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Karen Wright

Research Interests

  • Social organization
  • Archaeology of households and villages
  • Stone technologies: milling tools, vessels, beads, figurines
  • Beads, the body and social identity
  • Food preparation
  • Gender
  • The impact of urbanization and state formation on rural regions
  • Ancient texts and archaeology
  • Western Asia
  • Neolithic, chalcolithic, early Bronze Age

Research Directory Records

Collaborations

  • Çatalhöyük Project (Director, Ian Hodder): University of Cambridge, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Istanbul University, UCL, British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara
  • Qadisha Valley Project (Directors Andrew Garrard, UCL and Corine Yazbeck, Museum of Prehistory, St Joseph University Beirut)

Educational Background

  • BA magna cum laude, Near Eastern Languages and Literature 1979, Yale University
  • MA, MPhil Anthropology 1984, Yale University
  • PhD Anthropology 1992, Yale University
  • Wright, K. I. 2010. (in press) Beads and the body: ornament technologies associated with Building 3 at Çatalhöyük (Chapter 17). In R. Tringham & M. Stevanovic (Eds.), House Lives: Building, Inhabiting, Excavating a House at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Reports from the BACH Area, Çatalhöyük, 1997-2003: 17.1-17.44. Los Angeles: Monographs of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California at Los Angeles. [pdf file: 0.9 MB]
  • Wright, K. I. 2010. (in press) Ground stone tools and technologies associated with Building 3 at Çatalhöyük (Chapter 16). In R. Tringham & M. Stevanovic (Eds.), House Lives: Building, Inhabiting, Excavating a House at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Reports from the BACH Area, Çatalhöyük, 1997-2003: 16.1-16.14. Los Angeles: Monographs of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California at Los Angeles. [pdf file: 0.5 MB]
  • Wright, K. I. 2008. Craft production and the organization of ground stone technologies. In Y. Rowan & J. Ebeling (Eds.), New Approaches to Old Stones: Recent Studies of Ground Stone Artefacts: 130-143. London: Equinox Archaeology Books. [pdf file: 3.1 MB]
  • Wright, K. I., Critchley, P., Garrard, A. N., Bains, R., Baird, D., & Groom, S. 2008. Stone bead technologies and early craft specialization: insights from two Neolithic sites in eastern Jordan. Levant, 40(2): 131-165. [pdf file: 1.6 MB]
  • Hamilton, S., Whitehouse, R., & Wright, K. I. 2007. Archaeology and Women: Ancient and Modern Issues. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
  • Hamilton, S., Whitehouse, R., & Wright, K. I. 2007. Introduction. In R. Whitehouse, S. Hamilton, & K. I. Wright (Eds.), Archaeology and Women: Ancient and Modern Issues: 13-24. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. [pdf file: 11.7 MB]
  • Wright, K. I. 2007. Women and the emergence of urban society in Mesopotamia. In S. Hamilton, R. Whitehouse, & K. I. Wright (Eds.), Archaeology and Women: Ancient and Modern Issues.: 199-245. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. [pdf file: 34.7 MB]
  • Wright, K. I. 2007. Book review: Chronology, ceramics and the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age in the southern Levant. Review of Philip, G. & Baird, D. 2000. Ceramics and Change in the Early Bronze Age of the Southern Levant (Sheffield) and Lovell, J. L. 2001. The Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods in the Southern Levant. (Oxford). http://www.ajaonline.org/pdfs/book_reviews/111.2/07_Wright.pdf. American Journal of Archaeology (Online Book Reviews), 111(2).
  • Wright, K. I. & Bains, R. 2007. Stone bead technology at Çatalhöyük, summer 2007.http://www.catalhoyuk.com/archive_reports/2007/. Çatalhöyük Website Archive Reports, 2007.
  • Baysal, A. & Wright, K. I. 2006. Cooking, crafts and curation: the ground stone artefacts from Çatalhöyük, 1995-1999. In I. Hodder & Members of the Çatalhöyük Teams (Eds.), Excavations at Çatalhöyük, Volume 5. Changing Materialities at Çatalhöyük: reports from the 1995-1999 seasons: 307-324. Cambridge and London: Monographs of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge; British Institute for Archaeology at Ankara. [pdf file: 0.9 MB]
  • Baysal, A. & Wright, K. I. 2006. Ground stone artefacts: discussion of contexts (on CD). In I. Hodder & Members of the Çatalhöyük Teams (Eds.), Excavations at Çatalhöyük, Volume 5. Changing Materialities at Çatalhöyük: reports from the 1995-1999 seasons: 559-588. Cambridge and London: Monographs of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge; British Institute for Archaeology at Ankara. [pdf file: 0.2 MB]  [pdf file: 0.1 MB]  [pdf file: 0.1 MB]
  • Wright, K. I. 2006. Stone bead technology studies at Çatalhöyük, summer 2006.http://www.catalhoyuk.com/archive_reports/2006/. Çatalhöyük Website Archive Reports, 2006.
