Speakers

Speakers

Mr. Hemphill Brian Edward

Biography:

Brian Hemphill graduated from the University of Oregon with a doctorate in anthropology in 1991. Over the course of the last quarter century he has held positions at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Vanderbilt University, and California State University, Bakersfield. He currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and as Director of the Centre of South Asian Dental Research housed at that institution. Dr. Hemphill has been engaged in biodistanceanalyses of ancient and modern populations of Central and South Asia since 1987.

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Mr. Atsushi Noguchi

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Atsushi Noguchi is Academic Support Specialist of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo, Japan as a project researcher of the PalaeoAsia Project (http://paleoasia.jp/en), while he is a founder and Director-cum-Secretary General of Non-Profit Organization Japanese Centre for South Asian Cultural Heritage (NPO-JCSACH). He studies Palaeolithic archaeology of Japan, South Asia, as well as the Arabian Peninsula. He has experience of field works on Palaeolithic sites in Syria, Iran and Oman, while conducting a large-scale rescue excavation project in the Japanese Upper Palaeolithic site.

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Dr. Wright Rita Patricia

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Rita Wright is a Professor of Anthropology at New York University.  Her research interests include comparative studies of urbanism, state formation, gender, and cycles of change in early societies.  In the field she has conducted research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran, and used secondary sources from Mesopotamia to study the organization of production.  She specializes in ancient technologies with a focus on the production and distribution systems of ceramics and textiles and exchange networks.  Wright’s major field work has been at the city of Harappa and a study that she directed of rural sites in a Landscape and Settlement survey along a now dry bed of the Beas River that ran parallel to the nearby Ravi River, where Harappa is located.  She is especially interested in planned cities, their socio-political organization and management of their water technologies. 

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Ms. Heidi Jennifer Miller

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Heidi J. Miller’s doctoral dissertation reworks E.J.H. Mackay’s excavations at the site of Chanhu-daro and is being completed under the direction of the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.  Her research interests include formal aspects of material culture across landscape as well as through time, with an emphasis on pottery and human agency.  Recently published research includes “Recently Documented Miniature Vessels from Chanhu-daro, Indus Valley c. 2600-1900 BCE,”in the journal Man and Environment(2014) andSpiraling Interconnectedness: a fresh look at double-spiral headed copper pins in the Indian Subcontinent”, in the edited volume,Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South and Central Asia(2013).  Currently she is exploring the nature of the Late Harappan phase in Sindh and teaching Anthropology and World Geography at Middlesex Community College.

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Mr. AyumuKonasukawa

Date of Birth: 11.09.1981

Department of South Asian Studies (Archaeology) Room No. 409,

 Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, 7-3-1 Nongo,

Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan.

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Dr. Cameron Petrie

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Dr Cameron Petrie - Reader in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology
My research has focused on the investigation of early complex societies, and has a wide chronological and geographical scope that spans ancient South and West Asia. I have extensive field and research experience at archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic up to the medieval period in India, Pakistan and Iran, and have co-directed collaborative research projects in each of these countries.

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