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Our study tours are led by scholars who have been carefully selected for their scholarly excellence as well as their ability to communicate and their willingness to share the joy of discovery. They will be with you every step of the way, enhancing your experience with their insights and informal presentations.

Donald BakerGina Barnes

Lanny Bell

Craig G. R. Benjamin

Robert Bianchi

Jeffrey Blomster

Larissa Bonfante

Richard Cooler

Cathleen Cummings

William G. Dever

Charles Doherty

Pedar W. Foss


Norma Franklin

Joseph A. Greene

Kenneth W. Harl

Gregory Hillis

Moawiyah M. Ibrahim

Jonathan M. Kenoyer

Roy Larick

Trevor Marchand

Myles McDonnell

Ronald Messier

James Millward

Blaise Nagy

B.D. Nandadeva

Gordon Noble

Richard J. Pearson

Jacke Phillips

Clemens Reichel

John W. Rick

Jeffrey Riegel

Dawn Rooney

Michael Rosenburg

James Russell

Antonio Sagona

Daniel H. Sandweiss

Calogero M. Santoro

William Saturno

Gerald Schaus

Sudharshan Seneviratne

Steven Sidebotham

Ori Z. Soltes

Robert R. Stieglitz


David L. Stone

Richard C. Sutter

Nikola Theodossiev

Robert Thorp

Jo Anne VanTilburg

Kenneth P. Vickery

Donald White

J. Daniel White

Gregory Zaro

Mattanyah Zohar

Donald Baker is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Korean Research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches Korean civilization and language in the Department of Asian Studies. He received his PhD in Korean history from the University of Washington and has taught Korean, Japanese and Chinese history at several universities in the United States. He is the author of Korean Spirituality, an editor of Sources of Korean Tradition, and a major contributor to Korean Religions in Practice. He has published widely on Korean history, particularly the history of religion, philosophy and traditional science, and is recognized worldwide as an authority on the cultural history of Korea. He has lived off and on in Korea since 1971.
Gina Barnes received her PhD in the area of Japanese state formation from the University of Michigan. She taught East Asian archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge until 1996, when she took up the post of Professor of Japanese Studies at Durham University, from which she has recently retired as Professor Emeritus. Her research connections are now primarily with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she is Professorial Research Associate in the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Japan Research Centre. Her publications include: Protohistoric Yamato: Archaeology of the First Japanese State; The Rise of Civilization in East Asia: Archaeology of China, Korea, and Japan; State Formation in Korea: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives; and State Formation in Japan: Emergence of a 4th-Century Elite. Professor Barnes has lived and worked in Japan doing fieldwork and research in the Nara and Kyoto region for extended periods of time since 1965. Her knowledge of Japanese history and enthusiasm for teaching make her an excellent lecturer for our unique archaeological tours.
BellLanny Bell received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught Egyptology and was curatorial assistant at the University Museum for 12 years. During that time he was also Field Director of the University's Theban Tomb Project in Luxor. In 1977 Professor Bell began to teach at the University of Chicago and became Field Director of the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute. For the next 12 years he spent nine months a year at Chicago House in Luxor. The activities of the expeditions under his direction have ranged from epigraphy to excavation and conservation. Since his early retirement, Professor Bell has been teaching at Brown and Columbia Universities. An expert on the Luxor area, his publications include articles on divine kingship and temple and society in Ancient Egypt, as well as a ground breaking chapter on Luxor Temple in Temples of Ancient Egypt published by Cornell University Press. Professor Bell has also been a consultant for National Geographic magazine and has appeared in its documentary, "Egypt: Quest for Eternity," as well as A&E's presentation, "Mummies: Tales from the Egyptian Crypts." Professor Bell is a very popular lecturer and has twice been appointed to endowed lectureships of the Archaeological Institute of America. He has led numerous tours to Egypt for Archaeological Tours.
Craig G.R. Benjamin is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where he teaches courses in ancient Central and East Asian history, and on the Silk Roads. Professor Benjamin received his PhD from Macquarie University in Sydney, where he studied nomadic confederations of ancient Central Asia and their impact upon the Chinese Han dynasty and Greco-Bactria. An experienced lecturer, Professor Benjamin is the author of numerous published articles, chapters and books, and is editor of several volumes in the Brepols Silk Roads Studies series. His most recent book (published by Brepols in 2007) is The Yuezhi: Origin, Migration and the Conquest of Northern Bactria. He is currently under contract to co-author three new world history textbooks for McGraw-Hill and Facts on File, including the first ever "Big History" textbook. Professor Benjamin is a dynamic lecturer who specializes in placing local and regional events and material cultures into the broader context of inner Eurasian history.
BianchiRobert Bianchi received his Ph.D. in Egyptian, Greek and Roman Art from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and served as a curator for 15 years in the Department of Egyptian, Classical and Ancient Middle Eastern Art at The Brooklyn Museum. He has received numerous academic awards during his career including a J. Clawson Mills Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Bert H. Hill Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as well as a Fulbright Fellowship at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. Author of numerous articles and books, Dr. Bianchi has mounted international loan exhibitions of ancient and modern art in America, Europe, the Caribbean and Japan and has served as an advisor for the Learning Channel's cable TV series, Archaeology. Dr. Bianchi is a popular lecturer and has led tours for Archaeological Tours to Greece, Sicily, Egypt, Syria, and the Balkans for more than 25 years.
Jeffrey Blomster is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, where he teaches Mesoamerican anthropology, specializing in social complexity, interregional interaction and approaches to style, ritual and ideology. After receiving his PhD at Yale University, he taught for four years at Brandeis University. Dr. Blomster's research interests lie primarily in Mesoamerica, where he has focused on Mixtec, Zapotec and Olmec cultures. A recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships, he has conducted excavation and laboratory research in the Nochixtlán Valley of Oaxaca since 1992. In addition to Mexico, he has also performed fieldwork throughout the United States, from the Four Corners region of the Southwest to eastern Pennsylvania. Professor Blomster has published extensively and has just released his first book, Etlatongo: Social Complexity, Interaction and Village Life in the Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca. He is a an excellent teacher and has led many tours to Oaxaca and the Olmec area. Dr. Blomster led Archaeological Tours's Maya Kingdoms tour in 2005.
BonfanteLarissa Bonfante is Professor Emeritus of Classics at New York University. She received her Ph. from Columbia University and has excavated in Italy with Massimo Pallottino. Professor Bonfante has conducted research on the Etruscans and ancient dress at the American Academy in Rome. She has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, is a foreign member of the German Archaeological Institute and of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi, and is president of the newly established U.S. section of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi. She is founder and coeditor of Etruscan News, and has published many articles and several books, including Etruscan Life and Afterlife, The World of Roman Dress, Etruscan Dress and The Etruscan Language, with her father, Giuliano Bonfante. In 2007 she was awarded the Gold Metal of the Archaeological Institute of America. This is Professor Bonfante's seventh tour of Etruscan Italy for Archaeological Tours. Learn more about the Etruscans at Then click: Institute of Etruscan Studies. 