  • Wright, K. I. & Baysal, A. 2005. Ground stone studies at Çatalhöyük, summer 2005.http://www.catalhoyuk.com/archive_reports/2005/ar05_32.html. Çatalhöyük Website Archive Reports, 2005.
  • Wright, K. I. 2005. Review article: gender and art in the Near and Middle Eastern Neolithic. Review of Sexual Revolutions, by Jane Peterson; Dancing at the Dawn of Agriculture, by Yosef Garfinkel; Shaar Ha-Golan, By Y. Garfinkel and M. Miller. http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/079/ant0790454.htm. Antiquity, 79(304): 454-456.
  • Wright, K. I. 2005. Stone bead technology at Çatalhöyük, summer 2005.http://www.catalhoyuk.com/archive_reports/2005/ar05_33.html. Çatalhöyük Website Archive Reports, 2005.
  • Wright, K. I. 2005. The emergence of cooking in western Asia. Archaeology International, 2004-2005: 33-37.
  • Wright, K. I. & Garrard, A. N. 2003. Social identities and the expansion of stone beadmaking in Neolithic western Asia: new evidence from Jordan. Antiquity, 77(296): 267-284. [pdf file: 0.8 MB]
  • Wright, K. I. 2002. Book review: Canhasan Sites Volume I, Canhasan I: Stratigraphy and Structures, by David French. American Journal of Archaeology, 106(4): 609.
  • Wright, K. I. & Baysal, A. 2002. Ground stone studies at Çatalhöyük, summer 2002. Analysis of ground stone artefacts from the excavations of 1995-1999 http://www.catalhoyuk.com/archive_reports/2002/ar02_10.html. Çatalhöyük Website Archive Reports, 2002.
  • Wright, K. I. 2001. Review article: interpreting the Neolithic of western Asia. Review of Life in Neolithic Farming Villages, by Ian Kuijt (ed.) and The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture, by Jacques Cauvin. http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/075/Ant0750619.htm. Antiquity, 75: 619-621.
  • Wright, K. I. 2000. The social origins of cooking and dining in early villages of western Asia. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 66(1): 89-121. [pdf file: 10.4 MB]
  • Wright, K. I. 1998. The Dhuweila ground stone. In A.Betts (Ed.), The Harra and the Hamad: Excavations and Surveys in Eastern Jordan, Volume 1: 121-134. Sheffield: Sheffield Archaeological Monographs 9.
  • Wright, K. I., Najjar, M., Last, J., & Moloney, N. 1998. The Wadi Faynan fourth and third millennia project, 1997: report on the first season of test excavations at Wadi Faynan 100. Levant, 30(1): 33-60.
  • Gebel, H. G., Bienert, H.-D., & Wright, K. I. 1997. Ba'ja hidden in the Petra mountains (ground stone industry). In Z. K. a. G. R. H.Gebel (Ed.), The Prehistory of Jordan II: 247-249. Berlin: Ex Oriente.
  • Wright, K. I. 1997. Wadi Shu'eib survey, Jordan. In E.Meyers, W.Dever, C.Meyers, D.Pardee, J.Muhly, & J.Sauer (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Near Eastern Archaeology, Volume 5: 37-38. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Garrard, A. N., Conolly, J., Moloney, N., & Wright, K. I. 1996. The early prehistory of the Sakçagözü region, north Levantine Rift Valley: report on 1995 survey season. Anatolian Studies, 46(1): 53-81.
  • Garrard, A. N., Baird, D., Colledge, S., Martin, L., & Wright, K. I. 1994. Prehistoric environment and settlement in the Azraq Basin: an interim report on the 1987 and 1988 excavation seasons. Levant, 26(1): 73-109.
  • Wright, K. I. 1994. Ground stone tools and hunter-gatherer subsistence in southwest Asia: implications for the transition to farming. American Antiquity, 59(2): 238-263.
  • Wright, K. I. 1993. Book review: Arts et Industries de la Pierre: Ras Shamra-Ugarit, edited by M. Yon. Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 1993(2): 174.
  • Wright, K. I. 1993. Early Holocene ground stone assemblages in the Levant. Levant, 25(1): 93-111.
  • Baird, D., Garrard, A. N., Martin, L., & Wright, K. I. 1992. Prehistoric environment and settlement in the Azraq Basin: an interim report on the 1989 excavation season. Levant, 24(1): 1-31.
  • Wright, K. I. 1992. A classification system for ground stone tools from the prehistoric Levant. Paléorient, 18(2): 53-81.
  • Wright, K. I. 1992. Ground stone assemblage variations and subsistence strategies in the Levant, 22,000 to 5500 b.p. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International. PhD dissertation, Yale University, Department of Anthropology.
  • Wright, K. I. 1991. The origins and development of ground stone assemblages in late Pleistocene southwest Asia. Paléorient, 17(1): 19-45.
  • Wright, K. I., Brown, R., & Schick, R. 1989. Report on the 1988 preliminary survey of the Wadi Shu'eib, Jordan. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 33(1): 345-350.
  • Wright, K. I. & Qadi, N. 1988. Techniques du travail de la pierre. In G.Dollfus & Z.Kafafi (Eds.), Abu Hamid: Village du Quatrième Millénaire de la Vallée du Jourdain: 39-40. Amman, Jordan : Economic Press.
  • Wright, K. I. & Qadi, N. 1988. Transformation, préparation et consommation des aliments. In G.Dollfus & Z.Kafafi (Eds.), Abu Hamid: Village du Quatrième Millénaire de la Vallée du Jourdain: 34-36. Amman, Jordan: Economic Press.

