Dr. Rocco Palermo is a Researcher and VENI Grant Recipient at the University of Groningen. His research interests focus on several aspects of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East. In particular he concentrates on the settlement patterns, the material culture and the imperial impact of the Seleucid period in Mesopotamia and on the archaeology of the Roman eastern frontier in Syria and Mesopotamia. Other interests include the archaeology of ancient territorial Empires, the landscape archaeology of the Near East and the role of pottery in the archaeological record.
He has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq and is currently Associate Director of the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey (Harvard University) and a member of the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project (University of Udine), both projects operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Since 2019 he has also been in charge of the excavation of the Hellenistic period level at the site of Tell Aliawa (Iraqi Kurdistan) under the direction of Prof. Luca Peyronel (University of Milan, Italy).