Prof. dr. Susan Pollock

Susan Pollock is professor of Western Asian Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin and professor emerita of Anthropology at Binghamton University. She has long-standing research interests in village, early state, and urban societies in Western Asia and has conducted fieldwork in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. Her recent work has involved much more recent periods, with field projects on sites of the 20th century in and around Berlin. Her work draws on feminist and political economic approaches to the study of the past, with specific attention to processes of subjectivation and the place of commensality in social life.

She is the author of Ancient Mesopotamia: The Eden that Never Was, editor of Between Feasts and Daily Meals. Toward an Archaeology of Commensal Spaces, and co-editor (with Reinhard Bernbeck and Kamyar Abdi) of The 2003 Excavations at Tol-e Baši, Iran: Social Life in a Neolithic Village and (with Reinhard Bernbeck and Birgül Ögüt) of Looking Closely. Excavations at Monjukli Depe, Turkmenistan, 2010 – 2014, Volume I.

Books by Susan Pollock

Coming to Terms with the Future

Concepts of Resilience for the Study of Early Iranian Societies

Edited by Reinhard Bernbeck, Gisela Eberhardt & Susan Pollock | 2023

The collection of essays in this book focuses on the highlands of Iran in pre-modern times, reaching from the Paleolithic to the medieval period. What holds the diverse contributions together is an issue that is…

Looking Closely

Excavations at Monjukli Depe, Turkmenistan, 2010 – 2014

Edited by Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck & Birgül Öğüt | 2019

Soviet archaeological research in southern Turkmenistan revealed a series of small Late Neolithic and Aeneolithic villages strung along the streams that emerge from the Kopet Dag and water the narrow foothill zone separating the mountains…

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