CoolerRichard Cooler is Professor of Art History and Director of the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has lived, lectured, and conducted research in Thailand, Burma and Malaysia for many years. An accomplished lecturer, he received a Fulbright to develop a curriculum in Southeast Asian art and archaeology while teaching at the University of Sains, Malaysia. Professor Cooler recently published his book, The Magic Pond: The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma. He has been leading tours to Southeast Asia for Archaeological Tours for over 15 years.Read more about Professor Cooler's work on the following sites: Art_TOC.htm

David L. Stone specializes in ancient North Africa and the Roman empire at the University of Michigan, where he is Associate Research Scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies. As a field archaeologist, he is the main author of Leptiminus (Lamta). Report no. 3, the Field Survey (2011), the final report of a multi-disciplinary investigation of a port town. He is the co-editor of Mortuary Landscapes of North Africa (2007), and has other publications on inscriptions, identity, and the ancient economy. In 2014, David began directing an archaeological survey for the Olynthos Project in northern Greece, where he also has research interests.

Cathleen Cummings is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses on all areas of Asian art. She is currently the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in South Asian Art and Architecture at Wellesley College. She received her PhD in art history from Ohio State University, specializing in the art of South Asia, including Islamic and Himalayan Buddhist art. Professor Cummings is a specialist in Hindu temple architecture and Indian miniature painting and is currently editing a volume for Cambridge University Press on the architecture of Hinduism, part of its Encyclopedia of Religious Architecture of the World series. She is also writing a volume on South Asian art to be published as part of their Scarecrow Press series, Historical Dictionaries of Art and Literature. This will be Professor Cummings' second Southern India tour for Archaeological Tours.
DeverWilliam G. Dever, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Arizona, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His career began at the Nelson Gluck School of Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem, and he later became the Director of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. Dr. Dever has taught at Hebrew University, the School of Oriental Studies, Brandeis University and the University of Michigan, and has directed several excavations in Israel and Cyprus. He has published numerous books and articles, served on the editorial boards of "The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research" and "The Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology," and is a Trustee of ASOR. He has led five tours to Syria and Jordan for Archaeological Tours.
Charles Doherty recently retired as senior lecturer in Early Irish History at University College Dublin. Since 2009 he has been president of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. He has written numerous articles on the cult of St. Patrick, the concept of the monastic town, the impact of the Vikings upon Ireland, the evolution of settlement in early Ireland and on the kingship of Tara. His work on kingship has focused on the archaeology of Tara, Emain Macha, DúnAilinne and Cruachan from the Neolithic to the later Middle Ages, interpreting the monuments in the light of kingship ritual. Professor Doherty, a well-regarded speaker, has lectured at the international medieval congresses at Leeds and Kalamazoo, at the University of California Celtic Studies Conference and at the Societas Celtologica Nordica symposium in Helsinki. In 2008 he was the B.K. Smith Lecturer in the University of St Thomas, Houston. In July 2012 he gave the keynote address at the International Congress of Celtic Studies in Dublin and spoke of the relationship between the cults of St. Patrick and St. Brigit. Professor Doherty is looking forward to introducing us to the history of his beautiful island.
FossPedar W. Foss is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he teaches courses in archaeology, history, ancient art and classical languages. Since 1987 he has worked on archaeological projects in Tunisia, Greece, Italy and Turkey. Professor Foss was co-field Director for the Trinity University Carthage excavations on the Odeion Hill for several years and is currently Director of the regional survey for the Hacimusalar Project in southwestern Turkey. He served as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Roman Archaeology for four years, and is author of several articles on Roman housing, cooking and social relations, and co-editor of a forthcoming new volume on Pompeii. Professor Foss has, for the last ten years, maintained "Romarch," an international e-mail discussion group for scholars of Roman art and archaeology. He is a popular teacher and lectures frequently for the AIA and other organizations on his work in Tunisia and Turkey as well as his most recent project, the Collaboratory for Geographic Information Systems and Mediterranean Archaeology ( He is also a fascinating lecturer on his special interest: cooking and eating in the Roman Empire. Professor Foss has led four tours to Tunisia for Archaeological Tours. Read more about Professor Foss's research at  
Dr FranklinDr. Norma Franklin is a Research Associate at the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa and Associate Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeology. She received a BA in Classical Archaeology and a Phd in Archaeology of the Near East from Tel Aviv University and holds a guide license from the Ministry of Tourism since 1988. Dr. Franklin describes herself as a field archaeologist who is happiest with a complex stratigraphy. She is particularly interested in ancient building techniques, water systems and technology – old and new. Her research has focused on three key cities: Samaria, Megiddo and Jezreel. She was part of the Tel Aviv University team that excavated Jezreel in 1990 and 1992 was a founding member of the Megiddo Expedition until 2011. She is currently co-director of the Jezreel Expedition.
