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Recent PhD students

Recent PhD students Cambridge Mesopotamia

Daniela Arroyo-Barrantes

Daniela's PhD, supervised by Augusta McMahon, was on feasting events in Norther Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium BC. It was completed in 2017.

Olga Vinnichenko

Olga's PhD, supervised by Nicholas Postgate, was on the linguistic influences of Aramaic languages on Neo-Assyrian. Using large amounts of textual data and applying new criteria to the material she worked to establish a firm linguistic basis for addressing the complex issue of Aramaization of the Near East in the first millennium BC.  It was completed in 2016.

Sarah Clegg

Sara's PhD, supervised by Dr Eleanor Robson, was on Metrology and the limits of state control in early Mesopotamia.

Tina L. Greenfield

Tina Greenfield

Tina is an anthropological archaeologist with a speciality in zooarchaeology. Her PhD research, supervised by Augusta McMahon, was concerned with reconstructing the political economy of early empires, in particular the imperial and provincial capital cities of the Near East. Tina is  a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Fellow of St. Pauls' College, University of Manitoba (Canada).




Yaǧmur Heffron

Yaǧmur's PhD, supervised by Nicholas Postgate, was on household religion in Anatolia.  She is currently lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern history at UCL.







Adam Stone

Adam StoneAdam read for his Archaeology BA and his Assyriology MPhil at Cambridge. His doctorate, supervised by Nicholas Postgate and Eleanor Robson, concerned the Sumerian administrative documents of the Ur III period of Ancient Mesopotamia, particularly those from Tell Drehem. Adam investigated the relationship between the Ur III administration and those regions on, or beyond, its 'borders'. This relationship has been viewed as relatively static over time, and uniform over space - he argued that such a view is not supported by the varied transaction history within the administrative documents, nor by recent work on the nature of 'core vs. periphery' dynamics, nor by our growing understanding of the complexity and variability of Ur III administration and its implementation. He examined questions such as: How were power and control exerted and extended by the Ur III kings? How were relationships of power conceived and contested in this important region at the end of the Third Millennium BC?

Adam is currently Associate Lecturer in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he teaches Akkadian and Sumerian.