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Travel Turkey & Europe

James Bruhn


James Bruhn received his BA in anthropology and history from the University of Colorado (Magna Cum Laude), and his MA and PhD in British Roman Archaeology from the University of Durham. Originally from the Northeast of Scotland, he is a specialist on Roman Frontiers in Northern Britain and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Newcastle upon Tyne. Dr. Bruhn has spoken at numerous academic conferences in North America and Europe, has authored a scholarly book on Roman Archaeology and has written book chapters in several scholarly publications including the Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World by Brian Fagan. He has excavated along the Antonine Wall and has tutored small groups on his specialty. Additionally, Dr. Bruhn has organized and been the speaker in several conferences about Roman Britain.

Trips with James Bruhn:

An Archaeological Pub Crawl of Great Britian 2014

An Exploration of Wales and England 2014


Brian Buchanan


Brian G. Buchanan received a double BA in both Anthropology and History from Millersville University (in Pennsylvania); his MA in Public Anthropology from the American University; a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data; and is presently a Postgraduate Researcher finalizing his PhD in Archaeology at the University of Durham along the Scottish Borders. A specialist on Medieval Archaeology, he is Chairperson for Durham Medieval Archaeologists. Mr. Buchanan has worked on archaeological projects both in the USA and the UK, and since entering Durham University, has been lectured in a variety of courses, primarily in GIS and Early Medieval archaeology. His enthusiasm about archaeology and history is contagious and his knowledge of the area will make him an exceptional leader.

Trips with Brian Buchanan:

The Riches of Scotland 2014


Robert Bucholz


Dr. Robert Bucholz is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, where he has taught since 1988. He earned his B.A. in History from Cornell University and his D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University. Professor Bucholz is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is a riveting lecturer for The Great Courses. Among Professor Bucholz's numerous teaching awards are the Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest such honor presented by the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences. He is the author or co-author of books including Early Modern England: A Narrative History and The Augustan Court: Queen Anne and the Decline of Court Culture. Professor Bucholz is also the project director of the Database of Court Officers, which contains the career facts of every person who served in the British royal household from the Restoration to the death of Queen Victoria.

Trips with Robert Bucholz:

Let’s to London! A week in the Greatest City in the western World 2014


Bryan Burns


Bryan Burns is a Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College. His research focuses on Bronze Age Greece and the significance of Mediterranean exchange in the formation and development of Mycenaean states, addressed in his recent book Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity (Cambridge 2010). He is currently working on a book about the interpretation of the arts and cultures of the Bronze Age Aegean in scholarship, display, and the creative arts. He has excavated on Crete, Cyprus, Paros and several sites on mainland Greece. And is presently co-director of the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project. His insights from having lived and worked on the Greek Islands will make this tour a unique experience.


William Cook


William R. Cook earned his B.A. from Wabash College, graduating cum laude. Shortly thereafter he received the Woodrow Wilson and the Herbert Lehman fellowships to study Medieval History at Cornell University where he completed his Ph.D. He is a lecturer for “The Great Courses” and is currently the Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1970. His publications include Images of St. Francis of Assisi and Francis of Assisi: The Way of Poverty and Humility. He also currently edits and contributes to The Art of the Franciscan Order in Italy. Dr. Cook’s passion and enthusiasm for medieval art and architecture make him both an informed and lively trip leader.


Trips with William Cook:

Cathedrals of France 2014


Garrett G. Fagan


Garrett G. Fagan received his PhD in Roman Studies from McMaster Unvierstiy in Canada and is asssociate professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University. As a specialist in Greco-Roman history, he is the author of Bathing in Public in the Roman World and The Lure of the Arena, edited or co-authored three other books, and has numerous scholarly aricles and chapters in print. Professor Fagan has appeared on the acclaimed PBS science series Nova and on The History Channel. He is also a lecturer for three courses released by The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company).


