Meet Our Lecturers

Cynthia Finlayson is an Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University.  She holds her degrees from the University of Iowa (Ph.D.) and George Washington University, and her research interests include the ancient Near East and Classical Mediteranean Basin, and Islamic archaeology.  Dr. Finlayson has extensive archaeological excavation and cultural heritage site development experience in Syria and Jordan, is the current director of the Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau Project in Petra, Jordan, and is acting director of the Syro-American expeditions to both Palmyra and Apamea. At Apamea she directs the excavation and restoration of the Great Roman Theater of Apamea.

Kevin Fisher is Assistant Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia.  He holds his degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.), the University of Waterloo, and Brock University.  His research interests include prehistory and protohistory of the eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia, spatial analysis of built environments and social interaction, urbanism, and the use of spatial technologies in archaeology (including 3D scanning, photogrammetry, geophysics and GIS).  His current publication projects include Monumentality, Place and Social Interaction in Late Bronze Age Cyprus (forthcoming).

William Fitzhugh is Director of the Arctic Studies Center and Curator of the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and holds his degrees from Harvard (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Dartmouth (B.A.).  Dr. Fitzhugh’s areas of specialization are arctic archaeology, circumpolar cultures, Mongolia, and Vikings (especially in the Western Atlantic).  He has done fieldwork in the North Atlantic regions and arctic Russia, and in Mongolia, and has been recognized for his work in exhibits, documentaries, and research.

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.

Ben Ford is with the Department of Anthropology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He holds his degrees from Texas A&M University (Ph.D.), the College of William and Mary, and the University of Cincinnati.  His main research projects are the Lake Ontario War of 1812 Shipwrecks Project (combined geophysical/GPR, marine remote sensing, and diver survey for three War of 1812 shipwrecks in Lake Ontario), the Lake Ontario Maritime Cultural Landscape Project (integrated marine and terrestrial archaeological survey of the Lake Ontario littoral designed to analyze human interaction with the shore environment between 5000 BP and AD 1900), and Hanna’s Town Archaeology Project (archaeological investigation of the mid to late 18th century site of Hanna’s Town, Westmoreland County, PA).  Dr. Ford is the AIA’s McCann-Taggart Lecturer for 2014/2015.


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