been involved in the re-exploration of two tombs in East Taploit; the controversial “Jesus Tomb” and a related tomb less than 200 feet away that has ossuary inscriptions Tabor and Arav interpret as Judaeo-Christian. His most recent book, co-authored with Simcha Jacobovici, is "The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity." View Guest page

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Dr. Laura Tedesco

Dr. Laura Tedesco serves as Cultural Heritage Program Manager for the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan. She was posted in Kabul for 16 months where she oversaw and guided US efforts to support and preserve Afghan cultural heritage sites and monuments. Dr. Tedesco holds a PhD in Anthropology from New York University where her area of study included the Near East and Central Asia. Before joining the State Department, Dr. Tedesco worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has conducted field research in the Republics of Georgia and Armenia, as well as in Syria and other nations in western and south Asia. View Guest page

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Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is the Director of Programs for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in Boston and an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music. As Director of Programs for the AIA, Ben is responsible for the Institute’s outreach activities including International Archaeology Day and the 118-year old lecture program, the site preservation program, the 109 AIA local societies, all grants and awards, and membership. Ben is a Maya specialist with a specific interest in Ancient Maya settlements and architecture. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University after several years of fieldwork in the jungles and swamps of Belize and Guatemala. Recently, he has been trying to understand how the ancient Maya perceived their landscape and how this perception impacted the development of their communities. At Berklee he introduces students to Mesoamerican art and archaeology and some of the great archaeological discoveries that have been made in the last 300 years. View Guest page

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Judith (Judy) Thomas

Judith (Judy) Thomas is an Instructor and Project Archaeologist with the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) at Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Cleveland State University in 1976 and her masters in anthropology/archaeology from Kent State University in 1993. During the course of her 35+ year career, Ms. Thomas has conducted traditionally-funded and CRM-funded projects within the full range of prehistoric and historic archaeology. Since joining MAI in 1993, however, she has focused on historic archaeology where she teaches a variety of historic archaeological classes including the Historic Archaeological Field Training course. Although her research interests are generally in nineteenth century sites (e.g., 1818 lighthouse, 1840s mill, as well as farmsteads and urban sites), in 2006, her research took her into the twentieth century and a WWII prisoner-of-war camp at Fort Hood, Texas. Presently, she is leading the excavations of the 1850s Cantonment Burgwin in Taos, New Mexico. View Guest page

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Mike Thomin

Mike Thomin is the manager of the Destination Archaeology Resource Center. He is also a writer for the Unearthing Florida radio program broadcast on NPR member stations in Florida. Mike received his B.A. in history from the University of West Florida and is currently seeking a Masters in their Public History graduate program. He has spent nearly a decade in the museum field, is a Certified Guide with the National Association of Interpretation, and has worked with several organizations across the state. He has curated a number of museum exhibits on a range of diverse topics from piracy in the Gulf of Mexico to the roles women played in Northwest Florida during the Great Depression. He currently serves on FPAN Archaeological Tourism Task Force and on the Trail of Florida Indian Heritage Board of Directors. His research interests include Mississippian period southeastern Native Americans, maritime history of the Gulf of Mexico, public history, and public archaeology. View Guest page

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Victor Thompson

Victor D. Thompson is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Center for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Georgia. His primary interests are in the Native American societies and early European colonists that occupied the coastal and wetland areas of the American Southeast. The focus of these studies is to understand the long-term dynamics between humans and their environments and how these trajectories experienced ruptures and displacement at the moment of European contact. The majority of his work has taken place in Florida and Georgia, although he has been involved in fieldwork in France, Mexico, St. Kitts-Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. He has over 50 publications and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. He is the founding editor for the series, “History and Ecology in Island and Coastal Societies,” and the current associate editor for book reviews for American Antiquity. View Guest page

