Faculty in Mediterranean Archaeology

Emma Blake

Emma Blake is an archaeologist who studies Italy in the second and first millennia BCE. Her doctoral dissertation focused on monumentality on Sardinia in the Bronze Age, and she has published extensively on Sardinia’s nuragic towers and tombs. Since completing her dissertation she has shifted her fieldwork to northwest Sicily, where she has worked for many years, first as an Assistant Director on the Monte Polizzo excavations, and since 2008 as Co-Director of the Marsala Hinterland Survey, an intensive field survey along the coast adjacent to the Phoenician colony of Motya. She is also at work on a book on social networks and emergent ethnicities in pre-Roman Italy. She is recipient of the 2012-2013 Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.

Contact information:
Emma  Blake, Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, #227
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030

Telephone: (520) 626-4922
Fax: (520)621-2088
Email: ecblake@email.arizona.edu

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Pearce Paul Creasman

Dr Creasman‘s research interests include Egyptian archaeology, maritime/nautical archaeology and dendrochronology. Specifically, he uses ship timber to interpret human-environment interactions, conducts archaeological excavations in Egypt and researches various aspects of maritime life in ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean. He teaches the co-enrolled undergraduate and graduate level ‘Topics in Egyptology’ course each fall (CLAS, ANTH, NES 400 / 500). The course, which can be repeated multiple times for credit, rotates subject matter annually, including ‘Maritime History & Archaeology of Ancient Egypt’ and ‘Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology’. Dr Creasman also engages exceptional students in independent studies (permission required) and intends to offer an ‘Egyptian Archaeology Field School’ at the graduate level during the summer session.

Contact information:
Pearce Paul Creasman, Ph.D.

Curator, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Director, Egyptian Expedition
105 W Stadium Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Phone: (520) 621 2414
Fax: (520) 621 8229
Email: pcreasman@ltrr.arizona.edu

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Eleni Hasaki

Eleni Hasaki is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics. She is a Mediterranean archaeologist whose research focuses on the craft technologies of prehistoric and Classical antiquity, the spatial organization of workshops, craft apprenticeship, and the negotiation of social status through crafts, especially ceramics. She combines archaeological, textual, and ethnoarchaeological evidence in her projects. Her archaeological fieldwork in Greece (Paros, Cyclades), the ethnoarchaeological project in Tunisia (Moknine) and an experimental open-air lab for pyrotechnology locally (Tucson) promote the knowledge of crafts both in antiquity and its relevance for modern societies. Dr. Hasaki’s teaching ranges from 300-student introduction courses on Greek Art and Archaeology to upper undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars. Her teaching takes place both in conventional classrooms and in the real Mediterranean world, with the Summer Study Abroad Program "Arizona in the Aegean," which offers multi-disciplinary approaches on Mediterranean Technologies and Environmental Strategies.

Contact information:
Eleni Hasaki, Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, #314A

Phone: (520) 626-1398
Fax: (520) 621-8516
Email: hasakie@email.arizona.edu

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David Killick

David Killick is Professor of Anthropology and a specialist in the application of techniques from geology, geochemistry and materials science to archaeological problems. These include the reconstruction of past technologies and the sources of inorganic raw materials.  He is a leading authority on the early history of metallurgy. Although most of his own research has been in sub-Saharan Africa, he has also supervised graduate students working with archaeometric methods in the southwestern USA, Jordan, Iran, Peru, Chile and Panama. He looks forward to working with graduate students in Mediterranean archaeology.

Contact information:
David Killick, Ph.D.
School of Anthropology
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030
Tucson, AZ 85721-0030

Phone: (520) 621-7986
Fax: (520) 621-2088
Email: killick@email.arizona.edu

Web sites: http://anthropology.arizona.edu/killick


Steven Kuhn

Steve Kuhn is Professor in the School of Anthropology. He has been researching human evolution and Paleolithic archaeology in the Mediterranean basin for more than 25 years. His interests center on the behavioral evolution of Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and earlier hominins, with a particular focus on technology and material culture.  His recent fieldwork has concentrated on Paleolithic sites Turkey, but he has also conducted field and lab projects in Italy, Israel, Serbia, Montenegro, Syria and Greece.

Dr. Kuhn teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate classes. Topics included Paleolithic prehistory, lithic technology, quantitative methods, and human ecology.

Contact information:
Steven Kuhn, Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, #409
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030

Phone: (520) 626-9135
Fax: (520) 621-2088
Email: skuhn@email.arizona.edu

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Beth Alpert Nakhai

Beth Alpert Nakhai is an Associate Professor in the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, where she teaches courses in archaeology, Hebrew Bible, Near Eastern history, and women in ancient Israel, and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Anthropology. She received her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from The University of Arizona. Her publications focus on the lives of women in antiquity, and on Canaanite and Israelite religion and culture. She co-directed the Tell el-Wawiyat (Israel) Excavation Project and is currently preparing the publication of that site. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Schools of Oriental Research and chairs its Initiative on the Status of Women. Additionally, she chairs a session on gender and religion for ASOR’s annual meeting, and is on the editorial board of several professional journals.

