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SNAP Team 2013 (L-R): D. Contreras, K. Campeau, T. Moutsiou, K. Freund, T. Carter, D. Aubert, S. Grant, J. Cino & S. Doyle (missing V. Mastrogiannopoulou, D. Mihailovic & N. Skarpelis).


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  • Dr. Tristan Carter (Principal Investigator)

    Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

Is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University and an Eastern Mediterranean prehistorian whose research spans the Lower Palaeolithic – Late Bronze Age, working on chipped stone tool assemblages – until now primarily obsidian – from sites in Greece, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Syria. His current interests include early hominin dispersal routes from the Levant into Europe, Neanderthal archaeology of the Mediterranean, the processes of Neolithisation, quarry and raw material studies. He is also the Director of the McMaster Archaeological XRF Lab [MAX Lab], and the McMaster Obsidian Procurement Expedition [MOPE]. Is the Director and PI of SNAP, co-publishing the chipped stone with Danica Mihailović.

 

Contreras


  • Dr. Daniel Contreras (Field Director / Geoarchaeologist)

    Visiting Researcher, Institute for Ecosystem Research, Kiel University

Is a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Ecosystem Research at Kiel University, an anthropological archaeologist interested in human-environment interactions in the past, particularly anthropogenic and geomorphic components of dynamic landscapes and environmental change. His research currently includes projects in Peru, Mexico, and Jordan, where he examines landscape change and its relationship to long-term human occupation. Dr. Contreras also has extensive experience in quarry studies, having co-directed the Proyecto Arqueológico Caracha Alto (PACA) Quispisisa obsidian source in Peru (http://mapaspects.org/projects/quispisisa), and surveyed the major obsidian sources of the Aegean and Anatolia as project geo-archaeologist for the McMaster Obsidian Procurement Expedition. Joined SNAP in 2013 as field-director and geo-archaeologist.

 

Moutsiou

  • Dr. Theodora Moutsiou (Palaeolithic / behavioural archaeologist)

    Natural History Museum, London

Is a post-doctoral research fellow currently employed at the Natural History Museum, London. Research interests include Palaeolithic archaeology, obsidian and the evolution of human behaviour and cognition; received her PhD from the Centre for Quaternary Research, Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2011. Joined SNAP in 2013 as Palaeolithic archaeologist / fieldworker.

 

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  • Danica Mihailovic (Chipped stone specialist)

     Department of Archaeology, University of Belgrade

Is an MA candidate at the Department of Archaeology, University of Belgrade. Danica’s research involves the technical analyses of Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean lithic technology from the Lower Palaeolithic - Neolithic, in Serbia, Bosnia, Greece, Turkey where she was part of the Çatalhöyük Research Project’s chipped stone team, Joined SNAP in 2013 as lithics specialist.

 

Skarp

  • Prof. Nikolaos Skarpelis (Geologist)

    Faculty of  Geology and Geoenvironment, University of Athens

Is a Professor of Geology of Mineral Deposits and Mineral Exploration in the Department of Economic Geology and Geochemistry, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment at the University of Athens. His current research interests include (1) Geodynamics and evolution of the mineralization in the Aegean: Ore systems associated with metamorphic core complexes (Attic-Cycladic belt, Tertiary Rhodope basins), (2) Exploration for critical metals and epithermal Au in Northern Greece (research and consulting projects), (3) Assessment of environmental impact of mining and processing of Epithermal, Volcanogenic Massive Sulfides and Carbonate-hosted Replacement-type sulfide deposits (Northern Greece, Cyprus, Lavrion). Joined SNAP in 2013 as project geologist.

 

Doyle

  • Sean Doyle (database management, GIS and survey)

    Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

Is an MA student (starting Sept. 2014) in the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, his research examining Neanderthal site locations in Eurasia through geo-spatial (GIS) analyses. Joined SNAP in 2013 as the surveyor, database manager, GIS analyst and fieldworker; he is also a Research Assistant in the MAX Lab.

 

Freund

  • Kyle Freund (GIS analyst)

    Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

PhD candidate in the Dept. of Anthropology, McMaster University (due June 2014), employing obsidian characterization analyses (partly via the MAX Lab) as a means of researching early farmers and emergent social complexity in the West Mediterranean, taking a longue durée perspective to the reflexive relationship between obsidian consumption and social structure (Neolithic – Early Bronze Age, 6th-2nd millennia BC). Joined SNAP in 2013 as a GIS specialist / fieldworker.

 

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  • Vagia Mastrogiannopoulou (Project manager / prehistoric ceramics)
    Department of Archaeology, University of Athens
 

Is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History and Archaeology at the University of Athens, funded by a State Scholarship (due June 2014), working on Neolithic ceramics from mainland Greece and the Aegean islands (Sarakenos Cave, Ftelia-Mykonos inter alia), her thesis titled: ‘he Neolithic Period in Central Greece, according to the Painted Pottery from Sarakenos Cave in Kopais’. Joined SNAP in 2013 as Project Manager / ceramics specialist / fieldworker.


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  • Kathryn Campeau (Fieldworker / Emery Study)

    Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

Is a third year Social Science student at McMaster University, working towards an Honours major in Anthropology and a minor in Environmental Science. Joined SNAP in 2013 as a fieldworker / lab assistant and is also a Research Assistant in the MAX Lab.

 

Aubert

  •  Deanna Aubert (Site and artifact photographer / lab assistant)

 Is a third year Humanities and Social Science student at McMaster University, working towards a double Honours degree in Anthropology and Cultural Studies. Joined SNAP in 2013 as a fieldworker, site and artifact photographer, and lab assistant.

 

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  • Renee Ford (Fieldworker / Museum Assistant)

    Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

Is a fourth year Social Science student at McMaster University, working towards an Honours degree in Anthropology. Has previously worked on prehistoric archaeological sites in Crete and Kurdistan. Joined SNAP in 2014 as a fieldworker and museum assistant.

 

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  • Natalie Faught  (Fieldworker / Museum Assistant)

Natalie Faught has recently graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Honours Anthropology. Has previously worked on a bioarchaeological site in Gravina, Italy as part of an ongoing field school through McMaster. She joined SNAP in 2014 as a field worker and museum assistant.

Dylan

  • Dylan Hickson  (Database Developer / Fieldworker)

Is completing an MSc at York University in Earth and Space Science with a BSc in Earth and Environmental Science and BSc in Physical Science from McMaster University. His research investigates dielectric properties of varying geologic material for application to radar studies of solar system bodies and completed an undergraduate thesis modelling tree root structures using ground penetrating radar. Joined SNAP in 2014 as database developer and fieldworker.