Staff Profile:Dr Wendy Matthews

Name:
Dr Wendy Matthews
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:
  • Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Department of Archaeology
  • Convenor Undergraduate Dissertations
Areas of Interest:
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Early sedentism and urbanism
  • Soil micromorphology and Geoarchaeology
  • Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology
  • Environmental Archaeology and Ecology

Postgraduate supervision:

Wendy currently supervises six research students:

  • Neolithic ecology and settlement networks at Çatalhöyük and Pınarbası, Turkey (Aroa Garcia-Suarez);
  • Micromorphological investigation of early animal management in the Central Zagros of Iraq and Iran (Sarah Elliott); 
  • Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement histories and microstratigraphy in Greece (Stella Kyrillidou);
  • Contextual analysis of Bronze Age networks in Cyprus and Bahrain, including pXRF analysis of stone artefacts (Helen McGauran);
  • A geoarchaeological study of Neolithic open spaces in N. Greece (Georgia Koromila)
  • Architecture and urbanisation in Cyprus: local and regional innovation in materials, technology and social representation (Marialucia Amadio).

Many of these research projects are interdisciplinary and jointly supervised by staff with additional expertise in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science including: Dr Stuart Black in Geoscience (McGauran; Kyrillidou; Garcia-Suarez); Prof Bob Chapman in social complexity (McGauran), and Prof. Roger Matthews in Near Eastern and East Mediterranean archaeology (Elliot; Amadio).

Wendy is happy to discuss proposals for postgraduate and postdoctoral research in any area of: Neolithic and Bronze Age Near Eastern Archaeology and Geoarchaeology, in particular: early agricultural and urban settlement, ecology and landscapes; material engagement; and micromorphological, experimental and interdisciplinary approaches. For further information contact: Dr Wendy Matthews

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Key Facts:

Dr. Wendy Matthews joined the Department staff in October 2000. She has considerable experience in Near Eastern Archaeology and soil micromorphology. Her research focuses on ecology and the built environment in early agricultural and urban landscapes and settlements. She has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Bahrain. Her research interests include site formation processes and taphonomy, life-histories of buildings and communities, ecology, and interdisciplinary analysis of architectural materials and archaeological sediments.

Wendy is Co-Director of the Central Zagros Archaeological Project and AHRC funded research which is investigating Sedentism and Resource Management in the Neolithic of the Central Zagros in Iraq and Iran, in collaboration with Prof Roger Matthews, Kamal Rasheed Raheem Director General of Antiquities and Heritage, Sulaimaniyah and Dr Yaghoub Mohammadifar, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan. The sites investigated were situated in fertile valleys on major east-west route ways through the Zagros Mountains that later became part of the Silk Road and Great Khorasan Highway. She Dr Wendy Matthews has published articles in journals such as Quaternary International and World Archaeology and in, books on Geoarchaeology, Environmental Archaeology and major archaeological sites, including Çatalhöyük and Tell Brak. She is Co-Editor of the interdisciplinary volume on the Central Zagros Archaeological Project: The Earliest Neolithic of Iran: 2008 Excavations at Sheikh-E Abad and Jani (2013).

Wendy is a member of the Scientific Committee for the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East; the Steering Committee for the Çatalhöyük Research Project; and the Steering Committee for the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology. She was Chair of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology 2005-7 and a founder of the new Themes from the Ancient Near East BANEA Publication Series (Oxbow Books).

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Qualifications:
MA, Edinburgh; PhD, Cambridge

 

Wendy

Contact Details

Email:
w.matthews@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 6788

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