END OF BRONZE AGE CIVILIZATION IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: CYBER AND MARINE ARCHAEOLOGY AROUND THE GULF OF CORINTH
MISSION: This project focuses on cyber and marine archaeology around the Gulf of Corinth (Greece) and aims to develop new approaches to data capture, curation, analysis and dissemination.
BACKGROUND: This project addresses issues that resonate with current teaching and research priorities at UC San Diego. The End of the Bronze Age Civilization in the Eastern Mediterranean is a land and marine study concerning climate change during the Holocene/Anthropocene, social evolutionary processes related to terrestrial and marine transport, and the history of the Eastern Mediterranean at a time when the major civilizations of the Late Bronze (ca. 1300 – 1190 BC) collapsed. The project has its roots in the UC San Diego-wide initiative for Understanding and Protecting the Planet (UPP), which focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation. To fully understand how humans adapt to the dynamics of climate change, it is imperative to take a “deep-time” perspective. Focusing on environmental trends over the past century is insufficient to understand the range and variety of both natural and human responses to climate and anthropogenic change, and archaeology is the only discipline that can provide the needed deep-time, intertwined data concerning climate and human interaction. The project is part of a much larger interdisciplinary and transcontinental investigation of the Anthropocene over the past 10,000 years in coastal environments extending from the Eastern Mediterranean to India and China (for which large external grants will be sought).
The proposed project will address one part of the Eastern Mediterranean – and one time slice in the Holocene that has both culture-history and environmental resonance with the problem of deep-time studies of climate change. We will examine the collapse of Late Bronze Age (LBA), ca. mid-13th to mid-12th century BC civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Mycenaean kingdom in Greece, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia and Syria, and the New Kingdom of Egypt that extended into the region of Syro-Palestine. This opened up new opportunities for small-scale societies to emerge on the historical scene such as the Israelites, the Sea Peoples, Edomites and many others in the Eastern Mediterranean. The possible causes for the collapse are varied and range from environmental (climate change, drought, volcanic eruptions) to cultural (migrations and warfare; new iron production technologies, multi-causal explanations).
Specifically, this project focuses on the issue of the Late Bronze Age collapse in Mycenaean Greece. In summer 2016, we carried out the center’s first research expedition to the Kastrouli site and the Antikyra Bay region to undertake terrestrial excavations at the former, and marine geophysical surveys and sediment coring at the latter. Following the summer expedition, the sediment cores were shipped to by the University of Patras to the Scripps Geological Collections at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The most pressing issue for 2017 is to analyze the sediment cores to extract proxy data to reconstruct climate change, local geomorphological changes in the Antikyra Bay, and measure the health of fish and mollusk populations during the late Holocene period.
- PI: Thomas E. Levy, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology & Calit2/Qualcomm Institute
- CO-PI's: Ioannis Liritzis, Professor, Archaeometry, University of the Aegean, Greece, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology & Calit2/Qualcomm Institute
- Isabel Rivera-Collazo, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Geosciences, Scripps, UC San Diego
- Richard Norris, Professor, Paleobiology, Geosciences Research, Scripps, UC San Diego
- George Papatheodorou, Professor, Marine Geology, University of Patras, Greece
- Grigoris Tsokas, Professor, Applied Geophysics, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Andreas Georgopoulos, Professor, School of Rural & Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Athanasios Sideris, Professor and Director of Excavations, University of the Aegean, Greece
- Katie Cramer, Postdoctoral Scholar, Geosciences, Scripps, UC San Diego
- Alina Levy, Staff, Expedition Logistics, Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability
- Matt Howland, Graduate Student, UC San Diego
- Brady Liss, Graduate Student, UC San Diego
Charles W Steinmetz, Member, Advisory Council
Charles W Steinmetz is a real estate investor. Previously he worked for the family company, Tiernay Metals until he sold the Company to Transtar Metals in 1999. Tiernay was the largest distributor of aircraft quality aluminum extrusions in the world. The Company is now owned by Castle Metals.
Mr. Steinmetz is also President of the Steinmetz Foundation that makes grants to literacy and curiosity building educational non-profits in Southern California.
