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Professor of Archaeology


CONTACT INFORMATION                                                    Caesarea

Office:  402 Olmsted Hall

Mailing address: Department of Archaeology and Art History,

                        1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722

Telephone:  (812) 488-1049

Fax:  (812) 474-4079






ARCH 106 Introduction to Roman Archaeology

ARCH 285 Techniques in Archaeology:  Computer Technology

ARCH 307 Roman Architecture

ARCH 309 The Etruscans

ARCH 320 Pompeii

ARCH 340 Archaeological Field Methods            

An impromtu lesson in Latin epigraphy at the Roman aqueduct in Caesarea, Israel..

Click here to get the latest update on the ARCH340 class excavation at UE's Tin City! 

HIST 312 Evolution of Rome

LATN 111 Elementary Latin I

LATN 112 Elementary Latin II

LATN 211 Intermediate Latin I

LATN 212 Intermediate Latin II



Ph.D.  Archaeology, Boston University, Boston, May 1999. 

B.A.   History and Anthropology, cum Laude; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 1989.




Assistant Director, Boston University’s Cádiz Archaeological Field School, June 1997 to Aug. 2000.  Exploration of an Iron Age and Roman settlement as well as a Medieval cemetery through excavation and remote sensing (magnetometry). 

Staff Member, Boston University’s Empúries Archaeological Field School, Sept. 1995‑May 1997.  Investigation of Roman urbanism through excavation, remote sensing (magnetometry), and GIS.

Excavator, 49th Curso de Arqueología, Conjunt Monumental d’Empúries, July 1995.  Excavation of early Imperial Roman forum.


Staff Member, Boston University’s Nikopolis Regional Survey Project, May‑July 1994.  Regional survey of northwestern Epirus.  Click here to learn about the recent publication of this project.


St. Kitt's and Nevis


Trench Supervisor, Nevis Synagogue Project, July 1997.  Excavation of purported site of 17th century synagogue.  Click here to learn more about the project.


United States

Director, MLK Dream Park Project, Evansville, Indiana, August – December 2002.  Exploration of the 19th century Wabash and Erie Canal through aerial photography and excavation.

Director, University of Evansville Tin City Project, Evansville, Indiana, January 2003 – present.  Historical and archaeological exploration of the post-WWII veteran student housing. 

Click here to go to the project website.


Series of unidentified subsurface anomalies discovered through magnetometry in Villamartín, Cádiz, Spain.© 2003  Alan Kaiser


 © 2003  Alan Kaiser



2019.  Architectural Visibility as an Integrating Mechanism in Roman Urbanism: Micro-Viewshed Analysis at Pompeii” in A. Gyucha, ed, Coming Together:  Comparative Approaches to Population Aggregation and Early Urbanization.  State University of New York Press:  Buffalo.


2014.  Archaeology, Sexism and Scandal.  The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman's Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them. Rowman and Littlefield:  Lanham, MD.

2011.  Roman Urban Street Networks. Routledge:  New York. 

2011.  “Cart Traffic Flow in Pompeii and Rome,” in D. Newsome and R. Laurence, eds., Rome, Ostia and Pompeii:  Movement and Space, 174-193.  Oxford University Press:  Oxford.


2011.  “What Was a Via?  An Integrated Textual and Archaeological Approach,” in E. Poehler, K. Cole and M. Flohr, eds., Pompeii: Art, Industry and Infrastructure, Oxbow:  Oxford.

2007.  “Meet an Archaeologist” in Z. Deckker, ed., National Geographic Investigates Ancient Rome: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Rome’s Past:  50-1.  National Geographic Children’s Books:  Washington, D.C.


 2005. "Rediscovering Tin City," UE Magazine 100, 1:  4-5.


2003. “The Application of GIS Viewshed Analysis to Roman Urban Studies:  the Case-Study of Empúries, Spain,” Internet Archaeology 14.  Click here to view the article.


2001. “The 2000 Summer Season.  Archaeological Field School at Villamartín, Spain,” Context 15, 1:  12-14.  Co-authored with Murray McClellan. 


2000. The Urban Dialogue:  An analysis of the use of space in the Roman city of Empúries, Spain.  British Archaeological Reports International Series 901.  Oxford:  Archaeopress.


2000. “Ethnic Identity and Urban Fabric:  the Case of the Greeks at Empúries, Spain,” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 13.2:  191—205. 


