Meet Our Lecturers

Professor Bjørn Lovén is a Research Associate with the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen and he holds his degrees from the University of London (Ph.D.) and Aarhus University.  His areas of specialty are the archaeology of ancient harbors and submerged sites: he is director of the Zea Harbour Project at ancient Piraeus in Greece, co-director of the Lechaion Harbour Project in Corinth, Greece, and has done extensive fieldwork at underwater and harbor sites around the Mediterranean.  Professor Lovén is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2016/2017.

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:

Kevin McAleese is with Provincial Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador (The Rooms in St. John's), where he was the Curator of Archaeology and Ethnology for over 18 years.  He holds his degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Simon Fraser University, and his areas of specialization include the Norse in the North Atlantic (including interactions with Skraelings and the saga history of Vinland), the early settlement history of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland, and the late prehistory of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has conducted fieldwork in Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, and Iceland, and his Norse-related publications include "Falling into Vinland: Newfoundland Hunting Pitfalls at the Edge of the Viking World" (with co-authors: J. Kristjansson, B. Einarsson, K. Jonasson, and T. Hjaltalin) in Acta Archaeologica Vol. 83, 2012.

Jeremy McInerney is the Davidson Kennedy Professor with the Department of Classical Studies, and Chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania. He earned his degrees at Macquarie University, and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A. and Ph.D.). His areas of research include ethnicity, gender and historiography of ancient Greece, and his main publications include A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean (editor, Blackwell, 2014), The Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks (Princeton University, 2010), The Folds of Parnassos: Land and Ethnicity in Ancient Phokis (University of Texas, 1999)

Heather McKillop is the Doris Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Studies in the Dept of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She earned her B.Sc. and M.A. in Anthropology at Trent University (Canada) and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has carried out fieldwork on the coast of Belize since 1979, focusing on the ancient Mayan economy. Her initial studies focused on identifying the characteristics of ancient ports, with excavations at Moho Cay (near modern Belize City) and Wild Cane Cay (in the far south near modern Punta Gorda). Survey on the southern coast and offshore cays examined the role of the coast in long distance and coastal-inland trade of exotic and marine resources to the urban Maya at interior cities. Many of the sites were inundated by sea-level rise, including salt workshops. She has published many articles on her research, including her most recent article in "Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences" (April 2005), which has brought much press interest. Her books include "In Search of Maya Sea Traders" (2005), "The Ancient Maya: New Perspectives" (2004), "Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya" (2003), and "Coastal Maya Trade" (1989, with co-editor P. Healy). Her current fieldwork focuses on mapping wooden architecture preserved in a peat bog below the sea floor in southern Belize at 23 salt workshops, for which she has been awarded funding from the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, and FAMSI (Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies).

View an interview with Heather McKillop on her work in Belize


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