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.






Scott Branting

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida


Scott is the director of the Kerkenes Project ( in central Turkey, a large short-lived late-Iron Age city.  He has a broad range of experience using modeling and simulation, remote sensing, and archaeological excavation to explore questions of urbanism and urban systems.  He also is director of the DATCH Project ( developing open-source field drawing and assessment software for augmented reality devices.






Kevin Fisher

Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Religion and Near Eastern Studies, University of British Columbia


Kevin investigates the relationships between urban landscapes, social interaction, and social change on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age (or Late Cypriot period, c. 1650-1100 BCE). He conducts his field work at two important urban centers, Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios and the Maroni “urban cluster”, located in neighboring river valleys in south-central Cyprus.



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.




Shawn Graham

Professor, Department of History, Carleton University


Shawn trained in Roman archaeology but has become over the years a digital archaeologist and digital humanist. His teaching explores historical methods and digital history at all levels, and he keeps an open lab notebook of his research and experiments in digital history and archaeology at his research blog,




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.



Nicolò Marchetti

Professor, Department of History and Cultures, Università di Bologna


Nicolò's research themes concern the study and the characterization of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Syro-Mesopotamian area. In particular, the Early Dynastic period in Mesopotamia and the Middle Bronze Age in the Levant have been major research foci. Currently, critical revisions are under way for the Iron Age sculptures of the northern Levant (and of Karkemish, especially) and for the development of the historical landscape in Mesopotamia and of Bronze and Iron Ages societies therein.




Richard Peltier

Professor, Department of Physics, University of Toronto. Director of the Centre for Global Change Science

PI of the Polar Climate Stability Network ; Scientific Director of SciNet


Dick's research interests focus on atmospheric and oceanic waves and turbulence, geophysical fluid dynamics, physics of the planetary interior, and planetary climate. He is an internationally renowned climate specialists whose work is widely used to provide the boundary conditions needed to enable modern coupled climate models to be employed to reconstruct past climate conditions



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.



Lynn Welton

Department of Physics, University of Toronto


Lynn is the field director of the Field I at Tell Tayinat, specializing in the Early Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, and has also worked in Ethiopia (Eastern Tigrai Archaeological Project), Iraqi Kurdistan (excavations at Bestansur) and Iran (Gorgan Wall Survey). She investigates questions about ancient interaction and mobility, specializing in geoarchaeology and bioarchaeology. She is currently a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology of Durham University.



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