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Department of Archaeology



After I completed my BA in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at Free University Berlin, I spent a year at the University of Tehran, studying both the archaeology of Iran and the Persian language (2014-2015). The following year I studied at Durham University for a MA focussing on the archaeological landscapes of south-eastern Iran. In 2018, I completed my MA at the FU Berlin looking at the early distribution of lapis lazuli and turquoise across the Iranian Plateau and their role as a marker of interregional interaction.

During my studies, I participated in excavations and survey projects across the Middle East, West and South Asia. Most recently, I was involved in field projects in Iran as well as at the early urban centre of Kantarodai, Sri Lanka.


My doctoral research focusses on the dynamics of interaction in the 4th and 3rd millennium BC across the arid landscapes of south-eastern Iran. I am interested in the physical aspects of mobility and the development of human-landscape interactions through movement over time.

I employ Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing approaches to model and analyse landscapes of movement.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Jürcke, F., & Farjami, M. 2018. Works in Rivi D: trench G-12. p.95-99. In: Jafari, J., & Thomalsky, J. 2018. The Iranian-German Tappe Rivi Project (TRP), North-Khorasan: Report on the 2016 and 2017 fieldworks. Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan: p.77-120. (contribution)

Teaching and Supervisions


I am currently involved in the supervision of Part I students in the following course:

  • A2 – Archaeology in Action
Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Dr Cameron Petrie

Advisors: Dr Enrico Crema, Dr Hector Orengo

Other Professional Activities

Open Access Officer of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Socio-Politics of the Past
Computational and Quantitative Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies

Contact Details

fkj22 [at]


Person keywords: 
Landscape archaeology
Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archaeology
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Geographical areas: 
Central Asia
Mesopotamia and the Near East
South Asia
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Other Historical