Staff

Joyce White
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Joyce White

Joyce White
Executive Director, Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA)
Consulting Scholar at the Penn Museum
Director of the Ban Chiang Project

My career has focused on multi-disciplinary investigation of the human past in Thailand and Laos, especially in the middle reaches of the Mekong basin. I am particularly interested in the processes by which agriculture and metallurgy first appeared in Southeast Asia. Read more…

Staff (past)

Elizabeth Hamilton
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Elizabeth Hamilton

Elizabeth Hamilton
Research Associate
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at Penn in 1995; my dissertation examined changes in copper-working technology and metal use in Belgic Gaul over the period of Julius Caesar’s invasion. Read more…

Marie-Claude Boileau
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Dr. Marie-Claude Boileau teaching the class, Introduction to Archaeological Ceramics to graduate students.

Marie-Claude Boileau
Year of Ceramics Post-Doc
I am an archaeologist specializing on the technological study of archaeological ceramics. I follow the concept of chaîne opératoire, tracing the potter’s choice and action at every step of the production sequence, from the selection and preparation of raw materials to the firing, distribution and use of finished products. Read more…

Tom Tartaron
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Professor Tom Tartaron, teaching the class, Introduction to Archaeological Ceramics to graduate students.

Tom Tartaron
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Penn
Tom Tartaron joins the “Year of Ceramics” team to co-teach a two-semester graduate course on the analysis of archaeological ceramics. Introduction to Archaeological Ceramics is a year-long intensive course that introduces students to the techniques and theoretical foundations used by archaeologists to study ceramic collections and make inferences about the behavior of past peoples and societies. Read more…

Ardeth Anderson
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Ardeth Anderson

Ardeth Anderson
Illustrator/Artist
I was working on my Master of Fine Arts degree at Penn in 1990 when my “studio-mate” told me about her work-study position as an archaeological illustrator for the Ban Chiang Project. Read more…

Volunteers (past)

Beth Van Horn
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Beth Van Horn

Beth Van Horn vol­unteered with the Ban Chi­ang Project for over five years. She retired from Verizon in 2003, where she was a new product manager in the Marketing de­partment. Beth was responsible for the MMAP 2005 website and the internet ‘blog’ that followed the team’s progress. She returned to Laos in 2009 and wrapped up the season by participating in an ambitious exhibit in Lu­ang Prabang that summarized 5 years of MMAP work in Laos.

UpDATE articles by Beth
Read Beth’s “blog” about the new Penn undergraduate Spring semester course “Archaeology and Science”.
Issue #15 “MMAP 2009″
Issue #13 “MMAP 2005: An Expedition to Laos Through Museum Volunteers’ Eyes”

John and Christie Hastings
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John and Christie Hastings

John Hastings (his wife Christie to the left) served as a volunteer at the Ban Chiang Project from 1978 to 2002. He designed and oversaw the movement of the huge Ban Chiang data from the original mainframe to PCs, as well as serving as the earliest IT department for the entire Penn Museum. John’s contribution—as a computer expert, as a clear thinker, and as a donor— to the success of the Ban Chiang Project cannot be overstated.

UpDATE articles by John
Issue #16 “Ban Chiang’s Archaeo-Database”
UpDATE Issue #11 “Archaeocomputing?”
Potsherds into Printouts: The Ban Chiang Computer Project. Read the Expedition article.

Bill and Barbara Henderson volunteering in Laos during the first MMAP survey in 2005.
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Bill and Barbara Henderson volunteering in Laos during the first MMAP survey in 2005.

Bill Henderson (his wife Barbara to the left) has been a volunteer for the Ban Chiang Project for over 17 years. In his former life, Bill was a partner in a graphic arts company that designed and produced flexographic printing plates for the shipping container industry. Bill started volunteer work at the Penn Museum in 1992 on the Ban Chiang Project, where he worked primarily on developing a ceramic rim typology with data from the Sakon Nakhon Basin, the area of the Ban Chiang excavations. He participated in archaeological digs in the USA and elsewhere before going to Laos. In Laos, his talents supported MMAP teams in the field and in the lab, and included artifact processing, database entry, video documentation and a quietly humorous outlook for every occasion. Sadly, Bill passed away in January 2010, but will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to both projects.

Check out Bill’s YouTube video from the 2005 season, “A taste of Luang Prabang”.