Current Non Profit Boards:
Board of Governors of the Archaeological Institute of America
Board Member - Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA). Texas A&M University
Board Member - Los Angeles Catholic Education Foundation
Board Member Ocean Institute, Dana Point
Board Member - Pius Matthias High School, Downey, CA
Board Member - UCLA Anderson Alumni Association
Board Member-PBS SoCal
Past Service on Non Profit Boards:
Board Member and Past Board President of St Lawrence Brindisi Elementary in Watts area of Los Angeles
Board Member-Santa Clara University Leadership Council for the School of Letters and Science
Getty Villa Council
Directors Council of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
Manhattan Beach Rotary Club
Southern California Grantmakers
Manhattan Beach Rotary - Rotarian of the Year 2006-2007
Santa Clara University Ignation Award 2008
UCLA Anderson 100 Most inspirational Alumni
Mr. Steinmetz holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree from the University of Santa Clara and a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA.
He is married with three daughters and lives in Manhattan Beach, CA
Katrina Cantu Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology, UC San Diego
Katrina Cantu is a Ph.D. student in the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. Her primary research interest is how humans interact with their changing environment over time and how these interactions can be studied through the collection and analysis of sediment cores. Her methods include identification of microfaunal and macrobotanical remains, isotope analysis, XRF core-scanning, and stratigraphy. Her field work has taken her to Israel's Carmel Coast and Puerto Rico to collect sediment cores and assist in both terrestrial and underwater excavations. Katrina works with SCMA researchers Tom Levy, Dick Norris, and Isabel Rivera-Collazo. She has a BS and MS in Earth Sciences, both completed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Jack Gilbert Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology, UC San Diego
Prof. Jack Gilbert is jointly appointed in the Department of Pediatrics and Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he routinely examines the microbial communities associated with various environments, how they interact, and how that interaction shapes those environments. He has published more than 350 peer reviewed studies associated with the microbiome and microbial ecology, and recently has started to apply these concepts to understand the forces driving the emergence and persistence of antimicrobial resistance phenotypes in human-associated bacteria. In order to assess the emergence of these traits, Dr Gilbert is interested in examining the microbiome of ancient human tissues. The transformation of the human condition due to our modern, cosmopolitan society has greatly impacted our microbial composition, stimulating a need to collect baseline microbiome records over human history and society, which has resulted in the emerging field of microbiome paleobiology, or the study of microbial ancient DNA from prehistoric specimens. The limestone-based coast of the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula contains a dense labyrinth of underwater cave passageways, including that of the longest underwater cave system in the world. Recent efforts by cave diving explorers have discovered several sites in such passageways containing numerous prehistoric remains in remarkable preservation states. Of particularly high abundance is the presence of Meso-American human skeletal remains, which is speculated to be linked to the reverence of cenotes by the classic Maya civilization as entrances to Xibalba, the sacred underworld. Due to the highly unique physical and chemical composition of the underwater cave environment, we believe that these skeletal remains are valuable for paleomicrobiological study. In particular, the mineralized dental calculus found from oral remains may provide us with access to exceptionally intact microbial DNA, without high levels of degradation and environmental contamination effects found in typically excavated human remains. We are collecting these dental calculus samples and analyzing the microbial composition to determine if it differs significantly from other ancient samples and from modern human dental calculus. We are particularly interested in the evolution of antibiotic resistance in the oral microbiome, which these samples will help us understand.
Dominique Rissolo Associate Director
Dominique Rissolo holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Riverside, and did his undergraduate work at San Diego State University. He is a former Executive Director of the Waitt Institute, and co-directed of the National Geographic Society-Waitt Foundation Grants Program and the Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program on behalf of the Waitt Foundation. The Waitt Institute funded a major expedition and exploration of the Mary Celestia shipwreck in Bermuda waters in 2011 (with Rissolo participating in that expedition). Rissolo subsequently joined the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego as Special Projects Coordinator for CHEI and CISA3, with a major focus on working with graduate and undergraduate students on cultural heritage-related projects. Rissolo has been involved in a number of marine archaeology projects including deep-water remote sensing surveys. As an archaeologist, Rissolo’s research interests include the development of ancient maritime trade networks along the Yucatan coast. His work on the Yucatan Peninsula also focused on ancient Maya and Paleoamerican cave and cenote use as well as coastal and near-coastal settlement patterns and ecosystems. Throughout his fieldwork, Rissolo has been active in local initiatives and the development of sustainable cultural heritage preservation strategies. Rissolo also serves on the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board.
