Meet Our Lecturers

Anthony Barbieri-Low is Professor of History with the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he holds his Ph.D. in Chinese Art and Archaeology from Princeton University.  His areas of specialization are the social, legal, economic, and material-culture history of early imperial China, and Chinese archaeology and epigraphy.  His publications include the forthcoming Perspectives on the First Emperor of China (University of Washington Press).

Dr. Stephen Batiuk is Senior Research Associate and Lecturer 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 Assistant Professor of Classics at Binghamton University, and formerly with 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.

Professor Andrea M. Berlin is the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology at Boston University. She received an MA in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, and a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. She has been excavating in the eastern Mediterranean for over thirty years, working on projects from Troy in Turkey to Coptos in southern Egypt to Paestum, in Italy. Her speciality is the Near East from the time of Alexander the Great through the Roman era, about which she has written four books and over forty articles. Prof. Berlin is especially interested in studying the realities of daily life, and in exploring the intersection of politics and cultural change in antiquity. She is one of the Archaeological Institute of America’s most accomplished teachers and lecturers, having travelled to over 60 societies across the United States and Canada, most recently as the AIA’s 2008 Joukowsky Lecturer. In 2009 she was awarded the AIA’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Richard Buckley is a graduate in archaeology from the University of Durham and has spent over 35 years working as an archaeologist in Leicester, specialising in complex Roman and medieval urban sites and historic buildings.  He is co-Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services and was lead archaeologist from the University of Leicester on the Search for Richard project.  He is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities.

"My research has focused largely on the archaeology of Leicester, with particular interests in the medieval and Roman periods. However, a lifetime of archaeological research and excavation in the city beginning in 1973, and a career which has involved me in most building recording projects and all excavations (with a handful of exceptions) either as site director or project manager since 1980, has enabled me to develop an exceptionally deep knowledge of the archaeology of Leicester and the East Midlands.  I have lectured widely on Leicester Castle, Leicester Abbey, Roman Leicester, Medieval Leicester, Roman painted wall plaster from Leicester and on the Greyfriars Project which successfully located the remains of Richard III."

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