UpDATE Articles by Bill: Issue #15 “Snake Soup”
Issue #13 “MMAP 2005: An Expedition to Laos Through Museum Volunteers’ Eyes”
Issue #12 “Island Adventure”
Issue #8 “My Melakan Experience”
Issue #1 “Spotlight Volunteer”

UpDATE Article about Bill:
Issue #17 “Bill Henderson: Volunteer of the Year”

Cora Arney
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Cora Arney

Cora Arney volunteered for the Ban Chiang Project in Summer 2011. Her primary focus was on digitally photographing the Ban Chiang pottery (Friend of Ban Chiang) is her professor and referred her to the Ban Chiang Project. She is an Art History/Anthropology double major and would eventually like to have a career working in a museum.

Heather Saeger
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Heather Saeger

Heather Saeger is a former volunteer for the Ban Chiang Project. She began her work here at the Ban Chiang Project in June 2008 and worked through August 2009 despite her full-time job at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her first task was organizing the BC offices with Sasha, but her most important work was scanning and archiving the thousands of slides, negatives, and photos of the BC Project. Heather is currently working on her Master’s degree in Museum Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Thank you, Heather, for all of your hard work!

David Chamberlin Smith
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David Chamberlin Smith

David Chamberlin Smith began volunteering for the Ban Chiang Project in April 2010. David’s primary focus is on digitally photographing the small find artifacts from the original field seasons. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, where he learned to love both the field and laboratory aspects of archaeological research. His current hobbies include evolutionary theory and photography.

Stephanie White
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Stephanie White

Stephanie White graduated in the summer of 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Archaeological Sciences from Bristol University (England). She spent ten weeks helping with the digital archiving of images from the Ban Chiang Project. Upon her return to England she intends to apply for Master’s programs in Museology, and to look for further opportunities to work in museums. Many thanks to you as well, Stephanie!

Interns (past)

Bailey Benson
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Bailey Benson

Bailey Benson is an intern with the Ban Chiang Project. She is calculating pot volumes for the upcoming Ceramics Monograph. Bailey graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Art. During her junior year she studied abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Bailey is interested in Roman urbanism and city planning in Asia Minor and North Africa. She has worked in a ceramics lab as well as in a cast and mold production lab.

International Interns (past) From September 2010-May 2011, Bounheuang Bouasisengpaseuth, a Deputy Director of the Lao National Museum in Vientiane, Laos, and Sureeratana Bubpha of Thammasat University, Bangkok, studied Ban Chiang ceramics under the supervision of Dr. White, Dr. Boileau, and Professor Tartaron. They are focused specifically on the more than 500 reconstructible vessels excavated by the University of Pennsylvania at Ban Chiang.

Bounheuang Bouasisengpaseuth
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Bounheuang Bouasisengpaseuth

Bounheuang Bouasisengpaseuth is Deputy Director of the National Museum in Vientiane and Co-director of the Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP) in Laos. His research interests are Lao prehistory and the protection and conservation of Lao cultural heritage. Mr. Bouasisengpaseuth first worked with Joyce White on the 2001 rapid assessment survey in Luang Prabang Province that provided evidence for over 10,000 years of rich archaeological heritage in Laos and direction for MMAP work.

Read Bounheuang’s Blogs on the Penn Museum’s website.

Sureeratana (Joom) Bubpha
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Sureeratana (Joom) Bubpha

Sureeratana (Joom) Bubpha is a lecturer in the Cultural Management Programme in the College of Innovation at the University. Her BA in Archaeology-Anthropology and MA in Prehistory are from Silpakorn University. Sureeratana’s research interest is prehistoric archaeology, especially ceramic ecology. She first joined MMAP in 2008, and has continued with the team in 2009. She is interested in learning more about the “big picture” of Middle Mekong archeology, to better understand the relationship between Lao prehistory and the prehistory of northeast Thailand.

Read Sureeratana’s Blogs on the Penn Museum’s website.

