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Dr Cameron Andrew Petrie

Dr Cameron Andrew Petrie

Reader in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology

Fellow of Trinity College

Division of Archaeology
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3DZ
Office Phone: 01223 339 001

Biography:

I conduct research on the archaeology of India, Pakistan and Iran. I have been with the Division of Archaeology in Cambridge since 2005, when I came to Cambridge as the Research Councils UK Fellow in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology. Prior to that I was the Katherine and Leonard Woolley Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College Oxford (2003-2006), and was appointed to this position after finishing my PhD at the University of Sydney (1998-2002).

Research Interests

Archaeology of South Asia (India and Pakistan)

Archaeology of Iran

Analysis of ceramic production and distribution

My research primarily focuses on the investigation of complex societies. I am particularly interested in the rise of complexity, the social and economic aspects of state formation, the impact that the growth of states and empires has on subjugated regions, and the relationships between humans and the environment. I have extensive field and research experience at archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic up to the medieval period in India, Pakistan and Iran, and co-direct projects in each of these countries.

I am presently involved in the following research projects in India, Iran and Pakistan:

2015-2010: TwoRains (ERC funded) - NW India

2007–2014: Land, Water and Settlement project - NW India

2006–2010: PAK-UK Pushkalavati archaeological research project—Bala Hisar at Charsadda

2002–present: Mamasani archaeological project, Mamasani district, Fars, Iran

1998–present: Bannu archaeological project, Bannu Basin, NWFP, Pakistan

 

 

 

Also visit:

Cameron Petrie's academia.edu page

Exploring Routes and Plains in Southwest Iran

Remote Sensing in Inaccessible Lands

OxCal plots for Petrie and Torrence eruption paper

 

Seshat: Global
History Databank

 

Research Supervision

I currently supervise students investigating in a range of topics related to the archaeology of South Asia and Iranian archaeology. I am interested in supervising students who wish to study for an MPhil or a PhD in the following topics:

Topics related to environmental and archaeological transformations in northwest India between 2000-300 BC-including landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, palaeo-environment and material culture studies

Topics related to the environment and archaeology of the Peshawar Valley in the Late Prehistoric and Early Historic periods-including landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, palaeo-environment and material culture studies, particularly the analysis of the chronology, and the production and distribution of ceramics

Topics related to the socio-economics and politics of Iran between 6000-50 BC-including landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, palaeo-environment and material culture studies, particularly the analysis of the chronology, and the production and distribution of ceramics

Current Students

Penelope Jones

Danika Parikh

Wannaporn Rienjang


Past Students

Marina Baralle

Jennifer Bates

Franca Cole

Yama Dixit

Carla Lancelotti

Sayantani Neogi

Gethin Rees

Helen Taylor

Edna Wong

Teaching

I am involved in the teaching of the following courses:

ARC01 – Introduction to Archaeology

ARC02 - Archaeology in Action

Paper A4 – Archaeology in Action II

ARC22/Paper A23 - Mesopotamian archaeology I: prehistory and early states

ARC29/Paper A30 – Ancient South Asia I

ARC30/Paper A31 – Ancient South Asia II

Paper G09 – Ancient South Asia

Other Professional Activities

Editor - journal IRAN

Trustee and Director - The Antiquity Trust

Trustee – Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge

Member Council - British Institute of Persian Studies

Keywords

  • Material Culture
  • Prehistory
  • Urbanism
  • Agriculture
  • Archaeology
  • Landscape

Key Publications