Thinking Archaeological Science Symposium ~ Participants



Andrew Bauer

Assistant Professor of Anthropology; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne


Andrew Bauer is assistant Professor of Anthropology, Geography and Geographic Information Science, and faculty affiliate of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois. Before joining the University of Illinois he taught at DePauw University and at the University of Chicago, where he completed his PhD in Anthropology in 2010. Andrew is an environmental archaeologist whose primary field research is based in South India, where he co-directs two projects that explore the intersections of historical ecology, social

inequalities, and discourses of conservation and nature. He has published work in a variety of journals and books, including Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, The Holocene, the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Asian Perspectives, Antiquity, and the Archaeology of Politics: The Materiality of Political Practice and Action in the Past.



"Geoarchaeological Science and (New) Materialisms: Theorizing Analyses of Soils, Stones and Social Landscapes"



Marie-Claude Boileau

Research Associate; University of Pennsylvania Museum


I am an archaeologist specializing in the archaeology of Bronze and Iron Age cultures of the Near East, specializing on the technological study of archaeological ceramics.  Central to my research is the reconstruction of technological traditions, their development over time and across space, as a way to approach social identity. I use an integrated methodology, combining multiple datasets - contextual, stylistic and analytical- to trace the potter’s choice and action at every step of the production sequence. My research and teaching interests expand to the East Mediterranean to explore networks of interaction at different scales.

Since receiving my Ph.D. in 2002 from Université Laval, I have held research and teaching positions at CNRS-Nanterre, University of British Columbia, Fitch Laboratory-British School at Athens, and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Since 2010 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, I manage the Ceramics Laboratory and teach a range of courses in archaeological science. In the field and in the lab I have been involved in a number of archaeological projects in Syria, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Thailand.



"Using Theory to Tackle ‘noise:' How Thinking About Social Practices Addresses Data Micro-variability"



Claudia Engel

Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology; Stanford University


Claudia Engel is Academic Technology Specialist, Anthropologist, and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology. She collaborated with Prof. Lynn Meskell in a project on the procedural, dynamic and contextualized character of archaeological objects (<>). Since 2012 she has been working with different specialist teams on data entry and retrieval of the Çatalhöyük database.



"Data Management at Çatalhöyük: From Database to Living Archive"



Alan Greene

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Anthropology and Stanford Archaeology Center; Stanford University


I specialize in the sociobiography of material objects as well as compositional and structural methods of materials analysis, tracing artifacts through habitual production regimes, spheres of exchange, and consumption trends in ancient societies. I am co-director of the Making of Ancient Eurasia Project (MAE), an analytical collaboration between anthropologists and material scientists at Argonne National Laboratory ( The methods utilized by MAE focus on minimally-destructive X-ray analyses of archaeological materials, including digital radiography, X-ray computed tomography, portable X-ray Fluorescence, and synchrotron-based small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering. I earned my Ph.D. in anthropological archaeology at the University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology in 2013.  My dissertation "The Social Lives of Pottery on the Plain of Flowers" draws out the relationship between mundane aspects of the material economy like ceramic containers, and the macro-scale political-economies of emergent complex polities in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus. At the Stanford Archaeology Center, I plan to offer classes in pottery analysis, archaeological science, data management, and the political and economic aspects of craftmaking.



"Technologies, Techniques, and Instrumental Context: Thinking About Inter- and Intra-disciplinary models of Archaeological Scientific Research"



Karl Grossner

Digital Humanities Research Developer; Stanford University Libraries


Karl Grossner is a Geographer and Digital Humanities Research Developer with the Stanford Libraries. His research interests are in the representation of historical knowledge in computational models of place. He is currently developing a pilot of a Çatalhöyük Living Archive.



"Data Management at Çatalhöyük: From Databse to Living Archive"



Ian Hodder

Dunlevie Family Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Stanford Archaeology Center; Stanford Archaeology Center


Ian Hodder was trained at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at Cambridge University where he obtained his PhD in 1975. After a brief period teaching at Leeds, he returned to Cambridge where he taught until 1999. During that time he became Professor of Archaeology and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1999 he moved to teach at Stanford University as Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center. His main large-scale excavation projects have been at Haddenham in the east of England and at Çatalhöyük in Turkey where he has worked since 1993. He has been awarded the Oscar Montelius Medal by the Swedish Society of Antiquaries, the Huxley Memorial Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and has Honorary Doctorates from Bristol and Leiden Universities. His main books include Spatial analysis in archaeology (1976 CUP),Symbols in action (1982 CUP), Reading the past (1986 CUP), The domestication of Europe (1990 Blackwell), The archaeological process (1999 Blackwell), The leopard’s tale: revealing the mysteries of Çatalhöyük (2006 Thames and Hudson), Entangled. An archaeology of the relationships between humans and things (2012 Wiley Blackwell).



