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:

 

Asst. Prof. Susan Allen, Chair of the Committee
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. Clark Spenser Larsen
Clark Spencer Larsen is Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University and Research Associate, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History.   He is the former Chair of the Section on Anthropology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.  He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006 and Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.  Larsen is an internationally known authority on bioarchaeology, the study of human remains from archaeological settings.  His research is primarily focussed on health and lifestyle in the last 10,000 years of human evolution. In addition to major research projects in Turkey and North America, Larsen is the past co-director of the Global History of Health Project, an international collaboration involved in the study of ancient skeletons from all continents in order to track health changes since the late Paleolithic.  He currently serves on the advisory board for the Asian module of the project.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Edward John Noble Foundation.  He is the author of Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

 

Prof. Thomas Tartaron
Tom Tartaron is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also Chair of the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Program, and a Consulting Scholar in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In the Museum, he co-founded a ceramic petrography laboratory and is a member of the Faculty Steering Committee for the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). He has been a Colburn Fellow and Fulbright Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He has participated in numerous excavations and regional surveys in Greece, Iraq, Albania, and the United States. His ongoing field project, the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project, co-directed with Daniel J. Pullen and partially funded by the National Science Foundation, has exposed a unique Mycenaean harbor settlement that may have been one of Mycenae’s main ports on the Aegean Sea. In addition, he is carrying out ethnoarchaeological research in Greece and India, where he is collecting oral histories from elder fishermen and women as a way to better understand coastal life in the Bronze Age. His recent book, Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World (Cambridge, 2013), received the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.

 

Prof. Donald Haggis
Donald Haggis is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Nicholas A. Cassas Professor of Greek Studies in the Department of Classics and the Curriculum in Archaeology, and Research Associate in the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a contributing faculty member of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology. His research interests include field methods; settlement structure in the Aegean; the archaeology of Prepalatial, Protopalatial and Early Iron Age Crete; and the development of early cities and small-scale states in the first millennium Aegean. He has excavated in the Athenian Agora, Kouphonisi (Crete), Vronda, Kastro, Kalo Khorio-Istron, and Azoria; participated in surveys at Kavousi, Vrokastro, and Gournia; and is currently a member of the Petras excavations. He is director of the Azoria Project, which is the excavation of a Final Neolithic-Early Minoan I and Early Iron Age-archaic site in eastern Crete, funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

 

Prof. Paul Goldberg
Paul Goldberg is Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong, and Senior Visiting Professor, Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen. His research focuses on how archaeological sites form, and the application of micromorphological techniques to Pleistocene caves in Europe and Asia, and the interpretation anthropogenic deposits ranging from Pleistocene sites in South Africa to Iron Age sites in Menorca. He received the Rip Rapp Award (Archaeological Geology Division) from the Geological Society of America, the Fryxell Award (Society for American Archaeology), and the Pomerantz Award from the Archaeological Institute of America for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology in 2010. He published with R.I. Macphail, Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) and has recently co-authored a book with Takis Karkanas, Reconstructing Archaeological Sites: Understanding the Geoarchaeological Matrix, to be published in August, 2018 (Wiley).

 

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.

 

Assoc. Prof. Sarah B. McClure
Sarah B. McClure is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. She is an environmental archaeologist examining in the spread of farming in the Mediterranean and Europe. Her research focuses on environmental and social impacts of early farming societies, particularly questions of human-animal interactions, changes in land use through time, the role of local and regional exchange networks, ceramic technology, food consumption, and the emergence of social inequality. She has directed archaeological field projects in Spain and Croatia and has worked on zooarchaeological assemblages from Spain, Croatia, the Near East, and North America. She received the Harry and Elissa Sichi Early Career Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State, and her research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

 

Ex Officio Members:

Jane Buikstra, Liaison to the ASCSA Board of Trustees
Panagiotis Karkanas, Director, Wiener Laboratory
Mark L. Lawall, Chair, Managing Committee
Jenifer Neils, Director, ASCSA