GreeneJoseph A. Greene, Assistant Director of the Semitic Museum of Harvard University, received his Ph.D. in Archaeology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He completed eight seasons of fieldwork in Carthage, directing the Carthage Survey from 1980 to 1983. Dr. Greene has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in Jordan, a Fulbright Fellow in Cyprus and has directed excavations and surveys in both countries. During 1987-88 he directed the Cultural Resource Management Project in Jordan and presently serves as a consultant to the Petra National Trust. He has served as lecturer for five tours to Syria and Jordan for Archaeological Tours.
HarlKenneth W. Harl, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University, received his B.A. from Trinity College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He has published on the history and coinage of the Roman world with an emphasis on the Greek cities of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). A distinguished scholar, he has received fellowships in Germany and Turkey, sat on editorial boards and directed the graduate seminar of the American Numismatic Society. Professor Harl regularly travels in Turkey, where he is publishing the coins from the excavations at Gordion and Metropolis. He has won numerous teaching awards at Tulane, and the national David Cherry Teaching Award granted by Baylor University. He has led excursions of Tulane students to Turkey. He has also produced six courses in video and DVD with the Teaching Company, and he has been interviewed for specials by the BBC and History Channel.
HillisGregory Hillis, received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is currently Lecturer in Tibetan and Sanskrit in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses on Buddhism and Tibetan and Sanskrit literature. Dr. Hillis's research focuses in particular on Tibetan history, literature, art and architecture. He has been the academic director of the highly acclaimed University of Virginia Summer Tibetan Language Institute for the last two years, and is the Project Manager for the Bonpo Textual Project at Rice University, an ambitious digital initiative to archive and catalog the scriptures of Bon, Tibet's indigenous religion. Dr. Hillis has served as consultant for the National Geographic, curated an exhibition on the Tibetan Book of the Dead at the University of Virginia, and has published numerous articles, notably a literary study of the symbolic figure of the mythic bird Garuda in ancient Tibetan literature. His forthcoming book will examine the use of rhetoric in "Great Perfection" (Dzokchen) literature. Dr. Hillis spent more than four years doing extensive research in India and Nepal among Tibetan communities in exile.
Moawiyah M. Ibrahim is dean of research and graduate studies at Al-Isra University in Jordan. He is the representative of Jordan to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the President of the Society of Friends of Archaeology and Heritage. He received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin in Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages of the ancient Near East. Prof. Ibrahim served as Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies at Yarmouk University, Jordan where he was also the founding Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and the initiator of the university’s archaeological museum. He is the founding Chairman of the Department of Archaeology at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. Prof. Ibrahim has been a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Richmond and lectured at many universities throughout the United States. He has led several archaeological research projects in Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Yemen. He has published ten books and numerous articles in scientific journals and organized a number of museum exhibitions, symposia and other projects related to the cultural heritage of the Arab countries. Professor Ibrahim has led a tour to Saudi Arabia for Archaeological Tours. His extensive knowledge of the Arabian Peninsula will enhance our understanding of the entire region.
KenoyerJonathan Mark Kenoyer, Associate Professor in Anthropology, teaches archaeology and ancient technology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Born and raised in India, he completed his BA in Anthropology and MA and Ph.D. in South Asian Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks several South Asian languages and is fluent in Urdu, the major language of Pakistan. Dr. Kenoyer has worked in Pakistan and India for the past 23, years with a focus on the Indus Valley Civilization. His special interest in ancient technologies and crafts has led him to study a broad range of cultural periods in South Asia as well as other regions of the world. Dr. Kenoyer has excavated at Mohenjo-daro and since 1986, he has been the CoDirector and Field Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project, a long-term study of urban development in the Indus Valley. He is also Guest Curator at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, where he curated an exhibition on the "Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization," which toured the United States in 1998. Dr. Kenoyer is a very popular lecturer and has led tours to Pakistan and India for Archaeological Tours for over 10 years. To learn more about Harappa go to
LarickRoy Larick is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. He has worked in the Périgord region of southwest France for more than 10 years as Associate of the Direction des Antiquités Préhistoriques d'Aquitaine and has taught in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. In France, Dr. Larick's research has focused on the role of artists and other specialized craftspeople during the European Upper Paleolithic period. He has carried out research among contemporary herding and hunting societies of East Africa related to arts and crafts. Dr. Larick is currently exploring early sites in East Asia for evidence of the first human inhabitants outside Africa. He has led our Caves and Castles tours for the last 13 years, as well as three tours of prehistoric Brittany.
MarchandTrevor Marchand received his degree in Architecture from McGill University and his PhD at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he is currently Professor in the Department of Anthropology. With a specialization in indigenous architectures, he spent the spring of 2001 in Djenné, Mali, and 1996/97 in Sana'a, Yemen, working with traditional builders. Dr. Marchand has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Canadian CIDA Award for his fieldwork in West Africa and study of earthen architecture at the prestigious CRATerre Institute in France. He has also worked as an architect in India and has traveled extensively in West Africa, studying indigenous building practices. Dr. Marchand has lectured at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria on Islamic secular and nonsecular architecture in Yemen, Mali and Nigeria. His book Minaret Building and Apprenticeship in Yemen was recently published. Fluent in French and Arabic, Dr. Marchand's knowledge and enthusiasm have made him a popular lecturer for Archaeological Tours' Mali, Yemen, Oman and Central Asia tours
