Meet Our Lecturers

Jodi Magness is with the Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. She holds her degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), and her areas of expertise are the archaeology of Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic Periods, ancient pottery, ancient  synagogues, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Roman army in the East. Professor Magness is currently the Director of the excavations at Huqoq, Israel and has also worked at Yotvata and Masada in Israel, Caesarea Maritima, the Athenian Agora, and ancient Corinth, Greece.  She has published widely, was the recipient of the 2008 AIA Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and is a 2013/2014 AIA Joukowsky Lecturer.
A course by Jodi Magness, "The Holy Land Revealed" is available on DVD through The Teaching Company's Great Courses at

Colleen Manassa Darnell currently teaches Egyptian art history at the University of Hartford and is the former William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Associate Professor of Egyptology at Yale University.  She received her PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale in 2005.  Her recent publications include Imagining the Past: Historical Fiction in New Kingdom Egypt and Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs, the catalog for an exhibition that she curated at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.  Her research interests include Egyptian grammar, New Kingdom literary texts, military history, funerary religion, social history, and landscape archaeology.  Since 2008, she has directed the Moalla Survey Project, an archaeological expedition that has made several discoveries in a province of Upper Egypt.


Dr. Mandal is co-founder and CEO of The Irish Archaeology Field School, and holds his degrees from Trinity College Dublin. 

"I have a broad knowledge of the Irish landscape, its archaeology and history.  My main research interest is in the use of geology to solve archaeological questions, from interpreting human interaction with the natural environment, to the sourcing of stone in archaeological contexts.

"In recent years I have become increasingly interested in community / public archaeology, and in communicating archaeology and heritage to a non-academic audience.  I am interested in life-long learning and in fostering an appreciation of heritage as a mechanism to preservation of heritage and engendering a sense of pride of place in local communities.”

Dr. Daniele Maras holds his degrees from "La Sapienza" University of Rome, and specializes in Classical archaeology, Etruscology, Classical religion and mythology, Latin and Pre-Roman epigraphy, and ancient art history.  He has received various awards for his work, including being named a Corresponding Member of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia and Member of the Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni.  He has numerous works in preparation, and most recent publications include "Numbers & Reckoning: A Whole Civilization founded upon Divisions" in The Etruscan World (J. MacIntosh Turfa ed., 2013).  Dr. Maras is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2015/2016.

Patricia McAnany is the Kenan Eminent Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She holds her degrees from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Ph.D.) and the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her areas of specialization are Maya archaeology, crisis and resilience in Pre-Columbian civilizations, cultural heritage, and community-based participatory research.  Professor McAnany founded the Maya Area Cultural Heritage Initiative and co-founded InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present: she is the Principal Investigator of InHerit, the Executive Director of The Alliance for Heritage Conservation, and is the co-Principal Investigator (with Prof. Ivan Batun-Alpuche) of Proyecto Arqueológico Colaborativo del Oriente de Yucatán (PACOY).


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