Jason Ur is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in early urbanism and cultural landscapes in the ancient Near East. His research has focused on the impacts of early urban communities on their landscapes using field survey and satellite remote sensing techniques, in particular declassified intelligence satellite photographs. In Syria, he has participated in or directed surveys around the major Bronze Age cities of Hamoukar, Tell Brak, and Tell Beydar, with emphasis on their spatial dimensions, agricultural systems, and communications networks. His remote sensing studies have considered the extent of imperial irrigation systems in northern Iraq and northwestern Iran, and revealed pastoral nomadic landscapes in Iran and southeastern Turkey.

Department of Anthropology
Harvard University
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

(617) 495-8920
jasonur@fas.harvard.edu