Myles McDonnell is Visiting Professor in the History Department at Baruch College, City University of New York. He received his PhD in Ancient History from Columbia University, and has taught in the History and Classics departments of the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, New York University, Columbia University and the University of Washington. Professor McDonnell is the author of Roman Manliness: Virtus and the Roman Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2006), as well as numerous articles primarily about the ancient Romans, but also about the ancient Greeks and Etruscans. He has received fellowships to study archaeology in Italy from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Academy in Rome, and in 1997-98 was the Mellon Fellow in Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome. He has been Director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome since 2004 and has led numerous Ancient Rome tours as well as several tours to Sicily and southern Italy for Archaeological Tours
MessierRonald Messier received his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and is Professor of Middle East History and Historical Archaeology, as well as Director of the Honors Program at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also Adjunct Professor of History and Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses entitled The Islamic World, The Crusades and The Muslim Response and Islam. A specialist on the Islamic Middle Ages, Professor Messier’s research focuses on Islam, North Africa, architecture and archaeology. He has directed an ongoing excavation at Sijilmassa for six seasons, mapping the ancient city and studying its contacts with Timbuktu and other cities in West Africa. In addition to his many articles, he has co-edited Jihad and Its Times and has just completed a book on the Almoravid dynasty of Morocco and Muslim Spain. Professor Messier has won several teaching awards, including Tennessee Professor of the Year. He has served as lecturer for seven study tours to Morocco and two to Southern Spain. Ronald Messier's web site and a site on Sijilmasa.
MillwardJames Millward is Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service and the History Department at Georgetown University, where he teaches Chinese, Central Asian and World History. Professor Millward received his B.A. at Harvard University in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, his M.A. at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies in Far Eastern Studies, and his Ph.D. at Stanford University in History. His numerous books and articles on Xinjiang, China, and the Uighur Muslims include the forthcoming A History of Xinjiang: Crossroads of Culture on the Silk Road. As a recipient of many honors and fellowships, Professor Millward has lived and studied in China, Japan and Taiwan, and speaks Chinese, Uighur and other Asian languages. He is a popular speaker on China at various venues including the Smithsonian Institution and the Textile Museum, and he recently briefed Congress and Washington think tanks on the Xinjiang region. A frequenter of China and the Silk Road, Professor Millward has crossed the Taklamakan Desert by jeep, camped with Kazakhs in the Heavenly Mountains, and played Uighur lutes in the bazaars of Kashgar.
MillwardBlaise Nagy is Professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is currently Chair of the Classics Department. Professor Nagy served as Director of Study Abroad for many years and has organized overseas trips for students to Greece and Rome. He has traveled widely in Italy and Greece and studied the topography of Rome and southern Italy under an NEH grant. Professor Nagy is the author of numerous studies on Greek and Roman religion and has lectured extensively on ancient history. At Holy Cross, he teaches primarily Greek History, Roman Civilization and advanced courses in Greek and Roman authors. Professor Nagy has enjoyed great success on five Sicily & Southern Italy tours for Archaeological Tours.
B.D. Nandadeva is a Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. He has an interesting multidisciplinary training which combines art history, conservation science and cultural heritage management. Professor Nadadeva received his PhD in Art Conservation Research from the University of Delaware and also holds a degree in Rock Art Conservation from the University of Canberra, Australia as well as M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation of Monuments and Sites from the University of Moratuva. He spent two years attached to the University of Thessaloniki and the British School of Archaeology in Athens where he studied Greek and Byzantine art and held the prestigious Caroline Villers fellowship at the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London in 2011-12. Professor Nadadeva also serves as Consultant Director on wall painting conservation projects of the Central Cultural Fund, which is the custodian organization of the six World Cultural Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Gordon NobleGordon Noble is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Honorary Curatorial Fellow to the University Museums at the University of Aberdeen. He has lectured at the University of Durham and did postdoctoral research at the University of Glasgow on the Neolithic of northern Europe. In 2012 Dr. Noble’s team launched an important new research project on the northern Picts, the post-Roman kingdoms of northern Scotland. He has also undertaken excavation and research projects across Scotland, working on landscapes and sites from the Neolithic to Medieval periods. From 2006-12 he was director and co-founder of Strathearn & Royal Forteviot, an archaeological project researching the prehistoric and early historic landscape at Forteviot, one of Scotland’s early royal centres. Dr. Noble has also been director of the Rhynie Environs Archaeological Project that has uncovered evidence for an undocumented royal centre in northeast Scotland. He is author of numerous books including Neolithic Scotland: Timber Stone, Earth and Fire, and international journal articles on the prehistory of Scotland. Dr. Noble’s extensive knowledge of Scottish prehistory has made him an exciting lecturer for this tour.

