Catherine Kearns, University of Chicago

Assistant Professor Chicago, Illinois cmkearns@uchicago.edu

Bio/Research

My work focuses on human-environment relationships, landscape practices, and concepts of space and place in the ancient Mediterranean during the dynamic first millennium BCE. My archaeological fieldwork has most recently centered on the island of Cyprus, where I investigate the formation of soci...

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Bio/Research

My work focuses on human-environment relationships, landscape practices, and concepts of space and place in the ancient Mediterranean during the dynamic first millennium BCE. My archaeological fieldwork has most recently centered on the island of Cyprus, where I investigate the formation of social and political landscapes alongside the rise of Iron Age polities and economic networks, ca. 900-500 BCE. Using an interdisciplinary research framework that combines archaeological evidence, geophysics, paleoenvironmental analysis, and historical texts, I examine the interplay between environmental change and the growth and maintenance of social inequalities. Most recently, I have co-directed geophysical survey with the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project in south-central Cyprus, which seeks to investigate patterns of urbanism during the Late Bronze Age. In 2016 I began intensive work at Iron Age sites in the Vasilikos Valley in order to study the development of countryside settlements and land use practices involved in the transition to the Archaic and Classical periods.

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