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John Haslett is an independent scholar researching pre-Columbian raft building and use.  His projects include the Manteño Expeditions (1994 to the present), in which, as part of a multi-national effort, he designed, built, and launched four ocean-going vessels in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica.  He has also worked on the first solo crossing of the ice cap of Iceland in winter, and is currently working on the development and testing of low-cost space flight.  His present publication project is “The Manteño-Huancavilca Sailing Raft: An Examination of Technological Innovations, Capabilities, and Limitations” (in progress).


Louise Hitchcock is Associate Professor with the Centre of Classics and Archaeology, University of Melbourne.  She holds her degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. and MA) and the University of Southern California.  Professor Hitchcock has extensive archaeological experience in the east Mediterranean, including time as Parsons Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, a senior Fulbright Fellow at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Cyprus; and as an USAID Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and the Visiting Annual Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and most recently an Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Fellow, as well as excavation work in Israel, Egypt, Syria, Crete, and California. She is author of more than 30 articles on architecture and gender in the east Mediterranean. Her books include Minoan Architecture: A Contextual Analysis (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Pocket Book 155, Jonsered: Paul Astroms Forlag, 2000) Aegean Art and Architecture (co-authored with Donald Preziosi, Oxford University Press, 1999), Theory for Classics (Routledge, 2008). She is currently involved in several research projects, including investigating the relationship between Aegean, Cypriot and Philistine architecture, and collaborative projects on the emergence of complexity in Greece and excavating the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath with Prof. Aren Maeir of Bar Ilan University. Ongoing research is devoted to the recovery, documentation, and interpretation of contextual relationships as well as the interpretation of existing monuments, especially critical considering that many of the monumental structures of the Late Bronze Age are decaying through exposure to weather and human contact.

Steven Holen is Co-Director of the Center for American Paleolithic Research, and he holds his degrees from the University of Kansas (Ph.D.) and the University of Nebraska.  He has served as the Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, as State Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA) in South Dakota, and as Public Archaeologist with the University of Nebraska State Museum.  His areas of specialization are early humans in the Americas, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, Clovis culture, lithic procurement and technology, and bone technology.  Dr. Holen's over 40 years of fieldwork span sites of all ages from the historic Oregon Trail to pre-Clovis mammoth hunter sites.  His publications include series on Great Plains Paleoindian Archaeology and Ice Age Humans in the Americas, both of which he has edited with his wife, Dr. Kathleen Holen.

Kathleen Holen is Co-Director of the Center for American Paleolithic Research, and she holds her degrees from Exeter University and the University of Michigan.  She has served with the Department of Anthropology of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and her areas of specialization are bone taphonomy and tools, cognitive and interpretive archaeology, and human dispersals into the Americas.  For the past three years she has conducted museum collection surveys and analysis of bone modification, since 2006 has worked on an Experimental Bone Modification resarch project in Tanzania and Colorado, and since 1998 has worked on excavations and surveys at Pleistocene sites in North America.  Her recent publication include "Evidence of a human occupation of the North American Great Plains during the Last Glacial Maximum" in IV Simposio Internacianal: El hombre temprano en America (2011), and a series on Great Plains Paleoindian Archaeology and Ice Age Humans in the Americas, both of which she has edited with her husband, Dr. Steven R. Holen.

Thomas Howe is an architectural historian with a background in classical archaeology, art and architectural history and architectural theory and design. His dissertation on the Origin of the Doric Order (Harvard Diss. 1985) and his commentary for a new translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture (Cambridge, 1999) are both widely used by scholars in these fields.  His undergraduate training was in German language and literature at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. He attended the Master of Architecture Program at the School of Design at Harvard in the early 1970's, and transferred to the Ph.D. program in Fine Arts, doing his work in Greek and Roman architecture, theory and aesthetics.

Professor Howe has performed field work in Turkey, the United Kingdom and Italy. He has taught at Southwestern since 1985 where he is chair of art history, and introduced Southwestern's program in Architectural studies, the first such in the U.S. to include historical design as a regular part of the curriculum.  Since 2001 he has been the chief archaeologist and master planner an innovative foundation in Italy (The Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation) which has as its mission the creation of one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe at the seaside elite villas at Stabiae near Pompeii. Since 2007 the Foundation has conducted extensive excavations and opened the first major foreign research institute in Italy south of Rome.  The Foundation is establishing a new paradigm for the intertnational management of cultural properties in which a private Italo-American  foundation aids the national government in the coordination of complex international teams and the long term management of an archaeological site.


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