A native of Iran, I received my B.A. in Archaeology from Tehran University before attending the University of Chicago for my M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the University of Michigan for my Ph.D. in Anthropology.
My geographic area of interest is the Near East (alternatively called the Middle East by scholars in modern fields), i.e., the vast region from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Iranian Plateau in the east. From the ancient Near East we have the earliest known evidence for some of the most important development in human history, including sedentism, food production (agriculture and pastoralism), urbanism, state formation, and writing, to name but a few.
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