Modfied:  Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SAS Bulletin Staff

Thomas R FennSAS Bulletin Editor

Thomas R. Fenn, Adjunct Faculty; Research Faculty; Department of Geography and Anthropology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 3801 West Temple Ave., Bldg. 5-150, Pomona, CA 91768 USA; tel 909-869-3576;

Bio:  Dr. Thomas Fenn currently is Adjunct Teaching Faculty and Research Faculty in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He served as Director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Pyrotechnology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, from July 2014 to August 2016.  He was a Visiting Scholar in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, where he was conducting research on metallurgical materials from Africa and Iran.  Dr. Fenn also completed a two-year Research Fellowship in the Centre for Archaeological Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, where he examined ancient glass production in the Western Mediterranean utilizing compositional and isotopic analyses.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (minors in Geosciences and Classics) from the University of Maine, Orono, where he worked on prehistoric and Colonial era archaeological sites, and worked for several years as the chief metals conservator for the Historical Archaeology Laboratory.  He received his Master of Science in Geology (minor in Anthropology) from the University of New Orleans, where his thesis topic was on the geochemistry of copper artifacts associated with the Old Copper Culture in northern Wisconsin.  He received his PhD from the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, with a dissertation emphasizing the application of heavy isotope (e.g., lead (Pb), strontium (Sr), and neodymium (Nd)) analysis to archaeological problems, including examining ceramics, metals and glass production and movement in both the New World and Africa.  While at the University of Arizona, Tom was awarded (in 2 different years) a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellowship which provided support while receiving isotopic analysis training and for analysis of his dissertation related samples.

Dr. Fenn’s research interests are primarily in examining early technologies, technological knowledge and the transmission of technology and knowledge, as well as more overarching questions on long distance trade, and local, regional and long distance contacts and exchange.  His analytical experience includes sample preparation and analyses with optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron microprobe analysis (EMPA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS), and multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS).  He has taught courses in world archaeology, archaeological sciences, geoarchaeology and isotope geology, ancient civilizations, cultural anthropology, environment, technology and culture, and the anthropology of gender.


Charles KolbAssociate Editor, Archaeological Ceramics

Charles KolbIndependent Scholar (retired NEH), 1005 Pruitt Court, SW, Vienna, Virginia 22180-6429, USA; tel 703-242-0063; email

Charlie Kolb holds a B.A. in History with minors in Art History and Anthropology with a focus on Latin America, the Soviet Union and South Asia) from The Pennsylvania State University and earned his Ph.D. at Penn State in Anthropology and Archaeology focusing on, Latin America and Central Asia.  He did additional graduate and post-graduate coursework and directed study at Bryn Mawr College (geology), The Pennsylvania State University (geology), Argonne National Laboratory (environmental studies), Rochester Institute of Technology/Image Permanence Laboratory (still and moving images, chemistry), International Museum of Photography (imaging science), Georgia State University (audio preservation), Society of American Archivists (still images and  recorded sound), Cornell University (digital imaging), National Archives and Records Administration (digital library collections management), and University of Texas-Austin (recorded sound preservation). He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeology, ethnology and physical anthropology at Penn State (University Park and Erie campuses), Bryn Mawr College, and Mercyhurst University (1966-1989).  Kolb also served as a board member of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (1979-1989) and Director of Research and Grants at Mercyhurst where he was also assistant director of the Hammermill Library.

His archaeological and ecological field work was in Mesoamerica, Central Asia, and Northeastern North America; the Andean Region, and East Africa.  Kolb has been studying ceramics since 1962 and organized and chaired annual Ceramic Ecology Symposia at the American Anthropological Association meetings 1985-2011.  Since 1965 he has written 6 monographs, 106 articles (82 peer-reviewed), 27 articles and book chapters (peer reviewed), 589 book reviews (print and Internet in 67 different professional publications), 14 film reviews (anthropology), 21 Internet site reviews (anthropology and history), 26 CRM reports to sponsors (archaeology), 21 technical or consultant reports (archaeology), and has written 58 encyclopedia contributions. 

