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.

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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 in the History of Art (2005). He previously taught at Reed College (Portland, OR) for three semesters in 2005-2006. He joined the faculty at Brown in 2006, and since then, he has been teaching at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and the Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies. At Brown he is also affiliated with the Department of Anthropology, Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies, and the program in Middle East Studies.

Harmansah 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 the author of Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East that was published by Cambridge University Press (2013). He was Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities in Fall 2012. He is spending the 2013-2014 academic year on sabbatical as a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, working on a second monograph entitled Place, Memory, and Healing: An Archaeology of Anatolian Rock Monuments, which will be published by Routledge (2014). He also serves as a Commissioner at the State of Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission.

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OMUR HARMANSAH, PhD in History of Art, MA in Architectural History, B. Architecture
Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Phone: +1 401 863 6411

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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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