Staff


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Michael Cosmopoulos
DIRECTOR

Michael Cosmopoulos is the Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Chair of Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He is also director of the Eleusis Archaeological Project and the Oropos Survey Project.

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FIELD STAFF

Michael Nelson
CHIEF ARCHITECT

Mike Nelson is a specialist in Mycenaean architecture. He has worked extensively in Messenia, including work as co-director of the Minnesota Pylos Project from 1990-1998.
Steven Clarke
ARCHITECT

Steven Clarke is the project architect and illustrator. He is a licensed landscape architect practicing in Vancouver, Canada, and is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. He has also been the project architect for the excavations in Greece at Eleusis and executed drawings of the Mycenaean settlement of Grotta on Naxos, for the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


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Chris Mundigler
SITE SUPERVISOR

Chris Mundigler, a contract archaeologist with InCA Research Services, specializes in technical and logistical aspects of archaeological fieldwork, including surveying, mapping, planning, GPS, GIS, and photography.

Jenifer Elam
TOPOGRAPHY/TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Jenifer Elam is a professional contract archaeologist with the Public Archaeology Laboratory in Rhode Island with extensive experience in the archaeology of the eastern United States. In addition to her work at Iklaina, she has been the Technical Illustrator and the Laboratory Supervisor for the Excavations at Khirbet Qana, Israel. Specializing in the logistical and technical aspects of archaeology, her research interests include Late Bronze Age settlement, warfare, and mortuary practices.

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Michael Boyd
GEOPHYSICAL ANALYSIS

Michael Boyd is the project geophysicist. He is Honorary Research Fellow in geophysics at the British School at Athens, and Research Associate at the Unversity of Cambridge. He has directed numerous geophysical projects in Greece and Bulgaria, and his main research interests lie in the bronze age of southern Greece, particularly funerary archaeology. His is currently co-editing the Keros excavations publication series with Colin Renfrew.


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Meredith Reifschneider
FIELD COORDINATOR

Meredith Reifschneider is a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She has worked at several sites in Greece and the southwestern United States. Her interests include Bronze Age archaeology, landscape archaeology, and cultural geography.
Ansley Beard
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Ansley Beard is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston. She is currently working at the site of Mitrou in East Lokris, and has worked on several other sites in Greece.
Demetris Brellas
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Demetris Brellas is currently a graduate student at Boston University. He is also currently excavating in Turkey. His research interests include Old World historical archaeology and zooarchaeology.
Stavroula Drakopoulou
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Stavroula Drakopoulou is a graduate of the University of Athens. She has worked on several sites in Greece.
Barbara Eleftheriou
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Barbara Eleftheriou is a graduate of the University of Athens and has extensive archaeological experience on sites throughout Greece.
Jen Glaubius
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Jen Glaubius is a graduate student in the Geography Department at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Her research interests include the application of physical geography techniques (geomorphology, hydrology, and soils) and remonte sensing, GIS, to archaeological questions.
Joanna Potenza
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Joanna Potenza is completing her MA degree in Archaeology from UCLA, and has just completed the Regular Program at the American School for Classical Studies at Athens. She has excavated in Corinth and Mitrou in Greece, as well as in Albania and America. She is particularly interested in Bronze Age mortuary practices, anthropological theory, and bright pink digging supplies.
Amanda Slavin
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Amanda Summer received her M.A. in Greek Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis and excavated on Ithaka before joining the Iklaina team in 1999. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Islands and The Best Travel Writing 2011. She is currently at work on articles about IKAP for Archaeology and Odyssey magazines, as well as a novel set in Greece.
Allisa Stoimenoff
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Allisa Stoimenoff is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin in Classical Archaeology. Her research interests include Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age Greece and Attic ceramics.
Rebecca Worsham
TRENCH SUPERVISOR

Rebecca Worsham is a graduate student in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has excavated previously at Mitrou and Mycenae, and is interested in the archaeology of the Greek Bronze Age.

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IT SPECIALIST

John Wallrodt
IT AND DATABASE EXPERT
John is a Senior Research Associate with the Dept. of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. He is familiar with all phases of archaeological research from fieldwork to publication.

