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Philologist and Assyriologist Dr. Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of the Department of the MIddle East at the British Museum, and has been a cuneiform tablet curator there since 1979. He holds his degrees from the University of Birmingham, and is especially interested in ancient magic and medicine, all aspects of ancient cuneiform literature, and the history of the world’s board games. His recent publications include The Ark before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood (2014).  Dr. Finkel is an AIA Norton Lecture for 2016/2017.

Dr. Scott M. Fitzpatrick (Ph.D. Anthropology, 2003, University of Oregon) is an archaeologist who specializes in the archaeology of island and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. Much of his research focuses on colonization events, seafaring strategies, adaptive strategies on smaller islands, exchange systems, chronometric techniques, and human impacts on ancient environments. He has active field projects in Palau (western Micronesia) and several islands in the Caribbean, including the Grenadines and Nevis. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the founder and Co-Editor of the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), Associate Editor for Archaeology in Oceania, and serves on the editorial boards of three other journals. Recent publications have appeared in the Caribbean Journal of Science, Geoarchaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Biogeography, Latin American Antiquity, Human Ecology, and Radiocarbon. He also has edited several special issues of journals and volumes, including Voyages of Discovery: the Archaeology of Islands (Praeger, 2004) and Island Shores, Distant Pasts: Archaeological and Biological Perspectives on the Pre-Columbian Settlement of the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2010). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan), among others.

Dr. Fix provides project support for the Conservation Research Laboratory and Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC) at Texas A&M University.  In addition to the ongoing task of directing the conservation of the 17th century barque La Belle, LaSalle's flagship, he has directed projects in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, and the Caribbean.  His areas of concentration include the reassembly and materials conservation of watercraft and aircraft recovered from the marine environment, in situ stabilization of architectural and archaeological metals in the coastal marine environment, and underwater aviation archaeology.

Bernard Frischer is Professor with the Department of Informatics at Indiana University, a leading virtual archaeologist and the author of seven printed books, three e-books, and dozens of articles on virtual heritage, Classics, and the survival of the Classical world. He is the founding editor of Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, an innovative online, peer-reviewed journal where scientists can publish interactive 3D models, and also a Senior Scientist with Public VR, a non-profit research corporation dedicated to research in virtual reality for education.

Jennifer Gates-Foster is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds her degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) and the University of Virginia.  Her areas of specialization are the art and archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and she is currently the Ceramicist for the Bir Samut Excavation Project in Egypt, and Co-Director and Ceramicist for the Horvat Omrit Settlement Excavation Project in Israel.  Professor Gates Foster is an AIA Kershaw Lecturer for 2016/2017.

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