Meet Our Lecturers

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.

James Aimers is Associate Professor with the State University of New York at Geneseo, and holds his degrees from Tulane University (Ph.D.) and Trent University.  His research interests are Maya archaeology, especially ceramics and architecture, and anthropological approaches to material culture, religion, technology and gender.  He has published and presented his work widely, and is currently the Ceramicist for the Belize Valley Archaeological  Reconnaissance Project, and the Lamanai Archaeological Project.

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.

Dr. Stephen Batiuk is Research Associate with the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, as well as Director of Excavations for the Tayinat Archaeological Project (Turkey) and the Project Manager for the Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project.  He holds his degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.) and the University of Ottawa, and his areas of specialization include Near Eastern archaeology (particularly the Bronze and Irons Ages of Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus), and the origins of viticulture and viniculture.

Hilary Becker is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Mississippi. She earned her A.B. at Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. She has published articles dealing with Etruscan property, archives, and settlement patterns and co-edited along Margarita Gleba the volume Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion (Brill 2009). She is currently researching a Roman imperial pigment shop in in the Area Sacra di S. Omobono in Rome as part of the ongoing excavations there.


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