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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 and a Research Associate Affiliate in Anthropology 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.

10/1/2020 - ARISC Awarded US Department of Education Title VI AORC grant 

We are thrilled to announce that ARISC was awarded a grant from the US Department of Education’s Title VI AORC program. These competitive grants fund overseas centers to promote postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies. The grant (2020-24) will allow us to offer short-term Junior Research Fellowships for early-career scholars throughout the grant. In addition, we are excited to host a 2nd Teaching the South Caucasus curriculum development workshop in 2022 and develop a new program, the South Caucasus Overseas Program for Educators (SCOPE), that will bring US college instructors to the South Caucasus in 2023. Both of these programs give priority to faculty at Community College and Minority Serving Institutions. To support South Caucasus language instruction, we’ll be updating our language instruction webpage as a resource for language learners and hosting a webinar on the current state of language instruction and paths forward. Finally, the grant will also help to fund our overseas staff and executive director and allow us to hire a part-time assistant director. 

10/1/2020 - REEEC awarded US Department of State Title VIII Award 2020-2021

Title VIII will support the Summer and Open Research Labs and research and training workshops at the University of Illinois. Funding opportunities are open to US researchers working on the REE&E region.

7/5/2020 - New Project ArAGATS publication 

Badalyan, Ruben, Alan F. Greene, Armine Harutyunyan, Lori Khatchadourian, Ian Lindsay, Maureen Marshall, and Adam T. Smith. 2020. “Project ArAGATS 1998-2018: Twenty years of archaeological investigations in the Bronze and Iron Ages of Armenia." Aramazd: Armenian Journal of Near Eastern Studies X(1-2):61-81.

6/15/2020 - SRL Goes Virtual!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, REEEC and SRS staff have transformed the Summer Research Lab into virtual research support for summer 2020. VSRL associates not only have access to the University of Illinois Library's digital resources and can request scans of physical materials in the SEEE collections, but are also invited to participate in virtual workshops and webinars, networking and social events, and kruzhok/works-in-progress meetings. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to create spaces where scholars can conduct research, share their work and receive feedback, and collaborate.

6/3/2019 - To the South Caucasus

This May-June, I am heading to the South Caucasus with a grant to develop a course on the South Caucasus (and to conduct a little osteology analysis of remains from the Gegharot EBA village and LBA kurgans!).  Somehow I had never spent late spring in the Caucasus, and I have clearly been missing out! It may be the best time of the year to tour Yerevan and Tbilisi, dine outside at cafes, hike to sites, and then head into the museums when it starts to get blazing hot.

Left to right: St. Gayane Church (7th century) from Etchmiadzin, Metsamor (EBA, LBA, Iron Age), Jvari (6th century) above the confluence of the Kura/Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, wild flowers, reconstructed Rabati Castle (9th century), Vardzia (12th century).

1/10/2019 - New Project ArAGATS publication 

S. Manning, A. T. Smith, L. Khatchadourian, R. Badalyan, A. Greene, I. Lindsay, M. Marshall  "A New Chronological Model for the Bronze and Iron Age South Caucasus: Radiocarbon Results from Project ArAGATS, Armenia". Antiquity 92(366): 1530-51.

1/10/2019 - Associate Editor, Current Anthropology

I am honored to be serving as an associated editor for Current Anthropology. Editor Laurence Ralph has an excellent vision for the journal and I am excited to be a part of its development. Check out the new Anthropological Currents section! And, honestly, I can't wait to see the products of current archaeology, bioarchaeology, and physical anthropology research!

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