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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, where he served until 2015 and was also appointed Provost, Senior Counselor to the President, and Dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  He is currently a Research Associate of The Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh and a Research Affiliate of SMU in Dallas

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.

Erin Walcek Averett is Asociation Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, and also serves as the Adjunct Curator of Antiquities at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha; she holds her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.  Her areas of specialization are the archaeology of Cyprus, Greek art and archaeology, ancient religion, figurine studies, Easten Mediterranean interactions, and the construction of gender in the ancient Mediterranean.  Since 2003 Professor Averett has been the Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project on Cyprus.

Laura M. Banducci is Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies with Carleton University.  She holds her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and her areas of specialization are Roman ceramics and small finds, pre-Roman and Roman archaeology in Italy, use wear analysis, ceramic petrology, domestic archaeology, ancient technology, the archaeology of foodways, ancient daily life, and Roman cultural interaction.  She is presently the Director of Finds at the University of Michigan's Gabii Project, and the Ceramics Consultant for Florida State University's project at Cetamura del Chianti.

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