Meet our new associate editors: Part I

We have been talking about transforming the format and content of the bulletin for a while. One of the latest efforts is the broaden the scope of the bulletin by covering a wider spectrum of topics in archaeological sciences. To solidify such effort, I proudly present to you our new associate editors, who will report the state-of-the-art research, and review  books and conference on archaeometallurgy, glass, and pigment. Stay tuned for more exciting developments of the bulletin!

Agnese Benzonelli, associate editor, archaeometallurgy
Agnese is an archaeological materials scientist at the Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories based at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.  With a background in science and technology of cultural heritage, she applies advanced knowledge of materials science and analytical instruments to ancient and modern cultural materials as a means of addressing archaeological and conservation research questions. Agnese has worked on projects that include the analysis of metals, glass, pigments and ceramics. Her research focuses on the investigation of metal surface treatments, the study of the colour of metals and on the development of x-ray-based techniques in archaeometry.

Artemios Oikonomou, associate editor, archaeological glass and vitreous materials
Artemios Oikonomou currently holds a three-year post-doctoral research position at the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC) of the Cyprus Institute; the focus of this position is the investigation of glass assemblages of Late Antiquity contexts in the south east Mediterranean, including Crete and Cyprus. Prior to this position he was awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship at the University of Nottingham, where he was investigating the continuity and change in the emergence of the Hellenistic Glass industry in Greece. Overall, his research focuses on the application of state of the art scientific techniques on the study of ancient glass as a mean for: a. the reconstruction of ancient technological aspects, b. identification of changing technological practices through space and time, c. the provenance of ancient materials, d. the integration of scientific results with key archaeological questions. On top of his research focus on glass, he is also involved in various interdisciplinary archaeological projects,both as primary researcher and research associate,identifying technologies of other materials such as pottery and frescoes

Roxanne Radpour, associate editor, archaeological pigments
Roxanne Radpour is a Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. candidate in the Archaeomaterials Research Group at UCLA. She received her B.S. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego, and her M.S. in Physics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her current research is an exploration of imaging and chemical sensing tools for archaeometry, especially for non-invasive, in situ materials characterization. These techniques range from forensic photography, portable XRF, and reflectance spectroscopy to applications of imaging spectroscopy. She is also interested in the use of novel analytical approaches and 3D visualizations to better understand the use and distribution of painting materials in ancient objects and spaces.
As a Fulbright recipient and with the support of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute and the John Anson Kittredge Fund, Roxanne performed multiple field campaigns in Paphos, Cyprus to analyze archaeological wall paintings. She has also analyzed ancient funerary mummy portraits from various museum collections. These studies focus on the materials, production technologies, and practices of ancient artists to provide insight into the ancient world.