Trips with Garrett Fagan:

Greece & Turkey: A Voyage through History 2014


John France


John France is Professor Emeritus from Swansea University in Wales and is a renowned specialist on the Medieval Period. He has published numerous articles, and is the author of The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom, Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, and Victory in the East: A Military History of the First Crusade. Additionally, he has edited several important books including Medieval Warfare, Warfare in the Dark Ages, and War and Peace in Ancient and Medieval History. As a result of his research covering this period, he has compiled an electronic database of lives of saints prior to the year 1000. He is also an editor of the Journal of Medieval History. Dr. France was a featured scholar on the History Channel’s impressive two-part documentary, The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross.


Julie Langford


Julie Langford received her BA in History and Classics from the University of Utah, her MA in Medieval History and her MA and Ph.D. In Classical Studies at Indiana University. She has dug in Sicily and the Roman Forum and is presently Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida. Dr. Langford uses ancient languages and literatures to explain cultural phenomena such as the evil eye, gladiatorial games, and civic ritual and spectacle.Dr. Langford is a specialist in Roman coinage and she uses numismatic evidence extensively in her latest book Maternal Megalomania: Julia Domna and the Imperial Politics of Motherhood. Her research employs a wide variety of evidence, from monuments to middens, from imperial inscriptions to brothel graffiti, from state-sponsored bas-reliefs to personal toiletries and jewelry. Dr. Langford's lively teaching style and approachability have won her awards and media attention. She was the historical consultant and talking head on theNational Geographic special "Party Like a Roman Emperor" and has been interviewed by local media and the Voice of America. Dr. Langford is fluent in several languages and adapt at translating both Greek and Latin texts. While traveling with her you will be treated to bits of wisdom from ancient philosophers as she reads the texts on the monuments.


Jeremy and Maud McIlnerney


Jeremy McInerney received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. He is the Davidson Kennedy Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in both Greek and Roman history, Dr. McInerney has published extensively on his subject. He is the author of The Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks and The Folds of Parnassos: Land and Ethnicity in Ancient Phokis, and a featured speaker on videos of full-length university lectures about the Greek World produced by The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company). Dr. McInerney is a recipient of the Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching, one of the University of Pennsylvania’s highest teaching honors.

Maud Burnett McInerney received her PhD from University of California, Berkeley, in Comparative Literature, and her BA in English, Latin and Greek from the University of Toronto. She is presently Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Dr. McInerney has also taught courses in Greek Mythology and reads Latin and Greek. Her book, Eloquent Virgins from Thecla to Joan of Arc, was published in 2003. Her recent research has concerned itself with Greek Christian writers in Asia Minor and contacts between Byzantium and the Holy Roman Empire.

Trips with Jeremy and Maud McInerney:

Sicily: Art & Archaeology 2014


Thomas F.X. Noble


Thomas F. X. Noble received his MA in History and Latin and his PhD in Medieval History from Michigan State University. He is presently Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. A popular speaker for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company), Professor Noble is a lecturer on ten different series including the 48 lecture course, The Foundations of Western Civilization. Dr. Noble is the author, coauthor, or editor of 10 books and has published more than 40 articles, chapters, and essays including From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms, and his coauthored textbook, Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment, which is in its 5th edition. Professor Noble has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and research grants from the American Philosophical Society. He has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences including in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Scotland. Dr. Noble was the recipient of the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching from Notre Dame, and was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and a David Harrison III Award for outstanding undergraduate advising, both from the University of Virginia.

Trips with Thomas Noble:

Glorious Greece 2014

Enda O'Flaherty


Enda O’Flaherty received his BA (with honors) in Heritage Studies and a Post-Graduate Degree in Archaeology from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from the National University of Ireland in Galway specializing in Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes of Historical Ireland.  Dr. O’Flaherty has many years of experience conducting field research both in Ireland and abroad examining the dynamic nature of human settlement and the significance of landscape to communities in the past.  His particular area of interest is the karst landscape of the Burren where he conducted his doctoral research.  Dr. O’Flaherty is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland and of the Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group among others.  His knowledge of Ireland’s vast and intricate history and his gracious charm make him an ideal study leader and traveling companion.

