Dr. Joyce C. White, PhD
Dr. White is an internationally recognized archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of Southeast Asia since 1974, especially in Thailand and Laos. She is the world’s expert on the site of Ban Chiang, Thailand, named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 due to significant discoveries of a previously unknown civilization. From 1981, she has been Director of the Ban Chiang Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. She continues there today as Consulting Scholar. In 2001, White initiated an archaeological research program in Laos, the first American to successfully sustain a modern program in that country. The Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP) is exploring the prehistory of northern Laos in Luang Prabang Province, anticipating that light will be shed on precursor societies to the Ban Chiang Cultural Tradition. MMAP combines a cutting edge, international, multi-disciplinary research program with a training and capacity-building program for Lao heritage managers. White’s research over the years has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The National Geographic Society, and the Henry Luce Foundation, among others.
Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton, PhD
Archaeometallurgist & Data Manager
Elizabeth’s analytical specialty is archaeometallurgy, the study of ancient metal working, and her primary interest is in using the technical data to shed light on cultural practices. She curated and analyzed the scores of samples taken from the hundreds of copper-base and iron artifacts excavated from Ban Chiang and the nearby production sites of Ban Phak Top, Ban Tong, and Don Klang. She established an online resource for scholars to access the raw data in a searchable downloadable database and is contributing to the Metallurgy volume of the Thai Archaeology Monograph Series (in progress). She also constructed the Digital Image Archive program that preserves and records data about thousands of Ban Chiang images. Currently Elizabeth is integrating Ban Chiang data with that from Lao archaeological sites into the regional Middle Mekong Archaeological database, and is working on migrating data to a new ISEAA database platform.
Ardeth P. Anderson
Illustrator & Artist
Ardeth has an M.F.A. from Penn and has worked for the Ban Chiang Project since 1990, first illustrating the beautiful Ban Chiang ceramics, then going on to burials, site plans, and excavation sections. She also prepared graphics, such as maps, page layouts, and illustrations used in various publications and presentations, and has been designing and updating both the Ban Chiang and Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP) websites for some time. Ardeth developed the new logo for the Institute for Southeast Asia Archaeology (ISEAA) and now works on website, print and other publications for ISEAA, including drawings, artist reconstructions, layout pages, and maps for the Ban Chiang Metallurgy monograph (in peer review). Ardeth is now the full-time Museum Projects Illustrator and shares her time with other projects besides ISEAA at the Penn Museum.
Janice undertook the final editing and formatting of chapters in preparation for submitting the metals monograph to Museum Publications, which is now in peer review. Janice has a PhD from Penn in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Assyriology. She is currently also working as the web and program coordinator for the Kolb Society.
John V. Hastings
John Hastings spent much of his life in Philadelphia, before relocating to California in 2000. He received a B.E.E. from Cornell University in 1945. From 1947-1972 John was President of Hastings & Co., Inc, Philadelphia, the largest gold leaf manufacturer in U. S. since the mid nineteenth century. When he became a volunteer at the Penn Museum in 1979, he joined the Ban Chiang Project and spent three years entering data from the excavations into a mainframe computer database, using punch cards and an IBM computer. He became the project programmer and printed numerous summary reports. From 1982-2000 John also provided computer support for staff and researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, including purchasing over 200 personal computers, instruction, troubleshooting, and networking. In the period 1991-1993 John undertook the major project to migrate the Ban Chiang database from mainframe card-image 9-track tapes to a PC database using the software Paradox. John subsequently migrated the Ban Chiang database again to Microsoft Access, and those data are the basis for the current relational database used by the Ban Chiang Project.
