Graham Philip undertook his PhD at Edinburgh University (1988), then spent four years in the Middle East, initially in Baghdad and then as Assistant Director of the British Institute for at Amman for Archaeology and History. He was then a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London before joining Durham University in 1994.
Prof Philip’s research falls into three main areas: landscape archaeology, artefact studies, and attempts to understand nature of early complex societies, themes that he has explored in the context of the later Prehistory and Bronze Ages of the Middle East. He directed excavations at the Chalcolithic-EBA site of Tell esh-Shuna in the North Jordan Valley (1991-95) and a landscape project, Settlement and Landscape Development in the Homs Region, Syria (1999-2010), in the course of which he pioneered the use of satellite imagery as a tool for archaeological site prospection and landscape analysis.
He is currently involved in three major research projects. 1. The Fragile Crescent Project, (UK Arts & Humanities Research Council) which seeks to understand large-scale trends in settlement by combining data from multiple surveys across an area running from northern Iraq to western Syria. 2. The Invisible Dead (John Templeton Foundation) which attempts to understand and interpret the mortuary archaeology of the Levant from 4000 BC-400 AD by creating a fully quantified dataset. 3. Through the CRANE project Prof Philip is working with colleagues in Toronto, Chicago and British Columbia to combine and interrogate a number of regional datasets relating to the archaeology and history of the Orontes watershed. He is also Editor of the journal Levant. Presently, Prof Philip is working with a number of archaeological colleagues, and staff of the Durham University Computing and Information Services, to draw together data currently held by individual researchers and research projects to provide the basis of a national inventory of sites and monuments for Syria.