Board of Trustees
The Director in Nicosia reports to a Board of Trustees who provide substantive, financial and administrative oversight and direction. The board of trustees combines a roster of persons with academic, government, international organizations, business, finance, and high tech experience.
To strengthen the links between CAARI and Cyprus, the CAARI Board of Trustees established an Advisory Board, which is composed of eminent Cypriot individuals that serve in an advisory capacity to support and promote CAARI’s activities in Cyprus.
Nancy Serwint – President
Nancy Serwint teaches ancient art and archaeology with a focus on the cultures of the eastern Mediterranean basin. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University in 1987 and an M.A. from the same institution in 1983. Prior to that she received an M.A. in Art History (ancient) from the University of Chicago in 1977, and her B.A. in Classics (ancient Greek) was awarded in 1973 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a classical archaeologist, she has worked on excavations in Sicily (Morgantina), in the Athenian Agora, at ancient Corinth, and since 1983 at ancient Marion/Arsinoe in Cyprus. Her research focus has been varied with investigation and publications dealing with ancient athleticism and athletic representations in the Greek sculptural repertoire and gender issues in Cyprus and the ancient Near East. Her recent work is devoted to the study of the coroplastic arts of Cyprus and ancient Israel, focusing on production and manufacturing strategies, cross-cultural stylistic influences, and the role played by terracotta votive sculpture in cult ritual and religious worship. Books: Bolger, Diane and Serwint, Nancy. Engendering Aphrodite: Women and Society in Ancient Cyprus (2002).
R. Scott Moore – President
Scott Moore received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Ohio State University in 2000, a M.A. in Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology from East Carolina University in 1992, and his B.A. in Classics (Classical Archaeology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Distinguished University Professor and chair of the history department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has worked, and continues to work in Greece and Cyprus on a number of archaeological projects, and since 2003 has served as the Co-Director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. His research and publications focuses on trade and exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Greek and Roman periods. He is also interested in technology and its applications in archaeology. Books: Caraher, Hall, and Moore – Archaeology and History in Medieval and Post-Medieval Greece: Studies on Method and Meaning in Honor of Timothy E. Gregory (2008), and Caraher, Moore, and Pettegrew – Pyla-Koutsopetria I : archaeological survey of an ancient coastal town (2014).
Annemarie Weyl Carr – Vice President
Annemarie Weyl Carr is University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University, from which she retired in 2008. She has also taught as a visitor at Yale University and the Universities of Chicago, Michigan, Delaware, and Pittsburgh. Phi Beta Kappa named her a Visiting Scholar for 1986-87. Her scholarly work has been devoted to the history of Byzantine art, especially in the 12th and 13th centuries; cultural interchange in the eastern Mediterranean Levant during the Crusades; the art of Cyprus during the Byzantine, Frankish and Ottoman periods; and women artists in the Middle Ages. She was the president of the International Center of Medieval Art (2002-2005), and has served several terms as a trustee of CAARI.
Birgitta Lindros Wohl – Secretary
Birgitta Lindros Wohl holds degrees from the University of Stockholm — her native city — and from UCLA. She has recently retired from teaching ancient art history at California State University at Northridge (Los Angeles). Her excavation experience includes Sweden, Italy and Greece. A longstanding interest in the archaeology of Cyprus has, among other things, focused on the Swedish Cyprus Expedition, its history and continued legacy.
William S. Andreas – Treasurer, Clerk and Information Technology Officer
William S. Andreas is a senior software designer with IBM. Over the past twenty years, he has excavated, catalogued and provided computer support at numerous archaeological sites in Cyprus, particularly Kalavasos Ayios Dhimitrios. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has studied classical and archaic literature at Boston College.
Zuzana Chovanec is an Archeologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She received her PhD in Anthropology at the University at Albany. Her areas of interest include Bronze Age Cyprus, human-environment relationships, medicinal and psychoactive plants, organic residue analysis, and historic preservation. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork and research in Cyprus, Slovakia, the Caribbean, and in various locations in the American Southeast and Central Plains. She first came to Cyprus (and CAARI) in 2008 and is currently co-editing a book with trustee Walter Crist in honor of former CAARI director, Stuart Swiny (All Things Cypriot: Studies on Ancient Environment, Technology, and Society in Honor of Stuart Swiny).
