Susan Arter - Co-director of SDZL

Susan holds anthropology degrees from San Diego State University (B.A.), and The George Washington University (M.A.). She has 27 years of zooarchaeological experience including 11 years of training and zooarchaeological research at The National Museum of Natural History’s Archaeobiology Program under Dr. Melinda Zeder. During this time Susan spent many years training and supervising students in zooarchaeological identification and analysis. Susan's Near Eastern zooarchaeological experience includes over 15 combined field seasons at Tell Halif (Israel), Gordion (Turkey), and Tell Qarqur (Syria). She has worked on historic and prehistoric assemblages from southern California for over 13 years, including a variety of sites in San Diego, Borrego Springs, and Riverside. Susan has maintained research affiliation with the San Diego Natural History Museum's Bird and Mammal Department since 1997.

Aharon Sasson - Co-director of SDZL

Aharon received his B.A. in material culture, M.A. in archaeology (on pastoralists’ diet) and a Ph.D. in zooarchaeology from Tel-Aviv University. He was a visiting scholar at UCSD and taught zooarchaeology in the Department of Anthropology. Aharon has studied faunal assemblages from the ancient Near East (such as 6th c. CE Byzantine monastery and 8th c. BCE Tel Megiddo-Biblical Armageddon) and from California (such as The Little Sycamore prehistoric site- CA-VEN-1- and the historic site of Warner’s Ranch). Aharon is the author of “Animal Husbandry in Ancient Israel, A Zooarchaeological Perspective on Livestock Exploitation, Herd Management and Economic Strategies,” which interweaves zooarchaeological, ethnographic, taphonomic, and GIS spatial analyses.


Jon Hardes - Zooarchaeologist

Jon received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Southern Maine and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Montana. He has been employed by several private cultural-resource management firms, as well as the National Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Park Service. Jon held the position of assistant curator at the P. L. Wright Zoological Museum in Missoula, Montana, and also served as park archaeologist for Glacier National Park. He has 10 years of experience working with zooarchaeological assemblages from various regions of the country, including the northern Atlantic coast, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and California. Though Jon has worked with osteological remains from an array of cultural periods, the bulk of his experience has focused on prehistoric collections.


Mark Roeder - Analysis of Fish Remains

Mark Roeder received a B.A. in anthropology from San Diego State University. Since 1975, Mr. Roeder has been analyzing fish remains from a number of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in central and southern California including presidio, mission, adobe, Chinatown deposits, and other historic sites. Currently in the San Diego area, Mr. Roeder is working on fish remains from the San Diego Presidio Gateway project (1790’s) and the Spindrift village site (SDi-39) in La Jolla, California (from approximately 8,900 years B.P. to contact). He is a field associate with the Vertebrate Paleontology Department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the Department of Paleontology, San Diego Natural History Museum.