Kolb served as senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (1989-2013). At NEH he was responsible for research and development grants and projects for preserving and providing intellectual access to still and moving image and recorded sound collections. He also worked on the National Digital Newspaper Program with the Library of Congress and advised on material culture collections (history and archaeology), environmental controls, and collections' storage and rehousing. Kolb also had responsibility for the Endowment's "Recovering Iraq's Past" and "Rediscovering Afghanistan" initiatives (2004-2011).  Since 2013, Kolb has been a consultant for the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute and several agencies of the US federal government.  His particular interests continue to be materials science - especially ceramics; archaeology, ethnology, and ethnohistory; military, political, and diplomatic history; cartography; demography; and pedagogy.    

Ruth Ann ArmitageAssociate Editor, Archaeological Chemistry
Ruth Ann Armitage, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Michigan University, 225 Mark Jefferson, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, tel 734-487-0290, email, website 

Bio: Ruth Ann Armitage is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Michigan University.  She received a B.A. in Chemistry from Thiel College in Greenville, PA.  While still a student, Ruth Ann participated in an archaeological field school at Slippery Rock University that confirmed her desire to learn more about archaeological science.  She completed a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Texas A&M University with Dr. Marvin Rowe on radiocarbon dating of charcoal-pigmented rock paintings.  She has been an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, working closely with the archaeologists at Historic St. Mary’s City, the site of the original settlement of the Maryland Colony.  Dr. Armitage moved to EMU in Ypsilanti, MI in 2001, where she has continued her studies of 17th century bricks and soils from that site.  During her tenure at EMU, she has been the major research advisor to nine M.S. students and 20 undergraduates. She has had published 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, has given many invited talks, and is a coauthor and/or presenter of more than 80 scientific presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.  Dr. Armitage and her students are currently using GC-MS and will soon begin developing direct analysis in real time (DART) mass spectrometry methods to characterize and date by plasma-chemical oxidation-AMS archaeological materials, including rock paintings, fragile organic artifacts, and residues. 

Brett KaufmanAssociate Editor, Archaeometallurgy
Brett Kaufman, Assistant Professor, Institute of Historical Metallurgy and Materials, School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China; Email:; Tel: +86 182-1060-5157 (China), +1 312-505-0170 (USA); Website:  

Bio:  Brett Kaufman is an anthropological archaeologist drawing from methodological approaches within archaeometallurgy, paleoecology, and design. His research interests have resulted in publications on Bronze Age and Iron Age political economies in the Near East and North Africa and the intersections of society, technology, industry, and environment. He has a particular focus on surplus production and consumption of metal and mineral resources, and how these are correlated with fuel management, forest conservation, and long term pollution. Brett’s research and teaching is characterized by the interdisciplinary combination of archaeological, paleoenvironmental, thermodynamic, epigraphic, and historical data with anthropological theory and materials science and engineering design concepts. He received a BA from Brandeis University, MA and PhD from University of California, Los Angeles, and continued on as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University before his current faculty fellowship at University of Science and Technology Beijing. As a PI, he has been funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration. He has conducted fieldwork in Tunisia, China, Israel, Italy, and the United States.

Rebecca Gibson Associate Editor, Bioarchaeology

Rebecca Gibson,  Department of Anthropology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Hamilton Bldg. 208, Washington, DC, 20016, USA; tel 202-885-1830 (dept);e-mail

Bio: Rebecca Gibson received her BA in history and philosophy from Indiana University South Bend, with minors in anthropology, women's studies, and European studies,  She did a joint MA at Brandeis University in anthropology and women's and gender studies, and is about to defend her dissertation on the topic of corset related skeletal deformation at American University.  Her published works include an article in Nexus: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology, titled "Effects of Long Term Corseting on the Female Skeleton: A Preliminary Morphological Evaluation" and an article in the journal Sexuality and Culture titled "More Than Merely Human: How Science Fiction Pop-Culture Influences Our Desires for the Cybernetic." 

