Dr. Paul Miller
PRESIDENTPaul M. Miller is a recent PhD Archaeology graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and an MSc in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh. In addition to his work in Scottish and Italian pre- and proto-history, he has practiced archaeology throughout the US southwest and the Great Basin. His doctoral thesis examines the interaction between humans and the built environment in Early Iron Age central Italy and the Etruscan civilization. He and his wife, Annahita, currently live in Centennial.
TREASURERPat is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with degrees in Anthropology and Geography, combining this knowledge to work in sustainable development. She has done studies or related fieldwork in varied locations to include Nepal, Costa Rica and Peru. A longtime member of AIA, Pat has been on the AIA Denver Board since 2002.
Melissa Logan, MA
AIA LIASONDennis Murphy is a long time member of the AIA and an avid “avocational archeologist”. He is focused on the study of ancient water systems, primarily in Southern Turkey, and has presented the results of his work at AIA annual meetings and international conferences. He holds a Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Calif. At Long Beach and is an active member of several European Archaeological Societies (Frontinus Gesellshaft & Deutsche Wasserhistorische Gesellschaft) through which he publishes the results of his studies. When not researching ancient water systems he is engaged in the aerospace industry and is currently a consultant on the NASA Orion Mars Exploration Spacecraft program.
Aaron Theis, MA
WEBMASTERAaron Theis graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1996 with a BA in History & English. He received a BA in Anthropology from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2006, and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Metropolitan State College 2007. Mr. Theis completed a Master’s in Classical and Ancient History at American Military University in 2012. He has worked in Peru and Colorado and currently works as a tutor & private investigator.
Erik DeMarche, MA
Erik is a field archaeologist and surveyor with experience in Greece, Turkmenistan, and the Americas. He attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and University College London in Qatar. His primary interests include Mycenaean archaeology and archaeology endangered by conflict.
Dr. M. Dores Cruz
MEMBER-AT-LARGEM. Dores Cruz graduated from Binghamton University (SUNY) with a Ph.D. in anthropology. Her interests are interdisciplinary and cross both archaeology and socio-cultural anthropology, focusing particularly in archaeology of the recent past, heritage studies and landscape archaeology in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in Europe. Her research is cross-disciplinary, intersecting with historical archaeology, African Studies and landscape anthropology, and with special interests in landscapes, colonialism, material culture, and social construction of memory. Her current research focuses in the biography of a landscape in Southern Mozambique during the 19th and 20th centuries.
She has held a number of international teaching and research positions, most recently at the Universities of Cologne and Freiburg (Germany), at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Denver. Currently, Dores is the English editor for Nyame Akuma, the Society for Africanist Archaeologists bulletin.
Dr. Sarah Nelson
EMERITUS ADVISORMy field is archaeology. For more than two decades I have done research in Korea and for 10 years in China. I am interested in the explanation of culture change from the appearance of pottery to the formation of the state, especially the problems of the origins of agriculture (in my area this is more millets than rice) and the distribution of the knowledge of bronze technology I also research gender issues. also research gender issued (e.g. when, how, and why did division of labor by gender become status differentiation?). To explore gender I have researched the paleolithic figurines in Europe, the queens of the Silla kingdom of early Korea, and the “goddess temple” in northeastern China. Other regions where I have done archaeological research include south-eastern Utah and the Colorado high plains. In these areas I have examined diverse problems, such as the sedentism/mobility indicated by archaeological sites, and the distribution of site types on the landscapes. Along these lines, I have create or adapted several computer spatial programs for use in both regional and site research. Foreign interests: Korea China Japan Cross-departmental interests: gender issues, archaeo-astronomy Northeast Asia.
EMERITUS ADVISORJim is 1967 graduate of the University of New Mexico where he majored in history with minors in biology and anthropology. He served nearly five years in the United States Navy as a Naval Intelligence Officer. Jim has participated in 16 seasons of archaeological excavation and/or survey work in Calabria, Italy working on Hellenized Italic and Greek sites. He has also served twice as the President of the Denver AIA and presently sits on both the board of directors of the Foundation of Calabrian Archaeology and the board of trustees for the Archaeological Institute of America based in Boston. He is a senior vice president of RBC Wealth Management where he oversees a number of investment portfolios.