Meet Our Lecturers

Dr. Mark Lehner is Director and President of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc. (AERA). He holds his degrees from Yale University (Ph.D.) and the American University in Cairo.  His nearly forty years of archaeological research in Egypt includes mapping the Great Sphinx and discovering a major part of the ‘Lost City of the Pyramids’ at Giza. Lehner directs the Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP), which conducts annual excavations of Old Kingdom settlements near the Sphinx and Pyramids with an interdisciplinary and international team of archaeologists, geochronologists, botanists, and faunal specialists. From 1990-1995 Lehner was Assistant Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Chicago. He is now a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and a Senior Fellow at the Capitol Archaeology Institute of George Washington University.

Dr. Lehner has appeared on television in National Geographic’s Explorer program, and on NOVA’s Riddles of the Sphinx, and Secrets of Lost Empires series on ancient technology including This Old Pyramid and Obelisk. He is author of The Complete Pyramids, published in 1997 by Thames and Hudson. His work has appeared in articles in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discover and Archaeology.

Katheryn Linduff is Professor Emerita with the University Center for International Studies, Department of Art History and Architecture, and Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh.  She holds her degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Dickinson College, and specializes in Eurasian and East Asian Art history and archaeology (Early China and Inner Asia), the rise of complex society, and espcially the interplay of ethnic, cultural and gender identity with economic and political change in antiquity.  Her current publication projects include Ancient China and its Eurasian Neighbors: Artifacts, Identity and Death in the Frontier (co-author, Cambridge University Press, in press), Equids and Wheeled Vehicles in the Ancient World: Studies in Memory of Mary A. Littauer (co-editor, British Archaeological Press, in press), Charting the Lives of Objects, Images, and Consumer Goods in China: Perspectives from Anthropology, Archaeology and Art History (co-editor, under review), and Objects That Interconnect Ancient Asia (co-editor with Karen Rubinson, under review).

Dr. Kristian Lorenzo is currently with the Meadows School, was previous at Hollins University, and holds his degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ph.D.) and the State University of New York at Buffalo. His areas of specialization are Classical archaeology and material culture, languages and literature, and Ancient Near Eastern culture.  His recent publications include “East defeats West: Naval warfare and cross-cultural adaptation in Classical Cyprus” in PoCA (Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology) 2012 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015) and “Triremes on land: First-fruits for the Battle of Salamis.” in Autopsy in Athens. Recent Archaeological Research on Athens and Attica (Oxbow Books, 2015).

Scott MacEachern is Professor of Anthropology at Bowdoin College, and holds his degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island and the University of Calgary (M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology), His areas of specialization are African archaeology and ethnography, state formation processes, cultural heritage management, and archaeology and genetics.  He has conducted fieldwork in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, as well as a number of sites in Canada, and is Director of the DGB Archaeological Project in Northern Cameroon.  He has published extensively, and has been the recipient of many grants and fellowships; his most recent publication project is Searching for Boko Haram: a history of violence in Central Africa (Oxford University Press, in review).

Kevin McAleese is with Provincial Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador (The Rooms in St. John's), where he was the Curator of Archaeology and Ethnology for over 18 years.  He holds his degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Simon Fraser University, and his areas of specialization include the Norse in the North Atlantic (including interactions with Skraelings and the saga history of Vinland), the early settlement history of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland, and the late prehistory of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has conducted fieldwork in Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, and Iceland, and his Norse-related publications include "Falling into Vinland: Newfoundland Hunting Pitfalls at the Edge of the Viking World" (with co-authors: J. Kristjansson, B. Einarsson, K. Jonasson, and T. Hjaltalin) in Acta Archaeologica Vol. 83, 2012.

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