BRADLEY J PARKER

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Excavating Kenan Tepe, southeastern Turkey.
  • Associate Professor, History
  • Director: Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP)
  • Director: Utah Microarchaeology Laboratory, History

Research

Research Summary

Bradley J. Parker is an archaeologist and historian focusing on the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Andes. His research has concentrated on a wide variety of topics including imperialism, frontiers and archaeological method and theory. Bradley has conducted field research in a variety of countries including Turkey, Syria, Israel, Azerbaijan and Peru.

Research Statement

Bradley J. Parker is Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology in the Department of History at the University of Utah. Bradley earned his Ph.D. from the Archaeology Program at UCLA in 1998. His first book entitled Mechanics of Empire was published by the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project at the University of Helsinki in 2001. Shortly after completing his dissertation, Bradley founded the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP). As director of UTARP, Bradley has conducted surveys and excavations at several sites in the Upper Tigris River region of southeastern Turkey. Between 2000 and 2011 this field work concentrated on the four hectare multi-period mound of Kenan Tepe. Research at Kenan Tepe has been funded by many sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Geographic Society (for more information about UTARP visit the project website at www.utarp.org). Reports and the analysis of data recovered as part of the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP) have appeared in several regional journals including Anatolian Studies (52 [2002]; 53 [2003]) and Anatolica (29 [2003]; 31 [2005]; 32 [2006;]; 35 [2009]). In addition, Bradley has continued to focus his research on several theoretical topics including ancient imperialism (American Journal of Archaeology 107 [2003] and Iraq 59 [1997]) and frontiers (Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 21 [2002]), American Antiquity 71(1) [2006] and Untaming the Frontier [University of Arizona Press 2005]). Bradley’s current research is taking him in new directions. Excavations at Kenan Tepe have produced remains from two prehistoric periods of Near Eastern History: the Middle Chalcolithic or Ubaid period (ca. 5000-4000 BCE), and the Late Chalcoltihic or Uruk period (ca. 4000-3000 BCE) while ethnoarchaeological research carried out by the project is also yielding interesting results. These data are the subject of several new studies including articles in BASOR (358 [2010]) and American Antiquity (76/4 [2011]), a forthcoming edited volume on household archaeology, two final report monographs and an on-line database enumerating the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project’s excavations at Kenan Tepe. In addition, Bradley's continued work on Neo-Assyrian texts has recently yielded an article on kingship in the Neo-Assyrian Empire that was published in the Journal of Anthropological Research.

Research Keywords

  • Peru, Interest Level: 5
  • Mesopotamian Archaeology, Interest Level: 5
  • Andean Archaeology, Interest Level: 5
  • Turkey, Interest Level: 5
  • Syria, Interest Level: 4
  • Microarchaeology, Interest Level: 4
  • Iraq, Interest Level: 5
  • Household Archaeology, Interest Level: 5
  • Frontiers, Interest Level: 5
  • Ethnoarchaeology, Interest Level: 5
  • Asia, Western, Interest Level: 5
  • Ancient Imperialism, Interest Level: 5

Research Groups

  • Ancient Borderlands Multi-Campus Working Group, Visiting Faculty. Histroy/Anthropology/Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. 09/01/2011 - 05/01/2012.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • The Ancient Andes. PI: Bradley Parker. University Teaching Commitee, 01/04/2012 - 01/04/2013. Total project budget to date: $3,500.00
  • Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project. PI: Bradley Parker. University Reserch Committee, 07/01/2011 - 07/01/2012. Total project budget to date: $6,000.00
  • The Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project. PI: Bradley Parker. The Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 05/01/2009 - 12/30/2009. Total project budget to date: $3,500.00
  • The Upper Tigris archaeological Research Project. PI: Bradley Parker. The Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 05/01/2008 - 12/30/2008. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00
  • Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project. PI: Bradley Parker. The Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 05/01/2005 - 12/30/2007. Total project budget to date: $30,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Alcohol and Society in the Ancient Andes: An Ethnoarchaeological Investigation. PI: Bradley J. Parker. 01/2012 - 09/15/2015.