Read Sureeratana’s Article in the Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

Work-study Students (past)

Kelsey Halliday Johnson
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Kelsey Halliday Johnson

Kelsey Halliday Johnsonis the Ceramics Collection Manager for the Ban Chiang Project. She is taking detailed photos that reveal how Ban Chiang pots were formed, what inclusions are found in the clay, and the skill of the individual potter. These photos will be used in the Ban Chiang Ceramics Monograph. Kelsey is a second year interdisciplinary M. F. A. (Masters of Fine Arts) candidate at Penn Design pursuing a certificate in Landscape Studies. She is an instructor in the Undergrad Fine Arts Dept., teaching Intro. to Photography. She received her B.A. from Princeton University in Art and Archaeology with a certificate in European Cultural Studies. Kelsey has specialized experience managing large photgraphic databases and would like to continue teaching and working in museums in the future.

Ryan Zahalka
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Ryan Zahalka

Ryan Zahalka is a freshman in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is the current bibliographer for the Southeast Asian Bibliographic Database.Ryan is undecided as to which major he would like to pursue. His interests include enjoying the West Virginia countryside, baking, playing soccer, and writing.

Jesse DuBois
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Jesse DuBois

Jesse DuBois worked as the bibliographer for the Ban Chiang Project his sophomore and half of his junior year. He is a student in the Penn College of Arts and Sciences. Jesse is majoring in Humanistic Philosophy, tentatively concentrating in Religious Studies, while minoring in Classical Studies and pursuing a Certificate in French Language. He spent the summer of 2010 in Tours, France, studying at “La Fac des Tanneurs,” and his interests include playing his guitars and writing. He is currently abroad in Rome for his junior year.

Lizz Chiarelli
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Lizz Chiarelli

Lizz Chiarelli was our summer 2011 work-study student. She took over Jenny McAuley’s duties as the Ceramics Collection Manager for the Ban Chiang Project so we could gear up for the “Year of Monographs”. She was a third year Landscape Architecture graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. Lizz has worked past summers with her archaeologist father on his projects at a West Indies sugar plantation. She worked in his archaeology lab cleaning and cataloguing artifacts as well as doing data entry.

Jenny McAuley
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Jenny McAuley

Jenny McAuley is the Ceramics Collection Coordinator for the Ban Chiang project during the ‘Year of Ceramics’. She is studying geology and anthropology at Penn and has a strong interest in archaeology. After going on her first dig this past summer in the town of San Pietro d’Asso in Italy, Jenny hopes to become an archaeologist.

Rita DeAngelo
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Rita DeAngelo

Rita DeAngelo was a work-study artist with the Ban Chiang Project from 2004 through 2007. She started her illustrations by making a carefully measured pencil drawing of the object on graph paper. The final illustration is then completed on vellum paper using a stippling technique with lines and carefully placed dots of ink. Check out some examples of Rita’s illustrations on her website. Read more about being an Archaeological Illustrator in the article: “Spotlight Rita DeAngelo”. Since leaving the Museum, Rita has been working for theaters and shops as their paint charge, designing/painting scenery for local Philadelphia plays and various national museum exhibits. She is currently living in Chicago attending the School of the Art Institute’s post-baccalaureate program.

Connie Ko
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Connie Ko

Connie Ko was a work-study student at the Ban Chiang Project since September 2008. She replaced Sasha Renninger as the Ban Chiang Project Bibliographer. Connie entered new and looked up old resources on Southeast Asia and compiled them in our bibliographic database. In the fall of 2009, Connie worked on the Ban Chiang Digital Archives Project. She left the Project at the end of 2009 to concentrate on her studies at Penn.

Elena Nikolova
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Elena Nikolova

Elena Nikolova graduated from Penn in 2010 from the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in International Relations. She worked at the Ban Chiang Project her senior year (2009-10) as the bibliographer for the Southeast Asian Bibliographic Database. She spent the Spring semester of her junior year abroad in Paris, France where she conducted independent research on French-Libyan historical relations at the Sciences Po Library.

Yanik Ruiz-Ramon
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Yanik Ruiz-Ramon

Yanik Ruiz-Ramon graduated from Penn in 2010 with a major in Communications. He started his work at the Ban Chiang Project in 2006 as the bibliographer for the Southeast Asian Bibliographic Database. Yanik is also interested in film production, photography, and languages. He went to Laos as part of MMAP 2008 and served as a videographer.

Sasha Renninger
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Sasha Renninger

Sasha Renninger served as a bibliographer for two years and also as the first digital archivist for the Ban Chiang Project. She graduated from Penn in 2009 with a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Anthropology and has excavated in both the US and Egypt. She currently works for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.

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