What does it mean to be a member of American Archaeology Abroad?

Whether you are an individual member or an affiliated excavation, you are committed to the advancement of archaeological scholarship and the education of students and the public about the ancient past and archaeology's role in its discovery.

Board of Directors

Dr. Jonathan K. David, Vice President

Scholarships Coordinator

Gettysburg College

Assistant Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project

Jonathan David is currently a professor of Classics at Gettysburg College, and he has taught previously at Penn State University and California State University, Stanislaus. He specializes in the history and archaeology of ancient Greece, but his particular interests involve earliest historiography and the interconnections between the Graeco-Roman world and the Near East. He has been a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, as well as a Mellon Foundation research fellow, and he is now involved with two ongoing excavations in Israel: the Jezreel Valley Regional Project and Tel Aviv University's Megiddo Expedition.

Mary K. Faulkner, Member, Board of Directors

Legal Advocate at Centre County Women's Resource Center

Bio coming soon.

Margaret E. Cohen, Secretary

The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project

Though Margaret Cohen has been excavating at sites in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan for over a decade, her primary area of expertise is Hebrew Bible and the history of biblical Israel. Currently completing her PhD, she has taught a variety of courses in archaeology, history and Hebrew language at Penn State University and Lycoming College. She was the recipient of a National Foundation for Jewish Culture Dissertation Fellowship and, most recently, a Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project Grant from the Association for Jewish Studies. In addition to her graduate studies and archaeological work, Margaret is also active in serving the State College Jewish community and has sat on the local synagogue board and been an educator at the State College JCC.

Joel L. Adams, Treasurer

St. Thomas Liquor Co.

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Matthew J. Adams, President

Bucknell University

Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project

Matthew received his PhD in History from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007, specializing in Egyptology and Near Eastern Archaeology. He has more than 25 seasons of excavation experience at sites in Egypt and Israel. While he has broad interests in space and time throughout the ancient world, his primary research focus is on the development of urban communities in 3rd Millennium Egypt and Levant. In addition to directing the AAA, he is the director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, a member of the Penn State excavations at Mendes, Egypt, and the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition. As of June 2014 he will be taking over the Directorship of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.


Dr. Aaron A. Burke


Co-director, The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project

Aaron A. Burke is Assoc. Prof. of the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Levant in the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA where he is also a faculty member of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Dr. Kevin Daly

Bucknell University

Co-director, The Ismenion in Thebes, Greece, Excavations


Kevin Daly received his PhD from Harvard University in Classical philology and archaeology. As a philologist, he specializes in epigraphy and historiography. He also has particular interest in prose style, Caesar, and military history. As a field archaeologist, Professor Daly serves as Senior Supervisor at the Athenian Agora Excavations where he has worked for fifteen years.

Dr. Pamela Gaber

Lycoming College

Director, Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus

Dr. Pamela Gaber is a Professor of Archaeology and Religion at Lycoming College and a world-renowned expert in sculpture typology and pottery chronology. She earned a Ph.D. in ancient art and archaeology from Harvard University after which she spent time on the faculties of the University of New Hampshire and University of Arizona before joining Lycoming. Gaber is the author of several publications, most recently the volume Idalion III: Excavations on the Terrace of the East Acropolis and a children's book, Daily Life in Bible Times: What Archaeology Tells Us. In 2008 she published an article, "The History of History: Excavations at Idalion and the Changing History of a City Kingdom," in Near Eastern Archaeology vol. 71 nos. 1-2 March-June 2008. This article, whose focus is our changing understanding of history, has been picked up by the Encyclopedia Brittanica Online. Dr. Gaber began her excavating career in Israel before moving to Cyprus. She has been the director of the Expedition to Idalion excavations and field school—under the sponsorship of various universities—since 1984.

Dr. Thomas Guderjan

University of Texas at Tyler

Director, Blue Creek Archaeological Project

President, Maya Research Program

Dr. Thomas Guderjan is the President of the Maya Research Program, Director of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project and a faculty member at the University of Texas at Tyler. His book, The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction and Power at Blue Creek, Belize. University of Alabama Press (2007), summarizes much of the work done at Blue Creek over the past two decades.

