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Dr Cameron A. Petrie

Dr Cameron A. Petrie

Reader in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology

Fellow of Trinity College

Office Phone: 01223 339001


I conduct research on the archaeology of India, Pakistan and Iran. I have been with the Department of Archaeology in Cambridge since 2005, when I became the Research Councils UK Fellow in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology, and was appointed as a lecturer in 2010. Prior to that I was the Katherine and Leonard Woolley Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College Oxford (2003-2006), and was appointed to that position after finishing my PhD at the University of Sydney (1998-2002).

Subject groups/Research projects

Food Landscapes:

Departments and Institutes

Department of Archaeology :

Research Interests

Archaeology of South Asia (India and Pakistan)

Archaeology of Iran

Analysis of ceramic production and distribution

My research primarily focuses on the investigation of complex societies. I am particularly interested in the rise of complexity, the social and economic aspects of state formation, the impact that the growth of states and empires has on subjugated regions, and the relationships between humans and the environment. I have extensive field and research experience at archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic up to the medieval period in India, Pakistan and Iran, and co-direct projects in each of these countries.

I am presently involved in the following research projects in India, Iran and Pakistan:

2018-2022: TIGR2ESS - India

2015-2020: TwoRains (ERC funded) - NW India

2007–2014: Land, Water and Settlement project - NW India

2006–2010: PAK-UK Pushkalavati archaeological research project—Bala Hisar at Charsadda

2002–present: Mamasani archaeological project, Mamasani district, Fars, Iran

1998–present: Bannu archaeological project, Bannu Basin, NWFP, Pakistan


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