Meet Our Lecturers

Ian Kuijt is a Professor of Anthropological Archaeology and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and growing up in Lethbridge, Alberta, he is interested in the origins of agriculture in the Near East, the Archaeology of the Irish Famine, and the prehistory of Western North America.

He holds BA in History from the University of Lethbridge, an MA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University.  Among other publications Kuijt is co-author of Island Places, Island Lives: Exploring Inishbofin and Inishark Heritage, Co. Galway, Ireland (2014) and People of the Middle Fraser Canyon: An Archaeological History (2012), and editor, or co-editor, of Transformation by Fire: The Archaeology of Cremation in Cultural Context (2014), and Life in Neolithic Farming Communities: Social Organization, Identity, and Differentiation (2000).  His research has been supported by the National Endowments for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the British Academy.  His most recent research focuses on the ethnoarchaeology and archaeology of the Irish Famine, and has spent the last six summers excavating 1790s to 1890s houses on the abandoned island of Inishark, Co. Galway, Ireland.

James Kus received his BA degree from Case Western Reserve University, his MA from Michigan State, and his PhD from UCLA with a dissertation that focused on pre-Hispanic agriculture in several desert oases in the area around Trujillo, Peru – in fact, he has carried out research in northern coastal Peru, the area where the Moche culture developed, for almost five decades. He has published on a wide variety of topics related to Peruvian archaeology, geography, and history.  Jim retired four years ago after more than forty years teaching at California State University, Fresno.  Since retiring, he has led ten tours to Peru (for the AIA and Smithsonian, as well as for private groups) and twice lectured on a cruise ship sailing around southern South America. 

Chapurukha (Chap) Kusimba is with the Anthropology Department of the American University in Washington D.C, having been recently with the Field Museum and the University of Illinois in Chicago.  He holds his degrees from Bryn Mawr (Ph.D.) and Kenyatta University in Nairobi.  His specialties include the archaeology of complex societies and the origins of inequality, ancient African chiefdoms and states, urbanism in Africa, Islam in Africa, and the African Diaspora in Asia and the Americas.  He is Director and Co-Director of a number research projects, including “Ancient Trade Between China and East Africa”, the Chaul-Palshet Archaeological Program in Pune, India, and the Mount Elgon Anthropological Research Program (Kenya and Uganda).


Professor Lynne Lancaster is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University, Athens. She holds her degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A. in architecture), Lincoln College (M.A. in Classical Archaeology), and Wolfson College, Oxford University (Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology). Her interests include Roman architecture, construction and technology and she has worked on many of the standing structures in Rome including Trajan’s Markets and the Colosseum, and as architectural consultant at various locations in Italy.  She has also conducted surveys of provincial vaulting techniques in Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Britain and Greece.  Professor Lancaster has published extensively, and her Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovation in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2005) received the AIA’s 2007 James R. Wiseman Book Award.  In 2010/2011 she held the AIA Joukowsky Lecturership.
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Mark Lawall is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics, University of Manitoba.  He holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D. and MA) and the College of William and Mary.  His areas of specialization are amphora studies (Archaic through Hellenistic transport amphoras), and the archaeology of ancient economies, particularly of trade and markets; he has conducted amphora research at Athens, Corinth, Isthmia, Gordion, Ephesos, Klazomenai, Troy, the Kyrenia shipwreck, the Pabuc Burnu shipwreck, Stryme, Olbia, Koptos, Lerna, and Rhodes.  Professor Lawall’s most recent publications include Pottery, People and Places: Study and Interpretation of Late Hellenistic Pottery (editor with P. Guldager Bilde, Black Sea Studies 16, Aarhus, 2014), and Transport amphorae and trade of Cyprus (editor with J. Lund, Gösta Enbom monograph series 3, Aarhus, 2013).


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