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Committee on the Wiener Laboratory

The Wiener Laboratory Committee of the Managing Committee of the ASCSA plays a significant role in generating and discussing policy for the WL. The Committee works to support the programs of the Wiener Laboratory: funding projects for young scholars, sponsoring field and laboratory research, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research results. The Committee comprises experts from different subdisciplines of Archaeological Science, such as Osteoarchaeology, Zooarchaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Archaeobotany, as well as archaeologists who have a strong record of integrating the archaeological sciences into their research.

All the seven expert members are distinguished members of their scientific communities and hold key roles within their own institutions as well as within academic associations and disciplinary groups:


Prof. Melinda Zeder, Chair of the Committee
Melinda Zeder is a Senior Scientist and Curator of Old World Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. An anthropological archaeologist, she is best known for her research on the origins of domestication and the emergence of agriculture, with a particular focus on animal domestication in the Near East. Her work brings together genetics, animal sciences, and archaeology to understand the mechanisms behind animal domestication and the different pathways animals and their human partners traveled into domestication. She is a recipient of the Society of American Archaeology’s Fryxell Award in Interdisciplinary Archaeology and the Archaeological Institute of America’s Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012.


Ass. Prof. Susan Allen
Susan Allen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on human-environment interaction in the prehistoric Aegean and southern Balkans, particularly at the Mesolithic to Neolithic transition and during the Late Bronze Age. She has directed archaeological survey and excavation in Albania and archaeobotanical research in Greece, Albania, Romania, and Israel. She has received field research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.


Prof. Michael Galaty
Michael Galaty is Professor of Anthropology, Head of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, and Interim Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, where he conducted dissertation research on Mycenaean pottery in the Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry. He is particularly interested in the formation of early complex political economies and has directed archaeological field projects in both Greece and Albania. Galaty has received field-research grants from NSF, NEH, and Wenner-Gren, as well as from NSF-MRI and the Keck Foundation, used to equip the Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology at Millsaps College. His recent volume, Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania (UCLA Cotsen Press, 2013), won the Society for American Archaeology's 2014 Book Award.


Prof. James Newhard
James Newhard is Director of Archaeology and Associate Professor of Classics at the College of Charleston.  A Geoarchaeology Wiener Fellow in 1999-2000, he has subsequently held leading positions in landscape archaeology projects in Turkey.  His most recent publications consider the use of geospatial applications for improving archaeological data collection methods, the development of geospatial modeling to improve analytical rigor within archaeology, and the application of 3D imagery for dissemination and investigative purposes.


Prof. Scott Pike
Scott Pike is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences at Willamette University and Chair of the Archaeology program. He has been affiliated with the Wiener Lab since 1992 and was its Acting Director from 1995-1997 and Committee Chair from 2011-2013. He is an archaeological geologist who is best known for his continued research on the provenance of ancient white marbles used in the Mediterranean Basin. Pike’s systematic mapping and intensive sampling of the Classical –Roman quarry pits on Mount Pentelikon in Attica, Greece demonstrated that intraquarry geochemical and isotopic variation can be used to discriminate between individual quarry pits, allowing for increased scrutiny of Greek and Roman resource exploitation. Pike’s recent research also includes landscape reconstruction and the incorporation of field-based geochemical analysis at active archaeological sites, including the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland.


Prof. Curtis Runnels
Curtis Runnels is Professor of Archaeology in the Archaeology Department at Boston University.  He is a specialist in the prehistoric archaeology of Greece and neighboring regions from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic, with interests in early hominin dispersals, the origins of agriculture, and demic diffusion among other problems.  His areas of study include economic archaeology, lithic technology, geoarchaeology, and targeted survey research in connection with site-location models.


Prof. Lynne Schepartz
Lynne Schepartz (PhD Michigan) is Head of the Biological Anthropology Division of the School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; an Honorary Research Scientist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing; and a Consulting Scholar for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. She is interested in the interaction of biology and behavior as seen in the skeleton and dentition with a focus on Mesolithic to Iron Age populations and Greek colonies in Albania. Her research also encompasses mortuary and bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology and vertebrate taphonomy in China and South Africa.



Ex Officio Members:

Jane Buikstra, Liaison to the ASCSA Board of Trustees
Panagiotis Karkanas, Director, Wiener Laboratory
Jenifer Neils, Chair, Managing Committee
James Wright, Director, ASCSA