Ömür Harmanşah works in the field of archaeology, architectural history and material culture of the Near East. He has written on cities, urban space and architectural technologies in ancient Turkey, Iraq and Syria. His academic interests involve intersections of place and landscape, bodily performance, local knowledge, collective memory, and political ecology. He is currently working on a cultural biography of rock reliefs and spring monuments in Anatolia and a critical archaeology of place.
Ömür Harmansah specializes in the archaeology of the ancient Near East, with emphasis on Anatolia, Syria, and Mesopotamia. Born and raised in Turkey, Ömür studied architecture and architectural history at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), and received his PhD from University of Pennsylvania (2005), with a dissertation on the practice of founding cities in the ancient Near East. He currently directs the Brown University funded Yalburt Yaylasi Archaeological Landscape Research Project, a diachronic regional survey project addressing questions of place and landscape in Konya Province of west-central Turkey. He is also involved with archaeological projects at Gordion and Ayanis in Turkey. His first monograph entitled Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East was published by Cambridge University Press (March 2013). He previously taught at Reed College (Portland, OR) for three semesters in 2005-2006. At Brown he is affiliated with the Department of Anthropology, Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies, and the program in Middle East Studies. He was Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities in Fall 2012.
OMUR HARMANSAH, PhD in History of Art, MA in Architectural History, B. Architecture
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Drawing on rocks, gathering by the water: archaeological fieldwork at rock reliefs, sacred springs and other places
Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project
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