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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 Scholar 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 spatial structures and cultural variation of northern Mesopotamia, eastern Anatolia, and the southern Caucasus during the Bronze Age (c.2350-1550 BCE), and to propose interpretative models useful for explaining mobility and the circulation of artefacts, technologies, and ideas within this broad region. The project's main purpose is to understand the shape and dynamics of different networks and how they may have been active at a cross-regional scale at different times. These goals will be reached through spatial and geostatistical analyses applied on material culture, such as pottery, small clay objects, and metallurgical-related products.

Key Publications

Key publications: 


Russo, S.G. & Brainerd, L.M. (2021). Introduction: Resilience and its dissociative disorder from an archaeological perspective. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 36.1: pp. 1-27.  

Russo, S.G. & Brainerd, L.M. (eds) (2021). Resilience & Archaeology (ARC 36.1). Cambridge: Archaeological Review from Cambridge. 

Laneri, N. et al. (2020). 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, pp. 103-145.

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: 


Supervisors: Dr Cameron A. PetrieProf Augusta McMahon

Advisor: Dr Enrico Crema



I am currently Teaching Assistant for A10: Archaeology Theory and Practice I.

During my PhD programme, I have been involved in the supervision of the following courses:

  • A3: Introduction to the Cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia
  • A10: Archaeology Theory and Practice I

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of King’s College, Cambridge
  • Cambridge Trust Scholar (2019-present)
  • Member of the British Institute of Persian Studies (2022-present)
  • Member of the Cambridge Ancient Near East Seminar Committee (2020-present)
  • Member of the British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) (2020-present)
  • Research Assistant in the PLOMAT project (2020-present)
  • 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
Cultural Evolution

Contact Details

sgr33 [at]


Person keywords: 
Cultural Evolution
Material Culture Studies
Archaeological Theory
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