PearsonRichard J. Pearson is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of British Columbia. Although his area of specialization is prehistory and the formation of complex societies in Japan and East Asia, he is currently working on the archaeology of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa) and the ancient Chinese city of Quanzhou (Zayton) described by Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta. Dr. Pearson has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim and Japan Foundations, has been Visiting Professor at Keio, Kyoto and Yale Universities, and was Guest Curator for two exhibitions of Japanese archaeology at the Japan Society/IBM Gallery in New York, and the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. His most recent book, Ancient Japan, was published by the Sackler Gallery and George Braziller. Dr. Pearson, a popular lecturer, held a special lectureship in Japanese archaeology for the Archaeological Institute of America, supported by the Japan Foundation. His interest in both the ancient and medieval periods of Japanese history and his enthusiasm for teaching makes him an excellent lecturer.
Jacke Phillips is Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her fieldwork in Ethiopia includes five seasons as Assistant Director of the Aksum Archaeological Project and her current project focusing on the historical periods over the past 3000 years. Dr. Phillips also has done extensive fieldwork in Sudan, Egypt, Qatar and Greece and worked with the Ethiopian Heritage Conservation Project in order to plan and execute the new Axum museum. Her other interests include the material typologies and cross-acculturations within the East Mediterranean, Northeast Africa and over the Red Sea. She has published extensively on these subjects in national and international scholarly journals. Dr. Phillips is a frequent lecturer at conferences, universities and museums in Europe and North America. Her broad knowledge of Ethiopia and the entire region makes her an exciting lecturer for our tour.
PearsonClemens Reichel is Assistant Professor for Mesopotamian Archaeologist at the University of Toronto. Following undergraduate and graduate studies at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and London (U.K.) he studied at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2001 and worked as a Research Associate until 2008. He is the director of the Diyala Project, publishing on-line over 15,000 objects from the Oriental Institute's Diyala Excavations (Iraq) during the 1930's. Reichel has traveled and excavated extensively in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. Since 2005 he has been co-director of the excavations at Hamoukar (Syria), a joint project by the Oriental Institute and the Syria Department of Antiquities. In addition to his recent academic appointment to the University of Toronto he now is Curator for the Ancient Near East at the Royal Ontario Museum.
John W. Rick is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University, Curator of Anthropological Collections, and past Director of Stanford’s Archaeology Center.  His teaching concentrates on South American archaeology,  the beginnings of social complexity, hunter-gatherers, stone tools and digital methodologies in archaeology.  For the last 13 years he has directed fieldwork at Chavín de Huántar, a monumental UNESCO World Heritage site dating to around 1000 BC. Cooperative mapping, excavation and conservation work there is done under long-term agreements with the Peruvian government. His interests there concentrate on understanding how early religious cults strategized the beginnings of  political authority in the Andes. A previous long-term project focused on early hunter-gatherer cave sites in the 14,000 ft. altitude puna grasslands of Peru, but he has also done archaeological fieldwork throughout South America and the American Southwest; he is also currently co-directing a major fieldwork project on Preclassic sites near Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands.  His publications include books and articles ranging across these subjects, as well as additional topics of interest.  He has led more than 25 university travel groups to Peru as well as five tours for Archaeological Tours.
RiegelJeffrey Riegel is Professor of Classical Chinese Language in the Department of East Asian Languages, University of California at Berkeley. Professor Riegel teaches courses in Chinese Thought, Culture, Religion and Language, and he is coeditor of the Abstracts of Chinese Archaeology. Fluent in Chinese, he has served as consultant on archaeology and the culture of west China for the National Geographic Society and was part of the first National Geographic expedition to the western deserts of the People’s Republic. Professor Riegel has written books and articles on Chinese archaeology and philosophy, and is currently preparing a manuscript on the Chinese historical sources for Burma and Vietnam. He has traveled extensively in South and Southeast Asia has led numerous tours throughout Southeast Asia and China for Archaeological Tours.
An art historian specializing in Southeast Asia, Dawn Rooney is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical and the Royal Asiatic Societies in London and an advisor to the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Dr. Rooney, who has lived in Thailand for the past three decades, has participated in archaeological surveys and excavations in Thailand and is the author of eight books on the culture of the region. She has written a definitive guide to Angkor and, most recently, a book on Thai Buddhist art. She was awarded a Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy in 2002. Dr. Rooney lectures extensively in Europe, the United States, and Asia and has served as Guest Lecturer on tours in Southeast Asia for several American museums.
RosenburgMichael Rosenberg is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught Anthropology and Archaeology since 1978. He received his BA in Anthropology from CCNY in New York and his MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published widely in national, international, and Turkish journals on the origins of food production and the beginnings of settled village life in both southeastern Anatolia and southwestern Asia in general, as well as on the mechanics of cultural evolution. He has done field work in eastern Turkey since 1989, where he directed salvage excavations at the Neolithic sites of Hallan Çemi (1991-1994) and Demiköy (1997-2000) and is currently participating in an extensive archaeological site survey covering the smaller tributaries of the Tigris between Diyarbak?r and the Batman River, an area thought to fall within the western part of ancient Šubria. Professor Rosenberg’s knowledge of eastern Turkey and the entire region makes him an exciting lecturer for our tour.
