Steve Falconer specializes in the prehistory and history of Southwestern Asia and the Mediterranean Basin, focusing on the growth and dissolution of complex societies. His current research concentrates on villages and household economies in early urbanized societies and the impacts of agrarian systems on ancient landscapes. He has directed multidisciplinary research projects at a series of four Bronze Age villages along the Jordan Rift in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the American Center of Oriental Research, Amman.
This research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Falconer has inaugurated new field research on Bronze Age village life on Cyprus (with Patricia Fall) in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia.
Falconer is one of five ASU principal investigators on a recently-awarded $1.5 million National Science Foundation Biocomplexity grant to study Neolithic and Bronze Age land use and landscape formation in the Mediterranean Basin. Falconer has served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University, Research Fellow at La Trobe University (Melbourne) and the Australia National University (Canberra) and Visiting Scholar at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (Nicosia).
Ph.D. University of Arizona
Ancient Rural Ecology and Landscape Formation on Cyprus
Archaeology and Environment of the Dead Sea Plain
Bronze Age Village Life and Rural Ecology on Cyprus: Excavations at Politiko Troullia
Mediterranean Landscape Dynamics
SHESC Themes: Urban Societies
Field Specializations: Agrarian Societies, Archaeology, Complex Societies, Landscape Formation, Urban-rural Relations,
Regional Focus: Asia (Southwest), Eastern Mediterranean, Near East
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