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Tamara Thomsen

Tamara Thomsen is a Maritime Archaeologist with Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program. Her research has resulted in the nomination of thirty-nine Great Lakes shipwrecks to the National Register of Historic Places. For her dedicated work, she has received awards from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame. Tamara has worked as a photographer, researcher, and research diver on projects including the USS Monitor with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and RMS Titanic with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. View Guest page

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Dr. Chris Thornton

Christopher P. Thornton is the Senior Director of Cultural Heritage and interim Vice-Chair of the Committee for Research and Exploration at the National Geographic Society, as well as Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bat in the Sultanate of Oman. An expert in the origins of metallurgy and early complex societies in Iran and Arabia, Chris received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania. After lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University, Dr. Thornton joined National Geographic to oversee research grants. In addition to his role advising the National Geographic Society on issues related to cultural heritage, Chris works closely with National Geographic media to promote grantees and explorers in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, geography, geology, and paleontology. View Guest page

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Michael S. (Sonny) Trimble

Michael S. (Sonny) Trimble is the Chief of the Curation and Archives Analysis Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District. He is also the Director of the Veterans Curation Program (VCP). Sonny received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Missouri, Columbia . His specialties include North American archaeology, archaeological forensics, collections and archives management, and GIS. Sonny’s group assisted the Department of Justice for 2.5 years on a Presidential mission to gather and analyze forensic data documenting murder and crimes against humanity carried out by Iraq’s former regime under Saddam Hussein. The results of these scientific investigations and reports provided the Iraqi legal system with forensic evidence for the prosecution by the Iraqi High Tribunal. He played a critical role in procuring the funding for the VCP program and is responsible for its overall operation. View Guest page

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Mr. Wayne Turmel

I'm originally from the small town of Mission, British Columbia, Canada. I now live and work in Lisle, Illinois near Chicago. My past is what the police refer to as "checkered". For nearly 20 years I was a stand-up comedian touring throughout North America, headlining clubs and concerts across the US and Canada. I appeared on "Evening at the Improv", opened for bands such as Chicago and Hall and Oates, and worked nearly any place with four brick walls and a microphone. n 1996 I ran away from the circus to begin a second career in the training and development field. Over time I became well known for helping develop management and communication skills in people around the world. My podcast. "The Cranky Middle Manager Show" had thousands of subscribers around the world and was recognized as one of the top HR blogs in the world. View Guest page

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Dr. Shannon Tushingham

Shannon Tushingham is an anthropological archaeologist with a broad background in academic, private, and tribal archaeology. Dr. Tushingham studied Anthropology of the University of Connecticut (B.A.), the University of Memphis (M.A.) and the University of California, Davis (Ph.D.). She currently directs the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Her research program focuses on understanding evolutionary trends in human-environmental dynamics over the long-term historical record and includes projects developed in collaboration with Native American descendant communities in the Pacific Northwest Coast and California. She is also a specialist in chemical residue extraction techniques and works on an array of studies directed at understanding the ritual, medicinal and recreational use of psychoactive plants by worldwide human cultures. View Guest page

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Jason Ur

Jason Ur is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He specializes in early urbanism, landscape archaeology, and remote sensing. He has directed field surveys in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. He is the author of Urbanism and Cultural Landscapes in Northeastern Syria: The Tell Hamoukar Survey, 1999-2001 (2010). Currently he is leading an archaeological survey in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq, and preparing a history of Mesopotamian cities. View Guest page

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Dr. Barbara Voss

Dr. Barbara Voss is an associate professor at Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at University of California, Berkeley in 2002. From 1986 to 1992 she worked as an archaeology field technician for Archaeological/Historical Consultants in Oakland, CA and from 1992 to 1996 she was Senior Staff Archaeologist with Woodward Clyde Consultants in Oakland CA . Dr. Voss’ research program is centered on two primary interests: historical archaeology and sexuality studies. Within historical archaeology, her research focuses on the dynamics and outcomes of transnational cultural encounters in the Americas. This research includes ongoing investigations of the Spanish colonization of the Americas, including (since 1992) field and laboratory research at the Presidio of San Francisco. Dr. Voss has expanded this work on cultural encounters into the archaeology of overseas Chinese communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In this capacity she serves as Principal Investigator of the Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project, a community-based research program developed to study and interpret the history and archaeology of San Jose’s first Chinese community. The second focus of her research is sexuality studies in archaeology. Dr. Voss strives to generate a productive dialogue between queer studies and archaeology, and to develop rigorous methodologies that support the study of sexuality and gender through archaeological evidence. Dr. Voss is guided by a deep commitment to public archaeology and collaborative research View Guest page

