Al Luckenbach is the founder and director of the Lost Towns Project, and is the Anne Arundel County Archaeologist. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky. Al has worked as a professional archaeologist in Maryland for over 20 years, and has been published widely in such journals as Science and American Antiquity. He is also the author of Providence 1649: The History and Archaeology of Anne Arundel County Maryland's First European Settlement (1995). A few of Al's many research interests include prehistoric archaeology, historic ceramics, and clay tobacco pipemaking.
C. Jane Cox is the Cultural Resources Planner for Anne Arundel County, and Assistant Director of the Lost Towns Project. Her principal responsibilities include geophysical survey, geographic information systems, computer networking, and subdivision review. Jane holds a B.A. and a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland College Park, and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA). Her many research interests include archaeological and historic sites preservation and interpretation.
John Kille is the Assistant Director of the Lost Towns Project, and oversees operations for the project. He holds B.A. degrees in history and political science from Miami University, an M.A. in museum studies from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland American Studies program with a specialization in material culture. He is the project director for the town of Herrington (ca. 1660).
Darian Beverungen is the Historic Sites Planner for Anne Arundel County. She holds a B.A. in History from Mary Baldwin College, and a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include the architectural history and documentation of American and European architecture, community revitalization through historic preservation, and religious architecture. Her Masters thesis was on the preservation issues encountered in historic urban churches in Baltimore City.
Shawn Sharpe is field director and a laboratory specialist. He is in charge of the project's survey work, as well as metal and glass conservation. Shawn holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park and attended University College Galway in Ireland. He is the project director for the Scott Street excavations at London Town. During his time abroad, Shawn helped excavate an Iron Age hill fort in Wales and an early monastery in Ireland.
Stephanie Sperling is our Research Archaeologist and Internship Coordinator. She has experience in Middle Atlantic archaeology, both historic and prehistoric. She holds a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her most recent research efforts have been about the Middle Woodland Period in Anne Arundel County, as well as the effects of sea level rise on archaeological resources in Anne Arundel County. Read her grade school report on why she wants to be an archaeologist when she grows up!
Anastasia Poulos is the Assistant Historic Preservation Planner for Anne Arundel County. After completing a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Anthropology, she did graduate research and fieldwork in archaeology across the globe, including Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and Mexico, before she was brought back to her roots in Maryland. Through the University of Maryland – College Park, she has her master degree in Geospatial Information Sciences and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation. Her research interests include landscape and environmental archaeology, spatial analysis, cross-cultural interaction, and architectural history.
Jasmine Gollup is the Laboratory Director and Volunteer Coordinator of the Lost Towns Project. She earned a B.A. from Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA) with a double major in History and Sociology/Anthropology, and an M.A. from Cornell University in Archaeology with a minor in American Indian Studies. She recently spent over two years doing field and laboratory work at Historic St. Mary's City and has worked on a variety of sites throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Belgium, although her academic interests focus on 17th century Indigenous American sites.
Mandy Melton is the Field and Laboratory Technician of the Lost Towns Project. She is a recent graduate from Towson University with a B.S. in Anthropology focused in Archaeology. She has completed several field schools across Maryland and continues to pursue her interests in researching primitive technology through prehistoric archaeology.
Carolyn Gryczkowski is a laboratory specialist/curator. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from Bucknell University. Carolyn is currently researching historic buttons excavated at the project's archaeological sites, and she is formerly the president of the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland.
Tony Lindauer is an historian and archaeologist. He is a lifelong resident of Annapolis, and attended Kirkland Hall College on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Tony authored From Paths to Plats: The Development of Annapolis, 1651 to 1718. He has also constructed a clay tobacco pipe kiln and assisted with the reconstruction of the Lord Mayor's Tenement earthfast building at London Town.