Meet Our Lecturers

Dr. Sam Moorhead is the national Finds Advisor for Iron Age and Roman Coins, for Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum.  He holds his degrees from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Durham University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His areas of expertise are Roman archaeology and history, Roman numismatics, late antiquity, and Middle eastern archaeology.   He is currently the site numismatist on the University of East Anglia/Butrint Foundation excavations at Butrint in Albania, where thousands of ancient coins have been uncovered.  Dr. Moorhead is the AIA’s Metcalf Lecturer for 2017/2018.

Joanne Murphy is Associate Professor with the Department of Classical Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She holds her degrees from the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D.), and University College Dublin, and her fields of study are Greek archaeology, archaeological methods and theory, the archaeology of religion, and the archaeology of mortuary systems.  She is Director of the Kea Archaeological Research Survey, and Co-director of the restudy of the Pylian tombs.  Publications include Ritual in Archaic States (edited volume, University Press of Florida, 2016), and Death and Palaces: A Detailed Study of Pylian Tombs (in preparation).

Michael C. Nelson is Associate Professor of Art History at Queens College, City University of New York.  He holds his degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D. and MA), and the University of Minnesota, and his areas of specialization are Bronze Age Aegean Architecture, and Greek and Roman architecture.  Professor Nelson is Co-Director and Architect for the excavations at Omrit in Israel, and his current publication projects include The Temple Complex at Horvat Omrit, Volume 1: The Architecture (E.J. Brill, USA, 2015) and “The Architecture of the Palace of Nestor” in The Minnesota Pylos Project: 1990 – 1998 (Oxford: Archaeopress/British Archaeological Reports, 2015).


Lisa Nevett is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology with the University of Michigan.  She holds her degrees from the University of Cambridge, and her research interests include the archaeology of the Greek world during the first millennium BCE, the Roman world c. 1st century BCE to 4th century CE, material culture as a source for social history, household archaeology, the built environment, and gender archaeology.  She is Co-Director of the Olynthos Project, and her most recent publication project is Ancient Greek Housing (under contract to Cambridge University Press).

Goran Nikšić is the City Archaeologist and Architect for City of Split in Croatia (Service for the Old City Core), and the Senior Lecturer on architectural conservation at the University of Split.  He holds his degrees from the University of Zagreb (Ph.D.), the University of York, and the University of Belgrade.  His areas of specialization are architectural conservation and the history of architecture, particularly Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture.  From 2004 on he has served as an expert for ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).  Dr. Nikšić is an AIA Norton Lecturer for 2017/2018.


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