Prof. Michal Artzy heads the Hatter Laboratory of Coastal Archaeology in the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa. Her PhD, from the Dept. of Mediterranean Studies at Brandeis University, was the first ever solving an archaeological problem using provenience analyses. A post doctorate using science in archaeology was at LBL, University of California at Berkeley, where she also taught. Upon joining the Maritime Civilization Dept. she undertook studies concerned mainly with coastal archaeology, anchorages/harbors and trade utilizing science and history for furthering the understanding of mechanisms involved in the Longue durée habitation patterns of coastal sites, especially in the Carmel Coast.She is presently involved in the Akko ‘Total Archaeology’ project, Tel Regev project and the Kursi Beach Excavation as well as preparing publications, including the Bichrome Ware, Tel Nami and Tell Abu Hawam excavations as well as Moshe Dothan’s and Avner Raban’s legacies.
Mr. Christodoulou is the President of the Cyprus- American Business Association, and Operations and Project Development Manager of the N. K. Shakolas Group of Companies. He also represents the N. K. Shakolas Group of Companies on matters related to environmental and social responsibilities issues. He is on the Board of Directors of Green Dot (Cyprus) , the first collective packaging waste recycling system in Cyprus. He is Chairman of the Board of the non-profit organization AFIS Cyprus Ltd. dealing with the recycling of household dry cell batteries. He is President of the PanCyprian Association of New York (Cyprus), an association of repatriated Cypriot Americans to Cyprus.
Dr. Walter Crist is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Maastricht University. He began his archaeological research on Cyprus in 2002, and obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University focusing on gaming stones in Bronze Age Cyprus. He is the lead author of the book Ancient Egyptians at Play, and his primary research interest in ancient games has led him to research in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and the Netherlands. He currently works on the Digital Ludeme Project, documenting the surviving knowledge of games from the past and using Artificial Intelligence to discover playable rules for them. In addition, he holds an MLIS from Syracuse University and eight years of experience at the New York Public Library.
Dr. Christopher Davey is the honorary director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology and is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Chris read ancient languages and archaeology at St John’s College, Cambridge, and studied archaeology and ancient history at the Institute of Archaeology, London. He has excavated in the Middle East, Australia and the United Kingdom and now digs regularly in Cyprus and Egypt. He has published papers on the history of mining and metallurgy, ancient architecture, maritime archaeology, and the history of archaeology. He edits the Institute’s annual journal Buried History.
Mr. Demetriades is the former President of the Cyprus-American Business Association. He is a practicing advocate at the Law Offices of Lellos Demetriades in Nicosia specializing in intellectual property and human rights. He has extensively advised on copyright anti-piracy problems. He has successfully argued cases before the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe. He has lectured and written papers on anti-piracy and human rights issues.
Kathleen Doherty is a former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, serving from September 2015 to January 2019, and was an active supporter of CAARI during this time. During her long diplomatic career, Kathleen served in senior leadership positions in Rome, London, Moscow and in Washington D.C. Other overseas assignments included Brazil and the Dominican Republic. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Kathleen Doherty is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
Dr. Kevin Fisher is currently Associate Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of British Columbia. He is co-director of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project, which is investigating the social dynamics of urban landscapes on Late Bronze Age Cyprus, and is co-editor of Making Ancient Cites: Space and Place in Early Urban Societies (Cambridge 2014). His research interests include the relationship between people and their built environments, urbanism and the social dynamics of ancient cities, and the application of digital technologies for recording, analyzing, and visualizing archaeological phenomena.
Kathryn Grossman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. Grossman earned her B.A. in Archaeology from Tufts University, and her PhD in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology from the University of Chicago. She currently directs the Makounta Voules Archaeological Project and has been a senior staff member on archaeological projects in Cyprus, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq. Her research interests include urbanism and state formation, zooarchaeology, and the Chalcolithic period and Bronze Age of Cyprus and Mesopotamia.
