MemberJens Notroff

Studied Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin under Prof. Hänsel and Prof. Teržan, where I finished studies in 2009 achieving the degree of Magister Artium. Main focus of research is the European Bronze Age, especially burial customs and material culture in view of the representation of prestige and social hierarchy, closely related to my interest in places of cult and ritual respectively the question of their archaeological evidence. Dissertation deals with the phenomenon of miniature swords in the Nordic Bronze Age and the role of these symbolic arms as markers of social rank. From Montelius’ Period IV onwards, miniature swords are found in burials while their larger pendants are mostly (but not exclusively) connected to depositions. Other than stated before, miniature swords are not displacing the large arms as grave goods completely – when they are disappearing from burials in Period V this also means the end of the Bronze Age miniature sword phenomenon in the North. Second field of research is the Pre-Pottery Neolithic and beginning sedentism as well as the development of early complex societies; affiliated with the Göbekli Type research project of the German Archaeological Institute’s Orient Department, excavating the oldest yet known monumental architecture – an early cultic centre or gathering place of hunter-gatherer groups near Şanlıurfa in south-eastern Anatolia.

MemberMatthew Suriano

Matthew Suriano is an Associate Professor in the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the history and culture of ancient Israel through the integration of biblical literature, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, and the archaeology of the Levant. Research Interests Hebrew Bible; death, burial, and the afterlife; ancient inscriptions; kingship and royal historiography; the archaeology of the Levant.

MemberTatjana P. Beuthe

My research centres on the archaeology of Egypt, Sudan, and the Ancient Near East. Specific interests include administrative systems and manufacturing industries in these regions, burial customs over time, and the development of ancient architectural landscapes. I employ a primarily non-iconographic approach by examining artifacts from a holistic perspective through find locations, the origins of raw material, and use-wear. The motifs and appearance of objects are considered in conjunction with findings from these analyses.

MemberJohn W. Borchert

John began the Ph.D. program at Syracuse in 2013. (B.A., Philosophy and Religion, Ithaca College, 2009; M.A. Religion, Syracuse University, 2013). His research focuses around questions of religion, technology, and embodiment in American contexts. Using a combination of Posthuman and Ritual theories, Borchert approaches questions of embodied practice from the materiality outward and has written about alternate reality games, burial and memorialization, and online churches. He is interested more broadly in Continental Philosophy, Media, Aesthetics, and Materiality.

MemberIoannis Georganas

Ioannis Georganas is Academic Director and Lecturer at Hellenic International Studies in the Arts. He holds an MA (1998) and a PhD (2003) in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, and has worked for the British School at Athens, the Foundation of the Hellenic World, Lake Forest College, and the University of St Andrews. His research interests include the study of Early Iron Age burial customs and the construction of identities in Greece, as well as weapons and warfare in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Aegean. Ioannis has participated in excavations and field surveys in Greece (Kouphovouno, Lefkandi, Kastro-Kallithea, Praisos, Kenchreai) and Bulgaria (Halka Bunar). He served as President of the Athens-Greece Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (2005-2017) and he’s been Secretary of the Society of Ancient Military Historians (2013-present).

MemberCarlo Rindi Nuzzolo

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2014. C. Rindi Nuzzolo, “Some remarks on the positioning of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figures in Third Intermediate and Late Period burials”, In: Cult and Belief in Ancient Egypt. Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress for Young Egyptologists (25-27 September …

I obtained my PhD degree in Egyptology at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) after completing my studies at the University of Florence and the University of Pisa. I am currently Research Affiliate at Monash University and former Lead Curator of the Circulating Artefacts project at the British Museum (Department of Egypt and Sudan). The project aims to create a cross-platform alliance against the looting of pharaonic antiquities. My PhD research investigated the Graeco-Roman cartonnage manufacture (i.e. mummy masks, foot-cases, full body covers) at Ismant al-Kharab, ancient Kellis, in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, and identified local traits and features in the decoration, as an expression of the regional tradition. The survey and the comparison of archaeological data with the antiquities market raised issues of cultural heritage preservation and protection by establishing that a number of tombs at Kellis were looted in recent times. From 2008, I founded two research projects with the main purpose of retracing funerary artefacts in museums and private collections and documentation in libraries and archives about the Nizzoli family from the 19th century, who contributed to the creation of four Egyptian collections in Europe. I have a keen interest in Cultural Heritage, material culture, burial customs, local variations, and Digital Humanities. I am a member of the Dakhleh Oasis Project, and in 2018 I was part of the organisation of the International Conference for the 40th anniversary of the DOP.

MemberAnne Leader

Anne Leader is Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at UVA. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Archaeology, with a specialization in Italian Renaissance Art, from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 2000. She was Rush H. Kress Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence from 2008 to 2009. She has held teaching positions at the University of New Hampshire, Kean University, The City College of New York, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta). Her research and publications explore a range of topics in Italian Renaissance art, architecture, urbanism, and religious tradition, including: Michelangelo’s final project for the Sistine chapel, Benedictine monasticism and artistic patronage, Renaissance workshop practices and artistic authorship, and, most recently, burial practices and tomb monuments including articles on the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci’s father. She is especially interested in sacred art and architecture, specifically in how images and buildings were used by individuals and institutions for devotional practice, doctrinal instruction, and propaganda. She has published articles and reviews in The Burlington Magazine,, Human Evolution, The Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, The Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, Speculum, Studies in Iconography, and the Visual Resources Association Bulletin. Her monograph The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery was published by Indiana University Press in 2012. Her edited volumes were published in 2018 by MQUP (Giuliano de’Medici: Machiavelli’s Prince in Life and Art) and MIP (Memorializing the Middle Classes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe). She inaugurated the Italian Art Society’s IASblog in 2013 and served as editor until 2016. As an IATH Visiting Fellow, she is preparing her database of Florentine tombs (ca. 1250-1650) for publication online as an interactive website (

MemberJames M. Harland

I work on the history and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Western Europe, specifically Britain and Gaul, with a focus on processes of transformation and ethnic change. My broader interests lie in ethnic identity, transformation and continuity, and military and economic history, in addition to the philosophical and ethical implications of the study of these fields and their reception and misuse in the modern day, drawing upon continental philosophy and literary theory to explore these concerns. My doctoral thesis was a critical historiography of the study of ethnic identity through archaeological means in late and post-Roman Britain, making use of ethnic sociology and continental philosophy to examine and interrogate the epistemological foundations which underpin this subject of study. More information about my research, publications, CV and teaching can be found on my hcommons site, here.