Meet Our Lecturers

Jeffrey Royal is Director of the RPM Nautical Foundation, and affiliated with the Program in Nautical Studies at East Carolina University; he holds his degrees from Texas A&M University (Ph.D.), the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina.  He is Director and Co-Director of a number of coastal survey projects (Tunisia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania, among others), and his current research interests include nautical warfare of the Mediterranean (4th to 1st century BCE), Greco-Roman trade along the Illyrian coast, and the development of ship construction in Roman and late Antique periods. Dr. Royal is the AIA McCann/Taggart Lecturer for 2013/2014.

Donald Ryan is with Pacific Lutheran University, and holds his degrees from the University of Washington and Union Institute (Ph.D.).  His areas of specialization are Egyptian archaeology, the history of archaeology, the history of languages and scripts, the archaeology of Polynesia, and the history of exploration.  He has done extensive fieldwork in the Valley of the Kings, co-directed (with Thor Heyedahl) excavation at the Piramides de Guimar on the Canary Islands. 

Glenn Schwartz is the Whiting Professor of Archaeology with Johns Hopkins University, and holds his degrees from Yale University.  His research interests are the archaeology of Syria and Mesopotamia, early complex societies, archaeological  method and theory, Old World prehistory, and Near Eastern social and political history.  He has excavated at numerous sites in Syria (particularly Tell Umm el-Marra and Tell Raqa’i), and his most recent publications include Sacred Killing: The Archaeology of Sacrifice in the Near East (co-editor, Eisenbrauns, 2012).  Professor Schwartz is an AIA Kershaw Lecturer for 2013/2014.

Brent Seales is the Gill Professor and Director of the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments at the University of Kentucky, and holds his degrees from the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D. and M.S.), and University Southwestern Louisiana (B.S.).  His area of specialization is digital imaging and cultural heritage, and “virtual unwrapping” of the Herculaneum papyri.

Kim Shelton is the Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the present/future excavation and research program at the Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Kim previously taught for the University of Texas Classics department (2002-2005) and for nine years before that she was in a research position at the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece. Her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology is from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim works on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology in general and Mycenaean pottery more specifically. She is working on a number of projects stemming from her work at Mycenae including the publication of Tsountas House, the earliest part of the Cult Centre and of Petsas House, a ceramic warehouse and domestic complex in the settlement currently under excavation.

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Dr. Michael Fuller was a Geology major in college, but turned to Anthropology for his MA and PhD, both received from Washington University in St. Louis. He served as a contract archaeologist for... Read More

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