Christie W. Hastings
Christie Hastings received a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1948-2000 Christie has been a board member or director of 35 local, state and national non-profits, largely in international relations, human services, children, libraries, and education. These include President of the Health and Welfare Council of Philadelphia; President of the Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia; Chairman of the Board of Independence Blue Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Public Board Member of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Chairman of the First Model United Nations in Philadelphia; President of the Philadelphia Council for International Visitors; President of Family Service of Philadelphia; President of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Criswell Gonzalez was a Board member of the University of Pennsylvania Museum for more than 20 years. She has a Master’s of Science in Education and Sociology from the University of Texas. Since moving to the greater Philadelphia region, Ms. Gonzalez took at least ten graduate courses in the Department of Anthropology at Penn, which led to her interest in the Penn Museum. She has had an enduring interest in Asia, and visited Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam with Dr. Joyce White on Penn Museum tour in 1994. Ms. Gonzalez was a Friend of Ban Chiang since its early days in the 1990s.
Leslie Laird Kruhly
Leslie Laird Kruhly is Vice President and Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed Secretary in 2000, following three years as Associate Director and Director of Development for the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. As Vice President and Secretary, Ms. Kruhly assures the continuity of strong volunteer leadership at Penn and manages Trustee Affairs, Overseer Affairs, and the University Council. Her office also directs ceremonial programs including Commencement, the selection of honorary degree recipients and issuance of diplomas. Ms. Kruhly holds a BA in History from Vanderbilt University and a MS in Broadcasting from Boston University School of Communications. Prior to coming to Penn, Ms. Kruhly spent 15 years with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), culminating as Executive Vice President for External Affairs.
Vincent C. Pigott, Ph.D., FSA
Dr. Pigott, a former Associate Director of the Penn Museum, is a Southeast Asia prehistorian with strong interests in the interaction of technology and culture across Eurasia. He is Co-Director of the Penn Museum-based Thailand Archaeometallurgy Project (TAP) which focuses on the study of prehistoric metallurgical development in that country. His current efforts are directed towards the final publication of this research. Recently, in this regard, he and his TAP colleague Prof. Judy C. Voelker from Northern Kentucky University were awarded an NSF-funded grant from the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM. This award facilitated the convening at SAR of members of his research team to design a strategy for completing remaining TAP research prior to publication.
Beth Van Horn
Before helping to start up ISEAA in 2013, Beth volunteered with the Ban Chiang Project and the Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP) for more than 9 years. Since 2009, she’s been public outreach manager for MMAP (and now ISEAA), doing a little of everything—writing, exhibit development, marketing collateral, photography, fundraising, to name a few. She’s been a part of three MMAP seasons in Laos, starting with the first survey year (2005). In 2009, she returned to teach public communication skills during the Luce-funded six-week training session in Luang Prabang for Lao heritage managers. In 2013, she developed a comprehensive bilingual exhibit in Luang Prabang, covering 12 years of MMAP work in Laos. Beth retired from Verizon in 2003, where she was a Senior Product Manager doing new product development/rollouts in the Marketing department.
In April of 2017, Beth was named “Penn Museum’s Volunteer of the Year”! Congratulations, Beth.
Vivian has been a volunteer since March 2013. She’s currently working on Ban Chiang artifact drawings and has finished labelling cave section drawings from three MMAP excavations in Laos. Vivian is a painter and former Professor of Fine Arts at Moore College of Art and Design, where she taught drawing, painting, and printmaking for 30 years. She has exhibited her work in numerous regional and national shows. Vivian has traveled extensively in Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa, West Africa, and Mexico. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Cyler Conrad began volunteering with the ISEAA in Fall 2013 while starting his PhD program at the University of New Mexico. He is interested in sharing news and research on Southeast Asian archaeology with the broader public and scholars, so he is helping to organize, draft, and run the ISEAA Twitter and Facebook pages. His research focuses on understanding hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies in mainland Southeast Asia during the late Pleistocene and Holocene. Cyler is reanalyzing faunal assemblages from Spirit Cave, Steep Cliff Cave, Banyan Valley Cave and Non Nok Tha for his dissertation project at UNM.
Chloe is a Senior in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and a Penn work-study student with ISEAA. She is the bibliographer for the Southeast Asian Bibliographic Database. Her major is in international relations with a minor in biology. Chloe is interested in Scandinavia (she spent her Fall 2015 semester abroad in Sweden), conservation policy, population genetics, and ecology.