Visiting Scholars

Prospective Visiting Scholars

The Archaeology Center welcomes applicants from those who wish to spend a period of time affiliated with the Center as Visiting Scholars. There is a lively intellectual community at the Center in which Visitors are welcome to take part. Generally the Center does not provide funding for Visiting Scholars, but it can from time to time provide work space in the Center and provide access to libraries and facilities.

Those wishing to apply should write at least 6 months in advance to the Director of the Archaeology Center indicating the purpose of the visit, funding, and enclosing a CV.

Current Visiting Scholars



Diego Calaon 

I am a post-classical archaeologist and I am the site director of the archaeological excavation in Torcello (Venice, Ca’ Foscari University). The project aim is to investigate the Late Antique and Early Middle Age Origins of Venice. I have also been actively involved in the Early Medieval Comacchio project and in Venetian Colonial projects in Dalmatia. In Croatia and Montenegro my scientific focus has been the evaluation of the impact on the local communities of Venetian and Ottoman trade systems.

In 2014, I have been awarded the prestigious Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship by the EU, for the project “Voices of Venice” to pursue my research in the anthro-ecological reappraisal of the Origin of Venice. For this investigation I will be hosted by the Stanford University. The research will stimulate a critical reassessment of the one of the most well studied European historical and social phenomenon, the Serenissima. The proposed project will include a comprehensive environmental approach, and will help to implements innovative methods for re-interpret the formation of the new settlements in the Venetian lagoons.                                                                                                                                         

I am also an associated researcher on the “Mauritian Archaeological and Cultural Heritage” project (M.A.C.H), in collaboration with  Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne, both Unesco WHS in Mauritius. Through these projects, directed by Krish Seetah, I have expanded my  global and colonial expertise with reference to the reconstruction of the past, going beyond the classic chronological boundaries inscribed by Italian and European training systems.

Methodologically, my archaeological research has focused primarily on landscape transformations. Using GIS and a holistic approach to data management, I have worked on the impacts of both short and long term landscape and ecological changes.  


Andrea Cardini 

I am an Italian biologist (bachelors degree, University of Milan; PhD, University of Bologna) specialized in the study of form variation in mammals, and other organisms. I use computerized methods of image analysis to answer scientific questions related to group differences, and the factors that might produce them, in evolution, taxonomy and biogeography, paleontology and zooarchaeology, biomedicine and forensics. I am also interested in learning, and helping to develop, landmark-based methods of size and shape analysis. This interest has led me to co-organize and teach in more than 20 international workshops on shape analysis in Europe, the Middle East, South America and China. Since 2006, I have been a full-time Researcher at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. I am also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Forensic Science of The University of Western Australia, and I work as an Associate Editor for Zoomorphology, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research and Hystrix-The Italian Journal of Mammalogy. At Stanford, I will be working with Prof. Krish Seetah on the morphological evidence for horse domestication in the context of human-environment change and interactions.  


Saša Čaval 

Saša gained her Ph.D. from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is currently an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, part of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Saša’s research focuses on the archaeology of religion with regional foci spanning Europe, North Africa, Latin America and the Indian Ocean. Her initial investigations centered on the Balkans and studied the role of medieval architecture and the integration of elements of power into sacred landscapes. More recently, she has developed her research to incorporate anthropological as well as archaeological perspectives in a study of identity construction, using religion and religious expression by descendent communities on formerly colonised island enclaves; her principle case study is Mauritius.

In addition, she has broad fieldwork and research experience in her native Slovenia, on the Adriatic islands and inland in Bosnia and Herzegovina focusing on religious ‘topographies’.  Further afield, she has incorporating key temple and tomb sites at Kom Llola and Deir el-Bahri, Luxor, West bank, Egypt into her research on the role of sacred architecture; and performed landscape based archaeological reconnaissance in the central Yucatan peninsula looking at the distribution and significance of ritual structures within Mayan civilisation.  


Maurizio Forte 

Maurizio Forte, PhD, is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. He is also the founder and director of the DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past) at Duke. His main research topics are: digital archaeology, classical archaeology and neuro-archaeology. He has coordinated archaeological fieldwork and research projects in Europe, Asia and US.  Since 2010 he is director of the 3D-Digging project at Çatalhöyük. He is editor and author of several books including “Virtual Archaeology” (1996), Virtual Reality in Archaeology (2000), “From Space to Place” (2006), “La Villa di Livia. Un percorso di ricerca di archeologia virtuale” (2008), “Cyberarchaeology (2012).  



