Dr. John Barthelme is a prehistoric archaeologist who spent 31 years of his career teaching at St. Lawrence University. Throughout his time at St. Lawrence, Dr. Barthelme spent many years conducting archaeological research in East Africa, specifically in the southern Rift Valley of Kenya at Lake Magadi.
He conducted many field schools for American and Kenyan students involving excavations on Middle and Late Pleistocene archaeological sites. His study "Fisher-Hunters and Neolithic Pastoralists in East Turkana, Kenya" appeared as a Cambridge Monograph in African Archaeology, and he has published numerous papers on his research.
Dr. Barthelme participated in a three-week camel ride across the Sahara accompanying a salt caravan on its way to Morocco. He is an expert flint knapper, specializing in Neanderthal tools and has conducted deer butchering demonstrations to show the effectiveness of stone tool technology. Today, Dr. Barthelme continues to publish on his work at Lake Magadi and is an avid naturalist.