Trips with Enda O'Flaherty:

An Exploration of Eire: The Archaeology of Ireland 2014


Jennifer Tobin


Jennifer Tobin received her BA in Classical Studies from Stanford University and her PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. From 1992-97, she was Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. In 1997, she returned to the United States and is now Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Professor Tobin worked on archaeological projects in Israel, Turkey and Greece including at Corinth and on Crete. She speaks Modern Greek, German, French, Italian and Turkish, and has published widely on everything from Roman architecture in Syria to Alexander the Great including Herodes Attikos and the City of Athens: Patronage and Conflict under the Antonines. She is a featured teacher for Modern Scholar, recorded not-for-credit lecture courses taught by university professors, including the Glory that was Greece.

Trips with Jennifer Tobin:

Eastern Turkey's Lost Kingdoms 2014


Steven L. Tuck


Dr. Steven L. Tuck is a highly regarded Associate Professor in Classics and the History of Art at Miami University. After earning his B.A. in History and Classics at Indiana University, he received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Tuck is continually recognized as an excellent educator by Miami University, earning the Outstanding Professor Award three years in a row only to be recognized in 2013 with their highest honor for innovative and effective undergraduate teaching: the E. Phillips Knox award. He has published widely in international journals on both Greek and Roman Art forms, social and political history, and archaeology.  Dr. Tuck’s most recent monograph A History of Roman Art will be available through Blackwell Publishing soon, and in the meantime, we recommend his previous work on Latin epigraphy: Latin Inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum: The Dennison and De Criscio Collections.

Trips with Steven Tuck:

Greek Isles of Myth 2014

Rome and Southern Italy 2014


Brett Whalen


Brett Whalen received his MA and PhD in History from Stanford University, and is an Associate Professor with the History Department at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.   His fascination with the Middle Ages began at the Children's Library with a book on Charlemagne and The Hobbit. A featured scholar on the History Channel’s impressive production The Dark Ages, he is a specialist on the medieval period including the crusades and the Papacy.  He has been an invited speaker at conferences in the United States and several countries in Europe, and is the author of Dominion of God: Christendom and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages.  Professor Whalen speaks and reads ancient Latin, French, and German, and has a working knowledge of ancient Greek. His knowledge of medieval history will bring to life the ancient sites on Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta.

Trips with Brett Whalen:

Cyprus, Turkey, Rhodes, Malta: In the Path of the Crusader Knights 2014



Travel The Middle East and Arabia


Lloyd John Llewellyn-Jones


Lloyd John Llewellyn-Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Edinburgh, where he has taught since 2004.  Dr. Llewellyn-Jones earned his MA and PhD at Cardiff University and has published extensively on socio-cultural history. Dr. Llewellyn-Jones specializes in Achaemenid history, culture, and archaeology.  He co-authored Ctesias’ History of Persia: Tales of the Orient for Routledge, and The Clothed Body in the Ancient World for Oxbow.  His most recent work, King and Court in Ancient Persia, 559 to 331 B.C.E., was published in February 2013 for Edinburgh University Press, and Persia in the Greek Imagination: A Sourcebook for Routledge is forthcoming. A sampling of his numerous published articles illustrate his breadth as a scholar: 'Immortals'  and ‘Persian Cataphracts’ in Elite Fighting Forces; 'The First Persian Empire' in The Great Empires of the Ancient World; and 'Achaemenid Persia' in The Middle East, The Cradle of Civilisation Revealed. Dr. Llewellyn-Jones  also organized the international conference Persepolis: 40 Years On, in 2011. Dr. Llewellyn-Jones  loves to travel and has led many tours to Iran. He has a passion for introducing people to Persia in a thought provoking and enjoyable way, as evident on his blog.

