CAI Archaeologists Recent Work

Eric Cline

Director, Capitol Archaeological Institute
National Geographic Explorer
Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and History
Chair, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Co-Director (USA), The Megiddo Expedition
Co-Director, Tel Kabri Project


  • National Geographic Society CRE grant for excavations at Tel Kabri: $20,000 -- “Determining the Political Economy of the Canaanite Palace at Kabri and the Related Geo-Politics of Middle Bronze Age Canaan”


  • Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) 2011 Publication Award for “Best Popular Book on Archaeology” — for Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2009)


  • Book: The Ahhiyawa Texts (co-authored with G. Beckman and T. Bryce). Writings from the Ancient World Series. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature. Dec 2011.


  • “Review of PBS/NOVA: Quest for Solomon’s Mines.”  Near Eastern Archaeology 74/4: 253-55.

Conference Presentations:

  • 2012a  Orientalia in the Aegean: Egyptian, Levantine and Cypriot Connections in Contest?; Presented at the international conference on “Policies of Exchange: Models of Political Systems and Modes of Interaction in the Aegean and Near East in the 2nd millennium BC;” University of Freiburg (Germany), Institute of Archaeological Studies; 30 May – 2 June 2012 (Upcoming)
  • 2012b  Raiders of the Faux Ark: Pseudo-Archaeology and the Bible; SAA annual meetings, Memphis, TN; 19 April 2012 (Upcoming)
  • 2012c  Chaired session on Recent Field Research in the Near East; AIA annual meetings, Philadelphia, PA; 6 January 2012
  • 2012d  Results of the 2009-2011 Seasons at Tel Kabri, Israel; AIA annual meetings, Philadelphia, PA; 6 January 2012
  • 2011a  “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot:" The Low Chronology and Its Impact upon our Understanding of "Solomon's Stables" at Megiddo and Other Related Topics in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel; Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings, San Francisco, CA; 20 November 2011
  • 2011b  The Four-Dimensional Palace: The Middle Bronze Age Palace of Kabri through Time and Space; ASOR annual meetings, San Francisco, CA; 18 November 2011
  • 2011c  Chaired session on Teaching Archaeology to Undergraduates; ASOR annual meetings, San Francisco, CA; 18 November 2011
  • 2011d  Collaborative Scholarship and Teaching (with M. Graham); IHUM Reunion and Symposium: “Continuing the Conversation. Teaching Humanities for the 21stCentury;” Stanford, CA; 16 September 2011


Andrew Smith


  • Submitted manuscript to Oxford University Press (Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community, State Formation), so it now in the final review stage.


  • Will be participating in the "First International Conference on the Nabataean Culture" in Jordan in May, 2012.



Elise Friedland


  • “The Quarry Origins of Nine Roman Marble Sculptures from Amman/Philadelphia and Gadara/Umm Qays,” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 54 (2010): 177-188. (with Robert H. Tykot). [note this is dated 2010, but did NOT appear until late Fall 2011]


  • “Community Engagement and Teaching Near Eastern Archaeology to K-12 Schoolchildren.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  Nov. 18, 2011



Susan Johnston


  • Review of Landscapes of Cult and Kingship, ed. by R. Schot, C. Newman, and E. Breathnach. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011. In Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies.

Conference Presentations:

  • Giving a paper (with Pam Crabtree and Doug Campana) at a conference in Ireland in April. It's called "Space and Place at Dun Ailinne, Co. Kildare." The conference is called Rathcroghan: An Enigmatic Landscape: The physical and mythical landscape of a Royal Site, April 13-16, 2012.


Linda Brown

Linda Brown has been invited to speak in the inaugural Casa Herrera Distinguished Speaker Series to be held in Antigua, Guatemala during spring of 2013. Casa Herrera, an extension of the Mesoamerican Center at the University of Texas at Austin, is a teaching and research facility focused on the study of Pre-Columbian art, archaeology, history and culture. Its larger mission is to create new opportunities for education, research, learning and dialog among scholars and students from many institutions and nations in Central America and beyond.


  • Article: (2012) Kitty F. Emery and Linda A. Brown, “Maya Hunting Sustainability: Perspectives from Past and Present,” in The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare, ed. by R.J. Chacon and R.G. Mendoza, pp. 79-116. Springer Press.

 At Present:

  • Continuing Fellow in PreColumbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks


Pamela Cressey

The City of Alexandria received the award discussed above for its archaeological activities for 50 years—it is the Daniel Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Archaeology awarded by the Society for Historical Archaeology.  The City received this award at the society’s annual meeting in Baltimore last month.  It is the inaugural presentation of the award.  I am not sure how to list this as associated with her name, but the program has been under her leadership for 35 years, so it does relate to her credentials as a member of the institute. She can send a press release as well if that will be useful.


Stephen Lubkemann

Professional Presentations:

  • “Maritime Archeology as “Development”?!?  The Pragmatics, Politics, Ethics, and Economics of Creating and Sustaining the Southern African Slave Wrecks Projects” paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Annual Meeting, January 5 2012, Baltimore, MD.


  • Smithsonian Institution/GW Joint Initiative Research Award: $40,000 -- The Transatlantic Heritage of the Slave Trade—Researching the Sao Jose and L'Aurore. Co-Pi’s: Stephen C. Lubkemann (GWU-CAI; Paul Gardullo SI/NMAAHC).


Jeff Blomster

In October/November 2012 Dr. Blomster served as a scholar in Oazaca for the Archaeological Conservancy, giving site tours and evenings lectures. The Archaeological Conservancy is one of the leading groups involved in the protection and conservation of Archaeological sites in the United States.


  • NSF grant: $267,605. -- “Socio-political complexity, Interaction, and Community Ritual at Formative Etlatongo, Oaxaca, Mexico”


  • 2011 Antes de Monte Alban: los orígenes de la complejidad sociopolítica e iconografía en Oaxaca. In Monte Albán en la encrucijada regional y disciplinaria: Memoria de la Quinta Mesa Redonda de Monte Albán, edited by N. Robles García and I. Rivera Guzmán, pp. 119-138. INAH, Mexico City.
  • 2011 Obsidian Procurement in Formative Oaxaca, Mexico: Diachronic Changes in Political Economy and Interregional Interaction (1st author, with M. Glascock). Journal of Field Archaeology 36(1):21-41.
  • 2011 Bodies, Bones and Burials: Corporeal Constructs and Enduring Relationships in Oaxaca, Mexico. In Living with the Dead: Mortuary Ritual in Mesoamerica, edited by J. Fitzsimmons and I. Shimada, pp. 102-160. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.


David Braun


  • Jerardino, A., Braun, D. R., and Malan, A. (in press) The Archeology of the West Coast of South Africa. University of Witwatersrand Press.
  • Sahle, Y, C., Negash, A., and Braun, D. R. (in press) Variability in ethnographic hidescraper use among the Hadiya of Ethiopia: Implications for reduction analysis. African Archaeological Review

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CAI Affiliate, Sarah Parcak, named 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer

The GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute is pleased to congratulate our affiliate, Dr. Sarah Parcak, 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer!

"Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist, is pioneering the young field of satellite archaeology, using futuristic tools to unlock secrets from the past and transform the way discoveries are made. "We're using satellites to help map and model cultural features that could never be seen on the ground because they're obscured by modernization, forests, or soil," she explains.