Meet Our Lecturers

Rita Lucarelli is Assistant Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  She holds her degrees  from Leiden University (Ph.D.), University "La Sapienza" in Rome, and the University of Naples.  Her research interests include the religion, funerary culture and literature of ancient Egypt, history and translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, demonology in ancient Egypt and the Near East, and magic in the ancient world.  Her various publication projects include Ancient Egyptian Demonology: The evidence of the magical and funerary papyri of the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period and The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen. Transcription and Translation (both in preparation).

Kathleen Lynch is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Missouri. She is a specialist in Greek pottery, particularly vase-painting and the social aspects of pottery, and has completed fieldwork in Albania, Greece, and Turkey. She earned her Ph.D. and her M.A. at the University of Virginia, after completing her undergraduate work at Boston University. She has published widely, and has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships for her work.


One of Professor Lynch's main publications is The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, published as Hesperia supplement 46, 2011. This volume addresses for the first time a collection of pottery used at symposia that has been found in a domestic context in Athens (rather than a funerary context, which is more usual for such pottery). In the volume Professor Lynch discusses form, function, and context without ignoring the social aspects of Athenian drinking parties as well as other household activities. More details can be found at:

Michael MacKinnon (PhD University of Alberta) reconstructs the role of animals in antiquity through integrative analyses involving ancient textual, artistic, and archaeological data. He has worked at more than 50 different sites in the ancient Mediterranean, from the west to the east, including excavations in Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, and Egypt.  He specializes in zooarchaeology, examining animal bones from archaeological sites.  Publications include "Production and Consumption of Animals in Roman Italy: Integrating the Zooarchaeological and Textual Evidence" (2004; Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplement Series 54), and "State of the Discipline: Osteological Research in Classical Archaeology." American Journal of Archaeology 111: 473-504.  Dr. MacKinnon works extensively in both the ancient Greek and Roman context.  He has held posts as Rome Scholar (British School at Rome) and Malcolm H. Wiener Professor (American School of Classical Studies at Athens).

Colleen Manassa Darnell currently teaches Egyptian art history at the University of Hartford and is the former William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Associate Professor of Egyptology at Yale University.  She received her PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale in 2005.  Her recent publications include Imagining the Past: Historical Fiction in New Kingdom Egypt and Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs, the catalog for an exhibition that she curated at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.  Her research interests include Egyptian grammar, New Kingdom literary texts, military history, funerary religion, social history, and landscape archaeology.  Since 2008, she has directed the Moalla Survey Project, an archaeological expedition that has made several discoveries in a province of Upper Egypt.


Dr. Mandal is co-founder and CEO of The Irish Archaeology Field School, and holds his degrees from Trinity College Dublin. 

"I have a broad knowledge of the Irish landscape, its archaeology and history.  My main research interest is in the use of geology to solve archaeological questions, from interpreting human interaction with the natural environment, to the sourcing of stone in archaeological contexts.

"In recent years I have become increasingly interested in community / public archaeology, and in communicating archaeology and heritage to a non-academic audience.  I am interested in life-long learning and in fostering an appreciation of heritage as a mechanism to preservation of heritage and engendering a sense of pride of place in local communities.”


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