Colleen Hanratty

Southern Methodist University

Colleen Hanratty is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University. She has worked with the non-profit organization, the Maya Research Program, for the past 16 years and is a member of the Board of Directors. She has conducted archaeological research in the southeastern and southwestern USA, Mexico, Peru and Belize. Her doctoral research is on the collapse and abandonment of Blue Creek, Belize.

Dr. Robert S. Homsher

Harvard University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Assistant Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project

Robert specializes in the archaeology of the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on the Bronze and Iron Age southern Levant. He is currently a College Fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He has recently been a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at San Francisco State University and Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. He received his MA (2009) and PhD (2013) from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, preceded by an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University. He has spent several years conducting fieldwork at sites in Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East. As an Assistant Director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, he coordinates research in archaeological sciences, while also overseeing fieldwork and survey. He is also a long-term staff member of the Megiddo Expedition, where he currently supervises the excavations of Area Q, an Iron Age domestic quarter. Robert’s doctoral research investigated the process of urbanization during the Middle Bronze Age in the southern Levant from the standpoint of socio-economic organization within the process of architectural construction. His current research includes conventional archaeological excavation, as well as scientific material analyses in order to address a wide range of questions, including paleoenvironmental studies, different forms of craft specialization, and issues of object provenience.

James Bucko

Surveyor, Excavations at Huqoq

Jim Bucko received his BA in Anthropology from Penn State in 1976 and his MA in Archaeology from George Mason University in 2002. His academic emphasis was in ‘Digital Applications’ in archaeology. His fieldwork has included staff positions on ten field activities over 20 years. He is currently on staff with the Huqoq excavations in Israel as the team surveyor.

Dr. Stephanie Larson

Bucknell University

Co-director, The Ismenion in Thebes, Greece, Excavations

Professor Larson received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and her B.A. in Classics and Latin from the University of Minnesota in 1992. She is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at Bucknell University. She specializes in culture and identities of the Archaic and Classical periods in Greece and considers herself both a cultural historian and a philologist. Larson has published articles on Homer, Herodotus, Sappho, religious identity, Greek epigraphy, and the history of federal states in ancient Greece. Her book, Boiotian Collective Identity in the Late Archaic and Early Classical Periods, was published as volume 197 of the Historia Einzelschriften by Franz Steiner Press in Stuttgart, Germany. It has received positive reviews in both England and Germany.

Dr. Robert Littman

University of Hawai'i

Co-director, The Tell Timai Project

Adam Prins

Durham University

Chief Technology Officer, American Archaeology Abroad

Assistant Supervisor and Technology Specialist, Jezreel Valley Regional Project


Adam is a PhD candidate at Durham University. He received his MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East from University College London. He has worked with archaeological projects and museums in Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and the United States and is a staff member of both the Jezreel Valley Regional Project and the Tel Megiddo Expedition. His current research involves developing new technologies for use in archaeology, emphasizing new applications for LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and three-dimensional modeling. He has developed and deployed practical workflows for photogrammetric and three-dimensional imaging of archaeological sites, and works to integrate these and other new technologies into traditional archaeological documentation.

Dr. Donald B. Redford

The Pennsylvania State University

Director, The Mendes Excavations

Dr. Donald B. Redford, the director of the Mendes Excavations, is a professor in the Dept. of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. He is an eminent Egyptologist and biblical scholar and is the author of many books and numerous articles, including his latest publication, The City of the Ram-Man: The Story of Ancient Mendes. He has been featured often in series and documentaries on Ancient Egypt and the Bible on A&E, The History Channel, and German Television.

Dr. Susan Redford

The Pennsylvania State University

Director, ATP's Theban Tomb Survey

Dr. Susan Redford, the director of ATP’s Theban Tomb Survey, is a faculty lecturer in the Dept. of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. She is the author of numerous articles, and The Harem Conspiracy: The Murder of Ramesses III. She has been featured in documentaries produced by National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

Dr. Jay Silverstein

University of Hawai'i

Co-director, Tell Timai Project

Dr. James Riley Strange

Samford University

Director, The Excavations at Shikhin, Israel


James Riley Strange is Assistant Professor of religion at Samford University, where he teaches courses in New Testament and related literature, Greco-Roman religions, and archaeology. He directs the Excavations at Shikhin in the Lower Galilee of Israel. A member of Phi Kappa Phi, he received his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from Emory University.

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