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Department of Archaeology



PhD Cambridge Graduand. 2019-2020 National Geographic Explorer. Previous recipient of a Preservation Fellowship from the Global Heritage Fund, Research and Travel Fellowships from the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies at Boston University, Project Grants from the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, amongst others, to complete fieldwork in Asia and Middle East.


Heritage and Archaeology

National-Identity and Diplomacy

Archaeology and Cultural Heritage of Asia and Middle East

Development in Asia and Middle East

Climate Change Heritage and Archaeology


Key publications: 

(2020) 'Nationalism, Politics and the Practice of Archaeology in Afghanistan: A Case Study of Bamiyan.' In: Philippe Peycam, Shu-Li Wang, Hui Yew-Foong & Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (eds) Heritage as Aid and Diplomacy. ISEAS.

(2020) 'Politics of the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in Afghanistan, 1919-2001.' Rockefeller Archive Center Research Report.

(2020) 'The archaeology of Afghanistan revisited.' Antiquity.

(2018) 'Review of Public Archaeology and Climate Change.' The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, pp. 1-3.

(2018) 'Reconstructing the Bamiyan Buddhas.' Cambridge Heritage Research Centre Website.

(2018) 'Politicization of Afghanistan’s Archaeological Postage Stamps: Commemoration and Destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas.' Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum Blog.

(2017) Akbar, S. & Meharry, J.E. (In Dari) Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage. Kabul, ABLE Books. (Publication for the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University's literacy programme ABLE Books).

(2017) Meharry, J.E., Haboucha, R. & Comer, M. (eds) On the Edge of the Anthropocene? Modern Climate Change and the Practice of Archaeology. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 32(2).

(2017) 'Modern Climate Change and the Practice of Archaeology,' Official Conference Video, Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 7-8 April.

(2017) Meharry, J.E., Haboucha, R. & Comer, M. 'Modern Climate Change and the Practice of Archaeology Conference Review.' Association for Environmental Archaeology Newsletter 137, pp. 4-5.

(2017) 'Ancient Marvels in Fabled Lands.' Jesuan News. Cambridge, Jesus College, p. 11.

(2016) Bartolini, F., Comer, M., Meharry, J.E. & Zoh, M. 'The Heritage of Displacement: Forced Migration in the Mediterranean through History.' Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 377-81.

(2015) 'Gertrude Bell: The Making of Iraq’s Antiquity Law and National Museum.' In: Jackson, M. & Parkin, A. (eds.) The Great Gertrude Bell. Newcastle, Tyne Bridge Publishing.

(2015) 'Social and Economic Impact of Tilaurakot, Nepal.' In: Coningham, R., Acharya, K. & Manuel, M. Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, The Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, World Heritage Property (Phase II): Final Report of the Second Season of Field Activities. UNESCO and Durham University. 

(2014) 'Cultural Diplomacy with US Sends Crucial Message to Afghanistan's Young People.' Asia Society Blog.

(2013) 'The Museum of Kabul: A Revival.' Orientations Magazine.

(2012) 'In Kabul: A New National Museum for Afghanistan Starts to Take Shape.' Asia Society Blog.

(2012) Untold Stories/Kabul at Work, Afghanistan Culture Video Series:

'Who is the Museum Director?'

'Who is the Historian?'

'Who is the Cultural Attache?'

'Who is the Minister of Culture?'

'Who is the Conservation Architect?'

(2011) 'Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World Exhibition Review at British Museum.' College Art Association Reviews.

(2011) 'The Mes Aynak Address.' Orientations Magazine.

(2011) 'Archaeology in Afghanistan: A Divided Path.' Current World Archaeology Magazine.

(2009) 'Don't come home too soon.' Afghan Scene Magazine, Special Issue: Lost Gold: The amazing story of Afghanistan's hidden treasure, pp. 30-31.

Teaching and Supervisions


Heritage, Nationalism and Cultural Diplomacy

Job Titles

PhD Graduand in Heritage/Archaeology

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