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Diana di Zerega Wall

Diana di Zerega Wall is Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY Graduate Center) and has directed numerous projects in historic archaeology. She is currently excavating Seneca Village in Central Park and is co-author of the award winning book Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City (2001). View Guest page

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Cheryl Ward

Cheryl Ward is a maritime archaeologist and director of the Center for Archaeology & Anthropology at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University, and an M.S. in Bioarchaeology from the University of London’s Institute of Archaeology. Dr. Ward is principal investigator for maritime artifacts at the pharaonic port at Wadi Gawasis on the Red Sea in Egypt and recently reconstructed and sailed an ancient Egyptian seagoing ship. Past projects include remote surveys of the Black Sea; reconstruction of the world's oldest planked boats at Abydos, Egypt, and directing an underwater archaeological survey off the coast of Turkey. Her published works include Sacred and Secular: Ancient Egyptian Ship Construction (2000, AIA Monographs series), The Philosophy of Shipbuilding: Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Wooden Ships (2004, Texas A&M University Press), and many articles in both scholarly and popular journals. View Guest page

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Dr. Joe Watkins

Dr. Joe Watkins is an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and the Supervisory Cultural Anthropologist, Chief of the Tribal Relations and American Cultures program, and the American Indian Liaison Officer of the National Park Service. He received his Ph.D from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Watkins was previously the Director of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, past chair of the Committee on Ethics for the American Anthropological Association, past chairman of the Committee of Native American Issues for the RPA, member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee of the Fifth World Archaeological Congress and a member of the World Archaeological Committee Executive Board. He has written many articles and publications including his seminal work, “Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice”. Dr. Watkins is a Choctaw nation member of Oklahoma and has over 40+ years of experience in the field. View Guest page

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Dr. Adam Watson

Dr. Adam Watson’s research explores human interaction with the environment, political economy, ritual, and the development of societal complexity. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Specializing in archaeozoology and GIS, Watson has applied these methods to examine the development of complex societies and changing patterns of human subsistence, economy, and landscape utilization in relation to environmental uncertainty in pre-Columbian North America. View Guest page

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Dr. Meg Watters

Dr. Meg Watters specializes in 3D visualization of remotely sensed and excavated data for a new perspective on non-invasive modeling and analysis of archaeological sites. She focuses on archaeological landscape visualization and development of technological applications to help solve archaeological problems and for site preservation and planning. While most of her work is with remote sensing applications in archaeology, Meg has worked with a number of television productions including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, and the BBC. Meg has participated in archaeological research around the world including the Mediterranean, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, the UK, Spain, Peru, Mexico, and the USA. View Guest page

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Chris Webster

Chris Webster is a CRM archaeologist with a masters degree from the University of Georgia who has worked in 19 different states and in every region of the continental United States.
After working in the Great Basin for several years Mr. Webster and his wife started Digital Technologies in Archaeological Consulting, LLC (DIGTECH). DIGTECH is an environmental firm that specializes in the development and deployment of new mobile applications into the field that greatly enhance the efficiency of fieldwork in terms of time and costs.
Mr. Webster is dedicated to presenting archaeology to public outreach. He is the founder and creator of the Archaeology Podcast Network where he also hosts several podcasts on CRM and the author of the Field Archaeologist’s Survival Guide: Getting a Job and Working in Cultural Resource Management . He is active in showcasing his firm’s projects and archaeology through social media as well as his company’s website where he blogs about archaeology. View Guest page

