Julian Siggers, Ph.D.
Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, Penn Museum
Williams Director, Penn Museum
Julian Siggers is the Williams Director of the Penn Museum and President of the Kolb Society of Fellows. He received his Ph.D. in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1997. He specialized in the ancient Near East, and his dissertation was entitled The Lithic Assemblage from Tabaqat al-Bûma: A Late Neolithic Site in Wadi Ziqlab. He earned a B.A. with honors in archaeology in 1986 and an M.A. in prehistoric archaeology in 1988 from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.
Before beginning his tenure as the Williams Director at the Penn Museum, Dr. Siggers was the Vice President of Programs, Education, and Content Communication at the Royal Ontario Museum, a position he had held since 2009. At ROM, he developed innovative forms of exhibition, publication, programming, and broadcasting, and he directed a project involving the Dead Sea Scrolls that accounted for the museum’s highest attendance in two decades. He also served as Director of ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture. Prior to his work in Toronto, he was Head of Narrative and Broadcast Development at the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Science and Industry in London.
Dr. Siggers has taught undergraduate courses in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Toronto, at Trent University, and at the Universite Canadienne en France, in Villefranche-sur-mer, near Nice. He has been involved in archaeology from an early age and he has been on numerous excavations in England, France, Israel, and Jordan. In addition to his research on lithic technology, he is interested is ancient archery, with a particular focus on the Mediaeval English Longbow.
In conjunction with his dissertation, Dr. Siggers co-authored several publications of the Wadi Ziqlab material where he was a lithic analyst, including "Technological Strategies at a Late Neolithic Farmstead in Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan," in H.G. Gebel, G. Rollefson, and Z. Kafafi, eds., Prehistory of Jordan II: Perspectives from 1997, Studies in Early Near Eastern Production, Subsistence and Environment 4, Berlin: Ex Oriente, 1998, 319–31 (with E.B. Banning); and "The Late Neolithic of the Southern Levant: Hiatus, Settlement Shift or Observer Bias? The Perspective from Wadi Ziqlab," Paleorient 20 (1994): 151–64 (with E.B. Banning and D. Rahimi).