2000. “Escuela arqueológica de campo 2000 de la Universidad de Boston en Villamartín,” in A. J. Alpresa Moreno and M. Pérez Carretero eds., Villamartín Revista Feria y Fiestas de San Mateo 2000 del 20 al 24 Septiembre:  210—217.  Algeciras:  Tipografía A. Mazuelos, S. L.  Co-authored with Murray McClellan.


2000. “The Online Coin Catalog from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” The Perseus Project.  Click here to read more about this catalog.  Follow the link "Perseus Coin Catalog" to see the catalog itself.


1992.  “Watchdog of Loyalty the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety During World War I:  a Review,” Ramsey County History 27, 1:  30.


1990.    “The Kroeger Photographic Collection,” Ramsey County Historical Society’s History News and Notes.  Winter 1990:  1‑3.




Archaeological Institute of America

Programs Administrator, Jan. 2001 – July 2001.  Organized annual lecture series for 103 local AIA societies.


Perseus Project

Research Consultant and Contributing Photographer, Sept. 1997 to May 2000. 

Documented photographs of coins, artworks, and inscriptions for publication on the Perseus Project web site.


Ramsey County Historical Society and Gibbs’ Farm Museum

Collections Supervisor, Sept. 1990‑June 1993.  Created artifact database, maintained artifact collection, aided the public with research questions.




“What Was a Via?  An Integrated Archaeological and Textual Answer,” Archaeological

Institute of America, Annual Meeting, Jan. 2007.


“How Women Archaeologists Were Erased from the Early 20th Century History of

Archaeology:  A Case Study,” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, Jan. 2005.


“Finding the Brothels at Pompeii:  The Organization of Roman Urban Space,”

Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, Jan. 2004.


“Where the Streets Have No Name:  Discovering Roman Perceptions of Urbanism in the

Ruins of Empúries, Spain,” Association of Ancient Historians, Annual Meeting, to be presented in April, 2002.


“The Visibility of Temples and Villas in the Roman Urban Environment: an Example

from Emporiae (Spain),” Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, Jan. 2001.


“Work in the Abandoned Roman City of Emporiae,” Second Annual Graduate Student

            Conference, Boston University, Nov. 1996.




“New Approaches to the Streets of Pompeii,” Archaeological Institute of America’s Lecture Program.  Lectures presented in Winnipeg, Jan. 2009 and Cincinnati, Mar. 2009.


“In Search of the Lost City of Indika:  A Roman Archaeologists Misadventures in Spain,” Archaeological Institute of America’s Lecture Program.  Lecture presented in Richmond, VA, Feb. 2009.


“Olynthus 1931:  One Woman’s Story,” Archaeological Institute of America’s Lecture Program.  Lectures presented in Columbia, MO, Lawrence, KS, and Norman, OK, April 2008 and Columbus OH, 2009.


“Archaeology vs. the Art Market:  Tales from the Front, Hope for the Future,” Andiron Lecture Series, University of Evansville, Feb. 2004.


“In Search of the Lost City of Indica:  Adventures of a Roman Archaeologist in Spain,” History Association, University of Southern Indiana, Nov. 2003


“From Romulus to Gladiator, the Short Version of Roman History,” World Cultures Program, University of Evansville, Oct. 2001.


 “Ancient Art, Modern Ethics:  a Tour of the Classical Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” Boston University Undergraduate Archaeology Club, March 2000.


“How the Greeks Made Pots,” Freshmen Honors History course, Nauset Regional  High School, Nov. 1999.


“The Decipherment of Linear B,” Lost Languages and Decipherment course, Boston University Department of Archaeology, March 1996 and April 1999.


“Homer and Ancient Art.  A Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” Core Curriculum, Boston University, Nov. 1996 and Nov. 1998.


“Architectural Walking Tour of Downtown St. Paul,” Minnesota Historical Society, Oct. 1992, St. Paul.





Chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History, June 2015-present.


Chair of the University of Evansville Faculty Senate, May 2007-May 2008.


Vice Chair of the University of Evansville Faculty Senate, May 2006-May 2007.


Corresponding Secretary for the University of Evansville Faculty Senate, August 2005-May 2006.


Register of Professional Archaeologists Nominations Committee, 2003.


University of Evansville, Curriculum Committee, August 2002 – May 2006; Chair August 2005 – May 2006.


Advisor to the University of Evansville’s Undergraduate Archaeology Club, August 2002 – May 2005.


Archaeological Institute of America, Lecture Program Committee, July 2001 – May 2008.



Click here to visit Olynthus 1931:  The Mary Ross Ellingson Photo Archive. 

See never-before published pictures University of Evansville professor Ellingson took in 1931 while participating in excavations at the site of Olynthus.