Meet Our Lecturers

Noel Tan

Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts in Bangkok, where he works to promote the archaeology of Southeast Asia by building capacity among regional archaeologists, finding ways to engage the public about archaeological and cultural heritage, and conducting archaeological research. His main research interest is in the rock art of Southeast Asia, where he spent his postgraduate work documenting sites in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. His recent projects include rock art documentation in western Laos and southern Thailand; the protection of regional underwater cultural heritage; archaeology, tourism and the protection of Southeast Asian cultural heritage sites; and developing future capacity in regional archaeology education in Southeast Asia. He is the managing editor of the SPAFA Journal ( and runs an online resource website on Southeast Asian Archaeology (

Rhodora Vennarucci

Rhodora G. Vennarucci is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Art History at the University of Arkansas. She holds degrees in Roman Archaeology from the University at Buffalo (Ph.D. and M.A.) and in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan (B.A.). Her main research focus lies in the socio-economic history of the Roman world with published and forthcoming works that focus on both ends of the distributive system in Italy: rural production and the development and use of urban commercial landscapes. As field director and co-PI of the Marzuolo Archaeological Project, she collaborates in the investigation of a Roman rural minor center in Southcentral Tuscany (IT). This center has produced evidence of wine production, cross-craft interaction (especially blacksmithing and woodworking), and warehousing. She is also the scientific director and co-PI of the Virtual Roman Retail project, which leverages immersive VR technology to put sensory archaeology into practice and explore how shop environments may have shaped ancient consumer experience and behavior. The project’s VR application with interactive visualizations of the Felt Shop of Verecundus at Pompeii and the Taberne dei Pescivendoli at Ostia will soon be available for free download from the Meta Store. She has, in addition, contributed to the Virtual Pompeii project, which tests predictive analyses against experiential modeling to study the intersection of spatial configuration, decoration, and social phenomena in the Roman house. Dr. Vennarucci has taught twice at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and is a recipient of the J. Williams Fulbright College of Arts and Science’s Master Teaching Award. 

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