Dr Kathryn Grossman

Assistant Professor

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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 



  • 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