Dr Augusta McMahon


Fellow and Director of Studies

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College Jobs

  • Fellow D
  • Director of Studies, Archaeology
  • Director of Studies, HSPS Part II (Biological Anthropology)

University Jobs

  • Reader in Mesopotamian Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology


Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 333526

Email: amm36@cam.ac.uk

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Augusta McMahon has a BA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania) and an M.A. and PhD in Mesopotamian Archaeology from the University of Chicago. She has excavated in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Yemen and has been a member of the Archaeology Division since 1995.

Research Interests

My research focuses on late prehistoric and historic Mesopotamia, particularly issues of early urbanism and urban sustainability, social stress and warfare, political economy, and settlement archaeology, in southern and northern Mesopotamia and the 5th through 1st millennia BC. My current project (Tell Brak, northeast Syria) researches northern Mesopotamian early urbanism and economic complexity during the 5th-4th millennia BC and traces settlement continuity throughout episodes of political change in the 2nd millennium BC. I am also interested in combining empirical and phenomenological approaches in sensory archaeology, particularly examining the lived experience of imperial architecture.