2017 Grant Recipient
2017 Grant – PUBLISHED 2022
Valentina Orsi is an archaeologist of the Ancient Near East working in Upper and Central Mesopotamia, Central and South-Eastern Anatolia. Her research interests center on landscape and material culture studies, with a special focus on ceramic production as related to aspects of continuity and discontinuity in the long-term perspectives, cross-cultural interactions and socio-economic and political phenomena.
She co-organized several national and international conferences, such as ‘Sacred Landscapes of the Hittites and Luwians’ (Florence, 2014) and the ‘16th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology’ (Florence, 2012). She taught Near Eastern Ceramic Analysis, Archaeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East, and Settlement and Landscape Archaeology, and conducted archaeological research in Syria (Tell Barri, Tell Mozan), Turkey (Tilmen Höyük, Uşaklı Höyük), and Iraq (Qaladze, Tell Wanna wa Al-Sadoum).
She is member of the scientific and editorial boards of several international series and journals, and she is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, series and conference proceedings, including the books Crisi e Rigenerazione nella valle dell'Alto Khabur (Siria) (Florence 2011); Excavations at Tilmen Höyük I. The Fortification System in the Lower Town (Bologna 2022); the edited books SOMA 2012. Identity and Connectivity (Oxford 2013), and Sacred Landscapes of Hittite and Luwians (Florence 2015).
She currently co-directs filed-research projects in Anatolia and Iraq.