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Department of Archaeology



I recently completed my DPhil in Assyriology at the University of Oxford. My thesis, supervised by Frances Reynolds, was entitled ‘Conceptions of Transgression and Its Consequences in the Mesopotamian Exorcistic Corpus’. I am currently developing my thesis into a monograph to be published by Brill.

During my DPhil, I spent 18 months as a Humboldt Foundation funded Theodor Heuss Fellow at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, where I continued my research with the additional support of Daniel Schwemer.


My research focuses on the intellectual traditions of ritual, religion, magic, and medicine in first-millennium BC Mesopotamia.

My doctoral research examined the conceptualization of transgression and divine punishment in rituals and incantations of the Mesopotamian exorcistic corpus. This encompassed the portrayal of possible offences and the frequent ignorance of the transgressor, the perception of the punishing ‘curse’ as a demon, the suffering resulting from the punishment of transgressions, and the methods employed by the exorcist to return divine favour and relieve the suffering.

I am currently developing a research project examining ‘scapegoat’ rites in Mesopotamia, particularly within the wider context of substitution and elimination rites involving animals attested across the Ancient Near East.

My BA was in Classics (Durham University) and I continue to be interested in interactions between Mesopotamia and the Greek world, as well as the reception of Mesopotamian knowledge in the later Near East.


Key publications: 
‘Gyges Between East and West’ in R. Mattila, S. Fink, S. Ito, eds. Evidence Combined - Western and Eastern Sources in Dialogue. Proceedings of the Eleventh Symposium of the Melammu Project Held in Beirut April 3-6, 2017. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. (In press)


Teaching and Supervisions


My teaching duties will primarily comprise introductory and intermediate Akkadian language classes.

Job Titles

Teaching Associate in Assyriology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Assyriology and Mesopotamian Languages

Contact Details

Department of Archaeology
ah958 [at]


Person keywords: 
Akkadian, ritual, religion, history of medicine
Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archaeology
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age