Michael Danti is Academic Director of Cultural Heritage Initiatives with the American Schools of Oriental Research. He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.) and Purdue University, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. His areas of specialization are Near Eastern archaeology, Mesopotamia, Iran, cultural heritage management, museum studies, archaeological method and theory, and complex societies. He is currently Director of Excavations at Tell es-Sweyhat (Syria) and Rowanduz (Iraqi Kurdistan). Dr. Danti's current publication projects include "Assyrianizing Contexts at Hasanlu Tepe IVb?: Materiality and Identity in Northwest Iran" (with Megan Cifarelli, forthcoming in The Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire) and "The Rowanduz Archaeological Program 2013–14: First Preliminary Report on Research in Iraqi Kurdistan" (forthcomoing, Antiquity).