Meet Our Lecturers

Jean MacIntosh Turfa is a Consulting Scholar in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where she helped reinstall the Kyle M. Phillips Etruscan Gallery. She has participated in excavations at Etruscan Poggio Civitate (Murlo), ancient Corinth, Dragonby (Lincolnshire), and native and colonial sites in the USA. She has published research on the Etruscan collections of the University of Pennsylvania, Manchester and Liverpool Museums, and the British Museum, and has taught at Liverpool, the University of Illinois (Chicago), Loyola University of Chicago, Dickinson and Bryn Mawr Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph’s University. She is a Foreign Member of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici and edited The Etruscan World (Routledge, 2013). She recently published Divining the Etruscan World (Cambridge UP, 2012) which presents the first English translation of a lost Etruscan text on thunder-omens.

Marjorie S. Venit is Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Architecture with the University of Maryland. She holds her degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, Hunter College-CUNY (M.A.), and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, (M.A., Ph.D.), and her research focuses on tombs and their decoration in Ptolemaic and Roman-period Egypt, and Greek vase painting. She has received numerous awards and grants, and her main publications include "Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater of the Dead" (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Katharine T. von Stackelberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Brock University where she works on the perception and use of the ancient environment as cultural space. She earned her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin and was a Garden and Landscape Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (2004/2005). She is the author of The Roman Garden: Space, Sense and Society (Routledge 2009) and her most recent work is “Garden Hybrids: Hermaphrodite Images and Gendered Space in the Roman House”, Classical Antiquity 33 (2014). Her current project focuses on the reception of Greco-Roman villa gardens in Europe and America, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a 2014/2105 AIA Wilhelmina Jashemski Lecturer.



Shelley Wachsmann is with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and the Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology with the Nautical Archaeology Program and Texas A& M University. He received his degrees from the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University (M.A. and Ph.D.), and his areas of specialization are Biblical archaeology, nautical archaeology, the Near East, trade, and archery. He has done extensive fieldwork, and his publications include "The Sea of Galilee Boat" (3rd edition 2009) and "Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant" (1998, 2nd printing 2009). He is an active member of the AIA Underwater Archaeology Committee/Interest Group, and was an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer in 2009/2010.

Dr. Julian Whitewright is a Teaching Fellow in the Archaeology Department of the University of Southampton.  He holds his degrees from the University of Southampton, and his area of specialization is Maritime Archaeology in general, but with a particular interest in the technology of ships and boats ranging from their construction to their rigging, sails and use. This spans from the Mediterranean Bronze Age to the globalizing world of the 19th century and encompasses research driven by experimental archaeology and maritime ethnography as well as the archaeological and historical record.  He has particular interest in the rigging & sailing of Mediterranean ships and boats from the classical and late-antique world as well as in the construction and life of British sailing ships in the 18th and 19th centuries.

"I spent several field seasons working at the Red Sea port sites of Myos Hormos and Adulis under the directorship of Prof. David Peacock. More recent work has been undertaken in the hinterland of Alexandria under the directorship of Dr Lucy Blue. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork alongside colleagues from Southampton in Egypt, Eritrea and India. In NW Europe my fieldwork is based around inter-tidal remains on the south coast of England as well as working on large archaeological archives of historic material and taking them forward to publication."


Dig Deeper

Email the AIA
Subscribe to the AIA e-Update

Sign Up!