Welcome‎ > ‎


Maureen E. Marshall is a bioarchaeologist whose work focuses on early complex polities and empires in the South Caucasus and Eurasia. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2014. Dr. Marshall is the Associate Director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an Associate Director of Project ArAGATS, the joint American-Armenian project for the Archaeology and Geography for Ancient Transcaucasian Societies, and has been excavating in Armenia since 2005. She also collaborates with physical anthropologists in Armenia.  She serves on the advisory board for the Aragats Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Armenia's cultural heritage through heritage preservation, development, and education. Dr. Marshall’s work has been published in edited volumes on global perspectives in human remains analysis, including Archaeological Human Remains: A Global Perspective in 2014 and The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation in 2011. Her research interests include political subjectivity, violence in ancient societies, disease and health in ancient populations, the archaeology of Eurasia and the Near East, and the history of physical anthropology.

photo by Hannah Chazin

Note: pages on this website contain images of archaeological human remains.


05/26/2017 - ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant - Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Karnut Cemetery

Dr. Ruben Badalyan and Dr. Maureen Marshall were awarded an ARISC CHM Grant to excavate and preserve the materials and remains of an Early Bronze Age cemetery at Karnut in the Shirak Plain of Armenia. More here

12/18/2016 - New Publications
"A preliminary report on the 2008, 2010, and 2011 investigations of Project ArAGATS on the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Republic of Armenia" By Ruben Badalyan, Adam T. Smith, Ian Lindsay, Armine Harutyunyan, Alan Greene, Maureen Marshall, Belinda Monahan, Roman Hovsepyan. Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan Vol. 46 (2014)

2016   "Unruly Remains: Ethnogenesis and Physical Anthropology in the South Caucasus." In, Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics: Rethinking Temporality and Community in Eurasian Archaeology, edited by Kathryn O. Weber, Emma Hite, Lori Khatchadourian, Adam T. Smith, pp. 291-302. Brill.