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Research Fellows and Associates

Mesopotamia at Cambridge Post-Doctoral and Affiliated Researchers


Dr Marie Besnier

Affiliated scholar, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

I specialise in Mesopotamian culture, with particular reference to gardens and the divinatory series, and supervise Undergraduates in Akkadian language.


Dr Harriet Crawford

Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Harriet has directed fieldwork in Kuwait and Bahrain and is the author of Sumer and the Sumerians (1991, 2004), Dilmun and Its Gulf Neighbours (1998), and editor of The Sumerian World (CUP, 2012).


Dr Nancy Highcock

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Research Associate, Darwin College

Nancy works on the intersections between identity categories (gender, professional, civic) and socio-political power with a particular interest in how mobile professional groups such as pastoralists and merchants organized themselves in both urban and extra-urban landscapes. At Cambridge she is the research associate for the project “Memories for Life: Materiality and Memory of Ancient Near Eastern inscribed private objects." She is also the area director for the lower town excavations at the multi-period site of Nigde-Kınık Höyük, located in southcentral Anatolia. 


Dr Caleb Howard

Research Associate in Ancient Near East, Tyndale House, Cambridge

Research Associate at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge 

Caleb completed his PhD on the textual history of the Standard Inscription of Assurnaṣirpal II at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.  He gives supervisions in ANE languages.


Mr James Kinnier Wilson

Formerly Eric Yarrow Lecturer in Assyriology

James was the University's Assyriologist from 1955 till 1989, teaching Akkadian and Sumerian. He is author of several books, including an edition of the Etana myth.


Dr Joan Oates

Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Joan is the Director of the Tell Brak Excavation in Syria, where she has worked since 1981; she has previously excavated in Iraq at Choga Mami, Nippur and Nimrud. Her extensive publications include Nimrud, An Assyrian Imperial City Revealed (2001, with D. Oates) and Excavations at Tell Brak, Volumes 1 and 2 (1997 and 2001, with D. Oates & H. McDonald).


Dr Christina Tsouparopoulou

Christina works at the interface between material, visual and textual culture with a strong interest in digital humanities and their application in archaeology.  She is the Cambridge PI in the project “Memories for Life: Materiality and Memory of Ancient Near Eastern inscribed private objects", and a Marie Curie Fellow at the McDonald Institute from October 2018.