Modfied:  Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SAS Bulletin Staff

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.


Charles KolbAssociate Editor, Archaeological Ceramics
Charles Kolb Independent Scholar (retired NEH), 1005 Pruitt Court, SW, Vienna, Virginia 22180-6429, USA; tel 703-242-0063; email

Charlie Kolb holds a B.A. in History with minors in Art History and Anthropology with a focus on Latin America, the Soviet Union and South Asia) from The Pennsylvania State University and earned his Ph.D. at Penn State in Anthropology and Archaeology focusing on, Latin America and Central Asia.  He did additional graduate and post-graduate coursework and directed study at Bryn Mawr College (geology), The Pennsylvania State University (geology), Argonne National Laboratory (environmental studies), Rochester Institute of Technology/Image Permanence Laboratory (still and moving images, chemistry), International Museum of Photography (imaging science), Georgia State University (audio preservation), Society of American Archivists (still images and recorded sound), Cornell University (digital imaging), National Archives and Records Administration (digital library collections management), and University of Texas-Austin (recorded sound preservation). From 1966-1989 he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeology, ethnology and physical anthropology at Penn State (University Park and Erie campuses), Bryn Mawr College, and Mercyhurst University. Kolb also served as a board member of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (1979-1989) and Director of Research and Grants at Mercyhurst where he was also assistant director of the Hammermill Library.

His archaeological and ecological field work was in Mesoamerica, Central Asia, and Northeastern North America, and East Africa. Kolb has studied ceramics since 1962 and organized and chaired 25 annual Ceramic Ecology Symposia at the American Anthropological Association meetings 1985-2011.  Since 1965 he has written 6 monographs, 138 articles (102 peer-reviewed), 27 articles and book chapters (peer reviewed), 756 book reviews (print and Internet in 68 different professional publications), 14 film reviews (anthropology), 21 Internet site reviews (anthropology and history), 26 CRM reports to sponsors (archaeology), 32 technical or consultant reports (archaeology), and prepared written 63 encyclopedia contributions. He conducted CRM studies in the US for USDA Forest Service, Argonne National Laboratory, and US Department of Energy, and been honored by two festschriften.

Kolb served as senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (1989-2013). At NEH he was responsible for research and development grants and projects for preserving and providing intellectual access to still and moving image and recorded sound collections. He also worked on the National Digital Newspaper Program with the Library of Congress and advised on material culture collections (history and archaeology), environmental controls, and collections; storage and rehousing. Kolb also had responsibility for the Endowment "Recovering Iraq" and "Rediscovering Afghanistan" initiatives (2004-2011).  He was a consultant for the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute and currently for agencies of the US federal government, including ICE (antiquities assessments).  His particular interests continue to be materials science - especially ceramics; archaeology, ethnology, and ethnohistory; military, naval, political, and diplomatic history; cartography; demography; and pedagogy.    

Lebrasseur OphelieAssociate Editor, Archaeogenetics
Ophélie Lebrasseur, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, 1-2 South Parks Road, OX1 3TG, Oxford, UK, tel +44 (0) 1865 275116, email

Bio: Ophélie Lebrasseur is a postdoctoral research assistant in the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. She is a zooarchaeologist and geneticist whose main research interest lies in the global dispersals of animals through time and their consequences on human-animal relationships and animal genetic diversity.  She is particularly interested in the last 500 years with the advent of transoceanic travel, as well as South American native and introduced fauna.  In addition to the Chicken Project and the Going Places project, she currently is working on the ERC’s UNDEAD project (Unifying Domestication and Evolution through Ancient DNA).  She is based at the Palaeogenomics & Bioarchaeological Research Network led by Prof. Greger Larson at the University of Oxford, UK. 

