Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Lisa Cooper received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and works as an Associate Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of British Columbia. Her main interests lie in the study of the language, history and archaeology of “Greater Mesopotamia,” a region consisting of the lands of ancient Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey (8000 – 333 BCE). She is interested in understanding how archaeological remains can further our knowledge of ancient human behavior, how artifacts contribute towards the formulation of chronologies, and how they reflect or emphasize social and political histories. Recently, she has extended her research to explore an enigmatic “Dark Age” of the Bronze Age of Greater Mesopotamia, which took place at the very end of the third millennium BCE. Her work on this time period concentrates on material excavated in contexts of the late 3rd millennium BCE in the Euphrates Valley of Syria.