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Dr Mark Altaweel

Dr Mark Altaweel

Reader in Near East Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2011

Research summary

Mark will be on sabbatical leave during academic year 2018-19

Research Interests

Agent-based modelling

GIS and land use

Complex adaptive systems

Computational Social Science

Mesopotamian history and archaeology

Research Projects

Documentation of Iraqi Archaeological Sites

Restructuring the social and social-ecological sciences in the 21st century

Salinisation in Mesopotamia

Shahrizor Research Project

SHULGI: A Geospatial Tool for Modelling Human Movement and Interaction

Social Perceptions, Water Use and Climate Change

Fieldwork

2011: Archaeological project conducted in Kurdistan, Iraq (near Sulaymaniyah). Work focuses on studying anthropogenic landscape change in the past using soil analysis, remote sensing, and archaeological survey. Work conducted with the University of Heidelberg.

2008-2010: Co-PI on archaeological documentation projected sponsored by the United States State Department with data collected focusing on ancient Mesopotamian sites in southern and northern Iraq. Work included training Iraqis on the use of archaeological survey methods and GPS. Project was conducted near Istanbul, Turkey and Amman, Jordan.

2006-2008: Co-PI on archaeological documentation projected sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities with data collected focusing on ancient Mesopotamian sites in southern and northern Iraq. Work included training Iraqis on the use of archaeological survey methods and GPS on archaeological sites in Jordan. Project work was conducted in Homs, Syria and Amman, Jordan.

2004-5: PI on archaeological data collection project for sites in northern Mesopotamia with data focused on surveys and excavations conducted in the 1980s and 1990s. Project included training Iraqis on the useof GPS and other survey techniques on sites in Jordan. Project conducted in and near Amman, Jordan.

2003: Archaeological site damage assessment survey in Iraq sponsored by National Geographic Society (see October 2003 issue of National Geographic). Conducted near Baghdad, Mosul, and Samarra, Iraq.

Teaching summary

Mark takes an interdisciplinary perspective in his teaching philosophy and integrates a variety of methods and fields in his courses. He has taught courses on Near Eastern history and archaeology, GIS, remote sensing methods, computational modelling, data science, social-ecological theory, introduction to archaeology, and on land use and environmental change.Mark helped establish the UK's first data science focus in archaeology while his courses in the Near East focus on material culture and its change over time and space. 

Biography

BA, MS, PhD
Reader in Near East Archaeology
Associate Editor: Social Science Computer Review, Iraq (editorial board)

Educational Background
PhD (University of Chicago, 2004)
MS (University of Chicago, 2000)
BA (University of Illinois, 1997)

Publications