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Peter Magee

PhD: The University of Sydney, 1996

Associate Professor, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Office: Thomas Hall 228

Office hours: by appointment only

Phone: 610-526-5385


Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Archaeology of imperialism in south and west Asia, human habitation of arid environments and the history of European exploration of the Middle East, particularly Arabia.

Click here for more information, including a summary of the excavations at Muweilah



An Introduction to the Archaeology of the ancient Near East
Araby the Blest: The Archaeology of Arabia from 3000 to 300 BC
In the Land of the Buddha
The Archaeology of south Asian society in the first millennium BC
Women in the Ancient Near East
Ceramic Analysis
Archaeological Fieldwork Methods
Senior Seminar: Materials and Trade in the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age in the Near East.

Archaeological Method and Theory and the Application of Archaeometric Techniques
The Archaeology of Iron Age Iran
Gendering the Past (GSEM)

Recent Publications:
  • 2004: "The Iron Age settlement at Tepe Yahya, southeastern Iran." Harvard University: Peabody Museum.
  • F. Khan. JR Knox, P Magee, K. Thomas and C. Petrie: Further research on the later prehistory of the Bannu Basin: The 1998 excavations at Akra. South Asian Archaeology, XV Leiden. accepted for publication and in press.
  • R Evangelista, P Magee and Wedepohl, E. 3D imaging of an Iron Age archaeological site: GPR analysis at Muweilah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar. (eds. S. K. Koppenjan and H. Lee) Proceedings of SPIE. 2003 Volume 4758: 108-114
  • Beyond the desert and the sown: Settlement intensification in late prehistoric southeastern Arabia. BASOR. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research accepted for publication and in press.
  • Preliminary report on three seasons of excavation at Akra (NWFP, Pakistan). Pakistan Archaeology accepted for publication
  • The production, distribution, and function of Iron Age bridge-spouted vessels in Iran and Arabia: Results from recent excavations and geochemical analysis. Iran. Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies 2005 XVI: 93-115.
  • Columned halls, bridge-spouted vessels, C14 dates and the chronology of the east Arabian Iron Age: A response to some recent comments by Muscarella. Ancient West and East 2005: 4:1: 160-169.
  • P Magee. D Barber, M Sobur and S Jasim, Sourcing Iron Age softstone artefacts in southeastern Arabia: Results from a pilot program of analysis using Inductively Coupled Plasma – MS/OES. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 2005: 16: 129-143.
  • P Magee, C Petrie, R Knox and F Khan, The Achaemenid Empire in south Asia and recent excavations at Akra, (NWFP, Pakistan). American Journal of Archaeology 2005: 109: 711-741.

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Personal Statement:
In my research, I enjoy the opportunity to examine how people lived and interacted with their environment by using all avenues of archaeological enquiry from representations of The Queen of Sheba on cigarette cards to obtaining compositional data on ancient Arabian ceramics using Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectometry. Conducting fieldwork provides an opportunity to gather data but also to bring students into a part of the world they rarely have a chance to see. In teaching, I enjoy bringing together fieldwork results with existing knowledge that may enhance and sometimes challenge existing interpretative structures and paradigms.

Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Bryn Mawr College • 101 North Merion Avenue • Bryn Mawr, PA  19010-2899   (Directions)
Phone: (610) 526-5053/5334,   Fax: (610) 526-7955
Email: Pam Cohen
or Margaret Kelly