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Carol Weed

Carol S. Weed is a Senior Project Manager at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) and is based in their White Plains, New York, office. Since joining VHB in 2006, her work has focused on NEPA, SEQR, and CEQR compliance projects throughout New Jersey, New York, and the U.S. Northeast and West. Prior to joining VHB, she was engaged for some 25 years in FERC-permitted natural gas pipeline and other utility corridor projects. For the most part, the natural gas pipeline cultural resources projects she led were in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania though she also conducted projects in the Midwest and Southeast. Cumulatively, her crews completed over 1,000 miles of Phase I survey on pipeline corridors ranging in width from 50 to 250 feet. During the course of those investigations, more than 800 archaeological sites and 400 buildings and structures were identified and evaluated under Section 106.” View Guest page

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Dr. Terrance Weik

Terrance Weik received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his graduate degrees from the University of Florida (1995, 2002). Dr. Weik chose a career in archaeology in order to explore African diasporan cultural origins, freedom seeking initiatives, struggles with inequalities, and social identities. Outside ofacademia, Weik’s career has involved brief interludes in Cultural Resource Management, and private consultation (museums, nonprofits, and government agencies). Weik is a historical archaeologist who takes an anthropological, diaspora approach to Africans in the Americas. His research methods employ multiple lines of evidence such as documents, oral history, geophysics, GISdata, and material culture. Weik’s earliest research involved Africans who escaped from slavery in Florida as well as Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. View Guest page

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Donald J. Weir

Donald J. Weir is CEO and founder (1988) of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. (CCRG). Don holds an MA degree in Anthropology from Michigan State University. CCRG is a full-service cultural resources firm with headquarters in Jackson, Michigan, and offices in New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and, Illinois. In 2009 CCRG acquired Coastal Carolina Research, Inc., of Tarboro North Carolina. The company provides expertise in all phases of archaeological investigations, geospatial analysis, laboratory studies, and above-ground research. CCRG focuses on pipeline, transportation, and other linear corridor projects. Don Weir has been the major author of over 100 technical reports as well as articles and papers at regional and national professional meetings. He has served on the Board and as Treasurer of the American Cultural Resources Association. He was the Treasurer of the Society for American Archaeology and served on the Board of the Society for Historical Archaeology. View Guest page

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Greg Werkheiser

Greg earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. degree in government from the College of William and Mary. His law firm Cultural Heritage Partners. For fifteen years Greg has worked to change law, policy, and business strategy to help preserve the lessons of our diverse history for use by modern leaders in building a better shared future for us all.Greg has enjoyed a vibrant parallel career as a social entrepreneur designing new ways to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. He has served as founding director of four of the top leadership development centers in the U.S. Greg’s work in cultural heritage law and policy, leadership development, politics, and civil rights has appeared in more than 1,000 media pieces, including the New York Times, Time magazine, and NPR. View Guest page

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Dr. Catherine West

Catherine West is a Research Assistant Professor in Boston University’s Department of Archaeology and the director of BU Zooarchaeology Lab. She received her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2009 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum. Catherine’s research focuses on the effects of Holocene climate change and human-animal interactions on prehistoric subsistence in coastal Alaska, and how the archaeological record can be applied to contemporary environmental issues. She is a member of the National Science Foundation's New Generation of Polar Researchers, and her work is funded by the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation. View Guest page

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Dr. James Wilde

James Wilde has been a professional archaeologist for 42 years. He started his career on the Chalcatzingo Project in central Mexico in 1973, and has worked throughout the western US and Alaska. He earned his PhD at the University of Oregon in 1985. He was an adjunct professor at BYU and directed their Office of Public Archaeology for 11 years. He moved to become a US Air Force archaeologist and cultural resources manager in 1994, and is now the Air Force's Cultural Resources Subject Matter Expert (SME), working out of Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX. The Cultural Resources SME oversees three aspects of AF Cultural Resources Management: Archaeology on over 8 million acres in the continental US, Historic buildings and structures on 110 air bases and large ranges, and consultations with American Indian tribes, Alaska Native groups, and Native Hawaiian Organizations. Wilde has authored and co-authored many articles and monographs on his research in the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau View Guest page

