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 Castle Rock.
Katharina graduated from the University of Denver in 2015 with a B.A. in Anthropology, Biology and German. She’s currently working on her Master’s in Multilingual Education. In addition to teaching German and French as second languages, she has applied Ground-penetrating Radar (GPR) to the forensic field, aiding local, state and federal agencies in body recovery/location and grave identification for the past 5 years. She has been on the board since 2016.
Not a Pro, but very interested. Has visited many sites from Yucatan to Uzbekistan. Now retired from the corporate world, and keeping busy managing her own business.
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
Melissa Logan holds a graduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, and was the organic residue analyst for PaleoResearch Institute in Golden, Colorado for five years. Presently, she is pursuing her research independently and writing manuscripts. Ms. Logan’s interests include Mesoamerican archaeology with an emphasis on West Mexico, gender and power, development of complex societies, political systems, art and material culture, and paleonutrition. Publications, manuscripts, and presented papers authored or coauthored by her address gender and power in ceramic effigies from Late Formative West Mexico, as well as the application of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for organic residue analysis. Ms. Logan most recently contributed a chapter to the edited volume “Dressing the Part: Power, Dress, Gender, and Representation in the Pre-Columbian Americas edited by Sarahh E.M. Scher and Billie J.A. Follensbee, which was published by the University Press of Flordia in 2017. Ms. Logan has been on the board of directors for the Denver Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America since 2008. Her professional memberships also include the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the Society for American Archaeology.
Erik DeMarche, MA
PROGRAM COORDINATORErik 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.
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
WEB MASTERAaron 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 technology consultant and private investigator.
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.
Dr. M. Dores Cruz
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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.