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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Department: Archaeology

Supervisor: Dr Augusta McMahon

College: Magdalene College

AHRC subject area: Archaeology

Title of thesis: How do social transformations from the 4th-early 3rd millennium BCE influence and manifest themselves in the choice of raw materials, and chaîne opératoire of pottery in the Shahrizor and Bazyan Valley?


Biography:

I completed my Ba, Ma and MSc at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London where my research was primarily concerned with ceramics in the ancient Near East. Within this field, I now focus my research upon the Late Chalcolithic ceramics of Northern Mesopotamia.

My current research is looking at how social transformations from the 4th-early 3rd millennium BCE influence and manifest themselves in the ceramic production sequence of multiple sites from Northern Mesopotamia across.

My principle research interests include Archaeology of Northern Mesopotamia, Ceramic Analysis and Late Chalcolithic Ceramics, the Archaeology of Identity, Household Archaeology and Early State Formation in the Near East.

I have carried out fieldwork in Iraqi Kurdistan, Sudan, Qatar, Israel, Germany and the UK.