email: frah0010 at umn.edu
I am particularly interested in natural resource access, exchange, and use at varied scales (from the supra-regional to household levels) as well as organization of space, context of production, and human-environment-landscape interactions. My interests also include the development of early cities and states; the origins of human culture; archaic and modern human expansions; hunter-gatherer mobility, interactions, and behavioral ecology; technological choice and change; landscape, environmental and experimental archaeology; lithic and ceramic analysis; and material culture in general. My primary geographical focus is Southwest Asia, including Northern Mesopotamia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the South Caucasus, spanning from the Lower Palaeolithic Period to the Late Bronze Age.
Currently I am a Research Scientist at the Institute for Rock Magnetism within the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Earlier I was a Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow in the University of Sheffield's Department of Archaeology as part of the New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches to Ancient Material Studies in the Eastern Mediterranean (or NARNIA) project. I earned a doctorate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, where I was subsequently a lecturer, teaching Geoarchaeology and Anthropology of the Middle East..