Modified:  Monday, July 24, 2017

SAS Executive Board

SAS Executive Officers

Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff


Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Flinders University; Physical Sciences Building, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia; tel:+61-8-8201-5526, Fax:+61-8-8201-2905;

Rachel Popelka-Filcoff is an Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Flinders University. Her research program uses radioanalytical and spectroscopic methods for the application of analytical, radioanalytical and physical methods to cultural, environmental and forensic questions. Her work is to the first comprehensive characterisation of Australian Aboriginal natural mineral pigments on cultural heritage materials, including ochre, by several advanced analytical methods. She also analyses uranium materials by a variety of methods for international nuclear forensics projects.

A significant portion of her research is based at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), as well as collaborations with other forensic and cultural heritage institutes and universities. Rachel holds a BA in Archaeology and Classics from Washington University in St Louis (USA), a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri (USA), and completed a National Research Council postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA). Rachel has received awards for her research including the South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year in 2012, which recognises to top early career researcher in the state. She has also had her research profiled in several scientific and general media outlets such as Cosmos Magazine, Chemistry in Australia, and Chemistry World, and several radio interviews. Rachel is on the editorial board of Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. She is also a member of the advisory board for Early Career Researchers for the Premier’s Science Council for South Australia. Rachel is on the executive committee for the Early and Mid Career Research Forum for the Australian Academy of Science.



Robert Tykot

Past President

Robert H. Tykot, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-8100 USA; tel: 813-974-7279; fax: 813-974-2668;

Robert Tykot (PhD, Harvard University; MA, Tufts University), is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, where interdisciplinary and applied research are emphasized. His research involves scientific analysis of archaeological materials, especially elemental and isotopic studies, to investigate trade, technology, and dietary patterns in many parts of the world. He has conducted fieldwork and analytical research on obsidian sources and trade in the Mediterranean for over 30 years, as well as in the Near East, Africa, and Mesoamerica, and more recently on ceramics, while continuing with isotopic and elemental analyses on human remains (bone chemistry) to study ancient diets in many parts of the world. In addition, Prof. Tykot has led excavation programs in Sardinia and Sicily, and is currently involved in a survey of Neolithic sites in the Tavoliere of southern Italy.


Vice President for Intersociety Relations

Adrian Burke, Département d'Anthropologie, Université de Montréal, C.P.6128, succursale Centre-ville. Montréal QC H3C 3J7 Canada. (514) 343-6909;

Adrian L. Burke (Ph.D. University at Albany - SUNY) is a professor of archaeology specializing in the prehistory of northeastern North America. He spends most of his time studying stone tool technology and quarries. His archaeometric research focuses on the sourcing of lithic raw materials using geochemistry and petrography. He currently runs an XRF lab dedicated full time to non-destructive chemical characterization of archaeological materials. Vous pouvez aussi me contacter en français. Me pueden escribir también en español. Potete scrivermi anche in italiano.



Vice President for Membership Development

Tatsuya Murakami, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., Dinwiddie Hall 101, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA; tel: 504-862-8135; fax: 504-865-5595;

Tatsuya Murakami (Ph.D. Arizona State; MA, University of Tokyo) is an assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology of Tulane University. His research focuses on the materiality of power relations and identity among different social segments as expressed in human and material resources in Central Mexico. His research is specifically concerned with developing a set of concepts and methodologies to discern the complex social landscapes of power and identity based on practice-based and multidisciplinary approaches, including the application of archaeometric methods (petrography, soil geochemistry, XRD, XRF, etc.). He has conducted construction experiments, materials analysis of lime plaster and cut stone blocks, and an analysis of lapidary objects (especially greenstone) at Teotihuacan. He is currently directing an archaeological project with Shigeru Kabata of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla at the Formative site of Tlalancaleca, Puebla, Mexico, which is investigating the genesis, transformation, and decline of early urbanism and broader macro-regional processes leading to state formation at Teotihuacan.

Vice President for Communications SASWeb & SASNet; Treasurer

Destiny Crider, Koren 319, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101, tel: 563-387-2156;

Destiny Crider (Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2011) is Anthropology Collections Manager and Museum Instructor at Luther College,  specializing Collections Management and mentoring student research on ethnographic and archaeological collections. She has served as Ceramic Analyst on the Cerro Portezuelo Project (materials curated by the Fowler Museum at UCLA), directed by Dr. George L. Cowgill (ASU) and Dr. Deborah L. Nichols (Dartmouth). She currently serves as ceramic consultant on ceramic analysis of Postclassic ceramics in Central Mexico. Her dissertation research focused upon social and economic interaction in Central Mexico in the Epiclassic and Early Postclassic periods using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) for identification of pottery production areas in combination with technological and stylistic attribute analysis. In addition, current projects include the implementation of Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) studies of Central Mexican paints used on decorated pottery and Southwest turquoise sources. Her dissertation research was supported by the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI), National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, Sigma-Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association. Destiny Crider was recently awarded a 2009-2010 ASU Faculty Emeriti Fellowship.