Contact information:
Beth Alpert Nakhai, Ph.D.
Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Marshall Building; 845 N. Park Ave., Suite 420
Tucson, AZ 85721-0158

Phone: 520-626-5762
Fax: 520-626-5767
Email: bnakhai@email.arizona.edu

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Charlotte Pearson

Dr Pearson works in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research with a range of wood and charcoal samples from Archaeological sites across the Mediterranean and Balkan region ranging from the Neolithic to the present. For the last six years she has been heavily involved with other collabourators at LTRR in the study of wooden pilings from the first millenium AD harbour at the site of Yenikapı, Istanbul. The data from this site will be compared with a range of historical and archaeological evidence to provide a chronological backbone for the construction of the site and extend the Aegean oak chronology into the BC period. She also has broad research interests in integrated interdisciplinary study of the archaeological, historical and paleoenvironmental records which converge on points of human and environmental interaction occurring at critical turning points throughout the history of the region.

Contact information:
Charlotte Pearson, Ph.D.
Room 404, Bryant Bannister Tree Ring Building,
1215 E. Lowell St., Tucson AZ 85721-0400

Phone: +1 520 621 0807
Fax: +1 520 621 8229
Email: c.pearson@ltrr.arizona.edu


David Gilman Romano

David Gilman Romano is Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology in the School of Anthropology.  His interests are divided between the study of ancient Greek and Roman landscapes, cities and sanctuaries and ancient Greek and Roman athletics.  Since 1988 he has been the Director of the Corinth Computer Project a long-term study of the planning and development of the Roman colonies at Corinth.  Since 2004 he has been the Co-Director and the Field Director of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, a research project at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion in Arcadia.  He Directs the Archaeological Mapping Lab that is dedicated to the scientific study and analysis of ancient cities, landscapes and sanctuaries by means of the use of digital cartography, GIS, remote sensing and other spatial analytical techniques.

Contact information:
David Gilman Romano, Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, #315
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030

Phone: (520) 621-5343
Fax: (520) 621-2088
Email: dgromano@email.arizona.edu

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Irene Bald Romano

Irene Bald Romano, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona and is a Research Social Scientist in the School of Anthropology, with joint teaching responsibilities in Anthropology and Art History.

Dr. Romano’s primary research interests are Greek and Roman archaeological materials, especially sculpture, terracotta figurines, and pottery. She is also an authority on Greek cult images and cult practices, as well as on marble provenance techniques and their applications, especially related to sculpture studies. She teaches courses on museum studies and Greek and Roman material culture.

She has extensive archaeological field experience in Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Greece, including at the excavations of the University of Pennsylvania Museum at Phrygian Gordion in central Turkey; the American School of Classical Studies’ excavations at Ancient Corinth; the Nordic Institute’s excavations at the Villa S. Maria at Lake Nemi, Italy where she was co-director of the Roman Gardens Project; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Greece.

Contact Information:
Irene Bald Romano, Ph.D.
Arizona State Museum                                           
1013 E. University Blvd., Rm. 316

Phone: (520) 626-1377
Fax: (520) 621-2976
Email: ireneromano@email.arizona.edu

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Robert Schon

Robert Schon specializes in the complex societies of the Mediterranean, Near East, and Balkans.  His current research includes cooperation theory and archaeology, statecraft and power in Mycenaean Greece, isolationism and resistance in Highland Albania, and culture-contact in western Sicily. He is co-director of the Arizona Sicily Project.

Contact information:
Robert Schon, Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, #311
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030

Phone: (520) 626-0634
Fax: (520) 621-2088
Email: rschon@email.arizona.edu

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David Soren

David Soren is Regents Professor of Classics and Anthropology.  His teaching and research interests are in Etruscan and Roman Art, Architecture and Archaeology. He is currently associated in field projects in Orvieto with the University of Perugia and in Populonia with the University of Florence and he is the director of the Orvieto Study Abroad Program.  He is currently finishing a textbook on Roman Archaeology with American Academy in Rome colleague Archer Martin and is directing a 3 movie mini-series for Oxford University Press.  

Contact information:
David Soren, Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, Room #321
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030

Phone: (520) 621-5013
Fax: (520) 621-3678
Email: soren@email.arizona.edu

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Mary C. Stiner

Mary C. Stiner is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson. She is also an Associate Curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum. She conducts archaeological research on human ancestors, paleoeconomics, and social evolution. She is particularly interested in the ever-changing relationship between human societies and Eurasian ecosystems, and she has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Italy, Israel, Turkey, Portugal, Greece, and France. She has published on a wide range of periods and topics in Paleolithic archaeology, hunter-gatherer ecology, predator co-evolution, the transition from foraging to early village societies, and the early evolution of art as media for visual communication. Her technical specialties include zooarchaeology and taphonomy.

Contact information:
Mary C. Stiner Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, #409
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030

Phone: (520) 621-2694
Fax: (520) 621-2088
Email: mstiner@email.arizona.edu

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Mary E. Voyatzis

Mary Voyatzis is a Professor of Anthropology and Classics. She specializes in Greek Archaeology and has teaching and research interests in Ancient Sanctuaries, Architecture, Archaeology of Religion and Ritual, and Ceramics. She is especially interested in the Early Iron Age Greece and the transitions from the Late Bronze Age. Since 2004 she has been the Co-Director (and Director of Finds) of the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion in Arcadia.  Prior to that (from 1990-1996) she was a Principal Investigator and the Director of Small Finds in the Norwegian excavations at the Sanctuary of Athena Alea at Tegea in the Peloponnese.

Contact information:
Mary E. Voyatzis, Ph.D.
Haury Anthropology Building, #122A
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030

Phone: (520) 621-3446
Fax: (520) 621-2088
Email: mev@email.arizona.edu

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