JHerrmann_picI am the Kowalski Family Teaching Specialist for Digital Archaeology in the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology.

I am an anthropological archaeologist who uses geographic information science (GIS), aerial and satellite remote sensing, and archaeological geophysics, to understand how the environment influenced patterns of settlement and land use, as well as the ways in which past people transformed the landscapes in which they lived.

I have ongoing research projects in southwest Asia and the Mediterranean, where I study patterns of settlement and human interaction with landscapes surrounding large urban centers. I help lead a multi-year research project at Mozia in Sicily and contribute to long-term excavation and survey projects in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. I also have developed community archaeology projects in the Philadelphia region that are integrated with CAAM’s course offerings in Digital Archaeology.