Emily Booker
Doctoral Student in Archaeology and the Ancient World (Ph.D. expected, February 2024)

Emily received a double B.A. in Classical Civilizations and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations from the University of California, Berkeley (2013). She graduated with high honors for a thesis concerning the socio-economic implications of Cypriot cylinder seals during the Late Bronze Age. Her experience ranges from educational outreach at the San Diego Museum of Man, independent research at the British Museum, ceramic analysis at the American Academy in Rome, and fieldwork on multiple projects, including the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments project, Cyprus, the Tayinat Lower Town Project, Turkey, the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project, Jordan, and the Busayra Cultural Heritage Project, Jordan. Her main academic interests lie in international ties, trade, and communication in the eastern Mediterranean, particularly in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, through a combination of archaeological, art historical, and textual analysis of materials. Her dissertation work focuses on anthropomorphic clay figurines from Cyprus dating to the Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age, considering issues of local appropriations of foreign influence and conceptions of the human body. Emily is also interested in issues of public outreach and the representation of archaeology in pop culture, particularly in videogames, and how these representations may shape modern public perceptions of the field.

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