Emeriti Faculty Bios
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University
Since 1960, he has conducted shipwreck excavations and underwater surveys primarily off the Turkish coast. He obtained an M.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1955, followed by two years at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, and two years in the U.S. Army. In 1964 he received a doctorate in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania where he remained as a faculty member until he became founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) in 1973. This institute became affiliated with Texas A&M University in 1976. He has written and edited twelve books and over a hundred articles, five of which are featured in National Geographic. He has been awarded the Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement, Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, National Geographic Society La Gorce Gold Medal Award, National Geographic Society Centennial Award, and the J.C. Harrington Medal from The Society for Historical Archaeology. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and the University of Liverpool. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented him with the National Medal of Science.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973. He was at Case Western Research University before joining Texas A&M in 1981. He is an economic anthropologist with interests in the evolution of market institutions in medium-range Third World towns. More recently, he has focused on the impact of market developments on the viability of town centers in industrial societies. Fieldwork has taken him to the Philippines, India, and Germany. His research has been published in three monographs and more than 25 journal articles and book chapters. His work has appeared in American Ethnologist, Human Organization, Journal of Anthropological Research, and a number of other publications. He has been the editor of five books. His research has been supported by the ford Foundation, the Indo-European Fellowship Program, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Science Foundation. He served as the senior editor of Research in Economic Anthropology and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Consumer Marketing. He is the recipient of the University Level Distinguished Teaching Award.
He received a B.A. from Lawrence College in 1964, an M.A. from Northwestern University in 1967, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1973. He has been involved with projects in Kenya, Costa Rica, France, and the Southwest U.S. He has published five books: Ancient Preludes:World Prehistory form the Perspectives of Archaeology, Geology and Paleoecology (2004); The Dawn of Belief: Religion in the Upper Paleolithic of Southwestern Europe (1990); The Transfer and Transformation of Ideas and Material Culture (1988); Prehistoric Pueblo Settlement Patterns: The Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico Site Survey (1980); and The 1972-1973 Archaeological Site Reconnaisssance in the Columbia Reservoir, Maury and Marshall Counties, Tennessee (1976). He has also published 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 refereed book chapters. He is the recipient of two Distinguished Teaching Awards (1983 and 1998). His university contributions include: Member of the Faculty Senate (1983-1988), and Member of Texas A&M University Press Faculty Advisory Committee. He has served as the Director of the Human Relations Area Files since 1988, and as Editor of the Newsletter of the Council of Texas Archaeologists.
Fred Van Doorninck
He came to Texas A&M University in 1976 from the Univeristy of California, Davis, as one of the original faculty of A&M’s new Nautical Archaeology Program. He was the first to study evidence for the re-use of amphoras as transport jars, spending several semesters in Turkey in the careful cleaning and scrutiny of shipwrecks. Taking from an hour to four days to clean one of hundreds of amphoras, he found few assistants who could clean graffiti on ampohoras carefully enough for study. Research on an 11th-century shipwreck allowed him to determine the reasoning behind anchor design of the period, and the implications of shipwreck artifacts within the context of maritime trade. At least one of the names on the ship’s amphoras was an abbreviated Slavic name. This led him to learn to read Bulgarian, Russian, and Rumanian and from that he determined that the ship was sailed by Hellenized Bulgarian merchants who lived on the north coast of the Sea of Marmara near Constantinople. His current passion is the study of Byzantine amphoras. The study of amphoras from the Yassi Ada is shedding new light on the military reforms of the emperor Heraclius and the last campaign in his war against the Persians.
She is a folklorist who taught in the Department from 1988 to 2007. She began teaching folklore courses at A&M starting in 1976 in the departments of English, History, and Humanities in Medicine. She was Assistant Dean of the Graduate College from 1981 to 1984. With a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University, she specializes in material culture and folk narrative. She also holds a B.A. in Latin and an M.A. in History, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Her archaeological experience includes excavations at Corinth and Franchthi Cave in Greece. She has published widely on folklore topics. In 1999, she became the Director of the Bonfire Memorabilia Project responsible for documenting and archiving all of the shrines which were created on campus. After this tragedy, she became an international authority on the topic, speaking at symposia throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She wrote on Texas Women’s literature in Texas Women Writers: A tradition of Their Own and Let’s Hear it: Stories by Texas Women. She also co-authored Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore. She served as President of the American Folklore Society, President of the Texas Folklore Society, and delegate to the American Council of Learned Studies.
He received a PhD in Anthropology in 1973 from the University of Texas at Austin. His main research interests are Texas prehistory, American Southwest (Mimbres and Jornada Mogollon), and Lowland Maya lithic technology. He joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology faculty in 1972 and retired in 2002. He was the first archaeologist on the TAMU faculty and introduced numerous courses. He initiated and directed the Cultural Resources Management program within the Anthropology Department from 1974 to 1979 while teaching full time. He directed the National Geographic Society/Earthwatch-funded NAN Ranch Project in New Mexico from 1978-1966. He also co-directed the National Geographic-NSF Hinds Cave Project from 1974-1977 in Val Verde County, Texas, and the NEH-funded Colha Project in Belize from 1979-1994. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications, including Ancient Texans, Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin, Field Methods in Archaeology and Maya Stone Tools. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and continues to be actively in archaeology and writing.