Meet Our Lecturers

John Peter Oleson is the University of Victoria Distinguished Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria.  He holds his degrees in Classics and Classical Archaeology from Harvard University, and his areas of specialization are ancient and maritime technology and archaeology (particularly ships, harbours, and water-supply systems), and the Roman Near East.  He was Co-Director of the Caesarea Ancient Harbour Excavation in Israel, Director of the Humayma Excavation Project in Jordan, and Co-Director of the Roman Maritime Concrete Study.  He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, and has published 13 books and over 75 articles and chapters.  His main recent  publications include Building for Eternity: The History and Technology of Roman Concrete Engineering in the Sea (Oxford, 2014).

Nassos Papalexandrou is Associate Professor with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.  He holds his degrees from Princeton University (Ph.D.) and the Kapodistrian University of Athens, and his areas of specialization are Greek art and archaeology, the Orientalizing phenomenon, and Mediteranean Archaeology.  He has excavated on Crete, Naxos, and Cyprus, and is working an several research projects on the use and importation of trypod cauldrons.  His first book, The Visual Poetics of Power: Warriors, Youths, and Tripods in Early Greece, was published in 2005, and he is currently working on a second book that explores the role of monsters in the arts and rituals of Early Greece.

Sarah H. Parcak is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Health Observation (LGHO).  She holds her degrees with Yale University (B.A.) and Cambridge University (M.Phil. and Ph.D.), and is noted for being the first Egyptologist to use satellite imaging to identify new archaeological sites in Egypt.  Her areas of specialization are satellite archaeology, ancient Egypt, remote sensing/GIS, the ancient Near East, Landscape archaeology, ecological issues, and survey methodology.  She has received numerous awards and grants for her work, has conducted several major mapping and survey projects in Egypt, and is currently Director of the Pyramid Fields Hinterland Survey in Egypt.  Current publications include “Protecting cultural remains from space in times of war” (in Planning for Protection of Cultural Heritage, ed. Laurie Rush, The Boydell Press 2010) and “The physical context of ancient Egypt” (in A Companion to Ancient Egypt, ed. Alan Lloyd, Wiley-Blackwell 2010).

Professor Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory with the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.  He holds his degrees from Cambridge University (Ph.D.) and the University of Southampton (B.A.); he is a past Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage.  His research interests include Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain and Europe (particularly funerary analysis and the Beaker People), Madagascar and the Indian Ocean, and public archaeology and heritage.  He is the Principal Investigator of a number of major research projects, including the Stonehenge Riverside Project (2004-2009) and the current Stones of Stonehenge Project; his recent publications include Stonehenge: exploring the greatest Stone Age mystery (2012).  Professor Parker Pearson was an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2011/2012, and is the inaugural Kress Alumni Lecturer for 2015/2016.

J. Theodore Peña is Professor of Roman Archaeology with Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.  He holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) and Wesleyan University, and his research interests include the archaeology of Roman and pre-Roman Italy, ancient economy and economic archaeology, material culture studies, text-based archaeology, and ceramic studies.  Professor Peña is Director of the Pompeii Artifact Life History Project and the Palatine East Pottery Project. He has published extensively, and his current projects include the Cambridge Handbook of Roman Pottery in the Mediterranean Basin (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).  Professor Peña is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2015/2016.

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