Trips with Lloyd John Llewellyn-Jones:

Iran: Empires of Everlasting Fire 2014


Gary Rollefson


Gary O. Rollefson received his PhD from the University of Arizona, and is presently a professor of anthropology at Whitman College. He has conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Since 1982, Dr. Rollefson has been Principal Investigator at the excavations at Neolithic ‘Ain Ghazal which has produced stunning examples of 10,000 year-old statues and other unique religious paraphernalia. Dr. Rollefson's exciting discoveries of ritual structures in Wadi Rum are changing the way that archaeologists are looking at copper age and bronze age pastoral societies. His most recent work is in the eastern desert of Jordan where he has found a 1 1/2 square mile necropolis. His main publications include Prehistoric Archaeology in the Deserts of Jordan. Professor Rollefson’s knowledge of Jordan and its archaeology, along with his sense of humor and excitement about Jordan makes him an ideal leader.

Trips with Gary Rollefson:

Grandeur of Petra, Splendors of Jordan 2014 & 2015



Travel Asia


Daud Ali


Daud Ali was born in Calcutta, son of a Bengali father and an American mother, and since his early youth has had an abiding interest in all things Indian. He received his B.A. at the College of William in Mary in Religious Studies and English Literature, an M.A. at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago in History of Religions, and his Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago. His thesis was on medieval South Indian history. He taught South Asian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at University of London for fourteen years before joining the staff of the University of Pennsylvania as the new Chair of the Department of South Asia Studies.  Dr. Ali is a specialist in the history and culture of pre-Sultanate South Asia, and is the author of Querying the Medieval: The History of Practice in South Asia and Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India, the first book-length study to focus exclusively on the development of the royal court as a social and cultural institution in early India. He has published on a wide variety of subjects, from courtier merchants in medieval South India to service retinues of the Chola kings, and Buddhist monasticism to gardens in ancient India.  His current research projects concern, among other things, the history of the king Bhoja in medieval India.  Professor Ali reads Sanskrit, and speaks and reads Tamil, an important language of southern India.

Trips with Daud Ali:

South India: Temples and Traditions 2014


Damian Evans


Damian Evans received his PhD from the University of Sydney. He is presently the Director of the University of Sydney Robert Christie Research Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia, established for the study of Khmer history, society and archaeology. Dr. Evans is also the Principal Investigator for the Radar Settlement Surveys in Cambodia and Deputy Director of the Greater Angkor Project (GAP), the largest international, multidisciplinary research program at Angkor. His ground breaking discoveries using space technology have been reported extensively in international news reports, journals and newspapers including the Associated Press, the Daily Telegraph in England, the Los Angeles Times (front page), Science, Archaeology Magazine, International Herald Tribune, New Scientist, National Geographic News, ABC News, and BBC News and BBC Radio. Dr. Evans was featured in both the National Geographic Channel’s and the History Channel’s documentaries on Angkor. He has been the invited speaker at conferences throughout the world including Mexico, Taiwan, Vietnam, the United States, China, Egypt and India, and has been the recipient of a multitude of awards and grants including one from National Geographic. Dr. Evans is conversant in both French and Khmer. Read a recent article about exploring Angkor Wat with Dr. Evans from Conde Nast Traveler.

Trips with Damian Evans:

Discover Angkor Wat and Laos 2014


Charlotte Galloway


Dr Charlotte Galloway completed her BA in Art History and Curatorship (Hons) at the Australian National University, and her PhD in the Buddhist imagery of the early Bagan period, Myanmar (2007). Previously a curator at the National Gallery of Australia in the Asian Art department, then Associate Registrar she returned to ANU to lecture in Curatorial Studies, and Asian art history. Dr Galloway is a member of a number of professional organizations and is a board member of AusHeritage, Australia’s international network of heritage professionals. She is a frequent traveller to Southeast Asia and is currently researching first millennium artefacts at the ancient Myanmar city of Srikshetra. Her research interests also extend to heritage and museums in the region. Dr Galloway’s personality and enthusiasm coupled with her expansive knowledge of the art and religion of the peoples of Myanmar have earned her the 2012 CASS Award for Excellence in Teaching. There can be no better companion on this enlightening journey through Myanmar.

