Meet Our Lecturers

Eleni Hasaki is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics with the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.  She holds her degrees from the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D.) and the University of Athens, Greece, and her areas of specialization include craft technology and apprenticeship in Classical Antiquity, Mediterranean pottery technology, experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ancient pyrotechnology.  Professor Hasaki is the Director of the Ethnoarchaeological Project at the Potters’ Quarters in Transition at Moknine (Tunisia), Senior Pottery Analyst for the excavations of the Sanctuary of Apollo on Despotiko, Paros (Greece), and is part of a collaborative project on the Archaeomagnetic Study of Ceramic Kilns in Greece.

John Haslett is an independent scholar researching pre-Columbian raft building and use.  His projects include the Manteño Expeditions (1994 to the present), in which, as part of a multi-national effort, he designed, built, and launched four ocean-going vessels in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica.  He has also worked on the first solo crossing of the ice cap of Iceland in winter, and is currently working on the development and testing of low-cost space flight.  His present publication project is “The Manteño-Huancavilca Sailing Raft: An Examination of Technological Innovations, Capabilities, and Limitations” (in progress).


Steven Holen is Co-Director of the Center for American Paleolithic Research, and he holds his degrees from the University of Kansas (Ph.D.) and the University of Nebraska.  He has served as the Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, as State Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA) in South Dakota, and as Public Archaeologist with the University of Nebraska State Museum.  His areas of specialization are early humans in the Americas, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, Clovis culture, lithic procurement and technology, and bone technology.  Dr. Holen's over 40 years of fieldwork span sites of all ages from the historic Oregon Trail to pre-Clovis mammoth hunter sites.  His publications include series on Great Plains Paleoindian Archaeology and Ice Age Humans in the Americas, both of which he has edited with his wife, Dr. Kathleen Holen.

Patrick Hunt is with the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Stanford University, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA, the School of Cultural Diplomacy in London, the Fromm Institute in San Francisco, and the Institute for EthnoMedicine.  He holds his Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, and has also studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  His research interests are Alpine archaeology, archaeological science, archaeometry, geoarchaeology, forensic archaeology, Roman archaeology, Celtic archaeology, and Hannibal studies.  His main publications include “Alpine Archaeology” (2007), and “Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History” (2007), as well as numerous articles and encyclopedia entries.

Professor Matthew Johnson is with the Anthropology Department of Northwestern University, and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge.

"I am an archaeologist specializing in the complex societies of Britain and Europe, AD1200-1800.  I have written on castles, traditional houses, ‘polite’ architecture, and landscape, and on contributions to understanding historical archaeology around the world.  My theoretical orientation has stressed interdisciplinary and interpretive approaches, the theory of medieval and historical archaeology, and archaeology in its cultural context.  I have always worked to bring these strands together, in studies of the archaeological record that are both theoretically and empirically informed.  Much of my work has been concentrated in book-length studies, taking a complex body of empirical material (houses, fields, castles) and placing it in its theoretical context."

He has published extensively, including English Houses 1300-1800: Vernacular Architecture, Social Life (2010), Archaeological Theory: An Introduction (second revised edition 2010), Ideas of Landscape (2006), and Behind the Castle Gate: From Medieval to Renaissance (2002).  Professor Johnson is conducting fieldwork in south-east England in collaboration with the University of Southampton and the National Trust; in 2013, they will be working at the great medieval houses of Knole and Ightham.


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