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Department of Archaeology



  • PhD Archaeology. University of Cambridge, UK (2019-present)
  • Digital Repository Office Assistant at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), Turkey (2018-2019)
  • Research Assistant at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), Turkey (2018)
  • MA Archaeology (Distinction). University of Catania, Italy (2017)
  • BA Cultural Heritages (Honors). University of Catania, Italy (2015)


My research aims to investigate social, political, and cultural interactions of Eastern Anatolia during the Middle Bronze Age (MBA, ca. 2000-1600 BCE), and to propose an interpretative model for the circulation of artefacts, technologies, and ideas within the region.

The project’s main purpose is to understand the shape and dynamics of different exchange networks at different spatial scales (i.e. intra-site, regional, interregional), through the study of both material culture and surviving written documents, and with the application of computational and spatial analyses.


Key publications: 

Laneri et. al. (in press). Reconstructing funerary sequences of kurgans in the southern Caucasus: the first two seasons of the Azerbaijan-Italian Ganja Kurgan Archaeological Region Project (GaRKAP) in western Azerbaijan. Anatolica, 46.

Russo, S.G. (2020). Connecting Cultures, Dividing Countries: A Preliminary Assessment of the Khabur Ware from Girnavaz Höyük, Southeastern Turkey. In: Coppini, C. & Simi, F. (Eds.), Interactions and New Directions in Near Eastern Archaeology. West & East, Monografie 4, Proceedings of the 5th “Broadening Horizons” Conference (Udine 5-8 June 2017), Volume 3. Trieste: Edizioni Università di Trieste, pp. 241-263.

Crescioli, L. & Russo, S.G. (2017). Interpreting a Probable Pottery Kiln of Middle Bronze Age from Hirbemerdon Tepe, SE Turkey. Anatolica, 43, pp. 83-101.

Russo, S.G. & Laneri, N. (2017). Hirbemerdon Tepe and the Upper Tigris Region during the Middle Bronze Age. In: Bircan, U., Coşkun, A., Temel, M. & Kılıç, P.G. (eds.), Uluslararası Diyarbakır Sempozyumu (Cilt 1). Diyarbakır: Diyarbakır Valiliği, pp. 135-153.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Dr Augusta McMahon

Advisor: Dr Enrico Crema

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of King’s College, Cambridge
  • Cambridge Trust Scholar (2019-present)
  • Member of the Cambridge Ancient Near East Seminar Committee (2020)
  • Member of the British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) (2020)
  • Member of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge (2019-present)
  • Member of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) (2018-present)
  • Member of the Ganja Region Kurgan Archaeological Project (GaRKAP), Azerbaijan (2018-present)

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Built Environment

Contact Details


Person keywords: 
Network Analysis
Material Culture Studies
Archaeological Theory
Middle Bronze Age
Movements and Interactions
Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archaeology
Material Culture
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age