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Kathryn Grossman

Asst Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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I am an archaeologist and zooarchaeologist with expertise in the complex societies of Southwest Asia and the eastern Mediterranean. My current research focuses on resistance to state-making, the biographies of early cities, and human/non-human animal relationships in early complex societies. I direct the Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project and I have been a senior staff member on archaeological projects across Syria, Cyprus, Egypt, and Iraq. I am also currently co-editing the final report on excavations at Tell Qarqur, Syria, where I worked from 2006 to 2010.

At NC State, I currently teach courses in Introductory Archaeology, Introductory Biological Anthropology, Zooarchaeology, Egyptian Archaeology, and Archaeological Field Methods. Before coming to NC State, I taught at MIT and Bradley University.


  • Director, Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project, Cyprus. Collaborators: Tate Paulette (NC State), Lisa Graham (Edinburgh) and Andrew McCarthy (Edinburgh)
  • Zooarchaeologist, Wadi el-Hudi Project, Egypt
  • Zooarchaeologist, Petra North Ridge Project, Jordan
  • Co-Editor, final report on excavations at Tell Qarqur, Syria. With Jesse Casana (Dartmouth College) and Eric Jensen (University of Arkansas)
  • Previous Excavation and Zooarchaeology Projects: Tell Hamoukar, Tell Zeidan, and Tell Qarqur, Syria


Research Publications


Ph.D. Near Eastern Archaeology University of Chicago 2013

M.A. Near Eastern Archaeology University of Chicago 2005

B.A. Archaeology Tufts University 2003

Area(s) of Expertise

Archaeology, Anthropology, Zooarchaeology, Urbanism, Bronze Age, Near East and Eastern Mediterranean