News & Events Archive

August 2011. Project ArAGATS has a new US home!  Project co-directors Adam T. Smith and Lori Khatchadourian have taken positions in the Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies Departments (respectively) at Cornell University.  For more information see the following links: Lori, Adam, Assemblages Blog, Landscapes and Objects Laboratory.

Summer 2011. Project ArAGATS conducted fieldwork in the Tsaghkahovit Plain of central Armenia, celebrating its 13th year of research in the region. Research was conducted at the sites of Tsaghkahovit, Gegharot, and Arai through a collaboration between The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Armenia, Cornell University, and Purdue University.

November 2010. A Wenner Gren Dissertation Field Grant was awarded to Maureen Marshall for chemical isotope analysis of Bronze Age human remains from Armenia, including sites from the Tsaghkahovit Plain. Analysis will be conducted in summer 2011 at the Archaeological Chemistry Lab at Arizona State University.

Summer 2010. Project ArAGATS conducted fieldwork in the Tsaghkahovit Plain of central Armenia, celebrating its 12th year of research in the region.  Research was conducted at the sites of Tsaghkahovit and Gegharot through a collaboration between the University of Chicago, the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Armenia, Cornell University, and Purdue University.

May 2010. The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a 2 year Collaborative Research Grant to Lori Khatchadourian for continued study of the Iron 3 period at Tsaghkahovit.

May 2010. A National Science Foundation Senior Archaeology Grant was awarded to Adam T Smith, Ian Lindsay, and Lori Khatchadourian for 2 years of continued work on the Late Bronze Age of the Tsaghkahovit Plain.

April 2010. Adam T. Smith was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for 2010-11.

April 2010. Project ArAGATS members Maureen Marshall, Kathryn Franklin, and Alan Greene presented results of their ongoing research at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in St. Louis.

February 2010. A discussion of the results of the 2008 magnetic survey co-authored by Ian Lindsay, Adam T Smith, and Ruben Badalyan has been published in the journal Archaeological Prospection (17: 15-27).

January 2010. Lori Khatchadourian’s dissertation, focused on her work in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, received a Rackham Dissertation award from the University of Michigan and was a finalist for the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilm International Distinguished Dissertation Award.

September 15, 2009.  Papers by team members Ian Lindsay and Ruben Badalyan will be delivered at a conference in Yerevan celebrating the 50th anniversarty of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.

July 1, 2009.  The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies, Volume 1: The Foundations of Research and Regional Survey in the Tsaghkahovit Plain is now available for purchase or download from the Oriental Institute Press.

Summer 2009.  Project ArAGATS’s field operations are on hiatus until 2010.  Materials analysis continues however as team members continue laboratory research and data coding.

Project ArAGATS was profiled in the spring 2009 newsletter of the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago. Read it here.

April 23-26, 2009.  Team members from Project ArAGATS will be presenting results of their ongoing research at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Atlanta.  Presentations include:  Kathryn Franklin “Materialities of movement, structures of exchange: Mobility and landscape in the medieval Armenian Highlands”; Alan Greene (with Charles Hartley) “Renewing the ‘Search for Structure’: New Techniques and New Frameworks in Instrumental Ceramics Analysis”; Maureen Marshall “Bodies, Burials, and Boundaries: Variability in Late Bronze Age (1500-1200B.C.) Mortuary Practice in the South Caucasus”.

April 21, 2009. Elizabeth Fagan has received a Fulbright award to support her dissertation research into the architectural and textual landscapes of Hellenistic and Roman era Armenia.

October 10, 2008. AT Smith presents “Yerevan, My Ancient Erebuni’: Archaeological Repertoires, Public Assemblages, and the Manufacture of a (Post-)Soviet Nation” at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory Conference Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Imagined Communities.

October 23, 2008.  AT Smith presents “A Conspiracy of Objects: Archaeological Repertoires, (Post)Socialist Publics, and the Making of Modern Yerevantsi” at the Stanford University Archaeology Center.

Summer, 2008.  Project ArAGATS celebrated its 10th anniversary of research in the Tsaghkahovit Plain.This work included excavations at the multicomponent site of Gegharot, the Iron 3 period town and Late Bronze Age Cemetery at Tsaghkahovit, and a geophysical survey of Tsaghkahovit.

June 6, 2008. Lori Khatchadourian (Univ. of Michigan) successfully defended her Ph.D dissertation, Social Logics Under Empire: The Armenian ‘Highland Satrapy and Achaemenid Rule, ca. 600-300 BC  Based on two seasons of excavations at Tsaghkahovit, the work is the most detailed study to date of Iron 3 (Achaemenid) era social life on the Armenian highlands.

May 1-3, 2008. The Third University of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology will be held at the Oriental Institute.  The conference will include multiple presentations on the ongoing work of Project ArAGATS by: Alan Greene, Lori Khatchadourian, Ian Lindsay,  Maureen Marshall, Belinda Monahan, and Adam Smith.

April 11, 2008. Maureen Marshall has received a Fulbright award to support her dissertation fieldwork at a Late Bronze Age burial cluster in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia.  Her bioarchaeological research will examine Late Bronze Age transformations in the region as seen through the mortuary rituals and bodily remains preserved in the region’s cemeteries.

April 11, 2008. Alan Greene (see below) has also received a Fulbright award to support his dissertation fieldwork at the site of Aragatsiberd in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia.

March 11, 2008. Alan Greene (Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago) has received a National Science Foundation doctoral dissertation improvement grant in support of his investigation of how craft manufacturing articulated with political centralization during the Late Bronze Age in the Tsaghkahovit Plain.

March 29, 2008. Ian Lindsay will present a paper entitled “Fuzzy Borders?: Investigating Political Boundary Formation among South Caucasian LBA Fortress Polities” at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Vancouver.

March 28, 2008. Maureen Marshall and Alan Greene will present a paper entitled “Catacomb Queries: The Social Dynamics of Late Bronze Age Burial Practices, Artik, Armenia” at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Vancouver.

March 20, 2008. AT. Smith “Prometheus Unbound: Geographies of Transgression and Archaeologies of Authority in the Bronze Age Caucasus”.  University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Anthropology Colloquium.

Jan. 29, 2008.  AT Smith.  “Unearthing Citizens, Consuming (Pre)history: Archaeology from the National to the Neoliberal in Modern Armenia” Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.

January 18, 2008: Bronze and Early Iron Age Archaeological Sites in Armenia, I: Mt. Aragats and its Surrounding Region has just been published by Project ArAGATS co-director Ruben Badalyan and Pavel Avetisyan.

January 3, 2008.  Lori Khatchadourian presented a paper based on her work in the lower town of Tsaghkahovit at the Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meetings in Chicago.  The paper was entitled: “Beyond Empire and Dynasty: The Political and Social Landscapes of the Armenian Highlands, 600-300 B.C.”

December 10, 2007.  Diana Mirijanyan, of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan, has been selected as the first ArAGATS scholar.  Ms. Mirijanyan will spend 10 weeks at the University of Chicago working and studying with the ArAGATS team.

October 25, 2007. The monograph report on the Project ArAGATS survey is now in press at the Oriental Institute Press.  It is entitled The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Trasncaucasian Societies, Volume I: Regional Investigations in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia. We anticipate publication in January 2008.

August 2007.  Team member Dr. Ian Lindsay has joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Purdue University.

July 2007. The preliminary report on the Project ArAGATS 2003-06 field seasons is now in press at the journal Archäologische Mitteillungen aus Iran und Turan.