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Name Lisa Cooper
Position Professor
Institutional Affiliation University of British Columbia
Latitude 49.269062
Longitude -123.258009
Research Interests

The Archaeology of ‘Greater Mesopotamia’ (ancient Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey)
Ancient Near Eastern urban origins, growth and collapse
History of archaeological exploration and archaeological practice in Mesopotamia, particularly in the early 20th century
Orientalism, colonialism and archaeology
Pottery, and Bronze Age chronologies
The material manifestations of Assyrian imperial growth in the Near East

Websites https://cnrs.ubc.ca/people/lisa-cooper/



“Gertrude Bell’s Mesopotamian Archaeological Photographs,” Near Eastern Archaeology 81 (2018): 108-119.

“Half-Empty or Half-Full? Past and Present Research on EBIV Caliciform Goblets and their Chronological and Socio-Economic Implications,” in Ebla and Beyond: Ancient Near Eastern Studies after Fifty Years of Discoveries at Tell Mardikh. Proceedings of the International Conference Held in Rome, 15th-17thDecember 2014, edited by Paolo Matthiae, Frances Pinnock and Marta D’Andrea. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz, 2018, pp. 181-208.

(with Lynn Welton and Sheri Pak) “Spring Excavations in Kurdistan: Bestansur 2017,” The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies Journal 11-12 (2016-2017): 57-59.


“Gertrude Bell and the Monuments of Nineveh,” in Nineveh, the Great City. Symbol of Beauty and Power. Edited by L.P. Petit, and D. Morandi Bonacossi. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2017, pp. 87-90.

‘‘‘Better than any ruined site in the world’ – Gertrude Bell and the ancient site of Assur,” in Gertrude Bell and Iraq – A Life and Legacy. Edited by Charles Tripp and Paul Collins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, for the British Academy, 2017, pp. 77-95.


In Search of Kings and Conquerors: Gertrude Bell and the Archaeology of the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris.

“Queen of the Desert,” Minerva (2016 March–April), in press.


“Gertrude Bell and the Archaeology of Mesopotamia,” British Archaeology (March¬–April 2014): 38–41.

(With M. Fortin and M-C Boileau) “Rapport préliminaire et études céramologiques sur les campagnes de fouilles 2009 et 2010 à Tell ‘Acharneh, vallée du Ghab, Syrie,” Syria 91 (2014): 173–220.

(With Lynn Welton) “Caliciform Ware,” in Associated Chronologies of the Ancient Near East: Interregional Vol. 1: Ceramics. Edited by Marc Lebeau. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014, pp. 325–54.

“The Early Bronze Age in Syria,” The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant (8000-332 BCE). Edited by Margaret L. Steiner and Ann E. Killebrew. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 278–91.

(With Michel Fortin) “Nouvelle prospection archéologique dans la moyenne vallée de l’Orontes: entre Chezar et Tell Qarqur,” in New Perspectives in the Orontes Region. First Results of Archaeological Fieldwork. Edited by Karin Bartl and Michel al-Maqdissi. Berlin: Verlag Marie Leidorf, 2014, pp. 85–105.


“Archaeology and Acrimony: Gertrude Bell, Ernst Herzfeld and the Study of Early Mesopotamia.” Iraq 75 (2013): 143–69.

(With Michel Fortin) “Shedding New Light on the Elusive Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages at Tell ‘Acharneh (Syria),” in Across the Border: Late Bronze – Iron Age Relations between Syria and Anatolia. Proceedings of a Symposium held at the Research Center of Anatolian Studies, Koç University, Istanbul, May 31—June 1st, 2010. Edited by K. Aslıhan Yener. Leuven: Peeters, 2013, pp. 147–171.

(With Chelsea Gardner) ‘Excavations in Trench 14 (Bestansur),’ in Central Zagros Archaeological Project: Excavations at Bestansur, Archive Report, 2013. Edited by Roger and Wendy Matthews, University of Reading, 2013, pp. 35–55


“Cultural Developments in Western Syria and the Middle Euphrates Valley during the Third Millennium BC,” in The Sumerian World. Edited by Harriet Crawford. London: Routledge 2012, pp. 478-497.

“Continuity and Change in the Upper Euphrates Region of Syria,” in Looking North: The Socioeconomic Dynamics of Northern Mesopotamia and Anatolian Regions during the Late Third and Early Second Millennium BC. Edited by N. Laneri, P. Pfälzner and S. Valentini. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012, pp. 81-92.

(With Zuhair Rijib and Sabr Ahmed) “Neo-Assyrian and Sasanian pottery,” in Archive Report: Central Zagros Archaeology Project. Excavations at Bestansur, Sulaimaniyeh Province, Kurdistan Regional Government, Republic of Iraq, 17th March – 24th April, 2012.


“Review of P. Parr (ed) The Levant in Transition: Proceedings of a Conference held at the British Museum on 20-21 April 2004, (Palestine Exploration Fund Annual 9. Leeds: Maney Publishing, 2009).” In Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 361 (2011): 97-99.

(With Michel Fortin) “Tell ‘Acharneh: Campagne de 2009,” Chronique archéologique en Syrie. Excavations Reports of 2009. Damascus: Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, 2011, pp. 131-136.