Margaret Morris Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Margaret Morris is a graduate student at SIO working on the interface between geophysics, ocean acoustics, and marine archaeology. She hopes to improve marine geophysical acoustic methods for remote sensing of archaeological materials and reconstruction of submerged sites. Working with her advisers, Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo and Dr. John Hildebrand, Margaret will focus her efforts in the lab and on the paleoenvironment of coastal California in the San Diego area. Margaret entered SIO's PhD program in 2017 after earning a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Brandeis University.
Anthony Tamberino Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Anthony is an archaeologist who is currently a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California in San Diego. He received his BA and MA in Anthropology with a Certificate in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science from the University of Cincinnati. He also received an AAS degree in Integrated Avionic Systems from the Community College of the Air Force. Anthony's research focuses on the integration and applications of techniques including: Cyber-archaeology, Geo-archaeology, Archaeometry, Marine Archaeology, Underwater Photography, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Aerial Photography, SfM/MVS Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis with Geographic Information Systems, Ancient Human Landscape Reconstruction, 3D Visualization/Analysis, and Virtual Reality Applications, to help understand the relationship between environmental variability and changes in human culture through time. His research is conducted with UCSD Department of Anthropology, the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability within the Qualcomm Institute, and Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology in association with Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Eric Rodriguez Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Eric is a maritime archaeologist currently pursuing his PhD at the University of California - San Diego under the supervision of Dra. Isabel Rivera-Collazo. He is currently investigating maritime cultural landscapes in the Caribbean through his knowledge and expertise in maritime archaeology, geoarchaeology, environmental remote sensing, palaeogeographic reconstruction, and geographic information systems. He obtained a B.Phil in Anthropology and History from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and a MA in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton in 2014, where his previous master’s dissertation focused on the reconstruction of cultural wetlands in the Humber Estuary. Since then he has worked as an archaeologist and GIS consultant in the Americas, Italy, Great Britain, Lebanon, and Japan.
Andrew Johnson Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Andrew Johnson is a PhD student in Archaeology at UC San Diego. In 2016 he received his BA from UC San Diego in Anthropology with a Concentration in Archaeology and in 2019 received his MA from the University of Haifa in Maritime Civilizations. As an undergraduate at UC San Diego, Andrew was a student intern for the University of California Office of the President's Research Catalyst grant for At-Risk Cultural Heritage and the Digital Humanities under Professor Thomas E. Levy. Partnering with Dr. Stephen Savage, Andrew assisted with the TerraWatchers project which recruited and trained undergraduate students from UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Merced, and UC Berkeley to remotely monitor at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle East. Andrew worked on the excavation of the Mycenaean site of Kastrouli (Greece) in 2016 under the direction of Professor Thomas E. Levy and Dr. Ioannis Liritzis (University of the Aegean). He has also participated in six excavations in Israel, including two underwater excavations at Tel Dor. Andrew’s primary area of interest is Mycenaean Greece.
Jack Reece Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Jack Reece received a B.A. (2016) in Classics from Macalester College, where he researched the influence of Roman temple architecture on the development of Jewish and Christian religious structures in the Upper and Lower Galilee. He also worked for two field seasons as a conservator at Horvat Omrit, an Imperial cult temple complex in the Golan region. After joining the Anthropology program at UCSD in 2018, his research transitioned to Roman coastal activity in the eastern Mediterranean, especially the southern Levant, during the early Imperial Period (27 BCE – ca. 300 CE). Jack’s MA thesis focuses on identifying one of the first documented examples of a Roman fish-processing facility in Israel, located on the Mediterranean coast at Tel Dor. His research methods include using geographic information systems (GIS), structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry, and virtual reality (VR) 3-dimensional modelling for collecting, analyzing, and displaying archaeological data. Jack works with his advisor, Dr. Thomas Levy, as a researcher for the Scripps Center of Marine Archaeology and in UCSD’s Levantine and Cyber-Archaeology Laboratory.