Trips with Charlotte Galloway:
Myanmar: Land of Golden Pagodas 2014


Jenny Rose


Jennifer Rose received her MA in Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her PhD from Columbia University in Ancient Iranian Studies. While writing her doctoral dissertation (since published asThe Image of Zoroaster: The Persian Mage Through European Eyes), Dr. Rose was simultaneously a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Brunel University, London, and the Deputy Director of a Religious Education Centre that supported the teaching of world faiths in the British public school system. She is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, and is frequently an invited speaker at conferences in both North America and Europe. Apart from her two most recent publications on the Zoroastrian religion, Dr. Rose has published introductory books and other educational materials on the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. Her breadth of knowledge concerning the world's religions, and her particular interest in the historical interaction between Iranians and those of other cultures along the Silk Road, make her an ideal study leader.

Trips with Jenny Rose:
China: Along the Silk Road 2014

Iran: Empires of Everlasting Fires 2015


Pushkar Sohoni


Pushkar Sohoni received his doctorate in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 for his research on sultanate architecture of the early modern Deccan, and subsequently spent the academic year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Indo-Persian Studies at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Sohoni originally trained as an architect in India. He then received an M.S. in Historic Preservation (Graduate School of Design), University of Pune (India), and worked on several conservation projects in that country and abroad. He has also been a member of several interdisciplinary research collaborations, such as "Art Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization 400-1650," at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. Dr. Sohoni is presently the South Asian Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. He is proficient in several South Asian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, and Persian.



Andrew Wilson


Dr. Andrew Wilson is currently a Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College. He received his B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. Prior to joining the Naval War College faculty in 1998 he taught courses in Chinese history at Wellesley College and at Harvard University. Dr. Wilson is an award-winning professor and an expert in both military history and Asian history. He has been invited to lecture on strategic theory and international security in nearly two dozen countries and six continents, has contributed to the curriculum of military colleges all over the world, and is a celebrated lecturer with the Great Courses (formerly the Teaching Company). His works include numerous articles on Chinese military history, Chinese sea power and Sun Tzu's Art of War, and books such as Ambition and Identity: Chinese Merchant-Elites in Colonial Manila, 1885-1916. Contributions include The Chinese in the Caribbean. China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force, and a multi-volume history of the China War, 1937-1945. Dr. Wilson’s extensive knowledge of Chinese and Asian military history, language and culture make him the ideal person to lead you in the footsteps of Genghiz Khan, one of the world’s most successful and legendary military masterminds.

Trips with Andrew Wilson:

Mongolia and China: In the Path of Genghiz Khan 2014


Ruth Young


Ruth Young received her received her PhD from the University of Bradford and is currently a Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of  Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester. She is a published author in several books, magazines, and other journals, and is in the process of finalizing “The Archaeology of South Asia: from the Indus to Asoka” to be published by Cambridge World Archaeology. Dr. Young has done archaeological work in Nepal and Sri Lanka, and is the director of projects in both Pakistan and Iran. She is a member of the British Institute of Persian Studies.

Trips with Ruth Young:

Sri Lanka: Resplendent Land 2014



Travel Egypt & Africa


Bob Brier and Patricia Remler


Professor Bob Brier received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina. He is not only one of the nation’s leading Egyptologists, but a brilliant lecturer and storyteller. He is professor of philosophy at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the author of several books including The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story (Berkley Books, 1998), The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians (Greenwood Press, 1999) and The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery (Harper Collins, 2008). Professor Brier has served as director of the "Egyptology Today" program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as host of the Learning Channel series, The Great Egyptians. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Scholar, and has received Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of his achievements as a lecturer. Bob is a featured lecturer on The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) series, and a wonderful teacher with a special flair for evoking the distant past in ways that make it seem vividly present.

Patricia Remler is an author, photographer, and art historian. She was the Researcher for four important Learning Channel documentaries - the three-part Pyramids, Tombs, and Mummies, the six-part series The Great Egyptians, the one hour Napoleon's Obsession: The Quest for Egypt, and the three-part series Unwrapped, The Mysterious World of Mummies. She is the author of Egyptian Mythology A - Z.