Her primary research interests are corsets, skeletal morphology, 3D technology, cyborgs, and how fashion is used to express multiple subjectivities.  She will soon begin a visiting lecturer position at the University of New Hampshire, teaching bioanthropology

David HillAssociate Editor, Book Reviews

David V. Hill, Associate, Center For Big Bend Studies, Alpine, Texas.2770 South Elmira St. Unit 38, Denver, Colorado 80231,USA; tel (303) 337-2947 USA; e-mail; web

Bio: David Hill is an archaeological consultant currently working with indigenous peoples in the southwestern United States, federal and state agencies and university-based research programs. He holds a B.A in anthropology (with a Spanish minor) from the University of Tulsa, an M.A. in anthropology (with a geology minor) from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has conducted research at the Smithsonian Institution, the British Museum Department of the Near East and the Royal Ontario Museum. Dr. Hill s analytical expertise includes; thin section petrography of ceramics, soils and archaeological stone, Electron Microprobe, Inductively Coupled Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) and quantative statistical and graphical techniques. While the majority of Dr. Hill s fieldwork has taken place in the southwestern United States, he has also conducted fieldwork in northern Mexico and China. His dissertation research focused on reconstructing the origins and technological development of lead-based pottery glazes in Mesopotamia. This research was funded by grants from University of Texas at Austin, Collage of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Grant for Stable Lead Isotope Analysis, and the Big 10 Nuclear Reactor Consortia Mini-Grant Program for Neutron Activation Analysis. He has also conducted analysis of ceramics from Antigua, Barbados, China, Equador, Panama, the Phillippines, the Tekta Burnu a Greek Classical Period shipwreck and archaeological sites across the United States with over 200 published and unpublished manuscripts presenting the results of these studies.

David research interests includes the study of technological innovation and conservatism and their relationship to technology; how ethnicity and cultural learning and the properties of raw materials interact to affect ceramic technology, the cultural uses of geological materials, and the production of ceramics by mobile people. He has taught courses in archaeological method and theory, cultural and physical anthropology. He also has published in Archaeometry, The Journal of Archaeological Science, American Antiquity and in numerous edited volumes published in the United States, China and Mexico.

Jane EntwistleAssociate Editor, Geoarchaeology
Jane Entwistle, Geography, School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK; tel 44(0)191-227-3017; fax 44(0)191-227-4715; email:

Bio: Jane A. Entwistle is a physical geographer, and Head of Geography, in the School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate (PhD) studies at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales. While her particular interests lie in the area of geoarchaeology and environmental change, her expertise is in soil geochemistry, and she has been involved in a wide range of soil chemistry related projects. Over the past 15 years, she has undertaken research with funding from the Royal Geographical Society, Natural Environment Research Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, British Council and other agencies. Previous projects, for example, include: landscape studies as part of the Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project; Platinum Group Elements in human tissues and urban environments; Radioecological studies in Belarus; Risk assessment of contaminated land and the role of physiologically-based extraction procedures. Her research has been published in journals ranging from the Journal of Archaeological Science and Archaeological Prospection, to Health Physics and Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis.


Associate Editor, Dating:
Gregory Hodgins, NSF Arizona AMS Facility, Physics and Atmospheric Sciences, 1118 E. 4th Street, University of Arizona, Box 0081, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA; tel 520-621-3619; fax 520-621-4721; e-mail

jane EntwistleAssociate Editor, Meetings Calendar

Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, Research Associate, School of Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences Building, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia 5001; tel 61-8-8201-5526; fax 61-8-8201-2905; e-mail

Bio: Rachel Popelka-Filcoff is a Research Associate in the School of Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Classics from Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on Classical archaeology. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri where she was also a NSF Graduate Fellow, focusing on radioanalytical chemistry and archaeometry. After receiving her doctorate, she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, working on neutron activation analysis methodology as part of the Nuclear Methods Team.

Her research interests are primarily in the application of radioanalytical analytical chemistry techniques to archaeological questions such as technology and exchange. Her projects involve the geochemical and mineralogical analysis of many types of artifacts including pigments, ceramics, obsidian, and metals. Her graduate work and current research project focuses on the analysis of iron oxide pigments (ochre) to understand ancient and modern technologies, use and trade. Rachel s technical expertise is in neutron activation analysis (NAA), x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), and mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy. She has also participated in excavations in Greece, Jordan and Italy. Her teaching includes courses in global warming and climate change, nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry, and first-year chemistry.

