AIA Lecturer/Host: Albert Leonard, Jr.
Albert Leonard, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Professor Emeritus in both the Departments of Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, is an archaeologist who specializes in the social impact of interregional trade among the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world. For more than three decades, he has directed excavations at a number of sites around the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, Portugal, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, and Jordan), and has published the results of this research in six books and more than 150 articles. Throughout his career, Al has been active in educational outreach, lecturing on art and archaeology to elementary and high school classes as well as to university Adult Education groups.
As his alter ego, the Time-traveling Gourmet©, Al combines his command of archaeological, historical, and literary material with culinary skills acquired at Le Cordon Bleu and the Culinary Institute of America in order to reconstruct (in the classroom or the kitchen) dishes described by such ancient authors as Archestratus of Syracuse, a 4th century B.C. Sicilian cook who has often been called the “Father of Gastronomy.” For over three decades Al has lectured on the Archaeological Institute of America’s national circuit and, in 2006, the AIA awarded him its Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award by which it “acknowledged and applauded the invaluable service that (he) has given to the archaeological community as an educator.” Al has lectured to excellent reviews on eight previous AIA-sponsored Mediterranean voyages, and looks forward to sharing his decades of archaeological experience during our travels.