Meet Our Lecturers

Erin Walcek Averett

Erin Walcek Averett is Associate 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.


Pearce Paul Creasman

Pearce Paul Creasman is associate professor of dendrochronology and Egyptian archaeology, curator of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and director of the Egyptian Expedition at the University of Arizona. He is author or co-author of more than fifty scholarly articles and six edited volumes, including Pharaoh’s Land and Beyond: Ancient Egypt and Its Neighbors (Oxford University Press 2017). He received a MA and PhD from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. Professor Creasman is currently involved in several initiatives to apply scientific methods to long-standing problems in Egyptology, using new data to improve the resolution of our collective knowledge in areas such as ancient climate change and chronology. In addition, he leads active fieldwork in Egypt in Sudan. His research primarily focuses on understanding ancient human and environmental interactions, especially as it relates to the use and acquisition of natural resources, and to maritime life in Egypt.


A. Asa Eger

A. Asa Eger is Associate Professor of the Islamic World with the Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and holds his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D.) and Rutgers College.

“I research and teach the Early and Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic Near East focusing on the intersection of archaeology and history and how these two lines of evidence relate and create dialogue that strengthens both fields. Specifically, I am interested in frontiers, landscape archaeology, and environmental history. My area of specialization is Anatolia and Syria-Palestine (the Levant) from the Byzantine period through the Early and Middle Islamic periods (until the 12th century). I have excavated and surveyed in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey since 1996 and recently completed directing excavations at a site on the coast of Turkey in the northeast corner of the Mediterranean known as Tüpras Field, the 10th century frontier fortress of Hisn al-Tinat. I also work on issues of gender and sexuality in classical and modern Mediterranean cultures.”


Kristian L. Lorenzo

Dr. Kristian Lorenzo is currently with the Meadows School, was previous at Hollins University, and holds his degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ph.D.) and the State University of New York at Buffalo. His areas of specialization are Classical archaeology and material culture, languages and literature, and Ancient Near Eastern culture.  His recent publications include “East defeats West: Naval warfare and cross-cultural adaptation in Classical Cyprus” in PoCA (Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology) 2012 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015) and “Triremes on land: First-fruits for the Battle of Salamis.” in Autopsy in Athens. Recent Archaeological Research on Athens and Attica (Oxbow Books, 2015).


Eric E. Poehler

Eric Poehler is Assistant Professor with the Department of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds his degrees from the University of Virginia (Ph.D.) and Bemidji State University.  HIs fields of study are Greek and Roman archaeology, Roman urbanism and architectural history, infrastructure, archaeological theory and method, and the use of technology in archaeological research.  He is the Principal Investigator for the Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project, and Co-director of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project.  Professor Poehler’s current publication projects include The Traffic System of Pompeii (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), and The Quadriporticus at Pompeii (in preparation).


John W. Brink

John W. (Jack) Brink is the Curator of Archaeology with the Royal Alberta Museum. 

I have been active in Archaeology, heritage management and Native history for more than 40 years. I have conducted archaeological research in western Canada, the United States, the Canadian Arctic and China, and have published extensively on my work. My special areas of interest are the archaeology of the Northern Plains, especially bison hunting and Aboriginal rock art. I was a member of the team that planned and developed Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site. I have also worked extensively at the rock art site of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, assisting with the development of a new Visitor Centre as well as conducting long-term research on methods of conserving rock art. I have worked extensively with Aboriginal groups, especially the Blackfoot Nation. As the Curator of Archaeology, I am responsible for the management of the archaeological collections for the Province, for conducting relevant research, for initiating displays about Alberta archaeology, and for communicating with the public. Previously, as Head of the Archaeological Survey I managed an archaeological office that coordinated cultural resource for the province. I have a strong background in communicating to the general public on heritage matters, have delivered countless public talks, and have worked extensively with all media, including helping to develop, research, write and produce audio and video programs dealing with archaeology. “


Brendan Burke

Brendan Burke is Associate Professor with the Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria.  He holds his degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.) and the University of Florida, and his areas of specialization are the Aegean Bronze Age, the archaeology and economy of cloth production, and Anatolian archaeology.  He is the Co-Director of the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project, the author of From Minos to Midas: Ancient Cloth Production in the Aegean and in Anatolia (Ancient Textiles Series Vol. 7, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010), and a contibutor to Women in Antiquity (ed. J. Turfa and S. Budin. Routledge, 2016) and  Textile Trade and Distribution II: From the Ancient Near East to the Mediterranean (1000 BC-400 AD), (eds. Kerstin Droß-Krüpe and M-L. Nosch, 2016).


Alison Kyra Carter

Alison Carter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Oregon. Sheholds her degrees from the University of Wisconsion, Madison (M.S. and Ph.D.) and Oberlin College. Profssor Carter is an anthropological archaeologist with interests in the political economy and evolution of complex societies in Southeast Asia, the archaeology of East and South Asia, materials analysis and LA‐ICP­‐MS (Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry), craft technology and specialization, household archaeology, ritual and religion, trade and exchange, and bead studies.


James F. Osborne

James Osborne is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology with the Oriental Institute’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago.  He holds his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and the University of Toronto, and his research interests include the Bronze and Iron Ages of the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean, complex societies and urbanism, landscape archaeology, and GIS and remote sensing. Professor Osborne is the Director of the Tayinat Lower Town Project (TLTP), and his publications include Approaching Monumentality in Archaeology (SUNY Press, 2014) and The Syro-Anatolian City-States: Portraits of an Iron Age Culture (in preparation, Oxford University Press).


Tate Paulette

Tate Paulette is an Assistant Professor in the History department at North Carolina State University; he received his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D. and M.A.) and the University of Edinburgh (M.A.). His research revolves around agricultural practices, gastro-politics, and state making in Mesopotamia and the broader Near East, with a particular focus on the Bronze Age. He is currently co-directing archaeological investigations at the site of Makounta Voules in Cyprus, and he has been spearheading an effort to recreate Sumerian beer using authentic ingredients, equipment, and brewing techniques. Dr. Paulette’s recent publications include “Pigs and the pastoral bias: The other animal economy in northern Mesopotamia (3000–2000 BCE)” (co-authored with M. Price and K. Grossman, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology), “Potent potables of the past: Beer and brewing in Mesopotamia” (co-authored with M. Fisher, The Ancient Near East Today), and “Grain, storage, and state making in Mesopotamia (3200–2000 BC)” (in Storage in ancient complex societies: Administration, organization, and control, Routledge, 2016).


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