Varying trajectories led to the birth of early political states in the ancient world. In this public lecture, recent extraordinary findings at Arslantepe-Malatya, in the Upper Euphrates valley will provide a comparative perspective for understanding early state formation in the greater Mesopotamian world, including the southern Mesopotamian plains, the northern Mesopotamian regions, and the Upper and Middle Euphrates valley of South-Eastern Anatolia. Profound structural, socio-economic and environmental differences exist in the roots of social hierarchies across the region, including the types of political economy performed by elites and their control over staple economy, the form and degree of involvement of the surrounding populations in the centralization process, and the role played by urbanization in the stability or instability, development or crisis of the earliest centralized and hierarchical political systems in southwest Asia.


About the presenter

Marcella Frangipane is Professor of Archaeology (Prehistory) at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she teaches Prehistory and Protohistory of the Near and Middle East and Strategies and Methods of Archaeological Research. She is a Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and a Corresponding Member of the Deutsches Archäologische Institut in Berlin and the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Prof. Frangipane has participated in field research in Mexico, Italy, Egypt and Turkey, was field director at the Late Predynastic site of Maadi (Egypt), and, from 1990, the director of the Italian Archaeological Project in Eastern Anatolia (excavations at Arslantepe-Malatya and Zeytinli Bahçe-Urfa, Turkey).  For her work at Arslantepe, Prof. Frangipane has received the Discovery Award by the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (China 2015); the Vittorio De Sica Prize for Science (Archaeology) (Italy 2015); and Rotondi Prize to Saviors of Art (Italy 2017). She has also received two honorary titles by the President of the Italian Republic and an honorary PhD by the University of Malatya.



About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.