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RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
Vassilis Petrakis 
Vassilis Petrakis (Ph.D., Athens) is currently affiliated with the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Institute for Greek and Roman Antiquity). His research interests are Aegean Bronze Age archaeology and epigraphy (with a special focus in Linear B), political anthropology and Greek linguistics. Current projects include the final publication of the Kato Zakro palace ‘Archive’ (with Lefteris Platon) and a monograph on the Linear B ‘monograms’.

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LAB STAFF

Kate Bracher
HEAD CATALOGUER

Kate Bracher is professor emeritus of astronomy at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She has been coming to IKAP since 2000, and currently is the supervisor of museum operations.


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Cynthia Shelmerdine
CERAMICS EXPERT

Cynthia Shelmerdine is Robert M. Armstrong Professor of Classics Emerita at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research specialties are Aegean Bronze Age archaeology and Mycenaean Greek language and culture.
Michael Galaty
CERAMICS EXPERT

Michael Galaty is Professor of Anthropology at Millsaps College, home to the W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology. He directs The Diros Project in the Mani, Greece, and the Projekti Arkeologjikë i Shkodrës (PASH) in Shkodra, Albania.
Patrick Thomas
CERAMICS EXPERT

Pat Thomas is a professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville. His current teaching includes courses in archaeology, ancient history, and Latin. He has participated in excavations in Egypt, Turkey, and in Greece at the sites of Corinth, Tsoungiza, Panakton, Mitrou, and Iklaina. His special interests are in Aegean prehistory, especially the ceramics of the Mycenaean period and early Iron Age.
Joann Gulizio
CERAMICS EXPERT

Joann Gulizio is currently teaching at the College of Charleston. Her research interests include Mycenaean religion, and Aegean scripts.


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Deborah Ruscillo
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR; FAUNAL ANALYSIS; DIRECTOR OF PRISM

Deborah Ruscillo received her PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London in 2000. She is currently an instructor and research associate in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Her specialties include ancient diet and economy in Greece, zooarchaeological methodology, and Murex Royal Purple production.  She is the director of the Program for the Regional Investigations of Sustainability in Messenia (PRISM).


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Susan Allen
PALAEOETHNOBOTANIST

Susan Allen is a Field Service Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Cincinnati. She co-directs the Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project, and has conducted survey and excavation in Greece, Albania, Romania, Cyprus, Israel, and the eastern United States. Her research interests include landscape archaeology, wetlands, the origins of agriculture, and archaeobotanical approaches to the rise of complex societies.
China Shelton
PALAEOETHNOBOTANIST

China specializes in paleoethnobotany with a focus on the Iron Age and Roman periods in Italy and Greece. Her interests include landscape archaeology, agriculture and foodways, and group identity in complex societies.


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Maria Liston
PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGIST

Maria Liston is an Associate Professor in Anthropology and Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She has previously participated in excavations at Kavousi and Azoria in Crete, the Athenian Agora, Mitrou, and Fort William Henry, New York. Her specialties include mortuary behaviour, paleopathology and skeletal biology.


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Haricleia Brecoulaki
FRESCO SPECIALIST

Haricleia Brecoulaki is a researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, as a member of the Northern Greece Programme at KERA/NHRF. She is a leading authority in Greek painting and the history of colour in ancient Greece, including painting technology and uses of organic materials.


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James Newhard LITHICS STUDIES
James Newhard is Assocaite Professor of Classics at the College of Charleston.  He is an expert in lithics analyses, as well as the application of technology to archaeology, and ancient and modern concepts of ethnicity. He has conducted archaeological research in Greece, Turkey, Albania, and the United States.

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Stephania Veldemiri
CONSERVATOR

Stefania Veldemiri has studied archaeological conservation at the University of Athens (Department of Archaeological conservation,1995-1999). She has extensive conservation experience in several Greek and American museums, including the Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki, Byzantine museum of Thessaloniki, Natural history Museum of Crete, Museum of National History of the fossil ed forest (Lesvos), American Museum of National History (New York), National Museum of Natural History-Washington, Smithsonian Institution etc.


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Bob
LAB MORALE

Bob has extensive experience of archaeological sites in Europe, the United States and Australia. He plays an essential role in maintaining morale in the museum.