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Department of Archaeology



BA in Politics and Middle Eastern Studies (Honors), University of Virginia, 2012

MA in Comparative Art & Archaeology (Distinction), University College London, 2018

(Dissertation: All the King’s Creatures: Apotropaic Figure Deposits and Court Culture in the Late Assyrian Period)


My PhD research explores variation in social treatment of supernatural creature imagery in the Neo-Assyrian period, specifically as it relates to the formation and establishment of cultural consensus around particular creatures. I will reconstruct spatial and temporal routes of image transmission, focusing especially on figurine deposits and cylinder seals. Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach, this project will re-examine the connection between supernatural creatures and apotropaic protection along with its use within the wider institutional context of Assyrian political, intellectual, and administrative systems. 

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Dr. Augusta McMahon

Advisor: Dr. Martin Worthington

Other Professional Activities

General Editor, Archaeological Review from Cambridge (December 2021 - present)

Member of Clare College

Cambridge Trust Scholar (2019- present)

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Socio-Politics of the Past
Built Environment
Art and Iconography

Contact Details

gcm38 [at]


Person keywords: 
Political History of Mesopotamia in the Early First Millennium BCE
Cognitive and Materialist Approaches to Image-making
Mesopotamian conceptions of disease and health
Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archaeology
Material Culture
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age