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Dr Mark Altaweel
103
31-34 Gordon Square
London
UK
WC1H 0PY
Appointment
  • Reader in Near East Archaeology
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

BA, MS, PhD
Reader in Near East Archaeology
Associate Editor: Social Science Computer Review, Iraq (editorial board)

Educational Background
PhD (University of Chicago, 2004)
MS (University of Chicago, 2000)
BA (University of Illinois, 1997)

Research Summary


Research Interests
Agent-based modelling
GIS and land use
Complex adaptive systems
Computational Social Science
Mesopotamian history and archaeology

Research Projects
Documentation of Iraqi Archaeological Sites
Restructuring the social and social-ecological sciences in the 21st century
Salinisation in Mesopotamia
Shahrizor Research Project
SHULGI: A Geospatial Tool for Modelling Human Movement and Interaction
Social Perceptions, Water Use and Climate Change

Fieldwork
2011: Archaeological project conducted in Kurdistan, Iraq (near Sulaymaniyah). Work focuses on studying anthropogenic landscape change in the past using soil analysis, remote sensing, and archaeological survey. Work conducted with the University of Heidelberg.
2008-2010: Co-PI on archaeological documentation projected sponsored by the United States State Department with data collected focusing on ancient Mesopotamian sites in southern and northern Iraq. Work included training Iraqis on the use of archaeological survey methods and GPS. Project was conducted near Istanbul, Turkey and Amman, Jordan.
2006-2008: Co-PI on archaeological documentation projected sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities with data collected focusing on ancient Mesopotamian sites in southern and northern Iraq. Work included training Iraqis on the use of archaeological survey methods and GPS on archaeological sites in Jordan. Project work was conducted in Homs, Syria and Amman, Jordan.
2004-5: PI on archaeological data collection project for sites in northern Mesopotamia with data focused on surveys and excavations conducted in the 1980s and 1990s. Project included training Iraqis on the useof GPS and other survey techniques on sites in Jordan. Project conducted in and near Amman, Jordan.
2003: Archaeological site damage assessment survey in Iraq sponsored by National Geographic Society (see October 2003 issue of National Geographic). Conducted near Baghdad, Mosul, and Samarra, Iraq.


Teaching Summary

Mark takes an interdisciplinary perspective in his teaching philosophy and integrates a variety of methods and fields in his courses. He has taught courses on Near Eastern history and archaeology, GIS, remote sensing methods, computational modelling, data science, social-ecological theory, introduction to archaeology, and on land use and environmental change.Mark helped establish the UK's first data science focus in archaeology while his courses in the Near East focus on material culture and its change over time and space. 

Appointments
01-OCT-2015 Reader in Near East Archaeology Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2012 Visiting Fellow Computation Institute University of Chicago, United States
15-FEB-2012 Visiting Research Scientist Decision and Information Sciences Argonne National Laboratory, United States
01-SEP-2011 – 30-SEP-2015 Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2008 – 31-AUG-2011 Fellow Computation Institute University of Chicago, United States
01-MAY-2008 – 30-JUN-2011 Visiting Professor Geography and Environmental Studies University of Alaska, United States
01-AUG-2005 – 30-AUG-2011 Computational Social Scientist Decision and Information Sciences Argonne National Laboratory, United States
01-JUN-2003 – 31-JUL-2005 Research Associate Decision and Information Sciences Argonne National Laboratory, United States
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