Dr. Ioanna Kakoulli is Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. She is also co-director of the Molecular and Nano Archaeology Laboratory at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and founder of the archaeomaterials group.
Catherine (Katie) Kearns
Catherine Kearns is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago (PhD Cornell). In her first book project, The Rural Landscapes of Archaic Cyprus: An Archaeology of Environmental and Social Change (Cambridge, 2022), she analyzes the emergence of Iron Age communities on Cyprus through their land-use practices, rural economies, and experiences with changing climates. Her research interests include landscape archaeology, human-environment relationships, urbanism and ruralism, and concepts of space, place, and geography in antiquity. In recent years she has co-directed fieldwork in the Vasilikos and Maroni valleys through the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project, and has also worked on projects in Italy, Armenia, and Jordan.
Young Richard Kim
Young Richard Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies and the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his BA at UCLA and his MA and PhD at the University of Michigan. He is a scholar of Late Antiquity and late ancient Christianity, with broad interests in all things Mediterranean and Hellenic studies from antiquity to the present. In 2012-13, he was the senior Fulbright research fellow at CAARI, where he wrote Epiphanius of Cyprus: Imagining an Orthodox World (University of Michigan Press, 2015), and he was a CAARI/CAORC research fellow in 2015. He is currently working on a study of Cyprus and the historiography of Late Antiquity.
Maria Kyriacou is a Barrister at Law and is a partner in the Law Firm Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC. She studied law in London (Barrister at law, Middle Temple In of Court- called to the Bar in 1973). She specializes in Corporate, insolvency, banking and finance, revenue law, taxation, M&A, trusts, energy and the environment, intellectual property. Maria served as Registrar of Companies, Patents and Trade Marks, and Official Receiver of Cyprus and was a member of the Board of the European Patent Office in Munich and has pioneered in protecting intellectual property in Cyprus. From 2001 to 2011, she was a member of the Cyprus Parliament and Deputy chair of the Parliamentary Committee of Commerce & Industry, responsible for the Energy legislation.
She likes studying ancient Greek texts, historical research and archeology, and environmental protection issues. Maria has served as a trustee of CAARI and in 1998 she has participated in CAARI’s international conference “Engendering Aphrodite” by presenting her original work on the “Religion and the symbols of Aphrodite.”
Thomas Landvatter is Associate Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA in History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State University in 2006, and his PhDd from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan in 2013. A specialist in the Hellenistic eastern Mediterranean, he has excavated in Egypt, Israel, and Cyprus. His particular research interests are in mortuary practices, cross-cultural interaction, and social identity in areas under Ptolemaic rule. Since 2018 he has co-directed the PKAP excavations at the early Hellenistic fort-site of Vigla, near Larnaca.
Sturt Manning is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in Classics and Director of the Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory at Cornell University. Manning earned a B.A. in classics from the Australian National University, a M.A. from the School of History, Philosophy and Politics at Macquarie University, Australia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has worked on the archaeology of Cyprus (early Neolithic to Late Roman and Medieval), and had an association with CAARI, for over 30 years, directing or co-directing survey, excavation, geophysics investigations and dendrochronological fieldwork in several areas (principally in the Maroni area and lower Kalavasos Valley area as part of the KAMBE project, as well as in central Cyprus and across the Troodos Massif). His research interests include Aegean, Cypriot and east Mediterranean Prehistory, archaeological fieldwork (survey and excavation), archaeological theory, classical archaeology and the neighbouring cultures, and several aspects of archaeological science. For more details of his academic work, see here.
Mr. Mavrommatis is the President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2005. Prior to that he was President of the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a member of the Board of the Bank of Cyprus. He is also on the Board of the Research and Educational Institute of Cyprus, and of the Cyprus International Institute of Management. Previously, he was Chairman of the Youth Board of Cyprus, and the Cyprus State Fair Authority. Mr. Mavrommatis is the Honorary Consul of Mexico in Cyprus.
Keith Peterson is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served twice in Cyprus (1989-90 and 2011-14) as Assistant Public Affairs Officer and Public Affairs Officer as well as Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Fulbright Commission. He currently resides in Lake Barrington, Illinois where he is a regular columnist for The Daily and Sunday Herald.