RussellJames Russell, a native of Scotland, received his MA from the University of Edinburgh and his PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Chicago. He was Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver until his retirement in 1999. Among his many awards and honors are two appointments as the Andrew Mellon Professor in Charge at the Intercollegiate Centre for Classical Studies in Rome. Throughout his career he participated in various archaeological projects in Europe and the Middle East, but his earliest experiences were in his native Scotland where he was involved in the excavation and survey of Prehistoric and Roman sites, several of which will be visited in the course of our tour. Besides his archaeological interests, Professor Russell has lectured widely on other aspects of Scottish History and Literature and is in constant demand as a speaker at Burns Suppers, both in Canada and other countries, for his knowledge of Scotland’s National Poet. He has held Senior Fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Centre for Byzantine Studies, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1992. Professor Russell has held office in various scholarly organizations, including the Presidency of the Archaeological Institute of America 1992-94. He has led archaeological tours in Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Turkey for several institutions.
SagonaAntonio Sagona is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Australian Humanities Association, he has published widely on the archaeology of the Near East, especially Anatolia and Caucasus. His books include The Heritage of Eastern Turkey: From Earliest Settlements to Islam (Macmillan, 2006). Professor Sagona is Editor of the international journal Ancient Near Eastern Studies and its monograph series published by Peeters Press (Louvain). His extensive fieldwork in north-eastern Anatolia has focused attention on a region whose cultural achievements had hitherto formed shadowy images behind those of the better-known societies that settled along the Mediterranean fringe and central plateau. For the last ten years he has been Project Director of the Bâyâktepe Hâyâk and Sos Hâyâk excavations in Eastern Turkey. Presently, he is involved in two collaborative field work projects: one, in collaboration with Georgian colleagues, is based at Mtskheta, central Georgia, and aims to investigate the I berian Kingdom of Caucasus and its antecedents. The other is an archaeological and historical survey of the ANZAC Battlefield at Gallipoli (north-west Turkey). While the focus of this project will be the 1915 battlefield, it will record other archaeological sites and material in order to place the modern conflict in its proper cultural and geographical context. He has led numerous Eastern Turkey tours for Archaeological Tours. Professor Sagona's web site: .
SandweissDaniel H. Sandweiss is Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary and Climate Studies at the University of Maine and is also Editor of Andean Past, published by Cornell University. He teaches courses on South American Prehistory, Archaeology, Peoples and Cultures of South America and Paleo-environmental Archaeology. Professor Sandweiss has worked in Latin America for over 20 years, most often on the coast of Peru. He has directed excavations at Tucume, Peru's largest pyramid center, a project coordinated by Thor Heyerdahl; at Lo Dems, a late pre-Hispanic fishing settlement in the Chincha Valley; and at many early maritime sites. His work, which is supported by grants and fellowships from many institutions and foundations, has been published in numerous books and journals. This is Professor Sandweiss's third tour to Peru for Archaeological Tours. His love of the region and enthusiasm for teaching will enhance our enjoyment of this exciting tour.
Calogero M. Santoro is Professor of Archaeology at the Universidad de Tarapacá in Arica, Chile and editor of Chungara Revista de Antropología Chilena published by the same university. He received his MA in archaeology at Cornell University and his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught courses on South American Prehistory, Archaeology, as well as Peoples and Cultures of World Prehistory and has done archaeological research along the dry valleys, the Pacific coast, and the highland of northern Chile for over 25 years. Professor Santoro has directed excavations focused on late farming societies related to the Inka state and early highland hunter and gatherers at Lluta and Azapa Valleys near Arica. He also participated in field work in the Orongo Ceremonial Center, Easter Island in 1974, under the leadership of William Mulloy. His work, which is supported by grants and fellowships from national and international institutions and foundations, has been published in various books and journals.
SaturnoWilliam Saturno is Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Boston University. He received his BA from the University of Arizona and his PhD at Harvard University. Prof. Saturno has conducted research in Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. From 1994 to 2000 he was the field director of the Rio Amarillo Archaeology Project, studying the ancient sociopolitical relationships between Maya cities in western Honduras. In 2001 Prof. Saturno discovered the remote archaeological site of San Bartolo and the oldest intact Maya murals found to date. Since then he has directed the San Bartolo Regional Archaeological Project, dedicated to the excavation and conservation of these murals and to understanding San Bartolo’s role in this largely unexplored region during the period when Maya civilization was forming. His academic interests include the evolution of complex society, particularly among the ancient Maya, Mesoamerican religion, iconography and epigraphy, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in archaeology and the role of archaeology in popular culture. Professor Saturno has led tours for Archaeological Tours for over seven years.
Gerald SchausGerald Schaus is Professor of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfred Laurier University, Canada, where he began teaching in 1978. He has a BA and MA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on the Archaic pottery from Cyrene, Libya. He spent two years at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as a student, and another year as the Whitehead Visiting Research Professor (1986-1987). Professor Schaus has excavated at Cyrene in Libya, as well as at various sites in Italy and Greece, and is currently working on the publication of seven years of excavation in the Sanctuary of Athena at Stymphalos in Arkadia, Greece. Besides the study of Greek pottery, and Archaic Greek history, he has an avid interest in Greek and Roman sports. Professor Schaus is presently the President of the Canadian Archaeological Institute in Athens.
