Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Gil J. Stein is the Director of the Oriental Institute and Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He received his BA from Yale University in 1978 and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. He has excavated and surveyed in the American Southwest ,Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.
His main research interests focus on the development of early civilizations in the Near East and the archaeology of ancient colonies. He has also conducted research on ancient urbanism, the economic organization of the earliest state societies, and zooarchaeology. He has written over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, and the book Rethinking World Systems: Diasporas, Colonies, and Interaction in Uruk Mesopotamia (University of Arizona Press 1999). His most recent edited volume is The Archaeology of Colonial Encounters – Comparative Perspectives (2005), published by SAR Press.
From 1992-1997 he directed excavations at the ancient Mesopotamian trading colony of Hacınebi in the Euphrates river valley of southeast Turkey. From 2008-2010 he directed the Oriental Institute’s excavations at the prehistoric 6th-5th millennium BC site of Tell Zeidan in the Euphrates Valley, Syria. From 2013 to the present he has co-directed (with Abbas Alizadeh) The Oriental Institute’s excavations at the Chalcolithic site of Surezha in the Erbil Governate of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Since 2012, he has been the co-director of the Oriental Institute’s Partnership with the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul; this is a 3 year cultural heritage preservation project funded by the US State Department to develop a computer database for the museum and conduct a complete inventory of the objects in its collections.