AIA Tour Leaders

Mikael Adolphson

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Mikael Adolphson is Keidanren Professor and Chair of Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge. A premodernist, he was inspired by the similarities between medieval Europe and Japan to focus his studies on pre-1600 Japan. Professor Adolphson’s current interests and projects center on cultural icons, historical narratives, and […]

Carla Antonaccio

Carla M. Antonaccio is Professor of Archaeology Emerita in the Departments of Classical Studies and of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, and has been Co-Director of the Morgantina Archaeological Project on Sicily since 1990. She was educated at Wellesley College and Princeton University, and has traveled and studied extensively in Italy, Greece, […]

Paul G. Bahn

Dr. Paul G. Bahn is a leading archaeological writer, translator, and broadcaster in the field of archaeology. He is a Contributing Editor of the AIA’s Archaeology magazine, and his article “Cloning Altamira” (Archaeology, March/April 2001) focused on the Altamira II complex and museum that we visit on this program. Dr. Bahn has written extensively on prehistoric […]

Colleen Batey

Dr. Colleen Batey is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, with honorary positions at both the University of the Highlands and Islands and Hunter College, New York. For the past 40 years she has been involved in research on the Viking Age in Scotland, Scandinavia, and the North Atlantic, both as […]

Matthew Canepa

Matthew P. Canepa (PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota. As an historian of art, archaeology, and religions, he is intrigued by topics of cross-cultural interaction in pre-modern visual cultures, and his research tends to focus on the intersection of art, ritual, and power in the ancient eastern […]

Deborah Carlson

Deborah Carlson, President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin), is an archaeologist specializing in trade and seafaring in the ancient world. She has assisted in the direction of both terrestrial and underwater excavations in Greece, Turkey, and Italy, and has been part of the AIA’s National Lecture Program […]

Joan Breton Connelly

Joan Breton Connelly is Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University. An archaeologist who has excavated throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus (where she has directed the Yeronisos Island Excavations and Field School since 1990), her fieldwork focuses on the impact of the conquests of Alexander the Great and cross-cultural exchange in the […]

Michelle Damian

Michelle Damian (PhD, University of Southern California), began working as an Assistant Professor at Monmouth College (IL) after a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. She specializes in Japanese maritime history and archaeology, and has authored chapters in the volumes Land, Power and the Sacred: The […]

James Delgado

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host James Delgado, Ph.D. is among the world’s leading experts in maritime archaeology and cultural heritage. Dr. Delgado joined SEARCH in 2017 and serves as Senior Vice President. He is responsible for ensuring operational and research excellence, implementing strategic initiatives, and expanding the firm’s international footprint. Dr. Delgado also […]

Steven Ellis

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Steven Ellis (Ph.D., University of Sydney) is a Roman archaeologist who is actively involved in the archaeological research and publication of urban and sacred sites in Italy and Greece. In Italy, Steven directs the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia ( and co-directs the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project (, […]

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