Rachel has published in Journal of Archaeological Science, and Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry among others. She is also a co-editor of  Archaeological Chemistry: Analytical Techniques and Archaeological Interpretation, Vol. 968 as part of the American Chemical Society Series along with Michael Glascock and Jeff Speakman.

Associate Editor, Remote Sensing and GIS

Apostolos Sarris, Laboratory of Geophysical - Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment, Institute of Mediterranean Studies, Foundation of Research & Technology Hellas, Melissinou & Nikiforou Foka 130, P.O. Box 119, Rethymnon 74100, Crete, Greece; tel (30)-831-25146, (30)-831-56627; fax (30)-831-25810; e-mail:

Bio: Born in Chania, Crete, Greece in 1963. He received a B.A. in Astronomy & Physics (1985) and M.A. in Physics (1988) at Boston Unversity (1985) and a M.Sc. (1990) and a Ph.D. in Physics (1992) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since then he became active in education and research, being a contracted lecturer at the University of Maryland (European Division), the National Hellenic Airforce Academy, the University of Crete, the Technological Educational Institute of Crete and the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

Currently he is a researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies - FORTH and director of the Laboratory of Geophysical and Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-environment. The Lab is part of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories of Europe (AGILE) and of EPOCH consortium. His research interests span from Applied Geophysics and Remote Sensing to Geophysical Prospection of Archaeological Sites, Site Assessment and Modelling through the Application of Remote Sensing/GIS techniques, Satellite Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Classification techniques and Environmental Research-Development Strategies. Until now he has organized, planned and participated in more than 100 geophysical/satellite remote sensing/GIS/GPS projects in Greece, U.S.A., Cyprus, Hungary, Albania, and Egypt. He has written 4 chapters in books, 1 Proceedings Volume, 34 refereed journal papers, 48 refereed papers in books of proceedings, 12 in non-refereed journals, 70 Technical Reports, 3 Technical Guides/Notes.

He is acting as an Assistant National representative in the Scientific Committee for Peace and Safety of Safety of ΝΑΤΟ (ΝΑΤΟ/Committee on Science for Peace and Security/SPS) (2006-2010), vice-chair of the International Society for Archaeological Prospection (ISAP), and associate editor of the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin and of Archaeological Prospection Journal.

Associate Editor, Maritime Archaeology

Nicolás C. Ciarlo, National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). Ecuador 871 (C1214ACM), Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina; e-mail:

Bio: Nicolás C. Ciarlo is a maritime archaeologist, working at the Area of Research on Underwater Archaeology, Program of Historical Archaeology & Pluridisciplinary Studies, National University of Lujan (UNLu), and Teaching Assistant in Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. He received his Bachelor of Archaeology (six years degree) and degree as Anthropology Teacher from the School of Philosophy & Letters, UBA. He completed his Ph.D. in archaeology at the same university with a dissertation titled ‘Technological innovation and naval conflict in Western Europe, 1751-1815: archaeological and historical contributions to the knowledge of metallurgy and their applications on warships’.

He also completed additional post-graduate coursework in epistemology and history of science at the Tres de Febrero University. During these years, he was supported by the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and received awards from the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and the Society for Archaeological Sciences for the research conducted with metals artifacts from mid 18th to early 19th century shipwrecks. After his doctorate, he received a Postdoctoral Scholarship from the CONICET to analyze the cargo of a British ship from the Napoleonic Wars sunk in Catalonia, Spain.

Since 2004 he has conducted studies on metal artifacts from historical shipwrecks at the Archaeometallurgy Group of the School of Engeneering, UBA, where he also performed as Teaching Assistant of the ‘Metallography for Archaeological Materials’ graduate course. He has also taught courses in historical and maritime archaeology and co-organized national scientific meetings in archaeometry. Dr. Ciarlo’s main research interest is the relationship between technological innovation, naval conflicts and science during the beginnings of industrialization in Europe, with focus on metallurgy. More information on his research publications can be found at:ásCiarlo