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Executive Director: Francis McManamon

Frank McManamon is the Executive Director of Digital Antiquity. Before joining Digital Antiquity in November 2009, he was the Chief Archeologist of the National Park Service and Departmental Consulting Archeologist for the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC.  Dr. McManamon has been involved in the development of policy, regulations, and guidance for public archaeology in the National Park system and throughout the government.  He has special interests and expertise in archaeological resource management, the long-term access to and preservation of archaeological data, laws and regulations related to cultural resource management and historic preservation, and public outreach and education about archaeology and archaeological resources.

Frank represented the DoI in providing technical assistance to the COE and the Department of Justice on the Kennewick Man case and provided archaeological advice for the General Services Administration on the New York City African Burial Ground project.  He served as an expert member of the United States delegations to UNESCO negotiations on illegal artifact trafficking and the protection of underwater archeological resources.

Frank has conducted archeological investigations in eastern North America, Western Europe, and Micronesia.

With David Harmon and Dwight Pitcaithley, Frank edited a collection of essays, The Antiquities Act:  A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation, published in 2006 by the University of Arizona Press.  The book received a New Mexico Heritage Preservation Book Award in 2006.

Frank’s most recent professional publication is the four-volume encyclopedia, Archaeology in America(Greenwood Press, 2009), for which he is the general editor.

Frank can be reached at or 480-965-6510.


Director of Technology: Adam Brin

Adam has spent his career at the intersection of cultural heritage and technology, providing consulting and programming services to museums, libraries, and software companies. Adam currently serves as the Director of Technology for Digital Antiquity. Recent projects include work with NASA, the Internet Archive, and Luna Imaging to create a centralized database of all of NASA’s online images, work with the David Rumsey Map Collection, and work with the University of California and OCLC on their Next Generation Melvyl Project. Adam specializes in developing simple and elegant services for complex projects with unique metadata and technical challenges.

Adam can be reached at or 480-965-1278.


Digital Library Software Engineer: Brian Castellanos

Brian, who started with the Center for Digital Antiquity and tDAR in May of 2017, has spent more than a decade turning ambiguity and complexity into user-friendly, data-driven solutions. Brian brings the expertise to design, build and test scalable, multi-tiered software applications. His development approach emphasizes user experience, usability, security, and stability. His interests include fault-tolerant distributed systems and data science. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics from Arizona State University.

Brian can be reached at or 480-965-6533


Program Coordinator: Leigh Anne Ellison

Leigh Anne Ellison joined our staff in October 2012 as Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Ellison’s previous professional experience includes work as a Project Director for archaeological fieldwork in Mexico and Honduras, where she studied social variability among commoners. She also has considerable field experience in the US, working as a Field Archaeologist on various projects throughout Hawaii, Arizona, and Colorado. Ellison holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Art History from Wellesley College.

Leigh Anne advocates globally for Digital Antiquity and the use of tDAR for the long-term preservation of and access to archaeological data. She is the primary liaison between Digital Antiquity’s clients and customers for communications and product and service delivery.

Leigh Anne can be reached at or 480-965-1593.


Digital Data Curator: Rachel Fernandez

Rachel Fernandez joined Digital Antiquity in January 2017 as the Digital Data Curator. With an interest in landscape archaeology and GIS applications, she has conducted field work in sites across the Mediterranean. In the U.S., Rachel has worked on cultural resource surveys, public assistance grants, and GIS applications for areas affected with natural disasters during her tenure with FEMA. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Classics from the University of Florida.

Rachel can be reached at or 480-965-1602.


Administrative Specialist: Lani Harrison

Lani Harrison joined the Digital Antiquity team in April 2018 as the centers’ Administrative Specialist. Lani’s previous professional experience includes several years in higher education, both in administrative and advisory roles. Prior to arriving at Arizona State University, Lani worked in the legal field for almost a decade. Lani holds a Master’s degree in Education and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University and Bachelor’s degrees in Public Administration and Justice Studies, also from Northern Arizona University.

Lani can be reached at or 480-965-1369