Vice President for Social Media and Outreach

Andrew Michael Zipkin, 607 S. Mathews Ave., 109 Davenport Hall, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;

Andrew Zipkin is an archaeological scientist with research interests including Holocene and terminal Pleistocene hunter-gatherer archaeology in Central and East Africa, archaeometry method development, provenance studies of raw material transport and trade networks, prehistoric quarries and mines, the origins of symbolic behavior, and experimental archaeology. His research primarily focuses on how humans have used ochre mineral pigments for functional and symbolic purposes from the Middle Stone Age through present day. He completed his doctoral dissertation at The George Washington University, advised by Prof. Alison Brooks. Andrew does field work in Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia and collaborates with laboratories at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), the University of Missouri Research Reactor, the Stone Age Institute, and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. Currently, he is a National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, supervised by Prof. Stanley Ambrose (Anthropology) and Prof. Craig Lundstrom (Geology).


SAS Administration

General Secretary

Kyle P. Freund, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indian River State College, Ft. Pierce, Florida 34981 USA; tel: 772-462-7689;

Kyle Freund (Ph.D. McMaster University) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indian River State College whose specializations include lithic analysis, archaeometallurgy, spatial statistics, and field survey. He has been involved in multiple field projects throughout Italy, Greece, Turkey, Canada, and the United States, although his primary research centers on the use of archaeometric techniques to study early farming communities of the Central Mediterranean. His current work focuses on the role of obsidian exchange and gift-giving practices in structuring ancient society as well as on the transformative influence of incipient metallurgy within prehistoric social networks.


Vice President Advisory

Rob Sternberg, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Environment, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania  17604-3003, USA; tel: 717-291-4134;  fax: 717-291-4186,

Rob Sternberg is Professor of Geosciences in the Department of Earth and Environment, a liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His main research interests related to archaeometry are archaeomagnetism, field magnetometry, and magnetic properties of obsidians. He has worked in the field in the U.S. Southwest, Israel, Greece, Jamaica, and Italy. He has served the SAS in many capacities: meetings calendar associate editor; treasurer; Bulletin editor; president; and most recently General Secretary. He is an author for the SAS blog. His favorite movie is Casablanca, and his favorite sport is baseball (go Phillies, and Yankees).


SAS Publications

Thomas R FennSAS Bulletin Editor

Thomas R. Fenn, Adjunct Faculty; Research Faculty; Department of Geography and Anthropology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 3801 West Temple Ave., Bldg. 5-150, Pomona, CA 91768 USA; tel 909-869-3576;

Bio:Dr. Thomas Fenn currently is Adjunct Teaching Faculty and Research Faculty in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He served as Director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Pyrotechnology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, from July 2014 to August 2016.  He was a Visiting Scholar in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, where he was conducting research on metallurgical materials from Africa and Iran.  Dr. Fenn also completed a two-year Research Fellowship in the Centre for Archaeological Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, where he examined ancient glass production in the Western Mediterranean utilizing compositional and isotopic analyses.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (minors in Geosciences and Classics) from the University of Maine, Orono, where he worked on prehistoric and Colonial era archaeological sites, and worked for several years as the chief metals conservator for the Historical Archaeology Laboratory.  He received his Master of Science in Geology (minor in Anthropology) from the University of New Orleans, where his thesis topic was on the geochemistry of copper artifacts associated with the Old Copper Culture in northern Wisconsin.  He received his PhD from the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, with a dissertation emphasizing the application of heavy isotope (e.g., lead (Pb), strontium (Sr), and neodymium (Nd)) analysis to archaeological problems, including examining ceramics, metals and glass production and movement in both the New World and Africa.  While at the University of Arizona, Tom was awarded (in 2 different years) a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellowship which provided support while receiving isotopic analysis training and for analysis of his dissertation related samples.

Dr. Fenn’s research interests are primarily in examining early technologies, technological knowledge and the transmission of technology and knowledge, as well as more overarching questions on long distance trade, and local, regional and long distance contacts and exchange.  His analytical experience includes sample preparation and analyses with optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron microprobe analysis (EMPA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS), and multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS).  He has taught courses in world archaeology, archaeological sciences, geoarchaeology and isotope geology, ancient civilizations, cultural anthropology, environment, technology and culture, and the anthropology of gender.


Marc WaltonSAS Editor for Archaeometry

Marc Walton, Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS); 2145 Sheridan Road, Tech K111, Evanston, IL 60208; tel: 847-491-3606, Fax: 847-467-6727;

Marc is currently a Senior Scientist at NU-ACCESS and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Prior to this, he was an associate scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute where he was responsible for the scientific study of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His research has focused primarily on trade and manufacture of ancient objects. Marc was trained in Chemistry and Art History at Clark University.

He earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in archaeological science following an MA in art history, as well as a diploma in the conservation of works of art, from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.


Editor for Journal of Archaeological Science

Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Flinders University; Physical Sciences Building, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia; tel:+61-8-8201-5526, Fax:+61-8-8201-2905;