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ORGANIZING FACULTY

Dr. James C.M. Ahern
Field School Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming
Scientific Advisor, Institute for Anthropological Research - Zagreb
Ph.D., 1998, University of Michigan
Sites: Kličevica, Bukovac

With a deep background at colleges and universities as well as in museums and public school outreach, Dr. Ahern has received numerous teaching awards.  At the University of Wyoming since 2000, he teaches introductory and advanced courses in biological anthropology as well as a Ph.D.-level class on teaching anthropology.  Jim's publications span the gamut of human evolution from the earliest of hominins to the origins of modern humans and have appeared in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, and PaleoAnthropology among other venues.  His interactive CD-ROM, Hominid Fossils: An Interactive Atlas was published in 2005, and his co-edited book (with Fred H. Smith) The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered was published in 2013.  He has conducted research in Croatia since 1992, including annual archaeological fieldwork since 2005.  He received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to work in Croatia in 2011.  



Dr. Ivor Janković
Deputy Director, Institute for Anthropological Research - Zagreb
Ph.D., 2009, University of Zagreb
Site: Bukovac
In addition to being Deputy Director and a Research Scientist at the Croatian Institute for Anthropological Research, Dr. Janković is a lecturer at the University of Zagreb where he teaches classes in human evolution and biological anthropology. He has done field work at various archaeological sites in Croatia and France and conducted research on a variety of human skeletal samples including Neandertal remains. He has published in numerous professional journals including Journal of Human Evolution, Quaternary International and Collegium Antropologicum. His and Dr. Karavanić's book, Osvit covjčansta početci našega biološkog i kulturnog razvoja (Dawn of Humanity: The Beginnings of Our Biological and Cultural Development), has won awards from both the Croatian Anthropological and the Croatian Archaeological societies. He is co-author of an exhibition on Human Evolution and prehistory that was held at the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb in 2005. Janković studied in the United States, earning an M.A. in Anthropology from the Northern Illinois University in 2003, and his University of Zagreb Ph.D. (2009) was under the direction of Dr. Fred H. Smith (now of Illinois State University).  


Dr. Ivor Karavanić
Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Zagreb
Ph.D., 1999, University of Zagreb
Site: Kličevica
Dr. Karavanić has taught a variety of prehistoric archaeology classes at the University of Zagreb since 1994. He has published extensively on Paleolithic archaeology in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.), Journal of Anthropological Research, Journal of Human Evolution,and many other professional publications.   His and Dr. Janković's book, Osvit covjčansta početci našega biološkog i kulturnog razvoja (Dawn of Humanity: The Beginnings of Our Biological and Cultural Development), has won awards from both the Croatian Anthropological and the Croatian Archaeological societies.  Dr. Karavanić has directed excavations at several prehistoric sites that have yielded valuable information about Neandertals, early modern humans and other aspects of human biocultural evolution.  He earned his Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Zagreb in 1999. Dr. Karavanić has won a number of awards for his research and publications including the Bours de Gouvernement Francais in 1995 and 2001.  He studied in the United States in 1996 - 1997 as a Fulbright Scholar


Dr. Boris Olujić
Professor, Department of History, University of Zagreb 
Ph.D., 1999, University of Zagreb
Sites: Velebit, Viničica
Dr. Olujić's research focuses on the intersection of archaeology and history.  His excavations at the Japodian site of Viničica, have yielded evidence of indigenous resistance to Roman conquest that tells 'the other side' of the story of Roman expansion.  Dr. Olujić's extensive publication record includes the definitive contemporary work on the Japodian peoples, the book Povijest Japoda.  He serves as an editor for Modruškog zbornika (Modruš Proceedings) and Radova za hrvatsku povijest (Journal of Croatian History).  In addition to his teaching of ancient history at the University of Zagreb, he serves as an instructor at the University of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  For part of his graduate work, he studied at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes en sciences historiques et philologiques in Paris. 





Krešimir Raguž
Chief Archaeologist, Karlovac County Conservation Department, Croatian Ministry of Culture
Dipl., Department of Archaeology, University of Zagreb
Sites: Baračeve Špilje, Novigrad
A dedicated field archaeologist for the Croatian Ministry of Culture, Raguž has discovered, mapped and explored more that 500 archaeological sites in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and has developed the site database for Karlovac region in Croatia.  As the chief Ministry of Culture archaeologist for the Karlovac region, he has overseen the excavation of approximately 100 archaeology sites and has personally directed work at twenty.  He also has overseen the restoration of many historic structures, including castles.  His work for  focuses on the discoverconservation of archaeological resources in Karlovac County.  He has directed numerous excavations and restoration projects.  His recent research interests have focused on the the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the fortifications of the Middle Ages.  Of particular importance has been his recent documentation of dozens of fortified caves in the Karlovac and Lika regions.  Krešo received his degrees from the University of Zagreb, and is currently working on his Ph.D.  He has served as an honorary lecturer for field teaching in the Department of History at the University of Zagreb, and he is an editor of the HAG (Croatian Archaeological Yearbook).

Dr. Rick Weathermon
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming
Ph.D., 2011, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming
Sites: Rotating

Dr. Weathermon joined the U.W. Anthropology Department as a Research Scientist in 1996 as the Human Remains Repository Curator.  He serves as the department’s NAGPRA Contact, with half of his time devoted to Physical Anthropology and half to Archaeology.  Rick has worked with the Wyoming archaeological field school for the last 16 years.  He teaches human osteology, forensic anthropology, and anthropological research methods.  Rick’s research interests include bioarchaeology, cave and rock shelter use, perishable technologies, experimental archaeology, and bison ethology.  His co-edited volume, Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology of the Northwestern Plains was published in 2009.  





ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Rory Becker
Eastern Oregon University

Hrvoje Cvitanović
Speleologist, Karlovac

Nataša Cvitanović
Speleologist, Karlovac

Kazimir Miculinić
Paleontologist, Zagreb

Sanjin Mihelić
Archaeological Museum of Zagreb

Dr. Jasmina Osterman
Department of History, University of Zagreb

Dr. Rajna Šošić
Department of Archaeology, University of Zagreb

Neven Šuica
Geologist, Karlovac

Nikola Vukosavljević
Department of Archaeology, University of Zagreb


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