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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 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.


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.

10/01/2018 - American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) President

I am very much looking forward to working with the talented and dedicated representatives and officers at ARISC to help grow the ARISC network of scholars and support research in the South Caucasus! Find out more about ARISC - and become a member!

09/28/2018 - REEEC awarded US Department of Education Title VI NRC and FLAS for 2018-2022; US Department of State Title VIII Award 2018-2019

I was delighted to work with a fabulous team at REEEC to build a program that will continue to support study. training, research, outreach, and programs on Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia! Our new Title VI programs build upon successful partnerships developed in the previous cycle as well as support new outreach initiatives the College of Education, Spurlock Museum, and others and a new exciting 'Critical Methods Series' for our REEES academic programs at the University of Illinois. 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. 

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