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Mr Joshua Britton
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  • Student
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS

I earnt my BA (Hons) in History from University College London in 2015 and completed an MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Egypt and the Middle East from UCL's Institute of Archaeology in 2019. During 2020 I held the position of Research Scholar at the British Institute at Ankara where my research focused on frameworks for studying agency during the Old Assyrian kārum period.

I am currently in reciept of an AHRC-funded LAHP-DTP scholarship to support my doctoral research.

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My doctoral research is provisionally titled 'Individual agency and cultural negotiation and mediation during the Old Assyrian kārum period.'
The project investigates the role of the individual in intercultural contact within long-distance trade between Assur in northern Iraq and central Turkey during the 20th-18th centuries BCE and explores how an understanding of individual action can elucidate the intersections between socio-cultural change, mobility, and early political economy.
The rich archives documenting the lives of Assyrian traders participating in this trade while living abroad in Anatolia and the archaeological remains and contents of their houses provide an exceptional dataset to conduct a novel investigation into how individuals negotiated intercultural interaction and to consider migration, multiculturalism, and their effects on economic structures.
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