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Department of Archaeology



  • PhD Archaeology (Assyriology), University of Cambridge, 2018-Present. Dissertation title - ‘Divine Identity and the Theology of a National God: The Use and Function of the Divine Names 'Bēl' and 'Marduk' in Mesopotamia in the First and Late Second Millennia BC.’
  • MSt Oriental Studies (Assyriology), University of Oxford, 2017-2018.
  • BA Human, Social, and Political Sciences (Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archaeology), University of Cambridge, 2014-2017.



My PhD research focuses on the god Marduk, who came to be the head of the Babylonian pantheon by the 1st Millennium BC. If people have heard of any Mesopotamian god, then it is probably Marduk, yet despite this, there are still large gaps in our knowledge of him. One aspect of this deity that has received almost no attention is the divine name commonly said to be held by him: Bēl (“Lord”). My research seeks to understand the role of this alternate name of Marduk in Mesopotamian theology from the twelfth century BC to the sixth.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 


Supervisors: Dr Martin Worthington and Dr Selena Wisnom

Advisors: Dr Caleb Howard

Other Professional Activities

Trustee and Treasurer of the Enheduanna Society, a registered heritage education charity founded in 2002 to popularise the literature of Ancient Iraq through the art of oral storytelling

Job Titles

PhD student in Archaeology

General Info

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

Contact Details

grh36 [at]


Person keywords: 
Social History
Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archaeology
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
Periods of interest: 
Iron Age