Timothy P. Harrison

Professor, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto


Chair of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, Tim directs the Tayinat Archaeological Project in southeastern Turkey. These projects form part of a wider, interregional research effort looking to shed light on the early development of urban life and state-ordered society.






Project Manager

Stephen Batiuk

Research Associate, Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto


Steve is director of excavations of the Tayinat Archaeological Project (Turkey). His work focuses on the development of complex and urban societies in the Near East, and

inter-regional interactions in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Steve uses GIS and remote sensing, geomorphology as well as ceramic petrography to investigate the interplay between settlement, land use and economy.




Computer Laboratory Manager and Student Coordinator

Stanley Klassen

Archaeology Lab Collections Manager/Lab Technician, Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto


Stanley specializes in the study of ancient ceramic technologies of the Bronze and Iron Age in the southern Levant through the use of macroscopic, petrographic and chemical analysis. His research interests focus on the ceramic industry of Central Jordan during the Early Bronze Age.






Michael Chazan

Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto


Michael focuses on lithic analysis, paleoarchaeology and human evolution, the history of archaeology, and the archaeologies of Near East, France, and South Africa.  He has conducted fieldwork in Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa, Wadi Mataha in Jordan, and Kebara Cave in Israel.




John H. Christiansen

Decision and Information Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory


Director of Argonne’s Advanced Simulation Technologies Center, John designs and builds modeling and simulation software frameworks that incorporate complex information from multiple datasets, shedding light on what may have happened in ancient landscapes and environments in the Orontes.




Lisa N. Cooper

Associate Professor, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia


Lisa explores the archaeology of the Early Bronze Age of Syria, especially the Upper Euphrates River Valley and the Orontes River Valley to the west. Her work with 3rd millennium pottery from Syria includes involvement in the ARCANE Project and its efforts to devise a reliable chronology for the Northern Levant based on archaeological materials.



A. Catherine D'Andrea

Professor, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University


Cathy is an archaeologist specializing in palaeoethnobotany and ethnoarchaeology. Her recent research has focused on early agricultural peoples and the rise of complex societies in the Horn of Africa. She has initiated archaeological surveys and excavations in northern Ethiopia and conducted palaeoethnobotanical and ethnoarchaeological field work in Ethiopia, Ghana, Sudan, and Turkey.



Eugene L. Fiume

Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto


Eugene co-directs the Dynamic Graphics Project, or DGP, at the University of Toronto. His research interests include most aspects of realistic computer graphics, including computer animation, modeling natural phenomena, and illumination, as well as strong interests in internet based imaging, image repositories, software systems and parallel algorithms.




Michel Fortin

Department of History, Université Laval


Michel is Director of the Department of History and head of the Laboratory of Near Eastern Archaeology at Université Laval.  He has investigated the archaeology of the Levant and Mesopotamia in the 2nd and 3rd millennia BCE, including the application of archaeometric and geomatic analyses.  Michel directs investigations of the important Bronze and Iron Age site of Tell 'Acharneh (possibly ancient Tunip) in the Orontes River Valley in Syria.



Sturt W. Manning

Professor, Department of Classics, Cornell University


Sturt is interested in the archaeology and environmental history of the east Mediterranean region, including timescales and the nature of social development. He is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology and Director of the Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Laboratory for Aegean and Near Eastern Dendrochronology at Cornell University.



Graham Philip

Department of Archaeology, Durham University


Graham has research interests in landscape archaeology, artefacts and the organization of the small-scale complex societies which characterize much of the Middle East in the later prehistory.  He has considerable experience of working with satellite imagery and was Co-Investigator of the Fragile Crescent Project, charting the rise and fall of Bronze Age settlement within the Fertile Crescent.



David Schloen

Oriental Institute, University of Chicago


David specializes in the archaeology and history of the ancient Levant from ca. 3000 to 300 BCE.  He has conducted excavations in Israel and Turkey and is director of the Neubauer Expedition to Zincirli. As well as seeking to understand the structure and operation of the small Bronze and Iron age kingdoms that flourished in the eastern Mediterranean, David is also interested in database design for textual and archaeological research. This led him develop the OCHRE software platform with Sandra Schloen.



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