The Archaeology Center from time to time appoints post-doctoral researchers to work in specific areas of archaeological research. These last from 1 to 3 years and the post-docs are provided space in the Archaeology Center. The positions are advertised when available.
Lindsay Weiss (Stanford Archaeology Center & Dept. of Anthropology)
Lindsay Weiss is a postdoctoral researcher in the Archaeology Center and the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her research specializes in the politics of heritage and history in the postcolonial context. Her work examines questions of rights, recognition and ethics in the sphere of public history.
Lindsay earned her doctorate at Columbia University in 2009. Her doctoral research explores the history of the late 19th century South African diamond rush and the role that speculative culture played in establishing apartheid conditions on the Diamond Fields. Her archaeological research examines the social and political significance of changes in material culture before and
Interests Heritage, postcolonial theory, South Africa, historical archaeology, speculative culture
Alan F. Greene (Stanford Archaeology Center & Dept. of Anthropology)
I specialize in the sociobiography of material objects as well as compositional and structural methods of materials analysis, tracing artifacts through habitual production regimes, spheres of exchange, and consumption trends in ancient societies. I am co-director of the Making of Ancient Eurasia Project (MAE), an analytical collaboration between anthropologists and material scientists at Argonne National Laboratory (http://mae.uchicago.edu). The methods utilized by MAE focus on minimally-destructive X-ray analyses of archaeological materials, including digital radiography, X-ray computed tomography, portable X-ray Fluorescence, and synchrotron-based small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering. I earned my Ph.D. in anthropological archaeology at the University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology in 2013. My dissertation "The Social Lives of Pottery on the Plain of Flowers" draws out the relationship between mundane aspects of the material economy like ceramic containers, and the macro-scale political-economies of emergent complex polities in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus. At the Stanford Archaeology Center, I plan to offer classes in pottery analysis, archaeological science, data management, and the political and economic aspects of craftmaking.
Neil A. Duncan (Stanford Archaeology Center & Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures)
I am an archaeologist and paleoethnobotanist. My research has explored the ritual use of food in pre-ceramic coastal Peru, changes associated with the emergence of agriculture in coastal Ecuador, and the application of microfossil analysis (starch grains and phytoliths) in the search for early archaeological sites in Colombia. At the Stanford Archaeology Center, I will be shifting my focus toward Neolithic China and working closely with Dr. Li Liu. I will help complete the setup of an archaeobotany laboratory that will include facilities for the analysis of phytoliths (opal silica from plant tissues) and starch grain, as well as plant macro-remains. I look forward to working with students and other researchers who are interested in learning how to include archaeobotany in their own research and I will be teaching a course on archaeobotany this Winter. I completed my doctorate at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. My doctoral research explored the use of food plants and other plants in a ritual context associated with feasting at a 4000-year-old monumental site, Buena Vista, just north of Peru’s capital city, Lima. After finishing my doctorate, I received a Fulbright Specialists grant to work with Ecuador’s Institute for Cultural Patrimony.