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Dr. William Aylward
Director, Molecular Archaeology Group
William Aylward is a Professor in the Classics Department at UW-Madison, where he teaches courses on classical myth and the art and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome. He received a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati in 2000. He has been involved in archaeological research at ancient Greek and Roman sites in the Mediterranean since 1992. In Italy he has worked on Roman villas in Tuscany and Umbria. In Greece he has studied the construction of ancient temples at Athens, Corinth, Delphi and Olympia. In Turkey he has participated in the annual expedition to Troy since 1996, and he has conducted research at Ephesos, Pergamon, Priene, Sardis and Zeugma. He edited the final reports (three volumes) on the rescue excavations at Zeugma on the Euphrates for the Packard Humanities Institute.

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Dr. Leslie Eisenberg
Forensic Anthropologist/Archaeologist Principal Investigator
Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Leslie Eisenberg received her Ph.D. from New York University and Board Certification in Forensic Anthropology from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (D-A.B.F.A.).  She is one of approximately 85 actively practicing Board Certified forensic anthropologists in North America and the only Board Certified forensic anthropologist in Wisconsin.  Her experience includes university teaching, legislative work, consulting for the New York City Medical Examiner’s office in forensic anthropology (1986-1993) and for many jurisdictions in Wisconsin and neighboring states.  Leslie works full-time in the Division of Historic Preservation at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison as an archaeologist and was recruited in 1993 as the Program Coordinator for the Burial Sites Preservation office.  She has worked on many prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States and in southwestern France and has received numerous federal and state research grants, as well as financial support from the Centre de Recherches Scientifiques (CNRS) in France.

For seven years, Leslie served as the North American Editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences.  In 2005, she completed an elected six-year term on the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, serving as Board Secretary for the last three years of her tenure. Professional memberships include the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow), the Society for American Archaeology, the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the Wisconsin Association for Identification (WAI), the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators (WAHI), and the Wisconsin Coroner’s and Medical Examiner’s Association, among others. 

Leslie is a Region V Team member of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) where her most recent deployment took her to southern Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.  She also serves as the on-call forensic anthropologist for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Disaster Response Team in Chicago.

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Dr. John W. Hall
Historical Principal Investigator

John W. Hall is the inaugural holder of the Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair in U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He previously served fifteen years as an active duty infantry officer in the U.S. Army and is a former member of the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. As a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, he currently serves as a historian in the U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.  His academic research focuses on early American warfare with a particular emphasis on intercultural conflict and cooperation between European and Native American societies during the eras of the American Revolution and the Early Republic.  He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare.  His current book project, Dishonorable Duty: The U.S. Army and the Removal of the Southeastern Indians, examines the Andrew Jackson administration’s use of military force to complete the transformation of a contested borderland into part of a factious national domain.  Within the field of military history, his research has focused on “small wars” involving irregular forces and U.S. defense policy.  A recipient of a University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teaching Award and an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, Prof. Hall presently serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and is the vice president-elect of the Society for Military History.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.