North Central College is proud to feature Dr. Gil J. Stein as our Keynote Speaker for the 2009 Rall Symposium.
Dr. Stein is 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 (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum Laude, with honors in archaeology) 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 (Arizona and New Mexico), Syria, and most recently in Turkey, where he has been working since 1981.
He has been a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey (1982-83) a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution (1988-89), a Resident Scholar at the School of American Research (1994-95), and has held a Howard fellowship from Brown University in 1997-98.
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 the economic organization of state societies, craft specialization, Neolithic subsistence systems, and zooarchaeology. He has written over 40 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, in a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Geographic Society. He is currently directing the Oriental Institute’s new excavations at the prehistoric site of Tell Zeidan in the Euphrates Valley, Syria.