AIA Tour Leaders

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 (, […]

Benjamin R & Karen P Foster

Benjamin R. Foster (A.B. Princeton, Ph.D. Yale) teaches ancient, medieval, and modern Near Eastern history at Yale, and is a well-known lecturer to general audiences and alumni groups. He is the author of several hundred publications, mostly on the ancient Near East. He says, “Ethiopia is not only a birthplace of the human race, it […]

Karl Friday

Karl Friday is Professor of Premodern Japanese History at Saitama University (Saitama, Japan) and Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia. A student and on-and-off resident of Japan for more than 35 years, he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Stanford University and a BGS and M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures […]

Annapurna Garimella

Dr. Annapurna Garimella is a Delhi-based designer and an art historian. Her research focuses on late medieval Indic architecture and the history and practices of vernacular art forms in India after Independence. She heads Jackfruit Research and Design, an organization with a specialized portfolio of design, research, and curation. Jackfruit’s recent curatorial projects include Vernacular, […]

Ted Goebel

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Ted Goebel (Ph.D.,University of Alaska Fairbanks) is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the Ice Age origins of the first Americans. Throughout his career he has worked on Paleolithic and […]

John R. Hale

John R. Hale, a native of Indiana, earned his B.A. at Yale in 1973 and his Ph.D. at Cambridge in 1979, both degrees in Archaeology. His archaeological fieldwork and research projects include studies of Bronze Age Scandinavian watercraft; prehistoric sites in the Ohio River Valley; the Roman villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal; development […]

William Harcourt-Smith

Will Harcourt-Smith is a paleoanthropologist based at the American Museum of Natural History and the City University of New York. He was born in Great Britain and raised across Europe. Will has extensively published on his research in both scientific and popular formats, including articles in Nature, eLife,and Natural History Magazine. His work has been […]

Stephen Harvey

Since 1993, Stephen Harvey (Ph.D., U. of PA) has been Director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, which centers on excavation of the monumental complex of King Ahmose at Abydos, under the aegis of the Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Expedition to Abydos. Steve’s fieldwork in and around the pyramid complex of Ahmose (ca. 1550-1525 […]

James Higginbotham

 James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Bowdoin College, holds a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests focus on ancient Greek and Roman colonies, as well as the social history of the late Roman Republic. Professor Higginbotham was a regular member of the American School of […]

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