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Ron Marchese is Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He was also a member of the Center for Ancient Studies and the Interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Marchese has conducted archaeological research, both excavations and survey, in numerous locales in the eastern Mediterranean, including Greece, Turkey, and Israel. Marchese, a two-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hays award for the international exchange of scholars, has also conducted extensive ethno-archeological research on nomadic material culture in the Middle East, especially in Turkey. He has lectured on nomadic material culture in the Middle East and Persian Gulf, including exhibitions of nomadic weavings. Marchese is currently involved in geophysical research and survey at the ancient site of Plataiai in Greece, the systematic study of Armenian Orthodox sacred art from the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as continuing his work in ethno-archaeology on village culture and the disappearing world of nomads in eastern Turkey. He has held numerous academic awards and research grants over the past thirty years as well as presented and published articles and books on various topics of the ancient world and its modern equivalents.  The volume, Splendor and Pageantry: Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul, which he co-authored with Marlene Breu and the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul, is the recipient of the R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award for 2011, from the Textile Society of America.  Most recently he has co-authored the report on the multinational excavations and geo-physical survey of the ancient site of Plataiai, published in 2013 by the Austrian Archaeological Instititue (OAI).

Kevin McGeough is with the Department of Geography (Archaeology) at the University of Lethbridge, and holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), Harvard University, and the University of Lethbridge.  His areas of specialization include Bronze and Iron Age Near Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean, multidisciplinary approaches to the same, and Near Eastern studies during the 19th century/Victorian period.  Professor McGeough is also the Editor for the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Archaeological Report Series, and his publications include Exchange Relationships at Ugarit: A Study of the Ugaritic Economic Texts (2007, Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series 26), and Ugaritic Economic tablets: Text, Translation, and Notes (2011, Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series 32).

Patrick McGovern is the Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology.  He received his degrees from Cornell University (A.B. in Chemistry) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology and History).  His areas of specialization include biomolecular archaeology, the archaeology of the Near East and Egypt, Bronze and Iron Ages, ancient medicine and DNA, organic contents analysis, pottery provenancing, and technological innovation and cultural change.  He has published ten books and over 100 articles, his most recent work is Uncorking the Past: The Human Quest for Alcoholic Beverages (2009, University of California).

Heather McKillop is the Doris Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Studies in the Dept of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She earned her B.Sc. and M.A. in Anthropology at Trent University (Canada) and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has carried out fieldwork on the coast of Belize since 1979, focusing on the ancient Mayan economy. Her initial studies focused on identifying the characteristics of ancient ports, with excavations at Moho Cay (near modern Belize City) and Wild Cane Cay (in the far south near modern Punta Gorda). Survey on the southern coast and offshore cays examined the role of the coast in long distance and coastal-inland trade of exotic and marine resources to the urban Maya at interior cities. Many of the sites were inundated by sea-level rise, including salt workshops. She has published many articles on her research, including her most recent article in "Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences" (April 2005), which has brought much press interest. Her books include "In Search of Maya Sea Traders" (2005), "The Ancient Maya: New Perspectives" (2004), "Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya" (2003), and "Coastal Maya Trade" (1989, with co-editor P. Healy). Her current fieldwork focuses on mapping wooden architecture preserved in a peat bog below the sea floor in southern Belize at 23 salt workshops, for which she has been awarded funding from the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, and FAMSI (Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies).

View an interview with Heather McKillop on her work in Belize

Susan Milbrath is with the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, and holds her degrees from Columbia University.  Her research interests include the Mesoamerican worldview and connections between seasonal festivals and astronomy, the Codex Borgia, and the archaeology and ethnohistory of Mayapán, Her most recent publications include Heaven and Earth in Ancient Mexico: Astronomy and Seasonal Cycles in the Codex Borgia (University of Texas Press, in press).  Dr. Milbrath is the AIA Webster Lecturer for 2013/2014.

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Nicholas Hudson is Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.  He holds his degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz, the... Read More

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