Loren Clark Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Loren Clark is a first year doctoral student in anthropology at UC San Diego under the supervision of Professor Tom Levy. Her focus is submerged prehistoric landscapes in the eastern Mediterranean, and she is working through the Levantine Lab as well as with the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology and the Center for Cyber Archaeology. After completing BA's in Classical Civilizations and Anthropology at Indiana University, Loren participated in multiple underwater and land excavations on shipwrecks in and around the Southeastern US. She then continued on to complete a Masters of Science in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton where she focused on submerged prehistoric landscapes, sea-level change, and tectonics along the Albanian coastline. Prior to joining the UCSD family, Loren spent the majority of her career in cultural resource management working with a myriad of both land and maritime sites. She is particularly interested in using her experience from CRM to continue a multidisciplinary approach to maritime archaeology in the Mediterranean. Her research will continue with Dr. Levy investigating submerged sites in Greece.
Gilad Shtienberg, Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Gilad Shtienberg is a postdoc researcher that has specialized over the past decade, in the theoretical and practical aspects of the geomorphological processes that occur in the ever-changing environment of the coastal zone. His interests are to investigate the complex human – environmental interactions while also gaining a unique prospective of social vulnerability to climate and environmental change in the dynamic coast of Israel. Gilad’s research focuses on a multidisciplinary approach incorporating field surveys, sediment coring, OSL dating, and remote sensing technics all used for the means of integrating the coast and adjacent shallow offshore. Prior to joining the Scripps center for Marine Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology in UCSD Gilad has completed a B.Sc. in Marine Sciences from Ruppin collage, as well as M.A and a Ph.D. both from the University of Haifa. The general theme of his work conducted in The University of Haifa was on Coastal Geomorphology Quaternary coastal landform processes with an emphasis on anthropogenic impact. While waiting for his PhD thesis approval Gilad joined two separate projects one in the University of Haifa the other in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The two research projects focused on environmental research questions and landscape reconstructions relying on borehole coring, sedimentological analyses and stratigraphical/geoarchaeological methodologies with special emphasis on human environmental impact.
JAMES DAY, Affiliated Faculty Member, Scripps
James Day is Associate Professor of Geochemistry in the Geosciences Research Division of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research focuses on scientific problems ranging from processes of planetary accretion and differentiation, the links between tectonics and magmatism, and the provenance of natural and anthropogenic artifacts. James uses state-of-the-art geochemical and petrological methods, including radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry, trace element geochemistry and quantitative petrological tools, and is particularly interested in method development (see: http://sigl.ucsd.edu/). Prior to joining Scripps, James was a post-doctoral fellow at the Universities of Maryland and Tennessee and earned his PhD from the University of Durham in the UK.
ELLEN LEHMAN, Chair, SCMA Advisory Council
Ellen J. Lehman is a member of the Advisory Council of Scripps Center of Marine Archeology. She is currently a member of the Board of the Skye Terrier Club of America and was formerly on the Board of the Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy, in Los Angeles.
Lehman is a trained psychologist/psychoanalyst ( A.B. Vassar College, Ph.D. Cornell University), with a private practice in Santa Monica, CA. She is a supervising and training analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, as well as a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at UCLA.
As a child, Lehman’s interest in anthropology and archeology was inspired by a ceramic necklace of early Egyptian figures which was given to her by her grandmother, who had bought the piece when she was a child and had visited Egypt; about the same time, Lehman found an arrowhead on the school playground! Lehman went on to study Anthropology ( minor) in college and graduate school ( while taking mostly child development courses). She then participated in digs at Ashdod ( in Israel) in 1965, ’68, ’69’ and ’72. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh were sponsors of this project because it entailed digging Philistine material and the Philistines were reputed to have smelted iron, a subject of interest to Pittsburgers. An important kiln was found, along with a large amount of Philistine pottery. Lehman also took a seminar with G. Ernest Wright at the Harvard Divinity School ( 1968-69), followed by a seminar at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1971.
