Institute of Archaeology


Gassia Artin - Honorary Research Associate

  • Email: gassiart1@gmail.com
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Gassia Artin received her PhD in Archaeology from the Université Lumière-Lyon 2 (France) in 2005. She is currently a research affiliate at the Archéorient Maison de l'Orient (Université Lyon 2) and at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. Her research interests include the Chalcolithic period and the Bronze Age of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, with a special focus on the funerary practices and the study of beads and ornaments.

She has participated in various excavations in Lebanon, Syria, Armenia, and Turkey since 1993.

Since 2010, she has been Assistant Professor at the Department of Archaeology in the Lebanese University (Beirut).

Research Interests

  • The analysis of funerary practices in the central and northern Levant through the Chalcolithic and the Bronze Age.
  • The personal ornaments of the Ancient Near East including the study of the beads of Byblos (National Museum of Beirut) and the shells beads of the site of Moghr el-Ahwal in north Lebanon.

Gassia is collaborating with Andrew Garrard on the following project:

  • The Qadisha Valley Project (Lebanon). A survey and excavation project being co-directed by Andrew Garrard (Institute of Archaeology, UCL) and Corine Yazbeck (Lebanese University, Beirut) which is focussing on Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic settlement in the forested mountain environments of the Qadisha Valley in northern Lebanon. A major element has been the excavation of two caves with Early Epipalaeolithic through to Late Neolithic levels (22,000-7,500 cal BP) at Moghr el-Ahwal.

Gassia is also collaborating with Karen Wright on the following project:


Selected recent publications

  • Artin, G. 2014. Ensemble et pratiques funéraires au Liban au IVème millénaire, Archaeology and History in the Lebanon 40 (4), 18-35.
  • Artin, G. 2013. The Chalcolithic Period of the Lebanese-Syrian Coast. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant (ca 8000-332 BCE). Editors: Steiner ML, Killebrew AE . Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Artin, G. 2012. Origines des rites funéraires: l'« énéolithique » de Byblos. In Catalogue de l'exposition "Fascination du Liban. Soixante siècles d'histoire de religions, d'art et d'archéologie", 13-20. Musée de Genève.
  • Artin, G. 2010. The Necropolis and Dwellings of Byblos during the Chalcolithic Period: New Interpretations, Near Eastern Archaeology 73 (2), 74-84.
  • Artin, G. 2009. La "nécropole énéolithique" de Byblos nouvelle interprétations.
    219 pages. British Archaeological Reports Limited.