SAS Executive Officers & Administration

President - Camilla Speller

Camilla Speller, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 6303 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Camilla Speller is an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her BA from the University of Calgary was a double major in archaeology and biological anthropology. During Speller's MA at Simon Fraser University, she developed skills in ancient DNA analysis and expanded this expertise for her PhD research. Her MA, completed in 2005, used ancient DNA analysis to examine the distribution of salmon species at the Northwest Plateau site of Keatley Creek, BC, Canada. Speller's PhD dissertation, also completed at Simon Fraser University in 2009, applied ancient DNA techniques to study the use of wild and domestic turkeys in the Southwest United States. In 2010, she was awarded a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship to continue her research on North American turkey domestication at the University of Calgary, and helped to develop the new ancient DNA laboratory in the Department of Archaeology. In 2012, Speller joined the BioArCh Centre at the University of York, UK as a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow (EU-IIF) where she applied ZooMS and ancient DNA analysis to questions of historic whale exploitation. Speller became a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of York in 2014 and led the ancient genetics group at BioArCh until 2018, when she joined the Department of Anthropology at UBC.

President-Elect - Andrew Michael Zipkin

Andrew Michael Zipkin, Scientist, Eurofins EAG Laboratories, 103 Commerce Blvd, Liverpool, NY 13088; Adjunct Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, 900 S. Cady Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew Zipkin is an analytical chemist and archaeological scientist with ~15 years of experience in elemental characterization, strontium isotope geochemistry, compositional data analysis, provenience studies, geographic information science, and anthropological and environmental archaeology. He has worked as a mass spectrometrist and materials scientist for the commercial testing laboratory and contract research organization Eurofins EAG Laboratories since 2021. Zipkin has also been affiliated with Arizona State University in multiple capacities since 2018 and continues to collaborate with faculty and mentor graduate students there. Previously, he was a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015-2018) and a Ph.D. student at The George Washington University (2009-2015). He conducted archaeological, ethnographic, and geological field work in Alaska, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia between 2007 and 2019. In academic research, Andrew emphasizes developing minimally destructive methods for geochemical provenience studies and other classification-oriented problems in archaeological science, like lithic heat treatment detection. Secondary research areas include radiogenic strontium isoscape construction, detecting chemical diagenesis in faunal hard tissue, and experimental archaeology of hafting adhesives. His main archaeomaterials of interest are ochre, silcrete, and ostrich eggshell.  In the commercial chemistry world, he is developing multi-technique elemental characterization approaches for lithium ion battery raw materials (ores), intermediate concentrates, and expended batteries that will faciliate purity analysis and traceability throughout the battery life-cycle.  He also serves as the site subject matter expert for LA-ICP-MS and LIBS at the EAG Laboratories Syracuse, New York facility.

Zipkin was the inaugural Vice President for Social Media and Outreach from 2017-2020 and the Vice President for Intersociety Relations from 2020-2023.

President Emeritus - Evangelia Kiriatzi

Evangelia Kiriatzi, Director of the Fitch Laboratory for Science-based Archaeology, The British School at Athens, Souidias 52, 10676 Athens, Greece. +30-2111022830; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 (, 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. 

General Secretary, SAS Administration - James A. Davenport

James A. Davenport, Research Scientist, University of Missouri Research Reactor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James A. Davenport (Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2021) is a Research Scientist in the Archaeometry Laboratory of the MU Research Reactor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. His research has focused on the relationships between subjects and empires, focusing on the organization of pottery production in the provinces of the Inka empire in Andean South America. He has used a multimethod archaeometric approach to investigate the entire chaînes opératoires of Inka polychrome pottery, made by a diversity of producers using traditional technologies but sharing a common decorative style, at Pachacamac, a major political and ceremonial center on Peru’s central coast. He has extensive experience with the archaeometric analysis of museum collections and has also worked on field and analytical projects in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest, Southeast, and Northern Plains.

Treasurer - Destiny Crider

Destiny Crider, Koren 319, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101, tel: 563-387-2156; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


SAS Bulletin Editor, SAS Publications - Carmen Ting

Carmen Ting, Renfrew Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, CB2 3ER; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carmen Ting is currently the Renfrew Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. 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.

Vice President for Social Media - Vana Orfanou

Vana Orfanou, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich, Schellingstrasse 12, 80799 Munich, +49 (0)89-2180-5360; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vana Orfanou is an archaeological scientist studying metallurgical and other inorganic materials. Vana’s heart truly lies with copper. She completed her PhD on Early Iron Age Greek copper-based technology linked to sanctuary deposits in 2015 at UCL. Since then, she has worked with metallurgical assemblages covering a broad spectrum of periods and cultures in Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia from the Middle Bronze Age to late medieval times. Some of the things Vana has analysed include Viking Age crucibles, Bronze Age swords, Byzantine rings, Islamic candlesticks, Iron Age brooches, and Roman coins. Currently, Vana is looking at metallurgical technology from the Greek mainland to better understand the impact of profound and irreversible
socio-political change at the end of the Bronze Age. What brings all this together is Vana’s enthusiasm for unravelling past people’s worldviews through technological insights.

Through her role as the SAS Vice President for Social Media, Vana aspires to promote the community of archaeological scientists and support early career researchers from all backgrounds.

Vice President for Membership Development - Tatsuya Murakami

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; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Vice President, General Secretary Emeritus - Rob Sternberg

Rob Sternberg, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Environment, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania  17604-3003, USA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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, archaeomagnetic 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.

Representative on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Archaeological Science - Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff

Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, Rock Art Australia Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Rachel Popelka-Filcoff is the Rock Art Australia Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where she leads archaeological science initiatives. Her research develops novel multidisciplinary approaches to analyse cultural materials, artifacts and landscapes. These integrated methods offer an extraordinary view into past cultures, understanding of current society, and insight into our future. Her group explores provenience, sourcing and exchange of geological materials and artifacts through analysis and statistical approaches, and the development of high-resolution, non-invasive characterisation of cultural heritage materials. Her research is to the first comprehensive integrative characterisation of Australian natural mineral pigments on cultural heritage materials. Rachel is on the editorial board of Journal of Archaeological Science and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Editor for Journal of Archaeological Science

Representative on the Editorial Board of the journal Archaeometry - Brandi MacDonald

Brandi MacDonald, Assistant Research Professor in the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR., 1513 Research Park Drive, MURR, University of Missouri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Editor for Archaeometry

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