The participants of this workshop include:


Ammerman, Albert J. 

Research Professor, Department of Classics, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. 
He is the organizer of the workshop.  He has recently conducted excavations at the pre-Neolithic sites of Aspros and Nissi Beach on Cyprus and also at Ouriakos on the island of Lemnos in the northern Aegean.  He has worked on the question of the Neolithic transition in Europe for many years.

Bailey, Geoff. 

Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of York, York, UK. 
He worked for many years on Upper Palaeolithic and Epi-paleolithic sites in the northwestern part of Greece.  In addition, he has done extensive work on coastal foragers in northwest Europe.  Currently, he directs a project on early coastal foragers who lived next to the Red Sea; the project includes work on sites that occur in submerged contexts (a topic of interest at the workshop).


Bar-Yosef, Daniella.

Researcher at the Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University and  Associate of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University.
Since 2007, she has also been a senior researcher at the Institute of Maritime Studies at the the University of Haifa.  Over the past  thirty years, she has studied shells from archaeological sites in the Near East, ranging from the Paleolithic through historic periods. Since 2008, she has led the shell research team at Çatalhöyük in Turkey.


Bar-Yosef, Ofer.

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge. Discussant.
He is one of the leading figures in the study of the Epi-palaeolithic and the early Neolithic in the Levant and the Eastern Mediterranean. He has previously written an important chapter placing the early developments on the island of Cyprus in a wider context (Bar-Yosef 2001).


Briois, François.

Maître de Conferences à l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Specialist in lithics analysis.  Excavations at Shillourokambos (PPNB settlement) and Klimonas (new PPNA site) on Cyprus.  He has carried out obsidian studies on Cyprus.


Davis, Thomas

Discussant. Professor of Archaeology and Biblical Backgrounds, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.
 He was the director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) from 2003 through June of 2011.  He has good knowledge of many of the early sites on Cyprus having visited them during the course of excavation and his discussions with the respective excavators. Davis will play a leading role in editing the proceedings of the conference. 


Efstratiou, Nikos.

Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. 
He is currently directing the excavations at the pre-Neolithic site of Ouriakos on the island of Lemnos.  He has also conducted excavations at the early Neolithic site of Makri in Aegean Thrace as well as in the important early Neolithic levels at the site of Knossos on Crete. 


Erdoğu, Burçin.

Full time Professor  and Head of Archaeology Dept. of Edirne Thrace University of Turkey.
He currently directs the excavations of Neolithic Ugurlu site on the island of Gokceada (Imbros) and the Çatalhöyük West Mound Excavations currently. He is a specialist in ceramics and studies prehistoric settlements in Turkish Thrace region.


Guilaine, Jean

Professor Emeritus, College de France, Paris.
He is a leading scholar in France when it comes to the study of Neolithic transition in the Mediterranean world. In addition to his numerous field projects in France, Spain and Italy, he directed the excavations at Shillourokambos, the most important aceramic Neolithic settlement on Cyprus.


Kaszanowska, Malgorszata. 

Senior Archaeologist, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. 
She has worked in close collaboration with Kazlowski and Sampson on the excavations and the analysis of the lithic material at the Cave of the Cyclops (Youra) and Maroulas (Kythnos) as well as the survey on Ikaria. She and Kozlowski have also examined the chipped stone artifacts from Ouriakos (Lemnos), and they are currently studying material from Nissi Beach and Aspros on Cyprus.


Kozlowski, Janusz. 

Professor, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
He is a leading figure in the study of the Palaeolithic archaeology in Europe today.  He has worked in close collaboration with Sampson and Kaszanowska (see above) at several early sites on Greek islands and more recently on Cyprus (Nissi Beach and Aspros).  He is now in a position to compare and contrast what is happening in different parts of the Mediterranean world.  

Manning, Sturt. 

Professor, Department of Classics, Cornell University, New York. 
He and Carole McCartney have directed the survey known as EENC in the central part of Cyprus and the excavations at the PPNA site of Asprokremnos.  He has extensive experience in the field of radiocarbon dating (a topic of interest at the meeting).


Moore, Andrew M. T.

Professor of Archaeology, Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. 
He was for many years the Dean of Graduate Studies and also a Professor of Archaeology at RIT. He is well known for the excavations that he directed at the mound of Abu Hureyra near the Euphrates River.  More recently, he has moved west to the Adriatic where he has directed the excavations at the early Neolithic settlement of Pokronik in Croatia.


Onur Özbek

Associate Professor and Head of Prehistory Dept. of Çanakkale University of Turkey.
He is a specialist in ground stone analysis and lithic analysis. He studies settlement patterns in the Northeastern Aegean coasts of Turkey and directs field studies on raw material procurement of pre Neolithic and Neolithic settlements in the Northeastern Aegean islands and South Thrace region of Turkey.

Sampson, Adamantios. 

Professor Emeritus, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. 
He directed the excavations at the pre-Neolithic sites of the Cave of the Cyclops on the island of Youra and Maroulas on the island of Kythnos.  More recently, survey work on the island of Ikaria has led to the discovery of early sites there as well. 

Simmons, Alan. 

Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada. 
On Cyprus, he directed the excavation at the collapsed rock shelter of Aetokremnos on the Akrotiri Peninsula in the early 1990s.  For many years, it was the only site with reliable evidence for pre-Neolithic occupation on the island (with C-14 dates in the 11th millennium cal BC).  His interpretation of the site - the notions that those living at the site hunted pygmy hippos and that they caused the extinction of the species on the island - has been questioned by Binford, Grayson and others.  More recently, he has excavated the aceramic Neolithic site of Ais Yorkis on Cyprus.


Vigne, Jean-Denis. 

Discussant. Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Archéozoologie, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. 
He has done the faunal analysis at the excavations at the PPNA settlement of Shillourokambos; he currently directs the excavations at the PPNA site of Klimonas on Cyprus.  He has a major interest in the question of early seafaring and has written two important review articles on the subject (in 2005 and 2009). He will play a major role in the workshop, since his studies document multiple attempts to stock the island of Cyprus with mammals from the mainland.


Zilhao, Joao. 

Research Professor at ICREA (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
His current research focus is on documenting the late persistence of the Neanderthals in Iberian regions located to the south of the Ebro drainage and its ecological and cultural underpinnings.   His interests also include early modern humans, Upper Paleolithic art and culture, and the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Europe.