Lehman learned how to SCUBA dive in 1961-2, while still in high school; in 1970-71, she spent a year volunteering to dive with the freshwater dolphins at the Pittsburgh Zoo. In return for the fun of playing with the dolphins, she cleaned the tank and the windows which surrounded the cylindrical tank. After moving to Los Angeles, she later took the LA Country Advanced Diver’s Class (1972).
JADE d’ALPOIM GUEDES, Faculty Environmental Archaeologist, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Scripps
Dr. Jade d’Alpoim Guedes is an Assistant Professor on Human Adaptation to Climate Change at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the department of Anthropology at UCSD. She is currently also a research associate at the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Professor d’Alpoim Guedes is an environmental archaeologist whose research employs archaeobotany, ethnobiology and paleoclimate and computational modelling to understand how subsistence systems were impacted by climate change and how humans developed sustainable solutions to those challenges over the long duree. Dr. d’Alpoim Guedes primary area of research is Asia, where she leads an US National Science Foundation and National Geographic funded interdisciplinary fieldwork project in the Jiuzhaigou National Park in the Eastern Himalayas. Dr. d’Alpoim Guedes also conducts laboratory analysis on material from China, Pakistan, Thailand, Israel and Nepal. Dr. Alpoim Guedes works extensively with agronomists and modern farming communities to document the properties of forgotten crops such as millets and the traditional farming practices associated with them that enhance resilience. Dr. d’Alpoim Guedes earned a Ph.D in Anthropology at Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellowship the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Harvard University where she worked with Dr. Jerry Mitrovica to understand how changes in sea level impacted communities of foragers across the Chinese continental shelf at the beginning of the Holocene. Jade is also on the Academic board of directors for the Institute for Field Research and sits on the International Government Affairs Committee for the Society for American Archaeology.
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STELLA DEMESTICHA, Member, Advisory Council | Visiting Lecturer, University of Cyprus
Stella Demesticha completed her undergraduate studies in Archaeology in 1992 at the National University of Athens, Greece, and she went on earn her Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus, where she got her PhD in Archaeology in 2002. She worked from 2000 to 2006 at the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, in Athens as head of the Museums Department and, ultimately, as deputy director of the Foundation. In 2006 she taught Maritime Archaeology at the University of Peloponnese, and since 2007 Dr. Demesticha lectures at the University of Cyprus.
She specializes in maritime archaeology, with special interest in shipwrecks amphorae, ancient seaborne trade routes and economy in the Eastern Mediterranean. Demesticha has published several articles on Late Roman transport amphorae from Cyprus and the Aegean, focusing on underwater assemblages. Recently she co-authored a monograph on maritime transport containers, expanding her research interests in earlier periods and the diachronic role of transport amphorae as markers for ancient economy and seaborne trade.
Over the past 20 years, Demesticha has participated in many land and underwater archaeological projects in Greece and Cyprus. In 2011 she created the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab) at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. She currently directs two ongoing underwater excavation projects at the Mazotos and the Nissia shipwreck sites. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, coordinates a Master’s program (Field Archaeology on Land and Under the Sea), and supervises Ph.D. students.
Dr Demesticha has coordinated two funded research projects:
(i) Sailing in Cyprus through the Centuries: An Interdisciplinary Approach, co-financed by the European Development Funds and the Republic of Cyprus through its Research Promotion Foundation (RPF).
(ii) ΚΑΡΑΒΟΙ: The Ship Graffiti on the Medieval and Post Medieval Monuments of Cyprus: Mapping, Documentation and Digitization, funded by the Leventis Foundation Research Committee, University of Cyprus.
As the director of MARELab, she is currently partner of a larger EU project, entitled iMARECULTURE: Advanced VR, iMmersive serious games and Augmented Reality, as tools to raise awareness and access to European underwater CULTURal heritage (Horizon 2020). The 2016 – 2019 project aims to create 3D applications and serious games on ancient seaborne trade and on the methods and techniques of underwater archaeology.
