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Archeology

David Bernstein, Ph.D., is Director of the Institute for Long Island Archaeology and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. An archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of Northeastern North America, he has directed numerous archaeological investigations on Long Island and throughout northeastern North America. His work focuses on past Native American coastal societies and areas of research specialization include the reconstruction of prehistoric subsistence systems, the analysis of settlement seasonality, and the study of stone tool technologies. The Institute for Long Island Archaeology conducts research into Long Island's prehistoric and historic past, sponsors a summer field school, and operates an active program of cultural research management.

Specific areas of expertise: Archaeology. Native American societies. Heritage and cultural resource management. Applied archaeology.

Garman Harbottle, Ph.D is an emeritus senior chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an adjunct professor in Stony Brook's Department of Geosciences. He is expert in identifying and dating works of art and archaeology, has received national and international acclaim for his work. He was most recently named the 2002 recipient of the Archaelogical Institute of America's Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology.

John Shea, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Anthropology and an expert in Paleolithic archaeology and paleoanthropology of the Near East, Africa, and Europe, and the origin of Modern Humans. He has a specific interest in stone tools and other primitive tools, and he teaches a course in Primitive Technology which examines the technological adaptations of hunter-gatherer societies and their consequences for biological and behavioral evolution. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Israel, Jordan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Specific areas of expertise: Experimental Archeology. Lithic Technology. Origin of Modern Humans. Neanderthal Extinction.

Elizabeth Stone, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology and an expert on the antiquities of Iraq and ancient Mesopotamia. She has been involved in archaeological expeditions in the Middle East since the 1960s and has directed archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Turkey and Iraq, where she was one of only five Americans given permits to do archeological work in Iraq prior to the first Gulf War. Since the 2003 war in Iraq she has worked with the National Geographic Society, the State Department and the Andrew Mellon Foundation to help the Iraq Museum recover from the post-war looting and to document damage to the archaeological sites. More recently, she has turned her attention to the plight of Iraqi Universities and Librarie, leading a Stony Brook-wide effort, funded by an $11 million grant from the USAID, to work collaboratively with Iraqi faculty, deans and librarians to restore Iraqi higher education. She is the only American archaeologist to have made three trips to Iraq between May and December of 2003. Specific areas of expertise: Middle Eastern antiquities. Mesopotamia.