Meet Our Lecturers

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).

Professor Lothar von Falkenhausen is Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History with the Department of Art History at UCLA.  He obtained his M.A. in East Asian Studies and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University, and has also attended the University of Bonn, Peking University, and Kyoto University. His specialty is Chinese archaeology, with an emphasis on the Bronze Age (ca. 2000-200 BC), the archaeology of the Silk Routes, and cultural property protection.  His volume, Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC): The Archaeological Evidence was awarded the SAA Book Award in 2009.

From 1999 to 2004, Professor von Falkenhausen served as the American co-Principal Investigator of the UCLA-Peking University Joint Project on Landscape Archaeology and Ancient Salt Production in the Sichuan Region; he is also involved with the International Archaeological Field School at Yangguanzhai.  He served as Associate Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology for ten years.  Professor von Falkenhausen is an AIA Norton Lecturer for 2016/2017.

Shelley Wachsmann was born in Canada and immigrated to Israel in 1968. He earned all three of his degrees in Near Eastern Archaeology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology: BA (1974), MA (1984) and Ph.D. (1990).

From 1976 to 1989 Wachsmann served as the Inspector of Underwater Antiquities for the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums. During that time he was directly responsible for the nautical heritage of Israel. He carried out numerous underwater archaeological surveys and excavations in the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Sea of Galilee. Among the projects he directed were the excavation of a Late Bronze Age cargo off the Carmel coast, probe excavations of a late fifth century BC wreck near Kibbutz Maagan Michael, a sixth century AD Byzantine wreck off Dor and the search for cannon jettisoned by Napoleon during his retreat from Acco in 1799.

In 1986 he directed the excavation of the Sea of Galilee Boat, a 2,000-year-old boat found in the Sea of Galilee near the ancient site of Migdal. At the completion of the excavation the boat was moved intact to a conservation pool at the Yigal Allon Museum at nearby Kibbutz Ginosar where it is now on exhibit.

Beginning in 1990, Wachsmann became Meadows Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Archeology in the Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University. In 1993 this Chair was converted to a tenure-track position for which Wachsmann was appointed and in 1999 he received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. In 2010 he was promoted to Professor.

Wachsmann has published six books and over 100 articles on the results of his field research and on other archaeological subjects. His third book, The Sea of Galilee Boat: An Extraordinary 2000 Year Old Discovery (Plenum Press: 1995) won the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for best popular book published in archaeology in 1995-1996. His fourth book, Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant, (Texas A&M University Press: 1998), received the Irene Levi-Sala Book Prize in the Archaeology of Israel in the popular book category for 1998-1999. His The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context (Texas A&M University Press: 2013) won the Nautical Archaeology Society’s 2013 Keith Muckelroy Award jointly with Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe’s book, Britain Begins (Oxford University Press). His most recent book, Understanding the Boat from the Time of Jesus: Galilean Seafaring (Carta), appeared in 2015.

Wachsmann has carried out extensive fieldwork in the eastern Mediterranean: this works includes, but is not limited to, the following projects. In 1994-1996 he directed the INA/CMS Joint Expeditions to Tantura Lagoon, which discovered and documented seven shipwrecks in the ancient port of Dor, on Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast. In 1997 he directed a survey off Ashkelon, on its southern coast. In 1998 he recorded the Abu el Haggag festival in Luxor, Egypt, in which boats are transported as part of the festival—a custom that may have its genesis in pharaonic times. In the 1999 ROBO Shipwreck Survey, he carried out a sidescan-sonar expedition in search of shipwrecks opposite Tantura Lagoon, to a depth of over 100 meters. In 2002 he directed a paleo-environmental study of three possible Phoenician anchorages in Portugal. In 2003-2006, he directed the Canadian team of a joint Canadian-Greek expedition in search of fleets lost during the Persian War in the early 5th century B.C.  In 2007-2009 he led the Danaos Project, a deep-water survey studying the Crete-to-Egypt trade route in antiquity. In 2012, under the aegis of Dr. Jo Anne Van Tilburg’s Easter Island Statue Project, Wachsmann directed a study of maritime aspects of the Rapa Nui culture, which included the first remote-sensing survey of the crater lake at the statue quarry of Rano Raraku. Most recently, under the aegis of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project and with the goal of better understanding the maritime dimensions of the port of Jaffa, Israel, he directed The 2014 Ioppa Maritima Project, which combined a geoarchaeological/geophysical land survey together with a deep-water Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) examination of multibeam survey anomalies at depths of 50-250 meters.

Justin Walsh is Associate Professor with the Department of Art at Chapman University, and holds his degrees from the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), the University of Minnesota, and Vanderbilt University.  His fields of research are the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world in the Iron Age, daily life, economy and colonization in classical antiquity, and the archaeologyof space exploration.  He is currently directing the Chapman Excavations at Cástulo (Spain), a collaborative project with the Spanish team Siglo XXI en Cástulo; he is also developing an archaeological investigation of the International Space Station in collaboration with Dr. Alice Gorman (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia).  He has received numerous fellowships, including a Rome Prize and a Fulbright Grant to Greece.  Professor Walsh's main publication include Consumerism in the Ancient World: Imports and Identity Construction (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies 17, Routledge Press, 2014).


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