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Dr Kathryn Grossman

Assistant ProfessorAnthropology

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I am an archaeologist and zooarchaeologist with expertise in the complex societies of Southwest Asia and the eastern Mediterranean. My current research focuses on resistance to state-making, the biographies of early cities, and human/non-human animal relationships in early complex societies. I direct the Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project and I have been a senior staff member on archaeological projects across Syria, Cyprus, Egypt, and Iraq. I am also currently co-editing the final report on excavations at Tell Qarqur, Syria, where I worked from 2006 to 2010.

At NC State, I currently teach courses in Introductory Archaeology, Introductory Biological Anthropology, Zooarchaeology, Egyptian Archaeology, and Archaeological Field Methods. Before coming to NC State, I taught at MIT and Bradley University.

Teaching and Research Interests

Archaeology, Anthropology, Zooarchaeology, Urbanism, Bronze Age, Near East and Eastern Mediterranean


  • Director, Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project, Cyprus. Collaborators: Tate Paulette (NC State), Lisa Graham (Edinburgh) and Andrew McCarthy (Edinburgh)
  • Zooarchaeologist, Wadi el-Hudi Project, Egypt
  • Zooarchaeologist, Petra North Ridge Project, Jordan
  • Co-Editor, final report on excavations at Tell Qarqur, Syria. With Jesse Casana (Dartmouth College) and Eric Jensen (University of Arkansas)
  • Previous Excavation and Zooarchaeology Projects: Tell Hamoukar, Tell Zeidan, and Tell Qarqur, Syria 


  • Grossman, K., T. Paulette, L. Graham, and A. McCarthy. In Press. The 2017 Survey of Two Prehistoric Sites in Cyprus: Stroumpi-Pigi-Agios Andronikos and Makounta-Voules-Mersinoudia, in Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • Grossman, K. 2017. Catalog entries for: The Mesopotamian Collection, Vessel with Belted Hero, Lions, and Bull, Stone Recording and Transaction, Ur-Namma Foundation Assemblage, Plaque with a Harpist, Coil Money, Four-Faced God and Goddess, Panel with Striding Lion, Coin, Incantation Bowl, in J. Evans, E. Teeter, and J. Green (eds.) Highlights of the Collections of the Oriental Institute Museum. Oriental Institute Museum Publications. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
  • Price, M., K. Grossman and T. Paulette. 2017. Pigs and the Pastoral Bias: The Other Animal Economy in Northern Mesopotamia (3000-2000 BC), Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48: 46-62.
  • Grossman, K., C. Kenyon, M. Lorenz, and B. Hayden. 2015. Moving Instruction Beyond the Museum’s Walls: Priorities in Online Public Education at the Oriental Institute. In F. Giligny, F. Djindjian, L. Costa, P. Moscati, and S. Robert (eds.) CAA2014. 21st Century Archaeology: Concepts, Methods and Tools. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, London: Archaeopress Archaeology.
  • Grossman, K.  2014. Chapter 4: Ninevite 5 Pottery.  In M. Lebeau (ed.), Topics of Interregional Significance: Vol. 2: Ceramics. Associated Regional Chronologies of the Near East. Turnhout: Brepols. Pp. 77-97. 
  • Grossman, K. 2014. Fire Installations in a Late Ninevite 5 Complex at Hamoukar, Syria, in P. Bielinski, M. Gawlikowski, R. Kolinski, D. Lawecka, A Soltysiak, and Z. Wygnanska (eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Warsaw, Poland, V. 3. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. Pp. 47-60
  • Grossman, K. and M. Hinman. 2013. Rethinking Halaf and Ubaid Animal Economies: Hunting and Herding at Tell Zeidan, Syria, Paléorient 39(2): 203-221.
  • Reichel, C., T.­ Paulette, and K. Grossman. 2012. Early Bronze Age Hamoukar – “Akkadian” -- and Beyond?  In H. Weiss (ed.), Seven Generations Since the Fall of Akkad: The Settlement and Population Dynamics of the Khabur Plains 2200-1900 BC. Studia Chaburensia 3. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 279-299.
  • Grossman, K. 2012. Teaching in the Virtual Classroom. In G. Stein (ed.) 2011-2012 Annual Report of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.  The University of Chicago. Pp. 263-265.
  • Grossman, K. 2008. Study of the Paleozoological Collection. In R. Dornemann, Tell Qarqur Excavations (1999–2008). Studia Orontica 1:21–152.


  • BA in Archaeology from Tufts University, 2003
  • MA in Near Eastern Archaeology from University of Chicago, 2005
  • PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology from University of Chicago, 2013