Meet Our Lecturers

Professor Marcus Milwright is with the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria; he holds his degrees from Edinburgh University and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.).  His areas of specialization include the art and archaeology of the Islamic world, cross-cultural interaction in the Mediterranean in the medieval and early modern periods, crafts and labor in the Islamic Middle East, and the history of medicine.  His current publications include Islamic Arts and Crafts: An Anthology (2017), The Dome of the Rock and its Umayyad Mosaic Inscriptions (2016), and An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology (2010).  Professor Milwright is the AIA Ettinghausen Lecturer for 2018/2019.

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 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).

Bonnie Pitblado is Professor of Anthropology and the Robert and Virginia Bell Endowed Chair in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, and she holds her degrees from Carleton College and the University of Arizona (MA and PhD).  Her research interests include the archaeology of the Paleoindian period, particularly the initial peopling of the New World more than 13,000 years ago, and the initial peopling of the Rocky Mountains.  Her current publication project is Peopling of the Americas: Central Controversies of the 21st Century for the Society of American Archaeology's "Current Perspective" book series (due out in 2019).

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).


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