About Dr. John Hale

About Dr. John Hale, Director of the Liberal Studies Program

John R. Hale


Dr John HaleDirector of Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies Program
University of Louisville


B.A, Yale University, 1973
Honors: Lang Award for Classical Archaeology

Ph.D. in Archaeology, Cambridge University, 1979
Dissertation: Bronze Age Boats of Scandinavia


Field Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey,
University of Louisville, 1980-1983

Lecturer in Archaeology, Department of Anthropology and
Assistant to the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences,
University of Louisville, 1983-1988

Director of Liberal Studies,
University of Louisville, 1989-present


"Plank-built in the Bronze Age: the evolution of early Scandinavian watercraft," Antiquity  (U.K.), Vol.47, 1980.

"Value of sea trials in the experimental archaeology," Naval History: The Seventh Symposium of the U.S. Naval Academy, Delaware, 1988.

"A Report on the tombs and human skeletal remains at the Paleo-Christian basilica of Torre de Palma," Reunio d'Arqueologia Christiana Hispanica, IV, Barcelona, 1995.

"The lost technology of Ancient Greek rowing," Scientific American, May, 1996.

"The villa of Torre de Palma," Journal of Roman Archaeology, Vol. 9, 1996.

"Phormio Crosses the T," The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vol. 8, 1996.

"General Phormio's Art of War," Polis and Polemos: Essays on Politics, War, and History in Ancient Greece in Honor of Donald Kagan, California, 1997.

"The Viking Longship," Scientific American, February 1998.

"The Geological Origins of the Oracle at Delphi, Greece," (with Jelle de Boer) in The Archaeology of Geological Catastrophes, W.J. McGuive et al., eds., London 2000

Field Work

Fieldworker at Yale University survey of the Eli Whitney historical site, New Haven, Connecticut, 1972.

Field archaeologist at the University of Nottingham excavations at Dragonby, a Roman-British site in Lincolshire, 1972.

Survey of Bronze Age rock art in Southern Norway and Southwest Sweden, 1977.

Field director for Phase II survey of Riverfront Industrial Park, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 1980.

Field director for Phase I and II investigations of Otter Creek Park, Meade County, Kentucky, 1980-1981.

Field Director for University of Louisville's excavations at Roman Villa of Torre de Palma, 1984-present.

Archaeologist for interdisciplinary study of Geology and Monuments at Delphi, Greece, 1996-present.

Other Service

Director of Educational Programs and Concerts, Louisville Bach Society, 1983-present.

President and Founder Greater Louisville Rowing Foundation, 1992-present.

President, Kentucky Chapter Archaeological Institute of America, 1994-present.