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Professor Kohler is an archaeologist at Washington State University, Pullman, an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute, and a research associate at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Although he holds a PhD from the University of Florida and trained as a southeastern archaeologist, for a long time he has been working mainly in ancestral Pueblo sites in Colorado and New Mexico. He is especially attracted to the big questions that the unique database of southwestern archaeology makes it plausible to address: What are the long-term demographic patterns, and how do these relate to climate-driven fluctuations in maize productivity? How are violence, population size, and economic well-being intertwined? How do long-term patterns of population movement contribute to the formation of identities?

He is a past editor of American Antiquity and a past chair of the Department of Anthropology, WSU, where he is a Regents’ Professor. In 2011 he was selected to deliver Washington State University’s Distinguished Faculty Address, and in 2013, the Village Ecodynamics Project, which he has been coordinating for over a decade, was selected by the First Shanghai Archaeology Forum as one of the top 10 projects in the world in the category “major archaeological research findings.” It was the only project in North America in that category. He is the co-author or co-editor of seven books, including most recently Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages: Models of Central Mesa Verde Archaeology (University of California Press, Berkeley, 2012).

Dr. Kohler has recently been honored with the Alfred Kidder Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Ian Kuijt is a Professor of Anthropological Archaeology and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and growing up in Lethbridge, Alberta, he is interested in the origins of agriculture in the Near East, the Archaeology of the Irish Famine, and the prehistory of Western North America.

He holds BA in History from the University of Lethbridge, an MA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University.  Among other publications Kuijt is co-author of Island Places, Island Lives: Exploring Inishbofin and Inishark Heritage, Co. Galway, Ireland (2014) and People of the Middle Fraser Canyon: An Archaeological History (2012), and editor, or co-editor, of Transformation by Fire: The Archaeology of Cremation in Cultural Context (2014), and Life in Neolithic Farming Communities: Social Organization, Identity, and Differentiation (2000).  His research has been supported by the National Endowments for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the British Academy.  His most recent research focuses on the ethnoarchaeology and archaeology of the Irish Famine, and has spent the last six summers excavating 1790s to 1890s houses on the abandoned island of Inishark, Co. Galway, Ireland.

Chapurukha (Chap) Kusimba is with the Anthropology Department of the American University in Washington D.C, having been recently with the Field Museum and the University of Illinois in Chicago.  He holds his degrees from Bryn Mawr (Ph.D.) and Kenyatta University in Nairobi.  His specialties include the archaeology of complex societies and the origins of inequality, ancient African chiefdoms and states, urbanism in Africa, Islam in Africa, and the African Diaspora in Asia and the Americas.  He is Director and Co-Director of a number research projects, including “Ancient Trade Between China and East Africa”, the Chaul-Palshet Archaeological Program in Pune, India, and the Mount Elgon Anthropological Research Program (Kenya and Uganda).


Professor Lynne Lancaster is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University, Athens. She holds her degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A. in architecture), Lincoln College (M.A. in Classical Archaeology), and Wolfson College, Oxford University (Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology). Her interests include Roman architecture, construction and technology and she has worked on many of the standing structures in Rome including Trajan’s Markets and the Colosseum, and as architectural consultant at various locations in Italy.  She has also conducted surveys of provincial vaulting techniques in Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Britain and Greece.  Professor Lancaster has published extensively, and her Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovation in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2005) received the AIA’s 2007 James R. Wiseman Book Award.  In 2010/2011 she held the AIA Joukowsky Lecturership.
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Mark Lawall is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics, University of Manitoba.  He holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D. and MA) and the College of William and Mary.  His areas of specialization are amphora studies (Archaic through Hellenistic transport amphoras), and the archaeology of ancient economies, particularly of trade and markets; he has conducted amphora research at Athens, Corinth, Isthmia, Gordion, Ephesos, Klazomenai, Troy, the Kyrenia shipwreck, the Pabuc Burnu shipwreck, Stryme, Olbia, Koptos, Lerna, and Rhodes.  Professor Lawall’s most recent publications include Pottery, People and Places: Study and Interpretation of Late Hellenistic Pottery (editor with P. Guldager Bilde, Black Sea Studies 16, Aarhus, 2014), and Transport amphorae and trade of Cyprus (editor with J. Lund, Gösta Enbom monograph series 3, Aarhus, 2013).


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