I would welcome applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics

Regional/Chronological

  • Archaeology of the Near East
  • The Neolithic of the Near East
  • The Chalcolithic of the Near East
  • The Early Bronze Age of the Near East
  • Inter-disciplinary approaches to Near Eastern archaeology: archaeology, anthropology, and Near Eastern historical texts
  • Levantine archaeology
  • Anatolian archaeology
  • Prehistoric archaeology of the Near East

Social organization

  • Social organization in early agricultural societies
  • Evolution of village social organization
  • The evolution of households
  • The beginnings of complex societies
  • Corporate groups and social networks
  • The emergence of central institutions and cities

Food Preparation, Commensality and Social Change

  • Food preparation, consumption practices and social-political organization
  • Political economy

Technology and Craft Specialization

  • Social technologies
  • The beginnings of craft specialization
  • Origins, expansion, analytical methods and significance of ground stone technologies (milling tools, vessels, beads, figurines, pigments, groundstone axes)
  • Technologies of early prehistoric art (figurines, sculpture, paintings)
  • Stone artefact workshops
  • Stone artefact production and exchange

Social Identity

  • Personal ornaments and social identities
  • Gender

Current Students

Tatjana Beuthe  Administration in early Egypt and Mesopotamia: a comparative study of cylinder seals (joint principal supervisor with Richard Bussmann)

Alessandra Salvin House and household in third millennium Mesopotamian Society: Archaeological Perspectives (second supervisor Mark Altaweel)

Duygu Camurcuoglu Cleere The wall paintings of Çatalhöyük (Turkey): materials, technologies, artists (Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain) (joint principal supervisor with Elizabeth Pye, second supervisor Ruth Sidall)

Second Supervisor

Emmy Bocaege  Enamel defects as indicators of childhood stress in the Neolithic Near East (principal supervisor Simon Hillson)

Past Students (Principal Supervisions)

Roseleen Bains (completed 2012) The social significance of Neolithic stone bead technologies at Çatalhöyük (second supervisor Marcos Martinon-Torres)

Jack Green (completed 2006) Ritual and social structure in the Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age in the southern Levant: evidence from mortuary contexts at Tell es-Sai’idiyeh, Jordan. (Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain). Published: in articles; awaiting publication as part of a forthcoming multi-volume site report.

Carol Bell (completed 2005) The influence of economic factors on settlement continuity across the Late Bronze Age/Iron Age transition on the northern Levant littoral. Published: Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series, Archaeopress, 2005.

Elizabeth Bettles (completed 2001) Phoenician amphora production and distribution in the southern Levant.  Published: Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 1183, Archaeopress, 2003.

Past Students (Secondary Supervisor)

Paolo Guarino (completed 2013) Aspects of complexity at Arslantepe

Robert Homsher (completed 2013) Constructing urbanism: relating the construction of architecture to the process of urbanization in the Middle Bronze Age southern Levant

Beliz Tecirli (current) Recent changes in Turkish regulations and participatory planning in archaeological site management

Philippa Ryan (completed 2009) Seasonal and environmental patterns of Neolithic landscape use: a phytolith perspective from Çatalhöyük

Claudia Glatz (completed 2007) Contact, interaction, control: the archaeology of inter-regional relations in Late Bronze Age

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