ISAW Archaeology Day

Since its founding, ISAW has been associated with thriving archaeological fieldwork activity. While this was first limited to Roger Bagnall's project in Egypt, the number of faculty active in archaeological research and the number of fieldwork projects based at ISAW have grown consistently over the years, including excavations in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as participation in projects in Greece and in China. Visiting Research Scholars and PhD students have also substantially contributed to the development of archaeological research. Research questions and methodologies cover many areas of interest and expertise. Developments in the last three years have also increased the active role of ISAW in scientific archaeology, particularly in material studies and bio-archaeology. Most ISAW archaeological projects are set in historical periods and deal with the challenging question of integrating textual sources with the archaeological record for the purpose of achieving a holistic view of the past. This inaugural Archaeology Day event at ISAW will provide the opportunity for attendees to learn about the various nodes of archaeological research undertaken by ISAW community members.

The day's program will consist of two parts: (1) a poster session in which PhD students and Visiting Research Scholars will present their contributions to archaeological research; and (2) a series of short presentations with accompanying images by the ISAW faculty summarizing the main research questions and results of their various fieldwork projects. Discussion with attendees will take place at a reception following the formal program.


5pm: Poster Session: ISAW Visiting Research Scholars and PhD Students

Narges Bayani (PhD Student)
Bronze Age Stamp Seals from Tepe Damghani, Northeast Iran

Cicek Tascioglu Beeby (Visiting Research Scholar)
Gender Identity and Burial at Early Iron Age Argos

Lorenzo Castellano (PhD Student)
The Niğde-Kınık Höyük Archaeobotanical Project: Ancient Landscapes and Agriculture in Cappadocia (Turkey) from the Hittite to the Ottoman Period

Emily Frank (PhD Student)
Visualizing Conservation Treatment History and Efficacy at Sardis, Turkey

Alireza Khounani (PhD Student)
Reconciling Archaeology and Numismatics: Bronze Coins at Arsacid Seleucia-Ctesiphon and Susa

Nathan Lovejoy (PhD Student)
Trash or Treasure—A Late Iron Age Midden Heap: Excavations from Kınık Höyük-Niğde, Sector A2, Room A7

Mitra Panahipour (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Geospatial Applications for Reconstructing Long-term Landscape History in the Zagros Region of Iran and Iraq

Christina Stefanou (PhD Student)
Lyktos on Crete: An Archaeology of the Suburban Landscape

Daniela Wolin (Visiting Assistant Professor), Death at the Beginning and End of Life: Bioarchaeology of a Xiongnu Burial in the Eastern Gobi Steppe of Mongolia

6pm: ISAW Faculty Presentations

Roger Bagnall (Emeritus Professor of Ancient History, Leon Levy Director Emeritus)
Amheida/Trimithis: An Oasis City in Egypt

Roderick Campbell (Associate Professor of East Asian Archaeology and History)
Chinese Bronze Age Economics

Lorenzo d'Alfonso (Associate Professor of Western Asian Archaeology and History)
Niğde-Kınık Höyük Archaeological Project

Sebastian Heath (Clinical Associate Professor of Computational Humanities and Roman Archaeology)
Field Work as Publication at a Roman Port (Kenchreai, Greece)

Robert Hoyland (Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle Eastern History)
Barda Excavation Project

Antonis Kotsonas (Assistant Professor of Mediterranean History and Archaeology)
Lyktos on Crete: Ancient Tradition, Past Research, and New Fieldwork

Daniel Potts (Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History)
Excavations by the Joint Kurdish-German-American Expedition to Gird-i Rostam (Kurdish Regional Government, Iraq)

Sören Stark (Associate Professor of Central Asian Art and Archaeology)
Rural Landscapes in Hellenistic Central Asia: Excavations at Bashtepa (Bukhara Oasis)

7pm: Reception

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