Meet Our Lecturers

Michael Danti is Academic Director of Cultural Heritage Initiatives with the American Schools of Oriental Research.  He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.) and Purdue University, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.  His areas of specialization are Near Eastern archaeology, Mesopotamia, Iran, cultural heritage management, museum studies, archaeological method and theory, and complex societies.  He is currently Director of Excavations at Tell es-Sweyhat (Syria) and Rowanduz (Iraqi Kurdistan).  Dr. Danti's current publication projects include "Assyrianizing Contexts at Hasanlu Tepe IVb?:  Materiality and Identity in Northwest Iran" (with Megan Cifarelli, forthcoming in The Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire) and "The Rowanduz Archaeological Program 2013–14: First Preliminary Report on Research in Iraqi Kurdistan" (forthcomoing, Antiquity).



Gwyn Davies is Associate Professor with the History Department of Florida International University, and holds his degrees from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (Ph.D., M.Res., B.A.), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LL.M.), and University College Wales (LL.B.).  He is the co-director of the Yotvata Roman Fort Project, Israel, and his areas of specialization include Roman siege works.  He has published extensively, and current projects include The 2003-2007 Excavations in the Late Roman Fort at Yotvata (with J. Magness, Eisenbrauns), and "Siege Warfare 27 BC- AD 295" in The Encyclopedia of the Roman Army (Wiley-Blackwell).

Tess Davis is the Executive Director of The Antiquities Coalition and an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Glasgow.  She holds her degrees from the University of Georgia (Juris Doctor) and Boston University, and her areas of specialization are cultural heritage preservation and law, illicit antiquities trade, and Cambodia.  She has conducted field work in Southeast Asia (primarily Cambodia), and her most recent publications are "Crime and Conflict: Temple Looting in Cambodia," in Cultural Property Crime (2014, Brill), and "Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network," in British Journal of Criminology (2014), both co-written with S. Mackenzie.

Leslie Preston Day is Emerita Professor of Classics with the Department of Classics at Wabash College, and holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr (A.B.) and the University of Cincinnati (M.A. and Ph.D.).  Her areas of specialization are Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and Dark Age Crete.  She has done extensive fieldwork in Crete, where she was Co-Director at Kavousi and Vronda.  Her publications include several volumes on Kavousi,most recently Kavousi IIB,The LM IIIC Settlement at Vronda: Houses on the Periphery (INSTAP Academic Press, with Kevin Glowacki, 2012), and one on The Pottery from Karphi: A Reappraisal. (British School at Athens Studies 19, 2011).  Professor Day has received various honors and awards for her work, and is a past recipient of the AIA Pomerance Fellowship.

John Dobbins is with the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), Boston University, and College of the Holy Cross.  He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa.  Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.


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