John Hildebrand, Scripps Institution of Oceanography | UC San Diego
John Hildebrand is Professor of Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego. He is the Chair of the Scripps Applied Ocean Science Curricular Group and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. Hildebrand has interests in marine technology and its application to a broad range of disciplines including archaeology. He has applied geophysical methods to archaeology including seismic reflection and radar imaging, electromagnetic induction and magnetometry. He has studied offshore landscapes, site formation, and palaeoenvironments offshore from southern California. He has also conducted field studies for identification of ceramic raw materials and ceramic sourcing and typology for Patayan ceramics of western Arizona and southern California, and has collaborated in ethnoarchaeological research on ceramic production and use life in the Peruvian Andes.
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Thomas E. Levy, Director and Principal Investigator, UC San Diego
Tom Levy is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS) in the Qualcomm Institute. He holds the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at UC San Diego, and is a member of the Jewish Studies Program. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Levy is a Levantine field archaeologist with interests in the role of technology, especially early mining and metallurgy, on social evolution from the beginnings of sedentism and the domestication of plants and animals in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (ca. 7500 BCE) to the rise of the first historic Levantine state-level societies in the Iron Age (ca. 1200 – 500 BCE). A Fellow of the Explorers Club, Levy won the 2011 Lowell Thomas Award for “Exploring the World’s Greatest Mysteries.” Levy has been the principal investigator of many interdisciplinary archaeological field projects in Israel and Jordan that have been funded by the National Geographic Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and other organizations. He also conducts ethnoarchaeological research in India. Professor Levy directs the UC San Diego Levantine and Cyber-Archaeology Laboratory, and he was recently elected Chair of the Committee on Archaeological Policy (CAP) of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is the Principal Investigator on the $1 million, two-year UCOP Catalyst grant for At-Risk World Heritage and the Digital Humanities.
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Isabel Rivera-Collazo, Department of Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Isabel Rivera-Collazo is SCMA’s Faculty Marine Archaeologist and an Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological and Human Adaptations to Climate Change at UC San Diego’s Department of Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Rivera-Collazo is an environmental archaeologist specializing in geoarchaeology, archaeomalacology, coastal and marine processes, maritime culture and climate change, with regional interests in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Basin and the Neotropics (pan-Caribbean region); Israel and the eastern Mediterranean. Her research focuses on the effect that human activity has over island ecosystems through time, as well as how people have responded to climate and environmental change in the past. Dr. Rivera-Collazo’s work focuses on resilience and adaptation, investigating what decisions enhance or reduce adaptive success. Taking an applied approach, she also works with local communities in the quest to understand the current and expected impacts of climate change, including threats to coastal heritage. Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo has a MSc degree on Palaeoecology of Human Societies and a PhD on Environmental Archaeology both from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She is also Research Fellow of the Center of Tropical Ecology and Conservation, and the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
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Walter Munk, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Walter Munk is co-founder and Science Advisor of the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology, and Emeritus Research Professor of Geophysics in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research includes physical oceanography and geophysics leading to the understanding of ocean currents and circulation, tides, wave propagation in solid and fluid bodies, and the rotation of the Earth. He pioneered the use of high-speed computers for analyzing geophysical data. During the testing of nuclear weapons at Bikini Atoll in the southern Pacific Ocean, Munk participated in analysis of the currents and diffusion in the lagoon and the water exchange with the open seas. Munk also played a lead role in developing a new method for tracking long-term changes in climate associated with global warming as part of the Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (ATOC) project.
Munk led a study of attenuation in ocean swells generated in the Southern Oceans, and Munk shared in the first award for ocean science and engineering given by the Marine Technology Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London, and he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of London. Among his many awards and honors, Munk also received the Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his pioneering and fundamental contributions to our understanding of ocean circulation, tides and waves, and their role in the Earth's dynamics. He was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences for his fundamental contributions to the field of oceanography, the first time the prize was awarded to an oceanographer. Munk was also named an honorary fellow of the Acoustical Society of America “for the invention of acoustic tomography.” Munk attended Scripps Institution of Oceanography and received a Ph.D. in oceanography from UCLA.
