About Us

Archaeos is a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of world cultural heritage, and to the advancement of archaeology, anthropology, and education.

Current Officers and Board Members:

David Nelson Gimbel
David Nelson Gimbel is the founder and director of Archaeos, Inc., a non-profit organization in New York City dedicated to cultural heritage, archaeological research, and education.

He has been a special advisor to the Ambassador of Spain to UNESCO on the NUNC initiative, a series of dialogues concerning the roles of science and the humanities in the human and biospheric future, and a consultant to the city of San Sebastián, Spain on the planning of a UNESCO Category 2 Centre.

He has directed and supervised archaeological and cultural heritage projects in Syria, India, and Yemen, and was associate director and cultural information manager for the Getty Conservation Institute & World Monuments Fund Iraq Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative.

He was a visiting professor at the University of Vienna and has also lectured extensively about globalization, conflict, intercultural dialogue, cultural identity and heritage to numerous groups and organizations, such as: NATO, the Institute for Human and Social Sciences of the National Defense Academy, Vienna, Austria, the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Region of Sicily, and the American Institute for Roman Culture.

He received his doctorate from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University; his M.A. degree in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; his B.A. degree in English Literature from Wesleyan University; and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and at the American University in Cairo.

He is a member of: the Board of Trustees the Institute for Contemporary World Affairs in Washington, DC; the Steering Committee of the New York City Elder Abuse Center of Weill Cornell Medical College (New York Presbyterian Hospital); and the Board of Trustees of Deep Dish Television Network in New York City.

Sameer Padania
Sameer Padania is a London-based consultant with a background in film, new media and international development. For the last three years, he worked for the human rights organisation WITNESS in New York, running the Hub, a campaigning human rights video website, prior to which he worked at Panos London for six years to support and strengthen radio and online journalism in the developing world.

He has published policy reports about the internet's impact both on British public interest media and on local radio and journalism in Africa, and wrote for UK film magazine Kamera. He is a graduate of St John's College, Oxford, and blogs periodically at blog.sameerpadania.com.

Ian Stell
Entrepreneur and industrial designer who developed two successful ventures in the "NOLITA" area of lower Manhattan with his two companies, The Mott Group Limited and Orchard Street Associates. He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Frank Copsidas
Founder and CEO of Intrigue Group, Inc., Radio 2000, Jesscom, Inc., and Geronimo Music LLC.

José Antonio Alcayaga III
José Antonio Alcayaga III is a graphic designer and web developer. He currently holds a position as Interaction Designer at Yale New Haven Health System, Center for Healthcare Solutions developing Background Check Systems.

His areas of focus include Basque language and culture, Basque Diaspora and the use of the internet to create community. He has a passion for using social networking to connect and educate people about the Basque culture. José is the organizer of the first Basque Language & Culture Meetup in New York City. He is the founder of "Alcayagas of the World," a Facebook group with over 1,500 members created to unite the greater Alcayaga family.

José was a surveyor for the Archaeos Survey Project at Vijayanagara, India. He received his BFA degree in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media from the Pratt Institute.

Advisory Board:

Benjamin de Haan
Entrepreneur, owner and partner of Marc Newson Ltd.: London, England.

Andrew Leung
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. An archaeologist, an art historian, and an architect, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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