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Brett KaufmanAssociate Editor, Archaeometallurgy
Brett Kaufman, Assistant Professor, Institute of Historical Metallurgy and Materials, School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China; Email:; Tel: +86 182-1060-5157 (China), +1 312-505-0170 (USA); Website:  

Bio:  Brett Kaufman is an anthropological archaeologist drawing from methodological approaches within archaeometallurgy, paleoecology, and design. His research interests have resulted in publications on Bronze Age and Iron Age political economies in the Near East and North Africa and the intersections of society, technology, industry, and environment. He has a particular focus on surplus production and consumption of metal and mineral resources, and how these are correlated with fuel management, forest conservation, and long term pollution. Brett’s research and teaching is characterized by the interdisciplinary combination of archaeological, paleoenvironmental, thermodynamic, epigraphic, and historical data with anthropological theory and materials science and engineering design concepts. He received a BA from Brandeis University, MA and PhD from University of California, Los Angeles, and continued on as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University before his current faculty fellowship at University of Science and Technology Beijing. As a PI, he has been funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration. He has conducted fieldwork in Tunisia, China, Israel, Italy, and the United States.

Rebecca Gibson Associate Editor, Bioarchaeology
Rebecca Gibson,  Department of Anthropology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Hamilton Bldg. 208, Washington, DC, 20016, USA; tel 202-885-1830 (dept);e-mail

Bio: Rebecca Gibson received her BA in history and philosophy from Indiana University South Bend, with minors in anthropology, women's studies, and European studies,  She did a joint MA at Brandeis University in anthropology and women's and gender studies, and is about to defend her dissertation on the topic of corset related skeletal deformation at American University. 

Her published works include an article in Nexus: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology, titled "Effects of Long Term Corseting on the Female Skeleton: A Preliminary Morphological Evaluation" and an article in the journal Sexuality and Culture titled "More Than Merely Human: How Science Fiction Pop-Culture Influences Our Desires for the Cybernetic." 

Her primary research interests are corsets, skeletal morphology, 3D technology, cyborgs, and how fashion is used to express multiple subjectivities.  She will soon begin a visiting lecturer position at the University of New Hampshire, teaching bioanthropology.

David HillAssociate Editor, Book Reviews
David V. Hill, Associate, Center For Big Bend Studies, Alpine, Texas.2770 South Elmira St. Unit 38, Denver, Colorado 80231,USA; tel (303) 337-2947 USA; e-mail; web

Bio: David Hill is an archaeological consultant currently working with indigenous peoples in the southwestern United States, federal and state agencies and university-based research programs. He holds a B.A in anthropology (with a Spanish minor) from the University of Tulsa, an M.A. in anthropology (with a geology minor) from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has conducted research at the Smithsonian Institution, the British Museum Department of the Near East and the Royal Ontario Museum. Dr. Hill s analytical expertise includes; thin section petrography of ceramics, soils and archaeological stone, Electron Microprobe, Inductively Coupled Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) and quantative statistical and graphical techniques. While the majority of Dr. Hill s fieldwork has taken place in the southwestern United States, he has also conducted fieldwork in northern Mexico and China. His dissertation research focused on reconstructing the origins and technological development of lead-based pottery glazes in Mesopotamia. This research was funded by grants from University of Texas at Austin, Collage of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Grant for Stable Lead Isotope Analysis, and the Big 10 Nuclear Reactor Consortia Mini-Grant Program for Neutron Activation Analysis. He has also conducted analysis of ceramics from Antigua, Barbados, China, Equador, Panama, the Phillippines, the Tekta Burnu a Greek Classical Period shipwreck and archaeological sites across the United States with over 200 published and unpublished manuscripts presenting the results of these studies.

David research interests includes the study of technological innovation and conservatism and their relationship to technology; how ethnicity and cultural learning and the properties of raw materials interact to affect ceramic technology, the cultural uses of geological materials, and the production of ceramics by mobile people. He has taught courses in archaeological method and theory, cultural and physical anthropology. He also has published in Archaeometry, The Journal of Archaeological Science, American Antiquity and in numerous edited volumes published in the United States, China and Mexico.

Jesse tuneAssociate Editor, Geoarchaeology
Jesse W. Tune, Department of Anthropology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO 81301, tel 970-247-7273, email:

Bio: Jesse Tune (Ph.D. Texas A&M University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Fort Lewis College. He specializes in Paleoindian archaeology, lithic technology, environmental archaeology, and human/environment relationships.

His research focuses on investigating the relationships between environmental change and human adaptations during the Pleistocene-to-Holocene transition.

