Research Staff



Researcher of the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures PAS since December 2020


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Working hours:  at 9.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Section: Department of Egyptian and Near Eastern Cultures





Specialization and research interests:

• Archaeology and History of the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean
• Theoretical Approaches to Archaeology and Ancient History
• Digital Humanities
• Human-animal relations
I work at the interface between material, visual and textual culture with a strong interest in digital humanities and their application in history and archaeology in the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean.


Academic activity:

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge (UK) on sealing and administrative practices at the end of the 3rd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. During my PhD, I spent two years in the Netherlands, and moved to Helsinki to work on interconnections in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC. Upon finishing my PhD, I took a postdoctoral appointment at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, working for the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative of UCLA and directing the creation of a database for the documentation of seals and sealing practices in the Ancient Near East. I moved to Heidelberg to work in the CRC 933 Material Text Cultures on the materiality of writing and the affordances of materials, designs and practices. My work explored the dichotomy between élites and non-élites in third millennium Mesopotamia. I then taught at the University of Newcastle (UK) before moving back to Cambridge as a Senior Research Associate to lead a project on the materiality of votive inscriptions and religious practices of private individuals in the Ancient Near East throughout three millennia and take up a Marie-Curie fellowship with my PLOMAT project looking at the spread of commonplace cylinder seals in Western Eurasia during the mid-second millennium BC. Since April 2019 I am Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge (UK) and since December 2020, I hold dual appointment at the University of Cambridge and as Assistant Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Polish Academy of Sciences.



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