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.  


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.  


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.


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’.