HASAKI, Eleni. Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics


Eleni Hasaki (Associate Professor, Anthropology/Classics) is a Mediterranean archaeologist whose research focuses on the craft technologies of Classical antiquity, 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.  Her work has been funded by major institutions including the Archaeological Institute of America, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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KILLICK, David. Professor of Anthropology


I have taught at the University of Arizona since 1991. I was the first hire in W. David Kingery's Culture, Science and Technology Program and taught the history and sociology of technology in both Anthropology and the College of Engineering. At that time I did mostly ethnoarchaeological and archaeological research on African iron smelting technology. From 2003 to 2008 I coordinated the NSF/University of Arizona IGERT Program in Archaeological Sciences, which has so far produced 23 PhDs, with another 11 on track to graduate in 2013 and 2014. I have a well-equipped laboratory in Anthropology for optical techniques (petrography, metallography, ore microscopy) and collaborate with isotope geochemist Joaquin Ruiz to use heavy isotopes (lead and strontium) for provenance of non-ferrous metals, turquoise, glass and glazes. My recent work in archaeometallurgy is on tin and bronze production in South Africa and on copper smelting in north coastal Peru. I am also doing collaborative ceramic provenance studies in Botswana, New Mexico and New Caledonia. I am a member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of African Archaeology, and Ethnoarchaeology.

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TRIADAN, Daniela. Associate Professor of Anthropology


My research interests focus on the study of the sociopolitical development of small sedentary societies and societies that were more hierarchically organized, as well as prehistoric economic systems. Methodologically I specialize in ceramic technology, provenance studies, and the integration of material analyses into archaeological research. To pursue my research interests, I have been conducting extensive field and laboratory research in the American Southwest and Mesoamerica.

My projects in the Southwest include two large-scale studies on late prehistoric polychrome production and distribution, one centered on White Mountain Red Ware from east-central Arizona and the other on Chihuahua Polychrome from the Casas Grandes region in Chihuahua, Mexico. My research in the Maya area included work in Belize and I have been co-directing the Aguateca Archaeological Project in Guatemala. Our research there was geared toward examining social, political, and economic organization and its change through the analysis of domestic assemblages. Excavations of elite residential structures at the epicenter of this rapidly abandoned city revealed the richest in situ floor assemblages found to date at a Classic Maya site, providing a unique opportunity for reconstructing Classic Maya household organization. I am currently the Co-director of a new project at the site of Ceibal where my colleagues and I are investigating the processes of the foundation of the site and its political disintegration during the Terminal Classic.

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JONES, Cynthia

LTT Resident Ceramics Instructor

Cynthia Jones studied Classics, History, and Women’s Studies at Whittier College and the University of Arizona. She subsequently served as Dean of Students at St. Gregory College Preparatory School, where she taught Latin and History. She continued her formal education for an MFA at ASU and University of Northern Texas. In the early 2000s she expanded her ceramics education in Korea, at Dong Kook University in Seoul, where she attended ceramic, studio art courses taught by a variety of professors in a Confucian manner and in Korean or Han Gook Oh.


She traveled extensively and was engaged in a comparative study of traditional pottery for her thesis research. Returning to Tucson, Cynthia continued her private pottery instruction and from the late 2000s until recently she served as the Art School Co-director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Instructor for Tucson Clay Co-op. She has been a valuable resource and enthusiastic participant for the construction of the AIA Greek kiln in Tucson. Her work has been shown in both the U.S. and South Korea. Her main interests are traditional ceramic processes, large scale construction, and alternative firing techniques.