Dr Daniel Calderbank
- Lecturer (Archaeology)
My research focuses on ancient Mesopotamian craft traditions to assess the complex ways in which ancient states and communities materially reproduced themselves. My main research interests include:
- Late Chalcolithic
- Middle-Late Bronze Age
- The archaeology of the Sealand Dynasty
- Technologies and chaîne opératoires
- Pottery production and use
- Ancient state power and localised political developments
- Food, drink, and cultural identity
- Wetlands as marginal places
- Community engagement and archaeological storytelling
I have worked on archaeological excavation, survey, and cultural heritage projects in southern Iraq, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Cyprus, and Scotland, and am currently involved with the following projects:
- Sirwan Regional Project (SRP). Associate Director.
- Ur Region Archaeology Project (URAP). Excavations at Tell Khaiber.
- Archaeological Practice and Heritage Protection in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Team Member.
Life at the Margins of Power: the reach of Mesopotamian states during the 2nd millennium BCE (British Academy)
2019-2022: This fellowship utilised a range of scientific, textual, and anthropological approaches to Mesopotamian pottery assemblages with the aim of transforming our current conceptual models of everyday crafts in early complex societies. (£322,353.35) PI.
Tepe Kalan and the Political Landscape of the Middle Bronze Age Sirwan/Upper Diyala (British Institute for the Study of Iraq)
2019: Directed a short season of excavations at Middle-Late Bronze Age Tepe Kalan, a large settlement located close to the Sirwan/Diyala river, Iraqi-Kurdistan (£6,890) PI.
I welcome proposals for postgraduate research in the following areas:
- Chalcolithic/Bronze Age Mesopotamia
- Craft traditions and political production
- Pottery analysis (production and use)
- Contemporary issues in Southwest Asian archaeology
- Archaeological practice, public engagement and sustainability
- Archaeology in the Modern World (Level 1)
- Twenty Things that Changed the World (Level 2) (Convenor)
- Process of Artefact Studies (Honours and Masters) Convenor)
- Feasting Like the Ancients: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Early Food and Drink (Honours and Masters)