Core Faculty:

Eleni Hasaki, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics, The University of Arizona; Director of the Arizona in the Aegean Program

Prof. Hasaki is a Mediterranean archaeologist whose research focuses on ancient Mediterranean craft technologies (from Prehistory to Roman times), the spatial organization of workshops, craft apprenticeship, and the negotiation of social status through crafts, especially ceramics. She combines archaeological, textual, and ethnoarchaeological evidence in her projects. Her archaeological fieldwork in Greece (Paros, Cyclades), the ethnoarchaeological project in Tunisia (Moknine) and an experimental open-air lab for pyrotechnology locally (Tucson) promote the knowledge of crafts both in antiquity and its relevance for modern societies.

Robert Stephan, Co-Leader for 2018

Rob Stephan is an archaeologist by training and has taught in the University of Arizona’s Department of Religious Studies and Classics since 2016. He also teaches courses for the UA Department of History. He hails from Cincinnati, OH but made the unpopular decision to attend the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies. While in the glorious land of maize and blue he studied Classical Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Near Eastern Studies. Upon completing his BA in 2005, he left the Midwest to take his talents to Stanford University's PhD program in Classics. His thesis took an archaeological perspective to look at how the Roman Empire affected economic growth in the Mediterranean world, and he earned his PhD in 2014. Rob's research interests focus on how the material remains of the past can inform us about the economic performance of pre-modern societies. What cultural factors lead to improvements in economic well-being? How does socio-political development correlate with per capita material wealth? During the course of his studies, Rob has worked on archaeological excavations in Italy, Cyprus, Britain, Armenia, and the American Southwest. His current project uses archaeological survey to look at southern Sicily from prehistory through the medieval period

Visiting Faculty:

McCoy, Floyd. Professor of Geology,Geophysics, and Oceanography. The University of Hawaii-Windward College

When not conducting research in his native Hawaii, Prof. McCoy conducts geoarchaeological and geophysical surveys on Thera (Cyclades) and at Palaikastro (Crete); volcanology and regional effects of the Late Bronze Age eruption of Thera (Greece) in the eastern Mediterranean. His research interests also include paleoclimate of the eastern Mediterranean region;n sedimentology of tsunami deposits (Greece, Italy, Turkey) and marine geological and geophysical surveys of the Aegean and Mediterranean sea-floor.



Lambrinoudakis, Vassilios. Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology. The University of Athens, Greece.

Prof. V Lambrinoudakis is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens. He has excavated at many sites in the Aegean (especially Naxos) and is currently working at Epidauros in the Peloponnese. His publications cover a wide range of topics dealing with Ancient Greek art, architecture, topography, epigraphy, religion, theory of Archaeology, and management of monuments. He is also correspondent member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres in Paris and of the Akademie  der Wissenschaften in Vienna. For the Arizona in the Aegean program, Prof. Lambrinoudakis provided an in-depth tour of the island of Naxos with focus on monumental sacred architecture and urban planning (Sangri, Naxos, Aqueduct System).



Guest Lecturers:

Butterworth, Michael, Phelps Dunbar Law Firm; Tulate University Law School

Mr. Butterworth is a partner at Phelps Dunbar and faculty at Tulane University Law School. He practices in the areas of admiralty and tort litigation, which includes collision, cargo, pollution and longshoreman personal injury litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  Mr. Butterworth has been awarded the “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.  For the Arizona in the Aegean program he lectured on maritime laws (both written and unwritten) in Classical antiquity.


Katsarou, Stella, Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology-Spelaeology of the Ministry of Culture in Athens, Greece; Lecturer, University of the Aegean

Dr. Stella Katsarou, a Greek Neolithic pottery specialist, earned her B.A. at the University of Athens and her Ph.D. at the University of Ioannina, Greece. She has studied and published pottery from several sites such as the caves of Theopetra and Kastria in the mainland, and the sites of Ftelia, Koukounaries and the cave of Cyclops in the Aegean. Her approach to pottery goes beyond artefactual typologies to explore the dynamics of agency and discourse between individuals, societies and material culture, in constructing contextual narratives.