Austin Hill is a Zooarchaeologist born in the United States. He received his PhD from the University of Conneticut with a thesis entitled “Specialized Pastoralism and Social Stratification—Analysis of the Fauna from Chalcolithic Tel Tsaf, Israel”. He works as a research scientist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Conneticut. He was an educational and cultural affairs fellow in the W.F. Albright Institute in Jerusalem and took part in a post-doc project at the University of Kiel from 2012-2013. He is interested in the Chalcolithic Period in the Levant, shifts in social complexity and unmanned aerial vehicle applications in Archaeology. During his fellowship at Topoi (January – March 2015) Austin Hill works on a project of the earliest use of animal traction and gives lectures on new trends in aerial photography in Archaeology.