Brian Shelburne is Head of the Digital Scholarship Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and provides instruction, connections, and support in all aspects of digital scholarship such as online exhibitions, digital publishing, GIS and data management. Brian has worked in the library profession for nearly 30 years, focusing primarily on the creation, maintenance, and use of digital content for academic teaching and research. He earned a Masters of Library & Information Science from the University of South Carolina. In addition to his work in the field of Library Science, he has an MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. He has 10 years of field experience with excavations in several countries, and excavated at Yeronisos in Cyprus. Brian is still actively involved in both fields and combines them whenever possible. He continues to examine how archaeologists and classicists make use of the latest digital tools and methodologies to increase their knowledge of the people and cultures they study. Brian first came to CAARI as a graduate student in 1993 and has been a rotating member of CAARI’s Board of Trustees since 2006.
Alan H. Simmons
Alan H. Simmons is distinguished professor emeritus at the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also is a research associate at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He has worked extensively in Cyprus, helping establish the island’s earliest prehistory (primarily at Akrotiri Aetokremnos, Kholetria Ortos, and Ais Giorkis), the Near East, and North America, focusing on a wide range of Neolithic sites. He is particularly interested in the colonization of the Mediterranean islands, the development and spread of food production, the interpretation of small sites, and archaeological ethics. He is the author of numerous publications, including in journals such as Science and Nature, as well as books such as The Neolithic Revolution in the Near East – Transforming the Human Landscape (University of Arizona Press, 2007, awarded ASOR’s G. Ernest Wright book award) and Stone Age Sailors: Paleolithic Seafaring in the Mediterranean ( Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA, 2014, selected as a Choice magazine’s “outstanding academic title). He also received ASOR’s P.E. MacAllister Award for Field Archaeology in 2007).
Matthew Spigelman is a principal of ACME Heritage Consultants, working as a consulting archaeologist in the northeastern United States. He obtained a PhD in Anthropology at New York University in 2015, with a dissertation on ceramic production in Bronze Age Cyprus. He maintains research interests in Cyprus and the Levant, with a focus on the compositional analysis of ceramics. As a consulting archaeologist, he is engaged in land development projects, historic cemetery preservation, and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
Laura Swantek began studying Cypriot archaeology as an undergraduate, excavating for the first time twenty years ago at Sotira Kaminoudhia, an Early Cypriot settlement on the south coast. She continued her study of the Prehistoric Bronze Age on Cyprus completing a dissertation on social and economic inequality during this period using novel statistical methodologies and network analysis at Arizona State University. She has worked on several archaeological sites dating from the Prehistoric through the historic periods on Cyprus and is currently one of the co-directors of the Kourion Urban Space Project (KUSP). She is also a co-editor of the upcoming volume detailing the excavations and findings from Sotira Kaminoudhia.
A native of Famagusta, Cyprus, Michael K. Toumazou first came to the US as a foreign exchange student and attended HS in Lititz, PA. Upon return to Cyprus he graduated from the 1st Famagusta Gymnasium and served two years as officer in the Cyprus National Guard. Subsequently he attended Franklin & Marshall College (BA, Physics & Classics, 1977), Loyola University of Chicago (MA, Classics, 1980) and Bryn Mawr College (MA, & Ph.D., Classical& Near Eastern Archaeology, 1983, 1987). His dissertation topic was ‘Aspects of Burial Practices in Early Prehistoric Cyprus’. He has taught at Davidson College (Davidson, NC) since 1987 where he served as Chair of the Department of Classics (1995-2001), directed the Classics Study Abroad Program (2003, 2007) and received Davidson’s most prestigious teaching award (2003). Since 1990 he (founded and) directed the Athienou Archaeological Project in Athienou, Cyprus, in conjunction with an archaeological field school, supported by multiple NSF-REU awards (1995-present). As an NEH Senior Scholar at CAARI (spring 1995) he investigated looting practices on Cyprus. Toumazou has translated into English two books on Cypriot topics and has lectured widely and published many reports and articles on his field work on the island. He has served three terms as CAARI Trustee.