Meet Our Lecturers

Hilary Becker is Assistant Professor of Classics with the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University. She earned her A.B. at Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published articles dealing with Etruscan economy and settlement patterns and co-edited, along with Margarita Gleba, the volume Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion (Brill 2009). She is currently writing a book entitled Commerce in Color about the trade in Roman pigments, an investigation that started with her research on the only surviving pigment shop from ancient Rome.

Scott Branting is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida, and was formerly Director of the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL) with the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.  He holds his degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D. and M.A.), University of Chicago (M.A.), and Wheaton College (B.A.).  His areas of specialization are Near Eastern archaeology (especially that of Anatolia), science in archaeology (GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, modeling, etc.), landscape archaeology, transportation, settlement & urbanism, and social organization.  Professor Branting is Director of the Kerkenes Dağ Archaeological Project in Turkey, and Co-Director of the ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Project.

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John W. (Jack) Brink is the Curator of Archaeology with the Royal Alberta Museum. 

" I have been active in Archaeology, heritage management and Native history for more than 40 years. I have conducted archaeological research in western Canada, the United States, the Canadian Arctic and China, and have published extensively on my work. My special areas of interest are the archaeology of the Northern Plains, especially bison hunting and Aboriginal rock art. I was a member of the team that planned and developed Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site. I have also worked extensively at the rock art site of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, assisting with the development of a new Visitor Centre as well as conducting long-term research on methods of conserving rock art. I have worked extensively with Aboriginal groups, especially the Blackfoot Nation. As the Curator of Archaeology, I am responsible for the management of the archaeological collections for the Province, for conducting relevant research, for initiating displays about Alberta archaeology, and for communicating with the public. Previously, as Head of the Archaeological Survey I managed an archaeological office that coordinated cultural resource for the province. I have a strong background in communicating to the general public on heritage matters, have delivered countless public talks, and have worked extensively with all media, including helping to develop, research, write and produce audio and video programs dealing with archaeology. "

Sheramy Bundrick is associate professor of art history at the University of South Florida St Petersburg, where she has been teaching since 2001.  She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in art history at Emory University, and she has held fellowships from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation.  Most recently, she was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome during the 2013-14 academic year.  Her book Music and Image in Classical Athens was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005, and she is the author of journal articles and book chapters on ancient Greek art and imagery.  Her current projects concern the import and reception of ancient Athenian vases by the Etruscans.

Brendan Burke is Associate Professor with the Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria.  He holds his degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.) and the University of Florida, and his areas of specialization are the Aegean Bronze Age, the archaeology and economy of cloth production, and Anatolian archaeology.  He is the Co-Director of the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project, the author of From Minos to Midas: Ancient Cloth Production in the Aegean and in Anatolia (Ancient Textiles Series Vol. 7, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010), and a contibutor to Women in Antiquity (ed. J. Turfa and S. Budin. Routledge, 2016) and  Textile Trade and Distribution II: From the Ancient Near East to the Mediterranean (1000 BC-400 AD), (eds. Kerstin Droß-Krüpe and M-L. Nosch, 2016).


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