“Urban Elements in Early Bronze Age Settlements of the Northern Euphrates Valley of Syria,” Al-Rafidan. Journal of Western Asiatic Studies. Special Issue 2010. (Formation of Tribal Communities: Integrated Research in the Middle Euphrates, Syria), pp. 177-190.

“States of Hegemony: Early Forms of Political Control in Syria during the Third Millennium BC,” in The Development of Pre-State Communities in the ancient Near East: Studies in Honour of Edgar Peltenburg. Edited by Diane Bolger and Louise Maguire. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010, pp. 87-94.


“The Archaeological Achievements of Gertrude Bell,” British Institute for the Study of Iraq Newsletter 21, May 2008, pp. 6-9.


“Early Bronze Age Burial Types and Social-Cultural Identity with the Northern Euphrates Valley”, in Euphrates River Valley Settlement. The Carchemish Sector in the Third Millennium BC. Edited by Edgar Peltenburg. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2007, pp. 55-70.

(With Michel Fortin) “La mission canadienne à Tell ‘Acharneh (Syrie): à la recherché de l’ancienne Tunip,” Mouseion (September 2007): 1-28.

“Exploring the Heartland of the Early Bronze Age ‘Caliciform ‘Culture.” Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 2 (2007): 43-50.


Early Urbanism on the Syrian Euphrates. London: Routledge, 2006.

(With Robert C. Henrickson) “The Pottery of Yemniyeh”, in Studia Euphratica. Le moyen Euphrate iraquien révélé par les fouilles préventive de Haditha. Edited by Christine Kepinski, Olivier Lecomte and Aline Tenu. Paris: De Boccard, 2006, pp. 291-318.

“The Demise and Regeneration of Bronze Age Urban Centers in the Euphrates Valley of Syria”, in After Collapse: The Regeneration of Complex Societies. Edited by Glenn M. Schwartz and John J. Nichols. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2006, pp. 18-37.

“The Pottery from Tell ‘Acharneh, Part 1: Typological Considerations and Dating According to Excavated Areas in the Upper and Lower Towns, 1998—2002,” in Tell ‘Acharneh: the 1998-2004 Seasons of Excavations and Study. A Preliminary Report. Edited by Michel Fortin. Subartu 18. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006, pp. 140-190.

Review of J.-P. Thalmann, Tell Arqa – I. Les niveaux de l’âge du Bronze. 2 Volumes. In Paléorient 32.2 (2006): 198-202.

(With Thomas Hikade) “Europe and the Mediterranean: Ancient Near East Geography, World View, and Mapmaking,” in Oxford Companion to Exploration. Edited by David Buisseret. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 262-265.

“Gilgamesh Epic”, in Oxford Companion to Exploration. Edited by David Buisseret. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 348-349.


(With Michel Fortin) “Tell ‘Acharneh in the Middle Orontes Valley and the Assyrian Presence in Syria,” in From the Upper Sea to the Lower Sea: Studies on the History of Assyria and Babylonia in Honour of A.K. Grayson. Edited by Grant Frame. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut Voor Het Nabije Oosten, 2004, pp. 17-51.


“A. Douglas Tushingham,” Proceedings of the Royal Society of Canada, Seventh Series, Vol. 1, 2002: 243-45.


(With Michel Fortin) “Analyse pétrographique de la céramique de Tell‘Acharneh, en Syrie (3000-700 av. J.-C.): résultats preliminaries” in Journées d’étude du groupe de recherches en archéométrie du CELAT (1997-1999).Québec: Université Laval, 2001, pp. 137-148.


“Archaeological Perspectives on the Political History of the Euphrates Valley, during the Early Second Millennium B.C.” in Canadian Research on Ancient Syria. Annual Symposium of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies, September 21-23, 2000. Edited by Michel Fortin. Québec: Musée de la Civilisation, 2000, pp. 79-86.


“Pottery of the EB-MB Transitional Period in the Northern Euphrates Valley” in Archaeology of the Upper Syrian Euphrates: The Tishrin Dam Area. Proceedings of the International Symposium Held at Barcelona, January 28th – 30th 1998. Edited by G. del Olmo Lete. Barcelona: Editorial Ausa, 1999, pp. 321-32.

(With Robert B. Mason) “Grog, Petrology and Early Transcaucasians at Godin Tepe,” Iran 36 (1999): 25-31.

(With Robert B. Mason) “Petrographic Analysis of Bronze Age Pottery from Tell Hadidi, Syria,” Levant 31 (1999): 135-47.


“The EB-MB Transitional Period at Tell Kabir, Syria” in Espace Naturel, Espace Habité: Actes du colloque tenu à l’Université Laval (Québec) du 5 au 7 mai 1997. Edited by Michel Fortin. Lyon: Maison de L’Orient Méditerranéen, 1998, pp. 271-80.


(with Michel Fortin) “Canadian Excavations at Tell ‘Atij (Syria) 1992-93″, The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies Bulletin 27 (May 1994): 1-17.


“Trade, Trouble and Taxation along the Caravan Routes of the Mari Period” in Death and Taxes in the Ancient Near East, edited by Sara Orel. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992, pp. 1-15.

Review of Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History, by J.N. Postgate (London: Routledge, 1992), in The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies Bulletin 24: (1992): pp. 51-53.

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