Team

Andrew Koh (Editor, Co-Founder) founded the Archaeochemistry Research in the Eastern Mediterranean (ARCHEM) project in 2003 with an eye towards better integrating scientific analyses into archaeological field work, which is now fully realized with OpenARCHEM. He is a Mediterranean archaeologist (Ph.D. Penn) who espouses interdisciplinary approaches in research and teaching that bridge the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences (Koh in press; Koh, Yasur-Landau, Cline 2014). He is the Brandeis Digital Humanities Laboratory academic co-director and managing director and has been a faculty member at the MIT Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology since 2009.

Kate Birney (Editor, Co-Founder) is a Mediterranean archaeologist (Ph.D. Harvard) specializing in interaction and cultural exchange between Greece and the Ancient Near East with an eye towards economic systems. Her research focuses on two periods of intensive contact: the Bronze-Iron Age transition, tracking Mycenaean immigrants and tribes of Sea Peoples as they moved from the Aegean sphere into Cilicia, Syria, Israel and Cyprus (Birney 2007; Birney 2008; Birney and Doak 2011), and the Hellenistic period, during which Greek and Phoenician cultural and market forces shaped the landscape of the southern Levant (Birney and Levine 2011; Birney 2015, Birney forthcoming I and II). Each of her major projects (‘Amuq, Ashkelon, Mouliana) have legacy data at their core, and as such she is intimately familiar with the many challenges of working with such assemblages, and envisions OpenARCHEM as a resource to help other scholars apply new data and analytical frameworks to legacy material.

Alison Crandall (Science Architect) is the assistant director of the ARCHEM project and a member of the Archaeomaterials Group at UCLA. She has years of experience in the collection and analysis of data for organic residue analysis and pXRF spectrometry. She will consult on the building of the data model and the search functionalities of the OpenARCHEM database.

Anna Krohn (Information Architect) is a seasoned developer of databases for ancient resources – the new catalog for the Perseus Digital Library being her largest undertaking thus far. She is the Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab manager and will be designing the data model, the database, and the search algorithms for OpenARCHEM.

Advisory Board
Andrea Berlin (Boston University)
Eric H. Cline (George Washington University)

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