Dr Monica Palmero Fernandez
- Lecturer (Archaeology)
Dr Monica Palmero Fernandez is a Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology.
Monica received her PhD in Mesopotamian Archaeology from the University of Reading in 2019. Her PhD research explored the relationship between religion and early state formation in Mesopotamia, focusing on temples dedicated to the goddess Inanna/Ishtar.
Her central research interests include:
- The Archaeology of Power and Early State Formation
- Gender Archaeology
- The Archaeology and History of Early Mesopotamia
- The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual
- Ancient Near Eastern Religion and Mythology
- Archaeological Approaches to Inscribed Objects and Writing
- Critical Heritage and Heritage in Conflict/Post-Conflict
Monica has worked on archaeological and heritage projects in Spain, Greece and Iraq. She is currently involved with the following projects:
- RASHID International (Research, Assessment and Safeguarding of the Heritage of Iraq in Danger). Researcher.
2019 British Institute for the Study of Iraq – Research Grant: Digitisation of Jemdet Nasr
Project funded by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq to digitise diapositives from the 1988-89 excavation of the site of Jemdet Nasr in southern Iraq, under the direction of Prof Roger Matthews. Website is expected to be live by April 2020.
2017 British Institute for the Study of Iraq – Outreach Grant:
For the organisation of the 7th Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology
2017 British Institute for the Study of Iraq – Conference Grant:
For the organisation of the 6th Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology
20 Things that Changed the World (Convenor)
Theory and Interpretation (Honours)
Landscape and Power in the Ancient Near East and East Mediterranean (Honours/PGT, Convenor)
Feasting like the Ancients (Honours/PGT, Convenor)
Being Human in the Ancient Near East (Honours/PGT, in development)
Landscape Archaeologies (Masters)
Interviews & Public Conferences
- 2020 “La destrucción del patrimonio cultural y los derechos fundamentales: lecciones y propuestas desde Irak.” Cultural Heritage Seminar Series, 10 September, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina.
- 2020 “By the Power of Ishtar!” Invited interview for the YouTube channel ‘Digital Hammurabi’, 23 February.
- 2020 Time & Mind Journal Editorial Team