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dr. R. Palermo

Researcher and VENI Grant Recipient
dr. R. Palermo

Rocco Palermo received his MA in Classical Archaeology from University of Naples Federico II, where he was also a fellow of the Graduate School in Archaeology. He completed his PhD at the Department of Humanities of the University of Naples Federico II and at the Maison Archéologie et Ethnologie R. Ginouvés of the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2014. After a two-year post-Doctoral grant at the University of Naples Federico II, he joined the University of Groningen when he was awarded a prestigious NWO-Veni Grant in 2017. He is an Affiliate Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

His research interests focus on several aspects of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East. In particular, he concentrates on the settlement patterns, the material culture and the imperial impact of the Seleucid period in Mesopotamia and on the archaeology of the Roman eastern frontier in Syria and Mesopotamia. Other interests include the archaeology of ancient territorial Empires, the landscape archaeology of the Near East and the role of pottery in the archaeological record.

He conducted fieldworks in Italy, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. He is currently Associate Director of the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey (Harvard University) and member of the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project (University of Udine), both projects operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Since 2019 he is also in charge of the excavation of the Hellenistic period levels at the site of Tell Aliawa (Iraqi Kurdistan) under the direction of Prof. Luca Peyronel (University of Milan, Italy).

He is the author of On the Edge of Empires: North Mesopotamia during the Roman Period.

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