Jamie Hampson 

Jamie Hampson specialises in rock art and heritage studies. He works in the USA, South Africa, India, and Western Australia.

Entitled Rock art, Indigenous heritage, and cultural identity, Jamie’s Marie Curie fellowship is co-hosted by Stanford University (Professor Lynn Meskell) and the University of York (Dr Sara Perry). Jamie is currently on leave from his position as an Associate Professor of Rock Art Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge, where he co-founded the British Rock Art Group and the North American Archaeological Research Group.

In addition to the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (Experienced Researcher), Jamie has received grants from Clare College (Cambridge), the Kirk-Greene Africa fund, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).

Jamie received his doctorate and M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge and his undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford.

Other projects that Jamie has worked on include rock art regionalism; the management and presentation of rock art sites to the public; and the commodification of archaeological heritage.

Jamie’s forthcoming book – published by Left Coast Press (Walnut Creek, CA) – is entitled Rock Art and Regional Identity: a Comparative Perspective.


Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil 

I am excited to be starting my second year as a Visiting Student Researcher housed in Lynn Meskell's lab.  My research focuses on the complex historical issues that form the backdrop/impetus for Indigenous cultural heritage repatriation claims, including colonial assimilation laws prohibiting cultural expression, deprivation of traditional territories and resources, forced relocation and residential schools.  I enjoyed participating this year in the Stanford-France Conference and will contribute a piece on ‘Challenges for Implementing UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation in Canada’ to a volume edited by Dr. Sophia Labadi and Professor Bill Logan. I am also working on a chapter for a volume edited by Dr. Paul Basu based on a paper I presented at a March 2013 UCL/British Museum symposium on how a totem pole repatriated by Sweden to the Haisla Nation in British Columbia acted as a mediator between colonized and colonizer cultures.  I spent this summer doing fieldwork in British Columbia interviewing First Nations Elders for my Masters thesis on “Understanding and Resolving Indigenous Cultural Heritage Repatriation Disputes”, and finishing a paper analyzing the impact of UNDRIP on the contentious new Canadian Museum of History for inclusion in ‘A New Millennium for Indigenous Rights’ edited by Dr. Sarah Sargent. I will complete my Masters in Law degree at the University of British Columbia this year.  Previously, I completed BAs in Art History and International Relations at Stanford, a JD at the University of Toronto, and practiced as a corporate and dispute resolution attorney.

Stéphan Karghoo 

Stéphan Karghoo specializes in Historical Studies and his research interests concern the history of slavery with an empirical focus on Mauritius and Africa. His previous work experience spans a broad range of topics in the field of History in institutions including the Le Morne Heritage Trust Fund, the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund (both World Heritage Sites) and Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture Trust Fund and the Truth and Justice Commission.

Mr. Karghoo participated in the Project “Origins/Genealogy” of the Nelson Mandela Centre from 2005-2009. He is currently Head of Research and Documentation at the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture Trust Fund and as such is mainly responsible to carry research and other duties with the view to preserve and promote African and Creole Arts and Culture, publish and disseminate valuable information pertaining to African Arts and Culture and to promote the cultural traits specific to Mauritians of African origin. He also manages the Genealogy Database and Unit which assist Mauritians in establishing their slave descent and to trace the linguistic, geographic, cultural origins.He is also the author of several books and is a regular contributor to local and international journals.

His main duty as Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University will be to share knowledge and experience, interact with other scholars and research on ways to preserve and promote African and Creole arts and Culture.


Dipuo Winnie Mokokwe

I am a visiting student researcher in Lynn Meskell’s lab. The primary work for my visit at Stanford is to write up my PhD thesis.  During my visit at Stanford I will also interact with Stanford researchers, attend osteoarchaeology lectures and see fossil primate collections in other institutions in California.

I have an MSc in Palaeoanthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. I am currently a part-time PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. My PhD research title is “Taxonomy, Taphonomy and Spatial distribution of the cercopithecoid postcranial fossils from Sterkfontein Caves”. The project entails taxonomic identification of the fossil monkey postcrania assemblage of the Sterkfontein Caves and determining the types of carnivores which accumulated the fossil cercopithecoids. The research will also contribute to understanding spatial and taphonomic patterns which occur at the Sterkfontein Cave site.