Check out Bob Brier's new book titled Egyptomania, published in November 2013!

Trips with Bob Brier and Patricia Remler:

Sudan: An Exploration of Ancient Kush 2014

The Majesty of Egypt 2014


Salima Ikram


Salima Ikram received her BA from Bryn Mawr College, and her Masters and PhD from Cambridge University. She is presently Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She has been a consultant at several museums - Smithsonian Institution Natural History Museum, Poznan Archaeological Museum, Poland; Kom Ombo Museum; Lisbon Mummy Project, National Museum of Lisbon (2009-2011). Professor Ikram has directed or been part of the archaeological team at numerous projects in several countries - Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan – and has been the recipient of research grants from many sources including National Geographic. She is the author of many books and publications including Ancient Egypt, An Introduction; The Tomb in Ancient Egypt; Beloved Beasts: Animal Mummies from Ancient Egypt; and Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt. Professor Ikram is actively involved with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and has been the invited speaker at presentations and conferences throughout the world, including the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Italy and Egypt. A frequent featured scholar on radio and television (the Today Show, BBC, National Geographic, The History Channel, NOVA, and Discovery, among others), Dr. Ikram was Consultant for National Geographic magazine from 2001-2010. She has reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Urdu, Middle Egyptian, and basic knowledge of colloquial Egyptian Arabic and Latin. Professor Ikram’s lively personality, deep knowledge of the area, and enthusiastic teaching skills will make travel with her especially rewarding.


Barry Kemp


Professor Barry Kemp is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology in the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has worked regularly in field archaeology in Egypt since 1967, including at Amenhotep III’s palace town of Malkata, western Thebes. He is renowned for his groundbreaking work at Tell el-Amarna, where he has directed excavation and archaeological survey since 1977. Professor Kemp’s seminal book, Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation is a core text of Egyptology and is used in many ancient history courses. His many other publications include: The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti; Amarna and its people,100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian, How to Read The Egyptian Book of the Dead, and numerous articles and technical reports for Egyptology texts and journals. For his substantial contributions to Egyptian archaeology and international relations, he was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by the Queen in 2011.


Cinzia Perlingieri


Cinzia Perlingieri received her M.A. in Classic Archaeology and History of Arts from the University of Naples, and her PhD in Archaeology from the same institution. Her archaeological career in northern Africa began in 1989. She has excavated in Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, and her dissertation was on her research at Aksum, Ethiopia. From 1992 – 2005, she was a field director for the Bieta Giyorgis (Aksum, Ethiopia), Italian-American Joint Archaeological Expedition. Dr. Perlingieri has published articles in many publications and has presented papers at conferences all over Europe and the United States. Dr. Perlingieri has taught at the University of Naples and University of Turin in Italy, the Art Center in Bahrein, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a Visiting Scholar and Director of Research at the Center for Digital Archaeology.

Trips with Cinzia Perlingieri:

Ethiopia: The Wonders of the Horn of Africa 2014


Travel Oceania


Leo A. Howe


Leo A. E. Howe received his MA from Cambridge University, M.Phil from Edinburgh University and his PhD from the same institution. He is presently University Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, Darwin College, Cambridge University, and Dean of the Department. Dr. Howe began his fieldwork in Bali in 1977 and regularly returns on fieldwork trips. He has been the invited speaker at conferences in several countries including Bali, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, and is the author of two major books on Bali - The Changing World of Bali: Religion, Society and Tourism and Hinduism and Hierarchy in Bali. Dr. Howe’s many published articles on Balinese culture on subjects such as The Balinese cockfight, Kings and Priests in Bali and Religious change and caste conflict in Bali makes him an exceptional scholar to lead this trip.


