Meet Our Lecturers

Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels is Assistant Professor of Anthropology with the University of Maryland, and holds her degrees from Stanford University (Ph.D.), the University of South Florida and Bryn Mawr College.  Her areas of specialization are cultural heritage and heritage management, the environment, climate change, and international development.  As a US-Norway Fulbright Scholar she conducted ethnographic research on climate science at the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment in Tromsø, Norway, and has also conducted heritage management and international development research in Tunisia and Morocco; she has conducted archaeological research on Sicily and Cyprus.  Professor Samuels' forthcoming publications are Heritage Beyond Borders: Transnational Currents in Heritage Development and Politics (Springer), and Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescriptions in Cultural Heritage (editor with T. Rico, University Press of Colorado).

Dr Della Scott-Ireton graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master's degree in Historical Archaeology. She also has a Master's in International Relations from Troy University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Florida State University. Della is certified as a Scuba Instructor with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). She worked with the Pensacola Shipwreck Survey, West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the government of the Cayman Islands before joining the Florida Public Archaeology Network ( where she serves as Associate Director. Della has served on the board of the Society for Historical Archaeology, is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, and is appointed to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. Della's research interests include public interpretation of maritime cultural heritage, both on land and under water, and training and engaging avocationals in archaeological methods and practices.

Kim Shelton is the Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the present/future excavation and research program at the Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Kim previously taught for the University of Texas Classics department (2002-2005) and for nine years before that she was in a research position at the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece. Her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology is from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim works on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology in general and Mycenaean pottery more specifically. She is working on a number of projects stemming from her work at Mycenae including the publication of Tsountas House, the earliest part of the Cult Centre and of Petsas House, a ceramic warehouse and domestic complex in the settlement currently under excavation.

Professor Alan H. Simmons is Distinguished Professor with the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada at Las Vegas.  He holds his degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Toronto (M.A.), and Southern Methodist University (M.A. and Ph.D.), and his research focuses on the origins and consequences of food production, archaeological ethics, Near Eastern and Mediterranean prehistory, lithic analyses, and interdisciplinary research.  He has participated in over 80 excavation projects in the Near East and North America, and has received a number of awards for his research, most recently the P.E. MacAllister Field Archaeology Award for outstanding career contributions to Near Eastern and eastern Mediterranean Archaeology from the American Schools of Oriental Research.  He has published over 170 articles, monographs, reviews, chapters and technical reports, and has spoken widely on his work; recent publication projects include Stone Age Sailors: Paleolithic Seafaring in the Mediterranean (Left Coast Press, 2014).

Tyler Jo Smith is Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology with the McIntire  Department of Art at the University of Virginia.  She holds her degrees from Merton College, Oxford (D.Phil.) and Davidson College, and her areas of specialization are Greek vase painting and iconography, the art and archaeology of performance, the art and archaeology of religion, and Anatolian archaeology.  Her current publication projects are The Art of Greek Religion (University of Pennsylvania Press), Greek Vases: Art, Society, and Meaning (Cambridge University Press), and Sir John Sloane’s Greek Vases (Archaeopress).


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