Yorke M. Rowan is a Research Associate in the Archaeology of the Southern Levant with the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He holds his degrees from the University of Texas (Ph.D. and MA) and the University of Virginia. He is director of the Galilee Prehistory Project, co-directs the excavations at the Chalcolithic site of Marj Rabba, and co-directs the Eastern Badia Research Project, which involves survey and excavation at Maitland’s Mesa and Wisad Pools, two sites in the Black Desert of Jordan. Dr. Rowan's current research interests include the ritual and mortuary practice of the Southern Levantine Chalcolithic Period, and ground stone assemblages from the Late Prehistoric to Early Historic Perionds in the Southern Levant. His most recent edited volume, Beyond Belief: The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual (2012) draws together theoretical and methodological studies concerning ancient religion and ritual. As a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem during 2013-14, Dr. Rowan is preparing a monograph on the survey and excavations of Marj Rabba.