"Assembling Science at Çatalhöyük: Interdisciplinarity in Theory and Practice"


Elijah Meeks

Digital Humanities Specialist; Stanford University Libraries


Elijah Meeks is Digital Humanities Specialist with the Stanford Libraries. Trained as a historian he helps bring network analysis, text analysis, and spatial analysis to bear on traditional humanities research questions.



"Data Management at Çatalhöyük: From Database to Living Archive"


Jessica Pearson 

Senior Lecturer in Bioarchaeology, Liverpool University, UK


Jessica Pearson is a specialist in human osteology and palaeodietary reconstruction using light isotope analysis. She undertook a DPhil at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford University supervised by Professor Robert Hedges and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Her main focus is on developing methods to accurately reconstruct ancient diets, while at the same time answering social questions concerning the archaeology of food. She currently works on Epi-Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites in Turkey including Çatalhöyük. In the past 5 years she has authored more than 20 articles concerning human osteology and the reconstruction of ancient diet and supervises students in a wide range of bioarchaeological issues. She is currently senior lecturer in Bioarchaeology at Liverpool University, UK. 


Title“Scientific Epistemology and Paleodietary Reconstruction by Stable Isotope Analysis”



David Peterson

Affiliate Professor of Anthropology, Idaho State University


David Peterson is Affiliate Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University. His laboratory research centers copper, bronze, gold, and silver artifacts using a variety of techniques (SEM-EDS, nano-SIMS, synchrotron X-rays, EPMA, and LA-ICP-MS), and the relationship between social interactions, technology and material culture processes. Archaeological field and laboratory investigations have taken him to Russia, the Caucasus (Daghestan and Armenia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan), and North America, where he teaches an archaeological field school in the mountains of southern Idaho. He is the lead editor of Beyond the Steppe and the Sown, a collection of articles on Eurasian archaeology (co-edited with Laura Popova and Adam T. Smith), and co-editor of The Archaeology of Circulation, Exchange and Human Migration: Techniques, Cases, Evidence, which is currently in preparation.



"Before the Golden Age: Microanalytical Approaches to Prehistoric Eurasian Metallurgy and Sociotechnical Systems"



Andrew Roddick

Assistant Professor of Anthropology; McMaster University


Dr. Andy Roddick completed his PhD at the University of California Berkeley in 2009. He currently holds an Assistant Professor position in the Anthropology Department at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada), where he is the Director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research into Archaeological Ceramics (LIRAC). Dr. Roddick has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Canada, Belize, Bolivia, and Peru. His interests include ceramic technology, archaeometry, theories of learning and apprenticeship, and theories of practice. Since 2000 he has worked on the Taraco Archaeological Project, a multi-disciplinary project focusing on the daily practices and longer term sociopolitical processes of the Middle and Late Formative Periods prior to the emergence of the Tiwanaku state in highland Bolivia.  In addition to his archaeological work into the deep past, Dr. Roddick is also directing the /Proyecto Ollero Titicaca Sur/ which is investigating the crafting practices and historical dynamics of several modern potting communities.



"Filling the gaps... tracing itineraries: (Re)Defining the Ceramic
Chaîne Opératoire in the Lake Titicaca Basin"



Krish Seetah

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Stanford Archaeology Center; Stanford University


I am a zooarchaeologist, whose focus is primarily on colonisation and colonialism. My zooarchaeological research has used butchery analysis (with the benefit of professional and ethnographic actualistic experience) to investigate agency within the human-animal relationship. More recently, I have employed geometric morphometrics (GMM) as a mechanism for identifying and distinguishing animal populations. This approach to studying colonial activity centres on understanding how people manipulate animal bodies, both during life and after death.

Alongside the strictly faunal research is a research interest in technologies associated with animal processing. This has been used to investigate issues of technology, trade and socio-economic attitudes within colonial contexts in the Mediterranean (Venice & Montenegro) and the Baltic (Poland, Latvia & Lithuania).

I am also the Director of the ‘Mauritian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage’ (MACH) project, which studies European Imperialism and colonial activity. This project centres on the movement of peoples and material cultures, specifically within the contexts of slavery and Diaspora. The work of this project has focused on key sites in Mauritius and is based on a systematic programme of excavation and environmental sampling. The underlying aims are to better understand the transition from slavery to indentured labour following abolition, the extent and diversity of trade in the region and the environmental consequences of intense, monoculture, agriculture.



"An Archaeology of Disease and Health: Making Paleopathology More Relevant"