Meet Our Lecturers

Alexis Castor is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Franklin & Marshall College, and holds her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.  Her area of specialization is the jewelry of ancient Greece and Italy, especially concerning how Greek and Etruscan elite classes in general, and women in particular, used jewelry to express their status.  Her most recent publications include "Etruscan Jewelry and Identity" in The Blackwell Companion to the Etruscans (2016), and "Herakles Knots and Lion Heads: Court Jewelry in Argead Macedonia" in More than Glitter: Jewelry in Greece and Italy (1st millennium B.C.E.), in progress.

Sarah Clayton is Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and holds her Ph.D. from Arizona State University.  Her research interests, in Mexico, Central America, and the Southwestern United States, include the archaeology of complex societies, urban landscapes and rural-urban dynamics, state collapse, households, domestic and mortuary ritual, gender and ehtnicity, and migration.  She is currently the Principal Investigator for "Proyecto Arqueológico Chicoloapan Viejo: a Rural Perspective on the Organization and Decline of the Teotihuacan State".

Eric Cline is Professor of Classics at the George Washington University, Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute, and former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at GWU.  A National Geographic Explorer and Fulbright Scholar, with degrees from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, he is an active field archaeologist with 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States, including ten seasons at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel and eight seasons at Tel Kabri, also in Israel, where he is currently Co-Director.  Winner of the 2014 "Best Popular Book" award from the American Schools of Oriental Research for his recent book, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, a three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society's "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" Award (2001, 2009, and 2011), and a popular lecturer who has frequently appeared on television documentaries, he has also won national and local awards for both his research and his teaching.  Dr. Cline is also one of the 36 inaugural NEH Public Scholars announced in July 2015; the Public Scholars program is a major new initiative designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for general audiences, and Professor Cline was chosen for his upcoming work on "Digging up Armageddon: The Story of Biblical Megiddo from Canaanites to Christians".


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Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is Associate Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose research involves the reuse of Egyptian coffins during economic crisis: who was doing the reuse, what the moral implications were, and how the practice changed the nature of Egyptian funerary materiality forever.

Her first book, The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period was published in 2007, and her biography of Hatshepsut, the 18th Dynasty female king, The Woman Who Would Be King was published in October of 2014.

Professor Cooney co-produced a comparative archaeology series titled OUT OF EGYPT, which aired 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is still airing on Discovery affiliates and streaming on Netflix.

Pam Crabtree is Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University, and holds her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. and Ph.D.) and Barnard College.  Her fields of research are zooarchaeology, Medieval archaeology (in particular Anglo Saxon archaeology), later Prehistoric Europe, Near Eastern archaeology and prehistory.  She has published widely, and her current projects include Early Medieval Britain--The Rebirth of Towns in the Post-Roman West (Cambridge University Press, in preparation).


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