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Mesopotamianists formerly in Cambridge

Christina Bouthillier 

Cristina BouthillierResearch Associate, Tell Brak Archaeological Project

Christina's PhD (2013) explored issues of community and cultural inter-relationships during the Late Bronze to Iron Age in the eastern Mediterranean. Her specific focus was on ceramic developments and continuities during shifts in political authority and population changes. Her data were collected from Kilise Tepe, southern Turkey. She has recently been a Research Assistant on the Tell Brak project (funded by the Newton Trust), leading the scientific sampling programme (XRF analyses of clay from container sealings and ceramics to explore the urban range of resources), developing the database and project websites, and digitising illustrations of plans and material culture for current and future publications.


Nicole Brisch

Leverhulme-Funded Lecturer in Assyriology, 2009-2012

Carlo Colantoni

Research Associate, Kilise Tepe Archaeological Project

Carlo's PhD (2005) focussed on North Mesopotamian cultural continuities, especially in architecture and use of space, across the 3rd through early 2nd millennia BC and  during these centuries' political shifts and severe climatic changes. He has excavated and/or served as surveyor and site architect at Tell Brak, Chagar Bazar and Tell Hamoukar in Syria and at Kilise Tepe in southern Turkey and was a Fellow of the TOPOI Project at the Freie Universitat in Berlin (The formation and transformation of space in ancient civilizations) during 2009-10. He is responsible for administration, database management, and architectural digistising for the Kilise Tepe project publication programme (funded by the AHRC).

Graham Cunningham

Senior Research Fellow, The Geography of Knowledge in Assyria and Babylonia

Yağmur Heffron

Anniversary Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research 

Yağmur’s PhD (2011) examined household religion in Middle Bronze Age Anatolia, focusing on the ritual uses of domestic space. She has excavated at various sites in Turkey, including Kinet Höyük and Kilise Tepe, and was Assistant Director of the Zincirli Excavations and Research Associate of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago from 2011 to 2013. Currently she holds a three-year Anniversary Research Fellowship at the McDonald Institute, where her work centres on Assyrian ex-patriate identity in Anatolia during the early 2nd millennium BC kārum period, and the reconciliation of material evidence with textual accounts.


Dr John MacGinnis

Dr John MacGinnis

Research Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

John's academic interests revolve primarily around Mesopotamia in the first millennium BC. He is interested in work which integrates the evidence of both archaeology and epigraphy for the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid empires. For many years he has researched the Neo-Babylonian/Achaemenid archives of the Ebabbara, the temple of the sun god Shamash in Sippar (south of modern Baghdad) and has published extensively in this field. He has also been working for over a decade at the site of Ziyaret Tepe in southeastern Turkey, now identified as the Neo-Assyrian provincial capital of Tushan, where he is both project epigrapher and directs excavations in the lower town.



Margaret Munn-Rankin

Lecturer in Mesopotamian History and Archaeology, 1949-1981

Eleanor Robson

Reader in History & Philosophy of Science and PI, The Geography of Knowledge in Assyrian and Babylonia

Kathryn Stevens

Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College

Kathryn read Classics with Akkadian as an undergraduate at St John's College, Oxford, then studied for her MPhil and PhD at King's College, Cambridge. In 2012-13 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Assyriology at the University of Copenhagen, before returning to Cambridge in 2013 as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College. She is now Associate Professor in Durham.  Her research interests include Greek and Mesopotamian cultural and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the Hellenistic period; cross-cultural connections between the Greek world and Mesopotamia; Seleucid Babylonia; Mesopotamian astrology; and libraries and scholarship in the ancient world.

David Oates

Director, Tell Brak Excavations, 1976-2004

Greta Van Buylaere

Research Fellow, The Geography of Knowledge in Assyria and Babylonia