SeneviratneSudharshan Seneviratne is Professor of Archaeology and Chair at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient History and Archaeology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Seneviratne has worked extensively at Indian and Sri Lankan sites and has made major contributions towards innovative research and training of the next generation of archaeologists in South Asia. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Cornell University and Carleton College, taught at Bowdoin College and is currently archaeological director of the UNESCO programs at Anuradhapura, the major World Heritage site in Sri Lanka. Dr. Seneviratne is the resource person for visiting students under the U.S.-Sri Lanka Liberal Arts Consortium and for the Study Program conducted by the University of Tulane. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Bibliographic Institute for his outstanding contributions to Archaeology and History, and was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in Sri Lanka. Dr. Seneviratne’s interest in the use of archaeology in building national and ethnic identities will provide us with insights into the history and people of Sri Lanka.
Steven Sidebotham is professor of ancient history and archaeology at the University of Delaware, where he teaches courses on the ancient Near East, Greece, ancient Rome, Greek and Roman sports and recreation, and ancient religions. Fluent in Arabic, Professor Sidebotham was educated in Egypt, Greece and the United States and received his PhD at the University of Michigan. He has excavated or undertaken survey work in Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and India and, since 1972, has participated in or directed over 53 field projects (both on land and underwater). Professor Sidebotham's main research interest is ancient trade and cultural exchange between the Mediterranean Basin/Near East on the one hand and the Red Sea-Indian Ocean basins on the other. He has written and coauthored eleven books and is coauthor of the recently published The Red Land: The Illustrated Archaeology of Egypt's Eastern Desert. His current projects include excavation at Jurash in the Asir province of Saudi Arabia and excavations at Berenike, an ancient port on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. A Discovery/Science Channel television documentary entitled When Rome Ruled Egypt highlights his archaeological discoveries in Egypt. Professor Sidebotham is a well-recognized speaker and has lectured at museums, universities and conferences throughout the world.
SoltesOri Z. Soltes is Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University and has also taught in the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins and Cleveland State Universities. Professor Soltes's areas of specialization include Jewish, Christian and Muslim art and religions, classical philosophy, linguistics and Indo-European philology and Greek and Roman art. His many academic honors include an NEH Fellowship in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at ASOR. Professor Soltes has published over 150 books, articles and exhibition catalogue essays on a wide range of subjects including recently published, Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source and Jewish, Christian and Muslim Mysticism: Searching for Oneness. He is a very popular speaker and has given lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Professor Soltes regularly leads tours throughout the Mediterranean basin. He has led numerous tours for Archaeological Tours to Spain, Sicily, mainland Italy and other parts of Europe.
SteiglitzRobert R. Stieglitz is an Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at Rutgers University. He has excavated in the United States, Greece and Israel, surveyed throughout the Mediterranean world, and is currently excavating on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Professor Stieglitz is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards, and author of over 100 articles on the ancient Near East and Mediterranean. He has taught at universities in Greece and Israel, and was formerly Curator of the National Maritime Museum, Haifa. For over fifteen years, Professor Stieglitz has led tours to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Malta, Sardindia and Corsica for Archaeological Tours. Interested in ancient metrology and shipwrecks? "Classical Greek Measures and the Builder's Instruments from the Ma'agan Mikhael Shipwreck", by Robert R. Stieglitz, published in the American Journal of Archaeology 110.2 (April 2006)195-203, is now online at:
Richard C. Sutter is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, an adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the Universidad de Tarapacá in Arica, Chile, and an assistant editor of Dental Anthropology. He received his MA in anthropology at the University of Buffalo and PhD at the University of Missouri. He is a bioarchaeologist who teaches courses on Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Andean Archaeology, and Mortuary Archaeology. He has worked in Peru and Chile for over 15 years. His work, funded by a number of institutions and foundations, has included both the excavation and analysis of human skeletal and mummified remains from numerous locations and prehistoric periods including the early maritime Chinchorro culture of southern Peru and northern Chile, the late pre-Hispanic agropastoral Chiribaya of southern Peru, and human sacrificial victims from the capital site of the mixed economy Moche of the north coast of Peru. He also participated in the analysis of human remains from the earliest preceramic site excavated to date in the Cuzco Valley. His work which is supported by grants and fellowships from many institutions and foundations, has been published in numerous archaeological and biological journals and edited volumes.
Nikola TheodossievNikola Theodossiev is senior assistant professor in the Department of Archaeology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Professor Theodossiev has directed excavations at various Thracian sites since 1990. He participated in the foundation of the American Research Center in Sofia and served as its Associate Director, is on the Editorial Board of Ancient West & East and is Bulgarian Editor of Fasti Online. Professor Theodossiev has published numerous articles and two books: North-Western Thrace from the Fifth to First Centuries BC (Oxford 2000) and “Celtic” Bulgaria. A Select Bibliography (St. Petersburg 2010). Among Professor Theodossiev’s numerous fellowships and awards are Getty and Mellon fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, American Academy in Rome, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He was the Podhorsky Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and has been a frequent lecturer at conferences and universities throughout Europe and the United States. Professor Theodossiev’s broad knowledge and enthusiasm makes him a wonderful lecturer for this exciting tour.