Sidsel Millerström


Sidsel Millerström received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Polynesian archaeology. She is a specialist on archaeological art and architecture and has worked on excavations all over Polynesia including Easter Island, Fiji, the Marquesas, and Tahiti. From 1984, Dr. Millerstrom has worked on all six presently inhabited islands in the Marquesas during which she discovered and recorded numerous tikis, carvings of human figures, and more that 7,000 ancient petroglyphs. Up to this time no systematic survey had been conducted in the Marquesas, an archipelago which, in prehistory, was connected culturally with Easter Island. Dr. Millerström excavated cave sites on Easter Island and worked with Dr. Georgia Lee documenting the rock art and sculptures on the island. Dr. Millerström's work has appeared in various scholarly and popular journals.

Trips with Sidsel Millerström:

Easter Island & the Tapati Festival 2014


Travel The Americas


Marcello Canuto


Marcello Canuto received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Anthropology. After teaching for several years at Yale University, Dr. Canuto is presently Associate Professor at Tulane University, and holds the prestigious position of Director of the renowned Middle America Research Institute there. He has published numerous articles and is the author of Archaeology of Communities: New World Perspective. He has been Assistant Curator, Pre-Columbian Collections, Peabody Museum since 2003, and Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Guatemala since 2008. Dr. Canuto is the Director of La Corona Regional Archaeological Project in Guatemala.

Trips with Marcello Canuto:

In the Path of Snake Kingdom 2014 & 2015


Anita G. Cook


Anita G. Cook is Professor of Anthropology at Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. She received her MA and PhD at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Peru including Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru (edited with Elizabeth Benson). Dr. Cook has directed several major archaeological survey and excavation projects in Peru and is the author of numerous publications including Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru (with Elizabeth Benson). She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright for work in coastal Wari settlements in the lower Ica Valley, and from both National Geographic and Dumbarton Oaks. She has been a consultant to the Cultural Attaché of the Peruvian Embassy, the Denver Art Museum, the National Geographic Society, and the Field Museum. Dr. Cook is a Research Associate with the Department of Anthropology, The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and has been the invited speaker for many conferences in the United States, Canada, Peru and Ecuador. Dr. Cook is fluent in Spanish and with great depth of knowledge of Peru and its archaeology.


Stanley Paul Guenter


Stanley Paul Guenter, born in the prairies of Canada, was first introduced to the Maya culture and ancient script at the age of ten. He has been studying the Mesoamerican cultures ever since. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary, his Master’s Degree at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia with Dr. Peter Mathews, and his PhD in Archaeology from Southern Methodist University. He has worked on archaeological projects in eastern Tabasco, Mexico and is currently an epigrapher and archaeologist with two archaeological projects in Guatemala: The Regional Archaeological Investigations of Northern Peten, Guatemala (RAINPEG), directed by Dr. Richard D. Hansen, and the Southern Methodist University El Peru/Waka’ project, directed by Dr. David Freidel. Stanley is one of the outstanding rising stars of Mesoamerican writing systems and has taught and presented at many conferences in Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany and Denmark. He has done a full study of the inscriptions of Dos Pilas in relation to Tikal (you may see the readings on the mesoweb.com site).

Trips with Stanley Paul Guenter:

Capital Cities of the Ancient Maya 2014


John Hoopes


John Hoopes received is BA in archaeology at Yale University and his PhD from Harvard in anthropology with anemphasis on archaeology. His dissertation was on stylistic analy­sis of pottery from sites in Costa Rica. Dr. Hoopes is Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Kansas and Courtesy Curator at the university’s museum where he advises the research and exhibitions of Pre-Columbian collections from Mexico, Central America, and South America. He is fluent in Spanish, has been working in Costa Rica since 1978, and has received grants for his projects from both the National Science Foundation and Fulbright. Professor Hoopes has published extensively, both in print and on the internet, and his new book (co-edited with Jeffrey Quilter), Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia is in press.


John Wayne Janusek


John Wayne Janusek received is BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Since 1998, he has been a professor at Vanderbilt University where he consistently is rated very high by his students. Dr. Janusek has worked in the Bolivian highlands since 1987 conducting archaeological research principally focused on the Tiwanaku civilization and its precursors. Fluent in Spanish, he has been a visiting scholar several times at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz. Professor Janusek has been a consultant on Bolivia for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, and has been the invited lecturer within the United States and several foreign countries including Bolivia, Finland and Germany. He has written numerous articles and publications,and is the author of Identity and Power in the Ancient Andes: Tiwanaku Cities through Time and Ancient Tiwanaku and Ancient Tiwanaku. Professor Janusek is an exceptional teacher with a special talent for displaying the distant past in ways that make it seem vividly present.