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Geoffrey Braswell, Department of Anthropology
Geoffrey Braswell is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC San Diego. His research interests include settlement pattern studies, geoarchaeology, lithic production and technology, archaeometry, mathematical methods, the emergence of complex society and economic systems, and alternative models of social and political systems. Braswell directs the Mesoamerican Archaeology Laboratory, whose research focuses on the emergence of political and economic complexity among the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America, particularly the ancient Maya and their neighbors through site excavation, survey, artifact analysis, ethnohistory, iconographic studies, and epigraphy. Braswell’s current research includes intra-regional interaction in the Southern Belize Region, specifically Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, the focus of the project that Braswell leads within SCMA. Braswell received his doctorate from Tulane University in 1996.
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Jeff Gee, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Jeff Gee is Professor of Geophysics in the Geosciences Research Division of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research focuses on the use of magnetic data, both remotely sensed magnetic anomaly data and the magnetization of rock samples, to understand a variety of geological problems. Gee uses the magnetic record in geological samples to study topics ranging from the formation of new crust at oceanic spreading centers to the processes of melt redistribution and cooling in large magma chambers. Professor Gee is particularly interested in using marine magnetic anomaly data and complementary data from seafloor samples to document past fluctuations in geomagnetic intensity. Such records of variations of the geomagnetic field, both in direction and intensity, can potentially provide important constraints on the geodynamic and thermal history of the earth. Gee is also interested in characterizing geomagnetic field behavior in the more distant past through sampling older rocks from a variety of terrestrial settings. Prior to joining the Scripps faculty, Gee was a postdoctoral fellow at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. He later served as Director of the Geosciences Research Division, and as Deputy Director for Research. Gee earned his Ph.D. from Scripps.
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Paul Goldstein, Department of Anthropology
Paul Goldstein is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, which he joined after previously holding a faculty position in Anthropology at Dartmouth College. His teaching and research focus on anthropological archaeology, complex societies, Latin America and Andean South America. Goldstein studies how Tiwanaku civilization, the earliest state-level polity that emerged in the important Lake Titicaca region of the southern Andes, expanded and collapsed (ca. 350-1000 AD). Professor Goldstein has received a variety of research funding, including grants from the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren, H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust, as well as Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays grants. He received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Chicago.
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Richard Norris, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Richard Norris is Professor of Paleobiology in the Geosciences Research Division of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research focuses on the evolution of life in the oceans, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of extinction and speciation of plankton and the processes of assembly of marine ecosystems. He uses ecological, genetic, and biogeographic studies of living plankton and pelagic fish as well as the extensive fossil record of marine plankton and fish preserved in deep sea sediments. Other tools include the use of sediment geochemistry to reconstruct the history of ocean productivity and climate. Part of professor Norris’s research has focused on climate history and evolutionary dynamics during past intervals of extremely warm periods in the Cretaceous, Paleogene and Neogene as analogs for modern global change. He also works on the recent fossil record of reefs and coastal environments to evaluate the impact of human activities on marine and terrestrial ecosystems. During a 2016 sabbatical at Heidelberg University in Germany, he worked on tying the archaeological and historical record of the rise of civilizations around the Mediterranean to the rich ecological evolution of that ocean basin.
Prior to joining Scripps, Norris was a research scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Norris earned his Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University. He has been a foraminifer paleontologist or chief scientist on six expeditions of the Ocean Drilling Program, and served as curator of the Marine Geological Collections at Scripps. I am also academic director of the Science Support Office for the International Ocean Discovery Program.
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Anthony Phokion Potamianos, Member, Advisory Council | General Partner, Sylvina Capital
Anthony Phokion Potamianos is a Member and former Chair of the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA) Advisory Council. He also serves on the boards of the American School of Classical Studies’ Gennadius Library, Knightsbridge Schools International, La Jolla Country Day School, and Sonnabend Collection Foundation. He is a former board member of Numonyx Corp., MagnaChip Semiconductor, AMI Semiconductor, and Velti Corp.
