Colleen P. Stapleton


Colleen P. Stapleton

Professor of Science
Chair, Department of Math/Science/Informatics
Department of Math/Science/Informatics

Contact Information

Phone: 678.547.6565


B.A., Macalester College, 1986
M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1991
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2003


Colleen Stapleton is a geologist who applies geochemical and petrographical analyses to archaeological and art historical objects in order to interpret ancient technology and manufacturing techniques. Before joining Mercer University in 2003, she worked at the Scientific Research Department at the Corning Museum of Glass, NY contributing to the three volume series on ancient glasses and other materials. She is co-author with Dr. Robert H. Brill on the third volume Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses: Reports and Essays (2011, Corning Museum of Glass). Prior to this, Dr. Stapleton spent 6 years working as a scientific officer in the Department of Scientific Research at the British Museum, London, where she authored and co-authored papers on the technology of archaeological and art historical glass, ceramics, and metal, including Medieval British enamel, 13th c. Islamic glass lamps, and glazes from the Warring States period of China. Her dissertation work was on the geochemical analysis of glass objects excavated from the site of Hasanlu in northwestern Iran.

Teaching & Research Interests

Ancient technology and manufacturing techniques