Marcos Martinón-Torres is Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science at the University of Cambridge. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Archaeological Science, in addition to other roles in editorial, peer-review and charitable boards.
His main research interests centre around material culture and technologies, the context of innovations, and knowledge transmission. He approaches these subjects through a combination of analytical studies of archaeological materials, experiments, and historical sources – very often in collaboration with doctoral students. Some of his most prominent projects have focused on the archaeology of European alchemy and chemistry, the making of China’s Terracotta Army, and the archaeometallurgy of gold in South America.
Evangelia Kiriatzi is an archaeologist (BA, and PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) with training in archaeological science, and more specifically in ceramic analysis. She has held a number of long- and short-term posts in institutions mainly in Europe (UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield) but also North America (University of Cincinnati) and the Middle East (UCL-Qatar). Since 2001, Evangelia has been the director of the Fitch Laboratory, of the British School at Athens (https://www.bsa.ac.uk/about-us/fitch-laboratory), where she has developed new methodological approaches with increased emphasis on the landscape perspective and the multiscale investigation of technological processes through time to explore mainly human mobility and technological transfer.
She has coordinated more than 10 interdisciplinary projects, and produced over 70 publications, including monographs and articles in major peer-reviewed journals, having raised, both individually and in collaboration, more than 2m euros. Her research expands from Neolithic and Bronze Age Aegean and Anatolia, to Roman Italy, Punic Spain, early Medieval Britain and early Modern Aegean. Since 2010, Evangelia (together with Ruth Siddall, UCL) runs annually a very popular course on ceramic petrology that attracts postgraduates and senior researchers from institutions all over the world. She acts as reviewer regularly for a number of journals and funding bodies and has advised in setting up and equipping archaeological science laboratories in institutions in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Rachel Popelka-Filcoff (FRACI) is the Kimberley Foundation Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her laboratory integrates advanced nuclear and spectroscopic approaches into multidisciplinary projects, including cultural heritage chemistry and archaeological science. Her research is the first comprehensive characterization of Australian Aboriginal natural mineral pigments on cultural heritage materials by several analytical methods. Rachel holds a BA from Washington University in St Louis a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri as a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and completed a National Research Council postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). From 2009-2020, she was at Flinders University in Adelaide, including 2010-2016 where she was an AINSE Senior Research Fellow. Rachel has received awards for her research including the South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year in 2012, which recognizes the top early career researcher in the state. Rachel is the Past President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, and on the editorial board of Journal of Archaeological Science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She has had her research profiled in several scientific and general media outlets such as Cosmos Magazine, Chemistry in Australia, and Chemistry World, and radio and television interviews.
Tatsuya Murakami (Ph.D. Arizona State; MA, University of Tokyo) is an Associate 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 Kyoto University of Foreign
Studies 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.
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.
Dr. MacDonald is a specialist in archaeological science, with interests in multi-method analytical approaches to pigments, rock art, ceramics, obsidian, and glass. She presently studies rock art and mineral pigment use in the Pacific Northwest and in the lower Canadian Shield, as well as obsidian resource use in Northwestern Patagonia. Dr. MacDonald also coordinates the MURR Archaeometry Laboratory Pre-Doctoral Internship Program.
Andrew Zipkin is an archaeological scientist with research interests including Holocene and terminal Pleistocene hunter-gatherers in sub-Saharan Africa, the origins of social networks and long-distance exchange, elemental and isotopic chemistry method development, compositional data analysis, provenance studies, and experimental archaeology. He was awarded his doctorate in 2015 by The George Washington University, where he was advised by Prof. Alison Brooks. Zipkin was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2015-2018, and worked with Profs. Stanley Ambrose and Craig Lundstrom on the ethno-archaeometry of ochre use in the Kenya Rift Valley, and strontium isoscape construction in northern Malawi. He currently collaborates with Profs. Polly Wiessner, Curtis Marean, and Kelly Knudson at ASU on using strontium isotopes to reconstruct ancient social networks and territorial behaviors in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana.
Rob Sternberg is a retired 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 archaeomagnetic secular variation, archaeomagneneti dating, archaeological paleointensities, 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. In his retiree spare time, he enjoys meal planning/shopping/cooking, reading the NY Review of Books and contemporary fiction, watching independent and foreign films, doing NY Times crosswords, pitch and putt golf, traveling, complaining about politics, watching baseball (Yankees, Phillies) and cricket.
Kyle Freund (Ph.D. McMaster University) is a Principal Investigator at Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. 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.
Carmen Ting is currently the Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus. Her doctoral research focused on the continuities and changes in ceramic production and exchange during the 'Maya Collapse', followed by research on the ceramics from the Caribbean. When she had had enough of rum and coke in the sun, she decided to turn her focus on the technical ceramics from Sudan (no rum but still in the sun). More recently, she has moved to yet another sunny place, i.e. Cyprus, to investigate the beginnings and development of glaze production in medieval Cyprus. As random as her research projects appear to be, her research focus has always remained to be on ancient technologies, craft organization, and the movement of technical knowledge in past societies.
Ben's main research activities combine models from evolutionary ecology with analyses of archaeological evidence to investigate past human behaviour. Specific interests include hominin dispersals into mainland Southeast Asia, forager technologies and ecology in Australia, mainland Southeast Asia and elsewhere. He analyses how archaeology engages with local and online communities, and with popular culture. Ben is also interested in techniques and methods for reproducible research and open science. Ben has technical expertise with stone artefact analysis and geoarchaeology. He supervises the UW geoarchaeology laboratory.