Potamianos (pictured at left underwater carrying antique part of an amphora offshore the Greek island of Spetses) is active in causes related to the environment and archaeology. He supported the reconstruction and preservation of ancient, Byzantine and Medieval pathways in Greece (The Paths of Greece) as well the excavations at the Palace of Nestor in Pylos (also in Greece), which recently uncovered an early Mycenean burial site known as the Griffin Warrior Tomb. A diver since 1982, Potamianos participated in archaeological dives including the 1989 dive to the Dokos (a Proto Helladic shipwreck ca. 2700-2800 BC). He also did an internship with an expedition to study the Late Bronze Age Uluburun shipwreck in Turkey (ca. 1310 BC), and Potamianos has participated in numerous dives on archaeological sites as a volunteer at sites in Greece such as Dokos in the Argo-Saronic Gulf, where the oldest known shipwreck (ca 2150 BC) was excavated.
Since 2010 Potamianos has been the general partner of Sylvina Capital, a private family-investment firm based in San Francisco. From 2005-2010, Potamianos was a partner and member of the investment committee of Francisco Partners, a $10-billion, technology-focused private equity fund based in San Francisco. Before joining the firm, he was an investment banker and research analyst on Wall Street. He served as head of UBS’s global semiconductor investment banking group with responsibility for Europe, Asia and the Americas. From 1997-2000, Potamianos was a highly-ranked research analyst with the firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York, where he worked after receiving his M.S. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000.
Assaf Yasur-Landau, Member, Advisory Council
Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa, and a senior researcher at the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies. In 2008 he founded the Laboratory for Coastal Archaeology and Underwater Survey at the University of Haifa, which is now the home for 12 graduate students who combine maritime and land archaeology in their research.
The archaeologist received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. He was an Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a Fulbright Scholar and a research associate of the Semitic Museum at Harvard University.
Yasur-Landau is a veteran of more than 20 excavation and survey seasons in Israel and the Aegean area, in capacities ranging from volunteer to director. Since 2005 he is also co-director for the excavations of the Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri (with Dr. Eric H. Cline), a site which yielded Aegean-style wall paintings and extensive wine storerooms.
With more than 70 articles and five edited volumes published or in press, Yasur-Landau is best known for research concerning the Canaanites, Philistines and the interactions between the Aegean world and the Levant, with an emphasis on the investigation of the personal lives of ancient people and the study of political economy. His book, The Philistines and Aegean Migration in the Late Bronze Age (Cambridge and New York. Cambridge University Press), appeared in English (2010, 2014) and in Spanish (2012).
Since 2010 Yasur-Landau conducts underwater surveys at the Canaanite and Phoenician sites of Tel Achziv and Tel Dor, aiming to locate the Bronze and Iron Age anchorages as well as evidence of the role of maritime interactions in the economy of coastal settlements. The joint Sea and Land excavations at Dor, launched in 2016 in collaboration with Drs. Ayelet Gilboa, Ilan Sharon and Rebecca Martin, aim to create the first unified exploration of a harbor site, creating a stratigraphic sequence from the sea into the Tel.
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Christian McDonald, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Christian McDonald is a Safety Officer in the Scripps Scientific Diving Program. He manages the oldest and one of the largest and most active scientific diving programs in the United States. McDonald’s interest in marine science began as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz while studying kelp forest ecological dynamics both in Central California and, later, on the remote island of Shemya, in the outer Aleutian chain, southwest of Alaska. Upon graduation from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Marine Biology, McDonald spent five years working in and exploring diverse locations around Antarctica as a scientific diver, natural history cinematographer, commercial diver, and senior marine technician aboard NSF-supported, polar-classed research vessels. In addition to the scientific diving training, support, and oversight provided to the Scripps research community, McDonald has served as chair of NSF’s Office of Polar Programs Diving Control Board and is a Past-President of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.
Richard Walsh, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Richard Walsh is the Assistant Safety Officer in the Scripps Scientific Diving Program. In 2012-13 he was named one of the university’s ten Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year by UC San Diego.
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