Prof Douglas Baird MA, Ph.D.

Professor, Near Eastern Archaeology Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    Professor Baird graduated with an MA and PhD in Archaeology. He completed his PhD on the Neolithic of the desert zones of the Levant in 1992. Between 1982 and 1987 he carried out excavations, field survey and research on chipped stone and ceramics in the Middle East, in Jordan, Iraq and Cyprus. He has directed three major archaeological field projects, 1) the Tell esh Shuna project, in Jordan dealing with the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age of the southern Levant; 2) the Konya Plain Survey in Turkey dealing with the long-term settlement history of central Anatolia, 10,000 BC- 1750 AD; 3) the Pınarbaşı and Boncuklu projects in Turkey dealing with the appearance of the first sedentary and agricultural societies.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Invited to a workshop at Nanjing Agricultural University (Invitation to Speak, Nanjing Agricultural University 2012)
    • Invitation to speak at University College Dublin (Invitation to Speak, UCD 2011)
    • Presentation on research project (Invitation to Speak, British Museum 2011)
    • Annual lecture of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society (Invitation to Speak, Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 2010)
    • Lecture (Invitation to Speak, Directorate General of Turkey 2010)
    • Lecture and Commentator (Invitation to Speak, Templeton Fund 2010)
    • Lecture for Turkish International Archaeological symposium (Invitation to Speak, Directorate General of Turkey 2009)
    • Lecture on spread of farming in central Anatolia (Invitation to Speak, University of Edinburgh 2009)
    • Lecture on spread of farming in central Anatolia (Invitation to Speak, University of Reading 2009)
    • The spread of farming in central Anatolia (Invitation to Speak, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey 2009)
    • Paper: Ritual in the Neolithic landscape (Invitation to Speak, Council for British Research in the Levant 2007)
    • Paper: Boncuklu: antecedents of Çatalhöyük (Invitation to Speak, Directorate General of Antiquities of Turkey 2007)
    • Paper on Central Anatolian Neolithic research projects (Invitation to Speak, British Academy 2007)
    • March 2006 Transanatolia conference, British Museum. The Epipalaeolithic of central Anatolia (Invitation to Speak, Transanatolia Organising Committee 2006)
    • Jan 2006 Edinburgh British association of Near Eastern Archaeologists ¿Iron Age settlement and socie (Invitation to Speak, Organisers BANEA 2006)
    • May 2006 Antalyan International symposium on excavations in Turkey 'Pinarbasi and the origins of se' (Invitation to Speak, Directorate General of Antquities of Turkey 2006)
    • Nov 2005 UCL London Farmer hunter-gatherer interactions seminar series: 'Networks of interactions' (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London 2005)
    • May 2005 Antalya International symposium on excavations in Turkey 'Pinarbasi and the origins of se' (Invitation to Speak, .Directorate general of Antiquities of Turkey 2005)

    Administrative Roles

    • Head of Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

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