Committee on the Wiener Laboratory

The Wiener Laboratory Committee of the Managing Committee of the ASCSA plays a significant role in generating and discussing policy for the WL. The Committee works to support the programs of the Wiener Laboratory: funding projects for young scholars, sponsoring field and laboratory research, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research results. The Committee comprises experts from different subdisciplines of Archaeological Science, such as Osteoarchaeology, Zooarchaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Archaeobotany, as well as archaeologists who have a strong record of integrating the archaeological sciences into their research.

All the seven expert members are distinguished members of their scientific communities and hold key roles within their own institutions as well as within academic associations and disciplinary groups:


Prof. Paul Goldberg, Chair of the Committee
Paul Goldberg is Affiliate Professor, Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen. His research focuses on how archaeological sites form, and the application of micromorphological techniques to Pleistocene caves in Europe and Asia, and the interpretation anthropogenic deposits ranging from Pleistocene sites in South Africa to Iron Age sites in Menorca. He received the Rip Rapp Award (Archaeological Geology Division) from the Geological Society of America, the Fryxell Award (Society for American Archaeology), and the Pomerance Award from the Archaeological Institute of America for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology in 2010. He published with R.I. Macphail, Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) and has recently co-authored a book with Takis Karkanas, Reconstructing Archaeological Sites: Understanding the Geoarchaeological Matrix, to be published in August, 2018 (Wiley).


Prof. Clark Spenser Larsen
Clark Spencer Larsen is Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University and Research Associate, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History.   He is the former Chair of the Section on Anthropology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.  He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006 and Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.  Larsen is an internationally known authority on bioarchaeology, the study of human remains from archaeological settings.  His research is primarily focussed on health and lifestyle in the last 10,000 years of human evolution. In addition to major research projects in Turkey and North America, Larsen is the past co-director of the Global History of Health Project, an international collaboration involved in the study of ancient skeletons from all continents in order to track health changes since the late Paleolithic.  He currently serves on the advisory board for the Asian module of the project.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Edward John Noble Foundation.  He is the author of Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2015).



Prof. Scott Pike
Scott Pike is Professor of Environmental Science and Archaeology and Chair of the Environmental Science Department at Willamette University. He has been affiliated with the Wiener Lab since 1992 and was its Acting Director from 1995-1997 and Committee Chair from 2011-2013. He is an archaeological geologist whose research focuses on the characterization and provenance of ancient white marbles used in the Mediterranean Basin. Currently, Pike is characterizing white marble outcrops in southern Naxos that may have been exploited during both the Bronze Age and Archaic. He is also using drones to accurately map and quantify the spatial extent and volume of ancient quarries in Naxos and other quarry sites in Greece. Since 2011, Pike has worked at the Neolithic site of the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland where he looks at landscape reconstruction and discerning activity areas using drone imagery and geochemical analyses.


Prof. William A. Parkinson
William A. Parkinson (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Curator of Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently Head of Anthropological Research at the Field Museum. Bill is an anthropological archaeologist whose research explores the evolution of early agricultural villages in prehistoric southeastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. He is American Director of the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in Hungary and Co-Director of the Diros Project in Greece.  Bill recently co-edited monographs about Neolithic research at Alepotrypa Cave (2018) and Copper Age excavations in southeastern Hungary (2021). He also has published articles in Hesperia, American Journal of ArchaeologyJournal of Field Archaeology, and Journal of Archaeological Science, as well in other international, peer-reviewed, journals. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.


Assoc. Prof. Sarah B. McClure
Sarah B. McClure is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. She is an environmental archaeologist examining in the spread of farming in the Mediterranean and Europe. Her research focuses on environmental and social impacts of early farming societies, particularly questions of human-animal interactions, changes in land use through time, the role of local and regional exchange networks, ceramic technology, food consumption, and the emergence of social inequality. She has directed archaeological field projects in Spain and Croatia and has worked on zooarchaeological assemblages from Spain, Croatia, the Near East, and North America. She received the Harry and Elissa Sichi Early Career Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State, and her research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the Croatian Ministry of Culture.


Assoc. Prof. Susan Kirkpatrick SmithSusan Kirkpatrick Smith WL Committee
Susan Kirkpatrick Smith is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University. She is a bioarchaeologist who has worked on the analysis of human skeletal remains from the Agora in Athens and from multiple sites in east Crete. She has conducted an osteology field school for undergraduate students at the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete. Her areas of study include health changes over time, juvenile trauma and pathologies, and the effects of militarism on the body. Her work has spanned from the Bronze Age to the early Byzantine Period.


Dr. Chantel White
Chantel White is the Teaching Specialist for Archaeobotany at the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. in Archaeology from Boston University and her B.A. in Anthropology from Beloit College. Her research interests include macrobotanical analysis; experimental archaeobotany and cooking and plant-processing techniques; agricultural sustainability and the environment; ethnoarchaeology; urban garden systems; Greece, Jordan, Israel, Turkey.


Ex Officio Members:

Panagiotis Karkanas, Director, Wiener Laboratory
Mark L. Lawall, Chair, Managing Committee
Bonna Wescoat, Director, ASCSA

Liaison to the ASCSA Board of Trustees, Jane Buikstra