Meet Our Lecturers

John Soderberg is Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Denison University,and holds his degrees from Middlebury College, Boston College (MA), and the University of Minnesota (PhD).  He has excavated sites in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. His main research interest is the archaeology of religion, with a focus on the development of large religious centers in Ireland from the Iron Age into the Middle Ages. Other interests include the development of cities, medieval Northern Europe, zooarchaeology, and three-dimensional scanning of artifacts.

Tracy L. Spurrier is an Instructor with the University of Toronto, Scarborough; she is completing her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology with the University of Toronto, where she also earned her M.A., and holds her B.A. from Boston University.  Her research interests include Mesopotamia, the Neo-Assyrian Empire, art and architecture, osteology and paleopathology, and the ideology of kingship.  Her fieldwork has included the Tayinaat Archaeological Project in Turkey, the Syrian-American Excavations at Tell Hamoukar, and the Italian-American Excavations at Wadi Gawasis in Egypt.   She was Assistant Curator for the 2013 blockbuster museum exhibit at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) on Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World, and her publications include “Finding Hama: On the Identification of a Forgotten Queen Buried in the Nimrud Tombs” in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies (April, 2017).  Before moving to Toronto for graduate studies, Tracy was the Membership Coordinator for  AIA headquarters in Boston.

Steven Tuck is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and History, Miami University, where he directs a summer study program in Italy and was named Outstanding Professor in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  He earned his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and a post-doctoral fellowship at Ohio State University.  His areas of specialization are Roman spectacle entertainment, and Roman imperial art and archaeology, especially ideological display.  He has conducted fieldwork, research and study tours in Egypt, England, Italy and Greece. He has published articles on Greek and Latin epigraphy, sculpture, architecture, and the monument program in the harbors of Portus and Lepcis Magna, and his recent publications include Latin Inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum (2006, University of Michigan Press), and “Representations of Sport and Spectacle in Roman Art” (in A Companion to Ancient Sport and Spectacle, Blackwell Publishing, 2011).

Dr. Anthony Tuck is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and the Center for Etruscan Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his degrees from Brown University (Ph.D.) and Haverford College, and specializes in early Etruscan culture and ancient textiles. He is the Director of Excavations at Poggio Civitate in Murlo, Italy, and has held Fulbright and Lilly Fellowships. His main publications include Poggio Civitate: The Necropolis of Poggio Aguzzo (2009), First Words: The Archaeology of Language at Poggio Civitate (2013), and Vinum: Poggio Civitate and the Goddess of Wine (2015).


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