E.C. Krupp


Dr. E.C. Krupp is the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He is the author of Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power; Beyond the Blue Horizon, Echoes of the Ancient Skies, The Comet and You, The Big Dipper and You, The Moon and You, and The Rainbow and You; editor and co-author of In Search of Ancient Astronomies and Archaeoastronomy and the Roots of Science; contributing editor with a monthly column in Sky & Telescope magazine; frequent lecturer; and veteran leader of UCLA Extension field study tours. Dr. Krupp has visited more than 1,800 ancient and prehistoric sites.


Peter Mathews


Peter Mathews is a Professor of Archaeology at the La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and a pioneer epigrapher in Maya glyphs. He received his PhD from Yale in 1988 and he has taught at Harvard University, the University of Calgary, and the University of Copenhagen. In 1984 he was awarded the coveted MacArthur Prize Fellowship for his work in Maya hieroglyphs and in 2002 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in Australia, a prestigious award that comprises more than 500 distinguished individuals elected by their peers in recognition of the excellence and impact of their scholarship in fields including archaeology. He has conducted research at Copan (Honduras), Palenque, Yaxchilan, Tonina, and El Cayo (Mexico), and Naachtun (Guatemala). Professor Mathews is a renowned Maya writing specialist who in 1973, along with epigraphers Floyd Lounsbury and Linda Schele, reintroduced to the world Lady Sak K'uk' who ruled Palenque for nearly 30 years, her son Pakal, and his son Chan Bahlum. The anonymous carved faces were suddenly brought to life due to the translation of the glyphic texts displayed on Palenque’s monuments. Dr. Mathews co-authored with Linda Schele The Bodega at Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, and The Code of Kings: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs. Additionally, based upon his translations of Maya glyphs, he is the author of Who’s Who in the Classic Maya World, and with co-author Péter Bíró, the Maya Hieroglyphic Dictionary, both electronically published on the FAMSI website - http://research.famsi.org/mdp/mdp_basic_entry.html. Dr. Mathews' wit and exceptional teaching skills along with his ability to translate the texts at each site will bring Maya history to life.

F. Kent Reilly III


F. Kent Reilly III received his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the Director for the Center for the Study of Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America, and a professor at Texas State University.  Professor Reilly’s interests are centered around religion, art, and visual validation of elite authority in New World chiefdoms, especially that of the ancient Olmec and Classic Maya. He has been the invited speaker of conferences throughout the world and is the author or editor on many books and articles including Sacred Bindings of the Cosmos: Ritual Acts of Bundling and Wrapping In Ancient Mesoamerica.  He has been a guest curator and a catalog contributor to the Princeton University exhibition The Olmec World: Ritual and Rulership.   Professor Reilly has been the recipient of a multitude of awards including the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s Favorite Professor Award.

Trips with F. Kent Reilly III:

Mexico: In the Path of the Ancient Olmecs 2014


William D. Sapp III


William D. Sapp, III received his Ph.D. from UCLA, where he studied with noted Moche scholar Christopher Donnan. His interests include the high civilizations of Andean South America, the development of sociopolitical complexity, and settlement patterns. Bill based his doctoral dissertation on his excavations of the palace of Cabur, in the Jequetepeque Valley. He spent another six seasons excavating at the Chimú administrative centers of Algarrobal de Moro and Farfán. Specializing in architecture and ceramics, Bill is an expert in the late pre-Hispanic cultures of the Peruvian North Coast-the Lambayeque and Chimú - as well as the Inka. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills. Conversant in Spanish, he is charming and articulate, and a knowledgeable study leader.

Trips with William D. Sapp III:

Peru: The Inka and Their Ancestors 2014


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