He has led excavations at numerous Paleoindian archaeological sites, and conducted laboratory analyses of lithic assemblages from Paleoindian to Late Prehistoric archaeological periods in North America.

He uses drone-based remote sensing methodologies to document archaeological sites and assess landscape-level issues related to site formation.

Currently he is researching the early human occupation of the Colorado Plateau and human adaptations during the late Pleistocene in the Midsouth United States.

Associate Editor, Maritime Archaeology
Nicolás C. Ciarlo, National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). Ecuador 871 (C1214ACM), Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina; e-mail:

Bio: Nicolás C. Ciarlo is a maritime archaeologist, working at the Area of Research on Underwater Archaeology, Program of Historical Archaeology & Pluridisciplinary Studies, National University of Lujan (UNLu), and Teaching Assistant in Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. He received his Bachelor of Archaeology (six years degree) and degree as Anthropology Teacher from the School of Philosophy & Letters, UBA. He completed his Ph.D. in archaeology at the same university with a dissertation titled ‘Technological innovation and naval conflict in Western Europe, 1751-1815: archaeological and historical contributions to the knowledge of metallurgy and their applications on warships’.

He also completed additional post-graduate coursework in epistemology and history of science at the Tres de Febrero University. During these years, he was supported by the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and received awards from the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and the Society for Archaeological Sciences for the research conducted with metals artifacts from mid 18th to early 19th century shipwrecks. After his doctorate, he received a Postdoctoral Scholarship from the CONICET to analyze the cargo of a British ship from the Napoleonic Wars sunk in Catalonia, Spain.

Since 2004 he has conducted studies on metal artifacts from historical shipwrecks at the Archaeometallurgy Group of the School of Engeneering, UBA, where he also performed as Teaching Assistant of the ‘Metallography for Archaeological Materials’ graduate course. He has also taught courses in historical and maritime archaeology and co-organized national scientific meetings in archaeometry. Dr. Ciarlo’s main research interest is the relationship between technological innovation, naval conflicts and science during the beginnings of industrialization in Europe, with focus on metallurgy. More information on his research publications can be found at:ásCiarlo

Associate Editor, Remote Sensing and Prospection
Apostolos Sarris, Laboratory of Geophysical - Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment, Institute of Mediterranean Studies, Foundation of Research & Technology Hellas, Melissinou & Nikiforou Foka 130, P.O. Box 119, Rethymnon 74100, Crete, Greece; tel (30)-831-25146, (30)-831-56627; fax (30)-831-25810; e-mail:

Bio: Born in Chania, Crete, Greece in 1963. He received a B.A. in Astronomy & Physics (1985) and M.A. in Physics (1988) at Boston Unversity (1985) and a M.Sc. (1990) and a Ph.D. in Physics (1992) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since then he became active in education and research, being a contracted lecturer at the University of Maryland (European Division), the National Hellenic Airforce Academy, the University of Crete, the Technological Educational Institute of Crete and the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

Currently he is a researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies - FORTH and director of the Laboratory of Geophysical and Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-environment. The Lab is part of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories of Europe (AGILE) and of EPOCH consortium. His research interests span from Applied Geophysics and Remote Sensing to Geophysical Prospection of Archaeological Sites, Site Assessment and Modelling through the Application of Remote Sensing/GIS techniques, Satellite Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Classification techniques and Environmental Research-Development Strategies. Until now he has organized, planned and participated in more than 100 geophysical/satellite remote sensing/GIS/GPS projects in Greece, U.S.A., Cyprus, Hungary, Albania, and Egypt. He has written 4 chapters in books, 1 Proceedings Volume, 34 refereed journal papers, 48 refereed papers in books of proceedings, 12 in non-refereed journals, 70 Technical Reports, 3 Technical Guides/Notes.

He is acting as an Assistant National representative in the Scientific Committee for Peace and Safety of Safety of ΝΑΤΟ (ΝΑΤΟ/Committee on Science for Peace and Security/SPS) (2006-2010), vice-chair of the International Society for Archaeological Prospection (ISAP), and associate editor of the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin and of Archaeological Prospection Journal.