Above: Just a few of the 1400 obsidian artefacts sourced from Middle Palaeolithic Lusakert-1
I am currently a Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow in the University of Sheffield's Department of Archaeology as part of the New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches to Ancient Material Studies in the Eastern Mediterranean (or NARNIA) project. I earned a doctorate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, where I was subsequently a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Earth Sciences.
I am particularly interested in natural resource access, exchange, and use at varied scales (from the supra-regional to household levels) as well as organization of space, context of production, and human-environment-landscape interactions. My interests also include the development of early cities and states; the origins of human culture; archaic and modern human expansions; hunter-gatherer mobility, interactions, and behavioral ecology; technological choice and change; landscape, environmental and experimental archaeology; lithic and ceramic analysis; and material culture in general. My primary geographical focus is Southwest Asia, including Northern Mesopotamia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the South Caucasus, spanning from the Lower Palaeolithic Period to the Late Bronze Age.
Below: Non-destructive sourcing of Armenian obsidian artefacts in the field laboratory using pXRF
Updated: October 2013