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Dr. Scott A Williams

I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at NYU and I study human evolution through the fossil record. Specifically, I am interested in the evolution of the post-cranium, the body below the skull, and its adaptation to moving around the environment. In human evolution, this largely concerns the evolution of bipedal locomotion and its evolutionary background. I received my PhD from the University of Illinois and I have worked analyses on the famous fossil "Lucy" and on discoveries and analyses of two new species, Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi. View Guest page

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Jacqui Wood

Jacqui Wood is an archaeologist and a director of Saveock Water Archaeology in Cornwall, Britain, where she also runs an archaeological field school. She has been researching the practical aspects of daily life in prehistoric Europe for the past 30 years. She regularly appears on various archaeological TV programs. Most recently she participated on a Time Team special program on the Mesolithic period, which is scheduled to be broadcasted in the New Year. Dr. Wood wrote an article in “Archaeology Experiences Spirituality” about the Witchcraft pits from the proceedings of the World Archaeology Conference. She has also published two books about prehistoric foods “Prehistoric Cooking” and “Tasting the Past: Recipes from the Stone Age to the Present.” Dr. Wood was on the National Education Committee of the Council for British Archaeology. View Guest page

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Dr. Rita Wright

Dr. Rita Wright is an anthropological archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at New York University. She received her B.A. at Wellesley College (1975), her M.A and PhD at Harvard University (1978 and 1984, respectively). She conducted her field research in South Asia and the Near East examining urbanism, state formation, gender relations, exchange networks and cultural heritage. Dr. Wright participated in excavations in Iran at Tal-l Malyan, ancient Anshan, Mehrgarh in Baluchistan, Pakistan, and the city of Harappa in Pakistan. She also conducts a survey of the northern areas of Afghanistan to identify archaeological sites involved in the trade of lapis lazuli and more recently copper and tin. Dr. Wright also examines secondary Mesopotamian sources for studies of gender relations and division of labor in the ancient past, and the significance of widespread contacts in developmental histories. View Guest page

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Rebecca Yamin

Rebecca Yamin is a historical archaeologist specializing in urban archaeology. She began her work with the Federal Courthouse site in Lower Manhattan that was once part of the notorious Five Points neighborhood. She has also excavated and analyzed sites in New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia, as well as many sites in Philadelphia as the director of John Milner Associates’ branch office. In addition to her work at John Milner Associates, Dr. Yamin has worked in the academic, museum, and CRM spheres. She is a member of a group of archaeologists who use narrative approaches to interpreting archaeological results, an approach she first developed for the Five Points report. She is the co-editor of Landscape Archaeology, Reading and Interpreting the American Historical Landscape and the author of Digging in the City of Brotherly Love, Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology. She has also published and lectured widely on the Five Points project. Dr Yamin now works as an independent consultant and is writing a book on the archaeology of prostitution. She holds a BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and MA and Ph.D. degrees from New York University. View Guest page

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Marc Zender

Marc Zender received his PhD in archaeology from the University of Calgary in 2004. He has taught at the University of Calgary (2002-2004) and Harvard University (2005-2011), and is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he has taught archaeology, epigraphy (the study of ancient inscriptions), and linguistics since September 2011. His research interests include anthropological and historical linguistics, comparative writing systems (grammatology), and archaeological decipherment, with a regional focus on Mesoamerica (particularly Mayan and Nahuatl/Aztec). He is the author of several books and dozens of articles touching on these themes, and has collaborated as a hieroglyphic specialist with numerous archaeological projects in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. In addition to his research and writing, Marc is associate editor of The PARI Journal, and (with Joel Skidmore) co-maintainer of, a major internet resource for the study of Ancient Mesoamerican cultures. View Guest page

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