ThorpRobert Thorp recently retired as Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Thorp, a specialist in the art and archaeology of early China, has taught courses on Chinese archaeology and architecture, Buddhist art, and Chinese painting. He is a member of the United States team that, together with the Institute of Archaeology, Beijing, is surveying the Anyang region, the location of the Shang capital ca. 1200 BCE. Professor Thorp recently published his book Chinese Art and Culture, with Harry N. Abrams, New York. He was a collaborator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Great Bronze Age of China" exhibit and the American curator of "Son of Heaven: Imperial Arts of China," a loan exhibition from China. He has worked in China for extended periodsand has led numeroustours to China and Japan for Archaeological Tours
Van TillburgJo Anne Van Tilburg is a Research Associate of The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also directs the Rock Art Archive. She is director of the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) (, an island-wide inventory of the famous monoliths, and has recently completed the GPS mapping of the ancient statue quarry. Dr. Among Stone Giants (Scribner's 2003) is her biography of Katherine Routledge, the first woman archaeologist in the Pacific. Strongly committed to conservation and public outreach, she has published extensively and her work has been featured on PBS Nova, the BBC and elsewhere. She has led several tours to Easter Island for the British Museum and Archaeological Tours.
VickeryKenneth P. Vickery is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Advising in the History Department at North Carolina State University. He received his PhD in sub-Saharan African History at Yale University and has been a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Meredith College. He also served as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the Department of Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe. Professor Vickery is author of many publications including Black and White in Southern Zambia: The Tonga Economy and British Imperialism, 1890-1939, which was a finalist for the Herskovits Prize for outstanding book in African Studies. He has produced 36 half hour lectures for a series titled “African Experience: From ‘Lucy’ to Mandela” for the Teaching Company and was named Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 2005. Professor Vickery has spent a great deal of time working and traveling in Zimbabwe and looks forward to introducing us to this fascinating country.
D. White Donald White recently retired as Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had also been Chief Curator of the University Museum Mediterranean Section. He previously taught in the University of Michigan's Art History and Classics departments and was a Research Curator in the Kelsey Museum. Specializing in Greek and Roman sculpture and architecture, Professor White received his PhD from Princeton and AB from Harvard and was also an Honorary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. Professor White conducted fieldwork in Libya from 1964 until 1981, first excavating the port city of Apollonia and subsequently the Extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone at Cyrene. As a student he excavated at Morgantina, in central Sicily, and most recently completed the excavation and publication of Bates's Island, a Late Bronze Age islet on the coast of Egypt. Author of over 70 articles and reviews, he has written or coauthored six books. Regarded as an international authority on Egypt's NW coast and Cyrenaica, Professor White is also familiar at firsthand with Tripolitania's ancient cities of Leptis Magna and Sabratha. He recently returned to Libya to investigate the possibilities of renewing research and was met with great enthusiasm by his Libyan colleagues.
J. D. WhiteJ. Daniel White has been Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for over three decades. He earned his PhD in Indian Religions, Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania. His present projects include editing a five-volume encyclopedia on the Middle East and South Asia, the translating of several western Indian Sanskrit manuscripts, and a study of one of the most significant royal temples in Rajasthan. Professor White has published scholarly papers and books on topics as diverse as South Asian medicine, religion, disease, advertising, politics and architecture. He has also been an adviser on India and South Asian affairs to the State Department and multinational corporations. Professor White has visited India numerous times over the years for research, lecturing and consulting. He has led several study tours to India and Nepal for educational institutions.
ZaroGregory Zaro is assistant professor of anthropology and climate change as well as graduate coordinator for the Master of Science program in quaternary and climate studies at the University of Maine. Professor Zaro has taught courses on South American and Mesoamerican archaeology, ancient cities, human origins, prehistory and the environment. He has worked in Latin America for over 15 years, particularly along the desert coast of Peru and in the tropical forest of northwestern Belize. Professor Zaro currently directs an archaeological survey and excavation along Peru’s southern coast, investigating the decline of pre-Inca fishing and farming complexes over the past 1000 years and co-directs archaeological excavations at La Milpa, Belize, a tenth century Maya city. His work has been funded by the National Geographic Society and National Science Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and has published in national and international scholarly journals. Professor Zaro’s great enthusiasm for ancient civilizations around the globe and passion for Latin American archaeology and culture will make him a wonderful lecturer for this exciting tour.
ZoharMattanyah Zohar received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, with a specialization in the protohistory and Bronze Age of the Levant, its impact on the ancient Mediterranean cultures and the spread of urbanism. Dr. Zohar is a dynamic and enthusiastic scholar and lecturer. He has been involved in several major excavations and has published extensively on the Near East. Fluent in several languages, he grew up in Turkey, has traveled extensively in the Balkans and the Mediterranean area, and has been leading tours to Turkey, Israel, Macedonia, Greece and Ethiopia, as well as other related areas, for Archaeological Tours since 1985.

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