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Andrew M.T. Moore is Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds his degrees from the University of London, Harvard, and Oxford (M.A. and D. Phil.), and his areas of specialization include the archaeology of Western Asia, the Mediterranean, and Europe, the theory and practice of archaeology, prehistoric economies, the advent of agriculture in Southwest Asia, Syria and the Mediterranean Basin, complex societies and town life in Western Asia. He has done extensive fieldwork, published widely, and is First Vice President of the AIA.

Bill Murray was born in State College, Pennsylvania, and grew up as a "townie," next to Penn State University, where his father was head of the History Department. In the 1960s, Murray's parents bought a 30-foot sloop and spent summers in the Virgin Islands living aboard with their three kids. Murray learned how to dive, saw first-hand the influence of the sea over those who live along its shores, and faced shipwreck more than once. When he went to Penn State, and then Penn, he became captivated by Greek and Roman culture and decided to move to Greece to study ancient port cities for his Ph.D. dissertation. Ever since learning of the discovery of a complete warship ram just south of Haifa in November 1980, Murray has been obsessed with extracting evidence from the weapon to understand ancient galley warfare.  He is now is the Mary and Gus Stathis Professor of Greek History and the Director of the Ancient Studies Center at the University of South Florida, and recent publications include The Age of Titans (2012, Oxford University Press).  Professor Murray is a past AIA Norton Lecturer, and is this season’s Bass Lecturer.

Sarah Milledge Nelson is the John Evans Distinguished Professor with the University of Denver’s Department of Anthropology.  She received her degrees from Wellesley College, and the University of Michigan (M.A. and Ph.D.), and her areas of specialization are East Asia, particularly Korea and northeast China, gender issues, religion in archaeology, leadership, and ethnicity.  Professor Nelson has conducted fieldwork in China and South Korea, as well as several sites in the southwest U.S.  Her recent main publications include Shamanism and the Origin of the State, Power and Gender in East Asia (2008, Left Coast Press), and Handbook of Gender in Archaeology, ed. (2006, Alta Mira Press).

Thomas Palaima  is the Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin, and he holds his degrees from the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.) and Boston College.    His areas of specialization are ancient Greek language, linear scripts and Aegean prehistory, the study of war and violence, and the historiography of prehistory.  A past MacArthur Fellow, he has also received various awards for excellence in teaching, and has published widely.

John K. Papadopoulos is Professor of Archaeology & Classics with the Cotsen Institute, University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Papadopoulos received his PhD from the University of Sydney, and remained there as a professor until 1994, when he took a curator position at the J. Paul Getty Museum.  His areas of specialization are the archaeology of Greece (especially Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Archaic and Classical periods), the archaeology of colonization, and the integration of archaeological and literary evidence in the study of the past.  He has excavated widely in Australia at Aboriginal and historic sites, as well as in Greece, Albania and Italy.  He is currently the co-director at excavations of a prehistoric burial tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania.  Professor Papadopoulos has authored, co-authored or edited 9 books and over 75 articles.  He has held both the AIA’s Norton and Joukowksy Fellowships, and in 2010/2011 was the AIA’s Thompson Lecturer.
 
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Miriam Stark is with the University Hawai’i at Manoa, and holds her degrees from the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) and the University of Michigan.  Her current research interests are... Read More

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