1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Sue Ann McCarty

Fieldwork Completed

B.A. Bryn Mawr College 1995

P.O. Box 400120

My dissertation research focuses on inter-household social organization at the Kazane Höyük excavations, directed by Prof. Patricia Wattenmaker. Outside modern Sanliurfa, Turkey, Kazane is home to one of the world's largest known settlements belonging to the Halaf cultural horizon (5200-4500 BCE uncalibrated, 5900-5350 cal. B.C.E.). The Halaf flourished in Southeastern Turkey, Northeastern Syria and Northern Iraq during the transitional Late Neolithic/Early Chalcolithic periods. Compared to other periods, little is known about this important intermediate phase after the development of agriculture, animal domestication and sedentary village life in the Neolithic but before the growth of urban, socially stratified state society. Further, the evidence at most Halaf sites for internal social differentiation is enigmatic at best. Using data from my 2004 excavations in Kazane's outer town, my dissertation aims to investigate inter-household artifact and architectural variability for signs of distinct social groupings, especially ranked or unranked social differentiation.

I have also worked at archaeological projects in Maryland, Pingasagruk and Ukkuqsi on Alaska's North Slope in the Arctic, and at Umm el-Marra in Syria. I've been doing fieldwork in Turkey since 1997 and I lived there for almost 2½ years (2003-05) to obtain my dissertation data.

Courses

Anth 374: East/West: Turkish Culture
Anth 395: Archaeology of Gender
Anth 396: Archaeologies of the Silk Road

I have also worked as a T.A. for Everyday Life in America, Ecology and Society, and Rise of Civilizations.

Specializations

Near Eastern archaeology (esp. the Halaf cultural horizon); sociopolitical organization and inequality; non-state societies; political economy; Orientalism and nationalism in archaeology; faunal analysis; ceramic analysis; Southeast Turkey/Northern Mesopotamia.

Graduate Students

Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Conducting Field Research
Lee Bloch
Conducting Field Research
Jessica Boynton
Pre-Fieldwork
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Burnett
Pre-Fieldwork
Tracie Canada
Pre-Fieldwork
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Sherri Lynn Colby-Bottel
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Lucas de Carvalho
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Bremen Donovan
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Pre-Fieldwork
Anna Eisenstein
Conducting Field Research
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
David Flood
Fieldwork Completed
Macario Garcia
Conducting Field Research
Julia Jong Haines
Conducting Field Research
Beth Hart
Fieldwork Completed
Nathan Hedges
Fieldwork Completed
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Yu-Chien Huang
Fieldwork Completed
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Michelle Morgenstern
Pre-Fieldwork
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Conducting Field Research
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Pre-Fieldwork
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork