Meet Our Lecturers

 Matthew J. Adams is Lecturer at Bucknell University and Director of American Archaeology Abroad, Inc. (a non-profit supporting research abroad), and holds his degrees from Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D. and M.A.) and U.C.L.A. (B.A.).  His areas of specialization include Near Eastern archaeology and prehistory.  He is involved in a number of field projects, including Jezreel Valley and Megiddo in Israel, and East Karnak and Mendes in Egypt.

J. M. Adovasio received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1965 and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Utah in 1970. Since that time, he has served as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution (1972 - 1973) and as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh (1973 - 1990).  In 1990, Dr. Adovasio moved to Erie, Pennsylvania to assume the positions of Chairman of the Department of Anthropology/Archaeology and Director of Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute.  He has since been appointed Provost, Senior Counselor to the President, and Dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Though probably best known for his state-of-the-art excavations at Meadowcroft Rockshelter, southwestern Pennsylvania, and his attendant contributions to the highly controversial Pre-Clovis/Clovis debate, Adovasio is generally considered to be the world’s leading authority in the arena of perishable artifact analysis. Since 1970, he has published more than 400 books, or book chapters, manuscripts, and technical papers. These notably include The First Americans (with Jake Page) and the Invisible Sex (with Olga Soffer and Jake Page). Most recently he has served as the co-principal investigator of a multi-year NOAA sponsored project to locate and excavate submerged Paleoindian sites on the inundated continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.

Mark Aldenderfer is Dean and Professor at the University of California at Merced, and holds his degrees from Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.) and Wake Forest University.  His areas of specialization include the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayan arc, the archaeology of foraging societies, Archaic/Pre-ceramic Andes, comparative analysis of high altitude cultural and biological adaptations, the archaeology of Buddhism, and the archaeology of religion.  He has conducted fieldwork in Tibet, Nepal, Peru, Argentina, Ethiopia, and at sites throughout the United States. Professor Aldenderfer is an AIA Norton Lecturer for 2013/2014.

Susan Heuck Allen is Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Classics and Classical Archaeology from Brown University, after earning degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Smith College. Her areas of expertise - Troy and the history of archaeology - were combined in her book, Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik (University of California Press -- Berkley, 1999). She is also the author of Excavating Our Past: Perspectives on the History of the Archaeological Institute of America, which is a part of the 2002 AIA Monograph Series, and recently published Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece (University of Michigan Press, 2011).  Dr. Allen has held positions at Smith College, and Clark and Yale Universities, and has done fieldwork in Cyprus, Israel, and Knossos. She was named a Mellon Fellow in 2008, and has held a number of other fellowships.

Beth Alpert Nakhai is with the University of Arizona’s Center for Judaic Studies, and holds her degrees from Connecticut College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Arizona (Ph.D.).  Her specializations include the lives of women in antiquity, and the archaeology of Canaanite and Israelite religion and culture.  She has published widely, and her works in progress include Work Hard, Die Young: Women in Iron Age Israel.   Since 1985, Professor Alpert Nakhai has been Co-Director of the Tell el-Wawiyat excavation in Israel.

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Hilary Gopnik is with Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Emory University, and holds her degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D. and M.A.) and McGill University (B.A.).  Her fields of... Read More

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