Project Staff

Michael K. Toumazou, Director
B.A. Franklin & Marshall College
M.A. Loyola University of Chicago
M.A., Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College

Professor of Classics Michael K. Toumazou has taught at Davidson College since 1987. He specializes in art and archaeology, and offers courses in Greek language and literature, as well as in Classical and Cypriot Art and Archaeology. A field archaeologist with extensive experience in both Greece and Cyprus, he has directed the Athienou Archaeological Project on his native island of Cyprus since 1990. Grants from Dumbarton Oaks, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation have supported his research. He was awarded the Hunter-Hamilton Teaching Award in 2003, and is the first president of the new Central Carolinas chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

P. Nick Kardulias, Associate Director
B.A. M.A. Youngstown State University
M.A. State University of New York
Ph.D. Ohio State University

Professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Archaeology at the College of Wooster, P. Nick Kardulias is an expert in the archaeology and ethnography of the Mediterranean region, the archaeology of North America, political anthropology, world systems theory, ancient trade systems, and analysis of stone tools. Currently, he serves as field coordinator of The Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia in Greece, Associate Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus, and director of the Kokosing River Basin Archaeological Survey in central Ohio. Professor Kardulias was awarded the AIA’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2002.

Derek B. Counts, Associate Director
A.B. Davidson College
M.A. University of Georgia
Ph.D. Brown University

Derek B. Counts is a Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology. Professor Counts is an Associate Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project at the site of Athienou-Malloura in Cyprus where he has been excavating for over decade. His research and publications focus on Cypriote sculpture and its associated iconography, as well as the history of religious cult in Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. In 2001 he was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (Nicosia, Cyprus). Professor Counts currently serves as President of the Milwaukee Society of the AIA.

Erin Walcek Averett, Assistant Director
B.A. University of Georgia
M.A., Ph.D. University of Missouri

Erin Walcek Averett is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, Omaha, where she teaches classes in ancient Near Eastern and Classical art, archaeology, and history. Professor Averett is an Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project. Her area of research includes Geometric and Archaic Greece and Cyprus with a focus on ancient ritual, terracotta figurines, and sanctuaries. Professor Averett studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as the Brunilde Ridgeway fellow and as the Homer and Dorothy Thomas fellow from 2002-2004 and recently received a grant from the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Creighton University, to study ritual masks in Cyprus. Dr. Averett currently serves as the President of the Omaha-Lincoln chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Clay M. Cofer, Assistant Director
A.B. Davidson College
M.A., Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College

Clay Cofer received his Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College in 2015. He completed his M.A. in 2001 with a thesis on the Cypriot manifestation of the Greek god Pan in Cyprus, which featured a study and catalogue of the relief statuettes of Pan from Athienou-Malloura. Clay was a student member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in 2004-05 and continues at the school in 2005-06 as a S. H. Kress fellow. Clay was an AAP field school student in 1997, a trench supervisor 1998-2002, and has been one of the project’s Assistant Directors since 2003.

Jody M. Gordon, Assistant Director
A.B. University of Manitoba
M.A.. Ph.D. University of Cincinnati

Jody Michael Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where he teaches classes on ancient history, art, and architecture. He received his Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. His dissertation involved a comparative study of the effect of the Ptolemaic and Roman empires on the construction of local identities in Cyprus. Aside from his work with the AAP, Jody was Site Director of the 2008 Roman area excavations at Episkopi-Bamboula. His previous archaeological experiences include work in Tunisia (Leptiminus), Greece (Iklaina; Athenian Agora), and Italy (Monte Polizzo; American Academy in Rome). During 2008-2009 he served as the Crake Doctoral Fellow in Classics at Mount Allison University, and in the Spring of 2009 he was awarded the Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship to pursue his research at CAARI.