I have been a tutor at the University of the Witwatersrand between 2003-2006 tutoring archaeology. I have also been a guest lecturerer on palaeoanthropology related topics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

I am also an employee of the South African national Department of Science and Technology as a Deputy Director for the palaeosciences (a collective name for archaeology, palaeontology and paleoanthropology). I am part of a team which is responsible for the development of policy, strategy and funding of the field of the palaeosciences in the country. 


Jonas Nordin

I have BA, MA and a Ph.D. at Stockholm University and I am docent in historical archaeology at Lund University. I am a researcher in archaeology concerning early modern globalization at the Swedish History Museum and at Uppsala University where I also teach Historical Archaeology.

My scientific focus can be divided into two main areas: Medieval archaeology and global historical archeology. In both, there is a common theme in landscape analysis and spatial studies – from global contexts to studies of the significance of singular buildings. The overall focus of my work, has however, shifted from thorough detailed studies and regional contextual studies in my dissertation and related scientific articles to my ongoing research on global studies. Today, my emphasis strives to research on colonial relationships and global material culture from the early modern and modern periods. Theoretically, my interest has focused on how landscape and spatial perception in relation to power and materiality expressed through material culture relating to objects, buildings and landscapes. In my ongoing research materiality studies and post- humanism perspectives has gained increasingly significant role.

I am currently working in two research projects founded by the Swedish research council, and focused on colonial relations between Sweden and Sápmi, the land of Sámi. The project Collecting Sápmi is focused on examining the construction of Sámi through collecting and dispersing of Sámi material culture in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. This project is based at the Swedish History Museum and is run together with Carl-Gösta Ojala, Uppsala University. The project A Colonial Arena is dedicated to the understanding of the emergence of industrial production in the far North of Sweden and how the metal works of the seventeenth century gained the roles as contact zones between Sámi, Dutch migrant workers and Swedish officials. This project is based at Uppsala University. I am also involved in the scientific research network GlobArch ( together with Magdalena Naum, Lund University and in the project Margins of Modernity on studying spatial, social and economic change among Swedish Roma during the twentieth century.


Burcu Tung 

I am a Turkish archaeologist with interests in the Neolithic of Southwest Asia, the construction of archaeological knowledge, heritage politics, and the process of dialogue in the formation of historical narratives. I received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.

My primary work as a visiting scholar at Stanford this year will focus on the completion a book-length manuscript that I have been working on with an Armenian-American scholar, Flora Keshgegian. Our work explores the dynamics of recollection and reticence in the shaping of Turkish and Armenian identities.  This research draws on memory and heritage as we explore our identities and our past primarily through a process of what we call “critical dialogue”. We scrutinize our perceptions through a reflexive approach in the analysis of our personal experiences to further identify discursive practices in the shaping of each “other”.  Our aim is to reach mutual understandings and contribute to historical justice through shaping new narratives. I came into this work after being a part of a Turkish – Armenian dialogue group over 7 years where I began to think about the consequences of the Armenian Genocide as part of an erased heritage of Turkey.

I have taught courses on World Heritage, Heritage Policy and Management, and Public Archaeology at both UC Merced and UC Berkeley between 2011 and 2014.

I am also a practicing archaeologist of over 15 years. I currently supervise the excavations in the North Shelter at Çatalhöyük as one of the field directors of the project. In junction to this work, I continue my research on the site, which focuses on the architectural materials used at the Neolithic settlement and how their analyses may allude to ‘communities of practice’.  


Liu Yan 

I am so excited to be a Visiting Student Researcher in Li Liu’s Lab. I received my M.A. in 2013 and B.A. in 2010 in archaeology both from Jilin University (Changchun). I am studying for the Ph.D degree in Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing). My M.A. research focused on the adaptations and regional settlement patterns of Mid-western Northeast China in Neolithic Age using GIS spatial analysis data, archaeological data and cultural ecological theory. In this research, I discovered that in ecotone areas, settlement patterns and adaptation strategies are affected by the changes of ecotone and edge effect, and meanwhile, four cultural ecological zones are recognized based on the distinctive characteristics of regional settlement patterns and adaptations. My research interests are very broad, including GIS, regional settlement archaeology, prehistoric adaptations, cultural ecology, site formation process, contextual archaeology and archaeological theory. My recent interest is the origin and development process of early complex society. My current work in Stanford is to prepare for my doctoral dissertation plan about prehistoric society development of agriculture and animal husbandry ecotone in North China regarding the transformations of subsistence, technology and social structures using GIS spatial analysis data, archaeological data and environmental data. Prof. Li Liu will give me support in archaeobotany and settlement archaeology.